The Devil You Know (Mercenary Librarians, #2) by Kit Rocha – Review


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About The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha

Maya has had a price on her head from the day she escaped the TechCorps. Genetically engineered for genius and trained for revolution, there’s only one thing she can’t do―forget.

Gray has finally broken free of the Protectorate, but he can’t escape the time bomb in his head. His body is rejecting his modifications, and his months are numbered.

When Maya’s team uncovers an operation trading in genetically enhanced children, she’ll do anything to stop them. Even risk falling back into the hands of the TechCorps.

And Gray has found a purpose for his final days: keeping Maya safe.


Review of The Devil You Know

In The Devil You Know, the Mercenary Librarians continue with their mission in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta.  A mission to make the world a better place for everyone, not just the elite in power.   Working in secret and against a powerful force, they will come up against one of the most powerful villains they can face. 

This story centers on Maya and Gray.  Maya is the one among the gang that does not have any enhanced physical abilities.  But what she does have is an eidetic memory.  Which can be a superpower.   It can also be a source of sensory overload.  Her former job as a data courier put her in a very dangerous and in demand position. 

Gray’s sniper background is not filled in as well as Maya, but he is one of the more interesting characters.  His extremely cool façade and nerves of steel may lead some to think he is sociopathic.  But Maya gets to know him and finds he is a quiet loner and much more.  His impending death due to the failure of his super soldier implant adds an emotional charge to the relationship.

Each chapter begins with a memo, log entry or part of a memoir.  They can be difficult to decipher since subjects are coded and names are left out.  I could do without them.

The ensemble is increased with the addition of outsider rebels who are going to stir things up.  Also, children who have been genetically-manipulated.  It is always hard for me not to adore cute kids, especially those that have had a tough time.

I thought book 2 was even better than the first book.  The first book was mostly action while the second book had a little more focus on character development.  The result is a story equally balanced between exciting missions, compelling characters and passionate romance.  There are also hints at things to come in a series that must be continued.  The Devil You Know can be read as a standalone but is part of a great series.



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Max and the Isle of Sanctus (Secrets of the Twilight Djinn, #2) by John Peragine – Review


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About Max and the Isle of Sanctus by John Peragine

In the second book of Secrets of the Twilight Djinn, Max Daybreaker embarks on all new adventures. Max must battle a Kraken, ride a fire-breathing dragon, and defeat the evil djinn whose powers are growing every day. The stakes are high for Max as he tries to protect his friends from angry sea gods and a vengeful sultan while also saving his mom from a terrible curse! Max must reach the Isle of Sanctus using his unpredictable magic power and foes on all sides before time runs out.


Review of Max and the Isle of Sanctus

Max and the Isle of Sanctus is filled with pages of non-stop adventure for Max and his friends.  While Max continues to try to reunite with his family, he and the pirates get into more trouble.  Everywhere Max goes, there is someone or something trying to stop him.  Dark and dangerous, the journey is full of daring kids, swashbuckling pirates and loads of magical creatures. 

Max’s gut thinks it knows who is good and who is evil, but he is a kid with little experience to train a gut.  Which leads to never really knowing who is an enemy and who is a friend.  So, constant danger?  Yes.  Scary education for Max?  Also yes.

Captain Cinn is hilarious and is all about the next meal!  Not because he likes to eat but because he loves to cook good food for his friends.  Cinn is my favorite character and I hope he continues to feature in the series. 

I think Max still has plenty of exploits ahead of him.  This is a fun series for the middle graders who want to escape to the adventures of the high seas. 

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of his book in exchange for my honest review.



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You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo – Review


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About You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it.

Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance.

But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.


Review of You Sexy Thing

I’ve read that his books is ‘Farscape meets The Great British Bake-Off’.  I don’t watch Bake-Off, but before I even read the official book blurb, Farscape often came to mind while I was reading this book. 

There is a live ship, and a diverse crew that includes a plant-based sentient being.  While there are no peacekeepers, there is despicable pirate gang.  The element of prophecy steers the plot away from Farscape and onto its own path.

There is some humor, but the gang seems to be in such trouble all the time that it is hard to laugh.  First, going to a prison planet.  Then, prisoners of a pirate that hates Niko.  The pirates were more violent that I wanted them to be considering that the rest of the story was less intense and flowed a little better. 

The beginning of the book felt a little jumpy to me.  Humor, prophecy, danger, and dining all seemed to be in conflict. It was as if the author was trying to figure out what kind of story this will be.  In it, we meet the members of a former military unit who are now trying to establish themselves as restaurateurs.  I’m sure there is much more to the story, and while you do learn a little of it, the backstory is thin.

The best part of this book is the very diverse cast of characters.  Various non-human species, each with their own charms, bond as members of the crew that just want to create great food and make a name for themselves.  And I always appreciate a sentient ship with an attitude.  You Sexy Thing, is the name of the ship that a) likes having people travelling on it and b) is on its way to becoming one of the restaurant crew.

While there is a complete story, the ending indicates that the story may continue.  More prophecy, bad guys and great meals are indicated.

Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.



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