Gated (Gated: Book 1) by Matt Drabble

Gated by [Drabble, Matt]

3 Stars

Publisher: self published

Date of publication: December 3rd, 2012

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Series: Gated

Gated—Book 1

Gated II: Ravenhill Academy—Book 2

Gated III: Election Day—Book 3

Where you can find Gated: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

British couple Michael and Emily Torrence lived perfect lives. He was a writer of horror fiction getting paid for his hobby, and Emily was immersed in her life as a teacher. Their world was complete when Emily became pregnant, because their child would make them a family. Their dreams, however, were shattered one wet winter night by a car mounting a pavement out of the darkness.

To overcome their loss, they pick up and move to Eden Gardens, a U.S. gated community that offers “Heaven on Earth and Twice as Nice.” The people are warm and friendly and welcome them with open arms. The town is a beautiful throwback to a bygone age, where the sun always shines and the sky’s always blue.

As they settle into their new, perfect lives, the circle is complete when Emily falls pregnant again. The town is perfect, the weather is perfect, and their lives are perfect. But are the stares from their neighbours a little too intense, is the town a little too interested in their happy news, and is Eden all that it seems?

They are about to find out that paradise comes at a cost, and when you sign a lease, you should always check the fine print.

My review:

This was an excellent horror book. The back story (the story of Tolan and how Eden came to be) was really, really sad.

The author did an excellent job of keeping “whatEden was until the last couple of chapters. Then he went overboard with the killing. I know that there are people out there who love blood and violence in their books. The bloodier, the better. Not me.

The ending was great, and I liked how the author left the possibility of another book. Won’t say how, but it was interesting how it was left.

This will go on my read again shelf. And I am very, very interested in reading the author’s other books.

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Daemon by Doug Dandridge

Daemon

3 stars

Publisher:

Date of publication: August 10th, 2012

Genre: Fantasy, Christian

Where you can find Daemon: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“It is a world of magic where technology has stagnated for centuries. But the magic has been killing the world. Left is the last of the megacities, a million square miles of living land, and the last sixty million people. And the Shadows, the negative energy remains of the animals that used to roam the Earth. The Shadows prey on the living, and can only be kept at bay by light. But light requires magical energy, and that is in short supply. Daemon Corporation, the world’s richest company, controlled by the world’s most powerful mage, has found the solution. To rape other worlds of their life. Such a world has been found, and the innocents took to our world to be sacrificed for their life energy. Something else has come with the little men from the other dimension. A force which cannot be stopped, on a mission to kill the men and women who are responsible. Jude Parkinson is a forensics’ mage, one who communes with the dead, and sees through their eyes the last moments of their lives. He uses this power to solve murders, and only he can find out who is sending this Daemonic force to kill and kill again. But he finds out about the genocide being committed by Daemon Corp. Only the Church of God Ascendant, the last religion in an Atheistic world, stands with him. Will that is enough? Or will the world continue down a path of damnation?”

My review:

This review is going to be short and sweet…since I am tired. Excellent book with a great plot line. There were some loose ends. Like, what happened to the blue people at the end? That is the one question that I want answers too.

So, this will go on my read again shelf.

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This New Disease (Living with the Dead: Book 5) by Joshua Guess

This New Disease  (Living with the Dead, #5)

4 stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: September 6th, 2012

Genre: Horror

Series: Living with the Dead

Living with the Dead —Book 0.5

With Spring Comes the Fall—Book 1

The Bitter Seasons—Book 2

The Hungry Land—Book 3

The Wild Country—Book 4

This New Disease—Book 5

American Recovery—Book 6

Ever After—Book 7

Where you can find This New Disease: Amazon

Book synopsis:

“In this pivotal volume of Living With the Dead, survivors all across the country struggle against a new breed of zombie, living enemies bent on murder and destruction, and even larger threats almost impossible to fight. 

Two years after The Fall, the cataclysm brought on by the zombie plague, survivors everywhere are building a new world. The cost has been high, both physically and mentally. How will the tenuous civilization emerging from the wreckage of what was managed under an onslaught from forces beyond their control?

Read on and discover that beyond the need to truly live comes the hard choice on how to move forward. In the face of dire adversity, can the survivors in Kentucky stay on the right path?”


My review:

I hate picking up a book mid-series. I get all sorts of confused over the character relationships. But not with this book. This book can be read as part of the series or alone, which is ok with me.

I liked how this book was written. It was written as if it was a blog. It grabbed my attention and made me wonder if the whole series was written that way. Also, the author of the book was the author of the blog in the book, which is also very interesting.

What fascinated me with this book was the Internet survived The Fall. More importantly, the author’s blog survived. The blogger did make a point of saying that he only had readers in the USA and Canada.

The blogger/author didn’t spend a whole lot of time describing the zombies. Only to say that they were evolving into smarter zombies. Which again, fascinated me. And kind of scared me. I am a wimp when it comes to these types of books.

I will reread this book, but I would want to start with the entire series. This book is going on my will read again shelf.

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The Ark of Humanity by Scott Toney

The Ark of Humanity

4 Stars

Publisher:  Breakwater Harbor Books

Date of publication:April 3rd, 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Christian

Where you can find it: Amazon

Book synopsis:

God flooded the earth to annihilate humanity’s sins. What if that sinful race didn’t die when floodwaters covered them but instead adapted to breathe water?

Under the depths of the ocean one boy has raised himself, until the day when he meets a dark-skinned man with news that will change the lives of his civilization forever.

Now he must save his people from another empire of water dwellers bent on enslaving the oceans and torturing his peaceful realm.

Yet another question is posed as he learns that his people are descended from humans that lived on the land above the ocean; a people that were destroyed by floods made by the rage of God.

If they have to, in order to escape, will they be able to breathe air and join whatever is left of the world above the waters?

What would they find there? Is the mythological Noah still alive?


My review:

The Ark of Humanity was a different kind of book, and even after reading it, I am still uncertain if I liked it. The story itself was good. The author took the story of The Great Flood and added to it.

He raised the question of if there were survivors of The Great Flood, other than Noah, what happened to them. And the answer was great: They turned into merpeople. There were two types of merpeople. One race that has arms/legs like people and is gentle/kind. The other race has the typical merperson tail and is warriors who are, for the most part, evil.

The question asked on Goodreads is answered early in the book. Then the book got very preachy until the last couple of chapters. It was the preachiness which got me and why I finished the book almost a week after I started it. It put me to sleep…lol.

To sum it up, as I said above, I am uncertain if I liked the book. I do think that the preachiness could have been toned down. The Ark of Humanity will go on my “read to go to sleep shelf.

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Foretold Betrayal (Kyron’s Worlde) by E.S. Tilton

Foretold Betrayal (Kyron's Worlde Foretold Book 1) by [Tilton, E.S.]

4 Stars

Publisher:

Date of publication: May 15th, 2012

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Series: Kyron’s Worlde

Betrayed by Desire—Book 1 

Seduction’s Blade—Book 2

Trapped by Burmtin—Book 3

Foretold Betrayal

Where to find Foretold Betrayal: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Book One of the Foretold Saga

A utopian society. Shattered, by a single act of betrayal.

Caught within a world where shape-shifters battle beings of super-human speed, where decadent opulence rivals primitive tribalism, Kyra wields illusions to transform into anyone she wants.

Except herself.

The Seven, a cabal of outcast psychics who answer to no one but themselves, pull Tahrek back from the edge of death, leaving him with a life he despises.

Torn between tribal honor and a life of deception, Tahrek approaches his newest assignment with dread. The job is simple…

Betray, and execute, a fellow assassin… Kyra.

Nothing is as it seems in the Land of Llayentia, leaving the two fighting for their lives against an enemy more ancient than time itself, all in the guise of the Red Pelican’s Assassin’s guild.

This novel is intended for mature audiences.


My review:

The last line in the Goodreads synopsis says it all, mature readers only. The sex scenes go into very graphic details. Very realistic. So if you get offended by stuff like this, don’t read the book.

Saying that this book was excellent!! The author has four prologues, and yes, you should read them. They explain a lot like the prophecy and the races. Also, the whole storyline rocked.

I liked Kyra’s character a lot. She took no crap from anyone. Tahrek’s character took me a little longer to get to like. There was something different (other than being an illegal half breed) about him. When it was revealed, it came as a big surprise to me.

So, to sum it up. Great book but don’t read if you are not into graphic sex scenes. The storyline was great and easy to get into. Going on my read again shelf!!

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Love in the Middle of Nowhere by Jerri Akins

Love in the Middle of Nowhere by [Akins, Jerri]

1 Star

Publisher:

Date of publication: November 28th, 2012

Genre: Historical, Romance

Where to find Love in the Middle of Nowhere: Amazon

Book Synopsis:

An innocent visit to the untamed West erupts into a never-ending nightmare for Felicia. Kidnapped by outlaw raiders from the wreckage of a stagecoach, she is caught up in conflicts she never knew existed. 

As she struggles to understand new insights into her own character, Felicia clings desperately to the hope of the handsome soldier is who trying to save her, and finds herself facing decisions that will change her life forever.

My review:

I did not like this book, which is weird because I usually love most books that I read. I can’t pinpoint what I didn’t like, other than reading it made me put down my Kindle and shake my head sometimes. Like when Felicia escaped. She took out an overweight, smelly Mexican guard with a clay plate and then almost bungled her escape.

I will not be rereading this book. While it was well written, the plot was weak, and the characters were very shallow. I wish that the author spent more time building up Stu and The Mexican’s connection. That would have given the book the “oomph” it needed.

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Out of Time (Time Series: Book 1) by Deborah Truscott

Out of Time (Time Series Book 1) by [Truscott, Deborah]

5 Stars

Publisher:

Date of publication: July 10th, 2011

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Series: Time Series

Out of Time—Book 1 

In the Nick—Book 2

Past is Prologue—Book 3

Across Time—Book 4

Where to find Out of Time: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Kathleen Findlay is married to a cad, her mother is driving her crazy and her life is falling apart. Then her uncle dies, leaving her the family’s Revolutionary-era home and, she believes, an escape from her chaotic marriage. But one afternoon, while searching for a rake, she discovers a man in her garden shed — and a free fall through the centuries.

As her life spins wildly out of control, Kathleen finds her heart and in the process, her own place in time. 

My review:

Out of Time is not your typical time travel/romance book. Well, at least not typical to me. There is the mystery of the “doppelganger” who came through with Robert. Also, the romance didn’t start until almost halfway through the book. The doppelganger remained a mystery until the very end. The author did an excellent job keeping who it was under wraps. When the doppelganger was revealed, I was shocked.

This goes on my must read again list!!

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