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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AMAZON US

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

/ ARC Book Review / Mery Brown Part 2 / Tiki Kos /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-YA Paranormal
Kindle Edition-139 Pages

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. 

One month after the events in Goodsprings, Mercy Brown is welcomed into the wasteland that is now the United States. The vampire virus has run rampant across the world. What is left of humanity is scattered. 

Separated from Sebastien and Amanda, Mercy must navigate this new world by herself, embarking on a journey to find her friends, stop the vampires, and save the world. 

As she fights for survival, Mercy discovers who she can trust. Will she ever be safe again? 

For fans of The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiki Kos presents the second part of the YA horror/dystopia saga, Mercy Brown.

 

Mercy Brown: (Part Two)

Mercy Brown: by Tiki Kos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was a somewhat satisfying conclusion to this interesting YA duo; although the ending here was not really to my taste at all.
I in truth found it a trifle depressing and pointless in nature but hey ho that’s just me and I’m not a big advocate for these type of finales; never have been.
Mercy Brown Part Two; brings us back to the stage it set for us in part one and almost immediately we are thrown headlong back into the action.
Unlike its predecessor, this is pumped from the outset with a steady storyline of action, chaos and curveballs.
Out of the Two instalments, this one was my favourite and as well as getting to delve deeper into the psyche that is Mercy we are also introduced to additional characters each bringing something unique to the table.
What let this down slightly for me was that I didn’t really feel we got to know Sebastion any more this time around.
He felt to me like a cardboard caricature of a self-tortured misunderstood vampire that I’d seen many times before; it felt a trifle old if I’m honest here.
I wanted to dig deeper into what makes Sebastion the vampire he is instead we barely scratched the surface with him and what we did learn didn’t for me show him in the best of light.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you have this kick-ass girl whos such a big personality and force to be reckoned with and then we have Sebastion seemingly in her shadow and hanging on to her coattails for dear life; he never once takes up for her and comes across as a bit wishy-washy.
And he’s always leaving her behind which didn’t sit well with me at all.
I didn’t get the sense these two were soul mates or anything near and that was a bit off a sticker for me really.
What we did get here is an almost chocka filled race to the finish; with many glorious turns and unexpected pathways and despite some reservations, I still enjoyed this so very much.
Now if that ending could be rewritten, well I would definitely rate this so much higher.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Mercy Brown: (Part Two) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance

/Arc Book Review / Liberty / Kirsty Dallas/

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❄ARC BOOK REVIEW❄

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-234 Pages
KD Publications

While Liberty is a spin-off novel from the award-winning book, When Nothing Is All You’ve Got, it can be read as a stand-alone.

“Face your enemy, show no fear, fight to survive.”

I was a child delivered to hell,
imprisoned in endless darkness,
until I found the light again.
I was gifted freedom
while still trapped inside a cage.
He helped me forget my confinement
He made me feel safe
And once I was old enough to know what love was,
He made me feel unwanted.
My name is Grace,
And this is life in Liberty.

*** Please be aware Liberty is for Mature Readers. It contains dark elements and violence

 

