12 December 2016

Membrane - Tour & Review


Membrane
bMichele Corriel




Genre: YA Scifi
Release Date: October 10th 2016
Leap Books





In the multi-verse people may look familiar, but no one is who they seem.

In a small town in Montana, Sophie lives with her quantum physicist mother, and her equally brilliant, but dangerously obsessed, step-father.

Her father disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances, but Sophie is still haunted by memories of him that seem so real she swears she feels his presence one night as she drifts off to sleep.

Realizing that somehow her missing father is trying to send her a message, Sophie decides to take a big risk.

With her friend, Eli, Sophie must discover what strange experiment her father did and understand the startling impact it has on her world and another, just across the membrane dividing the multi-verse.



Buy Link
Amazon * Amazon UK


received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: The concept for Membrane is clever and fun. It's a mixture of geeky sci-fi action, mixed with all kinds of YA drama and one heck of a mystery. 

The mystery of Sophie's missing father weighs heavily on her mind and she's frustrated by her mother's refusal to leave her step-father Ted, who I have to admit I judged pretty early on. In my defence he initially reminded me of Ted from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in more than just the name.

Sophie is likeable and quirky. She did confuse me at times but I think this was more to do with the mystery and unexplained elements rather than her as a character. The manner in which the story develops really helps build the tension and drama. I felt like I was on the journey for answers right along with her and Eli. 

As a big sci-fi fan I'm always interested in a new multi-verse story and in terms of Hugh Everett mania, Membrane has got it covered. The story actually reminded me of a cool mashup of the Firebird YA series and the Sliders TV show.

The world or worlds building is insightful, the title is very apt and Sophie is a fun lead!

4 Stars in my Sky!


Author Spotlight:





Michele Corriel lives and works in Montana's scenic Gallatin Valley, surrounded by seven mountain ranges. 

Her work is as varied as the life she's led, from the rock/art venues of New York City to the rural back roads of the Rockies. With her fourth book just out from Leap Books, she's also a prolific freelance magazine writer with articles regionally, nationally and internationally. Michele has received a number of awards for her non-fiction as well as her poetry. She also enjoys teaching, presenting writing workshops and speaking on panels across the country.

When she's not writing you may find her on the golf course, hiking or slogging her way through the snow on what some people like to refer to as "skis." You might also find her in the kitchen creating exciting new flavors or recreating classics.





Excerpt:


I let my fingertip trace the scar at the nape of my neck. Seven years ago, I’d woken up in my dad’s lab, my head throbbing.
            “You fell,” he’d said, his hand brushing away my bangs. “Just a few stitches. You’re better than new.”
            A week later he disappeared.
            No one has seen him since.
           
            I see Ted’s approaching reflection in the darkening glass and slide the journal behind my back. With a quick turn, I face the doorway where he towers. Ted: my mother’s new husband and father’s stand-in.
As if.


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