Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Week in Review: 10/14/17-10/21/17



Last week I read a few pretty great books and I am excited to share them with you.  

Here goes:

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison 
4 Stars ****


When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.

Witch Slap by Val St. Crowe - 4 Stars ****


Welcome to Ravenridge College.
Get drunk. Make stupid decisions. And kick serious interdimensional butt.

Petra Brightshade was under the impression that college meant going to, like, classes. But she was recruited to this “prestigious mage college” because she’s something called a primal. Her innate magic is uniquely suited to fighting monstrous creatures from another dimension. Those creatures are pouring through a breach in the fabric of the universe right into the college’s library.

Petra would rather carve the word “primal” into her own stomach than fight those freaking creatures. She’s been fighting them her whole life, and they haunt her nightmares.

But that hot gargoyle that recruited her said that she was pretty much the only hope to save the world. And he’s intriguingly straight-laced. She can’t help but want to loosen him up a bit. And it’s true that the other primals seem to subscribe to the philosophy, “Fight hard. Party harder.”

So, Petra’s in. She’s going to fight. As soon as she gets some coffee, that is.

Z-Burbia by Jake Bible - 4 Stars ****


Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test!

Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival.

Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!

Dysphoria and Grace by Christina Rozelle - 4 Stars ****


Twenty-year-old orphan, Grace Vincent, is damaged beyond repair. She’s had a rough life, and with the state of the world, things aren’t getting any better. With crime on the constant rise, and all licensed civilians age sixteen and up armed, it’s no wonder she has a pet name for her 9 mm, Suki.

While attending the slummiest community college in Selam, Texas, Grace still lives at home with her adoptive parents and their “miracle” baby, but only for a few more months until she graduates and they buy her a new car. She smokes and drinks a little too much, loses herself in music, and to keep things interesting, she’s falling hard for her best friend.

But when the government imposes Martial Law, requiring civilians ages twenty-one and up to be vaccinated in an effort to eradicate violence, and things don’t go as planned, Grace is left to navigate a frenzied world while wrangling difficult realizations and regrets. With nothing else to lose, a decision must be made—fight and live, or surrender and die.

When Grace has lost all hope, two chance encounters prove there are secrets in Selam, lies about how the end happened, and hope for her yet, despite the insanity in her screwed-up mind. The world may have ended, but Grace’s new life has just begun.

The Creeping Dead by Edward P Cardillo - 3 Stars ***


It’s the summertime rush in the Jersey Shore resort town of Smuggler’s Bay, as tourists flock to the beach, boardwalk, and rides…but it’s not all fun and games. 

As a superstorm looms, threatening to destroy the town, something else threatens the Bay…something lurking in the shadows…the creeping dead. As a mysterious infection spreads, the town must pull together if they are to weather the storm and survive a plague of living dead.

That wraps up my week.  I hope you are reading something great. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My Week in Review: 10/7/17-10/14/17


Last week was a pretty good reading week for me.  I came across a couple of new to me authors that I enjoyed and I am excited to read more from each one.

Here they are:

Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade - 4 Stars ****  




Seven hot vampire princes. A murdered king. And a girl who sold her soul to the devil.

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there's a way to save her. There's something the princes of hell want more than my mother.

Me.

So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. Now I must spend time with the seven Vane brothers, immortal vampire lords full of wrath, power, and pride.

They will protect me.

They will break me.


They will consume me.

Borrowed Magic by Stephanie Foxe - 4 Stars ****



A witch with a troubled past and a dangerous secret...

And bills to pay.

Peddling legal potions isn’t enough, so Olivia Carter works for the vampires now. She heals the people they feed on and does her best to avoid any trouble. She has a new boyfriend, a place to live (pay no mind to the rats living under the porch), and a cauldron for every occasion. Building a life in a new town isn’t easy, but Olivia is making it work.

When the police show up at her door trying to pin a murder on her employer, and then her, she’ll have to risk everything to save her only friend and her future.


All magic has a price. Are you willing to pay it?

Binding Magick by Debbie Cassidy - 4 Stars ****


Being left behind to hold the fort every time the world needs saving, sucks.

