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Avalon by Mindee Arnett Review


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!

Want more?

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.

Happy Reading!

Mondays with Megan-I Have Cress and There is Nothing Else to Say! 2/10/14

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.

Current Audio:

the dead in their vaulted arches this is what happy looks like

Currently Reading:

cress broken hearts vicious fairest in all the land

In theory I am working on all of these, but in reality, Cress trumps all.

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan 2/3/14

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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Be sure to check out more lists at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.


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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).

Current Audio:

lost lake half brother

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!

Currently Reading:

avalon fairest in all the land broken hearts

On Deck:

the dead in their vaulted arches

My next audiobook is definitely the new Flavia book! As for print books, I am not sure what will be next.

Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday: Avalon 1/8/2014

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!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Top New-to-Me Authors of 2013 12/17/13


This week The Broke and The Bookish want to hear all about our 2013 new-to me author discoveries. While I did make a huge effort to finish series, I made a number of great author discoveries as well.

1. Brandon Sanderson has apparently written a gazillion and one books. Epic fantasies. I am going to have to clear my schedule and get busy, because after reading Steelheart, I am a fan!


2. Rainbow Rowell is definitely the IT Girl of 2013. I hopped on that bandwagon over the summer and haven’t looked back! I still have to read her debut and I am excited about her next book. Fangirl was a 2013 favorite!

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3. Trish Doller’s debut, Something Like Normal was incredibly well received. But did I read it? Nope. I added it to my TBR list after reading Where the Stars Still Shine.

where the stars still shine

4. Cat Winters is a 2013 debut novelist, so technically she’s new to everyone. I loved In the Shadow of  Blackbirds and can’t wait for her next book. One of my favorite discoveries of 2013!

shadow of the blackbirds

5. Michelle Hodkin has been on my radar since her debut, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer came out in 2011. For some reason this book kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Well, this week I moved it to the top. I am not finished yet, but I am really liking it.


6. Kirsten Miller is the author of the Kiki Strike series, which I have never read. But, How to Lead a Life of Crime was totally bad*ss and I am excited for more. While I wait, maybe I should pick up some Kiki?

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7. Mike Mullen is the author of the Ashfall series, about the aftermath of the eruption of a super volcano. First of all, it could happen. Seriously. Any day now…scientists just said so yesterday. So there’s that. Now I am all freaked out and can’t remember my second of all point. But rest assured it was a good one.


8. Jennifer Lynne Barnes as written a number of books, and to be perfectly honest, they haven’t really appealed to me. However, I just read her newest book, The Naturals, and I am hooked. I may not go back and read all of her previous books, but I will be watching for new stuff.

My 9 & 10 spot are for some local ladies. Ok, localish. We live in the same state! I have met them both. That’s local enough for me.

Colleen Clayton is the author of What Happens Next, a powerful story about a girl coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault. I really loved this book and Colleen was so generous with her time and did a program for me at my library. I am big fan and hope she has a new book soon!

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And last, but not least is Mindee Arnett. Her debut novel, The Nightmare Affair, came out this year, but 2014 is shaping up to be stellar. I can looking forward to The Nightmare Dilemma and I am super excited about the start of her new series, Avalon. They had me at Firefly.

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I think I made some great discoveries. Who should I read next?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-2014 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read 12/3/13

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and The Bookish have us looking ahead to 2014. At first I thought that there weren’t too many books coming soon that I am just dying to read, but upon closer examination of my lengthy TBR list, I managed to find a bunch! In chronological order, here are a few of the books I am excited about for 2014:

1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway. January 14. This is the sequel to Also Known As, a fun Gallagher Girls readalike.

going rogue

2. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. January 21. From the author of The Nightmare Affair (the sequel, The Nightmare Dilemma is also coming out in 2014 and I am excited about that as well!), comes a new science fiction series. For fans of Firefly? SOLD!


3. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. February 11. An unstoppable army of giant praying mantises? This sounds so weird. I can’t wait.

grasshopper jungle

4. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. February 18. This sequel to Mind Games will no doubt be awesome.

perfect lies

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. April 1. Oh. My. God. This is the book I am most excited about. An evil Dorothy? This is going to be one wicked Oz retelling!


6. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. April 1. A new serial killer book! This one sounds Dexter-ish, with a female do-gooder killer.

dear killer

7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. April 15. I loved Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door and am eager for more from her.

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8. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. May 6. You can always rely on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun contemporary novel, and I am sure this one will be another winner!

chapel wars

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. May 13. A suspense novel from E. Lockhart? How exciting!

we were liars

10. Raging Star by Moira Young. May 13. I am very excited for the final book in the Dustlands Trilogy. So much drama in book 2!

raging star

So that’s 10. But I am also SO excited for these too:

cress lair of dreams dreams of gods and monsters

AND I NEED a new Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, a new Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French, a new Shades of London by Maureen Johnson, and a new Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

What did I forget?

Happy Reading!