My Top Books of 2018

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’ve been taking sometime to myself the last few days, and that’s why I’ve been a little absent. I’m looking forward to the new year though! I have signed up for lots of blog tours AND I plan to finish and publish my debut novel, Alter Reach. You’ll all be kept up to date on that of course. 😄

Today, I wanted to go over my top 20 books read this year. After I share my top 20, I’ll break it down even further to my top 5. Finally, I will reveal my number one book read this year! I’ve read a lot of great ones, so this was a little difficult to compile. These are in no particular order. I’m cheating, and counting all books in a series as one. 😊

My Goodreads challenge started as 100 books, but I upped it to 120. I’m ending the year at 135.


💙Top 20 Books Read in 2018💙

The Kooky Kids’ Club – Robbie Yates

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Rothana & Halayda – Sarah Delana White

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Outliers, Uprising, & Retribution – Kate L. Mary

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Hit Back – P.S. Bridge

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In Servitude – Heleen Kist

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Go Home, Afton, See You Soon, Afton, Nice Try, Afton & Time’s Up, Afton – Brent Jones

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Invoking Nonna – Sage Adderley-Knox

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The Last Valkyrie – Karina Espinosa

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Duck Egg Blues – Martin Ungless

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The Gemini Connection – Teri Polen

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead – Charlie Laidlaw

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In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree – Michael McLellan

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As Good As Gold – Patricia Furstenberg

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Screams You Hear – James Morris

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Within the Walls – Dre Keaton

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Misteria – Cameo Renae

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The Flame of Battle – Pauline Creeden & Melinda R. Cordell

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The House – Jo Michaels

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Father FigureJames J. Cudney

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The Savior’s Champion – Jenna Moreci



💚Top 5 Books Read in 2018💚

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead – Charlie Laidlaw

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In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree – Michael McLellan

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Father FigureJames J. Cudney

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The Savior’s Champion – Jenna Moreci

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Duck Egg Blues – Martin Ungless



🧡Favorite Book of the Year!🧡

In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree – Michael McLellan

Let me know what your favorite book read this year is!

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EXCERPT | Richochet – David Kennedy

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Today I’m sharing an excerpt from Richochet by David Kennedy! You can read my review from the blog tour here.


Ricochet
David A. Kennedy
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: November 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Thriller

Brenda Roseberry’s youth was fractured with personal loss and sexual assault. In response, she’s trained her body through rock climbing and Isreali martial arts. Her genius at engineering tends toward the devious: she invents technology that allows her to see through walls, along with bulletproof clothing and specialized grenades.

Brilliant, fearless, and eminently disturbed, Brenda is ultimately recruited by Special Crimes Response And Mitigation—SCRAM. And so begins her daring pursuit of white-collar crime, fringe terrorist conspiracies, and anyone deserving of her unique brand of draconian justice.

Her only real friend is a notorious MS-13 gangster named Pucaso. He’s got a crush on her but that only makes Brenda deride him and loathe herself. Still, she relies on his help, whether she’s in Belize to wipe out the server farm of a corrupt hedge fund, or on Maui to take on the poisonous executives of a giant chemical company. Brenda treats wrongdoers like insects—the kind that need extermination.

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Excerpt:

After the initial polar gale subsided, there was mostly only snow. Tucked high and tight beneath the mammoth overhangs, only wisps of it touched her camp. Unzipping the portaledge fly, Brenda spent hours watching the snow fall past, as if through a window on top of a two-hundred-story building.

The storm front slowed as the Sierra crest to the east bunched it up. The wind died and snowflakes fell, and fell. The silent whiteout that invaded all of Yosemite Valley lasted another two days and nights.

Take stock, regroup, make a plan. There was nothing else to do, except jump—a prospect that was becoming more and more likely. Reversing the climb was long past being feasible. She could wait for better weather, or take a leap.