For Carmella Hunter, a witch blood with practically no magick, being surrounded by powerful friends has taken its toll. For once it would be nice to be the one doing the saving. Stuck in a dead end job in Piccadilly’s favourite bakery, Carmella spends her days making cinnamon rolls and her evenings feeding the homeless, all the while dreaming of making a difference.

One huge pastry order for the Covens annual meet and an attack of flu germs leaves Carmella delirious with a fever—too delirious to avoid a fateful bargain with a djinn named Paimon. Bound to do his bidding, his seductive voice in her head and his infuriating arrogance make the partnership a trying one. With Paimon, Carmella gets her first taste of power. A power she must use to track down the monsters hunting Paimon’s people. Suddenly Carmella isn’t so helpless anymore.

Things get complicated when her boss, and close friend, goes missing, and the enforcement agencies don’t seem too bothered about looking for a celestial dancer who likes to sleep around. With the help of Mal Banner, the Piccadilly Coven Elder Witch and self professed playboy, Carmella finally has the opportunity to be the hero she’s always wanted to be.

But someone doesn’t want Carmella digging. Someone will go to any lengths to make her stop.

Forgotten by Krista Street - 4 Stars ****


Four months ago, Lena woke up in a dark alleyway with no recollection of who she is. The only clues to her past are a mysterious tattooed symbol and a supernatural power: the ability to see evil in people. While struggling to regain her memory, she follows a guiding instinct to a small Colorado town.

There she finds other young men and women with similar stories, similar tattoos, and a multitude of super human powers. Among them a man she's intensely attracted to, yet with no memories of him, she has no idea why.

As Lena and the others explore their powers and try to figure out who and what they are, they make a frightening discovery. Those who know the answers to their questions are hunting them. And if they find them, these super humans may not survive.

Marked by A Vampire by Angela Sanders - 3 Stars ***


A night of celebrating a new beginning ends in a nightmare that Grace can’t escape. When she wakes up in a strange place three days later, she realizes her life has been turned upside down. She’s been forced into a world where magic is real along with monsters of myth. The vampire who marked her is hell-bent on making her come to him—to be one of his possessions. Grace soon learns that she was born a powerful witch and with the help of some new and old friends, she learns her craft as she transitions into a vampire/witch hybrid.

It's a race against time as the crazed vampire attempts to take over Grace's mind—he’ll do anything to have her. Matthew, the hybrid who saved her life, will do anything to protect her, even if it means sacrificing his own life.

Deceit, betrayal, and new beginnings.

I hope you are reading something wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/30/17-10/7/17


I did not get as many books read last week as I had intended.  Our daughter found out the gender of the baby - it's a boy!  So we had a lot more family time with all of the excitement of that reveal .  I am not complaining about that.  :)  Here are the books I would like to share with you:

Stormrise by Skye Knizley - 4 Stas ****


Life isn't easy for Detective Raven Storm. Her best friend was recently killed and dismembered, her latest case ended with her partner in intensive care, and her mother, the vampiric Mistress of the City is playing matchmaker… again. The last thing she wants is another bizarre murder case with a partner she doesn't know. But that is exactly what she gets when she is handed the enigmatic case of Nathan King, who was found in his car with a gaping hole where his stomach should be.

Soon Raven is unraveling a mystery that leads her deep into the city's preternatural underworld, and into the arms of a sexy vampire she barely knows, but whose heart she seeks in the darkness…

Magic In My Bones by Kellie Sheridan - 4 Stars ****



My name is Melanie Sinclair, and as far as anyone knows, I've been dead since the day I was born.

It's been over two decades since I was smuggled into Galway to be raised where the magical community would never find me. Two decades of hiding. Two decades of pretending to be less than I am, blending in with the lesser magicks--those whose abilities are of little interest to those in power.

With the threat of exposure is growing every day, humanity is getting closer and closer to learning about a world they may not be ready to handle. The supernatural world must band together if they stand any chance of survival.

Now, Galway has been chosen to host a summit between the four major factions, the same people my family died to protect me from. Because, of course it has.

So much for the luck of the Irish.

Fresh Hell by David Bussell - 4 Stars ****


What happens when an exorcist who spent a lifetime evicting ghosts gets murdered and becomes one?

