Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Boston's Quest

TITLE: Boston's Quest
SERIES: Holoquest #2
AUTHOR: Shanae Branham
RELEASE DATE: June 17th, 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & EBook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

The external drive containing the information for building a hologram machine is stolen and sold on the black market. Now someone has connected a new hologram machine to the Internet, forcing people to fight for their lives in an online fantasy game. Trapped inside this deadly scenario, seventeen-year-old Boston Manning learns that her weakness for tolerating abuse is stopping her from unlocking her elven powers. Can she overcome her character flaw or will she die trying?

I am a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer's Expo.

I love suspenseful, action-adventures and clean, young adult, romance stories. I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20's my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.

As I have spent over twenty-five years transforming my language disabilities into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that "...with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my dyslexia, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like math, syntax building block upon syntax building block.

I am grateful for this weakness because it has developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.


'Boston's Quest' is book two in a YA sci-fi series. It has all the elements to be a really good sci-fi thriller; there is suspense, danger, friendships, and romance. The writing is really good. It has a changing POV which gives us a more complete and wide view. However, the book never really blows up and it ends with a cliffhanger so we need a new book to get some answers.

After the events in book one, Jason is trying to move on. His brother still hates him and Boston is dealing with all as she can. But the danger is not over yet, someone is after witnesses and victims of Dr. Paden’s crimes. They will once again have to play for their lives and save the people they love.

Jason is not my favorite character. I understand his fears but he becomes this stubborn boy that doesn’t think about his actions or the consequences. Then we have Boston, she needs to put herself first. It’s clear her mom is not a good person and despite I understand why she wants to help her I hope things change for next book.

Now let's start talking about the plot. It’s very solid because the gaming world is flawless; the author did a great job creating a world where virtual reality is a reality. I think the technology sounds believable and it gives more solvency to the story.

I do have to say this… I've read 'DiSemblance' (book one) three years ago so at first I couldn't remember all the facts, luckily the author named a few things and everything rushed to my mind. But if you don't have a good memory, you need to read one book after the other.

I would recommend it to people who read the first book. If you like YA sci-fi you should try with book one.

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