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review 2019-10-10 14:36
ARC REVIEW Past This Point by Nicole Mabry
Past This PointA pervasive outbreak of a new virus from the viewpoint of a civilian. Nicole Mabry captured the intensity, the paranoia, and the heartbreak perfectly. The main character Karis I felt really connected to, I don't know if it was just the similar heritage, or the fact we are the same age, or the fact that she kind of reminded me of my sister but I really felt like I was experiencing this with her from the initial stages of the outbreak and through the quarantine.

Karis' self imposed isolation from her friends after a bad break up and slight germaphobic ways is probably what saved her life. Karis uses life skills she learned as a child to stay alive, knowing how to cook from scratch and how to cook acorns so they are edible to the self defense classes her father made her take, she was even wary enough to stockpile her dogs food when the virus kept most of her coworkers home. Karis tried getting a flight out of NY after the CDC cleared her but she wouldn't, couldn't leave her dog behind. She made friends with two little girls across the courtyard and fought off the madness of the isolation and quiet the was once NYC and then she met Ollie. Oliver "Ollie" is a British citizen who arrived two weeks before the quarantine got stuck in NYC. Karis who saved his life but still unsure if she could trust him, it seemed like this virus and quarantine brought out the worst in people.

Overall, this book was outstanding. Karis is intelligent, strong, and intuitive and a great main character. Julia and Emma the little girls across the courtyard were adorable and Julia was wise beyond her years. Zeke, the dog, a great companion and a sympathetic ear. Ollie is exactly what Karis needed, at first you're unsure of him but he does earn Karis' trust and her love he kept her sane and hopeful. I loved this book it was emotional and heart-poundingly thrilling. This is in my top three for apocalyptic genre along with Z for Zachariah and The Wolf Road.       
 
 
 
 

 

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review 2014-07-18 09:20
Shadows of the Past: A Novel (Logan Point)
Shadows of the Past: A Novel (Logan Point) - Patricia Bradley Title: Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) Author: Patricia Bradley Pages: 346 Year: 2014 Publisher: Revell I’ve got a new author to add to my “must read” collection in Patricia Bradley. This is the first novel in the series with the second book due to be released in the fall of 2014 titled, A Promise to Protect. The majority of this book takes place around the Mississippi and Tennessee border in modern time. On the outside, Nick Sinclair looks good, appears successful and to have it all together, but in reality he is still reeling from his wife’s murder two years ago and desperately trying to locate his wayward brother. When he meets Taylor Martin, they both are looking for his brother, but for different reasons. She thinks his brother is stalking her, but Nick knows his brother would never hurt anyone. His brother has alcohol and drug problems, but has never been violent. However, Nick hasn’t seen his brother in two years. Could Scott have changed that much? Is Nick ready to let a new woman into his heart? Is this the woman God wants in his life as a new wife maybe? Taylor Martin works at a small college teaching victimology and criminal profiling. She has worked with the FBI before and is one of the country’s best at what she does. At first the little gifts she received, she brushed off as a student crush. Then, she got the black roses and pictures and soon things escalated. Who wants her dead? Her nightmares begin again. She has flashbacks in her dreams of the day her father left and never returned. His disappearance has haunted her since that day. Where is her father? How could he leave her at the tender age of nine? She has rejection phobia and her track record with relationships with men, though very few, is dismal. Can she trust Nick? She is determined to end her nightmares and face her fear, but to do so she must find out what happened to her father. She must learn also to trust the God who she thinks has rejected her also by not answering her prayer to bring her father home. There is great tension, suspense and mystery in this story. I thought the characters were well-developed and realistic; I could relate to their feelings and emotions. The intensity of the romance might have been a bit quick for my taste, but it didn’t detract from the story. The action will keep readers glued to their seats until the end. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I read this in a day as I was so absorbed in the plot. I can definitely recommend and encourage readers to get a copy in jump right in! My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-01-29 20:02
Book Review: Shadows Of The Past by Patricia Bradley
Shadows of the Past: A Novel (Logan Point) - Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley's first book in a new fabulous series is awesome. If I am reading a suspenseful novel , I want it to be one that will suck me so far into the story that I feel like the story is written around me. Ms. Bradley's book definitely did that for me. I was nose deep into the center of the story, and following along with each twist and turn, each new development in the story, was a time I won't soon forget.

 

Ms.Bradley chiseled Nick's character perfectly. Full of concern for his brother, yet cautious about Taylor and his quick developing feelings for her, left him a tender heart in my heart. I loved him!

 

Taylor's character is a sweet, yet determined one. She knew what she wanted.....to find the answers about her father leaving years ago.....but, during her search, she becomes the searched one. By the end of the story, I was on pins and needles waiting for the "who"!

 

This book was an intense one, and the good part? It's the first in the new series and I can't wait for the second to release! This 4 star book really hooked me and I am now a forever fan of Ms. Bradley's work! Well done!
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**Disclaimer: This book has been provided to Reviews By Molly free of charge by Revell Books,a division of Baker Publishing Group,in exchange for an honest review of this title. No money has been exchanged for this review. This review reflects the opinion of the individual reviewer and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any other RBM reviewer or this blog’s owner, editor or administrator.

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