The ropes and slings outside the shelter were frozen, the route above in horrendous condition. Lengthening her tether, Brenda could gather icy snow and meltwater of questionable quality, which required extra boiling. Getting sick now would be moronic. She calculated there was sufficient fuel to last five or six days. The wall could be in shape in a couple of days. She would wait it out, for as long as possible. There was plenty of peanut butter.

As darkness lowered, mostly clear skies meant a frigid night. Before she retreated into the portaledge, Brenda saw that a heavy fog rose from the valley floor. By headlamp, she reread a short fantasy novel whose yellowed pages smelled of fresh mildew. Condensation was the bitter adversary of any tent camper. High on a wall, it could be more than irritating. Given enough time, the moisture would drive you mad.

The sound of rockfall jerked her upright, out of a doze. Nothing struck more fear in the boldest of hardmen than the unpredictable and inescapable threat of something whistling down onto your noggin. Helmets saved lives, but, as in a meteor strike, object size mattered a lot. Brenda grabbed hers and put it back on—no one could wear the darn thing for a week straight—and peeked outside. She panned the headlamp beam over the frosty ledges. Nothing was obvious. She heard another sharp impact as she zipped up the door. This time more clearly, closer. Heart racing like it rarely did, Brenda looked out again and to her horror, spotted a large divot on the wall—the recessed part of it.

Impossible, based on her location within the complex geometry. Unless the projectile hadn’t fallen from above, which didn’t leave many alternatives.

So, when she saw the next strike happen ten feet away—actually saw the small circle of rock disintegrate as if by magic, peppering her with bits of stone, there was only one explanation. A bullet.

Someone was shooting at her.

Off went the headlamp. Motionless, as if that would help, Brenda tried to calm her heart rate and tried to think. She succeeded at neither. Nor could she control her breathing, adding to her anxiety. Rashly, she fumbled for the radio and switched it on.

“Hugh,” she whispered in husky urgency. “Come in, Hugh, this is Bre—Wanda. Do you read me? Hugh, can you—”

“Hey, Wanda. Yeah, sure I read you.” Hugh sounded in good cheer. “Are you okay? Do you want—”

“Someone’s shooting at me!” She raised her voice. “They almost hit me!”

“Huh?” Hugh sounded bewildered. The sound of other voices in the background filtered through. “What do you mean, someone’s shooting at you? Is this a joke, Wanda?”

“No, it’s not a freaking joke, Hugh! There’ve been three shots in the last minute, and they’re getting closer.”

“Are you sure? Maybe it was—”

“Yes, I’m sure,” she insisted. “It couldn’t have been rockfall!”

“I didn’t hear anything. You know how quiet it is in the winter, I woulda heard—”

“Not if they used a silencer.”

“What? A silencer? C’mon, you sure you’re not pullin’ my chain?”

“Jeez, you really think I’d do that? Like, ever?”

“No,” Hugh admitted. “Doesn’t sound too likely. Well, you want a rescue? Yes or no.”

“Not here,” she said. “But I’m comin’ down.”

“When?”

“Soon as I can. If I make it, I’ll use the radio.”

In the dark, Brenda prepared to jump. She dared not use any light, which could pinpoint her location on the cliff.

It would be a low-percentage dive. Too close to the wall for any margin of error, too dark to see diddly-squat anyway. She’d left her MIRFLIR rig at home, unwilling to expose it to damage in the rugged environment, since building a new one would take about six weeks.

Second-guessing and hem-hawing were anathema to Brenda. The past and the future would take care of themselves. BASE chute fastened, she quickly gathered whatever valuable gear she could easily stuff into Hugh’s haulbag, and cast it off. She listened for it, but never heard it tumble or hit the ground.

No matter. Die cast, all that jazz. Brenda unclipped from her tether, got as far from the wall as possible, and let go.

