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Mad World: Desperation by Samaire Provost ~ A Review

mad world desperationForget what you thought you knew about this story, because everything is about to change.
With Alyssa near death, Luke, Jacob and their companions make a desperate attempt to reach Boston with the final ingredient needed for the plague antidote. They must travel through the Canadian wilderness, some of the roughest country in North America. Along the way they are joined by new friends and old as they fight to reach their destination and save Alyssa. What they don’t know is that something is hunting them.
Something evil is lurking, waiting to strike when they least expect it.
After years of fighting courageously against the living plague, they’d thought they knew their enemy. They’d believed their wits, bravery and strength would be enough to win this fight against the threat that had overrun so much of the world they once knew. But they were wrong.
Now Luke, Risa, Jacob, DeAndre and Jonathan face their most dangerous trials yet as they battle the ever-present zombie threat, along with a new challenge they never saw coming. How many ways can this plague try to kill them? Find out, in the latest installment of the Mad World series.

~*~ The Review ~*~

Sometimes I’m not sure what goes through my mind when I say yes to a review. As my Daddy would say, “Ain’t no telling.” So I sat down with Mad World Desperation and shook my head at myself. A Zombie book? What was I thinking? I don’t like zombie books, or any type of ‘dark paranormals’. But I had promised a review and a fair review I was going to give. So I braced myself for guts and brains and mayhem and began reading.

My plan was simple: read the book, check out the writing style, the voice, the congruence of the story and review based off of things I do know about. (I don’t read zombie books so I couldn’t form an opinion based off past knowledge.) I was going to skim the book (sorry Samaire, but it was self preservation to keep myself from having nightmares.)

But my plan fell apart as I begin to read. Mad World: Desperation is a fantabulous book! The writing style is great, fresh and easy to read. The characters are likable and sympathetic. Instead of skimming, I found myself truly reading. What a surprise for me! I don’t like zombie books! LOL

My only regret is that I wish I had started the series at the beginning. The book explains some of what was in the first three books, but I would have preferred to read it firsthand.

I never thought I would say this but go out and get this zombie book! You’re going to love it!

~*~ Author Bio ~*~

Samaire ProvostSamaire Provost is a novelist living in California.  Author of the Mad World trilogy: EPIDEMIC ~ SANCTUARY ~ DESPERATION.  Her upcoming work is a vampire thriller slated to be released in early 2014.

~*~ Connect with Samaire ~*~

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/samairep

Twitter – https://twitter.com/samaireherself

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6453849.Samaire_Provost

Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Samaire-Provost/e/B008PVTXMW

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Blog – http://samaireprovost.tumblr.com/

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Untimed by Andy Gavin

untimedCharlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.

~~~ The Review ~~~

Okay, I admit it…I’m a bit ADD. I squirm and shift. I have trouble sitting through an entire movie and, thanks to the fact that I write as well, I have little tolerance for watching movies that don’t immediately catch my interest. The same thing can be said about books.

What a delightful surprise when I sat down to read Untimed by Andy Gavin. I expected a good read. In my special way. Read a little, do something else, read a little more, start a new project, read more, and so forth until I make my way to the conclusion. That was not the case with this book. I finished Untimed in a little over a day and a half, reading it as I cooked dinner and my family patiently waited to be fed.

I am almost embarrassed to say that. With the amount of history the book contains (and all cleverly woven throughout the story) I know that Gavin worked long and hard searching for historical facts. And the sheer brilliance of the time travelling rules and screw-ups! He did a fabulous job and I ran through it like nobody’s business.

So to Andy I say, “I’m sorry.” But I could not put your book down. I practically devoured it, and in no way gave it the attention and thorough read it deserved . And to you, the readers, I say get  get a copy. It’s sassy, unorthodox, funny, suspenseful, and filled with Charlie’s snarky brand of humor.

I loved every minute of it and can’t wait for the next one!

~~~~Author Bio ~~~

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

~~~ Find Andy ~~~

website: http://andy-gavin-author.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andygavin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/asgavin

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5406978.Andy_Gavin

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Gavin

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~~~ Andy on Tour ~~~

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Eleusis by Genevieve Fairbrother

eleusisMacy needs a break to sort out her life. Her parents are dead and now a moody trespasser has set up camp on the property she has inherited. When the stranger confesses himself to be an ageless sea-god and tells Macy she has been guarding a secret she never knew existed, her simple life takes a drastic turn. Just when she thinks it can’t get any stranger,  a back door to the Underworld opens up and it’s time to run like hell.
This fast-paced adventure romance novel explodes as the dark forces tracking Macy surface to capture her. In the transatlantic chase that follows, she learns of her forgotten past and an ancient connection to the sea-god who helps her escape.
As events challenge Macy, she must come to grips with her past, determine what she wants in life, and become a force in her own right. Family betrayal, sinister plot twists, and unlikely friends fill this exhilarating story of one woman’s journey to forge her own path as she learns her true identity.
She soon realizes that to gain real freedom and become legend, she must reject her assigned place in history and risk everything in the process.

