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Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann - Review + Giveaway

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The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann

The Silver Sickle
Author:
Ellie Ann
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: July 2013
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

The end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .

Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?

Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

If I could rename The Silver Sickle, I would probably call it "The Unfinished Silver Sickle Kiss," mainly due to the reason that the story focuses on a silver sickle and an unfinished kiss between 2 of the 3 main characters: Zel and Farissa.

To be honest, I was expecting cyborgs and blood and gore, even then I knew that this is a steampunk novel, not horror. Really, I was. That robot on the cover? Cyborgs. That sickle (essentially a farming tool)? Lots of killing. Perhaps cyborgs are taking over the world, which technically isn't that far off from the actual meaning... but half the time I was wondering where Captain Hook was at.

As mentioned earlier, The Silver Sickle follows 3 views (le main characters): Zel, Farissa and Gira. That was probably a really good idea, because if it were only in Farissa's view, I most likely would have thrown the book at the wall. Despite the fact I like her personality, she spends most of her time worrying about Zel – and vice versa, but Zel was less (really, the suicidal mention? Me no likey. I probably would have DNFed if it were just Zel and Farissa. Gira makes things INTERESTING.) – and trying to avoid getting taken by the Arum. Sheldon Cooper approves. Of book throwing that is.
The Amar are these really creepy crab bugs who are actually aliens. They're like piranha versions of humans. The babies are like vampire piranha versions of humans. I don't know what makes them seem like goddesses, but I sort of think that's a bunch of poo because humans are being sacrificed. Yes, Aztecs, I'm looking at you.

Or maybe it isn't because the humans – who I were so hoping were cyborgs but aren't – don't care about alien looks. I would have ran screaming my head off, thus landing myself in the harem most likely, which tends to be the case with Farissa, and it's around later that Farissa becomes a bit more interesting. She finally stops worrying so much – well, she IS in the harem. It's not like worrying about being taken when you're already taken will improve anything – and actually tries. Hoorah! I still think worrying about Zel needs to be toned down a little, but at least she's not thinking he's "sexy" 24/7.

Despite the creepiness and technicalities – posh. That tends to be the case with all steampunk books usually – of it all, I did enjoy The Silver Sickle. It's a unique version of aliens – at least they're not handsome (what a plus! I'm done with a bunch of Daemons running around. DONE) – invading in a steampunkish world. The sickle was pretty creative in my humble opinion, but please. The worrying of love interests does need to be brought down a notch.

Random Thought: This just describes math PERFECTLY. *hugs Ellie Ann*
Today they groaned and smashed their heads together, not making a lick of sense.

4.5 Owls


Author Bio

Ellie Ann is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of science fiction, comics, and thrillers.

I was born in the jungles of Thailand, was raised in a small farming village in Iowa, lived in the middle of a Texan desert, and now abide in the Ozarks. I like writing fairy tales, tall tales, thrillers, science fiction, and am seriously interested in transmedia storytelling.

I’m a creative editor for Stonehouse Ink. I’m a producer of interactive books at Noble Beast.

Come say hi! I don’t bite. Unless I’ve been turned into a zombie.
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