Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Week in Review: 5/13/17-5/20/17


It was hit or miss in my reading choices this past week.  I either really enjoyed the book or really didn't care for it very much.  But that is the great thing about reading - you never know what is going to come of it.  :)

Here are the ones I enjoyed:

Dragon Bones by Jasmine Walt & Ines Johnson
4 Stars ****

Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem. 

For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most. But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. 

The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life. Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told. Even the ugliest ones. 

Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

Chaos Theory by Rich Restucci - 4 Stars ****


The world has fallen to a relentless enemy beyond reason or mercy. With no remorse they rend the planet with tooth and nail.

One man stands against the scourge of death that consumes all.

Teamed with a genius survivalist and a teenage girl, he must flee the teeming dead, the evils of humans left unchecked, and those that would seek to use him. His best weapon to stave off the horrors of this new world? His wit.

Mutation by Nerys Wheatley - 4 Stars ****


Sometimes, the best person to fight the monsters is someone who's been one.

When a violent mob invades cop Alex MacCallum's part of town, it's just a typical night for him and the others living there. They expect to be feared and despised - they’re survivors of the virus that turns its victims into mindless flesh-eaters.

But the next day, when a new strain of the virus begins turning the population into eaters faster than ever before, Alex has to join forces with Micah, the leader of the mob, just to stay alive.

Can the two enemies survive the hordes of eaters, as well as each other, long enough to find a way to stop this new outbreak?

The Academy: Thief by C.L. Stone - 4 Stars ****



Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she's desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she's a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming...

Thinking she's been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it's her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there's a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it's done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards - 3 Stars ***


Camille Ellis is the Earthen Conclave’s golden girl. Her peculiar talent solves cases with a touch. She isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty, but every bright star casts a shadow, and her deepest scars lurk just beneath the skin.

A routine consultation goes sideways when a victim’s brother gets involved in the investigation. Riding the edge of grief, the warg will go to any lengths to avenge his sister’s death. Even if it means ensuring Cam’s cooperation at the jaws of his wolf.

When the killer strikes again, Cam is caught between a warg and a hard place. To save the next victim, she must embrace her past. Even if it means dragging her darkest secrets into the light of day.


Zomb-Pocalypse by Megan Berry - 3 Stars ***


In the wake of Camp Freedom being overrun, Jane, Silas, and Ryan set out for Abby's cabin in the woods of Illinois. They don't know what happened to the rest of their group, but Jane can't continue to function unless she finds out.

Life on the road only gets harder as the undead claim more and more of humanity. The roads are blocked with wrecked cars and carnage, and they have to deal with new threats—threats that aren't just trying to eat them anymore.

It's a lot for anyone to take on, but Jane is determined to find out what’s happened to her friends– or die trying.

There you have it.  I hope your reading week was awesome.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Michelle  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spotlight On.......Zombie Reads


If you have stopped in from time to time, you already know of my love for the zombie genre.  I thought I would put together a list of some of my all time favorite zombie reads.  So in no particular order, here they are:

Rise Again by Ben Tripp


A Mysterious Contagion. Mass Hysteria. Sudden Death.

And a warning that would come all too late . . .


Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun; starting with what might very well be the end of the world. 

Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .

Dead City by Joe McKinney

Texas? Toast.

Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying--but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life--with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. . .

The Nightmare Begins

Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family. . .

Hell On Earth

There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors. . .but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay. . .

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater


The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson


A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world's population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they've become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.
                                                                                                                                                                    
Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they're not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Zombie Road by David A. Simpson


The people that tried to kill the world were fiendishly clever.

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place and lucky enough that some of them had the skills they needed, soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers.

 Gunny, a long haul trucker doing one of the few jobs available to him as a disgraced soldier, is unwillingly saddled with the job of getting these survivors to the safe zone. With a motley crew of truck drivers, college kids, veterans, a drug dealer and a rock star, they are racing the clock to make it before time runs out. The last text he had received from his wife before the cell towers went down told him she was trapped in a high-rise in downtown Atlanta and their son was in detention, stranded in the basement of the school he attended. 