Gravity welcomed her and panic momentarily overwhelmed her as she hurtled down uncontrollably. The wingsuit was at home. An oversight she hoped to have time to consider later. She tried to splay into a flight position to ease away from the rock wall that she could almost touch as she sailed down at terminal velocity. Releasing the chute too soon would almost surely smack her against El Capitan, which was rarely in a forgiving mood.

Wait, wait—go! Brenda ripped the cord, felt the parachute fabric whip out and up from her backside, felt herself slow up, felt an enormous relief, right before the unexpected impact knocked her unconscious.


Dave is a guidebook writer/publisher turned novelist. He began rock climbing around 1984, which was a “logical” extension of hiking, camping and backpacking since boyhood. After his first article on climbing in San Diego’s back-country was published in Rock & Ice magazine, he created the San Diego County Climbing Guide, which proved extremely popular. Next came San Diego Adventures: Classic hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. In 2007 he completed and published a second edition of the climbing guide, which vividly detailed over 2,000 routes.

Subsequently, he embarked on a fiction-writing odyssey, producing sci-fi novels and short stories “rather unsuccessfully” in terms of publication. He finally found his proper voice in 2017 when he wrote Ricochet, an intense modern-day thriller about a young female vigilante. Upon its completion, he learned about Acorn Publishing while attending the 2018 Southern California Writers’ Conference and was signed by them shortly thereafter.

David is also an accomplished horticulturist. He became interested in tropical plants called Bromeliads in 2010, which quickly turned into a passion. He is an active member of the San Diego Bromeliad Society, and has won “Best of Show” awards in their annual show multiple times. His Tillandsia collection is considered one of the best in the region. For many years he and his wife Debbie have been chief volunteer caretakers of the San Diego Zoo’s Kent Bromeliad Garden.

Becoming a novelist is the realization of a lifelong dream. David loves the process of storytelling, of waking up each day well before dawn and diving into the art of making words come together in a way that appeals.


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AVAILABLE NOW | Snowday – Bernadette Maycock

Hey everyone!

A fellow book blogger, Bernadette Maycock‘s novel Snowday is available now!


Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…
Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman.

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When Bernadette Maycock isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epic little men.

Her debut ‘It Started With A Snub’ and Christmas romantic comedy ‘Snowday’ are available now on Amazon, and Bernadette is currently working on a three part series about AbbeyGlen Village, whose luck is about to change …

She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).

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BLURB REVEAL | Dirty Gambit – Airicka Pheonix

Title: Dirty Gambit
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Designer: Airicka’s Mystical Creations
Publication Date: March 29th, 2018
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For a girl with no family, no job and a rap sheet as long as her arm, eighteen-year-old Angelina Ramos never stood a chance at happiness. So, when her blood is found at the scene of a robbery that ends with three dead, Lena does the only thing a foster kid knows how to do — she runs. But she’s not going alone.

Jaxon Westwick has never met anyone as fierce, beautiful, or haunted as Lena . . . or as crazy. No one else has ever seduced him into handcuffs just to kidnap him, hold him hostage, and drag him clear across the country.

But Lena’s on a mission to find peace and nothing is going to stop her, not the cops, not the mob boss out for her blood, and definitely not her gorgeous hostage, no matter how he tempted her. After all, how could someone like her ever belong in a world as untainted as his?


Airicka Phoenix is a multi-genre author of novels starring strong female leads and sexy alpha heroes. She started her journey after never finding the type of books she wanted to read. Her love of tortured souls and forbidden romance carried her into writing her own hard-earned happiness. Currently, she lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her babies and can be found hard at work on her next project.

For more about Airicka, visit her at AirickaPhoenix.com

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BLOG TOUR: The Book of Eadie by Mark D. Diehl *Review*

Hi everyone!

Today is my stop on The Book Of Eadie blog tour. Check out my review.


The Book of Eadie
Vol. 1 of the SEVENTEEN Trilogy
By Mark D. Diehl
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Objectivist, Evolutionary Anthropology – fiction

Corporations control all of Earth’s diminishing resources and all of its governments, dividing the world into two types of people: those who unquestioningly obey, and those who die.

