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review 2017-02-24 12:39
Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O'Brien

Z for Zachariah is an interesting novel. It is a post-apocalyptic tale which focuses on two characters inhabiting this new world and leaves most discussion of what has caused it by the wayside. For the most part, this works well, as the reader is in the same position as primary character Ann Burden. Z for Zacharia tells the story of a man, Mr. Loomis, arriving when Ann believed she might be the very last person on Earth.

Ann is a sixteen-year-old who has survived the fallout by remaining in a small valley where her family's farm resides. The only problem with this is that her mother, father, and two brothers ventured from the valley and have never returned. This poses a problem from the readers' sense as the book is written from Ann's point of view, and it's a very detached one. In my mind, it does make some sense as she may have distanced herself from her emotions in order to survive in this world where she believes she is the only one left, with only the company of some farm animals, but it does leave the character feeling a bit stale.

Z for Zachariah reads at a steady pace, picking up speed toward the end as tensions begin to arise so does make for a quick read. Some might have issues with the very black and white nature of the story, but in this case, it makes for an interesting character study.

Worth a read for anybody interested in the human side of the post-apocalyptic novel and perhaps those looking to write their first book.

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text 2017-02-23 10:00
The Legion by K.C. Finn Book Tour and Giveaway !
Legion Lost
By K.C. Finn
Genre: Dystopian
One Underground girl escapes from a soldiers’ raid. Lost and above ground for the very first time, she has only one option to secure her survival: the Legion—a government organization for teenagers with no place left to run. Leave your identity at the gate, and join a life of military service until you reach adulthood. It sounds ideal, but the Underground girl knows that the System won’t stop looking for its female runaway. So, she tells a lie about her gender.
And it will change her forever.
Posing as Raja, a boy-soldier, the Underground girl is thrown into Legion life at its full, brutal speed. Here, she meets Senior Commander Briggs, whose savage authority reigns over the teenage soldiers. Amongst them are a band of oddballs known as the South Tower Rejects, led by Stirling, a tall, savvy stranger with bright copper hair and eyes that shine like oceans. There’s something hiding behind his cocky smile, and Raja wants to know what it is.

Legion Found
The heart-wrenching sequel to Kindle Press's LEGION LOST has arrived. As our heroine Raja suffers with intense grief, her new identity as a Highland rebel soldier is about to be put to the test. As part of an intrepid rescue mission, she and her fellow Highlanders will travel south to infiltrate the System itself, discovering the fresh horrors that Governor Prudell has subjected her people to. Death, destruction and all-out war awaits, and nothing can prepare them for the terror of the truth.
K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.
Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found pursuing her PhD in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.
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review 2017-02-20 19:37
Raging Star and Dust Lands Trilogy
Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3) - Moira Young

Book Title:  Raging Star

Author:  Moira Young

Narration:  Heather Lind

Series:  Dust Lands #3

Genre:  Dystopian, Love & Stuff, YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Flares by The Script  --The words are for Saba…Did you regret nothing???


♫Did you lose what won't return?

Did you love but never learn?

The fire's out but still it burns

And no one cares, there's no one there

Did you find it hard to breathe?

Did you cry so much that you could barely see?

You're in the darkness all alone

And no one cares, there's no one there♫




⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  2.5/5

Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  1/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  2.5/5  Cliffhanger:  no


Will I read more from this Author?  Idk????



Series Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

 (Blood Red Road -4.7 Rebel Heart -3.5 Raging Star -2.5)



⇝My Thoughts⇜


This series has ultimately disappointed me…I've tried to figure out if I regret reading it at all, and to tell the truth…I'm just not sure…a part of me is, though.  I have loved the narration on this series by Heather Lind, but even that got on my nerves towards the end of this book.  Maybe, that's Saba's fault too. 

I'm just not happy with the decisions that Saba, Jack and Tommo have been making.  I was also seriously disappointed in the heart stone, (really, it is sort of a character) how could it light up for both of them?  I didn't like that at all.  After the debacle that was Rebel Heart, where everyone made some rash decisions, it was clear that Raging Heart had to have something epic happen to put it back on the 'loving this' train.  Clearly, that didn't happen for me.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is sex but not explicit.  It's not a clean read, for sure.



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review 2017-02-20 16:16
ARC Review: Ashwin
Ashwin - Kit Rocha
Ashwin was a decent start to Kit Rocha's new Gideon's Riders. If you haven't read any of their Beyond series, that is ok, you can start here. Gideon's Riders, while being a spin-off of the Beyond series, is self contained enough that you shouldn't feel lost. The Gideon's Riders series begins several months after the end of the Beyond series ended.

Sector One has a very different feel than Sector Four did. It has a cleaner feel, actually. Less industrial. In Sector One, the focus is on the religion that the Rios family founded. It does have some cultish aspects, but I was never creeped out by the 'cult' factor. Gideon Rios, the current leader of Sector One and head of the family, actually cares for his people and makes sure they are cared for and aid is always offered the other sectors that need it after the war, with no religious strings attached. Also, unlike Sector Four, sex isn't an outright focus. The people do enjoy a healthy liberation and their religion is not anti-sex at all. We just don't see the orgies that are common among the O'Kanes in Sector four. At least there weren't any in Ashwin.

Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier -- the most elite of the elite super soldiers that Eden created to do their bidding. Makhai soldiers have been manipulated and tortured to make them emotionless, cold-blooded killers. Every now and again, though, A Makhai will fixate on something or someone and that is a danger to everyone, so they undergo a reprogramming. It's a brutal process. For Ashwin, the object of his fixation is Dr. Kora Bellamy.