Gunny just wanted to drop the hammer, steal some guns and blast his way in to rescue them but duty called. He had to get these people to safety first, then he could recruit the best of this crew to help him save his family. If they survived the journey.

Hell on Earth by Tony Urban


When civilization ends - When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living - How will the remaining humans survive?

One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population, cities burn and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies. 

Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive at his farm, intent on eating him, he's forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back. Survivors from all walks of life - criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers - battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction.

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti


Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a 'Wild-Card' -- immune to the virus -- and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.

That is just a few that I could think of right off the top of my head. I am always looking for a good zombie read - so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Week in Review: 5/6/17 - 5/13/17


This week was another mixed bag for me.  I started and stopped a few books within the first couple of chapters because I just could not get interested - but I will not waste your time listing them here.

That being said, I did find a few gems to share with you.  Here they are:

Sweet Cherry Pie by J.D. Monroe - 4 Stars****  


Charity Pierson’s life might as well be a country song. Mama went crazy, her sister up and left in the middle of the night, and now it’s just Charity and her pickup truck cruising the highways and hunting anything dumb enough to crawl out of the grave where it belongs.


Mama hasn’t said a word since Charity put a bullet in her skull ten years ago, so when she gets a call from the state penitentiary, she knows something’s up. Her mother claims something possessed her and turned her into a killer all those years ago. Worse still, that same evil is stirring once more. When Charity learns about a bizarre unsolved murder in a North Carolina college town, right on cue, she can’t ignore it. She might not believe Mama’s tall tales, but she doesn’t much believe in coincidence either.


Along the way, Charity meets fledgling hunter Georgia Browning, who’s got more money than sense and a dark past of her own. The past comes roaring back to life when Charity learns that the knife used in the most recent murder is the same one her mother used ten years ago, a copycat down to the last gruesome details. Now Charity and Georgia must dodge walking corpses, campus police, and a killer who prowls among the living while stirring the dead.

Into the Darkness by K.F. Breene - 4 Stars****


I'd always been different. I saw objects in the night where others saw emptiness. Large, human shaped shadows, fierce yet beautiful, melting into the darkness. I collected secrets like other women collected bells; afraid to fully trust lest my oddities be exposed.

Until I saw him. He'd been gliding down the street, unshakable confidence in every step. It wasn't just that he was breathtakingly handsome with perfect features. Something about him drew me. Sucked my focus to him and then tugged at my body. As his eyes met mine, I was entrapped.

No one had noticed him. He'd been right there, just beyond the light, but only I had perceived.

I had to know if he was real. Or maybe I really was crazy. And even when my secret box was blasted wide open, dangers hurled at me like throwing knives, I couldn't stop until I unraveled his true identity.

I just had to know.

Mystic Ink by Casey Wyatt - 4 Stars****


The last thing Nix, a Sea Nymph, wants to see behind the Dumpster near her tattoo shop is another dead mortal. 

She also doesn’t want to hear Hades piss and moan about how the souls of the dead aren’t making it to the Underworld. And Nix certainly doesn’t want to be attracted to supernatural police agent, Calder Quinne when he comes to investigate. 

All Nix really wants is to run her tattoo shop in peace and quiet. Hey, we don’t always get what we want, now do we?

Them: Invasion by M.D. Massey - 4 Stars****


When a surprise nuclear attack forces Aidan from hiding, he finds the world to be a much different and more deadly place. Now he'll traverse a post-apocalyptic landscape populated by violent redneck looters, rogue military factions, and an army of hungry undead...

I don't know if anyone can hear this, but the world has to know...

The dead have risen. And they're hungry.

You can't help them, so don't even try. In fact, it might put you in danger of being infected and, well... it's not a pretty sight when that happens.

If you're out there with friends, and you can hunker down somewhere secure where there's food, water, and shelter, then stay put. You're better off than most if that's the case.

But if you're alone, or short on supplies, or lacking the essentials like drinkable water... God help you. And failing that, here's some advice:

Keep quiet if you see one of the walking dead. They seem to hunt more by hearing than sight, so if they're around just stay hid and let them pass. If you shoot 'em, it'll just bring more. Trust me, I found out the hard way.

