4* Review Endurance

Oh Regina. My friend Regina. I feel like her friend. I feel an attachment. I have been through so much with her and have cheered her on the entire way. Four books. A series. (I highly recommend reading these in order, together, as soon as possible!)

Supposedly this is the final book in the series, but I am not convinced! I feel like there are still unanswered questions and curious what happens next. Things were left… unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like some things were finally explained but there are still some things that weren’t wrapped up.

All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and will be passing it on to my 10 year old to read. It isn’t inappropriate. It is future based with a lot of intrigue and interest, twists and turns, edge of your seat suspense (but not in a bad, scary way suspense.)

I definitely recommend picking up the Regina Shen series!

(Leila)

http://lifeasleels.com/regina-shen-endurance/

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4* Review Xenogeneic

Dr. Elena Pyetrov is a brilliant aerospace engineer with one goal in mind, travelling to space to finish dream her father had failed fulfilling 18 years ago. She is going to make if further than he did and finally prove that there is life beyond Earth. After working against government red tape and a few naysayers, she successfully convinces them that her mission is worthy of support but when day finally comes an unexpected event happens. mission goes terribly wrong and Elena’s ship is pulled off course crashing onto another planet. Elena and her crew quickly find out that their crash was orchestrated by an alien species that has kidnapped them and a number of other humans for a specific purpose. Elena will have to do everything in her power to lead humans and protect them while trying to figure out what exactly their captors have in store for them, humanity and with Earth.

The storyline is packed full of tons of twists and turns that keep reader engaged in characters and plot. There is a great deal going on from inner fighting between factions of Knoonk (the aliens) to inner fighting between human clans and interpersonal relationships between Marc, Elena and her sister. There is never a dull moment even when moments in storyline are meant to be dull. I do wish there had been more detailed background focus on Knoonk concerning what exactly happened within their civil war to cause factions and why they made choices they made concerning their religion, gender and so on.

Xenogenic is a great sci-fi story with a host of strong female characters leading charge on both sides of conflict. descriptive writing paints a detailed picture that doesn’t overwhelm sci-fi plot but adds to visuals and flow of story. Overall it’s a great book with potential to carry on as series that delves deeper into continuation of Elena and her sister’s life on Earth.

(Joy Remson-Johnson)

4* Review Resilience

Regina Shen Resilience

Regina Shen lives in the swamps on the seaward side of the wall of the World Federation. Regina is one of the “marginals’ who survive beyond the help of the government. But the government is experiencing some difficulties. The world of only females is having trouble reproducing. The DNA that has helped society continue has degenerated so that the species is at risk.

The Federal agents are testing the marginal girls and have found two with a viable DNA… the Shen sisters, Regina and her younger sister, Colleen. The girls are on the run from a hurricane and the Federal agents, especially the Department of Antiquities Chief Inspector, DeMarco. DeMarco sees the girls, especially Regina, as her ticket up the power chain.

Regina is intent on finding her missing mother and sister. She keeps going back into danger, desperate to find Colleen. DeMarco has resources including the government technology of tracking devices, power boats, weapons and a network of marginal traders who barter everything they can, including girls. Although she is hot on her heels, Regina, with her affinity for the swamps, continues to evade capture.

Regina finds friends along the way who help her survive until she returns to her beloved teacher Mo-Mere. Mo-Mere was once within the walls until they cast her out. She knows that Regina is special and she wants to train and prepare her for more. Regina isn’t one to sit and hide. She wants to be out salvaging and helping to carry her own weight. But how can Regina stay with her friends without putting them in danger?

I like Regina’s strong character even though she is young, impulsive and makes foolish mistakes. She is also resourceful and caring. She is lucky to find good friends along her journey. DeMarco is a villain you like to dislike and I kept hoping she would meet an unpleasant fate. There is some repetition of the circumstances and it seemed like Regina was often more worried about food than getting to a place of safety. Granted she has to get food and water to survive but it just seemed like too much emphasis to me. (Then again… it is YA which sometimes pushes my patience.) Other than that, the writing flows well and has good pacing with tension building action.

I like how Regina is becoming a symbol of hope for the marginals. Still, she is in constant danger of betrayal or capture. I am looking forward to continuing the story in a week with book 2, Vigilance.

