Sunday, July 23, 2017

My Week in Review: 7/15/17-7/22/17

I was a little all over the place last week.  Again, I started and stopped a few books because I just could not get invested for one reason or the other.  Also I've been watching iZombie on my lunch break instead of reading.  :)  

Here are the books I enjoyed last week.

Conspiracy Theory by Rich Restucci - 4 Stars ****

Immunity. Everyone wants it. One man has it. 

Our hero, if you can call him that, must escape from the government facility he is incarcerated in. Escape the certifiable, alphabet-agency super-spook who seized him and dragged him across the country. Elude an army of doctors and soldiers who think he is the answer to the plague of the living dead. Flee back to his friends, a continent away.

Can he safely traverse a ruined United States crawling with insatiable, infected cannibals? Should he stay in the impregnable fortress, do his duty, and submit to the testing in hopes he can save everyone?

What’s an immune, arrogant, rude, criminal to do?

Star Witch by Helen Harper - 4 Stars ****

Lights. Camera. Inaction.

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can't be hard ... or dangerous ... right?

Fury of a Phoenix by Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars ****

"I knew the sins of my past would call to collect what was left of my soul. If I'd known the price I'd pay, I would've sacrificed more to stay hidden from the magic." 
In the middle of Wyoming--away from the abnormals of the world--I thought I was free and clear. I started a new life. Found a love I'd never known in a husband, and a son who was my everything. 
And in a blinding instant, that life was stolen from me. 
The rage of a grieving mother is an ugly beast. More so when she has the skills and killer instinct to back up the wrath and the knowledge that an accident was anything but. 
Once more, I will pick up my guns. This time to hunt those who took my husband's and son's lives.
Let them see the assassin, trained to kill abnormals, stalk the shadows again. 
Let them see the Phoenix rise from the fragments of a broken life as she burns with a fury that cannot be contained.
Let the killing games begin.

A Cross To Bear by M J Lovestone - 3 Stars ***

Gabriella Cross, a magazine reporter living outside of Chicago, is devastated when her sister is found dead. Intent on finding the killer, she follows the trail to billionaire playboy Michael Steele. When she finally confronts the mysterious man, Gabby is plunged into an ancient war between werewolves and vampires. Dark secrets are revealed, and she discovers that she has a unique power, one that has made her a target. 

Can Gabby embrace her power and bring justice to her sister's killer?

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting by Deborah Wilde
3 Stars ***

50% boobs. 50% sarcasm. 100% new breed of hunter.

After a bumpy start as the only female demon hunter in the top secret Brotherhood of David, Nava Katz heads to Prague for her first undercover mission: unmasking a demon movie star. She’d be all kinds of thrilled if it weren’t for the fact that her fellow hunter-with-benefits, Rohan Mitra, has reclaimed his rock star status and assigned Nava the role of groupie.

Rejecting her “be a good girl and follow orders” directive, Nava unleashes an alter ego guaranteed to hook their celebrity target and drive Rohan crazy. No downside–until she finds herself up against Rohan’s past, the Brotherhood’s antiquated thinking, and her own identity issues, turning her personal life into a bomb that could blow up the entire operation.

Sparkly and deadly; it’s a plan.

Army of Stone by Leo Romero - 3 Stars ***

I’m Gabriel Stone. Angel Enforcer. Card shark maestro. Marked for death.

An elfish, satanic cult wish to fulfil the prophecy of the Dark Bearer and bring Hell to Earth. That means sacrificing Aurora. As the higher echelons of Heaven have put her under my protection, it’s my duty to stop them.

But I’ve got my own problems. Both the cartel werewolves and the vampire triads have greenlighted me for execution. Looks like they’ve put a powerful gargoyle on my case and he’s determined to complete his contract.

But maybe there’s more to this gargoyle business than meets the eye. Half-angel bounty hunters are turning up dead and there’s a familiar pattern to their demise. Someone is waging war on the Angel Guild and as an Enforcer, I’ll have to step up my game if I’m going to save both myself and the Guild from extinction.

I just hope I can survive past next week or we’ll all go to Hell.

Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson - 3 Stars ***

There’s a hideous monster on the loose, crushing heads and taking names.

But Detective Calvin Kinsey is on the case!