 ~~~ The Review ~~~

Lovers of Greek mythology, this book is definitely for you. After the death of her parent’s Macy retreats to the country to the land she has inherited only to find Jason, son of Poseidon. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t think it’s clear from the blurb how entwined with mythology the story truly is. Fabulous research and interesting characters round out this interesting tale.

The only problem I had was with the wordiness of the story. To me, it was a bit distracting, I kept wondering where the idea came from instead of simply reading. Perhaps it was the amount of description that pulled me away from the story. Though beautifully written, I didn’t feel that I needed all the surrounding details about the forest  and the lake and especially the poison in Jason’s various wounds. (yuck!) I would have preferred a bit more about the mythological tales than the ordinary surroundings.

All in all, Eleusis is a unique tale and an interesting take on the gods and what has happened to them as the world has changed around them.

genevieve fairbrother

~~~Author Bio ~~~
The author lives in Atlanta with her husband and two teenagers. She attended Wellesley.  

~~~Connect with Genevieve ~~~
Website: www.genevievefairbrother.com

Blog: www.genevievefairbrother.com

 Facebookpage:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eleusis/242435805893260?ref=hl

 Goodreads author page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6941372.Genevieve_Fairbrother

 Twitter:@FairbrotherGen

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/BSYk-8Y_5zc

 ~~~ From Genevieve ~~~

Advice for new authors…

The story that draws you in is the one to write. Writing is a selfish pastime. If you don’t enjoy the story or if is tedious to write it will be deadly to read. Your passion will be self evident.

If a passage doesn’t read well you have to be persistent and keep editing until works. Edit your work, be ruthless, edit again. Poor editing is as detrimental as poor writing. A professional editor is well worth the money.

If a passage doesn’t move the story forward get rid of it. Don’t be sad, it wasn’t a waste of your creative energy. You are merely moving it into a hidden backstory that further informs your character’s actions or feelings.

Consider how you want your characters to evolve. The actions of your characters to the situations that you create are mere shadows. You must understand the deeper issues that produce the conflicts in your book. The deeper issues drive the story and through conflict produce a maturing change in the participants. This is what is worth the reader’s time.

~~~ Genevieve on Tour ~~~

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The Artist’s Inheritance by Juli D Revezzo

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
 
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

If you follow any of my reviews, you know that romance is my preferred genre, but I do like to stretch myself a bit and read a variety of works. Such is the case with The Artist’s Inheritance.

It took me a little longer to finish the story because I could only read it during the daylight hours. No, it’s not that scary. I’m just a big wimp like that. But there are paranormal elements that have to be uncovered and deciphered by our heroine, Cait.

See she and her husband Trevor have recently moved into his twin brother’s home in Florida near a fort that was used during the Civil War. Trevor (an artist) becomes obsessed with a chair he is carving while strange things begin to happen all around them. Cait sees apparitions, feels cold spots in the house, and starts to believe that a famous art critic is really an imp. Ooh, and did I mention that Trevor’s twin Gordon committed suicide?

With the help of friends, Cait uncovers just what’s bothering Trevor which reveals family secrets and curses that are over a hundred years old.

Juli D does a great job at setting up the work for future stories. There are a lot of happenings in The Artist’s Inheritance which makes it a quick and interesting read. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen next. But I can’t wait to find out.

Connect with Juli:

my fiction available in:
Dark Things II: Cat Crimes
and The Scribing Ibis
(Proceeds go to charity)

The Artist’s Inheritance–Available at Amazon

on twitter: @juliannewrites

Website:
http://julidrevezzo.com/

on tumblr: http://jdrevezzo.tumblr.com/

A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet

♥♥♥♥♥ YOU GOTTA READ THIS BOOK! ♥♥♥♥♥

In an ancient Wales that never was… The twin brothers Emyr and Idrys are cursed to live as hounds; Emyr by night, and Idrys by day. The twins believe they will be trapped this way forever until they meet the fierce and curious Áine, a changeling woman born with fey blood and gifts struggling to fit into a suspicious human world. Áine unravels the fate of Emyr and his twin as all three of them fall in love. To free her lovers from the curse, she embarks on a journey to the realm of the fey where she confronts her own unique gifts and heritage. Ultimately, she must decide where her heart truly lies and what she’s willing to risk to get what she desires most.

