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…]

Review: In His Command by Rie Warren

in his commandReviewed by Jen

I picked up this book because I loved the idea of a dystopian m/m romance. It promised a unique story, riddled with angst.  It delivered in those respects, but it did not work for me in more ways than it did.  In fact, I actually had a hard time making it though to the end.

I had several problems.  The pacing was uneven.  The first person POV was not engaging, nor did it make me sympathetic to the hero.  Frankly, I didn’t like Casper, which made it difficult to root for the romance.  I never got any perspective from his love interest, Nathanial, which left me further disconnected.  And there was way too much sex.  Yes, I know that may sound strange coming from me, but it was so excessive, I actually had to fight from skimming them after a time. [Read more…]

Review: Apocalipstick

apocalipReviewed by Janell

It turns out that I’m not a fan of gore, so take that into account with this review, because it’s got a lot of zombie killing.

Jenna is eighteen, and about five years ago some sickness killed a lot of people. They were dumped into mass graves, and then those corpses reanimated and killed even more people, so the world doesn’t have a lot of humans. Jenna manages to find a group of people traveling south to a secluded inn where they can live happily ever after. [Read more…]

Review: Demons Unleashed (Books 1 – 3)

demon's bargainReviewed by Shelly

These novellas are very quick reads, some I liked, some I didn’t. I read the first three in the series in an anthology format and I’ll review them accordingly, all at once.

Book 1 – The Demon’s Bargain

The first book, The Demon’s Bargain, was a fun read. I’ve read Adler before and I do enjoy her writing style and this first in the series was no different. The premise of this entire series is about a post-apocalyptic world where Demons and Faes battle it out for supremacy over each other and humans. [Read more…]