Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/9/17-9/16/17


Last week was a little hectic, with Irma coming through Georgia, downed trees and loss of power.  I pray that all of you in the path of Irma are safe and sound.  

Here are the books I read last week.

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


Plague. Infection. Death. Civilization is gone, assaulted by the walking dead. Within these pages lies a man’s tale of unspeakable horror and humor told during the zombie apocalypse. One man stands immune to the greatest plague in human history. Our hero, should you choose to call him that, is now hunted by organizations that would use him for his immunity. Chased by relentless forces incapable of mercy or pity, our hero and his friends must fight off those that seek to destroy them. Government scientists seek him. The dead want to eat him. Humanity needs him.

No longer is our hero a useless plebe, unable to tell the difference between a clip and a magazine. No longer is he a fool who continually makes mistakes. He is now an utter badass who continually makes mistakes.


Join him as he chronicles his successes and failures in a world where success means finding an unopened can of Spam, and failure means death.

Glory Box By Sam Sisavath - 4 Stars ****


FROM THE PURGE, A NEW BEGINNING.

It's been six years since a terrifying breed of seemingly unkillable creatures emerged from the darkness to topple the unprepared governments of the world, in the process knocking mankind down the food chain.

Survivors called it The Purge.

A few brave souls rose from the ashes of the old world to fight back, often against overwhelming odds. Led by indomitable heroes, they risked everything to achieve a final, stunning victory over the supernatural “ghouls” in The Battle of Houston.

Five years later, what remains of the ghouls have fled back into the shadows, and humanity now resides in isolated communities in relative peace. But human ambition and greed have also survived, and with no laws to stop those willing to pursue them, it’s every man for himself.

Keo, one of the unknown heroes of The Battle of Houston, has found serenity in a small town in Texas. But he will discover that a violent past is not so easily cast aside when a madman rises to dominate those around him, and in the process shatters Keo’s new life.

It’s a brave new world, but monsters still exist—and thrive. And where there are evil deeds, good people must rise to stem the tide...on the Road to Babylon.

Fight Like A Man by L.L. Akers - 3 Stars ***


As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything; anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan.

While he sat back and watched the United States rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out, that he and his family would be ready and safe--whether it was due to a natural disaster or a man-made event. They had everything they needed at their homestead.

What he wasn't prepared for, was his family not being home if it ever happened.

Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. When chaos erupts and there's no gas, their journey home is a nightmare, filled with predators and danger--and apparently, Olivia hadn't learned a thing her husband tried to teach her.

When your neighbors run out of food and water, and turn on each other, what will you do?

Jake, a country boy mechanic, never believed in TEOTWAWKI, but he'd heard his brother-in-law preach about it many times. He knew what to do; but he didn't prepare. He lazily left it all up to Grayson--he was the prepper after all. When catastrophe strikes, will he continue to keep his head stuck in the sand while his clueless neighbors destroy each other, and his wife is stuck out on the road; or will he stand up and fight like a man?

And if you're alone? Bug in or Bug out?

Graysie Rowan, a freshman at University, just wants to go home. When no word comes from the government, and the state capital is overrun with looters, chaos and mayhem, the college administration puts the students on lock-down. But her dad, Grayson, had prepared her for this. Now, if she can only remember what it was he said to do...

If they want to survive this post-apocalyptic event, they'll all have to learn to fight like a man.


The end came not with boots on the ground, nuclear weapons or an EMP. It snuck in with a quiet clatter at the back door and flipped the switch, covering the states in darkness and sending this family on three divergent paths that ultimately lead home. When they collide in this surreal and gripping family drama, it won't be without bullets and bloodshed.


Under the Gray Skies by Jacqueline Druga - 3 Stars ***


A long awaited sisters vacation hits a slight bump in the road when a series of tremors instantly cause the cancellation of all flights. Believing the airport is not the safest place, Lacey and her sister hurry from the terminal and board a crowded tram.

Then it happens.

No one knows why, how or what occurs. Cities are decimated, oceans rise and people drop dead from the cataclysmic event. The world becomes a dark place on a fast track to the next ice age.

