Review + Interview – No Vain Loss

No Vain Loss

(No Ordinary Star #3)

M.C. Frank

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5 ★ – EPIC CONCLUSION
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING PLATFORM DECEMBER 5, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, SCI-FI, FANTASY, DYSTOPIA, ROMANCE
PAGES: PAPERBACK 302
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Synopsis 

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.

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Review

It’s ten heartbeats to midnight. Ten heartbeats to the greatest war humanity has ever known…

Where do I even begin… M.C. Frank wonderfully concluded this series with so much epicness that I’m still reeling and my emotions are just all over the place. No Vain Loss just blew my mind away!

Before I started NVL, I just knew it would be a quick and beautifully painful read. Frank’s writing never ceases to amaze me – it’s utterly beautiful, positively emotional, and breathtaking through and through. With that being said, I decided to take my time and read NVL as slowly as I could. I wanted to enjoy this insanely lovely story for just a little longer and spend more time with Felix and Astra… And I can honestly say that it was not easy. The story is so much more thrilling than the first two installments — incredibly fast-paced with plenty of nerve-wracking action, unexpected twists every which way that kept me on edge, sweet moments that surely pulled my heartstrings, and an electrifying ending that was absolutely satisfying. This book… this series… it will become your addiction that you’re going to want to devour every single page and then do it all over again because it’s just that amazing!

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It was definitely an absolute pleasure going on this journey with Felix and Astra. They were such wonderful characters who stole a huge piece of my heart with their bravery, their sacrifices, and their love. Even with their losses and pain, Felix and Astra fought for a new world. A better world where beauty, hope and love can exist. I really don’t want to say anything more because you just have to experience this mesmerizing series for yourself.

No Vain Loss is a lovely and heartwarming ending that left me feeling so full of hope and joy and understanding. It’s a story about friendship, forgiveness, acceptance, love and so much more. It’s such a beautiful series about what it means to be human and while I’m quite sad to see it end, I know that I will always have a special place in my heart for Felix and Astra and this breathtaking series. It’s thrilling, ugly at times, incredibly emotional, and so real in every way.

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If you’re looking for a book/series with gorgeous writing, exhilarating plot, inspiring themes, and lovable heroes, then I highly recommend this. I promise you… you will fall head over heels in love with this series.

As a member of the NOS Street Team, I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Author Interview

Describe this series in 3 words? Frozen, heartbreaking, Christmassy.

What was the hardest scene for you to write in the No Ordinary Star trilogy? The battle scene.

Who are you more like Felix or Astra? I’m like Astra in that I love books and stories, but my dark side is all Felix.

What was your favorite scene in No Vain Loss? The scene that happens right after the Clock is unveiled *wink (spoiler).

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was five or six and realized that was my dad’s job. I wanted to be like him. Two years later, when I started reading books, then I knew for sure (but I thought it would be the impossible dream).

Which author(s) have inspired your writing? Ray Bradbury’s short stories inspired the entire No Ordinary Star series. In general, all the great classics, like Austen, Bronte, Dickens and Shakespeare… and many more. These were my writing “teachers”.

Favorite snack while writing. I don’t think it counts as a snack, but I drink tons of water.

What was the first book that made you cry? The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (from the Chronicles of Narnia).

If there was a zombie apocalypse and you can only choose one book to take with you, what would it be? Ahhh you’re killing me with this question. I don’t know… Could I take a kindle reader?

If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what power would you have? I don’t know about my name (I’ll need to think about it, that’s serious stuff right there) but I know my power: flying.

Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead? Neither.

If you won the  lotto, how would you spend your winnings? Would you believe, I’ve thought really extensively about this. I’d build a school. Yep, I’m dreaming big.

Favorite movie of all time? You’ve Got Mail.

Are you working on any other projects right now that you could talk about? Any new books coming out? Yes, I am writing a Robin Hood romance, and I’m so excited to finish it and get it into the hands of lovely readers like you!


Other Books in the Series 

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Read my Review for No Ordinary Star 

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Read my Review for No Plain Rebel 


About the Author

(Taken from M.C. Frank’s Website)

mcfrankI am M.C. Frank: writer, reader, designer, editor, physicist and teacher. (To mention a few.)

