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  • Fire: The Collapse on July 17, 2012
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    Review - I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. The book focus's around Megan and those she comes in contact with. In this book we have no way of knowing where the zombies come from, they were just suddenly everywhere. We get different perspectives each character has there own unique story but one common goal to survive. The start to the zombies happened within hours, they were in all parts of earth, New York, LA, Russia, London to name a few. which leads me to believe that it wasn't a attack unless it's aliens. The military tries I think Megan is my fave but there are a few I would to see the zombies eat too. It's a short book, but so much is packed in, you start to connect with the characters, I was sad when people you were starting to know would die. I like that you care about the characters, it's not just a zombie eat zombie kill book. There is a real story going on. I found the characters interesting, some you like right away while some you want to see get eaten. I'm not a huge fan of zombie books, in part because they are one of the few things that still scare me, but that doesn't mean I don't want to read them. This book was no exception, it gave me nightmares last night, but I really enjoyed the story. It is well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I look forward to learning more about Megan and her battles with zombies and other humans.
  • Human Instincts on July 17, 2012
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    Review- I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. Dr. Deanna Nichols is a researching working on a cure for the people infected with the virus that wiped out most of the planet. She is also responsible for the virus that was used to end a brutal war, feels guilty so she's trying to find a cure since the vaccine that was created has some negative affects. Deanna used to work for Dr. Larsen but he passed away, he didn't have a problem killing people in the name of science but Deanna does. The option to obtain untainted DNA comes up when the General is contacted by a maximum security prison they didn't know was still active reached out looking for supplies. The General sends Deanna in to the prison with only a guard a former war leader who's also a criminal in the prison. He thinks that the only want to save man kind is through a new generation of children and by using the criminals with the uninfected DNA they could do just that. However Deanna wants to save the already infected people, but under the orders of the general she enters the prison. However her time is short lived, the criminals are staging a break, and if the former war leader can't save her life, all could be lost forever. I was really surprised by this book I'm always a little nervous with the whole Apocalyptic stuff, but it was surprisingly very good. The characters are well written, Deanna comes off as a the kind of woman who made a mistake and is willing to risk it all to fix it. The story is face paced but full of entertainment, not a dull moment to be found. Your instantly drawn in, wanting to know more. I finished it in one sitting, because I just had to know. I loved the ending it just left me with a smile and wanting more. I found it unique and full of twists and turns.
  • Reign of Blood on July 23, 2012
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    I received this book as part of The Nexus read and review program. A year ago a vampire outbreak wiped out most of the humans, leaving behind a savage vampire. Aprils family raced for the mountains before the outbreak got bad, while other's weren't so lucky. For the last year April has trained going from a carefree teenager to a vampire hunter. Life is simple, protect her family, train, gather supplies in Las Vegas during the day. Over the last year April has become a lethal fighter easily wiping out all vampires she's come across, but they aren't the vampires in books and movie. These vampires have lost the intelligence in their eyes, their humanity is gone all that is left is a savage shell that hunts humans. Having long ago killed almost all the humans, they wiped out most of the animals as well, not they are withered starving creatures. Suddenly a routine trip goes wrong, April finds herself alone, her family taken, something that the vampires she's been killing wouldn't do. Now she has to find them, before it's too late. With the setting sun she's forced back to the cabin in the woods, doomed to wait out the night before she can continue her search. April is intent on finding her family, as the last of the humans shes alone against the masses of feral vampires, but with some new friends, even a chance at love they will risk it all to save her family. I loved this book. I feel that the book is well written and did an excellent job of drawing me in with a prefect balance between action and emotions. I've always been a sucker for vampires, but that was before the sparkly twilight vampires too. This one book has a unique twist on the vampires their are three different mutations of the vampires virus. There is a good amount of action it just draws you in right from the start, plus April is so likable that I found I wasn't reading I was thinking about April. As I read I feel like I was there too, with April and I love a book that can make me feel like I'm there, that's the best part. I like April's character she's your girl next door who enjoys her trips to the sporting goods store in hopes of finding new weapons. She watches videos to learn new fighting styles, and trains with all her weapons, though the machetes are her preferred for vampires. Guns are out because they can draw unwanted attention from other vampires, so April is well skilled in hand to hand combat. The book is full of descriptions giving you the feel like your almost there with April on her journey. I enjoyed reading about the characters in the book, even the new ones the hybrids held the mystery for me. April meets a Rye a vampire hybrid who she connects with along the way. I like the vampire bonding in the story it's unique, and I liked that April wasn't alone. I also want more.
  • Reign of Blood on July 23, 2012

