Almost Forever (Austin Hero’s: Book 2) by Kathy Clark

Almost Forever: An Austin Heroes Novel by [Clark, Kathy]

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of Publication: July 26 2016

Genre: Romance

Where to find this book: Amazon | Barnes and Nobles

Series? Austin Hero’s

  1. After Love (Austin Heroes: Book 1)

Book synopsis:

A cold case leads to blazing-hot temptation in this novel of romantic suspense from bestselling author Kathy Clark. For readers of Nora Roberts and Karen Robards, Almost Forever pairs a rugged lawman with a woman who may just be a murderer.

Justin Archer is a Texas Ranger through and through, a loyal man devoted to the dangerous job he loves. But when the grisly discovery of a skeleton in a local vineyard turns an old missing-persons case into a vicious homicide, Justin finds that the toughest challenge of his professional career will be keeping his hands off his chief suspect: the dead man’s beautiful, young trophy wife. Did Lori Roberts kill for vast material gain? The only thing Justin knows for sure is that their chemistry is instantaneous—and overpowering.
 
Lori worked hard to build a new life for herself and her daughter. She turned her husband’s struggling vineyard into a thriving enterprise, and now she stands to lose it all over something that happened eight years ago. Justin could lock her up and throw away the key, but Lori desperately wants to trust him. More than that, she wants to let him into her wounded heart. Because Lori’s been running from the past for a long time . . . and she’s ready to start living for the future.

My review:

I almost didn’t finish this book. Why? Because I couldn’t get over the characters. This book had a ton of promise. The storyline was great!!! A man thought to have been a missing person ends up being found dead on the vineyard he owned, 8 years later. The widow is under suspicion but the Ranger assigned to her case knows that there is more to meet the eye. The author could have gone in so many directions with this awesome plot. Instead, she tried to turn it into a love story and did succeed for the most part.

I loved Justin and Lori’s characters but I didn’t love them together at first. There was too much baggage on Lori’s end. She tried to deny her attraction to Justin but couldn’t. And ended up having sex in her dead husband’s study while her daughter is in the next room. Nope. Nope. Nope. Too much ewwww factor that. They got more believable once Lori’s life was endangered and Justin was forced into a vacation.

I did guess who Mark’s killer was by the middle of the book. But it still didn’t take away from the emotional scene when the killer was revealed. I guessed who was after Lori shortly after her incidents started happening. So the mystery wasn’t there for me.

I almost didn’t finish the book and was going to put it away when the scenes with Grammy started. Grammy was pure gold and the scenes with her and her grandsons were 100% awesome. The skunk scene with Harley, Mackenzie and the twins was awesome and turned me back into the book.

The ending was a little too pat for me. Everything was wrapped up with a bow and delivered to the reader.

Also, this is the 2nd book in a series and we all know how much I love those. But this was pretty much a standalone book with references to Nick and Jamie from the first book.

How many stars will I give Almost Forever? 3

Why? The book was a dull read with lackluster sex scenes. The characters didn’t have chemistry between them until halfway through the book. I almost DNF’d it but the scenes with Grammy pulled me back in and made me finish the book…hoping she would make more of an appearance.

Will I reread it? Maybe

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why? Sex and violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

A Dream of Ashes (Chronicles of the Modern Mystic: Book 1) by Orlando Sanchez

A Dream of Ashes: An Ava James Mystery (Chronicles of the Modern Mystics Book 1) by [Sanchez, Orlando A.]

Publisher: OM Publishing

Date of Publication: April 27th 2016

Where to find this book: Amazon 

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Chronicles of the Modern Mystics

Book Synopsis:

Mystics.Magic.Murder.

A Rogue Mystic.A Ruthless Killer. A Dark Secret.

Ava James is a fire mystic with the Mystic Investigative Division. As a branch of the Enclave, a worldwide mystic organization, the MID is feared, respected and reviled.
When the half-charred body of a Mystic is found, the Enclave sends her to investigate the strange death. Ava finds that all the clues point to the killer being a fire mystic, one of her own. Accused by the Enclave of working with the killer she must solve the case before a secret buried in her past is revealed and destroys her world.
Can she save herself? Will she find the murderer?
If you like hardcore, fast-moving action, complex mystical powers and an unstoppable heroine, then you’ll love Orlando A. Sanchez’ thrilling new series: Chronicles of the Modern Mystics.