Most of the seventeen billion humans on the planet are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, naturally growing plants have been declared illegal, and everything from food to housing to medicines must be synthesized from secretions of genetically modified bacteria. Only corporate ambulatory workers can afford patented synthetic food, and non-corporates fight for survival in the city’s sprawling, grotesquely violent ghetto known only as the Zone.

Nineteen year-old waitress Eadie challenges the hierarchy when she assists a bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet, drawing massive social-control machinery into play against her. The Prophet predicts she’s the general who will lead a revolution, and a few desperate souls start listening. How can she and her followers possibly prevail when she’s being hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?

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Review:

The Book of Eadie is one of those books that causes you to think about the world and where we are headed. With technology advancing, and politics going crazy, the idea of big brother watching you, and literally giving your life to your employer doesn’t seem too far fetched.

That’s what makes this book a bit scary. It’s not the easiest book I’ve read. We jump around from different characters, and all though the book is called The Book of Eadie, there are so many characters that play important roles, that it seems there isn’t one main character to focus on.

The distopian world created by Diehl is not a pretty world. In fact, some of it is hard to stomach, but it is also a compelling read. I felt drawn in from the beginning. There were times when it felt like the story dragged a bit, but the finale part of the book was insane.

Wrap-Up:

I don’t want to go into a ton of detail because this one is hard to explain without spoiling and it’s best to go in blind. Just know if you decide to give this a go, you’re in for an intense ride.

Rating:

4/5☆


Excerpt:

Mutation is the hand of God. — The Prophet

Sometimes nature switches the order a little; that’s called a mutation. — Dok Murray, Herbalist
XVII –> VIXI (Latin) –> “I have lived.

Outside the building where Lawrence had last seen Eadie:

A Federal truck sat parked in the street in front of the building, the shape obscured by its electric camouflage and the deepening darkness. The Feds must have captured Eadie by now. They would bring her out any minute.

Lawrence had no weapon. Gene-spliced Federal Angels were three times his size, and there might be two or three of them with her. He would attack them anyway.

That was just how it was with Eadie.

Lightning flashed and thunder shook the ground.

His brain felt so tiny and insignificant with the EI shut down. For the first time in his life, Lawrence was completely cut off from everything and everyone, but he had brought those Feds to Eadie and he had to find a way to help her, even by himself, with his own minuscule, disconnected brain.

A woman emerged from the building, heading straight for Lawrence. He ducked back around the corner, pressing himself flat against the wall.

She came around to stand in front of him. Her frizzy brown hair spilled over a bright blue patch on the shoulder of her beige overcoat. Her pale face was wrinkled and haggard but her jaw was set and her eyes were steely.

“You’re that student who was with the General!” she said.

Lawrence looked past her, trying to appear disinterested. “What makes you say that?”

She gestured at his uniform. “Not many like you around here. And you better learn to look around corners right, or you’re gonna get killed.”

“What? I don’t –”

She tilted her head to the side, holding her fingers in front of her face as if they were gripping the vertical edge of a wall. “You can’t just poke your head around the wall.” She imitated him, moving her head around her hands. “That’s gonna get you hurt. Way to do it is stand back from the wall and scoot your body out so you can look.” She did it with the real wall this time, peeking at the Federal truck from a couple of steps back from the corner. She turned back to him. “That way, nobody sees your big ol’ head poking around the side.”

“Okay,” Lawrence said. He gave a tiny shrug. “Thanks.”

“You’re gonna need to know that stuff, serving General Eadie,” she said. “She’s fightin’ for all of us, and for God! Gotta know what you’re doing if you’re fighting for God.”

“What?”