Lacey somehow survives and finds herself in a city of rubble. Unaware that it was a global event, she treks from the destruction in an attempt to find help.

Along the way she meets Madison. Both women are far from home and together they embark on a mission to find their families thousands of miles away.

The country is in chaos and is fast becoming uninhabitable.

It is a race against the clock as the world grows colder and more dangerous by the day. Lacey and Madison vow not to give up until they know what has happened to those they love.

Freaky Days by Amanda M. Lee - 3 Stars ***


The show must go on … even when monsters are afoot.

Poet Parker is Romani by birth and a fortune teller by choice. As a member of Mystic Caravan Circus, she’s spent the past ten years using her psychic talents to tell people what their future holds by day and hunting paranormal monsters by night.

You see, Mystic Caravan is more than just a circus – it’s also a force of good in a world that needs help fighting evil.

Poet is set in her ways – and happy with her life – until Kade Denton shows up and upends the entire operation. He’s loud and proud – and Poet doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do.
As the new head of security, Kade thinks his only job is going to be tackling drunken revelers when they get out of hand. He’s in for a rude – and bloody – awakening.

When monsters strike and the truth comes out, Kade finds he has to learn on the job with Poet as his somewhat reluctant instructor.

Sparks are flying – both real and figurative – and when a truly terrible beast targets the circus for extermination it’s all magical hands on deck for the final showdown.
Some things are born evil, but the people in Mystic Caravan were born to fight it.
Prepare to be amazed.

That's a wrap for me.  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Michelle  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/2/17-9/9/17



Last week was a little hit or miss.  I had a list of books - each with fantastic book covers and interesting book blurbs - that I was eager to get my hands on....but they let me down.  I don't know if I was still riding the high from that awesome series I read the week before or if I was a little burned out for the same reason.  I did manage to find a few good books to recommend this week.  Here they are:

How To Save An Undead Life by Hailey Edwards - 4 Stars ****



Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.

Warning: This book contains one ex-con/ex-heiress with a pet zombie parakeet who lives next door to her ex-army/ex-crush. Brace yourselves, we're talking more exes than a pirate treasure map here.

Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones - 4 Stars ****


First comes the red rain: a strange, scarlet downpour from a cloudless sky that spreads across cities, nations, and the entire globe. In a matter of panicked hours, every living thing on earth succumbs to swift, bloody death. Yet Emily Baxter, a young newspaper reporter, is mysteriously spared—and now she’s all alone.

But watching the happy life she built for herself in New York City slip away in the wake of a monstrous, inexplicable plague is just the beginning of Emily’s waking nightmare. The world isn’t ending; it’s only changing. And the race that once ruled the earth has now become raw material for use by a new form of life never before seen…on this planet.

With only wits, weapons, and a bicycle, Emily must undertake a grueling journey across a country that’s turning increasingly alien. For though she fears she’s been left to inherit the earth, the truth is far more terrifying than a lifetime of solitude.

Fairy on the Rocks by Katharine Sadler - 3 Stars ***


Ingredients:
One kitsch-loving fairy
One gruff, grumpy werewolf
One missing troll

Mix them well and let them chill for an hour in a fae dimension known as Rubalia. Watch the sparks fly as the fairy and the werewolf discover more than they’d ever bargained for in their search for a troll who just might not want to be found.

Chloe Frangipani doesn’t believe in fairy tales or happily ever afters, but she’s pretty darn near happy as the owner and manager of Ephemeral, a martini bar that offers good drinks, great music, and a wait staff that’s not only easy on the eyes but ready and willing to serve up the fantasies of their patrons. At the apartment she shares with her best friend, she is well on her way to amassing the world’s largest collection of kitsch and she goes out dancing three nights a week rather than joining a gym. Life really couldn’t get much better. When her friend and mentor, Buddy, goes missing, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Chloe knows she has to find him and bring him home safe. She enlists the help of a private investigator, Frost, a werewolf she shared a dance and a kiss with the night before. As cocky as he is handsome, Chloe would rather work with anyone else, but he’s her best option. Together, they search for Buddy in the human world and in Rubalia, a search that endangers both Chloe and Frost and will change their lives forever.

