Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ Book Review / Iced (Valos of Sonhadra #10) / Regine Abel / KU /

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❄️BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-26th June 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-187 Pages

The fate of his people rests in her hands.

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Kira barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Along with a handful of survivors, she finds refuge in the fiery city of Caldera alongside its Fire Valos inhabitants. But the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist make the heat intolerable for her. When the opportunity to go to the frozen city of E’Lek presents itself, Kira believes she’ll finally find her new home.

Duke is confused by the strange human female. Like him, she’s cold, made for the icy lands of the Northern Valos. Her resemblance with the Creators and questionable friendships raise their collective suspicions. Yet, only she can save their lost tribes condemned to an eternal slumber. As his heartstone warms for her, Duke is determined to prove to his people that despite appearances, Kira belongs with them… belongs with him.

 

Iced (Valos of Sonhadra #10)

Iced by Regine Abel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This was my first book by this author and while I did somewhat enjoy “Iced” in some places this really wasn’t my complete bag.
I was actually really looking forward to this as the blurb really intrigued me and I do so love me an alien that looks like an alien romance.
So It wasn’t any one thing in particular that turned me off here.
I think it was just an overall combination of issues that didn’t quite gel for me.
Together they just stopped me emotionally connecting which was a shame because as I said earlier this on paper sounded so good.
So this is part of a larger series where each particular instalment is written by a different author.
I know, cool ay; I thought so too.
Each book can be read as a standalone while still being part of a larger picture.
I myself read “Iced” as a standalone and it did work.
I had no problem following along here despite being a newcomer to this alien world.
So Kira and Duke; this is where I had issues I didn’t particularly like Kira I found her rather judgy

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I also struggled with Duke as well the way he was all about second-guessing Kira’s motives and all they were like matching bookends in the judgmental department.
Not very nice personality traits and all, as a result, I actually struggled to feel their connection.
I was just not feeling the love here.

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Look this wasn’t awful; I just didn’t live up to my initial expectations and also didn’t leave much of an impression on me probably because I didn’t really care that much about Kira or Duke.
I did finish and it did have its moments.
I guess for me this was more of a middle of the road read.
I borrowed “Iced” with my KU subscription.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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/ Arc Book Review / Rogue Cyborg (Interstellar Brides The Colony #6) / Grace Goodwin /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-13th August 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

 

He conquers her, body and soul.
Makarios of Kronos is a rebel, a smuggler who reports to no one, not even those on Rogue 5. But one betrayal sends him to a Coalition brig, and to a fate worse than death—capture by the Hive. He escapes but exchanges one prison for another. He now lives on the Colony, contaminated and deemed a risk. He’ll do anything to regain his freedom, including agree to a bargain with a beautiful, cunning warrior with secrets of her own.

Gwendolyn Fernandez volunteered to defend Earth from the Hive menace. For four years, she was a valued member of Coalition ReCon, until the Hive caught up with her, and a strange Nexus creature took special interest in her integration.

Gwen escaped with super-human strength and a will to live that cannot be broken, until the governor of the Colony demands she choose a mate. A bargain with Makarios seems so simple until he conquers her in a way no other has—body and soul—yet the Hive Nexus who wanted her for himself won’t take no for an answer.

Rogue Cyborg (Interstellar Brides: The Colony Book 6)

Rogue Cyborg by Grace Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Really enjoyed “Rogue Cyborg” for some reason I could have sworn I had already read this author before; my bad, I so haven’t weird that as I was convinced I had mmm strange one that.

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Well anyway, nope this is definitely a new author for me but one I would definitely read again.
This was book 6 in the Interstellar Brides series but I read it as a standalone and had no issues following along with the current storyline.
Everything is fairly self-explanatory here and it was really easy to get lost in this rich well-developed sci-fi story.
I do so love me a good alien romance and “Rogue Cyborg” delivered in spades.
It was fast paced well imagined and super sexy.
I adored both Mak and Gwen they made such a fabulous couple and I was rooting for them all the way here.
This was told in dual POV my favourite and was so smokin hot I needed a bucket of the cold stuff to extinguish the burn.
This had a great secondary cast and if you have read the previous books in this series prepare to get re-acquainted to some past staring players.
All in all, this was a fun read that totally captured my imagination and If you like a bit of the old Sci-Fi romance like myself then this one will probably be your flavour.
This gets a definite seal of approval from moi.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Rogue Cyborg” which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ Book Review / Hunter (Prison Planet #2) / Emmy Chandler /

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🥀BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-22nd March 2018
Publisher-Emerson Ink
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-275 Pages

 

He wants her released into the enclosure. He wants to hunt her.