Kora has spent her life either training to be a doctor or being a doctor. And unlike pretty much every other doctor on Base in Eden, Kora never saw the Makhai as monsters. They are still human and she refused to treat them as anything less. Kora and Ashwin have a history, and since the end of the war, several months ago, Kora had assumed Ashwin to be dead. And she mourned. But Ashwin isn't dead, and encountering Kora again proves that even the harshest of conditioning is useless again some attractions.

I enjoyed reading Ashwin, though I did have some trouble connecting with Ashwin on an emotional level. Of course Ashwin had a hard time connecting to his own emotions, so... He seemed at first to be going through the motions he felt that other humans would, trying to be more like them. It was kind of like he was wearing an Edgar Ashwin suit. And I think it is absolutely true that's how he started. Ashwin wasn't like "normal" humans in any capacity. He takes being analytical to an extreme and tries to work out every possible outcome for a situation, in his head, before doing anything, and that sets him apart. So it took Ashwin a great deal of the book to become accustomed to letting himself feel and to figure out what to do with those feelings.

Kora greatly humanizes Ashwin because she sees him -- really sees him. She knows, from working with the Makhai soldiers, in general, and Ashwin, specifically, that they do feel emotion. Kora is also more empathic than most people. She is driven to help people and is very good at her profession. And when she is unable to save someone, she takes it hard.

There was a lot of world building in Ashwin and if this is your first Kit Rocha book, I think you'll benefit greatly from it. Coming from having read the Beyond series, I found some of it repetitive and I felt like it took me longer than it should have to get through this book, as much as I enjoyed it. But, as I said, if you are new to these authors, I think you will be able to enjoy Ashwin more because of it.

All in all, I'd give Ashwin 4 "I'm a real boy" stars.

ARC of Ashwin was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2017-02-19 20:17
Alice by Christina Henry
Alice - Christina Henry

Genre: Fantasy / Horror / Thriller / Adventure

Year Published: 2015

Number of Pages: 291 pages

Date Read: 1/6/2017   

Publisher: Ace Books



Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1




5.5 stars!!!

“Pretty little Alice. We’ll make you fine and plump, won’t we, pretty girl? Pretty Alice.”

You know something? I thought that the darkest retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” I had ever been introduced to was either “American McGee’s Alice” video game series or Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” But then, after I read Christina Henry’s take on “Alice in Wonderland” called “Alice,” it turns out that this book blew all the other dark interpretations of “Alice in Wonderland” away with its constant themes of graphic violence and rape!

The story starts off with Alice being held in a hospital (or a mental institution) due to her going insane a few years ago and the problem with this is that Alice cannot remember how she ended up in the hospital in the first place. The only bits of memories she has left is that she was having a tea party with a white rabbit and it turned out that the white rabbit had raped her after the party, but Alice had managed to escape the White Rabbit’s clutches. Meanwhile, Alice meets up with a fellow male inmate named Hatcher, who was also suffering from amnesia and seems to be connected to a mysterious monster named the Jabberwocky. Later on unfortunately, the hospital mysteriously burns down and Alice and Hatcher manage to escape from the burning hospital and it was then that they discovered that the Jabberwocky was responsible for burning down the hospital and it seems to be chasing after both Alice and Hatcher! It turns out that Hatcher and Alice both have mysterious powers that could defeat the Jabberwocky, but in order to fully defeat the Jabberwocky, Alice and Hatcher must obtain a rare weapon that could destroy the Jabberwocky and they head down to the dangerous and revolting insides of the Old City in order to seek such a weapon.

Wow…just wow…Just how in the world did I end up loving a book that had so many rape scenes and violence? I guess the storytelling was so well written that I just ended up getting hooked to this book! Christina Henry has done a brilliant job at creating a darker retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” in this book as she manages to make this book both terrifying and exciting at the same time! I enjoyed the dark and twisted take on this tale as characters like the white rabbit, the Cheshire cat and the Caterpillar are much more villainous in this story than in their original formats as they are shown as actively trying to harm both Alice and Hatcher throughout their journey and are also engaged in enslaving most of the citizens in the Old City. I also loved the way that Christina Henry made this story so frightening and intense as I was seriously disgusted at the many rape and sexual scenes in this story and yet I was happy that we have a strong female protagonist in Alice who would do anything to save the people of Old City from the antagonists’ grasps. Now, I would like to talk about the characters themselves and the two characters that I automatically fell in love with were Alice and Hatcher! I loved the way that Christina Henry portrayed Alice’s character as Alice goes through some great character development in this story as she started out as being a meek and traumatized character, but as the story goes on, she starts becoming a much stronger and independent character who tries to save the people of Old City and takes out evil with her handy little knife! But probably the most interesting and awesome character in this story was none other than Hatcher himself! I loved the fact that Hatcher was such a mysterious character as you wonder why he is connected to the Jabberwocky and (I know I am going to sound like a sadist here, but) I loved seeing the fight scenes between Hatcher and the various soldiers of Old City as it shows that he can easily take down anyone in his path! But what I really loved about Hatcher’s character was his complete devotion to protecting Alice as is shows that despite him being a serial killer of sorts, he still has a good heart on his shoulders.



Alright, so this book has two major issues that is often problematic with many people and that is the topic of rape and strong graphic violence. There are many rape scenes in this book and I usually have issues with rape in books and this book was no exception to my disgust towards this issue. Also, the violence in this book is surprisingly much more graphic than any other fantasy and horror novel that I had ever read as there are many scenes where Alice and Hatcher have to slaughter some of the antagonists in order to reach their goal and the ways that Alice and Hatcher kill off their opponents are told in an extremely graphic and horrific detail.

Overall, “Alice” is truly one of the best dark and twisted retellings of a fairy tale that I have ever read and I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series “Red Queen!”

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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