The woman nodded. “The General. That Prophet, he told me. She’ll set us all free. Sent to us by God, he said, and when you look at her, you can see it. She’s the solution, and I’m tellin’ everybody. Gonna get a piece a charcoal and write it all over.” The woman traced a shape on the wall with her fingers, boxing in an imaginary letter. “E,” she said. She moved her hands, boxing another imaginary letter. “D.” The woman smiled at Lawrence. “You should do it, too. She’ll end all the misery in this world, and I’m gonna help her. Just like you.”

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Fiend territory:

Brian pressed his back against the wall and slowly swung his head to the left, facing the way he had come, squinting and opening his eyes, trying to make out his surroundings. Only a dim silhouette of another half-crumbled building stood out from the darkened sky. He turned back to the right, peering ahead in the same way, but there was nothing visible at all.

“Ready to meet the Unity?”

It was not his own internal voice, not even the strange new voice that sometimes shouted from inside his head. This voice had definitely been spoken. Brian had felt the breath on his left ear.


About the Author:

Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.

Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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BOOK REVIEW|Screams You Hear by James Morris

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m reviewing Screams You Hear by James Morris.


Screams You Hear
Genre: Horror/ YA
Publication Date: January 8, 2018

Book Blurb:

Murder and madness infect a small town.

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Review:

Whoa. Have you ever set down a book and felt like you were letting out a breath you’d been holding for quite a while? That’s exactly how I felt when I finished Screams You Here.

I’m a horror fan. I really enjoy reading (and watching) things that genuinely scare me. This was genuinely scary. The premise itself is pretty terrifying. Living on an island when suddenly all hell breaks loose, and you can’t find a way off. The descriptions of the horrors that are happening on this island are enough to cause nightmares.

I really love James Morris’ writing style. We jump back and forth in time, as Ruthie tells the detective what happened. I never felt confused, I always knew when we were in the story. It is well written, fast-paced, and shocking. Three things that are necessary for this type of novel.

The cast of characters are phenomenal. I really felt like I knew each person, and I grew attached to them as the story was revealed. Ruthie was a perfect narrator. She felt real, and it was very convincing.

Wrap-Up:

I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just reiterate how shocked and in awe I was upon finishing my read through. This is one novel you’ll want to fasten your seatbelts to read, because you’re in for a crazy and fantastic ride.

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author

James Morris is a television writer who now works in digital media. He is the author of the young adult thriller What Lies Within, the dystopian love story Melophobia, the young adult suspense Feel Me Fall, and the young adult horror Screams You Hear. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles. Catch him at jamesmorriswriter.com.

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BOOK REVIEWS| Heir of Ashes & The Curse – Jina S. Bazzar

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m reviewing both Heir of Ashes and The Curse by Jina S. Bazzar. A huge thank you to Jina for providing me copies of the books in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend checking out both books, and definitely check out Jina’s blog. 😊

*Reviews will be spoiler free.*


Heir of Ashes

Synopsis:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.
By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

Review:

This is one action-packed book, and I had a lot of fun reading it. I enjoyed the plot twists and mystery, and it really had me sucked in from the beginning.

Things are revealed slowly, and there isn’t any info dumping, which I really admired. In a story like this, since it would be super confusing to be caught up in descriptions.

I love Roxanne so much. Her emotions are so well written, that I felt them along with her. She is brave, fierce and also sometimes scared. That is what an MC is supposed to be. Well rounded and relatable. I’m really looking forward to her growth in the next books.

Wrap-Up:

I love Jina’s writing style. She slowly gives you the info you need, while building the suspense and keeping you invested the whole way through. That definitely takes talent and I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

Rating:

5/5☆

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The Curse

Synopsis:

Yoncey Fosch, the leader of the Unseelie Dhiultadh clan would give anything to save his brother from a mysterious plague. Anything, including his leadership mantle and a favor to his deadliest enemy, Queen Titania’s consort.
But his actions will have far reaching consequences, and Fosch realizes he is not only unwilling to pay the price, but will defy anyone who calls him on it.