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defence, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first, he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone…

Hunter is a 75,000+ word novel set on a planet populated by violent criminals, so expect a gritty story about characters who have to fight to protect each other and their relationship.

 

Hunter (Prison Planet Book 2)

Hunter by Emmy Chandler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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In most cases, the only difference between the guards and the inmates is the uniform each wears

“Hunter” is the second book in the prison planet series and I enjoyed this even more than the first if that’s even possible.
This continues right after the events at the end of book one.
And this time we get to spend time with Maci as she is transferred to zone 2 as entertainment for the wealthy patrons of The Resort.
This book is a totally different ballgame than its predecessor each instalment having such a distinctly unique flavour.
So after accidentally killing one of the paying customers, Maci is thrown into the enclosure alongside fellow death row inmate Callum to be hunted live for the viewer’s amusement by the deceased’s brother.
Think Escape from the New-York / Running Man / The Hunger Games but with super sexy shenanigans and you’ll get the basic picture.

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Unable initially to speak the same language and despite some initial suspicion understandably on Callum’s behalf; these two very swiftly bond; pulled together through there shared experiences and also through utter necessity each needing the others skill-sets for there very survival.
At the onset, their lack of spoken language maybe helping them to bond in a much more physical fashion.
Actions sometimes speaking louder than words.

He lifts a thick strand of my hair to his face and sniffs again. Then he rubs it on his cheek and says a word I hope means soft. Or pretty. Or something complimentary. Anything other than, “After I kill you I’m going to eat your flesh, shave your corpse, and wear your hair as a braided trophy.” Because that would definitely be a mood killer.

What I also loved about this was that though Callum was ultimately the muscle Maci was also no slouch when it came to saving her own butt.
Lacking the physical strength she uses other weapons in her vast arsenal and in a way it’s her actions that change the course of her and Caluums eventual fate.
I also really liked the Callum was secure enough in his own masculinity to appreciate and be impressed by the skills Maci herself brought to the table.

I stare at Maci in awe. Shaw may have thought he was putting her in here to die, but all he’s really done is arm the little tech-ninja with her weapon of choice. My little hell-kitten is crazy smart. She’s just used the warden’s own security system against him.

I also adored how blunt and Alpha Callum was while still managing to convey his affections towards Maci. He was a typical male sometimes not thinking to just express himself verbally expecting Maci to be a bloody mind-reader.

I already told you, hellcat. You’re mine. I’m yours. If that weren’t true, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have come after you in the enclosure. I wouldn’t have given myself up. I wouldn’t have escorted thirty whining women through the woods in the middle of the night. I’m sorry if it didn’t occur to me to actually say the words, but Maci, I love the hell out of you.

I absolutely adored the overall execution here especially the epic finale we are treated to when Maci goes all GI Jane on their butts. Sometimes the Damsel needs to rescue the prince; loved this so much it was totally epic.
And Callum himself may not be all hearts and flowers but he does express himself with such heartfelt individuality that I just couldn’t help falling for this deadly prison inmate.

Hell yes, you belong to me,” he growls. “And not in that ‘prison dibs’ kind of way. You belong to me like my own fucking hand belongs to me. Like you’re a part of me. And I will fuck up anyone who tries to sever you from me.

See such a way with words has Callum; how could you not bow down and just appreciate his pure masculine yumminess.
There is just so much here to adore and while this has some serious life and death struggles it is also filled with some terrific one-liners and tongue in cheek humour.
Everything thing about this book just worked for me on all levels and I’m am so looking forward to the next exciting instalment I really can’t recommend this series enough.
I accessed Hunter (Prison Planet Book 2) with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ Book Review / Guardian (Prison Planet #1) / Emmy Chandler /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-1st March 2018
Publisher-Emerson Ink
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-256 Pages

“Choose wisely. Then keep your head down and do what you’re told. Time will pass, and we’ll be back for you.”

Audra Copeland is among dozens of newly convicted felons dropped off on the prison planet Rhodon, where she discovers that the women of zone four have a long-standing arrangement with the men. If they hand over six of the new arrivals, the men won’t raid. And Audra has just been drafted.