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Liberty

Liberty by Kirsty Dallas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was my first experience with this talented author and got to say this one blew me away with its fantastic world building and imaginative storyline.
I have already been checking out further titles by this particular author so much did “Liberty” impress me with its unique and original take on a future dystopian America.
The “USA” a hundred years from now is a vastly different place to what it is now; with rules put in position to help keep tight control of the masses.
The country is kept in check with a prison system called the Underground; here crime is punished in exactly the same way for all; with incarceration in a vast beneath ground penal colony.
Man, woman or child; Murder or stealing; this is where you end up if you’ve broken the law.
Or been born to a parent who has committed such a crime.
Thrown underground or just born into a nightmare of darkness; here the inmates themselves are the Kings and Queens of this insane system; No way out once in; you’re a guest of the Underground till the end of your known days; however long or short that lifespan might be.
The rebels; a breakoff army faction who disagreed with the current government’s stance and harsh position on crime.
staged a breakout of all the perceived innocents thrown or born into this corrupt government system.
liberating them from there underground prison sentences and shipping them off into secret compounds across the country.
Assisting them to heal and recover from the trauma they have been cruelly exposed to; some from birth, these places have become almost places of regrowth and hope.
This is the tale of one such fugitive safety net, aptly named “Liberty” and the events that escalate here when it borders are breached by an outside force intent on destroying all that “Liberty means and stands for.
This is a spin-off story; set in the already fictional world of “When Nothing Is All You’ve Got” but can definitely be read as a standalone no problem at all.
Got to say though that I enjoyed this so much I will definitely be reading the original novel that this addictive tale evolved from.
Events here are told from dual POV; Grace and Ink; two of Liberty’s inhabitants and I really did adore so much the overall dynamic portrayed here between these two individuals.
Ink is a Rebel fighter; in Liberty to head up protection and defence for the colony; Grace or Gracie as Ink calls her is one of the liberated Underground Inmates; thrown in there at Twelve after accidentally killing her stepfather.
With an already established relationship of friendship here, it was just so easy to get lost in the easy rapport between these two; even despite some initial misunderstandings that were mainly the fault of Ink and his sheer stubbornness and total man-brain moments.
So; Ink and Gracie really do come into there own when they need to collaborate together to save there home and rid their borders of these unwanted invaders.
“Liberty was such a gripping and raw experience; with some truly reprehensible actions and characters throughout.
There was pure evil in some of the people here and this certainly didn’t pull its punches; like not one little bit at all.
Do Prepare yourself as this book shows you the depths of human depravity and Wickedness and what we as a race can be capable off when the rules are dispensed with; How far we can actually sink when we throw our common decency and morality out that window.
But it also reflects back at us; just how far we can push back for the people we care about and love; how strong a community can be when they stand as one but also how one rotten apple can topple the barrel; Liberty had its own Trojan Horse within its walls just like the famous Troy itself.
There were just so many fabulous diverse characters in Liberty; too many to actually mention and give them all the justice they so deserve.
I honestly never truly knew what was coming or what some peoples involvement or actual agendas entailed; this author had some seriously spellbinding story weaving Skills that I truly did appreciate.
It’s was like a superpower all of its own making.
Rather than just concentrating solely on the romance “Liberty” I found to be much more story and action focused; The romantic elements were all there They were just more of a secondary factor to the whole entire experience.
I also loved how strong and kickass a female Gracie was; It was also refreshing to see Ink try and allow her to be herself and trust in her abilities even when it made him feel uncomfortable to not be in complete control of events and their actual outcomes.
So before I go I’ve got something small to add on; there was a situation here that after I had reassessed my original thoughts; I was so ashamed of myself for being so blind and heartless to the whole event.
It’s an actual Trespass no matter how you look at it; just wanted to get that out there.
I’m just so glad that certain individuals here had compassion once they had the complete picture, and treated all concerned in the correct manner.
So just a brief trigger warning before I depart; “Liberty” contains very dark themes you have been warned.
But still saying that; I can not recommend this story enough it was one hell of a read That I couldn’t put down.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Liberty” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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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.

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

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

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☘ARC BOOK REVIEW☘

 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.

 

Dark, Dystopian, Erotic, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Outcasts (Badlands #3) / Natalie Bennett /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-12th May 2018
Publisher-BB Books
Genre-Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Kindle Edition-

*Grimm* 

Pariah. 
Dark Messiah. 
Harbinger of death. 

My reputation has always preceded me. 

I’m a brother to the queen of the Badlands. 

I’m one of the few confidants to her fiancé–the devil himself. 

And those whispered rumours that I’m a silent killer, a true harvester of souls? 

They’re true. 

People never see me coming. I don’t discriminate, I show no mercy, and I feel no remorse. 

My only loyalty is to my family and when someone important to them goes missing, I vow to do whatever is necessary to track her down and bring her back. 

But the person I find is not the same woman who was stolen away. 

Something’s different about her. 
Something I find myself drawn to as we fight our way back to hell. 

*Arlen* 

Stubborn. 
Reckless. 
Original family disappointment. 

My reputation has never preceded me. 

I’m supposed to be this spoiled, rich b*tch who does everything her daddy tells her. 

I was forbidden to even think about the Badlands. 

But money means nothin to me and my paradise was a pretty cage I refused to be trapped in. 

I fought my way out, I found a new family, and even though sh*t got tough sometimes it all worked out in the end. 

And then I got kidnapped. 
I thought it was over for me. 
I almost broke. 

I should have known he would never let that happen. 
And I should have realized something inside me had shifted. 

Maybe then I’d have seen the signs that I was falling for an irredeemable man. 

A man who taught me that there was power in taking away a life. 
A man who showed me just how beautiful hell truly was. 

It’s only fair I warn you that this is not a story about a rescued damsel in distress. 
This is a story about what happens when a man who collects souls finally meets his match. 

*Outcasts is the 3rd book in the Badlands series. This book can be read as a standalone but I recommend starting Savages & Deviants first.* 

Outcasts (Badlands Book 3)

 

Outcasts by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-12/5/18

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You know I don’t think it really matters the dark depraved satanic stuff that comes from the depths of Natalie Bennet’s soul.
I just can’t help but absorb the craziness and depravity portrayed here so decadently.
Really just flowing with the tide and giggling manically as we get to delve deeper amidst the fucked up pages that is ultimately Outcasts and this author’s amazingly demented psyche.
And man this stuff; is as always major fucked up; like totally.
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Sorry; I just can’t bring myself to care though as its just such compelling reading.
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So in “outcasts” we get to continue the story we started in previous books and this begins initially with Arlen still MIA waiting for Grimm to come rescue her arse from her kidnapper Noah.
And In direct opposition to most romances (if you could call this that) the feelings between Grimm and Arlen are already established and on a firm ground, just not yet acted upon by either party involved.
And from the onset, we are thrown right back centre-stage into the action with blood, gore and torture aplenty.
“Outcasts” really doesn’t pull its punches in that particular department.
There were even occasions when I found my self-going no that’s just sick man, no way.
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So here we get to be up close and personal with what makes the Reaper that is Grim himself actually tick.
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And we also get a front row seat to his brand of psychotic savagery and his way of giving his brat all of his attention and true self.

