Tuesday, August 5, 2014

***Lesley's Review of Fall: Book 1 - The Cold Mark Saga by Scarlett Dawn***

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Fall blurb:
A savagely wicked new adult sci-fi series blasts off with Fall, the first novella in The Cold Mark Saga...

Only one thousand Humans survived The Travel from the shattered Earth. Some Humans say it was their penance for crushing such beauty. Eighteen-year-old Braita merely thought it was pathetic - pathetic that her people had been that blind.

Now, the Humans live in the solar system, Kline, where three planets are habitable. Joyal, the smallest planet, is embraced by the Humans - their family to love as they had never loved Earth. Though a planet covered mainly in water is dangerous real estate to dwell upon.

Their worry turns into devastating reality when Braita’s blessed village is struck by a tsunami. Population numbers must be kept to a minimum. Drastic measures must be taken. Braita’s life is twisted in brutality when she is chosen as one of the three hundred Humans to be removed from Joyal…and sent to the Mian, the aliens to fear, on the planet Triaz.

Thrown head first into a barbaric world she knows nothing of, Braita must adapt to a dark life as a slave of the Mian society. Her existence depends on it…and possibly, the fall of her heart.

Lesley's Review

Sometimes I get into these ruts where I can’t get into a book. FALL became the one knocked me out of my funk. It sucked me into its extraterrestrial world. FALL for me was a refreshing step away from the normal. I am a big fan of different, which is why that makes me a big fan of Scarlett Dawn’s. She has a way of making her made up worlds come to life and yet, feel real enough that you can relate.

The Story begins with Briata Valorngoing about a normal day on her home away from home. This new planet Joyal, is all that she’s ever known. Earth is now only in history books. I almost feel like I get a sense of a “hippy” culture because everything so peaceful and they worship the planet.
Yet, things feel off kilter. I’m not sure what I expected, but I did not expect what this book turned into. I was pleasantly surprised with the change in environment.

 You know what they say “everything is good until it’s not”.

“Only the rush of water and wind was heard past the cries of the devastated”

With disaster striking the small planet of Joyal, they are forced to rely on the help of the other nearby planets. The inhabitants on these planets could not be more different. They for one are not human. (No worries, They resemble humans. No slime or bulging eyes.) Two, they have a different way of life all together. The twist you seeis that Joyal will send several of the humans to these planets to live to preserve human life. This is where the story begins to hook me. Yes, Briata is sent to live on another planet, but as a slave. These aliens don’t seem all that friendly and her grasp of their language isn’t that great. All she knows is that they are known to be savages. They like war and all the things her species does not.

Eeep. Definite creep factor.

AND that’s where I stop explaining the story. HA!

See bits and pieces come out along the way. The whys and whats, the whos and hows, the story flows fast,but it is packed with the unknown. Part of the reason this book took me under was because I didn’t see it coming. But I will tell you this; I could have been cheering out loud for a part of the book. I was scared for Briata and excited by the events that took place. I seriously could have screamed and yelled like a mad woman in the end.I just kept saying,“What is happening”, “Oh no”, and of course I laughed. It’s the little things that count. Briata is a kick-ass character but she is ignorant to so many things. Being that she is human there’s a lot left unspoken so as not to freak her out. I think, or I hope that’s just the case because well, there are a couple of ways this could go.

And Scarlett (aka-the big tease) is a wicked, wicked woman to leave us with so many unknowns but brilliant at the same time. It keeps me guessing, and unfortunately, impatiently waiting as well. I am pretty sure I want some Plumas of my own, but I shall reserve my final decision for when I have more information. (I think I still want them any way) If my assumptions are correct, someone needs to give Briata a rude but pleasant awakening. I’d be happy to switch places with her.  I thinking she may just get thatawakening in the next installment. One can hope.

There was one qualm about this book it was TOO short. With THAT being said, this was still a great start to a new series.  4.5 I WANT MORE stars.

Just an FYI: there is M/M interaction in this book. I guess in a way some poly-amorous expectations. If that’s not for you, that’s okay, because the more for me… the merrier.

 About the Author

 #1 Bestseller in Witches and Wizards Romance and award-winner, Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave. She lives in the Midwest, adores her music loud, and her fries covered in melted cheese.

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