When Jake Fletcher died, he discovered a horrible truth. The souls he thought he'd been dispatching to the afterlife are no more. He wasn't sending them to a better place, he was obliterating them.

To atone for his mortal sins, he becomes a detective: a phantom PI. Now he helps other restless spirits depart the earthly plane by bringing their killers to justice.

Jake's latest job is no open-and-shut case though. The ghost of a dead woman needs his help to pass on to the other side, but for that to happen, he'll have to defeat a demon.

Does Jake have what it takes to send the killer back to Hell, or is another soul about to be lost forever?

Protocol One by Jacqueline Druga - 3 Stars ***


On the eve of an extinction level event, Anna Jenner’s survival is almost assured. All she has to do is travel with her son from Midland, Texas to the designated safe zone out east, picking up selected essential personnel on her journey. Her job is to lead and bring the chosen few to the sanctuary. A comet is on a direct collision course for earth. Its impact will bring global devastation.

Anna and the others will be the ones to rise from the ashes when the dust settles. Everything is set. But along the way, chaos over the nearing event ensues, and while crossing a panic filled country, Anna makes decisions that impact the long term plan.

She is human.

Unable to refuse those who ask for help, Anna opens the door to strangers in her own small attempt to preserve humanity. The meticulously drawn out long term plan is out the window. Not only must Anna prove to everyone that her choices were the correct ones, she must try to maintain balance in an emotionally difficult situation. Unfortunately, it is not easy for her. In the days and weeks following the event, everything in the bunker must be rethought, recalculated and unfortunately, heartbreaking decisions made.

That's all of them.  I hope you are reading something wonderful!

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle


Saturday, September 30, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/23/17-9/30/17


Last week had far better results than the week before - reading wise.  I had a few that fell short of the mark - but overall a fair number of enjoyable reads to share with you today.

Here they are:

Priceless by Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars****


“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

I’m on the FBI’s wanted list.

I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life.

But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural.


One whose kisses set me on fire.

The Hunt Chronicles Vol 1, Awakening by J D Demers
4 Stars ****


After a contagion engulfs humanity, zombies rise to feast on the few survivors that are left. But they are not the worst monsters to come from this plague. There is hope, though. Christian Hunt is immune. But how many lives will it take to bring his gift to what’s left of mankind?

Getting Out by Ryan Westfield - 4 Stars ****


Do you have what it takes to survive? 

The EMP hits. The lights go out and silence roars. Society is on the brink of violent chaos. The only way to survive is to get out, away from the cities and into the wilderness.

Max is an office worker with some gear and a plan. He's one of the first to realize the unspoken dangers. A few years ago, he inherited an old farmhouse. His plan is to get to it as fast as possible and bunker down. He thinks he's ready, but he quickly discovers that there's more to surviving than just having the right gear.

Mandy is a waitress with the day off work. What seems like a normal power outage quickly turns terrifying. Her peaceful town is no longer the home she once knew. She's offered a way out, but can she put her trust in a perfect stranger?

Georgia is a single mother who just wants to keep her two teenage kids safe. She drives a pickup and loves hunting. She has skills that could keep her family alive, but is she ready to make life or death decisions in the blink of an eye?

Do Max, Mandy, and Georgia have what it takes to overcome the unexpected? After all, even the best-laid plans can come up short.

Four: Rules Undying Book 1 by R E Carr - 3 Stars ***


Finding a job is never easy, and the only employment Gail usually finds is acting as Girl Friday for the mob. Lucky for Gail, Georgia Sutherland has just the job for her—that is, if she can handle working nights, managing a little blood, and a boss who's been dead for centuries.

In a single interview, Gail's world turns upside down as she discovers that all she’s seen in Hollywood isn’t quite true; vampires don't combust in sunlight, but they do fall in love.

Are Georgia's stories enough to persuade Gail to take the gig catering to an antediluvian vampire who's thirsty for a new personal assistant? If Gail wants to live out the year and retire rich, she just needs to remember the Four Rules that govern undead society.