Two years ago, Cal Kinsey was an up-and-coming cop in the Aurora Police Department. But during a fateful nighttime stakeout in search of a prolific killer, Cal witnessed the darkest corner of his dreams come to life. A rogue vampire slaughtered his partner—to put it nicely—and introduced Cal to the supernatural world he never knew existed in the shadows.

Now, Cal is a newly minted detective at the often mocked Department of Supernatural Investigations. By day, the agents of DSI are called “Kooks” by local law enforcement. By night, they’re known as “Crows,” reviled by the supernatural underworld.

Mere weeks out of the academy, Cal catches his first real case, a vicious murder at a local college. An unknown sorcerer has summoned a powerful creature from the Eververse, a realm of magic and mayhem that borders Earth, and set it on a dangerous warpath through the city.

Between butting heads with his grumpy team captain, stirring up ill will with the local wizards and witches, and repeatedly getting the crap beaten out of himself, Cal must find a way to stop the Eververse monster and send it back to the hell it came from…

…preferably before Aurora, Michigan runs out of coffins for the dead.

Okay, that covers my week in reading.  :)  I hope you found some great books to read.  

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Week in Review: 7/8/17-7/15/17

I have to say last week was exciting.  Not just because I read some pretty good books - but also because we found out we are going to be grandparents for the first time.  :)  We are thrilled!

Here are the books I enjoyed last week:

The Big Ass Witch by Gary Jonas - 4 Stars****

Life sucks. My old man makes me work for a big-ass witch named Lakesha so I can learn magic and help people. My first gig turns out to be an abduction, which sounds like a job for law enforcement, not a half-assed wizard like yours truly. Just my luck though – it’s a ghost that’s been snatched, which is right in my wheelhouse.

Why would anyone want to kidnap a ghost? And why should I care one way or the other? I prefer power napping to kidnapping.

But when the abductors use the ghost to kill a man in a robbery gone wrong, it's up to me to save the day. As long as I don't have to get up before noon...

Banished Fairie by M J Crane - 4 Stars****

As Destiny chases down a spirit monster, danger mounts and evil swirls around them.

She tries to protect Wade and Task, but is derailed when the truth of her past rips away the lie she’s living. Too late she discovers the key to their survival lies in Task’s hands, but it may cost her Wade and her true destiny!

To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell - 3 Stars*** 

Street hustler Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringe using her supernatural abilities. Sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey is forced to submit to their control or end up stripped of her gifts and her memories. She knows better than to rely on or trust anyone and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned the withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to penetrate his brooding façade and uncover the passion brewing just under the surface.

Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and finds peace alone among the birds trusted to his keeping, but the council no longer sees a use for his gifts. His sanctuary is in danger, unless he can earn his place by babysitting one of the fledgling witches brought to the Arcanum to train in the magical arts. That proves more daunting than expected when his novice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her stubborn spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he thought he wanted, and while Audrey wrestles against her captivity, Corvin searches for a way to tame her heart before she breaks his.

Double Sided Magic by McKenzie Hunter - 3 Stars***

I am Levy Michaels. Once my kind were the hunters—now we are the hunted.

Supernaturals are out of the closet but I have to stay hidden because of the type of magic I possess. I’m a Legacy. It sounds like the title should come with reverence, a trust fund, or at the very least a cool backstory—instead it comes with a death sentence.

I have to hide in plain sight and pretend to be just human. I’m pretty good at it. I live a simple and somewhat normal life, and I work in antique acquisitions. Everything’s going fine until a dangerous and enchanted dagger that was once in my possession is stolen. I didn’t think things could get any worse until I woke up next to a dead shifter, fae, and mage, without any memory of the past twenty-four hours.

Considered guilty of murder by most of the magical community and humans, I must work with Gareth, the sexy and dangerous leader of the Supernatural Guild. If he’s as good as rumored, it’s only a matter of time until he discovers the truth about me—then being found guilty of murder is the least of my worries.

A Court for Fairies by S Lynn - 3 Stars***

Marissa has always lived in her mother’s shadow—and that needs to change… 

Paralegal Marissa Salgado is a quiet woman, an only child who has grown up in Adriana’s long shadow. When she meets and falls in love with Esteban, a fellow employee at the law firm, Marissa finally starts to break free from her shell. While Marissa’s mother is overjoyed to see her daughter happy and fulfilled, both Adriana and Marissa have a blood legacy that ties them to creatures of old—and love is indeed transformative when it comes to their kind. 