The Four Horsemen: Legacy by L.J Swallow - 3 Stars ***


What's worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen?
Discovering you're the Fifth.

Verity Jameson's day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can't kill Death.

Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he's looking for her.

The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.

Now they've found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.

A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.

So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?

I hope you're reading something great.  Thanks for stopping by.
Michelle  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Week in Review: 8/26/17-9/2/17


Do you remember last week I mentioned that I would be on vacation this week and that I had found a very promising 15 book post apocalyptic series?  Well, I read the entire series on my vacation.  I could not help it - I was so invested in these characters, I had to know what was going to happen next.

The series is Voodoo Plague by Dirk Patton and I give the entire series 5 Stars *****.  


John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of virus-laced nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing Rachel, he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and society disintegrates into savagery.


In the pulse pounding continuation of the Voodoo Plague series, John, Rachel and Dog have escaped from Atlanta, finding refuge at an Air Force Base in Tennessee. After being recalled to active duty, John strikes a deal with the Army that will help him rescue his wife in Arizona, but all of his plans are quickly put in jeopardy as a second wave of infection rips through the surviving population.


In the eagerly anticipated third installment of the high octane Voodoo Plague series the stakes are raised as millions of infected threaten John’s escape plan. As the group fights to survive they begin encountering more of the smarter infected and other survivors that are taking full advantage of the chaos to prey on their fellow humans. The only safety is to the west but at every turn the small group is thwarted in their efforts to escape.


An old enemy rises, revealing plots within plots as the survivors struggle to reach safety and find the missing. Those infected by the virus are getting smarter and deadlier. As the world continues to crumble, some are lost while new dangers appear at every turn. In the most sweeping story so far in the Voodoo Plague series, Red Hammer ratchets up the danger and intensity.


With the virus mutating, new dangers appear that threaten a bloody end to the struggle for survival. The next wave of infection sweeps across the remaining population. Betrayal threatens the alliance with the GRU. Roach descends deeper into madness, hiding in plain sight as he plots to capture Katie. With Rachel still missing, it's up to Major Chase to rescue her and reaffirm the alliance to bring down the Russian president.


With Katie kidnapped by Roach, John must not only save her but also deal with the betrayal of the new President. Days Of Perdition opens with the story of how Katie survived and reached Oklahoma City. Now that John knows she is alive nothing will stop him from rescuing her, but will he find her in time?


Indestructible continues the story of the struggle for survival after the events in Days Of Perdition. With massive herds closing in on Tinker Air Force Base, the only option is evacuation, and Tech Sergeant Scott, Irina and Igor must race against time to search for any survivors of the crash.


Tinker Air Force Base has fallen to the infected. Rachel's plane to Seattle has been shot down over a mountain wilderness in Idaho. Is she alive? It is up to John, Katie and Dog to race against time, invading armies, blizzards, herds of infected and vicious wild predators to reach the crash site. As they fight their way across the country, they must come to grips with the new reality of the world, and devise a long term plan for their survival. Sweeping across a wide swath of North America, Recovery continues the journey of Major John Chase and the small band of survivors he's left with after the evacuation of Tinker at the end of Indestructible. New dangers abound as the toll from the battle to survive weighs heavily on John's shoulders.


The Russian military has surged, invading the devastated United States in large numbers. Russian civilians are arriving, laying claim to the spoils of war. Events from John's past bring new dangers for the few remaining survivors as the Russians begin an all out effort to capture and send him to Moscow for trial and execution. Precipice continues the story of the V Plague survivors' struggle to evade both the infected and the invading army.


America fights back! In the thrilling new addition to the V Plague series, the decimated US Military brings the fight to the invading Russians. As battles rage, John is drawn into the melee, delaying his quest to reach Seattle with the remainder of his group. As all are threatened by escalating nuclear war, new dangers stand in the way of the survivors reaching safety.


John is in the hands of the Russian military as the conflict escalates. His only hope is to escape as those he loves are threatened by nuclear attacks. When a new Russian plot is revealed, the survivors must battle to save the last vestiges of humanity from final annihilation.


