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  • Posted February 16, 2015

    I¿ve read Mari Mancusi¿s Scorched & Shattered ¿ both of whic

    I’ve read Mari Mancusi’s Scorched & Shattered – both of which I love because, hello, dragons!  So I was very excited to get a chance to read another one of her works – Alternity.  While there are no dragons in Alternity, I found myself quickly drawn in to Skye’s world.  The beginning was a little confusing, but I knew Mancusi would make it all clear in time, so it wasn’t hard to continue reading.  I hadn’t realized it was a post-apocalyptic novel otherwise that probably would have cleared things up a lot sooner.  Anyway, I liked the overall plot to the story.  There’s a slight love triangle included, but nothing so in-your-face, which is refreshing.  I enjoyed reading as Skye and Dawn’s relationship developed and as Skye herself evolved into a character I liked more and more.  While it didn’t blow my mind, Alternity reminded me of the movie Total Recall – so if you’re into that kind of thing, then this is a book you should check out!  Alternity was a quick read and well written.  Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5.0.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great. I finished t

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great. I finished the book today and I am still thinking about it. I was not expecting the twist towards the end. It was nice to read a book and not have it be predictable. I enjoyed the ending and how everything wrapped up. I didn't want it to end. I want a sequel!

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Review: The best way I can describe Alternity is Metropolis mee


    The best way I can describe Alternity is Metropolis meets V for Vendetta which meets something else altogether in a back alley somewhere. Unfortunately the book doesn't quite pull off the mashup of this surreal,technological,Dystopian world well. I want to start with the cons first because I feel that they outweighed the positives.


    World Building- The World of Terra seems like it was built with just enough information to satisfy the casual reader but not enough to really envelop the senses of someone familiar with the genre. I felt that the World was lacking richness and depth. It's almost like the Author couldn't make up her mind how she wanted it to be so just gave up trying entirely.

    Skye- Where do I start? Skye is just not a likable character she is stubborn, a bit prudish and definitely not the heroine I was expecting her to be. I got angry at Skye insisting she needed to get back to the "real" world but actually never giving any good reason why. I could understand if she was worried her family might be upset with her absence or worrying over her boyfriend but they aren't mentioned as a reason. Hell if she had said she was worried about missing to many classes I'd even be happy. Now not everything about Skye was bad she was enjoyable to read about while interacting with Dawn and her character did come to life at the end but sadly it was to little and late for me to care.

    Pacing- I enjoyed the first couple chapters but then the book slowed way down and for no real good reason. It also became way to technical and I definitely feel that was to blame for the pacing problem. It did pick back up at the end and that was this books saving grace so to speak.


    The Plot- I liked the concept of Alternity and the bare bones of the story was certainly unique but the execution could of been much, much better.

    The Ending- I really enjoyed the "twists" in the story. While I could tell where things were heading I definitely was left satisfied when all was revealed.

    Skye's Narration- I felt that while yes Skye was a pretty dull character I liked seeing the story unfold through her eyes. It was almost like watching a movie.

    Overall this book had some hits and a bunch of misses but in the end it was a good read. I have however come to the conclusion that I think this Author isn't for me. This is the second book I've read by Mari Mancusi and the second time I've been left feeling less than satisfied. Many of the main problems in Tomorrow Land I felt transferred over to this book as well. Certainly give this book a shot and judge for yourself. It was at least worth a one time read. In the end I will be giving Alternity by Mari Mancusi ¿¿¿. Worth a read, worth your time but definitely not without some major bumps along the way.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Great dystopian/ sci-fi read

    Look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous?! Yes, I’m a cover-whore, and I would have totally grabbed the book if it wasn’t already offered to me.

    Its been awhile since I’ve read dystopian, so this was a good change of pace for me. The last dystopian book I read I was so disappointed in. This was a quick read that had me enamored from the first few pages. It didn’t feel like a dystopian book since it kept going back and forth from reality to reality. Was it sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian? You didn’t really know until the last 1/3 of the book.

    The writing was phenomenal, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it at all. There weren’t any really slow parts to it, and it didn’t go too fast. The story line, even with its twists was easy to follow. The twists were original and kept it fresh and interesting.

    The ending was the only sort of disappointment. Could this continue on into a sequel? Yes. But at the same time, it closed enough where it could be a stand-alone book as well.

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