She can take her chances on her own, or select a guardian. The deal is simple, if barbaric: sex, in exchange for food and safety from the other two hundred men in zone four. It’s a terrifying proposal. The men are violent, filthy degenerates.

Then Audra sees Tyson at the edge of the crowd. A hulking, scarred figure, the other men call him a savage, but his clothes are clean, and he’s holding a freshly caught rabbit. He can clearly protect what’s his.

As compassionate as he is powerful, Tyson ignites something fierce in Audra, and their connection is white-hot. The problem? Every thirty days, she’ll have to pick a new guardian.

Now that he’s found Audra, Ty has every intention of keeping her for himself. Even if he has to destroy the fragile zone four peace treaty to do it.

Guardian is a 70,000+ word novel set on a planet populated by violent criminals, so expect a gritty story about characters who have to fight to protect each other and their relationship.

Guardian (Prison Planet Book 1)

Guardian by Emmy Chandler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/3/18

Zone four is what Neverland would be if the lost boys were all violent criminals and Wendy were a psychotic pimp.

“Guardian” (Prison Planet Book 1) is one book that definitely snuck up on me catching me completely unawares and reeling me in so fantastically.
The simple concept behind this story worked for me on every single level; totally satisfying my taste for the slightly unusual I do so enjoy in my reading.
I spotted this on Kindle Unlimted and thought it sounded right up my alley so would give it a whirl.
I was going in here slightly blind here as have never read anything by this particular author before.
Well, hey-ho folks, I am now super invested in this dark delectable sci-fi/romance series.
I adored everything about this imaginative offering set on the prison planet Rhodon.
This tale is told in dual POV and centres around Audra and Tyson and the events that occur after she selects him as a best-case scenario when needing a guardian to protect her from the other male inhabitants.
This was gritty and imaginative with such dark undertones that I found so mesmerising.
The chemistry between the two mains gave me such tingles with its profound intensity and at times deeply emotional connection.

His arms encircle me, a warm band of steel, and he brushes hair down my back. “I’ve killed for you, Audra. I’ve gone hungry. I’ve fought. I’ve ripped apart walls, and doors, and a transport shuttle for you. And I would die for you. But I won’t let you go, for anything less than your freedom.”

I also especially adored the addition of Maci Bishop; I believe it’s her story next and I am really looking forward to uncovering more of this enigmatic girls past and future.
This was such a fantastic experience that I can’t recommend more highly.
Every so often I get a little gem that I wasn’t quite expecting that totally blows me away with its freshness and unique outlook.
Guardian was that jewel for me.
I’m gonna wrap things up here by saying I loved the old Snake Plissken, Kurt Russel films and this for me was like Escape from New York and LA but played out
in space on an entire planet and with more of a romantic sexy element; whats not to love about this.
The possibilities with this particular series are endless and as vast as the authors very vivid imagination.
I borrowed this one with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Mated on Hades; Celestial Mates / Golden Angel /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-6th July 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

 

The Celestial Mates agency always knows what – or who – you need. 

Tarrik would do anything to avoid breaking his mother’s heart, so he begrudgingly signs up for Celestial Mates and agrees to come home and settle down once the agency finds his match. There’s just one catch: he’s not ready to give up his free and easy life travelling the galaxy. And he’s doing exactly as his mother asked, so what will it hurt if he makes himself as unappealing as possible on his mate application?

Juliette is a woman on the run. Her attitude, and more importantly her hacking skills, have pissed off all the wrong people. Now the target of a contract hit, she’s decided the solution to her problems is to leave the planet as fast as she can. The Celestial Mates program is exactly what she needs. By the time her “mate” realizes she’s impossible to live with, hopefully, it will be safe for her to return to earth. She wasn’t counting on a seriously hot alien who looked like the devil and could do the most sinful things with his tail…

The sparks fly at first meeting when their chemistry ignites. But they can barely stand to be in the same room with each other.

They shouldn’t work at all.

But Celestial Mates always knows best.

