#BookReview of Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater

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My review for Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I knew Karl Drinkwater was writing the sequel to Lost Solace, so when he asked if I’d like a review copy, I jumped at the chance! You can read my review for Lost Solace here.

This book surpassed all my expectations – Opal is back, feistier than ever, the AI has evolved into a sentient being called Athene, and it’s non-stop action for two-thirds of the book as Opal continues her search for her sister.

The tension begins on the first page, and carries on all the way through almost to the end. There’s a new lost ship, and it’s even scarier than the first one, with a nightmarish layout of an abandoned abattoir inhabited by creatures only Drinkwater’s mind could come up with! I couldn’t put the book down, I had to find out what happened next as Opal makes her way through the spaceship, trailed by…well, you’ll have to read it to find out!

I love how the author gives his AI personality and characteristics that you can relate to – even the AI in Opal’s spacesuit grows on you, leading to a heart-wrenching scene at the end. While Athene fights her own battle with another AI, where the author gives free rein to his imagination.

There are some incredible scenes in this book, some that will keep you on the edge of your seat, others that will take your breath away with the intricate detail and beauty of the narrative. Another great read from Karl Drinkwater that I highly recommend!

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#BookReview for Zoo by Phil Price

My review for Zoo by Phil Price, 4/5 stars.

I read an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. A group of villagers is suddenly abducted by aliens, only to find out they’re to be an exhibit in an intergalactic zoo. But the villagers also find themselves in the middle of a war, with terrible consequences for everyone.

The story is told from both the aliens’ and the humans’ points of view – and no matter how much you want to dislike the aliens, you end up sympathising with them. I found myself liking them more than some of the humans!

The author has given a lot of thought to both the aliens and their worlds, and how the humans react to their abduction. The story keeps you hooked all the way through, right to the end. A great read for lovers of sci-fi!

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