With a Russian invasion force threatening, and a downed American pilot in the Sea of Cortez, John must set aside the most personal loss of his life and continue the battle to save what remains of America. Leading a lightning mission into Mexico, he encounters survivors who have formed militias and pose a threat to anyone who is not part of their group. Meanwhile, Admiral Packard prepares for the final defense of Hawaii.


Still dealing with his personal loss and a severe injury suffered in the rescue of Igor and the captured girls, John is determined to reach Australia to punish the Russian president. But, the militia that had taken the girls is now surrounding the facility at Area 51 and is intent on exacting vengeance. John must battle his way free and find a way to make the journey to Sydney as Admiral Packard plans a mass exodus from Hawaii.


Trying to adjust to his return to civilization, John learns of the horrors yet to come that were revealed in Exodus. With Igor and Irina on their way to Siberia, he must travel to Australia to complete what may be his final and most personal mission; assassinate the Russian president.


After the disastrous events at the end of Scourge, it is left to the Athena Project to set things right. But problems arise that change the course of events in a way that could not have been predicted.

That's all 15.  I can honestly say this is one of the best post apocalyptic series I have ever read.  It is a little different from my normal reads because there is a very heavy military presence.  Most of my reads have the average Joe trying to survive with little or no survival skills - that is certainly not the case with this series.

I hope you're reading something great!

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle     



Sunday, August 27, 2017

My Week in Review: 8/19/17-8/26/17




I had a pretty good reading week - enjoyed some great post apocalyptic reads.  Towards the end of the week I found a very promising 15 book series that I can't wait to dive into.

Here are the books I enjoyed:

Gray Part II by Lou Cadle - 4 Stars ****


Three months have passed since the mysterious event transformed life on Earth. The air grows colder, the days shorter, the snow deeper, and Coral and Benjamin struggle to find food enough to keep them on their feet. Moving on to warmer climes seems their only long-term hope, but travel means a terrible danger: encountering other people. The rule of law is gone, the old morality is crumbling, and Coral needs all her wits and skill to survive in this brutish new world.

Gray Part III by Lou Cadle - 4 Stars****


Welcome to Idaho City

The sign was metal, the words still visible through scorching that had happened during The Event's long fire.

The words spoke of the old days, seven months ago, when civilization was intact and the world robustly populated. The sign looked normal--or would have, had it not been for the pair of human feet attached over the first two words. The feet had been severed from their owner, and hex bolts were jammed between the metatarsals.



Coral and Benjamin are starving as they flee from this sight. When they encounter scavengers a few days later, have they found food and salvation? Or is it the deadliest trap of them all?

Vampires & Vigilantes by Ella Summers - 4 Stars ****


From princess to private detective.

Exiled, stripped of her title and magic armor, former paranormal princess Terra Cross is living a new life as a private detective. Working side-by-side with her father, she hunts down galactic bail jumpers hiding on Earth, rescues kidnapped children from otherworldly gangsters, and stops ritualistic summonings of interdimensional monsters.

But her old life comes knocking when a vampire solider shows up on her doorstep with a job: to find the missing twin heirs to the vampires’ empire. Assailed by monsters and machines, Terra seeks the help of the galaxy’s most infamous assassin, a darkly tempting mage with devastating telekinetic powers. What begins as a rescue mission, however, soon grows into a conspiracy that reaches back centuries and spans worlds.

Torn by Jacqueline Druga - 4 Stars ****


Every 26,000 years the earth experiences a magnetic reversal or pole shift. These reversals are always accompanied by disasters of catastrophic proportions. They also coincide with two other events: an ice age and species extinction.

We are, at this time, 50,000 years overdue.

Darius Cobb wasn’t thinking of man’s extinction. He honestly never gave it a thought. A college professor and part time country singer, Darius worried only about teaching and playing his guitar until the day he is attacked by cockroaches and is placed into a special government quarantine.

There, he and the others start piecing together the inevitable. Using his knowledge, he begins predicting the events that unfold. Together he and his group plan and then implement a long term survival plan.

If the world is going to end, they will survive.

