Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Star Path" by Joshua Tate!
*Review & Spotlight*

*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
Originally published May 11th, 2013; re-posted for our TBT Review.

~PublishedFebruary 18th, 2013

~Length135 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Dren Samuel has never left his planet before and is on his way to Draden, a boarding school for geniuses. His world is turned upside down when he and his three new friends are kidnapped for their minds’ potential.

After their transport vessel crashes, the teens struggle to stay alive and figure out why they’re so important to the men that desperately pursue them.

The journey home takes them to far away planets battling monstrous creatures and ruthless men who will stop at nothing to get what they want – a chance to own the future.

 About the Author

Joshua Tate (1975-) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama then served in the Navy for six years as a Supply Corps Officer. He now lives and works in Germantown, Tennessee. When he's not spending time with his family he enjoys writing, reading, going to the movies, coaching soccer, and watching college football.

You can contact Joshua at

 My Review

 3/5 Roses

Like any good space-travel sci-fi story, this book has it all.  Space-ships, creatures from other worlds, monsters resembling something from a nightmare, time-travel, and a seemingly all-powerful villain.

Written with colorful descriptions of everything possible, this fast paced story keeps you on your toes, and leaves your imagination spiraling well after the last page. Full of deep, relate-able characters, and colorful creatures (both friendly and fierce), this story pulls you in and takes you on an adventure you won't soon forget.

I enjoyed all the characters who were introduced- they were all different and interesting, and several had humor that added a lighter touch to the story.  The adventure the four teens were yanked into is certainly original, and the end held a surprise twist that has me looking forward to the sequel.  Exploring the worlds and universe created in this book is no disappointment, and something I think any sci-fi fan will enjoy.

While I did enjoy this story overall, I rated it 3 roses for a couple of reasons, taking off a rose for each.  First, there are many grammatical errors, which don't bother a lot of people, but I find them irritating, and something that pulls me out of the story while I'm reading.  The second rose was taken because I had an issue with a specific part of the story.  Without giving away a spoiler, I'll simply say it seemed like a very important part of the story was skipped over, forgotten, or perhaps rushed to finish the book, which made it seem like a big part of the story was missing.

Beyond those two issues, this book is a solid entertainment, and is a book I'd recommend.  Fast paced and full of adventure, the mystery and surprises make it an exciting read.  I'd recommend it to any YA/sci-fi fan.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.


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