Friday, April 5, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

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Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Published Date: February 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story:
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

My Review: This was a really cute book!  Humans are able to live on Mars now.  And the first settlers were androids that sort of looked like humans.  But now, you can't tell adroid from human, unless you know what to look for.  Retta is able to tell most of the time, and ends up falling for one android.  Though it's forbidden.  Ahh. Forbidden love, seems to bring out intresting qualities in most people!  And what does Hemingway, the android, think of all this?  You'll have to read the book to find out! 
Nicole Grotepas brings us into a realisitic world.  One where live still goes on, it just lives on multiple planets.  She's created in our minds, how life could be possible on a deserted planet.  She also has brought conflict, romance, politics and just about everything else that happens in our own planet, into this world!

Guest post from Nicole Grotepas:

"The cosmos is . . . within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." Carl Sagan
I saw a documentary a while ago about the revitalization of life in the blast zone of Mt. St. Helen's. The area was totally covered in ash and all living creatures—both plants and animals—were destroyed. Even the bodies of water were totally decimated and became too polluted to harbor life at all.
It's taken thirty years, but scientists are beginning to see life return (in some areas they saw signs of life return only a year later).

I know what you're thinking: it's different. There was already life there. And there are living creatures in the surrounding area—they're bringing life into the blast zone, spreading it that way.
That's probably true, but that's not my point. My point is that when the conditions are right, life explodes and grows and expands. I'm not sure what causes the initial spark, at least not scientifically speaking.

Is it the electricity in the atmosphere? Does it sear molecules together and cause the mud to animate into some kind of mud monster, who eventually becomes an ape or a fish or a flower? Is there a God who actually did mold a man out of dust and water and then breathe life into him?
I don't know, at least I don't know how to say yes or no based on science. I know what I believe, but that is faith of a different kind. I would echo others on this: if we are the only life in the universe, it's an awful lot of space to waste.

That's as easy an answer as anything. I believe in nature and I believe that wasted space is counter-intuitive to all biological and ecological imperatives. Stars are born and they die—we know that from observing space. If these lights are ignited and extinguished throughout the lifetime of the universe, it serves as an answer to me as much as anything else that other planets in far away solar systems are teeming with life.
We see patterns in the physical world repeating themselves like echoes of each other, from the shapes of solar systems and galaxies to the construct of atoms and molecules, to the wings of insects and the structure of tree leaves.

Applying reason in this way leads me to sincerely believe that we are to conclude that there is life out there on planets circling stars just like our sun. We do know for certain that there are untold numbers of planets out there just like earth, orbiting stars like our own sun. I'm pretty sure we'll also someday find life on those planets.
And if we don't, then I'll be severely disappointed and quite depressed. I've been waiting my entire life to find out there's life on other planets. I'm like Eddie Izzard looking for monsters—we've been ready for extraterrestrials. We've been waiting for them for so long.

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

**** Giveaway ****
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (Internationally)
Signed Copy of Cinder & Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)
Ends 4/19/13

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