Esteban never knew his father, nor was he aware of his half-human, half-fae heritage… Esteban O’Reilly had no idea he was descended from the feared Alexander clan, a vicious faction of the Unseelie Court that demanded their payment in blood and sacrifice. When Esteban dies in a car accident, the women in his life are shattered, and his mother and grandmother are frantic to bring him back—no matter what it takes. Magic has a price, and one life has to be exchanged for another… 

Answering a request from Esteban's mother, Marissa agrees to spend a weekend at Innisfree, the family's country home. During her stay, she learns the fairies who haunted the O’Reillys for generations have now set their eyes on her. When the extent of Esteban’s sacrifice becomes clear, Marissa must make a choice—the truth, or the man she loves. With her life in danger, will Marissa finally acknowledge those who once swore to protect her? Will her own secrets step out of the shadows, or will she be destroyed by the Court for Fairies?

Odium by Claire C Riley - 3 Stars***

It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.

Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

That's it for my reading week.  I hope you found some wonderful reads.  :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Week in Review: 7/1/17-7/8/17

Last week was a bit of a slow week for me, reading wise.  We had a holiday and that meant cook outs and family time.  :)  I was able to get in a few good reads.  Here they are:

Green Fields: Unity by Adrienne Lecter - 5 Stars*****

United we stand, divided we fall

Once again reunited, the Lucky Thirteen set out to hunt down their adversaries—only to be met with an entirely new set of unexpected obstacles. As much as Bree is burning to finally get her revenge, it soon becomes obvious that on their own they are no match for the forces opposing them. With giving up not an option, they will have to find a way to bolster their numbers—or failing that, make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Shadow Children by L C Hibbett - 3 Stars***

Angels, Demons, Guardians, brooding guys with green eyes- Eighteen-year-old Grace is sick of the lot of them. All she wants is a normal life, but when tragedy strikes, Grace and her foster family are hurled head-first into a world of magic, intrigue, and deceit.

As the threads of her life begin to unravel before her eyes, Grace finds herself at the epicenter of a battle to save those she loves. In a world built on lies, how far will she have to go to uncover the truth?

The Last Outbreak: Awakening by Jeff Olah - 3 Stars***

No one knew how or where the end of the world started.

Ethan Runner was hungover, pissed off and once again late for work. He didn't care about anything or anyone, but that was about to change; it had to.

Six days ago there were reports of a mysterious illness. People were actually attacking and devouring one another. The world was told not to worry, that there wasn't a reason to panic, that these were isolated events.

This morning the human race found out that this was a lie.

The infection took hold quickly and destroyed everything in its path. Millions perished every hour. Was this nature's way of thinning the herd, or was this something much more disturbing?

Fatal by Diana Graves - 3 Stars***

In a world of gods and monsters, a young witch will give up everything to bring a man once blessed by the god Apollo to justice…her brand of justice.

Raina’s life has never been easy, being a bastard and a mixed breed always makes things harder. But when a man starts selling a deadly disease on the street as a cure-all her life takes a turn in a dark direction. The disease this man is selling is highly contagious. It will cure you. It will kill you. And it will bring you back. Vampirism.

Raina finds herself and her brothers at the mercy of the disease, but strangely it only kills them. Her beloved brothers’ lives lay in ruin amongst those of countless others, and she can no longer trust Seattle PD to bring the man responsible to justice.

In the end, it’s up to Raina and those who would fight at her side to slay an immortal of ancient legend gone mad. She cannot save those he wronged, but she can avenge them, she can stop him. Even if doing so changes her forever. Her family will forsake her, strangers will praise her, and ruthless men will take her in as a kindred spirit.

The Renegades 2: Aftermath by Jack Hunt - 3 Stars***

"Non stop action, laughter, and bucket loads of tension. This is the group you want on your side when the SHTF!"

After surviving a deadly outbreak in the small town of Castle Rock, Nevada, an even greater nightmare is in store for this daring band of misfits as they go to Salt Lake City in search of a safe zone. Forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad while facing hordes of the dead may not be the biggest threat in this apocalypse.