 

Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates

Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates by Golden Angel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/7/18

What’s not to like here; Mated on Hades was a fun interesting read that kept me entertained throughout.
This was not especially long; which for me can sometimes be a bit of a deterrent to my overall enjoyment I found it didn’t really affect my experience that much here.
I loved the idea of Celestial Mates of different species being paired up, finding it such a fascinating concept to read about.
This one had such great imaginative world building and was one I was especially looking forward to delving into and it certainly didn’t disappoint, pulling me in and capturing my attention right from the onset.
I also adored the physical appearance of Tarrik with his horns, wings and all that smouldering heat finding it strangely hot and extremely sexy.
And man; that tentacle/Tail was super smokin it had a bloody mind all of its own; loved it, it was like it had its own separate individual personality.
Tarrik was also such a big man-child with his prickly personality; totally spitting his dummy out in regards to his little human Juliette and her perceived usefulness.
Totally loving the single life and captaining his ship with his rag-tag crew through space on his family’s trading vessel he thinks he’s living the dream and there’s no room in it for a useless pesky human.
Juliette herself was a very practical girl; a genius when it comes to technology and used to relying soling on herself due to lack of family entanglements it has also left her with a serious case of baggage.
with abandonment and trust issues she has closed off her heart with a brick wall.
On the run from some self-created trouble back on her home planet, Juliette plans to lie low till the dust settles.
Tarriks parents, mainly his mother want him to settle down with a mate so this is how these two very different individuals end up being paired together by Celestial and rubbing each other up in all the right and wrong ways.
And get ready to watch the sparks fly as these two sure turn up that heat in more ways than one.
So this one was a mega fun read and though short packed a real punch.
It was very easy to get lost in and had just the right mix of ingredients to hold my attention.
It had some great characters along with such incredibly fun world building a super enjoyable experience overall.
A big thumbs up from me folks.
I was provided with an ARC of “Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.
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Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Futuristic, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ ARC Book Review / Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy #2) / Cari Silverwood /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-30th June 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

Steel is TOTALLY a standalone read.

Baz Rutland 

A lost soul, a cyborg in search of a future. He aims to upgrade his most intimate tool and BIG and HARD will do, but what does a man really need to be perfect again?

Ember 

A Principle Data extraction expert employed by CESS Industries – a princess in lay terms. She’s in search of her past and her parents but who is she really? If she ever finds out who killed her parents, she will rain destruction down upon them, in some nerd-geek way, like by remote-opening the airlocks on their ship so they die horribly.

Her biggest secret and fetish is her love of the BIG guys, like the orcs, but she would never ever act on that unless she had nothing left to lose.

Hoss 

Half-Orc, half Shag, and a hairy beast, he shaves to blend into the mass of humanity populating the galaxies. All he has ever wanted is to be wanted in return, to be loved and find a mate. But what hope of that when he’s a rejected half-breed?

Warning: 
Like PREY, this book is not gritty uber-dark such as Cari Silverwood often writes. It is the pansy dark you reach for when you’re all darked out and one step from seeing a therapist. 

It’s carnal, naughty, and very twisted, and not what your mother ever wanted you to read. Also, there may be some robots that go PEW PEW.

Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy, #2)

Steel by Cari Silverwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/6/18

“Hey. Cyborg Man. Is this a good day for rescuing princesses?”

