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review 2017-04-02 18:15
The Earth Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga) - David Estes

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Another One Bites The Dust by Queen  --Another series finished, I'm seriously on a roll with finishing series lately…so this song is for all of the series that I've conquered lately…also…because David Estes is not afraid to kill off key people and he literally slayed me with some throughout the series, especially one in particular from this very book…♫

Overall Rating:  4.8/5 Stars (Grade=A)


Book Title:  Earth Dwellers

Author:  David Estes

Series:  Book #7 of the combined Dwellers and Country Sagas

Genre:  YA, Dystopian

Source:  Own Kindle eBook


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My Thoughts


Can you imagine people living underground?  Like way underground…so far down, it takes a half hour to get to the surface.

Imagine a fake sun, a fake horizon, a fake moon, even fake stars…and then imagine never knowing anything different. 


It's crazy to think about…the premise of this series is an intricately woven one.  7 books in total 3 from Dwellers saga, and 3 from the Country saga, all culminating in one final book…Earth Dwellers.  All the players (at least the ones he hasn't killed off) are here, but the book pov switches between only 4 of the main characters from other books: Sienna, Dazz, Adele and Tristan…even Perry makes an appearance.  Overall, a gripping, yet sweetly pleasing end to this total series.  There's so much more he (David Estes) could do with this world, though.  Oh…the possibilities…


Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope


Will I read more from David Estes?  Why yes, I would…



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review 2016-05-03 00:00
For King and Country: The Saga of Thistles and Roses (The Warrior Queen, #1)
For King and Country: The Saga of Thistl... For King and Country: The Saga of Thistles and Roses (The Warrior Queen, #1) - Karen Gray Maybe you should just read the synopsis first...go on, I'll be back when you're done *taps foot*.

See, the mistake I made was not reading this synopsis first and diving straight into the book based on the cover and the description of the author (don't judge me, I know there are a lot of cover whores out there just like me). Speaking of the cover, Karen designed all the covers of her books herself and I think she did a GREAT job at it! They're original, artsy and nothing like: hey, look, here's a background of a random forest with an even more random picture of a frowning gorgeous girl in front of it. So yes, fabulous!

Back to the synopsis. When I started reading this book, I was totally convinced I was reading Dark Age Fantasy. Mythical creatures in the Scottish highlands...yum! The first 15% was amazing. I even shouted it out on Twitter because I couldn't contain my excitement. Then, all of a sudden, I read:

"The largest of them was lifting a set of defibrillator paddles."

To which my reaction was:

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*runs to synopsis* AA-HA! Twenty-seventh century post-apocalyptic Scotland!! This was totally my bad because I just wasn't prepared for it, and it took me quite a while to switch my mindset to "Okay, this is taking place in the future".

However, no matter how hard I tried to do this, it still kept confusing me. The combination of medieval equipment and high tech just kept throwing me off. I mean, they're living in a castle and sleeping in stone cells with a chamber pot, yet when they get out of bed, they switch on the (electric!) lights and take a modern shower. I just could not wrap my head around that, and it distracted the heck out of me during the second part of the story (roughly from 15-50%).
After that, either I got better at finally putting things into perspective, or the story just got better again *shrugs*. You'll have to read it yourself to become the judge of that.

Besides there being a lot of horses or horselike creatures in this book, most of the characters also have a familiar, usually in the form of a mythical beast. I absolutely loved those, especially Rannoch, Mòrag's half unicorn/half lion (well, maybe not exactly because it's a bit more complicated when it comes to their gene pools, but at least you'll get some sort of image of what he looks like). I certainly hope to see more of him in the second book!

When it comes to the other characters, the female ones are definitely the most interesting. When Karen told me her female characters are literally strong, instead of the metaphorically 'strong', I was fascinated right away, and the elaboration of the characters did not disappoint.
There's Mòrag, the protagonist of the story, of course, whom I can really appreciate for not being a wuss and doing what she thinks is right while disregarding any form of authority over her. Yet my favourite character would be General Rozzen. She reminded me a little of How To Train Your Dragon's 'Big Boobied Bertha' even though her physique was nothing like it. Just a strong woman in all ways who won't take shit from anyone, yet always remains fair and good-natured at the same time.

Somewhere around 85% of the book, the romantic part unfolds. This was very predictable in the Cinderella sense of romance, and not my cup of tea, which was too bad because I just felt like I was back on track again. Thankfully, the ending was less predictable, even though I had to read it a few times to fully makes sense of what on earth was happening there.

So all in all, there were some pretty awesome things and some not-so-awesome things in this book for me. I was really fascinated by the mind link system which is used to communicate telepathically, but can also be used for other things. I guess if I have to describe it, it's a bit like the Force in Star Wars. You can heal, help and fight with it, but if you cross over to the dark side, you can also totally destroy someone just by using your mind. Very cool!

