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

/ 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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Dystopian, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1) / Giovanna Fletcher & Tom Fletcher /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-31st May 2018
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-YA Dystopian
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

 

AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher.

 

Eve of Man

Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-31/5/18

This really appealed to me the idea of a dystopian landscape where female births have decimated to the point where the last XX Birth in fifty years is the honour of one young girl aptly name Eve.
Unsurprisingly she is one hot commodity; kept segregated from the common masses in the tower with the Mothers; Aged woman who have made it there lives vocation to raise her.
Eve is raised with the ideals that she alone is the last hope for humanity; a heavy responsibility for any young girl.
Her only companion aside from the mothers is Holly a kind of ready-made best-friend; she’s a sort of hologram run by three drivers one of whom is Bram.
Bram and Eve, though they have never touched in person have sort of grown to adulthood side by side.
Despite only interacting through Holly; these two have learned to recognise each other.
And it’s not long before the deep feelings these two inspire in each other spill over into real time.
So I did find this slightly disappointing sigh.
Not much really happens in the first two-thirds of this story, it’s all Eve meeting the potentials and a whole lot of inner turmoil from both Bram and Eve and I did find things to be quite slow and plodding in nature a kind of slow build.
This didn’t work for me really and I found my attention at times drifting somewhat.
Also, there’s no real explanation for why things are the way they are which I found a rather perplexing fact.
I felt this was a missed opportunity to further expand on this unique backdrop.
So For me, this was all gearing up to be a 2.5 review then luckily things did kick up a notch going from snail pace to 100 MPH in ten seconds flat.
What a relief, With this then upbeat in the storyline, things really did improve for me rescuing “Eve Of Man” and reinvesting me in the storyline.
Eve herself finally becomes less of a victim and more proactive in her own life; her eyes are finally opened to what is actually occurring around her when she endeavours to break out of her bubble and take back some control of her own life.
Bram also came into his own eventually as well, though I do feel that he took the scenic route rather than the main road but never mind the point is he gets there eventually.
This is told in dual POV from Both Eve and Brams perspective and though there was a budding romance here this is a completely clean YA and the romance is more of a secondary concern the main focus being on the underlying greater purpose and the breakdown in society..
I also found this to be a very imaginative read, though I do think we are not giving the XY gene enough credit in regards to society’s breakdown without the female input.
Ultimately I will read book two as I do want to know where this is going but I’m not sure how invested I am yet. watch this space.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions 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.

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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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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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Dark, Dystopian, Futuristic, New Adult, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) / Alyson Santos /

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 Release Date-6th June 2018
Genre- NA Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-243 Pages

They may be refugees but Andie Sorenson never chose to flee when government forces abduct her to the “safety” of a military-operated compound. Caught in an ugly civil war no one understands, she’s now a number, a uniform, her future reduced to three stale meals a day with the strangers who share her fate. She’s nothing, no one—until a random act of compassion and an electric smile turn her prison into a refuge.

It’s his eyes, his heart, his beautiful soul drowning in an ocean of secrets. Lance Corporal Kaleb Novelli is an enigma, but with each plunge through another layer, Andie finds herself captured in a way she never imagined. She knows they have no future. They can’t even have a present, but that doesn’t stop her heart from committing to a man she can never have. The only one she trusts in this battle of lies and manipulation.

But they’ve found their paradise in hell, and she can’t shake the feeling that Kaleb Novelli is not just a player. He’s the game.

 

Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1)

Traitor by Alyson Santos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/6/18

This was such an unexpected little gem; so emotive and heart-wrenching in its brutality.
But also strangely uplifting and profound at the same time.
I felt so connected to the storyline and its characters here and this was one read that definitely snuck up on me in stealth mode; catching me completely unawares with its rawness and individuality.
From the second of starting this, I was ever so intrigued; The tale told here was so unique and so different it was in a genre all of its own class and I found myself struggling to classify this as it crossed so many lines with its profound message and agenda.
A real standout story that captured my attention with its ultimate distinctiveness.
“Traitor” in its first half almost seemed to rely more on the sentiment and simple interactions between Kaleb and Andie than any shock tactics to hook and draw in its reader and that was a real plus point for me.
Maybe that’s why in the second half the sheer brutality portrayed was such a contrast; it really reflected back the almost simplistic beginning here when placed and held up against such utter savagery as we encountered in “The prisoner” chapters; truly shocking.
The prose used here was so good Building anticipation and a sense of almost injustice against this post-apocalyptic waste-ground.
There was such originality in the way this story unfolded; Its a tale of two halves and though told in dual POV rather than it being alternate chapters; which is the usual norm; this book is split down the centre; with Andie’s perspective first; closely followed by Kaleb’s.
And rather than chapters dedicated to the build-up in Kaleb and Andie’s relationship; what we get is a series of flashbacks to more closely explain how there deep and profound connection ultimately developed.
This was such an original way of narrating and one I really adored.
The author doesn’t go into great back detail; it is assumed that the reader is somewhat aware of previous past endeavours; I found that this was not a great issue as the story is somewhat self-explanatory and so easy to follow along with.
As I mentioned previously; this has a sort of dystopian apocalyptic feel to it; A civil war rages across all fronts and our two main characters both seem to have there own personal roles to play.
This is almost a love across the barricades romance; one where you are forced to pick a faction but where both are equally abhorrent in their ultimate behaviour and intention; both sides guilty; nether innocent; both awash in shades of grey; is the real sense you take away from this touching poignant tale.
In fact, its poor Kaleb who gets caught in this crossfire who is the ultimate victim here; a pawn in this stalemate of wills and at the mercy and whims of powerful individuals; it’s truly heartbreaking to witness the extent of his suffering at the hands of a monster.
I could have wept rivers of pain for his agony, torment and terror.
How much misery and despair he must have endured internally to swallow his pride and beg for mercy in the way he did; truly tragic and dehumanising; a casualty of war not of his making.
But we also get to experience the other side of the coin; how just when you think life cant give you any more surprises it throws you curveballs.
That hope is not lost and people can still amaze you with there ingrained humanity.
Ultimately what I took away from this was a profound sense of faith and that even in the dark there can be a glimmer of light; for Kaleb, that is Andie she is his very beacon of hope.
Loved the ending here; I was worried for a second; so was so pleased to not have my expectations dashed just for cruel shock value; It was a bit of a phew moment for me there.
This was my first book by this author but so won’t be my last; I cant recommend this read enough; this is fiction at its best outstanding.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) / L.E. Sterling /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-1st May 2018
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Genre-Dystopian YA
Kindle Edition-352 Pages

