Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Avalon by Mindee Arnett: Review and Giveaway ($50 GC)

by Mindee Arnett
Published:  January 21, 2014
Publisher:  Balzer and Bray
Source:  ARC
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.

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My Thoughts:  I am a fan of the Firefly series and that fact combined with the promise of science fiction, spaceships, and teenage mercenaries definitely had me wanting to find out more about Avalon.  Jeth and his motley crew of teens, kind of like a grown up version of The Little Rascals with a badass side, work for a space crime lord of sorts.   Jeth is a likable character, very protective of his sister, and he cares for his crew.  There are several secondary characters that all play a role, with the love interest being Sierra.  Sierra's character didn't wow me, but she was okay.  The romance was there, but not in an overbearing way.  The story has its slow moments and it action-packed ones.  There is even a great villain.  While somewhat predictable, the story did have its twists and turns in the plot that proved to be entertaining.  

Overall, Avalon is a good science fiction story that will be enjoyed by those who love the genre, even more so by teenage fans.  While I wasn't blown away by the story, I did enjoy it and will be reading the sequel to see where the author takes the story from here.  
About:  Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.

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  1. I thought this one was okay, enjoyable but has more potential. I really did not like Sierra! Loved Jeth and his crew though. Hope the sequel is better :P

  2. Sorry this one didn't wow you more.

  3. Thanks for the review. I've been hearing about this one for a while, but I wasn't sure it was something I wanted to bump up high on my list.

  4. i particularly liked that the romance wasn't main focus here but yes this is definitely a great sci-fi read and definitely helped cheer my mood up (i read revolution 19 before i began this).

    do check my review too here

  5. Great Review Ellen :) I an tell you enjoyed this one, but weren't wowed by it! I like how you describe the crew as "The Little Rascals with a badass side." I love The Little Rascals! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  6. I've heard a few mixed things about this one. I am curious about it but I might have to pick it up from the library.

  7. A great review Ellen! I am glad you mostly liked this one, unfortunately I stopped part way through but I might pick it up again to see how it all ends - I do love the cover.

  8. It was slow fro me at the beginning but I did enjoy the last half of it. Glad you did too. ) Great review.


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