    I received this book as part of The Nexus read and review program. A year ago a vampire outbreak wiped out most of the humans, leaving behind a savage vampire. Aprils family raced for the mountains before the outbreak got bad, while other's weren't so lucky. For the last year April has trained going from a carefree teenager to a vampire hunter. Life is simple, protect her family, train, gather supplies in Las Vegas during the day. Over the last year April has become a lethal fighter easily wiping out all vampires she's come across, but they aren't the vampires in books and movie. These vampires have lost the intelligence in their eyes, their humanity is gone all that is left is a savage shell that hunts humans. Having long ago killed almost all the humans, they wiped out most of the animals as well, not they are withered starving creatures. Suddenly a routine trip goes wrong, April finds herself alone, her family taken, something that the vampires she's been killing wouldn't do. Now she has to find them, before it's too late. With the setting sun she's forced back to the cabin in the woods, doomed to wait out the night before she can continue her search. April is intent on finding her family, as the last of the humans shes alone against the masses of feral vampires, but with some new friends, even a chance at love they will risk it all to save her family. I loved this book. I feel that the book is well written and did an excellent job of drawing me in with a prefect balance between action and emotions. I've always been a sucker for vampires, but that was before the sparkly twilight vampires too. This one book has a unique twist on the vampires their are three different mutations of the vampires virus. There is a good amount of action it just draws you in right from the start, plus April is so likable that I found I wasn't reading I was thinking about April. As I read I feel like I was there too, with April and I love a book that can make me feel like I'm there, that's the best part. I like April's character she's your girl next door who enjoys her trips to the sporting goods store in hopes of finding new weapons. She watches videos to learn new fighting styles, and trains with all her weapons, though the machetes are her preferred for vampires. Guns are out because they can draw unwanted attention from other vampires, so April is well skilled in hand to hand combat. The book is full of descriptions giving you the feel like your almost there with April on her journey. I enjoyed reading about the characters in the book, even the new ones the hybrids held the mystery for me. April meets a Rye a vampire hybrid who she connects with along the way. I like the vampire bonding in the story it's unique, and I liked that April wasn't alone. I also want more.
  • What Kills Me on Aug. 10, 2012

    I received this book from the author in return for a honest review. The book is about a 17 year old girl Alexia aka Zee to her friends. She's spending the summer in Rome, as luck would have it the first cute boy she meets just happens to be a vampire who wants to drink her blood. She gets away from him only to fall down a well to her death but to climb out a sire-less vampire. A sire-less vampire is prophesied to bring about the end of all the vampires, so the empress the leader of the vampires sends out her guards to bring her back to be put to death. In her quest to get away she meets Lucas a vampire living with his father and a younger boy vampire they help her out as well as offer to help her get away from the guards but that proves impossible when the general shows up with his guards and Lucas and Zee are the last one standing he promises to protect her as his father would want him too. The pair is sets out on a quest to find Lucas sire in hopes that she will be able to save them from the General and his men who want to hunt her down. I loved Zee she's just so innocent it's refreshing to read about getting used to being a vampire as well as the trouble that follows her in. I like the chemistry between Zee and Lucas there is so much potential, it's really sweet. The story instantly sucks you in with action, than keeps you wanting more as the story progresses. There are a few twists I didn't see coming and I love that the book kept me guessing. I found the characters well developed, that I had a good feel of who they are as well as what they look like. I found the story a unique twist on the vampires and I really liked that aspect of the story. I’ve always been a sucker for a vampire book since I was a kid so this book was right up my alley. Overall I loved the book, but I want more, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for another chapter in the story. Plus I love the cover it's beautiful.
  • Sorcery and Scholarships on Aug. 17, 2012

    This book is about three different people from three different walks of life each with a different goal. Each receives a chance to attend Axis University. First there is Aki who is struggling to get by, she's using small magic charms to pay the bills her essence is a more in the middle of light and dark. Whereas Blake's essence is very dark, he's also hiding what he really knows, pretending not to care. Then there is Keisha she really wanted to attend law school but when not accepted settles for Axis in hopes of being able to pay for law school. She's also the light essence of the trio. A prophecy is looming on the horizon stating a battle will happen between the dark and light a good vs evil in essence. All of the students are learning different skills to help cultivate their abilities as well as their essences for the university. I honestly had a harder time getting into this book, but once I was into I actually enjoyed it. I have lots of questions and not as many answers as I would like but I'm sure the next book will clear them up. I like the character development we get a good idea who and why each of the three is the way they are. It's a quick read enjoyable read that keep me wanting to know what was going to happen next as I got more into the book. This book reminds me a little of Harry Potter but the characters are old and for me more relatable. For me it's a unique twist on the wizard and witch aspect which I liked.