#Review: Until the End by Tracey Ward

#Review: Until the End by Tracey Ward

#Review: Until the End by Tracey Ward

Until the End by Tracey Ward

An outbreak of The Fever has taken hold of Portland, Oregon, bringing the population to its knees. The Fever spreads and kills quickly, but the dead aren't staying dead.

When her neighbor, Jordan, saves her from one of the infected, Alissa joins him in his plan to escape the city, the disease and the threat of a quarantine that will lock the living in with the undead.

What she doesn't tell him is that she has an illness of her own, one that plays tricks with her mind and makes her a dangerous companion. But Jordan has a secret as well, one that compels him to keep Alissa, a veritable stranger, safe at all costs.

As they fight for their lives and race for their freedom, they'll discover that what they truly need in order to survive is to stay together until the end.

*The Quarantined Series is followed by the Survival Series, a spinoff trilogy of books chronicling life 10 years after the outbreak with a few familiar faces...

Published by: Self-Published on January 1, 2013
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombie
Format: eBook
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A few weeks I read the Survival novella series by Tracey Ward. All three of them. In like two days. The story was unique, so I didn’t hesitate at all to download and begin her first zombie series. What I found in the first book Until the End, was everything I loved about the Survival series, plus more.

Ali and Jordan are strangers. They live on the same floor at there apartment building. Both are students at the same school, but Ali is a loner. She keeps everyone at a distance, and has since she found her mom, dead by her own hand, in her kitchen when she was sixteen. Ali handles her mother’s suicide and the aftershocks in her own unique way, but not handling it, she masks her feelings and problems with humor.

Jordan is something like a white knight. He seriously is, and it’s kind of nice to read about a really nice guy for once. He saves Ali from having her face eaten by her roommate. His reasons for saving her are a little off, but still he continues to save Ali, and she him. They truly form a really solid bond throughout these pages.

My favorite thing about Ward’s writing is the way she weaves humor throughout the story. I have never laughed so hard at the apocalypse. Ali, just getting home from her therapist, is pleasantly surprised to find her roommate eating her other roommate.

“I had harbored a small hope that she’d ignore me seeing as she already had dinner, but she always has been a selfish, greedy bitch.”

I found her candid, and blunt dialogue refreshing. It mirrors the way that I, and the people I am friends with speak to each other.

I highly recommend this book, and the Survival series to zombie fans.

Note these book contain things that aren’t suitable for all young readers. They have drug, and drinking references. There is a fair amount of swearing as well.

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#Review: Radicals by Frankie Rose

#Review: Radicals by Frankie Rose

#Review: Radicals by Frankie Rose

Radicals by Frankie Rose

When Kit ran from the Sanctuary, she left behind the ghosts of all those she killed. However, unlike the dead, the living she left behind aren’t so easily escaped. Her father and his men are searching for her, and they won’t stop until they find her.

Reunited with old friends, Ryka and Kit must put their trust in the man who killed Ryka’s father if they are to survive.

But can they learn to trust him when their instincts tell them not to?

And can they overcome the revelations the Sanctuary is yet to throw at them?
on May 25, 2014
Genres: Apocalypse, Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Provided by Author
More Info Links: Amazon :: More Info :: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

PJV Rating: five-stars
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Halo, the first book in this series, is one of my favorite reads from last year. Radicals is easily one of my favorite reads this year. The book picks up in the aftermath of the Sanctuary’s attack on Freetown. Ryka, Kit and Jack are left to pick up the pieces, and move forward. Changes need to be made to protect the people of Freetown, and Ryka and Kit are both willing to sacrifice themselves to make sure the others and each other are safe.