Rot By Damon Hunter - 4 Stars ****


A disease called the rot has spread to the United States, leading to a quarantine being imposed on most of California. Victims react in different ways. Most become like zombies, wandering about aimlessly unless they come across someone to bite and spread the disease. Others become aggressive and animal like. Rarer are those who seem to immune.

Eric Vance of the newly formed Tactical Medical Response Team is one of the immune. He is trapped in San Francisco awaiting rescue after a doomed mission into the Quarantined California left him and two others stranded. He learns his ex wife, Donna and teenage daughter, Katelin are trapped in a newly quarantine part of Southern California. Knowing they are trouble he makes plans to leave his post and go help them.

Donna and Katelin are not waiting around for help. They fall in with a motley bunch of survivors and try to fight their way out, but the rot is much more pervasive and deadly than they could have anticipated.

To complicate matters roaming the wasteland collecting the immune and processing them into samples to study is mad TMRT scientist Dr. Talbot. Even if Vance and his family can survive the rot Talbot has other sinister plans for them.

Our New World By Desiree King - 3 Stars ***


The world has changed and humans are an endangered species.

After centuries of war famine and plague, a new society has risen and grown. Magical races, such as fae, vampires, magi, and weres, have joined forces to ensure everyone’s survival by creating the highest order council and the new world laws. Unfortunately, the cost of survival could be the freedom to be with someone you love.

Sidney is on the edge of womanhood. Soon she’ll accept her birth right as lady of her people, the magi of San Diego. However, she is torn between her duty and heart.

Can she have both or will she have to choose between her people or the feelings she’s kept secret for years?

That wraps up another fantastic reading week for me.  Next week I am on vacation.  I'll be doing a staycation at home and work on the room for the upcoming grandbaby.  Not sure how much reading I will get done - but I am sure I can squeeze some in somewhere.  :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Week in Review: 8/12/17-8/19/17



Last week was an amazing reading week for me.  I have been on a post apocalyptic kick and found several new to me authors that blew me away.  

Here they are:

Last Woman by Jacqueline Druga - 5 Stars *****


After emerging from a coma, Faye Wills opens her eyes to complete darkness and the feeling of being trapped. Soon she discovers she is in no less than a nightmare world and awakens in the worst place imaginable. She is one of thousands of bodies in a makeshift mass grave that was once a football stadium.

Left for dead.

There are no signs of life and the only sound she hears is the buzzing of flies that follow the stench of death.

Once out of the stadium she steps into a desolate, barren world, void of all life and people. Faye learns that while in a comatose state, the world was besieged by some sort of epidemic. Without a soul around, there are a lot of missing pieces.

Where did everyone go? What really happened?


Though in a weakened state, she must pull it together and move forward. She focuses on a goal of finding not only answers but survivors. However, the further she moves in her journey, the more Faye realizes that she may never find anyone and must face the very scary and real possibility that she may not only be the last woman on earth, but the last person as well.

Last Woman 2 by Jacqueline Druga - 5 Stars *****


After losing her entire family in a tragic accident, Faye Wills follows a path of depression and alcohol abuse in an attempt to bury her pain. Her course of self-destruction places her in an alcohol induced coma. When she wakes, she discovers the world was besieged by a virus and she was left for dead on top of a mound of bodies in a football stadium.

The world is a barren and desolate place and it works in Faye’s favor. With no desire to live, she sets a goal of making it home to die. Then she encounters Dodge and two young boys. They ignite a spark long lost in Faye. That spark is the will to live.

Following radio calls, they decide to join a growing camp of survivors. Until they discover that not only is Faye a survivor, she is the last surviving woman on earth. Suddenly the rules change. Faye is no longer safe in the growing violent world.

Marauders chase her and what is left of the government, actively seek her, stopping at nothing until they retrieve Faye.

While trying desperately to find a haven for her, Dodge and the boys, Faye must also discover her place and role in a world without women. Weighing the decision of what she wants to do against what she should do.

The continuation of man’s existence begins with Faye.

Gray: Part 1 by Lou Cadle - 5 Stars *****


A dense black cloud boiled up in the southeastern sky. It rose high and fast, like a time-lapse movie of the birth of a thunderhead. But it was no rain cloud. Wholly black, it reached up and loomed over her, blocking out the sun. Somehow she knew it was Death coming at her.

