Review: Haven 6 (New Dawn, Book 3) by Aubrie Dionne

haven6Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Eridani is the only woman on board The Heritage ship who hasn’t found herself a man, but she more than makes up for this lack of male interest when she is sent on a mission to perform covert operations on an alien planet, Haven 6 where she can find more info on how best to destroy them.

Review: When Eri goes on a mission to Haven 6, she never thinks she will meet anyone on the same level, let alone a man, but when she meets Striver, she falls for him. After a while he has her questioning her loyalty to those on The Heritage as she can understand his point of view on his people. He acts as leader of his people, and does a good job of keeping them from the cruelty of the outsiders who live over the wall.

Good Points:

  • The cover art captures the two characters very well as you can identify with them now that there are faces you can put to them.
  • Striver understands Eri’s plight at being ridiculed over her parents, while he doesn’t judge her on being different from her peers on The Heritage.
  • The story is told in flashbacks, but if flashbacks aren’t your thing, this might not be for you.

Bad Points:

  • It is a complicated plot that can sometimes be overcomplicated.
  • There is very little sex in this novel as it is meant for those of 16+ who are Young Adult readers.

Overview: If you liked book 3, then why not have a look at the previous two in the series. I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Haven 6 (New Dawn)

Movie Review: Avatar starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana

Avatar is very enjoyable and a visual feast. I highly recommend seeing it in 3D. I saw it in 3D by mistake. My friend and I thought we were going to the 2D showing. As a measuring stick, my friend hates 3D films and thought it was the best 3D film they ever saw. It’s not hard on the eyes, and they don’t over do it. (At least it doesn’t look/feel that way.) It probably helped too that we saw it with good 3D glasses provided by the theater instead of cheapo ones.

The point behind the film is alien interaction. When the story starts we find out that the Na’vi are hostile. They seemingly attack for no reason and use deadly poisons. By the end of the film you’re rooting for the Na’vi, because the true hostile aliens are the humans.

It’s an interesting SFR movie. Avatars are genetically engineered bodies that mix human and Na’vi DNA. These bodies are empty. No souls in them. Humans like Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), leave their human bodies behind and enter into the Avatar assuming control. Every time they’re unplugged or fall asleep they wake up back in their own body.

There’s definitely a feel of Fern Gully to this movie. The Na’vi are trying to save their home from destruction. The ignorant humans are trying to cut down the forest and mine out the ore. The story follows Jake Sully as he learns to love the forest, the Na’vi, and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).

One of the most rewarding moments to my little romantic heart was when Neytiri sees and holds Jake Sully in his human form while trying to keep him alive. I waited for it the entire movie and was exceedingly happy when it happened.

Avatar is visual eye candy. Everything is exceedingly beautiful. I loved the Na’vi and the phosphorescent plant and animal life. The floating mountains were never explained or if they were I missed it. If for nothing else you need to watch this film for the CGI.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Avatar [Theatrical Release]

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