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Release Day Blitz: Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

| Friday, October 24, 2014 | 0 comments |
Cover Designed By: Erica Crouch

Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Stop by the Release Day Twitter Chat 
The Patchwork Press team will be hosting a release day chat with Pauline and would love for anyone interested in the book to stop by. Just be sure to follow Pauline and Patchwork Press!

About The Author
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She's currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes. You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris or on her Website: http://paulinecharris.wordpress.com/

Mini Review: The Maze: Three Tales of the Future by Charity Tahmaseb

| Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 2 comments |
Author: Charity Tahmaseb
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Collins Mark Books
Publication: July 19, 2014

Three stories. Three heroines. Three choices. 

The Maze: Cadet Eppie Langtry navigates the cold and endless maze as part of the Academy's final training exercise. Her exploration leads her to a fellow cadet, and their combined curiosity triggers something no one expects--least of all the cadre running the maze.

What Little Remains: In a post-apocalyptic city, Kit ekes out an existence by tending to her rooftop garden. A rift in time brings her a new friend from the past--and something else far more menacing.

Inside Out: When Lexia befriends a girl from outside a luxury spa facility, she starts seeing the cracks in her mother's disastrous fifth marriage, the world in which she lives, and her own future.

Mini Review
The Maze: Three Tales of the Future is a book I picked up on a whim one day while scouring Amazon for something quick yet interesting to read. I don't usually go for short story anthologies but the stories contained within The Maze piqued my curiosity enough that I knew I had to try it out. Well, I can honestly say I am so glad that I did. The Maze: Three Tales of the Future had some of the best speculative fiction in it that I've read. Each story was unique and left me wanting more.

The Maze: At first I was a bit confused by this story but the further I read, the clearer the scenario became. I won't go into much detail beyond that but I loved the twist at the end, I didn't see it coming at all.

What Little Remains:  This story was unique because the main character was merely a bystander to what was going on.  In fact, had she not been tending to a garden rooftop she probably would be none the wiser to those portals or the people using them. I really could see this story being longer. It would be great to see the perspectives of those on the other end.

Inside Out: This one was probably my favorite out of the bunch. I can't really describe the story without giving away the twist but it definitely had an The Island meets the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld vibe going on. Again, great story with great characters. 

Overall,  The Maze: Three Tales of the Future is undoubtedly one of my reading highlights this year. I sincerely hope the Author decides to make each of these shorts into full length novels. Yes, they were that good! I highly recommend picking this Novella up and giving it a go. 

With that being said, I'll be rating The Maze: Three Tales of the Future by Charity Tahmaseb  ★★★★★.

*Copy purchased by me. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them. 

About the Author
Follow: http://writingwrongs.wordpress.com/
Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She doesn’t think it’s a social stigma to eat alone at a restaurant and read a book. Her favorite city is London, but she loves living in Minnesota.

She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes young adult fiction and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul.