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review 2019-10-03 16:49
Review: Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke
Waters of Salt and Sin: Uncommon World Book One - Alisha Klapheke

Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke is the first book of the Uncommon World series. Kinneret is determined to have a better life for her sister and herself.

This story had the potential to be a really good read. There was action and magic, which are great for a fantasy novel, and what I look for as a lover of fantasy, and I was hoping to read of a strong female character, but the swooning became too repetitive, and the decisions the MC made were not of a strong willed female.

Others may enjoy this story, but it just wasn't for me.

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review 2019-08-25 03:33
Forgotten World by Kate L. Mary
Forgotten World (Broken World Book 6) - Kate L. Mary,Emily Teng

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a fantastic time with this book. This is the sixth book in the Broken World series which really does need to be read in order. While there is a seventh book in the series, this book really wrapped up the main story. I feel like I have been on quite the adventure with Vivian and the rest of the book and I really wanted to see things work out for them. This was one of those books that was almost impossible to put down.

This book is told from Vivan's point of view. At the start of this book, the group is ready to start their trip to Atlanta. The CDC is up and running and the key to the cure that they are working on might just be Angus. The man in charge of the trip thinks that everything should be a piece of cake but Vivian, Axl, Angus and the rest of the group know that thing may not go as planned. 

This was an emotional and exciting story. This story broke my heart and gave me hope, sometimes at the same time. There are a few scenes with some pretty intense action when I wasn't sure if our group would make it. When things did go wrong and a couple of characters were lost, I felt it. There were some pretty hard losses in this one. There were also some really great moments when characters put themselves in harm's way in order to protect someone else. 

One of the biggest strengths of this book is the characters. I love how this group has grown both individually and together over the course of the series. Even the characters that are put in the story to test the group are incredibly well done. All of the emotions that this group goes through felt very real. They aren't perfect and they do make mistakes but they are always there for each other when it really matters. 

I would highly recommend this series to fans of post-apocalyptic stories. I had a great time cheering this group on when things were going well and feeling crushed with them when they weren't. I have become a huge fan of Kate L. Mary and look forward to reading more of her work just as soon as I can.

Initial Thoughts
This was great! There were some pretty tough losses and a lot of excitement in this installment. It has been wonderful watching the characters grow over the course of the series and saying goodbye to some of them was really hard. This really wrapped things up nicely. There is another book in the series which I am eager to start but it looks like it is about a character that was separated from the larger group.

Book source: Kindle Unlimited

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review 2019-08-23 12:13
New World by Kate L. Mary
New World (Broken World Book 5) - Kate L. Mary,Emily Teng

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this one! I have been having such a good time with this series and am so glad that I happened upon it. This book is the fifth book in the Broken World series which really does need to be read in order since each book picks up right where the previous one left off. At this point, I really feel like I know all of these characters and am eager to see them survive in their harsh world. This book was just a really great read.

This book is told from four different points of view. We get to see things from Axl's and Vivian's point of view with their group inside the gated community and from Hadley's and Jon's inside the town of Hope Springs. I really like the fact that the author has used different points of view from book to book because it really does serve to give a much broader view of the world. Each of the four characters really did have a lot to add to the overall story.

Vivian and Axl are with the main group inside a gated community. Things are actually pretty good but supplies are running low and the morale is even lower. This group has had to deal with a lot of really difficult loses and some are not able to move on. Both Vivian and Axl are leaders in their group and they take that responsibility very seriously working hard to keep everyone safe and fed. 

Hadley, or Ginny, and Jon have settled into Hope Springs. Hadley is sheltered within the community because they see her pregnancy as the hope for the future. Jon is put to work clearing streets and looking for survivors. He meets some people that he knows he can trust with his life and others he wouldn't turn his back on. It was really nice to get to see them living and almost normal life.

This book was pretty exciting. The zombies were not quite as dangerous since they are moving slowly in the winter but there was still a lot of action to go around. We had to say goodbye to a few characters. I really enjoyed watching Jon and Ginny's relationship develop in this book. There is no doubt that they care about each other just as much as Vivian and Axl. The characters are so well done in this series and I have really enjoyed watching them grow over the course of the series.