Review:

This is a very character driven prequel, providing a lot of background information and character development needed to understand some connection elements in Heir of Ashes.

I think it was really great to get some insight on what happened before, why certain decisions were made, and it overall gave me a better understanding of Roxanne’s origin and the world itself.

I did read this prior to reading Heir of Ashes, and I think it doesn’t matter which order you read. I found myself drawn into this story immediately, and the excitement of this story had me really wanting to jump into Heir of Ashes.

Wrap-Up:

A quick read that provides more background info and insight needed to fully immerse yourself in Roxanne’s story.

Rating:

4/5☆

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Uprising by Kate L. Mary *Blog Tour & Review*

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Uprising by Kate L. Mary. I recently review book one, Outliers. You can read that review here. I’ve been really excited to share my review of this book. I highly recommend you check out this series!


Title: Uprising (Outliers Saga, 2)
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: May 21st, 2018
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Blurb:

I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.

Returning to Sovereign City after everything that was stolen from her is something Indra never thought she would do. Despite the scars she wears both inside and out, left there at the hands of the Sovereign and the Fortis, she is determined to save her people from oppression, even if it means putting her own safety at risk. But it isn’t long before she once again finds her world shattering around her. As the dust settles, Indra manages to find strength among the ruins, and she sets out on a quest to unite the four Outlier tribes, hoping to take their enemies down once and for all.

Readers agree that Outliers is a “A brilliantly beautiful soul trembling story that has left me pining for more,” and that “Indra is the kind of dystopian protagonist I’m always searching for, but rarely find.”

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Review:

Just when I thought Indra’s story couldn’t get any more intense and incredible, I read Uprising, and my mind was blown. Again. I’m thoroughly impressed with the world building, character development, and writing. Outliers was fantastic, and Uprising has just gotten better.

Indra is becoming one of my favorite characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her growth has been such and incredible and inspiring journey to read about. She has everything I look for in a lead – flaws and strength.

The world building has been taken to a new level in Uprising. I love how we really get to see the culture and beliefs of each tribe. They are so unique and different, but they are also human. It’s such a cool reading experience to actually see well developed cultures intermingling with each other in one book.

Kate L. Mary’s writing is beautiful. There is never too much description- what we need to learn is beautifully interwoven into fantastic character dialogue.

Wrap-Up:

This is another page turner. The story is intense, inspiring and edge-of-your-seat action that I love to read. I didn’t want the book to end, and now I’m sitting here, hoping the next book is not far away!

Rating:

5/5☆


Excerpt:

Asa and I stood in silence for a moment before he said, “You’ve started down a very dangerous path, Indra. You have to know that. You’ve been lucky so far, but it can’t last. Eventually, one of the men you attack will get the better of you, and then you’ll get hurt.”

Anger flared through me then, replacing the fear that had been swimming in me since Asa came upon me in the forest yesterday. He knew I had already been hurt, in so many ways. He had seen it with his own eyes, had told me that my pain had hurt him as well, yet he had the nerve to say this to me.

“Hurt?” I found myself spitting the word at him. “I am getting hurt every day, Asa. You have seen it. You have seen what these men have done to me, to the people I love, to my tribe, and to all the other Outliers working in the city. I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.”

We stared at one another for a moment, each of us lost in our own pain, in the pain that was both for ourselves and for our people. I could see the battle raging in him, the one that pulled him in two different directions. Between me, a person he had come to care about, and his people. It was unfair to ask him to do this thing for me, to make a choice that went against who he was, but I could not turn back now, just as he could not change the fact that he had been born a Fortis. Those were his people, but I was an Outlier, and we had been fooling ourselves for too long. Our worlds were too different to mix. We were too different.

“I understand the things that have been done to you,” he finally said. “I understand your anger. But I’m looking out for you, Indra.”

“I know, but maybe it is time I learned to look out for myself,” I replied.

“Are you saying you don’t want my help anymore?” he asked, surprise and doubt clouding his vision.

