Review: Crux Survivors: Sole Survivors by Dani Worth

Reviewed by Shelly

This edition has two stories, the novella “After the Crux” and this book Sole Survivors. I reviewed the novella a while back while it was still under the author’s pen name Dani Worth. I really enjoyed that one, however it’s m/m/f so keep that in mind.

Set in the same dystopian future as “After the Crux,” this story takes the audience away from the refuge where Ross, Dorian and Jenna live. Chase Hawthorne and his brother Tripp are making their way to find people. Specifically, they’re trying to find people who they can live with. It’s been the two of them for quite a while now, about a year. Chase is getting desperate to find Tripp some new and fresh faces, people who he can talk to. Tripp’s twin was killed and he’s having what Chase describes as dark thoughts. [Read more…]

Review: Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Reviewed by Jen

I was a little concerned when I realized that this book was a spinoff of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I’ve read from this duo’s alter ego, Moira Rogers, before, but I have not read the books featuring the famous O’Kanes, so I figured I might be lost here. I am happy to report that this is a great place to step into this world. I had absolutely no problem acclimating to it and I was never lost, nor did I feel like I was the odd man out of an inside joke. So if the same fear has you on the fence about this book, don’t worry about it. Let yourself jump in. You’ll be glad you did. [Read more…]

Review: Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

Reviewed by Ronelle

Heron Farad should be dead but biotechnology both saved and changed him. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Mari is a badass gun for hire and this contract promises to provide her with much-needed information about her father’s whereabouts. There’s just one thing; working with Heron has stirred up all kinds of wants she doesn’t dare indulge. He doesn’t think of her that way, anyway… right? [Read more…]

Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre

hordeReviewed by Jen

In a sea of YA series that find it edgy and cool to end miserably, it’s nice to find one that provides an ending that satisfies. If anything, the happy ending may be just a little too perfect, but I’d take than any day over a series that leaves its heroine crazy, alone, or dead. This should go without saying, in my opinion, but clearly not every author subscribes to this conventional wisdom. [Read more…]

Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

outpostReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, it’s interesting how this book can feel both like a next step and vast departure from book 1 at the same time.  In this stage of the journey for our characters, I still see what made me care about them. They hold on to their core identities as they evolve. Yet their circumstances are so very different, it changes everything. Gone are underground enclaves and mindless Eaters. Instead, we have a small town civilization with very old fashioned ideas and a threat they can’t even fathom. [Read more…]

Review: Endurance by Ann Aguirre

ENDURANCEReviewed by Jen

I’ve got two words to describe this story: Too. Short. It’s really good, packed with action and heart, and it was over in less than half an hour. (*sob*)

Here is where we find out what happened to the enclave after Deuce left –and it’s not a pretty picture. In short order, there is an uprising. And just when their forces are weakened by their own infighting, the zombies attack.  Thimble and Stone turn to each other to survive and escape. [Read more…]

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

enclaveReviewed by Jen

I know there are more dystopian or post-apocalyptic YA series out there than you could shake a stick at, but if you haven’t tried this series before, now is the time. It’s dark and gritty, with great worldbuilding and solid character development. It’s engaging and moves quickly. I didn’t want to put it down and devoured it in one sitting.

Our lead character is Deuce, a 15 year-old girl, raised in an underground enclave after some kind of apocalypse. Life expectancy is short. 25 is considered ancient. And rules are inviolate. They exist to keep you alive. If you question them, you die. [Read more…]

Review: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha

beyond possessionReviewed by Carrie

Note: Though this novella is meant as a stand alone, I feel that the reader will be missing a great deal of information about the dystopian world it is set in.  However, those who have read at least one of the Beyond books can read the story at any time.

Tatiana Stone learned growing up as the daughter of the ruthless former leader of Sector Four that it’s best to try to be as small as you can.  Those lessons paid off later in life after her father was deposed and Tatiana had to claim a space of her own.  She’s managed to carve out an existence for herself as a sector merchant making soaps, salves and oils, and careful not to take any sides with any unrest.  Complicating matters is her sister’s relationship with a man from her father’s old guard that is currently stirring things up for the O’Kanes. Tatiana is getting burned out from constant vigilance and lonely because of her position, but one man takes away all of her weariness with his weekly visits. [Read more…]

Review: Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

beyond solitudeReviewed by Carrie

Note: Though this novella is meant as a stand alone, I feel that a new reader will be missing a great deal of information about the dystopian world it is set in.  The story takes place at the same time as Beyond Jealousy. However, those who have read at least one of the Beyond books can read the story at any time.

Derek Ford is the man behind the scenes for the O’Kane gang.  His job is to travel around making deals to get the supplies needed for the O’Kane booze.  Ford loves the solitude his job brings and Dallas has always given him a little more leeway to get deals done.  All of that comes to a stop when Ford peels out and crashes his bike in a more rural part of Sector Four.  [Read more…]

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

forever songReviewed by Jen

I loved The Eternity Cure. Loved.  And its ending left me shocked and gutted and desperate to find out what would happen next.  All of this had me foaming at the mouth for The Forever Song.  Sometimes, though, when you go into a book with expectations so high, even a fairly good story will leave you feeling a little let down and disappointed.  I think, in part, that’s what happened to me here. [Read more…]