My Dead World by Jacqueline Druga - 3 Stars ***


Since childhood, Nila Carter was made to spend every weekend at the family cabin. In her teenage years she believed it to be a prison. As an adult it became her sanctuary and means to survive.

When a mysterious outbreak occurs in India, Nila’s brother, Bobby, a virologist with the CDC, places the family on a precautionary alert to be ready to bug out. Unlike anything he’s ever seen, the rabies-like virus is not only deadly but causes extreme violent behavior in anyone who becomes infected. Following her brother’s advice, Nila begins to stockpile.

After months of preparing, just as it seems the virus is over, everything implodes and Bobby informs them to leave the city. With her family, Nila heads to the mountains and to her father’s isolated cabin. There she is eventually joined by friends and strangers, all hoping to safely stay clear of the virus that grips the world.

While there, the group forms a tight bond, feeling secure that they will beat the extinction event and in due course return home. As time moves on, Nila quickly learns there are things they cannot run from.

That's it.  I have several books picked out for next week.  Some are new to me authors while others are the second or third in a series that I have already enjoyed. I hope you are reading something wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle   




Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/16/17-9/23/17


Last week was a bit of a let down as far as my book choices go.  I had 10 books picked out and only 3 were good enough to share with you.  I wonder if it is time for me to switch gears for a bit and try some reads from different genre's?  We will see what the next week brings.  :)

Here we go:

Affliction by Adrienne Lecter - 5 Stars *****



Something is rotten in the state of California…

The dawning civil war has ended in a truce. Scavengers and traders all over the country are settling down for the long, hard winter to come. With their new camp outside the maze of New Angeles at the coast growing every day, Bree, Nate, and the gang have their hands full—yet something is not quite right. Maybe one last run before the winter is all that’s needed to cure that itch. What could possibly go wrong?

The Savage Earth by P T Hylton & Jonathan Benecke
4 Stars ****


If humans want to take the Earth back, they'll need to survive the night.

It's been over a century since the humans lost the war for Earth. Cities have been reclaimed by nature, and the planet is quiet and empty by day. At night, feral vampires—more beast than man—roam the lands, hungry for blood.

The few thousand surviving humans live on a massive airship that circles the Earth, moving with the rotation of the planet so it's always in sunlight.

Alexandria Goddard is a member of the elite Ground Mission Team, a group tasked with making dangerous runs to the planet's surface for the supplies needed to keep the ship airborne. But even as the team fights for their people's survival, dangerous forces are working against them. A growing movement aboard the airship believes it's time for humans to resettle the Earth, and they are willing to go to extreme measures to make their vision a reality.

As the situation aboard the ship becomes more desperate, Alex and her team discover a terrifying secret about the vampires infesting the Earth.

Immune by Jacqueline Druga - 4 Stars ****


The initial infection ripples across the globe infecting half of the world’s population. A small fraction of the ill are fortunate and die quickly from the disease, the remainder are condemned to a living death on earth.

The virus turns the infected into mindless and violent beings, intent on the kill and spreading the infection to those who are not immune.

One bite, one scratch.

The virus is an anomaly. It moves too quickly for a cure.

The world quickly transforms into a darkened place, besieged with violence and sickness. Hope against extinction is in the hands of the immune. They can walk freely among the infected, fight to extinguish them, while protecting those who are still at risk.

Archaeologist, Grace Howard is one of the immune. While she dreams of traveling the world, learning about lost civilizations, the reality of being a wife and mother, kept her saddled to a local job at the museum dusting dinosaur bones and relics.

Grace finds herself with a small group of survivors, some immune, some not. Together they must struggle to live day to day in a dangerous world, while protecting those who can still fall prey to the infected. They must decide what is best. Fight it out or hide until eventually and hopefully, the virus runs its course.


That's it.  I am excited to get started on this weeks book choices. 
I hope you are reading something wonderful.  If you have any suggestions for me, please leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/9/17-9/16/17


Last week was a little hectic, with Irma coming through Georgia, downed trees and loss of power.  I pray that all of you in the path of Irma are safe and sound.  

Here are the books I read last week.