I exhaled as the truth settled over me like a heavy weight. There was no way I could walk away from his help, not if I wanted to keep Mira safe.

“You know I cannot do that,” I finally said, “but you must also know I cannot turn my back on my people either. I will leave it up to you to decide what you must do from here. If you cannot live with the things I have done, the things I plan to continue to do, I will understand.” I stepped back, and it seemed as if a large canyon had opened up between us. I waved down at myself when I said, “This is who I am, Asa. That will not change.”

His brown eyes swept over me, softening even more. “I know who you are, Indra, and even if I don’t agree with it, I can’t turn my back on you now.”

For once, his assurances gave me no comfort. Asa and I were involved in an alliance which defied logic, and one which could not last. Eventually, something would happen that would cause him to turn his back on me, and when that time came, I was unsure of what would become of us. Of what I would be forced to do to not only save myself, but my people.


About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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Uprising by Kate L. Mary *Release Blitz*

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I’m excited to be part of the release blitz for Uprising by Kate L. Mary! Make sure you check this one out!


Title: Uprising (Outliers Saga, 2)
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: May 21st 2018

Blurb:

I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.

Returning to Sovereign City after everything that was stolen from her is something Indra never thought she would do. Despite the scars she wears both inside and out, left there at the hands of the Sovereign and the Fortis, she is determined to save her people from oppression, even if it means putting her own safety at risk. But it isn’t long before she once again finds her world shattering around her. As the dust settles, Indra manages to find strength among the ruins, and she sets out on a quest to unite the four Outlier tribes, hoping to take their enemies down once and for all.

Readers agree that Outliers is a “A brilliantly beautiful soul trembling story that has left me pining for more,” and that “Indra is the kind of dystopian protagonist I’m always searching for, but rarely find.”

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Author Bio:

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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BOOK REVIEW: Outliers by Kate L. Mary

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I joined the release blitz and blog tour for Kate L. Mary’s newest novel, Uprising (Book 2 in the Outliers Saga). I’m super excited to review that on the tour, but first, I wanted to review book one, Outliers.

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Blurb:

“Fear is normal, Indra, it is what you do with that fear that determines if you are strong or weak.”

In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers.

Indra is an Outlier. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, the Outliers have adapted – but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing. For centuries the Fortis have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra’s rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard.

But when Indra’s world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she and Asa have formed cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign. In one life-altering moment, everything Indra has ever known is ripped away, forcing her to face a world even more harsh and unforgiving. Broken and scarred, Indra finds herself on a journey that will challenge everything she’s ever been taught, learning along the way that she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Maybe even strong enough to free her people forever.

Review:

Let me just start this review off by saying this book is AMAZING. I read the blurb before reading, and I was intrigued, but I’ve never read anything by Kate L. Mary, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the first chapter, I was hooked and I read the book in one day.

Without long, drawn out paragraphs, Kate L. Mary is able to paint a vivid and interesting world. I love how each tribe of the Outliers is different, and even though we spend the majoirty of our time with Indra and the Winta tribe, we still get a clear picture of the other three. We are also given lots of insight on how the Fortis and the Soverign live, and it helps move the plot along.

Indra is a fantastic main character. She is everything I wanted her to be. She isn’t perfect, she has her flaws, and she grows throughout the story. She’s a great mix of everything, and a really well rounded character. This is missing in a lot of stories I read, and I’m so impressed.

Each character we meet has distinct voice and I never felt confused about who each character was. With a relatively large cast, having every character be recognizable was super helpful when reading.

Wrap-Up

I was never bored with Outliers, and I didn’t want it to end. It is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story and it was a page turner, and I devoured this story. I’m so impressed with this novel and I can’t wait to read more from Kate L. Mary!

Rating:

5/5☆


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Have you read Outliers? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for the Blog Tour for book two, Uprising, May 28th – June 1st!

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