So I bloody adored “Steel” like just so much; it was such a mish-mash of carnal, sci-fi delight with a dash of slapstick humour and a big glug of ridiculousness to accompany its also surprisingly emotive trio.
I am such a mega nerd for weird-ass shenanigans and this book had it going on in absolute spades.
Enough to satisfy even the most ardent of fornication outside the species zealots.
And here to quote the cyber-monks themselves we get treated to a big fat dollop of down and dirty Orc/Human/Cyborg porn and is it wrong that whilst also curling my toes with totally salacious delight my heart itself was also doing a pitter patter of pure bliss whenever that big sexy and did I mention big; yep I did; ( brain kinda short-circuiting here folks ) Orc/Shag up and purred for his potential mate.
Not gonna lie here; I’m such a sucker for any throaty deep purr of the feline sort, so totally suggestive and seductive in its purpose and intent.
Cross that with a crabby but amped up Cyborg and I’m in heaven; like a kid in a sweetshop with an overabundance of goodies, that’s me.
“Steel” was a raunchy romp totally worthy of its slapstick label and I mean that as a total compliment here people.
The main protagonist’s of this story here are one; Ember, Human of unknown origin, PRINCESS of CESS Industries.
A Principle Data extractor extraordinaire in fact with a weird invisible friend and a self-assigned quest to discover her past Ancestry.
Two; Hoss A mixed breed of Orc/Shag parentage employed by CESS as Embers guard and protector; a huge sexy beast with a massive penchant for his luscious charge and a very real desire to make her his mate no matter how much their particular union would be frowned upon.
And finally Three Baz; a grumpy disgruntled Cyborg who along with his crew is trawling the dead-space in his junk bucket of a ship; just looking to rescue a Princess for the Cyber-monks in return for an upgrade of the intimate variety.
So that’s the main gist here really and when these three misfits destinies collide its a non-stop race of classic one-liners, ridiculous plotlines and some seriously filthy hook-ups that as well as being pure smut was also so much fun to kick back and just revel in..
It’s almost like a carry on film of the sci-fi steampunk variety and I myself inhaled the cockamamie Narrative like it was oxygen and the more farcical and absurd events played out; the more I devoured like the whole nine yards and more.
So “Steel” is like seriously knicker dripping or dropping fine.
Everything wrong about this also makes it so right.
I had a mega hard-on (If I had one that Is) for Hoss; such a delicious Orc/Shag, I adored his furry ass like a whole bloody lot.
He for me was hands down my favourite thing in this whole Zany pantomime; with Maybe Baz’s Monster mechanical appendage coming in a very close second.
What can I say; I am a female after all and Baz’s cyborg enhancements well let’s just say Anne summers eat your heart out.
Hoss was the one ultimately in charge of this threeway here and for me, that worked you know with me being like his own personal fan club and all.
I was all for the Hoss.
So I think its safe to say here from my above noise I really was digging the whole entire she-bang here.
This isn’t really going to be for everyone of course, but if you like something a bit out of the box and outside the traditional then maybe take a chance on this, you might even surprise yourself.
On a side-note, the Orc featured here Hoss is way up on the attractive scale despite his monobrow; and not at all like the minging ORCS from Tolkien; just saying; being The official Spokeswoman for the Hoss fan-club and all wanted to put that out there.
Don’t Diss the Hoss he’s a total Orc babe
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young-Adult

/ Book Review / When They Came (When They Came #1) / Kody Boye /

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💙BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-April 3rd 2018
Genre- Dystopian Young Adult
Kindle Edition-313 Pages

 

I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space. 

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting. 

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me. 

It’s hard, dangerous work, with gruelling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in 
our ever-changing world.

 

When They Came (When They Came #1)

When They Came by Kody Boye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-3/4/2017

When They Came (When They Came #1) by Kody Boye was a really enjoyable read. An incredibly fast-paced YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel that kept me interested from start to finish.
The first book in a series; this set the stage brilliantly, drawing me into this imaginative future dystopian landscape and hooking my interest instantly.
The world building here was fantastic and easily comprehended.
“When they Come” starts off in the fictional stronghold of Fort Hope; here Ana Mia after graduating the juvenile education system decides to join her sister on the wall as part of the Midnight Guard.
This guard protects the inhabitants of the stronghold by watching the night and holding the line; guarding the population against Earths alien invaders and there lackies the Coyotes.
(sounds almost Game Of Thrones-like)
The Aliens are harvesting the populace from there ships and the Coyotes seem to be the eyes and ears of these invaders.
These coyotes, by and large, seem dumb simple but vicious creatures and I’m not really sure yet what the deal is with them.
I mean where are they from? what are there Intentions? and why are they assisting the harvesters?
In fact who even are the Harvesters and what is there ultimate goal here?
And for that fact what happens to the inhabitants they have beamed up to there vessel?
See; so many valid questions here.
So there’s a lot going on and as you can see from my above waffling so many questions I still want answers to.
the author also manages to do such an excellent job of dialling the tension up notch by gradual notch; its done so subtlely that before I knew it I were smack bang on a rollercoaster to god knows where.
There’s so many twists and turns aplenty and the whole story had a biting your nails constantly vibe to it; I was so on edge throughout.
I also really liked how past events were conveyed here from invasion day; told in a series of flashbacks; I found this such a nice touch, It gave “When They Came” such a personal feel to it; which I very much appreciated.
my only annoyance here with this; was how fast the author seemed to knock off individuals I had become emotionally invested in.
No sooner had I forged a connection then pop they were gone; which is all fine and dandy but I didn’t think enough closure was offered up to truly appreciate the contribution these characters brought.
I know post-apocalyptic Alien invaded landscape; not actually conducive to mourning and wallowing but I’m talking more about an internal monologue here.
A sort of reflective remembrance as I do feel that maybe Ana Mia would be much more traumatised and affected by her losses than she seemed to portray.
There was only one scene where she major broke down then she seemed to pull herself together so swiftly I was slightly sceptical.
I also wasn’t a mega fan of using Ana’s whole name in conversation; it just felt weird and slightly pretentious if I’m being honest here.
So That’s my main reasons for the one-star deduction.
So despite my above points and some slight cliche one-liners, this was a fantastic YA read.
It will be fascinating to see where this will go next after that cliffhanger of an ending.
Thankfully the next instalment in this enthralling series is already available.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “When They Came (When They Came #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4) / Maddie Taylor /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-3rd May 2018
Publisher-Breathless Romance
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-311 Pages

One look and he stirs something deep within her.
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul.