Pre-med student Coral is on a vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, a world of blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures except her.

So begins her desperate journey: to find water, and food, and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

Caged by Amber Lynn Natusch - 4 Stars ****


“I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.

I was too."

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.

As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.

When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.

She chooses poorly.

Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.

The List by Shannon Walters - 4 Stars ****


When a zombie virus sweeps the planet and puts humanity in a chokehold, hope is the only thing keeping Sara alive. Hope that the people who matter most are still alive. Who made it? Who didn't? Can they be saved? Can they save her?

Sara has made a list of her loved ones... what became of them is unknown to her. One by one, she will discover their fates, as she works her way through... THE LIST.


I can't tell you how pleased I was with these books.  I am looking forward to next week.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Michelle 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Week in Review: 8/5/17-8/12/17


I am super excited about last weeks' reading.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I am really looking forward to reading more from - and that makes me do the happy reading dance.  It really embarrasses my husband when I do that dance in public.  :)

Here's my list:

10:37 by Jacqueline Druga - 4 Stars **** 


In a single moment of time, ninety percent of the world’s population drops dead. Throats closing, they choke and unable to breathe… they die within seconds. It is just the beginning.

Judd Bryant, a survivor who does not succumb to the horrendous death, is a talented man with a zest for living. He faces his darkest hour until he finds a purpose in the form of Dawson, an eight-year-old boy with an unusual gift.

The unlikely pair set out to find others, only to realize that each passing day is increasingly more dangerous than the one before. Their road becomes an obstacle course filled with unimaginable disasters.

Before long, they and a few other survivors come to the realization that the instant death of billions of people isn’t the end, it is the start of a massive natural event. A phenomenon that will change the face of the earth and in the process, push the boundaries of ‘survival of the fittest’.


The extinction of mankind is at hand and not how they imagine.

Battle Field Z by Chris Lowry - 4 Stars ****


After the world collapses when a zombie plague sweeps the nation, a three time father has two choices. Stay hiding in his house or go hunt for his children with their mother and step-father just to make sure they're safe.

How tragic would it be if you had no idea what happened to your kids when a disaster occurred? No amount of survivalist training can prepare you for a break down in society when all the tools we use to stay in touch are no longer available.

When Dad decides to take off from Florida to Arkansas to check on the safety of his children, he discovers Z aren't the only awful things left in the world. The survivors are just as ruthless, just as deadly and the only way to really survive is with off the cuff gallows humor.

Victim Zero by Joshua Guess - 4 Stars ****


The plague was born from hope.

It was meant to change the world. To cure the incurable and rebuild the broken. When the world ended, the weight of its dead fell on the shoulders of the man at the heart of it all.

For Kell McDonald, survival is not enough.

Alone and surrounded by enemies, he must find a way to do what only he can: find a cure, and perhaps redemption.

Smoke and Shadows by Katerina Martinez - 4 Stars ****


My name is Maxine Cartwright, and as of this morning, I'm a fugitive.

New Seattle is a Shining City, one of the few remaining oases of civilization left in the world, but it isn't without it's problems. That's where I come in. I'm a hunter; a mage employed by the Faction to hunt down Fallen mages and bring them in dead or alive. It's a good gig, and one I've been doing for years. I have a reputation, or notoriety, depending on how you see things, and more enemies than I can count. Now one of those enemies is trying to frame me for a terrible crime I didn't commit, and the worst part is my own people can't look me in the eye and tell me they know I'm innocent. My only choice is to run away from the only life I've ever known, and figure out who is going out of their way to put me down.

Cut off from my friends and the people I once relied on for backup, I reluctantly accept the help of a man wanted for questioning concerning his potential ties to the Fallen. But how am I supposed to trust someone who could be a terrorist? Then again, how can he trust me? Proving my innocence will be the hardest thing I've ever done, but before I can do that I'm going to have to learn the truth about the world I live in, and uncover the lies I've been told my whole life.