(Martha Eskuchen, http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-review-and-tour-giveaway-regina.html)

 

Review: Endurance

I really like this series. Endurance is the fourth book in the Regina Shen series.

Lance Erlick’s writing flows well and his descriptions are great. He has the ability to make you feel like you’re actually there.

Regina Shen only has one goal: to save her sister from the Department of Antiquities; however, she’s beginning to think that there’s more to her destiny once she does save her sister. Regina continues to grow as a character and is a very strong young woman.

There is so much corruption in the Federation that no one can be trusted. Inspector Demarco is close to losing her job to Volpe, who was once her inferior, and instead of working together to find Regina, they’re each trying to find her first. Regina knows she can’t trust either one of them but sometimes it’s necessary to choose the lesser of two evils. But will that work out for her?

I really like this series. It is full of action and suspense and this book had several twists. I’m hoping there’s another book to come.

(bound7escape.com)

4* Review Xenogeneic

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was excited to read this book because I’d read Regina Shen series by Lance Erlick and I like his writing.

Xenogeneic is science fiction with many twists. Dr. Elena Pyetrov wants to continue her father’s work in space. Her space ship doesn’t even make it to base on moon when it is taken off course and crashes. Even though all of people on board should have died, most of them find themselves in a network of caves. They learn that their captors are Knoonk and they want to take over Earth for their species to live on.

Lance Erlick’s writing flows well and his descriptions are great. He has ability to make you feel like you’re actually there. In Xenogeneic, there are is continuous change for characters and many twists. What a ride!

All of characters, even Knoonk, carry baggage which affects how they deal with situation. One of Knoonk hates humans so she treats them horribly. Others aren’t so abusive, at least not one on one. Elena is driven, strong, and independent which makes her a born leader. Her ex-fiance is also a born leader but his type of leadership doesn’t work here.

I definitely recommend Xenogeneic. In fact, you may have trouble putting it down once you start reading it.

(Dawn)

Book Review: Xenogeneic First Contact by Lance Erlick

4* Review Resilience

Regina Shen Resilience

This was a different read for me and I’m glad that I took a chance on this unique take on a world without men.

I was hooked from the start, the world building was fantastic and it drew me in a way that had me thinking I was watching a movie.

I was so-so on Regina at first, but she soon grew on me and has become one of my fav charters of the year, not only her but Wendy was well. I loved their stringent, bravery and loyalty.  Regina is a fire cracker and isn’t afraid to back down.

I don’t want to give anything away, this was a short read but an outstanding one. The world is rich, sinister, and gets your mind thinking about the what if’s.

I highly recommend this book, it will change the way you look at an all-woman world. I can’t wait to dive into the next installment.

Happy Reading

(E.A. Walsh, http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca/p/regina-shen-series.html)

5* Review Resilience

Regina Shen Resilience

Think Hunger Games. Think in the future (way future) and battle for survival. The rich survive while the poor fight for their lives to be… well, the last one standing.

Let me set the scene…

The inner circle is surrounded by a giant wall. Have you ever watched the Avatar cartoon? The “big city” is surrounded by this giant wall to keep the outside world out, separate from the inside world. That’s what we have here.

On the inside is the “worthy”. BUT, they are all women. No men. The world is run by women. “Grand Old Dames” to be exact. Hundreds of years old Grand Old Dames because technology.

On the outside is “swamp” with the residents being called “swamp rats”. Again, no men. All women. (Men no longer exist, sorry guys!)

Resilience essentially follows Regina going through a severe thunderstorm that floods the entire swamp, losing her family and everyone else they knew.

While trying to survive the swamp and all that comes with it, the flooding, and losing everything (family, home and belongings) she now must remain out of the reach of the Antiquities from the “inner city” who want her unique DNA for breeding.

I thoroughly enjoyed following Regina’s adventures and escapes as well as her creativity. I look forward to reading the next books in the series to see what happens to her along the way!

(by Lela at http://lifeasleels.com/regina-shen-resilience-book-1/)

Endurance Review

As I have read all of these books in this series, I became invested in Regina and her quest to find her sister. The battle between Volpe and Demarco kept the story intriguing and very entertaining. I didn’t know what either lady would do next to try and gain the upper hand. Thus in turn it kept me guessing as to who to trust. Through this journey, Regina has really turned out to be a strong leader but in her book smart, knowledge of the world, and strength. She really is the key to survival of womankind and mankind.

