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Review: Burn the Dead: Quarantine by Steven Jenkins

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Burn the Dead: Quarantine by Steven Jenkins 4/5

14328879_1269538459764235_641140964_nRobert Stephenson makes his living burning zombies – a job that pays the bills and plays tricks on the mind. Still, his life is routine until one day his infected wife, Anna, shows up in line for the incinerator, and Rob must cremate the love of his life.

In a race against the clock, he must find his four-year-old son Sammy, who is stranded in a newly quarantined zone, teeming with the walking dead, and crawling with the Necro-Morbus virus.

Does Rob have what it takes to fight the undead and put his broken family back together?

Or will he also end up in the incinerator – burning with the rest of the dead?

I downloaded this book for FREE from Amazon Kindle

Review:

Zombies or ‘Necs’ are a real thing and normal human life carries on around them. There are even companies that incinerate the Necs- Robert works for such a company and is what they call a ‘Burner’. Infection breakouts are common, but quickly maintained. But what happens when they cannot be quickly maintained? When human misjudgment, or empathy for their infected families, or simple idiocy, gets in the way of the greater good?

Jenkins has a knack for shock- not simply by gore, but by cleverly mastered plot twists. I had only read 10% and I already had a ‘wow, I did not see that coming’ moment. Those moments are not sparse. Throughout the book, Jenkins continually surprises the reader.

The narrative was well paced and all the characters were believable. The range of emotions that Robert goes through in his quest to find his son are honest and his character felt well rounded. His character arc developed narturally, and his fatherly instincts take over an otherwise subdued man.

Zombie novels are everywhere and are full of the usual cliche tropes. This book felt different. I can’t put my finger on exactly why it did because there are some of the expected tropes throughout, however, the narrative felt fresh.


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If You Like…Maze Runner

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Maze Runner by James Dashner

Blurb: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

The Last Orphans by N.W.Harris

Blurb: One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.



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Review: Feyland: The First Adventure by Anthea Sharp

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Feyland: The First Adventure (a prequel) by Anthea Sharp 2.5/5

14269639_1264856833565731_1283666633_nHigh-tech gaming and ancient magic collide when a computer game opens a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie.

Jennet Carter never thought hacking into her dad’s new epic-fantasy sim-game would be so exciting… or dangerous. Behind the interface, dark forces lie in wait, leading her toward a battle that will test her to her limits and cost her more than she ever imagined.

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

I have not read any of the books in the Feyland series, so I went into the prequel with absolutely no knowledge of the world or narrative. The concept is not an original one; virtual reality game gives user access into another realm, but the descriptions were vivid and brought Feyland to life.

Rather than acting like a prequel in its own right, the whole narrative felt more like a prologue for the Feyland series. There was very little conclusion, and was simply building up to the first book, rather than telling it’s own story completely and fully. There was zero explanation of the ‘game to another realm’ technology, or any meaningful interaction with the Feyland inhabitants. There was, however, backstory on both Jennet and her father.

The book read well, and the elements of reality, Feyland, and gaming were woven together confidently, but I shall not be looking to read the Feyland series.


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REVIEW: The Last Orphans by N.W.Harris

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The Last Orphans (Vol #1) by N.W.Harris

14012220_1245851038799644_1955197727_nOne horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.

I purchased this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

What would you do if all the adults on earth were dead, and you knew that unless you stopped the weapon that caused the slaughter, it will slowly start to turn against the younger generations? Not only that, you are one of the oldest children still alive- a teenager- with over seventy younger children looking to you as their leader?

This book was a pleasant surprise. I can’t believe that you can pick it up for free on Amazon Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, perfectly paced, action packed story. Harris has a natural talent for moving along the narrative from one chapter to the next, and having group dynamics and relationships moving effortlessly along with it.

The older children, who have taken charge of the younger children, have not only to deal with the effects of the weapon, but other less accommodating gangs in the city. Each person plays a role in the group and have distinct personalities. There are deaths, and yes, they pack a punch.

The ending was brilliant and ended on a huge cliff hanger. I shall be buying the rest of the series for sure- as in this week.

If you are a fan of well written apocalypse stories with a great crew of characters, then get this book. It’s FREE people.


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Thrown to The Blue Blurb Reveal!

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The blurb for Thrown to The Blue is here!

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I’m not going to lie, this was a tricky one to write. I wanted to capture the tone of the book, add some narrative, but not give too much away. I hope I pulled it off.

The next announcemnet will be the release date, however, that is not finalised as of yet. Keep an ear out of that one.

I shall be sending out ARCs when the editing is complete, so if you are not already on my list and would like to be an ARC reviewer, please give me a shout.


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If you like… The Golden Compass

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Blurb: Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

The Golden Compass (also known as Northern Lights) is the first in His Dark Materials Series.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Blurb: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death — and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear — and sometimes disappears altogether.

Sabriel is the first of the Abhorsen Series.


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Review: Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood

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Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood 2/5

14182339_1260611360656945_2041632876_nExperience true Vampire Lust with no cliffhanger and a happily ever after ending! Contains Bonus Inside!

Desperately needing a way out of her rough childhood life, twenty year old Emily Hoover decides to run away to the small sleepy town of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Immediately she makes friends with Joy, the local diner owner and she finds a job. One night after work she meets Adam.

Adam is the Peter Pan to his lost boys, five abandoned vampires that he’s picked up among his two centuries of living, and cares for them. After taking them hunting one night, Adam encounters Emily and is entranced by her smell and knows he has to have her. But Brie, the only girl in the group and who is madly in love with Adam, smells the girl on him and has other plans for Emily, Death. Adam barely makes it in time to save Emily’s life, and is forced to tell her the truth.

Will she continue to run, or let lust and desire turn her?

WARNING: Some bonuses contain mature themes and language and are intended for 18+ readers only.

I downloaded this novella for free during an Amazon promotion.

Review:

The vampire lost boys thing has been done, but I did like the dysfunctional gang as a whole, especially the highly jealous, more than crazy, lost girl.

I think the author is a huge fan of twilight because some similarities are uncanny- seriously, ‘vegetarian’, unique eyes, cold skin, uncanny. There is little time for character development and it felt like the characters made unbelievable choices just to progress the narrative.

I was pulled in by the Goodreads blurb, but the first line of blurb is misleading. I believe there to be a cliffhanger ending and there was next to zero steamy relationships.

This book was free on Amazon and included many bonus stories that I have decided not to read right now.


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