Buy A Dream of Ashes and join Ava on her adventure today!

My Review:

This is the first book I have ever read by Orlando Sanchez and I have got to say, it was GOOD.

From the beginning, when I first met Ava kicking some bad guys ass, the action is non stop. I told BK that not only would this make a great fantasy movie BUT it would make a great action film. Of course, he didn’t understand but still.

The story was good too. Ava is a fire mystic who is working for the MID (Mystic Investigative Division). She is sent to a crime scene where a fire mystic is burned up and fingers start pointing towards her. When the head of the MID is injured in a blast at a bar, she is considered the main suspect and the chase is on. What a chase it is. Ava is chased all over NYC until she finds temporary asylum with her Sensei. Then she learns some startling facts about her uncle and herself.

The book picks up when she heads to Japan to help her uncle Seb, a Void mystic. The action gets better.

The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger (thanks to Seb’s revelation). We all know how I hate cliffhangers but this actually worked for this book. I can’t wait to read book 2 and see if it is as action-packed as book 1.

How many stars will I give A Dream of Ashes? 3.5/4

Why? It was a very fast paced read (I read it in one sitting) that had a ton of action in it.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why? No sex scenes but tons of very descriptive violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel by [McDaniel, Tiffany]

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Expected date of publication: July 26th 2016

Genre: General Fiction

Where to find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis :

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

My review:

I don’t even know what to write here (which is a first) because the book was THAT good. It was written in such a way that you couldn’t help but get sucked into it and then you can’t put it down. Like I said, it is THAT good.

I was introduced to the Bliss family in the first chapter of the book. Autopsy, Stella, Grand, Fielding and Aunt Fedelia. Autopsy is the local prosecutor for the town of Breathed. Autopsy decided, one day, to write a letter to the devil inviting him to Breathed and posted it in the paper. Guess, what, a young boy claiming to be the devil showed up right before a major heat wave.

This is where the story became interesting. The author kept you guessing if Sal (Satan and Lucifer’s name combined) was the devil. He had insight about the different relationships that were going on in the town that no 13 year old should know. I never figured out if he was the devil or not.

Strange events started happening every time Sal went into town. The heat kept rising, a woman has a tragic accident, a mob is incited, stuff along those lines. To keep him safe, he isn’t allowed out of the yard/house.

The story is told in flashbacks from a 70 something-year-old Fielding. Who suffers survivor’s guilt. I don’t like it when books are told in flashbacks. You lose something from it. In this case, it worked. I got to see the long-term damage that was caused by the events of that awful summer/fall and it is heartbreaking. The author did a perfect job of taking older Fielding’s memories and turning them into the story about younger Fielding.

There was a huge twist in the story that I saw coming. It involved Elohim, the midget and Fielding’s former mentor and Sal’s biggest enemy in town. I did a WTF when it was revealed.

How many stars will I give The Summer That Melted Everything? 5

Why? This was a very well written book that will keep you glued to it until the very end. It will make you question things, make you laugh and make you cry.

Will I reread it? yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Adult

Why? Some strong language and violence

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Her Survivor (A Black Eagle Ops Novel: Book 1) by Vonnie Davis

Her Survivor: A Black Eagle Ops Novel by [Davis, Vonnie]

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Expected date of publication: July 19th, 2016

Genre: Romance

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Vonnie Davis welcomes readers to Wounded Warrior Falls! In this sizzling contemporary series, broken heroes meet women worth fighting for—and discover the healing power of love.

Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.

Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.

My review:

I am guilty of stereotyping a book and I am sorry. When I first started reading this book, I thought to myself “Wounded Army vet meets spunky girl and sparks fly. Yawn.” And I am here to say,”I am wrong” and “Not even close“.

Dustin’s character was well written and his PTSD symptoms were point on. There were points in the book where I wanted to cry for him. I understand how his mental fog, anxiety, and depression were affecting his everyday life. I really do. So when ZQ offered him a place at the ranch, I wanted to cheer.

When I couldn’t get any more vested in the book, we meet Kelcee and the rest of the town. Talk about a town that I would love to live in!!! What eccentric people. I loved it. From ZQ’s mom to Sugar Loaf/Silver Stud, they definitely stick in your mind. I also could see Kelcee being one of my good friends. She was so real and I giggled at some of her zingers and one-liners.

The sexual tension and sexual chemistry between Kelcee and Dustin were off the wall. From the minute they met the tension was there, even though they were both not wanting it. And when they finally ended up in bed, it was so bittersweet that I wanted to cry.

The subplot about Kelcee being in the Witness Protection Program was kept under wrap. Translated: I didn’t pay attention to the blurb (was too busy staring at the cover and drooling). When it was revealed, it was surprising to me. The only thing that I didn’t like about this was the Kelcee took forever in telling Dustin. Which in my mind was stupid because he could have ended that whole thing for her when she got hurt.

The ending was hilarious, in a way. Not giving anything away but when Junebug freaks out, I laughed until I had tears running down my cheeks. It was that funny.

3 Things I liked about Her Survivor:

  1. Dustin and Kelcee’s romance
  2. Junebug (OMG, loved her)
  3. Nance

3 Things I disliked about Her Survivor:

  1. Kelcee’s brother
  2. Dustin’s PTSD
  3. Instalove

How many stars will I give Her Survivor: 3.5

Why? One word: Instalove. Other than that, this was a well-written romance with some raw and gritty sex scenes in it and some very memorable characters.

Will, I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? Some pretty descriptive sex scenes and some violence.

Is it part of a series? Yes, it is Book 1 of the Black Eagle Ops series.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

All is Bright by Colleen Coble

All Is Bright: A Hope Beach Christmas Novella by [Coble, Colleen]

Where to find the book: Amazon

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Date of publication: October 6th 2015

Series: Hope Beach

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Book synopsis:

A romantic, Christmas wedding at her seaside hotel gives Delilah a chance to shine with her unique gifts. But will her light be snuffed out before the bride and groom say “I do”? 

As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her off the freezing, wet roads into the dark night. Her car stops just short of an enormous tree and the truck speeds off into the night. Delilah escapes with her life and has almost convinced herself the whole thing was an accident, but then she begins to receive threatening phone calls. With the wedding just hours away, she’s distracted and anxious. Then Sheriff Tom Bourne stops by the inn and volunteers to help.

Tom has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he’s determined to protect her. But he is pulled away by a bizarre Christmas stunt that has the neighborhood reeling, and Delilah is attacked again.

Will Delilah have to cancel the Christmas wedding at Tidewater Inn? And will Tom’s protection be enough to save Delilah from the shadowy figure looming in the background?

My review:

If you have been following this blog for a while then you know of my intense dislike of picking a book up that is part of a series. This also extends to novellas/short stories in the series.

Well, I am happy to say that this novella/short story is none of the above. It had developed characters and a suspenseful plot line that kept you guessing until the end.

The only thing that I even had an issue with was the romance between Delilah and Tom. It seemed to come out of nowhere, which was weird to me. I mean, they have known for years and then realized that they had chemistry? Not believable.

How many stars will I give All is Bright? 3

Why? While well written, I felt that the romance between Tom and Delilah was somewhat forced and a bit contrived.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? Minimal violence, no sex

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Resthaven by Erik Therme

Resthaven by [Therme, Erik]

Publisher: Kindle Press

Date of publication: April 12th, 2016

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Book synopsis:

The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt–especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes ‘bump in the night’ is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.

My Review:

Ever read a book that is so creepy, so unsettling that it stays with you afterward? A book that invades your dreams and gives you nightmares?

Well, this is that book.

It starts off innocently. A sleepover at a new friend’s house. It turns sinister when the new friend decides to throw a scavenger hunt in the nursing home.

The doors to the nursing home mysteriously are padlocked. Locking Kaylee, Sid, Anna and Wren inside with an elderly man who is insane. When Kaylee finds a 5 year old abused deaf boy in a closet, my pulse level went through the roof!!!

I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. Like I said above, it gets under your skin and you wonder what will happen to the girls and the boy at the end.

Speaking of the end, I enjoyed it. Kaylee did the right thing. I

How many stars will I give Resthaven? 4

Why? It is a very well written, scary YA/Thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Teen on up

Why? No sex, minimal violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Last Time She Saw Him (Julia Gooden Mystery: Book 1) by Jane Haseldine

The Last Time She Saw Him (A Julia Gooden Mystery Book 1) by [Haseldine, Jane]

Publisher: Kensington Books, Kensington

Date of Publication: June 28 2016

Part of a series? Yes

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Women’s Fiction

What series: Julia Gooden Mystery, Book 1

Where the book can be found: Amazon  | Barnes and Noble 

Book Synopsis:

In Jane Haseldine’s gripping and brilliantly crafted debut, a reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother’s long-ago disappearance.

Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life. Thirty years ago, her nine-year-old brother Ben—the person who promised he would always protect her—was abducted from the room they shared. Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia’s memories of that terrible event should be.

Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she’s never found. But guilt and grief over Ben’s disappearance have left her fearful that whoever took her brother is going to come back. Nowhere seems safe—not the city, not the suburbs, not even the secluded lake town where she plans to raise her children. And then, on the anniversary of Ben’s disappearance, Julia’s worst fears are realized when her two-year-old son, Will, is snatched from his bed.

Convinced that the crimes are related, Julia tries to piece together memories from her final day with Ben. Are the sudden reminders of her brother clues that will lead her to her son’s abductor, or merely coincidence? Julia knows she has hours at best to find Will alive, but the deeper she digs, the more personal and terrifying the battle becomes, and an undying promise may be her only hope of saving herself and her son.

My review:

If you are looking for a book that showcases the best and worst of people and has a dash of the supernatural in it, read this book.

Julia was not a character that was likable and I love that the author wrote her that way. She suffers from survivor’s guilt after her older brother was kidnapped out of their room when she was 7. That one event shaped her entire life. Julia tortures herself over his disappearance. Because she didn’t get up to lock the door that led to the outside because she didn’t want him to think she was a baby. This has affected all areas of her life, from her job to her marriage to the way she parents her children.

The story got going when her 2-year-old is kidnapped out of his room. The author did a great job writing that part of the book too. She captured Julia’s terror and her fight to get her child away from the kidnappers.

The book then became a mishmash of present and past.  It was discovered that the same Indian head arrow was left under Will’s crib. Which was a connection to her brother’s disappearance.

But all is not what it seems. Clues were given by a pedophile pastor. A police detective was halfway in love with her. I didn’t know what direction the book is going in. And that was the best thing about it!!!

I didn’t know who the kidnappers are until the very end of the book. The author did a fantastic job of keeping that hidden. She threw out red herrings and created a couple of false leads that when it was revealed, I  went “Whaaaat??

How many stars will I give The Last Time She Saw Him? 5

Why? This was a very well written mystery that had a splash of supernatural in it. The author did a very good job at keeping me on my toes about who was Will’s kidnapper until the very end.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend it to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Adult

Why? No sex but a lot of violence and some pretty graphic descriptions of sexually abused children.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman: A Novel by [Stefani, Brady]

Publisher: SparkPress

Date of publication: July 7 2016

Genre: Young Adult

Where the book can be found: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather—but what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night, claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather? 

With her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present, and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. So is she going mentally insane, like her family claimed her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before anyone from school finds out she’s missing.

My review:

This book was fantastic. The book starts with Courtney as she is running through her backyard. She is trying to get away from alien visitors and her own memories of her beloved grandfather.

I felt bad for Courtney. Her mother was a grade A bitch. There were some points in the book where I wanted to reach through the pages and take Courtney away. She was in competition for Mommy Dearest. The best thing that happened to Courtney was when she was sent to live with her father. He was more accepting of her.

The story got going once Courtney met Agatha. Once Agatha came into the picture the ball got rolling. Everything Courtney remembers wasn’t the truth. The truth was so much more than what I expected.

The ending was great. There was a couple of twists that I saw coming from a mile away and that I went eh at.The biggest one was saved for the end. I was disappointed that events were forgotten by everyone except Agatha and Courtney. It made me want to scream. I did like that the author left it open for a possible sequel (Jorge and his blue eyes….swoon)

How many stars will I give The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman? 4

Why? It is a very well written book that combines young adult and science fiction seamlessly. You were taken for an intense ride that will make you question Courtney’s sanity from page one until about the middle of the book.