And move during the day. They don't seem to like sunlight all that much, so you're probably safest in the daytime. But stay put at night. Nighttime is their time, and moving after dark just ain't worth the risk.

Plus, there's something else out there, at night. Something worse than the dead. Much worse.

I guess that's all, for now. I'm headed to Austin to save my folks, before the dead overrun their home. I know it's a long shot, but I still gotta try.

God help me, but I'm going back out there. God help us all.

This is Aidan Sullivan, signing out.

Sunfall: Journey by D. Gideon - 3 Stars***


An immense coronal mass ejection, the likes of which the modern world has never seen, blankets the Earth and destroys the power grid worldwide.

Ripley Miller's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane.

She never expected the sun to fall down.

Now Ripley has no communication with her family at home and--thanks to the University's zero-tolerance policy--no weapons to protect herself. Society is becoming increasingly panicked and desperate, and the government seems slow to respond.

The world, as she knew it, has ended.
A new world of lawlessness, betrayal, and scarcity is beginning.

Can she become the woman she needs to be so that she and her friends can make it home?

With the thin veneer of a civilized society collapsing, can she even survive?

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti - 3 Stars***


For Nora Medina it started when she was yanked off a gorgeous Hawaiian beach, still in her bikini top, and onto her ex-husband’s government jet. A microbiologist doesn’t see a lot of emergency extractions, but marriage to Deacan Devlin McDougall taught her plenty about adrenaline. Nora knows it’s more than their unfinished business that has brought the sexy, maddening Scot back into her life. But she’d never have guessed this.

As a soldier of fortune, Deke has seen too much by any standards. But the terrifying bacterium sneaking through the highest halls of power isn’t his kind of battle. All he can do is keep close to his brilliant, fiery Nora and fight like hell to keep her safe. Because if he lets her get sucked down by the horror that’s coming, he’ll never get another chance at her heart . . .

Winter's Edge by Mike Sheridan - 2 Stars**


When they killed his family, they killed a part of him too. The good part.

Seven years after a global war has devastated mankind, Frank Brogan and his family live in the safety of New Haven, a newly-formed authoritarian state deep in the American northwest. Beyond the Exclusion Wall lies the Outzone, a lawless territory ceded from federal jurisdiction. Brogan never thought he would go there. He was wrong.

When three Outzone bandits cross into New Haven and murder his wife and daughter, Brogan quits his specially-trained police unit to hunt them down. Entering the Outzone, he travels to its de facto capital, Winter's Edge and picks up the bandits' trail. In a violent city controlled by rival gangs, he needs to use all his hard-won skills as a police officer and war veteran to survive.

It isn't long before Brogan's quest takes him out of the city and deeper into the territory, where a beautiful but dangerous woman takes a keen interest in him. Can he survive encounters with the nomadic tribes that roam the Outzone's mountains and plains to finally confront the men who murdered his family?

Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene - 2 Stars**


Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.

That covers my last week of reading.  I hope you found some keepers out there.

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle



Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Week in Review: 4/29/17-5/6/17


As much as I hate to say it, last week was a little underwhelming for me in the reading department.  I tried to switch things up a bit and dip into something other than my norm.  I guess the old saying, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' - can be applied to my reading choices for the upcoming week.  :) 

Here they are:

The Knight by Victoria Danann - 4 Stars****



Jean Marre’s recent life has been one big surprise right after another. First his family moved to SoCal from a remote French Canadian town. Then he began feeling a strange compulsion to watch over a smart little blonde named Ever Moore. In fact he found himself restless, distracted, and uncomfortable if she wasn’t around.

Before there was time to adjust to any of that, he was informed that his parents were going to South Africa for a few months and leaving him with his mother’s friend, who happened to be Ever’s mother.

Life just couldn’t get stranger.

Or could it?

Shadow Born by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
4 Stars****



Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.

Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.

If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde
3 Stars***

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.
Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

Payable on Death by Rachel Rawlings - 3 Stars***


A deal with the Devil. Demons haunting your every step. When an Angel offers you the chance to redeem yourself, you take it. Because eternal damnation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

But the Devil always gets his due.