That wraps up my week.  I hope you found some wonderful reads.
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

My Week In Review: 6/24/17-7/1/17

Hi there.  Last week I found a couple of new to me authors and I enjoyed their books enough to want to read more in their respective series.  I also found several very promising books - but they ended up being just meh.  Another case of the book cover being more exciting than the actual read.  

Here are the books I enjoyed:

Resurgence: Green Fields #5 by Adrienne Lecter
5 Stars *****  

Not so lucky anymore…

Civilization is on the brink of crumbling—and this time not just due to the zombie apocalypse. The roads have become dangerous, and what havens have been established are no longer safe. Murmurs of unrest—or maybe even a brewing civil war—are getting loud. No longer are zombies the only thing preying on those that think to brave the world outside the settlements.

Yet as grave as things are getting, this is not the main issue that is plaguing Nate’s mind. He has bigger fish to fry.

A Little Fang Never Hurt Anybody by J R Pearson
4 Stars ****

May the Gods have mercy on your soul...

Werewolf Wild Child
Taco Enthusiast.
Drunk Table Dancing Expert.
Queen of Shitty Relationships.
Kokoa Lovell. (Pronounced as cocoa)

I'm a honest-to-goodness, denial wearing- f*ck-up.
My love life contains themes of extreme complication, washboard abs and mind-blowing romps in the sack. 'Commitment' is nowhere in my vocabulary, so I'm winning as well as losing in Cupid's department.

Slouch Witch by Helen Harper - 4 Stars ****

Hard Work Will Pay Off Later. Laziness Pays Off Now.

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses.

It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

Underground Magic by N R Larry and Margo Bond Collins
4 Stars ****

She’ll give in to the darkest power to gain their freedom.

Five years ago, Lawrence Kincade walked away from the underground resistance, having lost all she loved in the fight against the Party—her friends, her family, her freedom to use her magical ability. Everything.

Since then, she's been in hiding, trying to come to terms with living outside a society that now reviles everything she values. But when she learns the Party has reinstated the extermination policy in the Purity Camps, she realizes she can no longer remain apart from the fight.

As Lawrence attempts to rejoin and revitalize the resistance she abandoned, she must once again seek out allies, often in unexpected places. With the help of a surprisingly sexy shifter who prowls the streets of post-apocalyptic Birmingham, Alabama, she'll have to deal with the last place she ever wanted to end up, and the first on the Party's list to be eradicated: Purity Camp D.
With a little luck and a lot of work, maybe she can save the prisoners using her own brand of Underground Magic.

Rise of the Dead by Jeremy Dyson - 4 Stars ****

Blake was never one for taking chances. He lived in a world of formulas and equations. A statistician in a controlled society where everything had become predictably mundane. That world disappeared the day the dead got up and began attacking the living.

Now, the end is here. Blake finds himself fighting for his life in a world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. He struggles to keep himself alive and must risk everything to find his family.

Along the way, Blake finds himself thrust among other unlikely survivors. Together they must adapt to the realities of the undead world, or join the legion of zombies. The characters must overcome their conditioned human apathy and come together if they have any chance of survival.

That wraps up my reading week.  I hope you've found some great books.  As always, thanks for stopping by.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Week in Review: 6/17/17-6/24/17

Last week was another mixed bag for me.  I ended up with half of the books I read being zombie books (are you really surprised?) that I really enjoyed - and the other half an assortment of genre's that were just meh.

Here are the books I enjoyed:

Green Fields: Extinction by Adrienne Lecter - 5 Stars*****

If you need some zombies killed, who do you call? The Lucky Thirteen. 

A few weeks have passed since the events in Aurora, and Bree, Nate, and the gang are back on the road. The odd mall to raid, cattle to herd, provisions to deliver—all no match for our trusty group of scavengers. The world is yours for the taking when killing zombies becomes routine. Yet with temperatures rising in late spring, a new menace appears on the post-apocalyptic theater of war. 

Roving bands, thousands of zombies strong are scouring the country, and already the first settlements are going dark. In a world where every human life is valuable, losing hundreds at once is not an option. What makes the zombies band together like that—and, more importantly, why are the tough ones even harder to kill than mere months ago? 