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

 

True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3)

True Storm by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/5/18

“True Storm” is a fantastic conclusion to what has been so far a great Imaginative new YA series.
Though book two is still hands down my favourite this definitely comes in a very close second.
With, as usual, fabulously creative world-building skills and an amazingly diverse cast.
This directly from the start places the reader smack bang into the middle of the story and with so many ups and downs and twists and turns I really had no clue what was going to occur next.
And if I’m bloody honest here, I had the pants shocked off of me on numerous occasions.
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This is non-stop action with some major shockers thrown into the assortment just for shit and giggles and also to help muddy the waters further.
I really wasn’t prepared for some of the happenings in “True Storm” and did find myself crying like a baby as the story gradually unfolded to its ultimate conclusion.
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“True Storm” itself, finally gives us answers to certain questions and loose ends left over from previous instalments.
A sense of closure is finally offered, rounding things up nicely for the reader.
One slight criticism from me know, that ending!!
I would have maybe liked things expanded on slightly.
Clarified a trifle more, the eventual fallout with Storm and Jared I would have really liked to see play out to its foregone conclusion.
I just think It would have added an extra dimension and depth to the proceedings if things had been spun that way.
And also can I just say, after all that denial from Lu and Jared about there relationship things just seemed to me to be slightly anti-climatic in nature.
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It was all wrapped up a bit too quickly and pat for my particular liking.
Another slight gripe was I didn’t feel certain characters in this book got the page time they deserved when it came to there fates.
I know obscure much!!!
but I really can’t say much more without giving too much information away and spoiling this excellent tale for others.
But what I will say is this.
one of my favourite characters here got a pretty raw deal in my opinion.
And I was not impressed with how quickly he was brushed over and moved on with, just saying.
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On a final note, this instalment is slightly friskier than the others.
Though it is still completely suitable for a younger audience it’s only kissing and some mild petting but just thought I’d mention it.
So that’s it from me, this was a great YA read that I really did enjoy.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3)” 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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Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / ISAN-International / Sensory Assassin Network / Mary Ting /

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Release Date-1st May 2018
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Vesuvian Books
Kindle Edition-331 Pages

 

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.

SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life-changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/5/18

ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) was a read I enjoyed very much.
I have been reading quite a few YA novels at the moment and this was one that intrigued me massively.
So this was my first book by this particular author and “ISAN” overall was a clean YA read.
The blurb initially piqued my attention in a good way and this was one I was really looking forward to getting stuck into.
so if I had to split this down into parts I would say the second half of this book is of a much faster pace than the first.
I would also have myself liked for the beginning of”ISAN” to be of a faster pace with maybe more in-depth world-building.
For me, this would have pushed this from a four-star up into a five.
But when this eventually did get going it was fast paced with plenty of action and definitely kept me on my toes throughout.
With a vast array of diverse individuals “ISAN” delivers on all fronts.
I am still finding my feet in regards to what is occurring and the hidden agendas buried within the narrative here, but I am also very much looking forward and ahead to where this may go in the future.
The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where they lead.
So all-though there is a romantic element here in “Isan” this very much takes a back seat in the overall storyline plot.
This has more of a post-apocalyptic dystopian vibe than a romantic one and the setting hooked me right from the beginning.
“ISAN” is told from Ava’s POV I myself would have definitely preferred a more well-rounded perspective from multiple characters, but that’s just me.
I Also should mention that this is also quite a lengthy read of at least five hours and it also ended on a giant cliffhanger.
I’m almost positive from this there is going to be a twist coming, there just has to be, It cant be left like that.
So I found this to be a great dystopian read that also had an extremely imaginative narrative.
It was a fabulous start to what I am sure will be a great new series.
Eagerly awaiting the next instalment now.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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