The Cage of Zeus

In a society where humans have advanced technology so far that we can reach the moons of Jupiter, gender and sexuality is an issue. People can change physical sex however they wish, or even have the organs of both, but humanity has come much further in bioengineering than that.

On Jupiter-I, a space station in orbit around Jupiter, we find the Rounds. They are so-called true intersex, and they naturally have both male and female traits. They are humans whose DNA is different from the people who created them. However, not all are happy about the engineered humans, and now Jupiter-I is targeted by the terrorist group The Vessel of Life.
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A Piece of Sky

There were so many new things to take in. With a rise of panic, it became clear how overwhelming it all could be.
I took in our surroundings and tried to calm myself.
Tree….
I looked to another one. Tree….
One more. Another tree….
The sound of crickets made me glad I wasn’t the only one still awake. Their music helped soothe me. I still couldn’t get over how soft the little red hen was. I counted her with the trees. Chicken….
A brief lull. Rocks….
Something moved in the darkness of the woods. I startled to full alertness. Not a tree.
We were being spied on.

indexAn acorn hung from the Father Tree, protected by Abaven. However, one day the acorn fell off as Abaven fought off a creature heading for the tree. The acorn was picked up by an evil creature, but was flung away and hit the hen Rós in the head. Rós and her friend Grania then sets out on a journey to find out what this little piece of sky is. Continue reading

Moonlight

Xander began to circle Aowyn. She watched him, poised and ready. He swung his blade, and Aowyn met it midair. The steel clanged. She rounded and got Xander across his back with the flat of her sword. He stumbled forward. Some of his men cheered and laughed. Xander steadied himself and swung again. Steel sang against steel.
Aowyn sidestepped and blocked another blow. She swung quickly, but Xander deflected the attack. She remembered the times her brothers had allowed her to fight with them. She racked her brain in search of their tricks.
Xander tensed as their swordplay continued. Aowyn breathed and relaxed. She had been taught that tension slows the body. What she lacked in strength, she made up for in speed.
Aowyn moved quickly, felling two blows against Xander. He lost his balance, and she landed her foot in his thigh. Xander rolled into the mud and gave her a roguish grin.

41pB2hHBXTL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_After the princess Aowyn‘s mother, Queen Sulwen, passes the handmaiden Ciatlllait is seducing the two oldest sons and the King himself. One night the woman turns all of Aowyn’s brothers into swans and while trying to protect them and her father, she needs to find a way for her to break the curse put on her brothers. But while this is going on Lord Rab plans to take over The Summer Isle, where Aowyn lives, and sends his two sons Bannock and Xander with an army to crush the weakened King Aodhagáin. Continue reading

The Subtle Beauty

“Tell me about this Colin fellow, then.”
“He is kinder than you.”
“Really?”
“Yes, really. He is gentle and noble. He says my eyes are like agates.”
“Like rocks?” The gryphon pushed his head through the bush, his large fox-like ears close to his head. Glory glared him in the eye. She was put off by his stench, but utterly unafraid. “Ah, yes.” The gryphon seemed to smile. “I see.”
“He says my voice is like the skylark’s song.”
“Skylarks is it?” The gryphon’s ears perked. “I do like skylarks… they are delicious!”
Glory clenched her fists; heat rose to her face. “My hair is like the golden fleece captured by Jason from Colchis.”
“So he says your hair is like the dead hide of a castrated sheep. How quaint.”
Glory bit her lip and stomped her feet. “Even the Sun God worships me!”
The gryphon’s eyes flashed. His head cocked to the side, his mouth gaping a little. Glory could see his tongue rise and fall with his breath. For a moment she thought she had won.
“Forgive me, Princess, but I wish to retract the apology.”
Glory blinked.
“You are still ugly.”
“I am not ugly!” Glory screamed.

51ulTYUo6vL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Glory is the youngest of seven princess and she’s in love with Colin. But her father has decided that the cursed child Eoghan, son of the evil man Xander, will be her husband-to-be and announces it on the night of her sister’s wedding. The princess is going to elope with her beloved, but despite all, she ends up at Blackthorn Keep where prince Eoghan lives. Continue reading

Howl’s Moving Castle

“The castle was uglier than ever close to. It was far too tall for its height and not a very regular shape. As far as Sophie could see in the growing darkness, it was built of huge black blocks, like coal, and, like coal, the blocks were all different shapes and sizes. Chill breathed off these blocks as she got closer, but that failed to frighten Sophie at all. She just thought of chairs and firesides and stretched her hand out eagerly to the door.”

9780061478789_p0_v1_s1200x630In the town of Market Chipping, lives Sophie Hatter. She’s the oldest of three daughters and is doomed to fail in her life. Being the oldest also means she will inherit the hat shop she’s feeling she’s slaving away in while her younger sisters are either learning magic of working in a bakery. But suddenly one the the Witch of the Waste comes into the hat shop and curses the young girl to an old woman for no reason. It becomes the start of a journey that would change Sophie’s life entirely as she ends up at the moving castle of Wizard Howl, known to eat the hearts of young women, as she makes a bargain with the fire demon Calcifer. Continue reading

Cinder

“Think of the food,” Iko said. “And the dresses. And the music!”
Cinder ignored her and picked out some tool to put on Iko’s magnetic body.”By the stars! Think of prince Kai! Maybe you get to dance with prince Kai!”
That made Cinder stop and look toward Iko’s blinding light. “Why would the prince want to dance with me?
Iko’s fans hummed while she was thinking.
“Because you won’t have oil in your face this time.”

11235712Linh Cinder is a well-known mechanic and can be found at the markets of New Beijing. And that’s exactly where prince Kaito finds her when he wants to get his android repaired. Shocked and while missing one of her feet, Cinder promises to try fixing the android before the yearly ball that commemorates the end of the fourth world war. But when her stepsister Peony has signs of letumosis, Cinder’s life makes a turn, and it would appear it’s not for the better. Continue reading

Thieves at Heart

12810758Tavera, an orphaned half-elf, has been taken in by Derk, a thief that is teaching her the art to steal without getting caught, both by working alone and working together with others. Her goal is to be let into the Cup, a secret society for thieves that has a pride in what they do, but also are “better” than the scum who steal or hurt others for fun. Follow Tavera growing from a young girl to a woman and her struggles in the Valley.

This story is a continuation of Little Girl Lost, and is about Tavera’s life after she fled from the sausage-maker. It’s not as much as thievery, as you’d think, but more about the struggles of growing up. Although rather well-written it left me wondering what really happened to the girl before Little Girl Lost. Where did she come from? What happened to her parents? The book also ended rather abruptly and I expected to read more about the girl in the next book, Self-made Scoundrel. I wanted more adventure and sometimes it felt like the books skipped in time just as it seemed to become really interesting. But though my expectations were high and the book completely different from what I thought it would be, I enjoyed reading about Tavera’s growth and struggles. I also learnt more about the Valley of Ten Crescents, which is where they live.

In short, I’m disappointed but the book was still good and I liked it.


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The Clan of the Cave Bear

9781444709858Ayla is tall, thin, blonde and not very woman-like. A very ugly woman in fact. She doesn’t fit in with the Clan, but she considers herself to be Clan, even though, she’s in fact one of the Others. But her mother is Iza, a medicine woman of the Clan. Because of where she came from, her life just is difficult, with both drama and happy moments.

I started reading this book in 2012. No, I didn’t spend the entire 2013 reading it. In fact I didn’t read it at all for about a year and a half because of various things going on in my life. I just put the book on the shelf, even if I was not far from the end. Stupid move, I know, but here we now are… Continue reading