She has a mission.
He has a duty.

He is her captor.
She is his destiny.

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming they’re happily forever after?

 

 

Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4)

 

Defying the General by Maddie Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-3/5/18

So doing my usual trick of reading things backwards I started ” Defying The General”.
And all-though I would probably suggest a smoother experience reading this from the start of the series.
This can be read in my opinion as a stand-alone as all the components are there and it does explain things fully.
So this runs parallel with previous instalments and right from the get-go I was hooked.
And apart from the prologue that initially confused me (until events were eventually clarified).
I found this super easy to follow and get lost in.
This had such likeable characters, great imagination and fantastic world building.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a goner for anything alien and though these ET’s were very human looking I forgave that on account of there barbarian chest beating masculinity.
You’d be like a kid in a sweet shop here with all this male yumminess and testosterone even with all the spanking and dominance shit.
I so wouldn’t mind complying for the luscious General Trask, just saying.
Trask was lovely a bit archaic in his views on the opposite sex but I forgave him as this was the Primarian way.
Lana was also a sweetie, a trifle simple in her belief system and easily manipulated but she was also harmless and most importantly she was kind.
She made stupid decisions, but at heart, her reasonings were sound and were done for what she perceived as good so that made it more understandable.

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Lana would definitely be the sort of girl that would do the obviously stupid crap in a horror movie that would so get her killed.

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You know, the one you’d be screaming at your TV screen too.
NO DON’T DO IT!!!

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I really did enjoy “Defying The General” so much more than I was initially expecting.
I was transfixed throughout.
I ummed and Awed over my rating with this, whether to give this a four or a five star.
I eventually went with a five as though I had some slight niggles this kept my attention from start to finish and was one I couldn’t put down.
“Defying The General” was told In dual POV and was a fabulous addition to its genre.
If you like your sci-fi romance give this series a go, it is an action-packed sexy ride with a surprisingly deep romance (despite the initial insta-love) at its centre.
I absolutely adored “Defying The General”.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Defying The General” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller

/Book Review / KU /The Scorpion’s Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #1) / Into The Dead Fall / Susan Trombley /


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🦋BOOK REVIEW🦋

Release Date-15h February 2018
Genre- Sci-Fi Alien Romance
Kindle Edition-382 Pages

The Scorpion’s Mate 
Claire has never really fit in with everyone around her, but she’s carved out a life for herself using her own unique style and artistic ability to support herself on the Internet. The last thing she expects is to be abducted by aliens and dropped into a research facility, where a genetically-engineered alien soldier chooses her as his life-mate. 
Thrax’s pheromones are compelling, and his status as a fellow unwilling test subject makes them allies, but Claire isn’t certain she can trust someone who is convinced she belongs to him, when all she wants to do is find a way to return home to Earth—a place that her devoted alien can never follow, because there’s no way the scorpion-like alien would ever be able to pass for human. 
Still, she’ll accept help where she can find it, so she doesn’t hesitate to escape with Thrax from the facility, though their time running from their pursuers in the warrens beneath the research facility will forever change Claire, and could make it impossible for her to return to Earth. 
But will there be anywhere else in the galaxy they can go where their love will be accepted? 

Plus a BONUS Full-length novel: 
Into the Dead Fall 
Though she was raised by a survivalist, Alice was not prepared to be ripped from her dimension and dropped without ceremony into the massive junkyard of a parallel dimension. 

She’s wounded, alone, and lost in a world her mind struggles to comprehend. When a strange, four-armed alien comes to her aid, saving her life, she has no choice but to accept his help. 

She finally starts growing comfortable around her leonine companion, until another warrior intervenes to save her when creatures from the Dead Fall attack them during their exploration, making everything much more complicated. 

Alice still doesn’t understand what either of the warriors is saying, and if she can’t find the right words to soothe her beastly new protectors, they’ll end up killing each other. 