On the streets of Baltimore redemption is..... Payable On Death.

Darker Things by Rob Cornell - 3 Stars***


Craig Lockman...

No one had called him that in fifteen years.

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she's his daughter.

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he's attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren't ordinary killers--they're heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy.

Forced on the run, Lockman protects his daughter from an onslaught of dark creations while searching for who betrayed him and why. The investigation leads him to Detroit, where he unwittingly sets a plan into motion that could trigger a paranormal apocalypse and cost him his soul.

Recurve by Shannon Mayer - 3 Stars***


“My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.

I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender.

Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me but is the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can.
Welcome to being an Elemental.

A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott - 3 Stars***


Hidden from mortal eyes are the creatures of darkness that coexist with mortals: Shadows, vampires, fallen angels, demons, shape shifters, succubi, and the likes.

Seventeen-year-old Amber enters their world by chance when her brother, Dallas, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has spied something in the woods he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly enters a paranormal race—and promptly wins the first prize—a prize that comes with no exchange policy, and for which many would kill. Soon, she discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills, and no one is who they say they are. But by that time she's far too deep in a world she never knew existed, a world of love bonds, dark magic, ancient enemies and immortals.

As the dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life?

A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
3 Stars***


Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation.

The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

There you have it.  I hope your reading week was awesome.  
Thank you for stopping by.

Michelle

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Week in Review: 4/22/17-4/29/17


I figure by now it is no surprise to anyone that I am pretty much a zombie nerd.  Well, it was a surprise to my co-workers.  Mild mannered bank representative by day - weirdo zombie geek by night - they were a little surprised.  :)  Lucky me, I found a fantastic new zombie book this past week - not so lucky me, I'm not sure when the sequel is coming out.  

That being said, here are my reads for last week:

Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage by David A. Simpson and 
Eric A. Shelman - 5 Stars***** 


The people that tried to kill the world were fiendishly clever.

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place and lucky enough that some of them had the skills they needed, soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers. Gunny, a long haul trucker doing one of the few jobs available to him as a disgraced soldier, is unwillingly saddled with the job of getting these survivors to the safe zone. With a motley crew of truck drivers, college kids, veterans, a drug dealer and a rock star, they are racing the clock to make it before time runs out. 

The last text he had received from his wife before the cell towers went down told him she was trapped in a high-rise in downtown Atlanta and their son was in detention, stranded in the basement of the school he attended. Gunny just wanted to drop the hammer, steal some guns and blast his way in to rescue them but duty called. He had to get these people to safety first, then he could recruit the best of this crew to help him save his family. If they survived the journey.

Damned if I Do by Erin Hayes - 4 Stars****


They killed my sister and infected me. Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who took my sister’s life and ruined mine.

Being brought up in a family that hunted the supernatural should have helped, but even with a slim chance that I can save us all, there’s still the bigger chance I'll die trying.

Unfortunately, there’s one important thing my family didn’t tell me: When you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

Dead Haven by Flint Maxwell - 4 Stars****


Zombies. Rotters. The Living Dead.

Jack Jupiter knows them well. He's written about them for years. So when Jack's mother passes away in a freak car accident involving a half-eaten deer and a pack of cigarettes, he also knows something's up. Now, Jack and his fiancé, Darlene, are forced to go back to the dreadful town of Woodhaven, Ohio for his mom's funeral.

But what he doesn't know is it might be their funeral, too.

A few months before Jack and Darlene's arrival, a mysterious flu-like virus swept through the town, infecting nearly every citizen. Now, like ticking time-bombs ready to explode, everyone is dropping dead. But they aren't staying dead. No. They're coming back as flesh-eating zombies.

Not only will Jack Jupiter have to bury his mother, confront high school bullies, and save Darlene, but he'll have to fight the dead in order to stay alive. And these aren't like the zombies from his books.

Nope. These walking corpses are real.

