Mini Reviews: Dystopian books #1

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Good afternoon, adored ones! I’m back with another edition of the mini reviews, but this time for Dystopian books! I received all of today’s titles in exchange for honest reviews, so A BIG THANK YOU! I have read them all last year, but a reason or another or several, I never got around to review them. NOT ANYMORE. I’m honestly tired of being so behind in reviews, so I’ll work harder to not get overflowed in read books anymore!

Just remembering that the mini reviews deal is a combination of inspirations from Cait, of The Paper Fury, and from Lindsey, of @thepagemistress, and that I do those with books that: a) I really liked, but the book didn’t change my life; b) regardless of my feelings, were too short for a complete review; c) regardless of my feelings, weren’t unforgettable.

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

  • Amy McNulty – Fall Far From the Tree

  • Amy McNulty – Josie’s Coat

  • Holly Sparks – Enrule (The Enrule Series #1)

  • Jamie Morris – Melophobia

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BOOK BLITZ: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of), by F.J.R. Titchenell

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Good day, bamboo lovers! Welcome to the book blitz for Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of), by F.J.R. Titchenell! In this post, you’ll find overall info about the book and the author, my cover analysis, what people are saying about the book, a killer excerpt and a giveaway!

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Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of)

by F.J.R. Titchenell

Genre: YA Horror, Comedy

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

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The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper. She has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would do the chicken dance with death to make her smile.

Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan.

Still, Cassie’s an optimist, more prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, and she’d rather fight a corpse than be one. She’ll never leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might love him as more than her personal jester.

Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-style novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.

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BLOG TOUR: Omen Operation, by Taylor Brooke (Isolation #1)

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Hi, there! Sorry for another late post, but it’s a holiday in my country and I only got home an hour ago, haha! Today I’m here to talk about a book that blew my mind: Omen Operation, by Taylor Brooke, the first in the Isolation series! I receive a review copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review 🙂

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the story

(Goodreads’ Blurb)

After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.

Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.

If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…

After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.

Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…

On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?

As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Can I just say something? WOW.

I wish I could say that’s my review, because I’m at a loss for words, haha! You see, I usually don’t read post-apocalyptic or zombie books – don’t really know why, as I liked all my reads from this genre to this day. Hum… Anyway, Omen Operation exceeded my expectative and I really enjoyed it. I only thought it a bit slow in the beginning, as it didn’t quite hold my interest. I’m glad I kept reading, because I had a mind-blow, haha! Overall, four stars 🙂

The narrative was third person styled (yay!) from several points of view. In the beginning, I kept losing focus of who was telling the story, but once I got used to it (I’m awful with names, haha!), I didn’t even feel the change anymore, it was something natural 🙂

The plot was very good. A bit complex and the start of the book overall is confusing, as I think Brooke wanted us readers to feel like one of the teens in the cabin, but it didn’t work out for me, haha! I felt like a complete outsider on the first half of the book. Oh, well.

The characters were a surprise. As they are rather thrown at the reader in the beginning, I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did! Also, I’ve seen some people exalting the diversity of characters in every sense of the world that was present in Omen Operation and, as much as I love it, I was afraid it would be too stereotyped. THANK HEAVENS I WAS WRONG! ❤ I liked them a lot and loved how things went between them and how they dealt with things. Awesome!

Oh, and of course, I have to comment the zombie aspect: highly surprising!! =O

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I definitely have to invest more in zombie books, haha! I really enjoyed Omen Operation and can’t wait for the next volume!

4star

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Thanks for reading my review! Bellow, you can find information on where to find Omen Operation, more about the author, Taylor Brooke, and a giveaway!

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You can find Omen Operation in both paperback and ebook formats!

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the author

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Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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One lucky winner will take home a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

To participate, just click on this link and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thanks for reading the whole post and thanks again to Xpresso Book Tours for my spot on the tour and the review copy 🙂

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BOOK BLITZ: Alone, from Kate L. Mary

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Hi, there! Another book blitz, I know. Not my fault that there are so many good books around here today, haha! ;D But this one is quite special as it is the book birthday of Alone, from Kate L. Mary, brought to you by YA Bound Book Tours! 😀

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Alone

by Kate L. Mary

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic / Zombie / Romance

Release Date: March 29th, 2016

Summary

A zombie novel.