Are you tried of YA Dystopians yet? If the answer is NO. The I implore you to pick up this series by Frankie Rose. She’s created a world and characters that are so easy to get lost in that it’s always a little bit of a shock to come back out of it. Kit has to be one of my absolute FAVORITE leads ever. She’s just got this bad to the bone, awesomeness to her. But she doesn’t come off completely devoid of all feelings. I think Frankie Rose balances her post halo emotions just right. She’s still tough, she’s still a little unstable with her new feelings, but she’s also able to function  (quick recap Kit was once Falin Kitsch a death fighter in the Sanctuary. She fought life and death matches. A halo is a necklace/collar type device that the Falin wear. It releases chemicals into their system to numb both their emotions and physical pain).

Ryka, is a great and swoonworthy leading male. He’s sort of perfect. He handles Kit with understanding, and a large dose of humor. He grounds her when she would fly off, and she does the same to her. It’s all very romantic, and sweet. Except Ryka is definitely a sarcastic bugger.

I think Frankie writes some of the best action sequences around. She gives such a clear mental picture of what is happening during the fights that it’s like watching a really good movie in my head. She manages to maintain the pacing, and give us the information we need as a reader flawlessly.

Radicals was a great second book. The story arc, which I can’t really recap without spoiling the first book, is properly moved forward. There are some really great moments in this book, and I really, really need the next book ASAP.

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Book Spotlight: Love, In English by Karina Halle

Book Spotlight: Love, In English by Karina Halle

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He’s thirty-eight. I’m
twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak
English.

He lives in Spain. I live in
Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m
covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old
daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or
anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t
choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the fucking truth.

***
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it
sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer
interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a
few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while
enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to
get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected
to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has
ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a
pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a
successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm.
Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship
changes from purelyplatonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for
the first time.

Something that can never, ever
be.

Or so she thinks.
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“You know, I can’t pretend any longer,” I blurted out,
surprising myself.

I had reached my limit.
He had stopped, standing absolutely still,
his back to me. He was either going to start walking again or he was going to
turn around. I held in my breath.

With his back to me he said, “No. We
can’t. I have one last question for you.”

That wasn’t what I expected. Questions
were getting dangerous.

“What?” I asked softly.
He slowly turned around. “What is love? In
English.”

I raised my brows. “Love, in English, is
love?”

“What is it in Spanish?”
I was so enthralled by his hypnotic eyes,
I could barely remember. “Amore?”

He shook his head ever so slightly. “No.
Love in Spanish is you.”

Then he turned around, heading
back.

This was bullshit.
I got out of my chair and ran for him. I
grabbed him by the arm and pulled on him hard, turning him around so that he
was facing me. I kept my fingers buried in his jacket sleeve and stared up at
him.

“That’s it?” I cried out, my voice
breaking with anger. “You tell me that I am love in your language? And then you
leave me?!’

He gazed down at me like he was in a
trance. “What would you rather I do?” he whispered.

I felt as if I were about to cry. My face
contorted in pain and confusion. “I don’t know! Not that.”

“What about this,” he said huskily. He put
one hand into my hair, his fingers moving through my strands, trailing along my
scalp. My skin erupted in goosebumps. “Or this.” He took his other hand and did
the same, until both were in my hair, holding the back of my head, his fingers
pressing into me with a delicious amount of pressure.

Thoughts began to leave my head. They were
replaced by emotions. Wants. Needs. All of them swirling around me like a
galaxy.

He took a step so that he was right up
against me, his firm stomach against mine, and what seemed to be an erection
pressing into my hip. I felt like I couldn’t get any air at all. He tilted my
head back so that I was looking up at his eyes, his lips just inches from
mine.

“You can tell me stop,” he whispered. “And
I will stop. But please, don’t tell me to stop.”

At that moment, I didn’t even know what
the word meant.

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ABOUT KARINA
HALLE

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists
Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication
deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series,
Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.”
Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a
closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever
possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from
Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel
writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications
such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently
lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for
the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Karina is represented by the Waxman
Leavell Literary Agency.

~Karina’s Social Media Links~

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Facebook:
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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Karina-Halle/e/B0050KE63C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1395935607&sr=1-2-ent

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#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.