Conversion Theory by Rich Restucci - 4 Stars ****


Plague. Infection. Death. Civilization is gone, assaulted by the walking dead. Within these pages lies a man’s tale of unspeakable horror and humor told during the zombie apocalypse. One man stands immune to the greatest plague in human history. Our hero, should you choose to call him that, is now hunted by organizations that would use him for his immunity. Chased by relentless forces incapable of mercy or pity, our hero and his friends must fight off those that seek to destroy them. Government scientists seek him. The dead want to eat him. Humanity needs him.

No longer is our hero a useless plebe, unable to tell the difference between a clip and a magazine. No longer is he a fool who continually makes mistakes. He is now an utter badass who continually makes mistakes.


Join him as he chronicles his successes and failures in a world where success means finding an unopened can of Spam, and failure means death.

Glory Box By Sam Sisavath - 4 Stars ****


FROM THE PURGE, A NEW BEGINNING.

It's been six years since a terrifying breed of seemingly unkillable creatures emerged from the darkness to topple the unprepared governments of the world, in the process knocking mankind down the food chain.

Survivors called it The Purge.

A few brave souls rose from the ashes of the old world to fight back, often against overwhelming odds. Led by indomitable heroes, they risked everything to achieve a final, stunning victory over the supernatural “ghouls” in The Battle of Houston.

Five years later, what remains of the ghouls have fled back into the shadows, and humanity now resides in isolated communities in relative peace. But human ambition and greed have also survived, and with no laws to stop those willing to pursue them, it’s every man for himself.

Keo, one of the unknown heroes of The Battle of Houston, has found serenity in a small town in Texas. But he will discover that a violent past is not so easily cast aside when a madman rises to dominate those around him, and in the process shatters Keo’s new life.

It’s a brave new world, but monsters still exist—and thrive. And where there are evil deeds, good people must rise to stem the tide...on the Road to Babylon.

Fight Like A Man by L.L. Akers - 3 Stars ***


As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything; anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan.

While he sat back and watched the United States rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out, that he and his family would be ready and safe--whether it was due to a natural disaster or a man-made event. They had everything they needed at their homestead.

What he wasn't prepared for, was his family not being home if it ever happened.

Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. When chaos erupts and there's no gas, their journey home is a nightmare, filled with predators and danger--and apparently, Olivia hadn't learned a thing her husband tried to teach her.

When your neighbors run out of food and water, and turn on each other, what will you do?

Jake, a country boy mechanic, never believed in TEOTWAWKI, but he'd heard his brother-in-law preach about it many times. He knew what to do; but he didn't prepare. He lazily left it all up to Grayson--he was the prepper after all. When catastrophe strikes, will he continue to keep his head stuck in the sand while his clueless neighbors destroy each other, and his wife is stuck out on the road; or will he stand up and fight like a man?

And if you're alone? Bug in or Bug out?

Graysie Rowan, a freshman at University, just wants to go home. When no word comes from the government, and the state capital is overrun with looters, chaos and mayhem, the college administration puts the students on lock-down. But her dad, Grayson, had prepared her for this. Now, if she can only remember what it was he said to do...

If they want to survive this post-apocalyptic event, they'll all have to learn to fight like a man.


The end came not with boots on the ground, nuclear weapons or an EMP. It snuck in with a quiet clatter at the back door and flipped the switch, covering the states in darkness and sending this family on three divergent paths that ultimately lead home. When they collide in this surreal and gripping family drama, it won't be without bullets and bloodshed.


Under the Gray Skies by Jacqueline Druga - 3 Stars ***


A long awaited sisters vacation hits a slight bump in the road when a series of tremors instantly cause the cancellation of all flights. Believing the airport is not the safest place, Lacey and her sister hurry from the terminal and board a crowded tram.

Then it happens.

No one knows why, how or what occurs. Cities are decimated, oceans rise and people drop dead from the cataclysmic event. The world becomes a dark place on a fast track to the next ice age.

Lacey somehow survives and finds herself in a city of rubble. Unaware that it was a global event, she treks from the destruction in an attempt to find help.

Along the way she meets Madison. Both women are far from home and together they embark on a mission to find their families thousands of miles away.

The country is in chaos and is fast becoming uninhabitable.