Author’s Note: 18+ These books contain scenes that are not suitable for younger audiences. It should also be noted that the alien heroes in these books look alien in many ways, and their cultures and mating habits might not be for everyone. 

 

 

The Scorpion's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects, #1)

The Scorpion’s Mate by Susan Trombley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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FREE IN KU

So there are two stories in this omnibus and in my opinion both were good enough and long enough to be in a stand-alone edition.
Each was very different and if I had to pick a favourite out of the two book one “The Scorpion’s Mate” won it hands down for me.
That’s not to say the second book in this omnibus “Into The Dead Fall” is any slouch either I enjoyed that one also.
Now I’m a strange one, and this sort of story, aliens that look and act like real aliens is a real guilty pleasure of mine, And as I like my stories well developed with a proper connection between the principal characters, the pickings for this type of fiction and that is also well written, is so very slim indeed.
I’m a huge fan of R. Lee Smith who is another fantastic author of these types of books and had yet to find anyone to live up to her alien stories.
I am happy to say, Susan Trombley has and I am keeping my fingers crossed that she has more of this to come.
So the first story”The Scorpions Mate” tells the story of Claire who is kidnapped by aliens and locked up in a research facility.

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Claire is a quirky sort who has never quite fit in on earth, in the research facility she is mated to Thrax a genetically engineered Soldier who was a sort of deadly giant scorpion before they spliced his DNA for experimentation.
Thrax imprints on Claire and as she falls for an unlikely hero Claire realises to stay with Thrax is to renounce returning to earth as he could never fit in there looking the way he does.
I loved this story like so much, it’s hard to explain you’ve just got to be there to get it.
I loved how wild and protective Thrax was towards Claire while still being completely deadly to all else.
The second story “Into The Dead Fall” is completely different and actually involves two aliens and no it’s not a menage it’s more of a two husbands kind of story.
I wasn’t a fan of this and would have prefered to have kept to the one alien
In this one, Alice is sucked through a nexus into a post-apocalyptic landscape

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and is initially injured luckily for her Iyaren is there to rescue her and nurse her wounds but with a language barrier between them, it’s a hard slog.
Iyaren is a kind of lion-like alien and lonely is happy for the company.

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Now I would have been happy to rest with the sexy lion but here we have another alien also attracted to Alice Tak a sort of Lizard-like creature sees and bonds with her

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when the two realise Alice cant choose they suggest both taking care of her.
Tak and Iyaren are from the same planet and can communicate Tak can also understand Alice as he had a procedure done to allow this,
there is a lot more to these two imaginative tales but I’ve given you the bare bones above to give you a rough idea.
Please don’t be put off by the very real aliens contained within these pages, give this a try, what have you got to lose, you might actually surprise yourself and really enjoy the tales told here.
So anyway these are well written, emotive and engaging and from what I can see there is plenty of opportunity in both landscapes for future story growth.
The author has set this up very nicely.
I really can’t recommend each of these stories enough and I enjoyed every word.
This omnibus is currently free in KU.

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Fantasy, Futuristic, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Viridian Convict / Sam York /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-10h April 2018
Publisher-Jolly Fish Press

Genre-Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition-350 Pages

The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.

 

 

The Viridian Convict

The Viridian Convict by Sam York
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-10/4/18

I really enjoyed The Viridian Convict by Sam York I found it was just so different and a very unique concept.
What initially appealed to me here was the idea of a prison planet colony sort of like an alien version of Kurt Russel’s Escape from New York.
I just wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I did.
And once I got used to all the various terminology being bandied about here, I very quickly became immersed in all the colourful narrative used throughout.
This also contained a lot more romance than I was expecting, which was again fab for me as I’m a sucker for a bit of the old love dust.
“The Viridian Convict was fast and furious from the get-go and I adored all the many diverse characters portrayed here.
Tig, Angel, Granny and Tig’s stinky partner one-eye, loved them all in various ways.
This was in a way rather slapstick at times but it worked and I found myself chuckling to myself throughout.
My only slight criticism here was the types of aliens contained on the prison planet all seemed to be variations of earth animals like the cluckers and the rats.
I would have prefered maybe a more imaginative approach to the alien form.
But this is only a minor gripe from me and I still enjoyed this story very much.
I was refreshingly different and I am happy to recommend this.
So I was provided with an ARC of “The Viridian Convict” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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