***

The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.
More About the Book:
Series: Devil's #1 on Sept. 20, 2012
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
More Info Links: Amazon :: More Info ::
PJV Rating: four-half-stars

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Take one part ’70′s hard rock scene, add in romance, and horror and you have  the Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle.

To be honest, despite my Karina Halle fan status I was hesitant about reading the Devil’s Metal. For some reason it didn’t seem like something I would enjoy. Which is silly considering how much I love rock music from this era. (I am listening to Neil Young’s Decade right now as I type).

Boy, was I wrong in thinking I wouldn’t enjoy The Devil’s Metal. Karina once again managed to blow me away again. This book like everything else she does is proof that she is a writer. And a versatile one.

This book is all things. It’s one moment giddy, and exciting as Dawn discovers she gets to tour with her favorite band, it’s sad when she finds out that said band isn’t quite the dream that she thought it would be. It’s gripping as Dawn tries to discover her purpose. It’s a coming of age story, in a very sick and twisted way. The book reads like a movie. A documentary style horror film. Nothing is what it seems, and the deeper the reader gets, the more ‘Oh Crap’ moments we get to experience with Dawn. It reads real, and authentic. Probably because Karina brought in her real life experiences as a music journalist into the story.

The story is a trip. Things start off well enough but they go downhill quickly, and nothing makes this reader more excited than when stuff hits the fan!! I seriously love the darkness that seeps into the pages of this book.

Jacob, is probably my favorite character. He just comes off a bit twisted, but still caring. It’s like me, poured into a mans body.

For people who only know Karina through her contemporary romance series The Artist Trilogy, I urge you to pick up this book. It’s got all of those things that made TAT great in it.

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#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

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#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

The Unseen by J L Bryan

Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

Published by: Self-Published on Oct. 31st, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Format: eARC
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PJV Rating: four-stars
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PJV Quickie: The Unseen is a quick, gritty, and terrifying novel. It’s got a lot of dark parts of it. The writing is classic J.L. Bryan, gripping, scary, with a dark humor laced throughout.

The book starts with a teenage Cassidy and her friends having a little get together. Cassidy makes a Quija board for the girls to play on. Only it’s not really a game. Something comes out of the board, and possesses Reese, one Cassidy’s friends. From that night on, Cassidy spends her time trying to hide the things that she sees. Little worms that are unseen to everyone else. They seem to feed on everyone. Only there comes a time when Cassidy can no longer take enough drugs, or drink enough alcohol to not see them. Not only that but hiding them puts her younger brother and friends at risk.

If your a fan of J.L. Bryan’s past work then you know that he can write a great book. The Unseen is no exception. The beginning took me a while to get into but once the story, characters and world are established I was in the gripes of it. I didn’t even realize how invested I was in the book until I would put it down to do something else. Soon enough I found myself jonesing for another page, chapter, to finish it.

The Unseen isn’t particularly gory, or even full of seat jumping scares. It’s a subtle creep-fest. If you’re prone to nightmares I do not suggest you read this book before bed. Everything seems to be going fine with your day while your reading this book until the lights are out and your closet door is open. I’m a believer in things unseen, so when you read something as realistic as this book, it tends to get to even the most hardcore horror fan. (Not much actually scares me. This book did.)

J.L. is a fantastic writer who has the ability to write the unbelievable and sell it to a reader. Not only that, but you can tell he knows what he is talking about. I’ve never been to Atlanta, but I could very clearly picture the neighborhoods, and the places Cassidy goes in this book. There is a religious theme to this book, no it’s not a book that is about religion, and Cassidy isn’t really into it. But there is a cult like alternative religion featured in it. One of my areas of study in college was alternative religions, and J.L. nailed this fictional one. I can picture it being a real religious movement very easily.

Overall, The Unseen is a great read. I highly recommend this book to horror fans, Urban Fantasy fans, and people who love creepy things.

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