I’m taking a brief break from NaNoWriMo and all this election madness to tell you about two of my recent reads: Remnant in the Stars and The Loudest Actions by Cindy Koepp. She’s just kicking off a blog tour, and I’m really thankful to get to be a part of it.
Review of Remnant in the Stars:
As a lifelong Star Trek fan, there is a special place in my heart for stories set in space with awesome alien species and discoveries of new people and things. That may seem specific, but nevertheless, Cindy Koepp has officially entered that place.
Reading Remnant in the Stars was such a joy for me from start to finish. I loved the diverse cast of characters, particularly Abbott and Sora. The humor was spot-on, as were the emotional development and tense situations. Even though it was set far in the future, Koepp’s writing made it believable which isn’t easy to doing when writing science fiction.
One of my favorite aspects, though, was how one character’s Christian faith was represented in the story. This isn’t something that I’ve seen done much in science fiction, and I appreciated Koepp’s balanced hand with it.
Overall, Remnant in the Stars was a fun, well-written read. Also, it had me weirdly invested over what the heck was wrong with Kirsten Abbott’s prosthetic arm. I was hypothesizing all over the place.
Review of The Loudest Actions:
I was excited to go on another adventure with my favorite characters in this sequel, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Without giving too much away from the first or the second book, The Loudest Actions had many of the same great characters in different situations, developing even further, and being awesome, real, and hilarious while doing it.
We got to dive further into Koepp’s imagination to meet a new alien species, and I absolutely love first contact stories, so that was an added bonus. The Loudest Actions was truly a great follow-up to Remnant in the Stars.
You should obviously start with the first book, but I highly recommend both of these great reads. They’re accessible, exciting, funny, and well-crafted.
Want to know more about Cindy?
Originally from Michigan, Cindy Koepp has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and teaching certification in Elementary Education from rival universities. After teaching for fourteen years, she pursued a master’s degree in Adult Learning with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Cindy has five published science fiction and fantasy novels, a serial published online, short stories in five anthologies, and a few self-published teacher resource books. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cindy spends time whistling with a crazy African Grey. Cindy is currently working as an optician in Iowa and as an editor with PDMI Publishing and Barking Rain Press.
Check out the rest of Cindy’s blog tour:
Tour Schedule and Activities
11/7 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
11/7 The Seventh Star Interview
11/8 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape Interview
11/9 Jordan Hirsch Review
11/10 Magic of Books Guest Post
11/10 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! Top Ten’s List
11/11 Sheila’s Guests and Reviews Guest Post
11/11 Novel-ties Review
11/12 KylieJude.com Top-Tens List (Blogger Picks Topic)
11/13 Darkling Delights Guest Post
11/14 Enchanted Alley Guest Post
11/15 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review
11/15 The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn Guest Post
11/16 Jorie Loves a Story Review
11/16 The Word Nerds Guest Post
11/17 SpecMusicMuse Review
11/18 Jorie Loves a Story Q and A
11/18 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Guest Post
11/19 Deal Sharing Aunt Interview
11/20 Jorie Loves a Story Review
11/20 D.L. Gardner Blog Guest Post
11/21 The Swill Blog Review
11/21 Willow Star Serenity Review
**These ebooks were provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided.