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review 2019-12-23 08:34
Intruders: The Invasion: A Post-Apocalyptic, Alien Invasion Thriller (Book 1) by Tracy Sharp
Intruders: The Invasion: A Post-Apocalyptic, Alien Invasion Thriller (Book 1) - Tracy Sharp

Intruders: The Invasion: A Post-Apocalyptic, Alien Invasion Thriller (Book 1) by Tracy Sharp is a future-dystopian book.

 

That did not change my opinion for this review. I gave it four stars.

 

"The world changed overnight...and now there is nowhere to run...The abductions were the first sign of the invasion. Thousands of small children vanished from their beds. Meteorites hit next, choking the air with mysterious dust that had a strange effect on the dead."

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Intruders-Invasion-Post-Apocalyptic-Alien-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00SS3WBDU

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text 2019-11-13 11:17
Release Blitz - Last Light

Last Light by Claire Kent is available now!

 

Enjoy this apocalyptic road trip romance story.

 

 

Book info:

Title: Last Light

Author: Claire Kent

Publishing date: November 13th,, 2019

Genre: Romance, Apocalyptic

 

 

Book Summary:

 

It only took four years for the world to fall apart.

 

Now the last member of my family has died, and I'm forced to travel across what's left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I'll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who've learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I'm going to make it is by trusting Travis.

 

Travis used to fix my car, and now he's all I have left in the world. He's gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don't really know or like him. But he's all I have left. He'll keep me safe. We'll take care of each other. Until we reach what's left of our town and can finally let go of one another.

 

Last Light is a standalone post-apocalyptic romance set in the near future after a global catastrophe.

 

 

Enjoy this fragment:

“You mad?” Travis asks after a couple of minutes.
“No.”
“Thought it best to just scare folks like that away so they don’t get ideas.”
“I understand. I’m not mad.”
“So what’s wrong?”
If I’m getting to know Travis better, then he’s obviously getting to know me too.
“Nothing.” I shake my head as I try to find words for it. “It just makes me feel weird.”
“What does?”
“The idea that I need a man.”
I risk a glance over at him and see he’s studying me with a thoughtful frown.
I try to explain. “You know, it wasn’t very long ago when it never would have occurred to me. I was raised to believe a woman could do anything a man could. To know I could be independent. Live alone if I wanted. Or live however I wanted with whoever I wanted. The idea that I’d be somehow unsafe without a man to take care of me…” I clear my throat. “So it just… still sometimes feels weird.”
“Lots changed since then.”
“I know. Usually I don’t even think about it, but sometimes it hits me. And… I don’t know… I wish I could feel independent again. I wish I didn’t feel so small and helpless in this new world.”
“You are small.”
I make a face at him. “I know that.”
“No. I mean that’s what it’s about. A few years ago, life wasn’t about physical size. You could take care of yourself without a man because life wasn’t about fightin’ for survival. But we’re back to survival now. Like it was way back in history. Men are stronger. Not every single one, but in general. And that makes a difference when you’re fightin’ for your life. It’s not ’cause there’s anything lackin’ in you, Layne. You’re just not as big as a man.”
I’m not sure why, but the words actually make me feel better. I give him a little smile.
Travis adds, “Men might be stronger, but we’re not independent anymore either.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean what I say. Men can’t make it now without women any more than women can make it without men. We need each other.” He clears his throat and avoids my eyes. “I need you. Like you need me.”
“You do?”
“You think I’d’ve done nearly as good this week without you? You think of things I don’t. You’re better at finding houses with food and gas. You… you make things nice. I might not have even kept going if not for you, especially if we didn’t have that message. You make me…”
I’m staring at him in astonishment. “I make you what?”
Travis’s face twists like he’s regretting what he said. “Nothin’.”
I open my mouth, but his suddenly shuttered expression makes me bite back my words. He’s said more just now than he’s ever said to me before, and I don’t want to push too far and have him retreat again.
I like it better when he’s talking to me for real.
I think about everything we’ve said. “Just because I’m small doesn’t mean I’m helpless.”
He glances at me with raised eyebrows. “I never said you were.”
“I can shoot a gun and use my knife.”
“I know it.”
“I did okay with you. That first day. Getting you away from my motorcycle. I did okay.”
“You did good.” His voice sounds sincere, but he’s not meeting my eyes.
I frown. “What? What aren’t you saying?”
He opens his mouth and then closes it again the way I had earlier.
“Tell me.” My voice isn’t pushy. It’s almost pleading. “What did I do wrong?”
“You didn’t do anythin’ wrong. You did good.” He tightens his lips and then says, “You would’ve kept most people away. I mean it. But I coulda got your gun away if I wanted.”
“What? No, you couldn’t have!”
He doesn’t argue, but the look he shoots me is skeptical.
“Seriously? You could have taken it from me?” Not for a minute do I doubt his word. This man wouldn’t lie to me about something like that. “I thought I did okay. You backed off.”
“You did do okay. Like I said, you would’ve kept most people away from you.”
“But not you? If you’d wanted to get me, you could have.” I sigh and slump slightly. “What did I do wrong?”
“You relied on the gun. If your faith is in a gun, then you’re never gonna be able to always defend yourself.”
The words ring true, and I think about them for a long time. Eventually I ask, “Will you teach me? To do better? I know I’m small, but I don’t want to feel helpless. Will you show me?”
Travis turns his head, and both his gaze and his jaw soften. “Yeah. Yeah, I’ll help you.”