Hidden Magic by Ashley Meira - 4 Stars****


Being a mercenary has made Sophia an expert at kicking butt, and her heritage has made her a professional at hiding in plain sight. Sophia is Fireborn, the supernatural community’s public enemy number one. Fireborns have the ability to absorb magic — a gift that turns them into insane, power-hungry murderers.

After years on the run, Sophia and her sister have finally found a home for themselves and jobs at the Mercenary Guild. Killing monsters may be hard work, but she doesn’t need magic to do it. And as long as she keeps her powers under wraps, they’re safe.

When a super powerful, super sexy mage comes into her life with a job she can’t refuse, all Sophia wants to do is run and hide. But she’s sick of running. Too bad this job is connected to her in ways she never imagined. Not to mention Mr. Tall, Dark, and Trouble has picked up on the fact that she’s not all she appears to be. And if he keeps digging, this job will be the least of her worries…

Last Another Day by Baileigh Higgins - 4 Stars****


The Dead Rise

Trapped in the shower by the monster that was once her husband, Morgan's survival hinges on her willingness to kill the man she loves.
Realizing that his family needs him, Max takes a risk and runs away from his post in the army, effectively becoming a deserter.
In the shadowy streets of Johannesburg, Captain Breytenbach and his team stumble across a horrific scene. One that will haunt his dreams forever, but also lead to a love he could never have imagined.

As the sun sets against the backdrop of the Free State veldt and living nightmares walk the streets in the shape of their loved one's bodies, humanity's last hope rests in the hands of ordinary men and women called to do extraordinary things.

Alight by Emma L. Adams - 3 Stars***


It's not easy being one of the last living dragon shifters in London.

Two years ago, when the faeries attacked the mortal realm, all supernaturals were dragged into the open. Unfortunately for dragon shifters like Ember and her sister, dragons are still hunted by humans and supernaturals alike. Keeping a low profile is difficult with monsters roaming the streets, but Ember and her band of rogue shifters have managed to survive. Until their oldest enemy, the supernatural-hunting Orion League, emerges from the shadows and captures Ember's sister.

To get her back, Ember is prepared to walk into the depths of London's magical underworld, even if it means kidnapping a lethal ex-hunter who'd like nothing better than to add her name to his kill list. His inside knowledge of the League is the key to saving her sister, but with their allies turning on them, Ember must choose who to trust or meet the same end as the other dragon shifters.


There you have it.  I am hesitant to tell you that I almost passed on the best book I read last week, Convoy of Carnage.  It is a sad thing to say, but I am a complete cover snob and at first I scrolled right by Convoy of Carnage because the cover did not really catch my eye.  I am so glad I went back and gave it a chance.  I was an awesome read.  :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle


Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Week in Review: 4/15/17-4/22/17


Last week was a pretty good reading week for me.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I enjoyed well enough to want to read more of their work as well as reading the next in the series from a few authors that I've enjoyed. 

Here they are:

Revolution, Volume 2 by Rachel Higginson
5 Stars*****


It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it.

Page Parker finally convinced her family to return to the former United States and fight the battle she’s been dying to finish.

She finally gets to hunt down the man she blames for so much evil and make him pay for his sins.

They just have to travel across jungles and barren wastelands and survive Mexico first.

When she finally reaches the Colony, she hopes to have all her family with her. She hopes Luke is who she remembers him to be. She hopes this war is everything she expects it to be.


But the thing about the end of the world? Nothing ever goes like it should.

Shifting Dreams by Elizabeth Hunter
4 Stars****


In Cambio Springs, everything--and everyone--changes.

Most days, widowed hawk shifter Jena Crowe cannot get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she's pretty sure her oldest is about to turn into something furry or feathery.

Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town of Cambio Springs seemed like just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never could have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.


When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when Caleb isn't put off by any of Jena's usual defenses, she may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the wall around her carefully guarded heart.

Soulfire by A. Blythe - 4 Stars****


The final book in the Magic Bullet series is here...

Alyse Winters never thought she could hack life as a human. With her friends by her side, though, she feels more powerful than ever before.

When a PAN asset turns up dead on her doorstep, it sets off a chain of events no one expects, least of all Alyse. She quickly realizes that the future, as well as the past, are not at all what they seem...