For the past two years, Jules has floated through life.

When the virus was released it changed everything about the world. Jules lost her mom and her home, forcing her to live with the father she barely knows. Now, even as society works to rebuild, Jules still feels like she doesn’t quite fit in.

Then she meets Roman.

Even before the zombies, he only had himself to depend on. Brooding and rebellious, Roman isn’t anyone Jules would have pictured herself with before the zombies came. But now she finds herself willing to give up everything to be with him.

The attraction is too strong for either one of them to ignore, but Roman and Jules soon discover that the uncertainty of their new world extends much farther than just the zombies. When disaster strikes, Roman must race against the most terrifying clock imaginable to save Jules, or once again end up alone.

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Alone is available in ebook format only, at Amazon 🙂

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I really like zombie books, I don’t know why I don’t read those often! I’ll have to change that, haha! Anyway, here’s an excerpt of Alone for you to have all the ~feelings~ 😀

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EXCERPT

I’m still grinning when we step outside. The wooden porch sags beneath my feet, feeling a little less than sturdy, but that isn’t what makes my heart almost stop. My smile melts away and my feet stop moving, and within seconds I’m shaking like a leaf.

There are three zombies in the yard. Three of them. I haven’t come this close to one since the first few months of the outbreak, and now there are three.

Roman steps in front of me and shoves the shoebox into my hands as he pulls his knife out, all in one fluid movement. “It’s okay.”

It doesn’t feel okay. It feels the complete opposite of okay.

Roman steps off the porch, and one of the zombies spots him right away. The thing groans and moves toward him, chomping his mouth. Gray skin stretches across his face, and the deep gashes that cut across the decaying flesh ooze with black goo. Thankfully, the other two creatures are facing the other way and haven’t caught wind of us yet.

Roman doesn’t seem afraid in the slightest as he walks toward the dead man. His knife is held firmly in his hand, but he’s steady. Sure of himself as he walks in a big arc around the zombie. He was right. They are slow. But it’s still terrifying, and I’m still shaking, gripping the box of batteries so hard the cardboard bows under the pressure. Just as Roman reaches the back of the first zombie, the other two notice him and head his way. My heart jumps to my throat and I reach out like I’m trying to stop them, but no sound comes out when I move my lips.

I try again, and this time his name comes out like a strangled cry. “Roman!”

He smiles like all of this is nothing, then drives his knife into the back of the first zombie’s skull. The thing drops to the ground, and Roman spins to face the others. He charges the second one, a sad-looking woman whose nightgown is stained and tattered, her gray skin barely clinging to her bones. Roman dodges her arms and loops around her back, then jabs his knife into her skull just like he did with the first one.

Two down, but my heart is still pounding wildly.

The third one is so tall that Roman’s head only goes up to the zombie’s shoulders. Next to him, Roman looks like a child. Even worse than his size is the fact that he seems to be faster than the other two. Less decomposed, even, like he’s just recently died.

Roman circles him, but the zombie spins too. His hands reach out to grab Roman, but Roman ducks out of the way. His face tenses, and his eyes dart over to me. I watch, frozen in terror from my place on the porch as Roman tries to get behind the zombie again. He could stab him in a different location, but with as tall as the decaying man is, it wouldn’t be safe. Only no matter how many times Roman tries to get behind the corpse, it doesn’t work. The thing is too fast and too hungry. Determined.

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A blast, right?? And bellow you can know more about the mind behind Alone: Kate L. Mary!

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Award-winning author of WHEN WE WERE HUMAN and the Amazon best-selling BROKEN WORLD series, Kate L. Mary writes everything from post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to new adult contemporary romance. A mother of four and an Air Force wife, her days are divided between keeping her household in order and creating new worlds for readers to get lost in.

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Also, there is a giveaway! I know I didn’t made a scene on the title about it, but it is open onty to United States residents, so you understand my lack of excitement over it, right? Haha!

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Alone by Kate L. Mary

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Giveaway ends April 07, 2016.