I have been living in a world of stories ever since I can remember (that’s before I knew how to write). I started writing them down when I could no longer stand the characters in my head screaming at me to give them life and while those first scribblings weren’t exactly good (nor were they books, although I insisted on calling them that), they were enough for me to discover my passion in life.

I started writing seriously a few years back, pursuing my dream of a writing career. I started small, in a magazine, but ever since I’ve been dreaming of doing what I absolutely love for a living, and finally I am getting there! I feel so blessed and happy.

I got my university degree in physics a few years ago. People look at me weirdly when I tell them I’m a physicist, so I say, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I’m like Sheldon, only a bit crazier! I am now free to pursue my love of reading and writing, as well as my free-lance job of editor-in-chief. I live with my husband in a home filled with candles, laptops and notebooks, where I rearranges my overflowing bookshelves every time I feel stressed.

Which is often, since (as you might have noticed) I don’t pick the easiest subjects for my novels. I put my characters in icy-cold dystopian worlds where kissing is forbidden (among other things), or place them in green forests ruled by evil Sheriffs. If they’re in Jane Austen’s London, they have to be running away from a traumatic childhood, or if they are in our current, contemporary world, they’re scared they’ll die before they have finished high school. That sort of thing.

Don’t worry, though, I know we all are in need of a little hope and joy in our lives, so there’s a good dose of those as well in everything I write.

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Thanks for reading my review and have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to leave your comments down below. I’d love to hear what you think.

Sincerely Karen Jo

Review

No Ordinary Star #1

M.C. Frank

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5 ★ – EXTRA ORDINARY SHINING STARS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE NOVEMBER 15, 2015
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, SCI-FI, FANTASY, DYSTOPIA,
PAGES: PAPERBACK 150
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A SOLDIER IS SUMMONED TO THE NORTH POLE, DAYS BEFORE THE YEAR CHANGES, TOLD TO FIX THE GREAT CLOCK FOR A CELEBRATION. HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.
A GIRL, HUNTED FOR THE CRIME OF BEING BORN, ALMOST DIES OUT ON THE ICE. SHE IS RESCUED BY THE LAST POLAR BEAR LEFT ALIVE.
A LIBRARY WAITS FOR THEM BOTH, A LIBRARY BUILT OVER A SPAN OF A HUNDRED YEARS, FORGOTTEN IN THE BASEMENT OF AN ICE SHACK.
THE WORLD HASN’T KNOWN HUNGER OR SICKNESS IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS. IT HAS ALSO FORGOTTEN LOVE AND BEAUTY. THE YEAR IS 2525.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank is unique and just so lovely! Gorgeous storytelling, wonderful world building, fantastic characters, and a fast paced intriguing plot that had me hooked from the very first page.

I absolutely love the concept of this book and the world building is so fascinating. People live longer. No more hunger. No more sickness. Sounds pretty great so far right? But would you be willing to have all that in exchange of never knowing love, compassion, and beauty? There are no families, no mothers and fathers, and men and women are forbidden to touch. Bit by bit, Frank reveals the horrendous and ugliest parts of this new world. It’s completely messed-up, disturbing, and downright terrifying. But through Felix and Astra and their many discoveries whether it’s from their surrounding or each other, the author shows that there are so much worth fighting for.

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I really enjoyed the dual POV from the “tin solider” and “match girl.” Both Felix and Astra experienced different lives and it was interesting getting to know them. I thought I would be more sympathetic towards Astra because she had a very dark and heartbreaking past, but I found myself caring about Felix just as much.  I connected with them. I felt for them. And I absolutely adored watching them challenge and learn from each other as their relationship slowly developed to some kind of friendship (and maybe something even more).

This book is probably one of the shortest book I’ve read, but it’s definitely not lacking. It’s beautifully written – elegant, poetic, and affecting. I’m completely enthralled by this story and can’t wait to see what happens in the next two installments. I’m already missing Felix and Astra…Oh and I really hope the hint of “romance” becomes stronger because I’m totally shipping tin soldier and match girl.

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Thank you so much M.C. Frank for providing me a free e-ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review and for being in the NOS street team!

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Have you read No Ordinary Star or this series? What did you think? Leave your comment down below.

Sincerely Karen Jo