It’s April! (yes, it’s very late April, so sue us. I’ve been packing and poor Andy has been unwell for most of it.) That means it’s time for another birthstone tag. The stone for April is a diamond, best known for engagement rings and all things shiny.
A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known
Atlantis Grail series by Vera Nazarian
The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
You Qualify or you die.
I’m not a big sci-fi fan. You learn this about me pretty quickly. Much like contemporary, it’s not a genre I pick up all that often. But I snagged Qualify for free during a sale and devoured it. It’s a great sci-fi series and although it has a slight Hunger Games feel, it’s less cut-throat. Kids don’t die (ok, they will when the asteroid hits) and the tasks are all about brains. You have to be smart and creative, instead of good with knives.
While it is probably not aimed for an adult audience, if you’re a teen or fan of YA, this is a great book for those who are like me and pass over sci-fi. Gwen is adorkable and even with her brains, she’s way out of her depth at times. There’s a wide range of characters you will either love or want to kill, it has great world building for Atlantis and the tests are interesting, with enough of an edge to keep you in your seat. Also, the sci-fi tech? very cool.
I bought Compete when it came out – yes, I spent actual money on a sci-fi novel. I was surprised too. Unfortunately books 3 and 4 were delayed due to the author suffering from illness as they were both previously scheduled for released in 2016. But book 3 ‘Win’ is nearly done and I will certainly be getting it when it’s out.
I cheated slightly and went with my favourite webcomic, which is also available in print at the artist’s online shop, so you should definitely check them out: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mildtarantula
Josceline Fenton’s comic tells the tale of an 800 year old witch called Lumi, who lives in the shell of a giant snail called Richmond. It’s set in the bewitching forests of Scandinavia and is heavily influenced by Eastern European myth and folklore. There’s darkness and deceit, cunning but adorable familiars, monsters who may not be the true monsters and features the appearance of one and only Baba Yaga, the queen of the witches.
The art is starkly beautiful and the plot in enthralling. You can read Hemlock online where it is updated semi-regularly, but it’s well worth the wait between updates when Fenton works on other projects (namely, Steven Universe! because she is a legend).
So that’s us for our April gemstone! Hope to see you again in May for the Emerald gemstone.
Speaking of May, it also may be a shaky month for us, posts wise. We are still trying to get ‘The Monster at the End of This Fic’ up to where we want it, combined with it’s Andy’s busiest month for uni stuff and I am away at various points. But we will try our hardest to be better than we have this month.
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