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review 2019-10-29 23:36
Review: Marcus (Hell Squad #1) by Anna Hackett
Marcus: Volume 1 (Hell Squad) by Anna Hackett (2015-07-29) - Anna Hackett
Marcus
Hell Squad #1
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
April 19th 2015
eBook
217
Freebie

 

In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, a band of survivors fights on…

 

In a world gone to hell, Elle Milton—once the darling of the Sydney social scene—has carved a role for herself as the communications officer for the toughest commando team fighting for humanity’s survival—Hell Squad. It’s her chance to make a difference and make up for horrible past mistakes…despite the fact that its battle-hardened commander never wanted her on his team.

 

When Hell Squad is tasked with destroying a strategic alien facility, Elle knows they need her skills in the field. But first she must go head to head with Marcus Steele and convince him she won’t be a liability.

 

Marcus Steele is a warrior through and through. He fights to protect the innocent and give the human race a chance to survive. And that includes the beautiful, gutsy Elle who twists him up inside with a single look. The last thing he wants is to take her into a warzone, but soon they are thrown together battling both the alien invaders and their overwhelming attraction. And Marcus will learn just how much he’ll sacrifice to keep her safe.

 

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Marcus is book one in the Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett.

 

This was a great start to the series. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this title, because I’m not a big fan of the post-apocalypse world, but I soon found myself engaged and entertained.

 

The world was invaded by dinosaur-like Aliens and not the friendly type. These aliens almost killed off humanity and now what is left are banding together and trying to find a way to end the invaders. It’s war. Humanity’s last chance.

 

Marcus is the leader of Hell Squad. He’s ruff, tough, and scared on the inside and out.

 

Ellie was a society girl. She was sheltered, sweet, and innocent until the invasion. Now she’s running communications for Hell Squad.

 

I liked the introduction to everyone on Hell Squad. Hell Squad is a crazy bunch of people. They take on the most extreme missions. All are hardened warriors/soldiers. I liked the believable dialogue and loved the teasing and banter amongst Hell Squad.

 

Ellie and Marcus dance around each other, but after a mission that she goes on with Hell Squad, Marcus took action. I liked that we got both Ellie and Marcus’s POV’s. It was fun reading the tough Marcus and seeing his feelings about Ellie. At times his thoughts and words were almost poetic. I also enjoyed the sex scenes. They were well written, placed well, and added to the story.

 

I also liked that we got some chapters in Gabe’s POV to help us see into him and get ready for his book.

 

Hackett is a wonderful writer and storyteller. Her characters and world are believable and make me just fall in the story from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read on.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2019-10-11 16:43
5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
The Wolves of Winter - Tyrell Johnson

FEATURING

 
Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Winter
Survival
A Deadly Virus
Bioengineered Humans
An Awesome Dog Named Wolf (who isn't a wolf)
Tiny Splash of Romance
Reads More Like Older YA


With Audio Performed by Jayme Mattler

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I loved this, I had no idea it was going to go in the direction it did, and I was so into it once it did.

What starts out as a typical end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it survival story in the Yukon takes a left turn into this secret (possibly government) cover-up.  Think...Dark Angel (you know the show with Jessica Alba) with augmented humans, with super abilities, who have escaped and just want to be left alone.  Mixed with a cold unforgiving backdrop of never-ending nuclear winter, and a super-virus that has killed a large percentage of the population that the government agency is still trying to find a cure for.  I, personally, found this unputdownable.  Other readers have said they found this to be slow, even boring, but I don't get it.  I listened to this, for the most part, in one day.  If that doesn't scream compelling...I don't know what does.

The Audio was seamlessly performed by Jayme Mattler, she fit the voice of the weirdly distinct MC, perfectly.  I hope the author decides to continue with this world he has created because I really want to know where he plans to take it.  I want more Lynn & Jax.  The possibilities this could go in have me stoked.  Please don't do what Dark Angel did and leave me hanging.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5+/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5+/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Yes, and the Author hopes to write another book...hopes...I don't know if that's good enough for me.
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Book Cover It's perfect for the book, but she should be carrying her bow.
Setting Yukon Territory, Canada
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 54 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS SQUARE
 
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review 2019-09-22 21:31
A Grim Look at the End
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Maybe because I caught a nasty summer cold and already feel dreadful but this book just left me sad and in tears. I don't know what else to say except McCarthy wrote a heart breaking book about the end of the world as we know it following a boy and his father. The book moves pretty quickly and sometimes you may get confused about who is talking (there are no quotes) but the book in the end shows you the worst of humanity and sometimes the best. 

 

"The Road" starts off with a man who is called Papa by a young boy. They are fighting to get somewhere since the man realizes the area in which they live has nothing left for them. From there we follow them as they follow the road and meet good people, bad people, and plain indifferent people. I wonder about the man's choices at times and also wondered could I also do what I would need to do in order to survive?

 

We have just the man and the boy as our entry into this world and honestly it is enough. The man we find used to be married and was left by his wife to raise the boy. The wife it seems either ran away or committed suicide (sorry I got confused at this part). The man is doing what he can to get the boy to safety. I also felt pity for both of them and liked that McCarthy didn't even tell us the man or boy's names. In this new world, names don't mean a thing. 


The man and boy come across others and see and hear things that are disturbing. The boy is the bright spot in this book. He wants to believe in the good in people and wants to help people. Goodness knows at times though I was with the man and was all, you need to toughen up since there are people out here eating each other. 

The writing was to the point. No words are wasted. The man has his goal and you feel his despair when he thinks of not being able to keep the boy safe. The flow was great.


The setting of this new world I assume is the United States post nuclear war based on things that were said about the weather and sky. Everything is gray and at one point it starts snowing ash and it's cold all of the time it seems. 


The ending leaves you with hope though and that the good guys can hold out. 

 

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