Bree may wish that she’s just paranoid, but she can’t shake the suspicion that finding a cure may not be the only cause the government is pouring resources into. But to what end?

The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas - 4 Stars****

A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back.
The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?

Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen.

They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.

Dead in L.A. by Stephen Knight - 4 Stars****

When Hollywood screenwriter and former Border Patrolman Robert Wallace recovers from a sickness that had left him bedridden for days, he finds that his wife has been killed, his son is missing, and Los Angeles has been overrun by hordes of carnivorous corpses.

Only this is no movie set. It’s the zombie apocalypse, and the City of Angels is now the hunting ground of the dead. Their prey: the living. Whether on high-paid movie stars or penniless bums on Skid Row, the dead want to feed, and human beings are the only item on their menu. Wallace embarks in a desperate search for his son while trying to evade the legions of ghouls that totter across the crumbling ruins of Los Angeles.

Welcome to Hell A!

Reluctant Hood by Kendrai Meeks - 3 Stars***

Gerwalta Kline has wished all her life to escape the weight of being named after her infamous ancestor Die Verräterin, the betrayer, better known by humans as Little Red Riding Hood. Unlike the fairy tale heroine, the historical figure defiled her legacy, leading to her being executed for the high crime of mating a werewolf. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Geri turns away from her legacy, denies her birthright, defies her controlling mother, and endeavors to live as a human.

Fate is a fickle thing however, and it almost seems like Gerwalta’s name is her curse. In Chicago, she soon encounters Tobias Somfield, a wolf far away from his packlands in England, tracking another of his kind Tobias claims was kidnapped by a cabal of vampires. The last thing Geri wants is to get involved with a lone wolf’s problems, but circumstances don’t give her much choice. Tobias is right about one thing; the vampires in Chicago are up to something. Whatever it is spells troubles for hoods and wolves alike. Even if it means working with a wolf she can’t help but find attractive, and knowing from experience the danger of stepping off that cliff, Geri finds herself acting the part of a reluctant hood.

Fast Walkers by J.D. Bishop - 3 Stars***

Rebecca's father works for a shadowy arm of the United States Government. He stays gone for weeks at a time and often comes home late.

But she's never had a reason to question his line of work... until one fateful night. Riding with a group of friends, she gets into a car accident that results in a man's death.

What follows next is a group of mysterious events that leaves Rebecca and her friends with more questions than answers.  People are coming back to life, eating human flesh, even dining on their own family members.

Rebecca and her friends are determined to get to the bottom of what's going on.... but they'll have survive the horde of undead first!

Hellspawn by Ricky Fleet - 3 Stars***

10.35 AM, September 14th 2015. Portsmouth, England. 

A global particle physics experiment releases a pulse of unknown energy with catastrophic results. The sanctity of the grave has been sundered and a million graveyards expel their tenants from eternal slumber. The world is unaware of the impending apocalypse, Governments crumble and armies are scattered to the wind under the onslaught of the dead. 

Kurt Taylor, a self-employed plumber, witnesses the start of the horrifying outbreak. Desperate to reach his family before they fall victim to the ever growing horde of shambling corruption, he flees the scene. In a society with few guns, how can people hope to survive the endless waves of zombies that seek to consume every living thing? 

With ingenuity, planning and everyday materials, the group forge their way and strike back at the Hellspawn legions. Rescues are mounted, but not all survivors are benevolent, the evil that is in all men has been given free rein in this new, dead world. 

With both the living and dead to contend with, is there any hope for the Taylor family?

That's it for me.  I hope you're reading something great!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Week In Review: 6/10/17-6/17/17

This past week was a little bit of a let down for me.  I tried some new to me authors and out of the 10 books I read, I have just 4 to tell you about.  

Here they are:

Green Fields: Escalation by Adrienne Lecter - 5 Stars*****

Is anybody out there? 

After a long winter spent hunkering down in Wyoming, Bree, Nate, and the gang are back on the road. The harsh temperatures up in the northern regions might have decimated the undead scourge somewhat, but soon they have to face reality: it’s not just zombies that are out there to hunt people down and kill them. 

For humanity to have a fighting chance to rebuild a semblance of civilization, everyone will have to work together—and resources are scarce. Someone will have to go out there and face the danger—and maybe find out what happened to the undead that were smart enough to flee the cold. Only the strong and smart have survived, making everyday life just a little more deadly for everyone.