I would definitely recommend this series to others. I think that this is a very well done series set in the zombie apocalypse built around fantastic characters. I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

Initial Thoughts
I enjoyed this one. This book is told from 4 points of view: Vivian, Axl, Ginny, and Jon. I think I am really liking all of these characters but it was really nice to get a glimpse inside of Jon's head. There were some pretty big developments in this book along with a couple of character deaths. I cannot wait to see what will happen next. 

Books source: Kindle Unlimited

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review 2019-08-22 13:12
Lost World by Kate L. Mary
Lost World (Broken World Book 4) - Kate L. Mary,Emily Teng

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book. After listening to the first three books in the Broken World series, I wanted more. I just had to know what would happen next to this group of characters. Unfortunately, only the first three books in the series have audiobooks available at this time. I didn't let that stop me and downloading the ebook for the next installment and enjoyed the experience just as much.

This is the fourth book in the Broken World series which really does need to be read in order since each build builds on the events of the previous installment. It has been quite the journey with this group of characters at this point so I don't want to miss a second of what might happen next. In this book, the story is told through both Vivian's and Hadley's point of view. This was the first chance to see things from Hadley's point of view and I really found that I appreciate her perspective.

Things were not looking good for the group at the start of this book. They need to find shelter and only have a very limited amount of supplies. They have learned not to trust others and are always on alert for the dead. They find a temporary shelter that seems to be the answers to their immediate problems but it becomes a nightmare before everything is over.

The best thing about these books are the characters. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to several characters in this installment but there are a lot of other important developments including the addition of a few new characters. It was great getting the chance to see things from Hadley's point of view. She is really struggling after the events from the previous book. Her relationship with Jon makes a lot of progress in this book. I really didn't have much of an opinion of Jon before this book but he has quickly become a favorite.

This book was really exciting. I thought that it moved very quickly and I think that the dual points of view helped make it feel like a very quick read. This book was also quite emotional and I loved the way that each character's emotions came through across the page. I found this book almost impossible to put down once I got started and I love that there were some pretty big surprised worked into the story.

I would recommend this series to others. This series has been filled with strong characters who are faced with an almost impossible situation. I cannot wait to see what will happen to everyone in the next book!

Initial Thoughts
Really enjoyed this one! It was nice to get a chance to see things from Hadley's perspective. I really liked her take on things and liked getting to know her a bit better. There were some fairly exciting scenes and a few things that really surprised me. Can't wait to start with the next book!

Book source: Kindle Unlimited

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review 2019-06-23 04:14
Broken World by Kate L. Mary
Broken World: Broken World, Book 1 - Kate L. Mary,Hillary Huber

This review can also be found at Carole's Randon Life in Books.

Well, this was fantastic! I am finding that I like post-apocalyptic stories more and more these days. I have come across a few recommendations for this series and put it on my wishlist but never got around to it until now. This was such an entertaining listen. Once I got started with this book, I didn't want to stop. I am so glad that I finally gave this one a try.

Vivian is making her way to California. The world is in shambles due to a recent virus outbreak that threatening the lives of everyone across the country. She is on a quest to check on the daughter she gave up for adoption. When her car breaks down, she is helped out by a somewhat suspicious pair of brothers. And this is only the start of her journey.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the characters. I really felt like I got to know Vivian and the rest of her group over the course of this story and more importantly, I grew to care about them. There were a few characters that my opinion of completely changed during the course of the story. I liked that we saw these characters evolve and learn to trust each other. The characters all felt so real to me and I almost felt like I was on this journey with them.

I thought that this story was really exciting. I like it when a book shows how an outbreak starts. It is so much fun getting a chance to be with the characters while they figure out what is really happening. There are some pretty intense moments in this book and some other more heartbreaking moments. I think that the author did a great job of keeping things interesting and setting a nice pace for the story.

Hillary Huber did a great job with the narration. There is a pretty diverse cast of characters in this book and she did a fantastic job of making them each sound distinctive. She was able to bring a lot of emotion into the story and brought the excitement level up a notch. She had a very nice voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of post-apocalyptic stories. I thought that this book really gave the series a great start with its wonderful characters and exciting story. I can't wait to get started on the next book!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

Initial Thoughts
This was awesome! This book was probably 4.5 stars but I am rounding up for now. I loved the fact that the story started as all of the problems started. I thought it was fun to figure out what was really going on along with the characters. The characters were very well done and a few of them surprised me before the end of the book. The narration was really well done. 

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