The Flooding by Sean Hancock + Teleport by Kevin Berry | Mini Reviews

Posted January 16, 2018 by Sophia
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The Flooding by Sean Hancock + Teleport by Kevin Berry | Mini Reviews

I think my reviews for The Selection and Shatter Me are giving some life, so I’m going to attempt to write coherent paragraphs of the non-list variety over two books I got from Kindle Scout.

In reality, my brain is crying silently because it wants to worm its way back into the dead life until another book I feel strongly about makes an appearance and I can write coherent paragraphs (too bad those paragraphs feel like bullet points) without making a fool of myself. (I probably did better than I think.)

Also, it’s snowing and cold and freezing and all I want to do is curl in a blanket and hibernate until spring.

CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNING: This book may be unsuitable for some due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. There may also be content that could be triggering to some.
The Flooding by Sean Hancock + Teleport by Kevin Berry | Mini ReviewsTeleport by Kevin Berry
Published by Kindle Press on August 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

In 2065, The Patrons control everything-and everyone. Maddie McLeod is a Creative, tasked by her Patron to develop a teleportation device. With help from her brilliant daughter, Cassie, she must succeed before Cassie's 18th birthday when Maddie's Patron will decide on Cassie's future-or if she even has one.

But with Cassie's behaviour unravelling, Maddie's experiments failing, and The Patron becoming more and more threatening, things look hopeless.

Desperation drives Maddie to make an ally of a mysterious character known as the Blacksmith, a dangerous figure from society's downtrodden Underclass. As Maddie faces the most difficult situation of her life, the Blacksmith helps her see the world as it really is, but will Maddie also see a way to make the teleporter work?

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

I’ve never actually read a book based solely on making a teleportation device as the main plot, so this was a ride inside a new experience. But there are huge loads of information that I personally felt were information dumps, and it went all over my head every time a character explained what was going on to another character. Nearly half the book is focused on creating the teleportation device or testing (and more testing) – those looking for a fast-paced book will find Teleport to be slow at first, but things do pick up later on as the book progresses.

Sometimes I come across books that have unnecessary romance (a lot of them have it as a nice touch), but Teleport felt really unnecessary and forced. I felt like Berry was trying to get a romance angle into the story when the story was doing fine without that angle.

Teleport was interesting and all, but there were some things that just didn’t work out.

The Flooding by Sean Hancock + Teleport by Kevin Berry | Mini ReviewsThe Flooding by Sean Hancock
Published by Kindle Press on July 18, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

Death is just the beginning...

Rosa Clark was just another 18-year-old with self-esteem issues. Then she had her Flooding. A supernatural ordeal that reminded her of who she really is. An ancient soul who has lived countless lives over thousands of years. Rosa has sworn enemies. Flooders who hunt her across the ages. They claim she has broken sacred laws and have sentenced her to annihilation, from which there is no coming back. That’s why she can’t let them find her. That’s why she has to run.

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

The Flooding is a far cry from what I usually read, but at the same time, it IS what I enjoy reading. That probably didn’t make sense.

Hancock’s latest book starts off as a mass confusion that will most likely disorient you but will quickly try to put you on the same path as the reader as the book dives straight into the action from the very beginning. Most of the book is focused on flashbacks and memories – all of which are from Rosa’s past lives – in addition to keeping up with what is currently going on in Rosa’s life.

A lot that goes on in The Flooding does seem like a set up for the second book, so I am looking forward to where this story might be taken.

Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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