Wow. And since that’s not enough I have to say it again…wow.

A Heart in Sun and Shadow is captivating. Here’s a woman, Áine, a healer who was almost killed at her birth, fostered (my word not Bellet’s) to a wise woman, and destined to save the kings of a land she doesn’t know. And you have the twins–cursed, pretending to be only one twin while saying the other is dead. For years, they have done this until they meet Áine. It’s safe to say that the twins need Áine. She is their salvation. She brings passion and light back into their lives. She breaks the curse that has changed and haunted them for years. But I would chance to say that Áine needs them just as much, if not more. Emyr and Idrys give her an acceptance and understanding that Áine has not been afforded much in her life. Perhaps that’s the reason she goes to such lengths to break their curse. Or maybe it’s simply for love.

Bellet handled the triangle between the twins and Áine with a delicate hand that made it not only believable, but acceptable as well. This is a land where Other things happen. There are feys and raven kings, and months that can pass like days. Yet every word is as believable as the history book I read in the fourth grade. That is the mark of a great fantasy. The language–though most the time I didn’t know how to pronounce any of the words–drew me in and submerged me into a different time/place/world, making it as real to me as where I truly live.

I LOVED this book. I can’t wait to read the next one. Check out Annie Bellet. She’s on her way to the top!

Blog: http://overactive.wordpress.com/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annie-Bellet/101511573251896
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/anniebellet

Here by Denise Grover Swank

♥♥♥♥♥ YOU GOTTA READ THIS BOOK! ♥♥♥♥♥

Denise Grover Swank has done it again! Here is a fabulous book. Fab-u-lous!

After surviving an accident that took the life of her best friend, strange things start happening to our sixteen year old view point character, Julia. She can’t explain the  strange bracelet she has never seen before, yet was found wearing at the scene of the accident, and the swirling doodles that seem to simply flow from the end of her pencil. Now the most popular boy in the school is taking an interest in her. But there is something different about Evan, and Julia finds herself wanting to know more, yet afraid of what’s to come.

Though targeted toward young adults, Here is a novel for all ages. The theme is equally appealing to everyone. “What would happen if…” And that oh-so human pondering, “If things could be different…”

Denise does a outstanding job portraying the devastation that death has on family, the anguish of survivor’s guilt, and the pure and special innocence of first love. It is so very easy to identify with Julia, though most of us have never had to walk in similar shoes. As always, Denise’s characters are real and dimensional giving us a glimpse into their world and dragging us along for their journey.

I was sad to get to the end of the book, but thankful that it’s a series. Whew! There’s more on the way! In fact all of the books I’ve read from Denise have been installments in a series. Just call me a true fan, for on release day, you’ll find Denise’s new novel downloaded into my Nook! Can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

Be sure to visit Denise’s tour page and be entered to win an Amazon gift card.

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Happy reading–Amie

CHOSEN by Denise Grover Swank

♥♥♥♥♥YOU GOTTA READ THIS BOOK!♥♥♥♥♥

CHOSEN by Denise Grover Swank…OM…

(And Amie takes a deep breath) What a FABULOUS book! Emma has been on the run with her five year old son, Jake, for three years, trying to stay ahead of the “Bad Men” as Jake calls them. Emma has no idea why they are after her, just that they are. (I don’t suppose it’s feasible to question men in black SUVs when they are shooting at you.) The years have changed Emma, her one goal now is protecting her son. Until she meets Will.

Ex-military with a dishonorable discharge after his name, Will has been hired by the other faction to find Emma and bring her in alive. (Not a spoiler)  But as Emma reluctantly joins forces with Will things begin to change. Jake assures her that they can trust Will, but Emma is hesitant. It’s been a long time since she’s been able to trust anyone other than herself–and Jake’s premonitions. And that’s all I can tell you about the story without blowing all the twist, turns, surprises, and bombs that go off as the pages turn.

CHOSEN is a roller-coaster ride of a story. It’s brilliantly written, amazingly complex and yet simple in its message and style.  Swank leaves the reader asking questions throughout the book, questions that create a page-turning story as the answers and even more questions are uncovered.

Rarely do I run across a book that leaves me in such a state that I can’t read anything else for a while. CHOSEN is that kind of book. It grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the last page is read.

This book should come with a warning–call for take-out, higher a sitter, and turn off your phone. You don’t want to miss this!

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And as always, thanks for stopping by. Lots of <3–Amie