Review: Ivan by Kit Rocha

Reviewed by Jen

It has to be a difficult balance for authors who have created a sweeping world and a massive cast of characters. On one hand, you have the flock of longtime fans who’ve been with you since the beginning. The ones who remember every romance, every rivalry, every child. Then on the other hand, you have newer readers who just want to enjoy the story you’re telling today. I try very hard not jump into a series in progress and I thought I was safe entering this world with Ashwin.

I was wrong.

Don’t get me wrong. I Loved Ashwin with a Capital L. And I didn’t really feel lost reading it, even though I hadn’t read the O’Kane books. The authors did a great job easing me in with enough information that I didn’t feel my own ignorance of the events of the Beyond series. Not so with this book. There were so many people and events referenced here that it was just too much. My brain was in overload with all the characters who weren’t main players in the last two stories. I’m sure it was gift for longtime readers, but for me, it detracted from a romance featuring two of my favorite tropes: a forbidden relationship and a hero who thinks he isn’t good enough for his heroine. [Read more…]

Review: Chance by Pearl Foxx

Reviewed by Jen

I will admit, I have a soft spot for cyborg heroes who are done well. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I have a soft spot for cyborg heroes who are done a certain way. I like them ice cold. More machine than man. Almost unfeeling. Until that perfect woman comes along and makes him feel things he shouldn’t.

This book gave me that… a little bit. Chance has essentially sworn off women because he was rejected by his love for accepting machine parts. And he considers himself unlovable. I dig that. But the romance between him and Verity was way too easy here. We are talking about insta-lust, insta-action, and a whole lot of “mine” happening in a short period of time.

Let me back up. [Read more…]

Review: Deacon by Kit Rocha

Reviewed by Jen

I am really enjoying the books in this series so far. Gideons Riders is a spinoff from Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I did not read those books, but the spinoff will give you no trouble if you are a new reader.

If the name didn’t give it away, this is Deacon’s book. He is the leader of the Riders, tough as nails, but no one really knows him. Turns out, he is a former assassin who was once hired to kill Gideon, the man they all serve with unwavering loyalty. Unfortunately, his old band of killers is back, and it seems that they have come to collect their wayward assassin. Deacon has to finally come clean to the team who has trusted and respected him for so long. [Read more…]

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…]