Zomb-Pocalypse 4 by Megan Berry - 4 Stars****

The bitter cold of winter settles over the mountain, sweeping through the zombies and freezing them solid where they stand. A welcome reprieve, but Jane and her group of rag-tag survivors aren't out of the woods yet. It's a struggle for survival for Jane and the others, who are out of touch without modern conveniences like electricity and heat. This causes a steep learning curve for the group, one with deadly consequences if they fail.

The weather isn't the only thing causing dissension within the walls of the cabin- the discovery of immunity to the zombie virus has the group divided on how to move forward.

Living with other people can be difficult during the best of times, but trying to hold it together in the apocalypse, can seem impossible.

The Girl Who Punched Back by Angel Lawson - 4 Stars****

That moment when Alexandra realizes rabid zombie monsters are no longer the biggest threat...

Three months have passed since Alexandra traveled through the wasted death fields to reach her sister, Jane. There's no resemblance to her former life. No college. No best friend. Her mother is dead. Her father and her friend, Cole, toil away in the labs of her sister's research facility, working to create a vaccine for the virus that ravages the living.

Hope for a cure is dampened by the growing society Jane has developed. Armed troops fill The Fort, and the only way Alex knows how to keep an eye on her sister is by joining the elite Fighter army led by Wyatt, a mercenary and deadly soldier. Some days, Alex considers him a friend. The rest of the time, she's unsure where his loyalties lie. The truth is, Alex isn't always sure about herself, either.

All Alex wants is to right the wrongs of her sister's dangerous meddling, but Jane has bigger plans than vaccinating the survivors. Alex and her allies quickly learn that rabid cannibals are not the biggest problems facing mankind, but at what lengths will they have to go to save the world?

Tombyards and Butterflies by Orlando A. Sanchez
3 Stars***

A Missing Ferryman. An Undead Dilemma. An Immortal Detective.

An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance. 

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop. 

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real… Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead to rest, and maybe solve the age-old conundrum-coffee or tea?

There you have it.  I hope you reading week was wonderful.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Week in Review: 6/3/17-6/10/17

This past week was all over the place.  I tried to mix it up and throw a couple of cozy mysteries in with the usual zombie reads - to mixed results.  Here are the books I enjoyed:

Zombie Road II by David A. Simpson - 5 Stars***** 

The people that tried to kill the world almost succeeded. They were fiendishly clever but they didn’t take into account the vets, the truckers and the two-fisted fighters who didn’t know how to give up.

Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way. They power through the undead hordes with their modified semi-trucks to beat the ticking clock of nuclear meltdowns.

Lacy fights her way out of the high-rise office building and the kids who had managed to escape the high school and make it home face a new enemy. Boredom.
New evil raises its ugly head and new heroes are born as they all battle to make it to a place of safety.

Get ready for a Bloodbath on the Blacktop.

Zomb-Pocalypse 3 by Megan Berry - 4 Stars****

Jane has found the cabin, her best friend Abby, and most surprisingly, her parents–but now the hard part begins.

For over a month, Jane has survived on the road amid flesh eating monsters with no one to tell her what to do, but now she has her parents hovering over her, stifling her every movement. They want to treat her like their little girl, but the Apocalypse has forced her to grow up in so many ways that she just cannot go back.

Surviving day to day on the road was hard, but building a life for themselves will be an even bigger challenge. Winter is starting to settle in, faster every day, and the group finds themselves in a life or death race to gather food and ensure the safety of the cabin from dead that seem to pop up everywhere. Nothing is truly safe.

Hard lessons are learned through deadly mistakes, friendships are strained to their near breaking point, and it could all be for nothing …

Green Fields: Outbreak by Adrienne Lecter 
4 Stars****

With nowhere left to run—where will you go? 

Most of the world’s population is either dead or dying from a virus that looks a lot like the one Bree and Nate tried to destroy—and not all of them remain dead. Chased by hordes of zombies, they flee the city with what remains of their merry band of miscreants. But even when most of them survive the first day, they are far from safe—because there is no safe place left. The fight for survival forces them to become resourceful, and soon they realize that the undead might not be their only problem. 