Moon Dance by J R Rain - 3 Stars ***


Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Made in Hell by Celia Kyle - 3 Stars ***


I’m Caith Morningstar: bar owner, leather wearer, shoe worshipper, werewolf, Orlando’s resident ass kicker and… Satan’s niece.

For the love of all that is unholy, I really thought the demons of the world were smarter than to screw with me. But they’re doing it. Again. Catatonic people are being found across the city, all of them members of a new cult. All the followers have to do is pray to their new goddess and all will be well… while she sucks the very life out of them. What makes it worse? The bitch involved my son in her schemes. Didn’t she learn what happens when someone touches what’s mine? I’ll be sure to show her.

Add in Uncle Luc’s arrival with his still pregnant baby momma along with a request to keep her safe, and my life is just awesome. (Total sarcasm.)

It isn’t long before I realize the “goddess” wants to destroy the world, and her ticket to the top is through the baby in the mommy-to-be’s belly.

Now I’m running, I’m killing, I’m saving the world, and I’m… trying to hang on to my angelic mate, Sam. I’m pretty sure I’m going to fail at one of those. I just hope it’s not Sam.

That was my reading week.  I hope you found some fantastic ones as well.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Michelle 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Week in Review: 7/29/17-8/5/17


Last week was a very good reading week.  I found several new to me authors and I am excited to read more from them.  

Here is my list.

Forbidden by Selene Charles - 4 Stars****


Welcome to Whispering Bluff, Tennessee. Where the guys are hot. The girls are sweet. And nothing is what it seems...


Flint DeLuca is sick and tired of moving. She and her dad have moved three times in the past year. But that's the life of a carnie. Even an ex-carnie like her. Her father swears this is the last move. All Flint wants now is to graduate from High School and put the carnival life behind her. Unfortunately, one of the two ain't gonna happen. So now not only is she back in the life she can never seem to get away from, she's also met this guy who pushes all her "I totally hate you" buttons.

Cain. No last name. Wears shades in school. Dresses entirely in black. And only speaks to her when he's insulting her. She hates him. Hates him. And yet... there's something about the Goth boy that draws her like a moth to flame. God, she can't wait to graduate and get away from Whispering Bluff, only problem is she's pretty sure her high school is infested by vampires. Cain might be one of them. And for some reason, she seems to be on their menu.

Sometimes High School really sucks...

Mutts Like Me by Keri Armstrong - 4 Stars****


Getting kidnapped by a Kitsune was so not on my wish list...

All I ever wanted for the holidays was to have my family together. Unfortunately, with my mother dead, my grandmother drunk most of the time, and my dad... well, who knew who he was, much less where he'd disappeared to. No brothers, sisters, or cousins that I knew of.

Until now.

I just found out there's a whole other world out there that I'm a part of, thanks to my dad.
Who it turns out is a freakin' werewolf.
And still missing, by the way.

But now it seems I might be able to track him down - if I can just survive long enough to learn the truth about what happened to him, and somehow resist the pull of the silver-eyed fox who kidnapped me.

Oh, and try to not get eaten by a dragon along the way.

Lover's Knot by Karen Chance - 4 Stars****


One of the most powerful vampires in existence has gone missing, which is fine with Dorina Basarab. 

As a dhampir, a half human, half vampire hybrid, her job is killing vampires, not saving them. But then the man sent to find the missing vampire also goes missing, and he happens to be her lover, Louis-Cesare. She therefore finds herself on a rescue mission with an old enemy, while a flood of long forgotten memories plays out in her head. 

What are they trying to tell her? And can she figure it out before it's too late?

Zombie's Bite by Karen Chance - 4 Stars****


When Dorina Basarab, half human, half vampire, assassin-for-hire, hits New Orleans, she thinks it's for a typical job: take out a mad master vamp before he can wreak havoc on the city. 

But when the elusive master suddenly shows up at her hotel, things get complicated, especially when Dory realizes that the murder he has in mind is his own! 

And that the Big Easy is about to get a whole lot harder.

Mordacious by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 4 Stars****


Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse’s offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies–it’s the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He’s used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival—if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn’t need more than food, water and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn’t what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

So that wraps up my reading week.  I am in the mood for some gnarly zombie books for next week.  :)  

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle