Snapshot Reviews: Fates by Lanie Bross & Strikeforce by Nick James

March 1, 2014 3 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★


One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

FATES by Lanie Bross (website)

My Thoughts:

Fates has a very interesting premise but I failed to connect with Corinthe and unfortunately wasn’t very fond of the the guy Luc who she falls for. Just something about his personality didn’t work for me. The ideas here were really interesting but didn’t jive with me mostly because of the reasoning behind why Corinthe is banished in the first place.  The writing style was well done and vivid, the world Corinthe comes from being very intriguing but the plot line and characters failed to capture my interest and sympathy. This was pitched as a twist on Greek Mythology and luckily I didn’t have much knowledge of Greek Mythology so I wasn’t comparing things internally over what the author may have done differently. I think some readers will still enjoy this, as for me I can’t even pinpoint exactly what didn’t work for me.

Overall – 2 stars – It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

skyship academy strikeforce

Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.


My Review of Book One: Skyship Academy – Pearl Wars

My Thoughts:

Strikeforce is the third and last book in the Skyship Academy trilogy. By the point we get to this book the books aren’t really about the academy anymore but the two brothers and how their actions and struggles impact the fate of humanity as well as the alien race. This wraps things up nicely and has a lot of action. I do want to note that I think I would have enjoyed this much more if I’d read all three books back to back. I really enjoyed the first book and became attached to the characters in that first one. By the time the second rolled around I was no longer quite as attached but by this third book I didn’t have their voices in my head anymore and there wasn’t as much character development focused on instead things were heavily action and plot movement. Normally I don’t have a problem reconnecting to characters because I’m a series fiction reader and I’m used to waiting a year or more in between books but for some reason here I didn’t sync back up with them. So if you’re looking for a Sci-Fi YA trilogy to read all at once, the Skyship Academy trilogy are all out now and I would recommend this as a a good one. While I wasn’t blown away by the end and I wish I would have loved it more, it was overall good and as I said I think if you’re reading it all in quick succession I think it will be much more enjoyable.

Cover – 3 stars – I don’t know I think its that center portion that just didn’t do it for me.
Story– 3 stars – Overall a satisfying ending.


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12 Responses to “Snapshot Reviews: Fates by Lanie Bross & Strikeforce by Nick James”

  1. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I’m like 20 pages into Fates and I keep seeing reviews very similar to your own. I’m really hoping it works out for me because so far it’s pretty interesting. I’ve seen Skyship around but I haven’t looked into it recently, I’ll have try them out.
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    • Pabkins

      That is exactly correct Tammy! However I am going to do a snapshot reviews post for Death’s Rival and Blood Trade by Faith Hunter because they are two back to back books in a series and are just my fun reads. But definitely these snapshots are perfect when i don’t have much to say, or don’t care to say much. I’ve seen some reviewers that never write more than a paragraph on any of their reviews ever.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I noticed that once I posted my review up and scrolled down on goodreads that there was an overwhelming amount of negatives on this one. That’s really too bad – usually I find myself the small minority when I dislike a YA book.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! You know I bet some people really will love it. I think its just completely dependent on their tastes. You know I have noticed a bunch more mythology books lately and I think I’m going to just start steering clear of most of them. Only one has worked for me thus far and that was Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Completely agreed. If I can’t get behind some reasoning it adds a bit of ridiculous that I just can’t abide. Now when a book is meant to be comedy and ridiculous thats a different story haha.