The story entails some beautiful pieces to a puzzle, yet I feel like they've been smashed together with a hammer sometimes just to make them fit. Scenes merging without a natural flow to it is something which I felt occurred quite a few times as well. I still enjoyed reading this book, though, and will rate it with 3 brownies accordingly. I'm very curious about book two now and hoping the pieces to a beautiful puzzle will make for a better fit!

Highly recommended for horse lovers: if you love horses, you're most likely going to love this book!

A big thank you to Karen Gray for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review!
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review 2015-11-22 21:29
“When I’m done with the lot of you, you’ll be pricklier than Perry.”
Water & Storm Country (The Country Saga) - David Estes

Book Title:  Water & Storm Country

Author:  David Estes

Series:  The Country Saga #3

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian, Adventure

Publisher:  CreateSpace

Source:  Own on Kindle




Why I picked that quote:  The best part about this book is having Siena in it, she is hands down one of my favorite heroines ever, and I could never forget about Perry…




 Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars



Breakdown of Rating


  • Plot: 5/5.  2.5 stars for the first half and closer to 4.5 for the last half.  It started out really slow but improved the further I got into it.  I also really didn’t like the way it switched between the two different storylines, for each chapter break.  Even though I understand why it was done that way, it still annoys me.
  • Characters: 5/5.  Initially, I didn't really connect with Huck.  But, he developed as the story went on.  Jade really had a lot to do with that, though.  I liked Sadie, I just never fully connected with her the way I usually do with this author’s characters.
  • The Feels: 8/5. 
  • Flow: 5/5.
  • Originality: 5/5  This series deserves more readers.
  • Sex Factor: None 
  • Ending: 5/5.  Closure for the Water & Storm Countries, but a nice lead into the next book, Earth Dwellers.  Cliffhanger:  Yeah…


Will I continue the series?  Oh Yeah




Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother's untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he's transferred to the worst-performng ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope...

Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother's death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she's always brushed off as foolishness.

Amidst everything, a Plague ravages all, discriminating against no one.

When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the Cure for the deadly Plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?


My Thoughts:


Thank goodness, the group from Fire and Ice Countries showed up in this book, they saved it for me.  I do love Siena.  Overall, I still love this series, and by that, I mean both the Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga.  Only one more book to go…and I wrap up both series. Yay!!!  Looking forward to Earth Dwellers, I’ve missed Tristan and Adele.



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review 2015-01-01 20:14
Ice Country by David Estes
Ice Country (The Country Saga Book 2) - David Estes

This is book #2 in the Country Saga by David Estes.  I love this whole combined series of Dwellers Saga and Country Saga.




Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler.

When his sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that's barely holding his shattered family together.

Along the way he meets a group of unlikely allies in the form of a travelling group of fire country natives. Can Dazz, when joined with his best friend, Buff, and new tan-skinned friends, defeat the King and his guards before it's too late for his sister?



My Thoughts:


This was a first for David Estes, writing from a male perspective for an entire book; and I would say, while I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book Fire Country, I did really relish it.  David Estes has a way with words, they just flow off my e-reader; making me gasp or hold my breath, and of course making me laugh out loud.  His characters seem so real and down to earth...like someone you might know or at the very least someone you might like to know.


This book has lots of new characters and even some of the characters from Fire Country, like Sienna and Circ, and Starr too.  Dazz is the main character and Buff is his best friend and they are quite good at getting themselves into troubling situations. 


In Fire Country we learn all about fire country and a hint of Ice Country.  In Ice Country we learn all about Ice Country and a hint about Water and Strom Country.  It is sweet being able to learn more about the different countries in this series.  The only element I feel is missing is how close all these "countries" are to each other.  Maybe, a map would be beneficial.  I would like a map...is there a map...hmmm...I don't know?  I looked on pinterest, but I couldn't find one.  


It's now time for Water and Storm Country and I look forward to delving into that part of this dystopian world.  Then it's Earth Dwellers and summing up both series.  I'm for sure looking forward to seeing Adele, Tristan, Roc and Tawni, again. 







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review 2014-08-13 23:53
Awesome story, I loved it...
Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1) - David Estes

...even though it was never told in proper English, or even semi proper English.  It was more like American slang with a Heaters twist.


There is A Guide to Slang and Terminology in Fire Country in the Front Matter of the e-book.  Which is very helpful though.



In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with. 

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.


Siena is going to go into my list of top 10 favorite fictional characters of all time.  It's a list that she has actually inspired me to compose. Fiercely loyal to those she loves, and yet so freakin' sweet.  She talks to prickler's, (which are actually cacti or cactuses) and even thinks she hears them answering her back.  


"Thanks, Perry,"  I whisper to the prickler.  He deserves a name for all his trouble.



I love the interactions between her and Circ, they are too adorable together.  I was rooting for them from the beginning.  Basically, this story really got me.  


This is a part of series, The Country Saga and there is a sister to this series; The Dwellers Saga, and reading order should go:


Moon Dwellers

Star Dwellers

Sun Dwellers

Fire Country

Ice Country 

Water & Storm Country

Earth Dwellers



I only have three more to go and I'm fairly certain I will love them just as much as I loved the others.

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