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 Just click on the banner above to enter if you live in the USA 😀 (Or have someone there that can enter for you, haha!)

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That’s it, thanks so much for reading! And thanks to YA Bound Book Tours once again! Do you like zombie books??

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October’s new books!

Hello again! I decided to make a monthly book list with the hottest releases of the month (in my humble opinion, of course <3). So, here we have the October releases! ❤ You can check the previous list here 😉

Day 1

 

Once Upon a Zombie (Book One: The Color of Fear), by Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson

26004636This book sounds pretty cute and there’s a giveaway for it on Goodreads, so I’m in, haha!

Day 6

 

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1), by Rick Riordan

15724396It’s Rick Riordan, for crying out loud. I don’t need to know what this is about lol.

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

23734628I’m dying to start to read Rainbow’s novels, truly. This one follows Fangirl ❤

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis

24376529You can count me in all books about madness of that discuss madness itself, it’s a fetiche of mine, haha!

The White Rose (The Lone City #2), by Amy Ewing

24585267I want to read the first book of this series, sounds awesome! And now book 2 is here too ❤

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, by David Jaher

24724228The supernatural beliefs of the old also are another field of highly interest for me, so this book is a must-have for me ❤

Cleopatra’s Shadows, by Emily Holleman

24819536Ancient Egypt and a good intrigue. I’m in!

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion, by Jody Hedlund

24605318I’m Lutheran, so I can’t wait to see what the author made of his story with Katharina ❤

The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1), by John Flanagan

23846048I started the Ranger series by John Flanagan earlier this year (check out the review for the first book here!) and I’m in love! I didn’t like this cover, but oh well. The book will be awesome!

Good Earl Gone Bad (Lords of Anarchy #2), by Manda Collins

23723780You can give any historical romance set in 19th century England to read, I will love it. Sad truth.

[UPDATE] Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, by Stephenie Meyer

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You can read my detailed thoughts on this one at this post 🙂

Day 13

The Favorite (The Selection #2.6), by Kiera Cass

22917292I finished The Heir some weeks ago and it’s never enough, haha!

Happily Ever After (The Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6), by Kiera Cass

24465724I already have the blue book with The Prince and The Guard, so I need this one too. Besides, look at this flawless cover!

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, by Kara Cooney

24724236Ancient Egypt, biography. COUNT. ME. IN.

Day 20

 

Velvet Undercover, by Teri Brown

18658082First, this cover. Then, a breathtaking blurb at Goodreads. I need this book.

Day 26

 

The Merchant and the Clergyman, by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon

PROJECT_COVER_IMAGE_1._SX800_My ALL TIME FAVORITE FROM ALL THIS LIST! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Ok, sorry. I have it bad from Bonnie and Summer, haha!

Omega (Omega #1), by Lizzy Ford

25198255Sounded interesting and a friend gave it a good review. Let’s see 🙂

Day 27

 

I’ll Never Let You Go (Morgans of Nashville #3), by Mary Burton

23526241This blurb got me so hard… I love horror thrillers, but read so few of them… A shame!

The Wrong Bride (Highland Weddings #1), by Gayle Callen

24805344Again: give me any historical romance in England, truly lol.

After Alice, by Gregory Maguire

24331115I didn’t read his previous works, but this book sounds nice. I like fairy tales gone bad and inspired by fairy tales books!

The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff

24819449This is another book that talks about the beliefs of the old, so I need to read it. I talked a bit about my weird romantic notions on this review.

Cold-Hearted Rake (Cold-Hearted Rake #1), by Lisa Kleypas

24431358Yes, another one ❤

Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham #1), by Lorraine Heath

24805225And another ❤

Diamonds are Forever (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3), by Michelle Madow

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I don’t know this series, I just met it actually. My attention was totally draw to this cover and I needed to learn more, haha! The series sound amazing and I want to read them now ❤

Day 31

 

Drown, by Esther Dalseno

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I met this book on a giveaway at Instagram, it’s mermaid themed. I looove mermaid themed books, but only read one so far. Why? 😦 Besides, it’s a fairy tale gone bad book! *–*

For now, that’s all for October. Another full month for readers! Which is your most anticipated release for this month? 😀

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