Fade by Daniel Hunphreys - 4 Stars****


SON OF A WITCH

Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke’s mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that – thankfully – went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.

When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?

Magic Fire by Catherine Vale - 4 Stars****


Rogue gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something I deal with every day, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. So why is this stranger insisting that I need to come with him to stay alive? Who does this guy think he is?

I’m a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at my disposal. I sure as hell don’t need some cocky, arrogant dragon shifter protecting me, even if he is drop-dead gorgeous.

But what if I’m wrong?

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is reaching out to me, longing to bind me within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people I love the most.

If I want to survive, I must put my life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if I make it through the night.

Scattered Seeds by Alice Sabo - 3 Stars***


While High Meadow is dealing with troublemakers and raiders, Wisp follows an invisible trail across the country to rescue Nick.

What had started as a simple trip turns into an undercover operation for Nick, leaving Wisp to return to High Meadow on his own with a van full of children. In the search for answers, Nick learns that the problems are more complex than he imagined. The country’s minimal infrastructure is teetering on the brink of collapse. And the people in charge are not at all what he’d hoped.

Angus predicts that the high mortality rate from the last round of flu could cause the disintegration of smaller settlements putting people on the road. With the train stations closed, there will be no food or shelter for these refugees, leaving them victim to marauders and starvation.

As Tillie scrambles to plan for a winter without train food, the influx of refugees is eating up precious supplies.

The world is changing again and they must adapt or die.

Heart of Stone by Leo Romero - 3 Stars***


I’m Gabriel Stone. Half human. Half angel. And poker-playing badass.

Thrown outta Heaven for gambling sins, I’m forced to hunt demons on Earth for a living. So when a fat bounty for a fire demon turns up at the Angel Guild, I’m straight on the case.

But this isn’t any regular fire demon. He’s already wasted two half-angel bounty hunters and zapped a bunch of Russian mafia shifters. Only a master in dark arts could’ve raised such a powerful entity and they must’ve had a damn good reason.

Maybe it’s got something to do with the siren I won in a card game; the one with the magical powers no regular siren should possess. She’s got this demon all worked up in his mission to raise Hell and it’s my job to stop him.

I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

Cause if I have, Hell itself will come to Earth. And that would not be cool.

Calamity Rising by Z.V. Hunter - 3 Stars***


Dead bodies don’t scare me. They can’t curse me, lunge at me or do anything but rot and stink. It’s their spirits that are the problem. 

I’m Yukine Nox: necromancer, exorcist, dark mage, and the girl who’s gonna save your ass when spirits come knocking. I see between the veil that separates the world of the living from the Spirit World—a place full of ghosts and supernatural monsters called Calamities. 

On the surface, Neo-Tokyo sparkles like an ultramodern jewel, but its roots run deep and dark, tangled in magic. When a powerful Calamity snatches young girls and leaves a trail of angry ghosts in its wake, I take the case. But the more I dig, the more dangers pop-up.

If I don't stop this creature soon, it’ll drape Neo-Tokyo in a veil of death.

Agent of Enchantment by C. N. Crawford and Alex Rivers
3 Stars***


The fae live among us. And one of them is a serial killer.

I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack-the-Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down.

It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects--a lethally alluring fae--is trying to seduce me… or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London, or when the police start to suspect me.

As I close in on the killer, I follow him to a magical shadow realm that’s like nothing I ever expected, where I’m hunted like prey. Fine. Bring it on. I’m an FBI Agent. And it turns out I have magical powers of my own.

Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer - 3 Stars***


Sisters bound by love, separated by blood. . .

And doomed to face the unimaginable.

An everyday vacation quickly turns into a nightmare of epic proportions. Two sisters must struggle to find the strength within themselves to survive as well as to save one another. When the world of Fae emerges on a rocky shore far from the Emerald Isle, all hell breaks loose.

Two factions vie for the sister’s loyalties, one light, the other dark. Neither honest.

So that's it for last week.  I am really looking forward to the books I have lined up for the next week.

And today, April 23, 2017 is:

   
Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle