Avalon by Mindee Arnett
January 14, 2014
Balzer & Bray
Hardcover, 432 pgs.
What it’s about:
Ever since his parents died and his uncle gambled away their spaceship, Avalon, seventeen-year old Jeth Seagrave has been under the control of the crime lord Hammer DeFoe. Jeth and his crew of teenaged thieves are nearly unstoppable and each job gets him and his sister one step closer to freedom. Hammer’s latest assignment could be just the ticket to getting the Avalon back. Jeth and his crew have been instructed to journey into the dangerous Belgrave sector of space and retrieve a disabled ship. According to Hammer the ship is unoccupied and carrying a valuable weapon. Despite rumors of hauntings and mysterious disappearance in the Belgrave, the Avalon is well equipped to make the journey and the job should be relatively simple to complete. Unfortunately, Hammer is not the only one interested in the disabled Donerail. The interplanetary government also has an interest in what the ship contains and both parties are willing to kill to possess it. A shocking discovery aboard the Donerail forces Jeth to consider just how far he will go to gain the freedom he so desires.
Why you might like it:
Here is how this book is being billed:
“Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.”
This book totally has a Firefly vibe, which I greatly appreciated. The ugly, but useful spaceship, the ragtag band of misfits, and the blurred lines between right and wrong are all reminiscent of that ill-fated Whedon classic. Not familiar with Firefly? No worries. If you are a fan of adventures, despicable villains, really smart girls, and wicked plot twists, you might enjoy Avalon. I recommend this book with one caution. I found the beginning to be a bit slow, but the patient reader will be rewarded with a roller coaster of an ending! I am glad I stuck with this one and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
You might also enjoy I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.
It’s Monday. Boy, oh boy, is it ever Monday. I overslept today for the first time in ages. I am not talking about the hit snooze one too many times kind of oversleeping. I am talking about turn off the alarm and wake in a panic almost an hour later oversleeping! And then I got stuck in the apron of my drive because they apparently plowed overnight and I thought I could just power through the two feet of frozen slush (thank you city of Cleveland for actually plowing my street). I was wrong. Thankfully there was a guy walking down the street who was willing to give me a push. Stupid winter is kicking my butt! But none of this matters, because I HAVE CRESS (*see bit about oversleeping*). Work is really interfering with my reading time….I am so distracted by it this fact that I can’t think of anything else to report, so I will just give you my Monday reading report.
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- Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen-All the charm and magic I have come to expect from her. Just lovely.
- Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel-I was actually surprised by how much I loved this one! Ben’s parents are scientists who want to study language acquisition in chimps so they adopt a baby chimp and raise him as a child. This only works out for a little while and then Ben is forced to choose between what he believes is right and what he as been told is right. I want my book club to read this one!
- Avalon by Mindee Arnett-I was excited for this one, but in the end I can’t say that I loved it. I really enjoyed all of the characters and the story was awesome, but it suffered from pacing issues. The first half was too slow, but I am so happy I stuck it out because the second half was incredible. If you are a patient reader looking for a space adventure I encourage you to pick it up. I will definitely be watching for sequel.
- Regretsy by April Winchell-This is a hilarious collection of strange items found on Etsy. If you like Awkward Family Photos and Cake Wrecks, you will enjoy all the weirdness in this book.
In theory I am working on all of these, but in reality, Cress trumps all.
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Tagged ARC, audiobooks, Bill Willingham, Fables, graphic novels, historical fiction, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Kenneth Oppel, Marissa Meyer, Mindee Arnett, Sarah Addison Allen
Good Morning! Everyone recovered from the Big Game? I don’t know about you, but I actually watched more of the Puppy Bowl than the actual Superbowl. I am not much of a football fan, so I didn’t have any hopes and dreams dashed last night. And if the rest of the winter is like the past few days (above freezing and sunny here in Cleveland!), then I am a-ok with the giant rodent’s predictions. I am not even close to being prepared to do yard work. I am enjoying the blanket of snow that is hiding all of my half-started projects. Besides, this is reading weather! Not that I really did much reading last week…
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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- Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis is a disturbing look at a world without an abundance of fresh water. I really enjoyed this debut novel from a fellow Ohioan.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh offers a painful, but sometimes hilarious glimpse into the world of depression. This book is composed of materials previously published on the author’s blog, Hyperbole and a Half as well as new material. The stories about the dogs was my favorite and left me in tears (my own dogs now know for a fact that I am insane).
I just love Sarah Addison Allen’s books, and her newest, Lost Lake is just as dreamy and charming as I expected it to be. I will finish this one this week. On Playaway I have Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. The dogs and I are all thrilled to have warmer temperatures so we can get back into our walking (and listening) routines. I think Half Brother will make an excellent addition to my book club reading list!
My next audiobook is definitely the new Flavia book! As for print books, I am not sure what will be next.
In the spirit of trying new things, I am joining Jill at Breaking the Spine for Waiting on Wednesday
This weekly meme spotlights the soon-to-be published books that I am eagerly anticipating. My first ever WoW book is Avalon, by Mindee Arnett and the good news is that I only have to wait a few weeks! This one comes out January 21, 2014.
From Goodreads.com: (Please note the last sentence…a great match for fans of Firefly? SOLD!)
“A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.
Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly”
I have the prequel novella, Proxy, on my Nook. I need to get on that soon!