Review: Oath Forger Book 1 by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

After the collapse of everything Earth once was, only a few are left. Ava and Lily Smith are two such survivors, and they make their living—if it can be called that—by scavenging the ravaged surface. As the eldest of the two, Ava does what she has to for survival.

Especially after she’s kidnapped by space pirates.

Her rescue by Federation agents only makes things weirder, because now she’s suddenly been named the Oath Forger and earned the seemingly instant devotion of the five most powerful rulers in the universe. [Read more…]

Review: Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

My sci-fi romance glom continues with new-to-me author Tiffany Roberts. Dustwalker has really great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and though I didn’t love it the way some other readers did, I can say for the most part, I did like it.

Lara is a human who is barely scraping by in the dust-covered ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. The only person she has ever loved is her sister, Tabitha, who has gone missing, presumably with the “bot” who she’d become involved with. Lara, like so many other humans, hates bots. The only ones she has known were part of the “gearhead” crew who follow Warlord, the machine who runs the shantytown where she lives with an iron fist. Lara thinks all bots are like him. Until she meets Ronin. [Read more…]

Review: Land of the Beautiful Dead by R Lee Smith

Reviewed by Jen

This book absolutely, positively blew me away. It is the third book I’ve read from R Lee Smith and like the other two, it reeled me into its amazingly crafted world, tethered my heart to its characters, and despite its impressive 751 pages, left me so very sad once it was over. It’s one of those books that immerses you so completely in its story that you feel at a loss when you come to the end… not because the ending doesn’t satisfy, but because now you have to start to let it all go.

None of Lee’s books feature conventional heroes. The Last Hour of Gann featured a lizardman; Cottonwood had a roachman for crying out loud. With that as my basis of comparison, I didn’t find Azrael the Undying to be shocking at all. Yeah, he’s made of undead flesh and he can make zombies with varying level of sentience; yes, his features are grotesque and I kind of pictured him like Jason Vorhees in the few scenes of Friday the 13th movies where they strip away his mask. But Smith does such a remarkable job making me see beyond those things, that I positively ached for him to find happiness. [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: 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: Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole

mixed signalsReviewed by Janell

This is the third book in a post-apocalyptic series. I still haven’t read the first, but I reviewed (and enjoyed) the second book here. It’s been a few years since the Flare knocked out all the electricity. Long enough for small power grids to come back on. Long enough for Maggie, the youngest Seong sibling, to get her GED, learn to play the guitar really well, and head off to college.

As the story opens, Maggie is chopping off all of her hair. It’s been her most complimented feature, and she hid behind it a lot. Now that she’s going away to college, she’s ready for a new, more powerful identity. [Read more…]

Review: Bring Me to Life by August Kert

bring me to lifeReviewed by Jen

A hot zombie romance isn’t going to be for everyone. I get that. But if the idea intrigues you, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this quick –and pretty sexy– read.

The story takes place more than a decade into the zombie apocalypse. Lyric is one of the human survivors, but things go from bad to worse when she is kidnapped and stuck in a human stable to feed the monsters. For the first time, she learns that some zombies have moved beyond mindless hunger. Some can think… and even talk.  They’re the masterminds behind human camp she is stuck in, but despite the odds against her, Lyric is determined to get out. [Read more…]

Review: Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole

signal boostReviewed by Janell

This is a sequel to a book I haven’t read, but I heard great things about it so I gave it a go. I haven’t even read post-apocalyptic romance in a while, and I was pleased that the focus in this series is more about the people than the situation.

In the first book, Radio Silence, all of the electricity stopped working. John and his best friend, Arden, made their way to his parents’ cabin. As Signal Boost opens, the makeshift family has settled into a quiet routine, and everyone is reasonably happy. But John (or Jang-wan, as his mother calls him) feels unsettled, like his progress as a person has stalled, and he can’t appreciate his circumstances in the present because he worries that he will always be stuck there. [Read more…]

Review: After the Crux by Dani Worth

after the cruxReviewed by Shelly

After reading Dani Worth’s ‘The Kirthran Regenesis’ series, I knew I would like this other series set in a post apocalyptic world. Although this novella has been out for a couple of years, I’m just getting around to it. Set in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, Ross, Jenna, and Dorian have made a life for themselves and other survivors who they can get to join their small, but growing family. Living in an underground but functional home, they know that there’s protection in numbers. [Read more…]