Will I read it again? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? No sex, minimal violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Forte by J.D. Spero

Forte by [Spero, JD]

Publisher: Netherfield Publishing

Date of publication: July 25th, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Back in New York City, piano filled Sami McGovern’s life, but moving upstate has changed everything. Thanks to the coach at Skenesboro High, Sami’s volleyball skills blossom like magic. But success comes at a cost, and the same sports drink that makes her a superstar silences her music. Worse still, to stay in the “in” crowd, she must betray the few true friends she has made in the tiny town. Her one hope: fulfill a prophecy to end the magic before it destroys her . . . and everyone else in its thrall.

 
My review:
 
This book hooked me from the first paragraph. Sami’s mother decides to move them to her hometown after years of living in New York City. Which, then made me think to myself, “Why on earth would you do that?!?!?“. I have been to New York City. The hustle and bustle were amazing and to be living among it, I can only imagine. To say she was unhappy about moving was an understatement.
 
The underlying message of this story (be who you are, don’t let anyone change you) is great. Sami did change to fit in with her new group of friends. She realized that to beat the bad guys was to embrace herself, wholly, was fantastic. Because most teens do change who they are to fit in or to impress a boy or to have friends.
 
I do wish that there was more of a romance between Sami and Jason. There were sparks every time that they met (plus one kiss) but it never went that way. Which, in hindsight, is a good thing. If Sami was involved with someone, it would have changed the whole course of the book.
 
How many stars will I give forte? 3.5/4
 
Why? Very well written and very well researched. Definitely a book that I could come back to. I just wish that the author went a little more into what happened to Sami’s father.
 
Will I reread it? Yes
 
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
 
Age range: Teen on up
 
Why? Very clean. No sex, no violence.
 

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Last Humans Trilogy by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

The Last Humans: The Complete Trilogy by [Zales, Dima]

Author: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires

Publisher: Mozaika Publications

Date of publication: June 10, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

From the New York Times bestseller Dima Zales comes an action-packed sci-fi adventure set in a post-singularity future. For a limited time, get all 3 full-length novels (1000+ pages) in one convenient, discounted bundle. 

When invisible technology runs everything and memories can’t be trusted, how does one sort the truth from the lies? 

Oasis, the last habitable area on post-apocalyptic Earth, is meant to be a paradise, a place where everyone is content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues the last surviving humans.

Theo, a twenty-three-year-old Youth, has never fit in with the serene, age-divided Oasis society. But it’s only when he starts hearing a girl’s voice in his head that he realizes that nothing is what it seems. Phoe is his imaginary friend—or is she?

As secrets are unveiled, Theo is dragged into a dangerous game where the virtual and the real worlds collide.

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be real?

Theo is about to find out.

Warning: This book contains some strong language. We felt it was important for the censorship theme of the novel. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book. If in doubt, please read the sample before buying.

NOTE: This is a complete trilogy containing three full-length novels— Oasis, Limbo, and Haven. full-length novels— Oasis, Limbo, and Haven.

My review:

This isn’t the first set of books that I have read by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires. I had reviewed The Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales a few months back and liked it. I loved Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles: Book 1) by Anna Zaires. I was excited to read this trilogy.

I was disappointed. Very disappointed and a little let down. The first book, Oasis, was alright and kept my attention for the entire book. The story was good (was Theo going insane? Who was Phoe?) but it started to get a little strange towards the end. I had a couple of questions that weren’t answered. The ending of Oasis was interesting and definitely set up for the 2nd book, Limbo.

Limbo wasn’t my favorite book of the series. It started off where Oasis ended and for a little while, the story was interesting. I liked the connection between Phoe and Theo. I wished the author never crossed the line into romance with them. It was done and I felt it colored the story from there on. I got confused about Theo going in and out of virtual reality. To the point where I couldn’t figure out if he was in virtual reality or not. There was no line drawn. I did think that the subplot with the Elders was great but I wished that the author had twisted it a different way. The ending was alright but in no way led up to Haven.

Haven was the best book in the series. It started with a bang and ended on a sweet note. Everything else between was a great read. What was revealed about Oasis was nothing short of unbelievable. There was a big twist revealed towards the end of Haven that made me go “da faq“. It made me question everything that had been written in the book.

How many stars will I give The Last Human trilogy? 3

Why? While a very well written book, I felt that the characters could have had a bit more depth to them. The ending seemed a little rushed and the entire 2nd book dragged, big time.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Will I reread? Maybe

Will I recommend to family and friends? Maybe

Age range: Adult

Why? Graphic violence, sex and one scene where a person is euthanized.