It is a race against the clock as the world grows colder and more dangerous by the day. Lacey and Madison vow not to give up until they know what has happened to those they love.

Freaky Days by Amanda M. Lee - 3 Stars ***


The show must go on … even when monsters are afoot.

Poet Parker is Romani by birth and a fortune teller by choice. As a member of Mystic Caravan Circus, she’s spent the past ten years using her psychic talents to tell people what their future holds by day and hunting paranormal monsters by night.

You see, Mystic Caravan is more than just a circus – it’s also a force of good in a world that needs help fighting evil.

Poet is set in her ways – and happy with her life – until Kade Denton shows up and upends the entire operation. He’s loud and proud – and Poet doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do.
As the new head of security, Kade thinks his only job is going to be tackling drunken revelers when they get out of hand. He’s in for a rude – and bloody – awakening.

When monsters strike and the truth comes out, Kade finds he has to learn on the job with Poet as his somewhat reluctant instructor.

Sparks are flying – both real and figurative – and when a truly terrible beast targets the circus for extermination it’s all magical hands on deck for the final showdown.
Some things are born evil, but the people in Mystic Caravan were born to fight it.
Prepare to be amazed.

That's a wrap for me.  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Michelle  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Week in Review: 9/2/17-9/9/17



Last week was a little hit or miss.  I had a list of books - each with fantastic book covers and interesting book blurbs - that I was eager to get my hands on....but they let me down.  I don't know if I was still riding the high from that awesome series I read the week before or if I was a little burned out for the same reason.  I did manage to find a few good books to recommend this week.  Here they are:

How To Save An Undead Life by Hailey Edwards - 4 Stars ****



Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.

Warning: This book contains one ex-con/ex-heiress with a pet zombie parakeet who lives next door to her ex-army/ex-crush. Brace yourselves, we're talking more exes than a pirate treasure map here.

Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones - 4 Stars ****


First comes the red rain: a strange, scarlet downpour from a cloudless sky that spreads across cities, nations, and the entire globe. In a matter of panicked hours, every living thing on earth succumbs to swift, bloody death. Yet Emily Baxter, a young newspaper reporter, is mysteriously spared—and now she’s all alone.

But watching the happy life she built for herself in New York City slip away in the wake of a monstrous, inexplicable plague is just the beginning of Emily’s waking nightmare. The world isn’t ending; it’s only changing. And the race that once ruled the earth has now become raw material for use by a new form of life never before seen…on this planet.

With only wits, weapons, and a bicycle, Emily must undertake a grueling journey across a country that’s turning increasingly alien. For though she fears she’s been left to inherit the earth, the truth is far more terrifying than a lifetime of solitude.

Fairy on the Rocks by Katharine Sadler - 3 Stars ***


Ingredients:
One kitsch-loving fairy
One gruff, grumpy werewolf
One missing troll

Mix them well and let them chill for an hour in a fae dimension known as Rubalia. Watch the sparks fly as the fairy and the werewolf discover more than they’d ever bargained for in their search for a troll who just might not want to be found.

Chloe Frangipani doesn’t believe in fairy tales or happily ever afters, but she’s pretty darn near happy as the owner and manager of Ephemeral, a martini bar that offers good drinks, great music, and a wait staff that’s not only easy on the eyes but ready and willing to serve up the fantasies of their patrons. At the apartment she shares with her best friend, she is well on her way to amassing the world’s largest collection of kitsch and she goes out dancing three nights a week rather than joining a gym. Life really couldn’t get much better. When her friend and mentor, Buddy, goes missing, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Chloe knows she has to find him and bring him home safe. She enlists the help of a private investigator, Frost, a werewolf she shared a dance and a kiss with the night before. As cocky as he is handsome, Chloe would rather work with anyone else, but he’s her best option. Together, they search for Buddy in the human world and in Rubalia, a search that endangers both Chloe and Frost and will change their lives forever.

The Four Horsemen: Legacy by L.J Swallow - 3 Stars ***


What's worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen?
Discovering you're the Fifth.

Verity Jameson's day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can't kill Death.

Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he's looking for her.

The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.

Now they've found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.

A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.

So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?

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Michelle