“I’d give her a crown forged of blood and bone from every motherfucker who’d laid a hand on what was mine. I hoped she was ready to paint some shit red. We weren’t going home until their bodies were at our feet.”

 

“Grimm was filthy, wicked down to his core, but he was the kind of filthy you wanted coating every fibre of your being, straight down to your bare bones”.

Then we have Arlen; Grimm’s brat, already damaged, but since her capture and life’s cruel lessons she now on the wrong side of cray-cray.
And what she wants most of all; besides grim, is to bathe in the blood of her enemies.
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she is no longer so hung up on right versus wrong and is now fully embracing her malfunctioning moral compass.
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So this is told from dual POV with a bonus chapter at the end courtesy of Romero.
We don’t get to see that much of Rom and Cali here though they do make the occasional cameo.
“Outcasts” mainly features Grimm, Arlen and Cobra heavily with some extra newcomers also thrown into the mix.
This was extremely ramped throughout; which as you can expect from this series was of a very graphic nature.
“Outcasts” was also super steaming hot setting the pages alight with its chemistry.
Grim and his brat certainly had a connection here and I could really feel it literally projecting off the page, heading right for me.
sometimes it’s the little things. like a shared interest.

“I wondered what it said about my relationship when I knew it was my man who killed someone simply by the way they were executed; clearly, we were very compatible.”

So I know this says it can be read as a standalone but in my opinion, I wouldn’t advise it.
You would lose so much and I do think have issues following along with the present timeline.
My advice, start at the beginning with savages you really won’t regret it.
Its a fantastically imaginative journey; that would be a shame to miss.
But before I go, a warning “Outcasts” is an extremely dark read dealing with some very graphic scenes.
If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid, you have been warned.
If like me you like to take a stroll on the dark side occasionally then, by all means, please do join me on this effed up post-apocalyptic ride.
I want to leave you with this quote; which I think sums Grimm and Brats relationship up perfectly.

“She was mercy. I was death. She’d always be Sally. I’d be her Jack. A goddess like Persophone, to a dark lord like Hades. Queen of death. Queen of me. For always.”

Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Outcasts (Badlands #3)” 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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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS RTF
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.

 

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

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

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

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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Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / True North (True Born Trilogy, #2) / L.E. Sterling /

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🌼ARC BOOK REVIEW🌼

Release Date-4th April
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Entangled Teen Publishing
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumours of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA

 

 

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

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-3/4/18

So “True North” is the second instalment in this fascinating dystopian YA Trilogy.
And out of the two, this was hands down my favourite.
This just seemed to have a much more intense vibe overall than the previous book.
The action here was amped up and pumping from the get-go and it stayed constant throughout, with no actual let-up in sight.
So this started not long after “True Born left off.
With Margot god knows where after being voluntary kidnapped by her parents and the mysterious Leo Resnikov.
More than likely to somewhere in Russia.
Meanwhile, Lucy herself is beside herself, worried sick and determined to bring her twin home where she belongs.
So, Upon realising her tempory guardian Storm has a hidden agenda and is, in fact, pulling his feet in regards to the help he promised.
Lucy now decides she only has herself to rely on and sets out to accomplish her goals herself.
With the assistance of the enigmatic Alister who upon saving Lucy from a child street gang takes it upon himself to aid her in her future endeavours.
And also understandably the protective “True Born” Jared Price also along for the foreseeable ride.
These three young individuals set off across oceans and unfamiliar terrain all to attempt bringing Lucy’s sister Margot back home to Dominion where she belongs.
So in True North, we finally get answers to some of those all important questions.
But for every one actually resolved another seemed to pop up in its place.
We also get to see a much closer relationship develop between Jared and Lucy with the former practically imprinting on her.
One niggle I do have know with this particular storyline is that I just don’t get why Jared won’t take his relationship with Lucy further.
And Lucy does she think she’s holding out for something better?
What does it matter if Jared goes all beast on her, is there someone else in her crosshairs?
That would be my one annoyance I took away from reading this.
I just don’t get the point here of staying apart.
when everything is turning to hell in a handbasket a constant would really be such a comfort.
Keeping your options open is a rather unromantic prospect as is saving someone from themselves.
Lucy should have turned around and told Jared to get over himself.
Why is she using her parents as an excuse as well, geez she should be disowning these un-natural rents.
This was also slightly more handsy than the previous book.
It was all very mild in nature though with just some light kissing and touching, nothing to stress over it was still very clean and suitably YA.
So I found this such an engrossing read and I am really looking forward to the final piece of this trilogy.
if you are looking for a good dystopian YA read this one really was a winner for me.
So I was kindly provided with an ARC of “True North” By Entangled Teen Publishing and Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
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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