Mirror Gate is the second book in Harbinger series. It focus on two girls, one is trying to win the throne and the other is brought up from poverty.
I honestly do not have a lot to say about this book. It was a good book that I put on when I was not listening to anything else. I could go weeks without listening and pick up right where I left off.
It was interesting, but not fast pace. I keep waiting for more complex dynamics to be at play. They never happen. Even the secret, that I waited two books for, left me thinking, "oh, that was all."
At the same time it is a good read. I enjoy the story and want to know what happens next. I just do not feel the rush to get there. I will pick up the next book when I am not specifically listening to another book.
I had so many amazing things about this book that I was beyond excited to pick it up. I was also a little apprehensive. Sometimes when you have too high of expectations the book does not live up to them. The Gilded Wolves delivered.
My favorite aspect of this book is all the diversity that was included. The setting is an alternate reality of 1800 France. It was a time when diversity was seen as unacceptable, and people were viewed as less than. Yet, every member of this band of thieves were different, they were also the coolest people in the book. In addition to racial diversity there is also diversity in sexual orientation, gender, and ability. My book soul mate is now Zofie, a girl who is a genius in some regards and a complete social disaster.
I love how all characters are seen as human but extraordinary at the same time. I love how the characters, overall, find ways to accept each others differences. However, I also thought that gender roles and even identity could have been challenged a bit more. I also felt that the trail of cookies for Zofie started out as a nice gesture and was taken too far.
The writing was amazing. I was so captured that I never wanted to put the book down. While there were a few instances of pov inconsistencies early on in the book, I was happy that they disappeared completely. I probably would not have even noticed if I was not so enraptured with Zofie's pov. Overall, it had an amazing plot, amazing characters, and a vivid world. This is one book that I could see myself fan girling over. I already looked up dates for the second book and will be stalking the page until the dates are released.
Here and Now and Then is a time travel science fiction novel. Kin is a middle class father of one. He spends his days working in IT and his nights cooking. He is also a suffer of PTSD from his time spent in the military. Well, that is what he tells his family. He is really a time traveler from 2142. He has been trapped in this time long enough to establish a life. The more he is here the more his old life starts slipping away. Until his beacon sends one last signal and a mission is dispatched to bring him home. Only he already had a home that he built.
Now Kin is trying to remember his life in 2142, and the daughter that he left behind in the past. He is torn between two times and does not know how to handle it. Here and Now and Then is a science fiction novel that looks more at the psychological aspect of time travel. It is extremely character based, with technology being more of a prop then the central feature. This is my favorite type of science fiction novel.
Kin's time in the 1990s is the most vivid aspect of the book. When he is back in the 2142 it is hard to connect to the time and the characters. While I believe this was a deliberate move on the author's part, it felt awkward reading and not connecting. However, by the end of the novel I could not have imagined him writing it any other way.
I was often left wondering what would happen next. Every time I figured out the next step I would find out that it was not possible. I had no idea what way the novel would turn. It was frustrating, in a good way. I love how not predictable it was. Especially because I absolutely loved how he ended it. Also, there were some great current science fiction references.
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