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review 2018-03-13 22:24
Fall of Queen Elena...
The Gender End - Bella Forrest

The Gender End is the seventh and final book in The Gender Game series. I've been following the series since book one so I've been waiting for this finale for a while and was glad to finally get some closure.


Violet and Viggo along with their group of Matrus and Patrus survivors, head to Matrus to make a stand against Queen Elena to take her down once and for all. Going up against a psycho Queen though, means the fight was not without many struggles and sacrifices along the way but there were also several wedding celebrations thrown in to even things out a bit. All in all, I was pleased with the ending and how all the loose ends tied together. I was especially glad to see the cowardly, loud mouth, King of Patrus finally get what he's deserved for a while now. He's caused me much distress throughout this series so that was one of the highlights of the story for me.  :  ) 





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review 2016-09-17 01:12
ReMade: Season One-Episode 2 "Hungry"...
Hungry (ReMade #1.2) - Gwenda Bond,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Kiersten White,E.C. Myers,Matthew Cody

Hungry is the second episode in the ReMade serial and it's written by Andrea Phillips. It continues the story of the 23 teenagers that are dropped into this new post-apocalyptic world.


In this episode specifically, the survivors are getting to know one another and they're trying to work out the basics of surviving- looking for food, finding shelter and figuring out how they got there and why....


Honestly, the writing style and content just has too young of a vibe to it for me. I read a lot of YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic books as long as they're geared toward adults too but I feel like I'm out of my comfort zone with this serial. As long as the content stays age-appropriate, I think a younger audience would enjoy this a lot more then I would so I'm going to call it quits with this episode. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not for me.


I know I've said it before but the Bookburners serial is fantastic and more my speed so if you like serials, I would recommend 'adults' to check it out first. There's also another a serial published by Serial Box too that I was looking into yesterday called The Witch Who Came in From the ColdI haven't read it yet but it sounds really good and I plan to check it out soon. It's a fantasy style serial set during the Cold-War featuring magic, sorcerers, spies etc.


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Serial Box Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


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review 2016-09-15 03:57
REMADE: Season One-Episode 1 "Shadows and Dreams"...
Shadows and Dreams - Gwenda Bond,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Kiersten White,E.C. Myers,Matthew Cody



Remade Synopsis:


"Every minute, 108 people die. On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. 


Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure."


Episode 1- "Shadows and Dreams" Synopsis


"Holden Black never imagined his crush knew his name, much less that he’d suddenly be driving her to a party. But life can change in a second, especially when you’re 16. A look. A flash of headlights. A scream. What do you do when the unexpected jumps straight to the unbelievable, the dream becomes a nightmare, and waking changes everything except your heart’s desire."



Remade is a new YA post-apocalyptic serial written by a collaboration of authors: Matthew Cody, Kiersten White, E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris & Gwenda Bond, and published by Serial Box Publishing. There are 15 episodes and each episode will be released weekly and feature one of the six different authors I listed above.


I have to admit, when I started reading the first episode, Shadows & Dreams, written by Matthew Cody, it didn't grab me the way the Bookburners serial did but as I read further into it I became more intrigued. I haven't quite made my mind up if I'm going to read the full season yet because so far I've only really got a glimpse of what's to come but I'm definitely going to stick around for another episode and see where the story leads. There's a fantastic cast of authors so I expect the serial will only get better and better but we'll see. I'm going to reserve my full opinion until I get a little further into it.


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Serial Box Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



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review 2016-09-01 04:39
The Pine Barrens...
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

I love horror stories based on old legends so I was excited about reading this book. The legend goes that the Jersey Devil haunts the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey and he's always looking for prey...


Shea then takes that legend to another level. I enjoyed the whole creature feature aspect and I thought the main characters, Norm the famous cryptozoologist and the Willet family who's been haunted by the Jersey Devil for years, were pretty cool. 


What I didn't particularly care for though was the whole human & creature sex/rape thing. I thought that whole story line was just too much. I like stories and scare more easily if they're a little more realistic. Then there was another part were Shea compared the Jersey Devil to a cross between a child with down syndrome and a goat. I mean really?!- Political correctness went straight out the window with this book- just a heads up!


So the book could definitely use some more editing. Not only for the above mentioned, but in my copy there weren't any clear separations between POVs so it was confusing to read. It was one of those books where I had to read, then back up, then read again. Plus there were way too many side stories and extraneous characters that I think the story could have done without.


Overall I enjoyed it until it went off the rails and went beyond my willingness to suspend my disbelief but I'm sure there are others who may enjoy it. If you don't particularly care for stories with rape in the subject matter though, then you might want to steer clear.


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 



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review 2016-08-09 10:30
The Fireman CD: A Novel - Joe Hill

The Fireman is post-apocalyptic novel about a new highly contagious and very deadly spore that is sweeping the country called Dragonscale. It leaves black & gold marks on the body which will then burst into flames. The story follows Harper, a pregnant nurse, as she endeavors to survive and give birth while being infected with the Dragonscale and The Fireman - a man who has learned to embrace and control his Dragonscale and also wield the fire as a weapon when needed.


I really waited way to long to write this review so my feelings about this book aren't as strong as they would've been if had wrote it right after I finished. My first thoughts though were that it was a pretty long book - almost a little too long. While I enjoyed a lot of it, there were also parts that I thought could have been cut out.


I also thought there wasn't enough research done on a pregnant female because there were quite a few highly unbelievable scenarios featuring a pregnant Harper. I really had to suspend my disbelief quite a bit on that. 


As for what I liked, I really enjoyed Dragonscale as an epidemic. I thought it was a very unique concept and really well developed. It's definitely a concept I haven't seen before in a post-apocalyptic book so I was glad to hear about something new for a change. Also, I listened to the audio version and I thought the narrator did a nice job. If you like audio books this is a good book to listen to.

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