In this new world, it’s each man or woman out for themselves—and just because someone has a pulse doesn’t necessarily mean they make a good ally. Yet there is hope—a bunker in Wyoming, outfitted with weapons and food, and above all else, defensible shelter for the winter. Can they survive the two-thousand-miles trip across the country with nothing but the clothes on their back and what they can scavenge along they way?

This is not the kind of challenge that Bree ever imagined she would have to face, but she’s determined to survive—even if that means to learn how to on the job.

Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter - 3 Stars***

In Cambio Springs, everything--and everyone--changes.

Wolf shifter, Alex McCann, and lion shifter, Teodora "Ted" Vasquez, came from rival clans. They left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community, plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. As the town's doctor, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other's throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they once shared burn again when so many stand against it?

Incineration by Annie Streger - 3 Stars***

Incineration is an exhilarating story about a post-outbreak, future society. Running water and electricity are a thing of the past. The streets of New York are lined with deteriorating cars and the bones of bodies long decayed. The main character, Phee, was just ten when everyone died. The handful of survivors left, are completely altered by the Avian Rodentia virus, leaving behind an unhinged and violent society. Phee herself has been scarred, unable to handle any touch from another human.

Tired of barely living life and succumbing to invasive assaults, Phee leaves the mild safety of her group behind in search of a better life. In her pursuit, death nearly finds her before a group of men intervene.

Their intentions seem well, but can she trust the men that seem to be helping her?
Everything in Phee’s life becomes questionable. She doesn’t know who to trust or if she can open her heart to love. She doesn’t know who to fight for when traitors emerge.

When her new life is threatened with Phee at the center of it all, will she survive in one piece, or will she burn from the inside out?

The Eve by Taylor Keary - 3 Stars***

A plan was laid out as the Evolution crushed mankind, a plan that was right under Eden’s nose all along. And Eve is the key to everything. New Eden—mankind—they have a small chance at fixing their dismembered planet.

But it will be a reckless sprint against time and the coming Bane to retrieve the final piece to the plot. New Eden’s worst fears have become reality. The Bane are back in the city and they’re smarter and more aggressive than ever. They know where the humans are and they’re coming to finish what they’ve nearly completed.

Eve has been content with the family she’s found—Avian, West, Gabriel, Royce. But she’s about to discover she may have the one family Eve never thought she would: blood. With every odd stacked against her, all the lies and all the secrets of her origins will be exposed.

The past and the future are about to come full circle.

A Match Made in Spell by Regina Welling & Erin Lynn
3 Stars***

Lexi Balefire, matchmaking witch extraordinaire, can find just about anyone’s perfect match—except her own.

Lexi hopes her dedication to bringing soul mates together is enough to counteract the wickedness that runs in her family, but without access to her full powers, she might never get the chance to find out. Musician Kin Clark wants to prove he’s the one to break her cycle of bad luck, but a gaggle of female groupies vying for his attention has Lexi worried he’ll break her heart instead.

When a formerly happy client gets dumped unexpectedly, Lexi will need to uncover the secrets of her past in order to put the pieces back together again—all while dealing with four fighting faerie godmothers, an obnoxious arch-nemesis, and a man who might just change her fate.

With the Beltane celebration—and a magical deadline—looming, will Lexi get exactly what she’s always wanted—or more than she ever bargained for?

Prince of Blood and Thunder by J.A. Cipriano 
3 Stars***

Hey, it’s your friendly neighborhood gamer girl, Annie.

So yeah, I almost kinda sorta stopped my bro from killing all of the werewolf nobles with his crazy blood ritual. Unfortunately for everyone, he missed one, and now wannabe werewolf king Alabaster is trying to avenge his people by going on the kind of killing spree you'd see in an eighties B-grade horror flick.

The only way to stop him is to seat Justin Bailey on the throne. There’s just one tiny problem. While he’s a swell guy, I have more power in my pinkie than he does in his whole body.

Still, I think I can pull it off, but only if I’m willing to throw Justin to the wolves.

There you have it.  I have a couple of books in mind for the upcoming week as well as a few new to me authors.  But my reading time my be cut in half seeing as how the new season of Orange is the New Black and last season of Supernatural have hit Netflix.  What is a girl to do?

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