Archives for the month of: September, 2015

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Opalescent is the second book in the Harmony Run series by Sarah Elle Emm. It continues the story of a distopian America, changed politically into a tyranny cut off from the rest of the world. 

This book is where the series really picked up for me and became truly interesting. As we discover more special abilities of people, and how they use them for both good and bad, the conflict rages more with each page. The pacing is much better in Opalescent than it was in Prismatic, and that pulled me into the story more fully.

There are some continuity issues in the series, and they seemed to be most prevalent in this book. At least one of the sub-conflicts seemed completely unnecessary and fabricated more for tension than anything else.

Despite these flaws, Opalescent was truly the beginning of this series for me. This is where I began losing sleep in order to read, catapulting the Harmony Run series into an elite group of series. 



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Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm is the introduction to a dystopian America in 2050. In 2046, a new president is elected and immediately changes the structure of American government, politics, social life, and classes. The results are more devastating for some people than others, however.

Emm lays a lot of groundwork in this book, putting a setting and a conflict into place. The book as a whole seemed a little slow, but that’s because Emm did a lot of explaining of the history of the changes in America.

The characters are admirable, and their personalities are believable. Emm has added the fantastical element of super powers genetically dispersed to certain people. Although this is a bit hard to swallow at first due to the incompatibility with our current reality, which the book is supposed to be based on, it was easy to accept and even enjoy once the realization that it’s a fantasy sets in.

Although I loved the Harmony Run series as a whole, Prismatic was not my favorite in the series. Once I was past it, I was soon sleep deprived from reading all night long several nights in a row. But Prismatic was a slow introduction to what is ultimately a great series.


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Milan by Simi K Rao is a novella about an arranged marriage in India. Mili finds out one morning that her parents have been approached by the mother of her childhood rival, Ahaan. This is a fun little story that explores how people change as they become adults. Although the novella could have used some fleshing out, it had intriguing details.

 Admittedly, I am not deeply familiar with Indian culture as a whole, nor this particular region specifically. But it seemed to me that the characters were very Americanized in their slang and attitudes. I might have been projecting too much into the story, though.

 I liked the teasing and flirting personality of Mili, but her sudden mood swings into huffy impatience seemed not quite right. I have decided that Ahaan is an angel to have consistently responded with loving patience to Mili’s mercurial ways.

 The large appendix that details arranged marriages and wedding ceremonies in India is an excellent proof that Rao is a thoughtful and accomplished author. I just wished this could have translated a little more into the fiction part of the story.

 Over all, I enjoyed this novella as a happy little afternoon read. People who enjoy light-hearted romance may enjoy this book.

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