Because I was so invested in the characters and the storyline, it was easy to read this book. I sat down to start reading and just kept reading until I was almost to the halfway point of the book before I put it down. Yet when I picked it up again I was right back into the story until the end. I have enjoyed this series. It is refreshing.

(by Cheryl at http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2016/07/endurance-giveaway.html)

Endurance Review

Regina Shen is an outcast in her futuristic society.  She lives in a time where everything we know is gone.  She is once again caught between the people who run the government.  This time it is the Department of Antiques and the political turmoil over who will become the next World Premier.  She is also still trying to find enough treasures to sell in order to buy her sister’s freedom.  This journey is not an easy one and it will push Regina to her limits.  Will she be able to endure such trials?

This book in the series is the best of the entire series. Regina has really grown as the character who has become a very strong female protagonist.  This book has so many twists and turns that it will keep the reader at the edge of their chairs.  The author knows how to draw the audience into this world.  This book was a wonderful way to end this series.  This book I give five out of five stars.

This series is one I would recommend to those who love the “rebuilding of a society after this one has collapse” genre.  Lance Erlick is a wonderful writer.  The reader can tell his joy of writing just by reading this series.  It is amazing to see how Regina has grown throughout these books. This character will be missed.

(by Catherine Carrington at http://bookreviewsandwallpapers.blogspot.com/)

Defiance Review

Join Regina Shen as the exiting, great, daring, and dangerous adventure continues in book three of the Regina Shen Series, Defiance.  Regina is still on the run and continues to elude capture from the patrol-women who want her for her DNA in hopes to reverse a worldwide fertility catastrophe, as they think Regina’s genes are the key to saving the world.  Having previously taken and tested Regina’s sister, Colleen, but found her DNA lacking, the patrol-women now want Regina more than ever.  But Regina perseveres and comes up with a plan to barter for her own freedom and that of Colleen as well.  But this plan leads Regina on a dangerous and thrilling journey not only across the Alaskan wilderness, but a personal journey to also discover herself, as Mo-Mere previously instructed and suggested.  I would recommend this novel to teens that enjoy science fiction and dystopian fiction.

(by Sydney Anderson at http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/teens/defiance-regina-shen-3-by-lance-erlick-book-tour-review-author-interview-giveaway)

Vigilance Review

At the beginning of the book we discover that 2 years have passed between this book and Resilience.  Regina is now 17.  She continues her journey with constant challenges and meets new allies along the way.

Her character continues to evolve and become more complex without losing what makes Regina special in this new world.

Since reading the first book and finding the fertility technology very interesting and learning more in this book I did a little research of my own.  I found out they are doing this stuff now, which is really quite interesting.

The description of the GODs continues to intrigue me, yet make me cringe at the same time.  I’m not sure I’d want to live 300+ years, would you?

In this book you will find answers to some questions from the first book such as: Why Mo-Mere and Regina’s mom Zola, were kicked out of the federation.  We also find out a bit about Zola Shen’s life on the other side including friends and family.

The ending leaves you with a nice conclusion, yet wondering about the next steps in her journey.  Great job Lance!

(on http://cheshirecatlookingglass.com/take-regina-shen-vigilance/)

5* Resilience Review

I knew instantly that this was going to be a favorite series of mine. I loved Regina straight from the get go, and the plot was seriously made for me. This covers many buzzwords for me, a few being DNA, environmental collapse, climate change.

Regina was such an awesome character. I felt that she portrayed so much that many authors like to hide about characters, the human side. She was a young teenager, living in a tough time, and she rose to the challenge, but at times you could still see that 15 year old shining through. And I loved that aspect. It’s nice, and it brings the story to a grounded level, one that as a reader I can connect with.

The plot of this book was perfect. It has Regina on the run from a Department of Antiquities officer due to Regina’s special DNA. This entire part of the book had me completely enthralled, and I can’t wait to find out more. It’s a storyline that, personally, I haven’t seen done. And done this well. Lance Erlick really knows how to keep the story moving, but at the same time giving the reader enough information that they aren’t fumbling along.

This book takes the much used dystopian trope and gives it a new set of wings. I think Lance Erlick did a fantastic job spinning a unique tale, and one that I can’t wait to continue one with. I am so glad I have book two waiting and ready to be started!

(by Kari at http://bookishlydevoted.blogspot.com/)