Review: Killshot-Aria Michaels


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cooltext1804448395 copyWhen seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, she gives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s new life is her energetic and obnoxious foster-sister, Riley. When Riley convinces her to come to the rooftop party to view Icarus, the up-coming solar flare, Liv has no idea she’s being set up to meet the sexy and mysterious, Zander James. Despite her resistance, Liv finds herself drawn to Zander, and for the first time in months her troubles take a back seat…that is until what should have been a small flare, erupts into a full blown solar storm.

Now, Liv and her rag-tag group of not-quite friends must find a way to survive the sweltering heat, lingering radiation, and the mysterious virus that appears to have found an ideal host among their ranks. Alliances will be formed, and battle lines will be drawn.
Together, Liv and her new friends set out on a perilous journey to save their loved ones, find answers, and reach salvation.

But, something sinister awaits them in the dark—and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.

Soon, Liv and the others realize they may be more connected than they thought, and the truth may be too much to handle. Will Liv be able to keep her promise and reunite with her brother? Will her brave determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?

…Or was Icarus, indeed, the KILLSHOT.

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***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via the author

Killshot is the action-packed, post-apocalyptic thrill ride you’ve been searching for. It’s gritty, violent, and full of enough gore and suspense to keep you on your toes. A heart-stopping journey into a dangerous new world that takes on dystopian without going zombie, Killshot blends science fiction with natural disaster and astronomically bad luck.

PROS:

  • The plot is intricate without being convoluted or overwhelming. Every little clue is like a puzzle piece leading to an insanely cool mystery. The blurred lines between science fiction and natural disaster make for a moderately believable dystopian and that makes everything all the more horrifying.
  • Military involvement, secret plots, dormant viruses and space catastrophes create an air of suspense and sinister intentions. 
  • I appreciated that Aria Michaels didn’t take the zombie route but went with something different. The creatures take on an almost alien persona.
  • Each character, from the most fleeting has a huge personality. Every character is memorable whether it be for good or bad reasons. The banter between characters flows well, the dialogue is wonderfully natural and authentic. Jake, Riley and Falisha are hilarious. They have enough sass to take over the world and then some. They’re brilliant, witty and made of acerbic sarcasm. 
  • The descriptions are graphic. Between the blood and violence it’s easy to picture every epic fight scene and the carnage on the streets. Bursting with explosions, immense heat, and bloodshed, Killshot is a survivalist’s dream read. Perfect for guys and girls. Sometimes, especially with post-apocalyptic books, they can feel geared towards one gender and Killshot is a major exception to this trend.
  • Liv and Beans have such a heartwarming, beautiful relationship. It’s astounding how powerful the connection and love between these siblings is when Beans is not an active character in the book. The flashbacks are vibrant, glowing memories that capture the genuine adoration between Liv and her baby brother. 
  • Liv grows substantially throughout the book. She evolves into a take charge, daredevil. She’s passionate, a leader, she takes risks that consistently put her life on the line for her friends and brushes off her own pain. Liv keeps her head straight and plans despite her inner turmoil. Though she’s the head of this ragtag group of survivors, she’s not confident. She has doubts in herself and that makes her all the more easy to identify and sympathize with. Her confusion over boys, the struggle to maintain composure in the face of all the death around her is remarkably human and reminds the reader that in spite of her responsiblity, Liv is a high school girl. 
  • Zander is HOT. Between the motorcycle and the way he seems to just get Liv, it’s a natural, sexy romance in a crazy, mixed up new reality. Zander calms and soothes Liv, he heightens her senses and lulls her out of her hopelessness. He’s the shoulder to lean on and the arms to steady her when she feels weak. While their attraction escalates quickly, it’s real and they sort of complete each other. 

CONS:

  • Riley’s past was missing. Many of the secondary characters had sections where their trauma and hardships were elaborated on, showcasing what made the characters who they were. Riley is a bit of a paradox. Some moments she’s so strong, hardheaded, and a tad bratty and others she’s an emotional wreck. I would have liked to see more of her background. 
  • Some of the more precarious situations were too easily resolved and with little injury. Being slammed into walls from a massive explosion should have lingering wounds. 

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Aria Michaels lives in a small town in Illinois with her loving, patient husband and her six (yes, SIX) energetic boys. Always the creative type, Aria fed off the encouragement of her mother, and started writing and illustrating her own stories at a very young age. Aria’s passion for creation and love of the human spirit followed her to the university level where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts, and a Bachelors Degree in Communications, with a minor in psychology.

After years of juggling parenthood with her a career in higher education, the universe finally called Aria back to her original passion…writing. When she isn’t glued to her computer, or painting her next masterpiece, Aria can be found playing in the dirt with her kids, snuggling up to a good zombie flick with her husband, or sipping a glass of wine by the fire with friends.

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Joyous reading,

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