Review & Giveaway: Created-Peiri Ann

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Created (Created #1) by Peiri Ann
Publication Date: July 24, 2015
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi, Young Adult

cooltext1889161239 copyAfter a devastating world war, our government has manufactured genetically altered humans. These ‘creations’ are designed to manage and enforce law and order amongst the citizens. Creations don’t know fear or pain. Their sole function is to fight the enemy and live to battle again.

Orphans Kylie Alexander and her twin brother, Lukahn were born for this purpose. Dedicating their lives to sharpening their deadly skills and forfeiting the chance of love and freedom. They ready themselves for Separation, the deadly rite of passage where the oldest teens are drafted into the final preparation for war.

When Kylie and Luke are shipped off to separation three months early, questions arise. Who is the real enemy? What is really happening beyond the fractured sanctuary of the training compound?

Humans and creations alike have become lethal foes when a plague of the living dead becomes the number one hazard. Strategies change as the twins discover they may not be the saviors of humankind after all.

They may be the real enemy of the people.

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***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review

+++Triggers: Abuse, mature themes, action/violence


  • I’m a huge fan of epic fight scenes and Created has some of the best. If you’re looking for heart-stopping zombie slaughter, complete with grotesque, sticky details you’re in luck. The violence is brilliant and full of that wonderful adrenaline rush of danger. When the Creations push themselves to the limits, throwing punches and taking hits, it’s a total thrill.
  • Tension is out of this world. Kylie and Marc are deliciously awkward one moment and sexually explosive the next. The build up in enough to drive you crazy.
  • The genetic engineering of the Creations, the Separation, and the military style rearing to dismiss all emotions is both a blessing and a curse. These are super soldiers that have the best chance of rebuilding America from the ashes but when faced with feelings, they’re more confused than anything, they don’t know how to process. The struggle to decipher these alien urges is half the fun.
  • Twin connection is taken to a whole new level. Kylie and Luke are inseparable, they care for each other fiercely, nothing comes before their other half. Emotions are a risk and even what they feel for each other they see as genetically determined. Yet, the big brother side of Luke comes out in the best way, he’s overprotective of his baby sister. It’s adorable.


  • The connection to the alien race, Luke and Kylie’s role as Creations, and the purpose of the zombies were not thoroughly explained. It felt as though tiny explanations were thrown in here and there and then cut off, left for the reader to infer. 
  • How the world came to be in its catastrophic state, the reason for Creations, relations with other nations, and the fact that aliens were involved at all were plugging into the final chapter of the book-a chapter which should have been at the beginning and is even, bizarrely enough, titled “The Beginning”. Had this section been at the start of the book, so many questions would have been answered about the setting and characters roles. Instead, it’s weirdly placed and reads like an informative summary. 
  • Cory and Kylie’s past is mentioned on countless occasions but his aggressive pursuit is off. It felt as though there was a huge gap in the storyline that should have been there in memories or reflections to get the full effect. 
  • The ending choppy and clipped. So much happens in such a short span of time that it unbalanced the book as a whole. Other elements of the story were extensive and a little winded, parts that were nowhere near as crucial to both storyline and emotional impact.

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Peiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities.

Writing is a passion. I fell in love with it when i was a child and I am privileged to share it with you. I love writing fun/tragic adventurous novels with strong romantic elements from YA to New Adult. (

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ARC Review: From a Distant Star-Karen McQuestion


cooltext1889161239 copySeventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Skyscape.

From a Distant Star is an unconventional take on body snatchers. Karen McQuestion turns the gaze back around, questioning who the real enemy is, man or alien?


  • Told from 3 perspectives, Karen McQuestion successfully slips from one persona to the next. Whether it be masculine, feminine, animal or alien, the tone is distinct and inventive. You can easily embrace their feelings and thoughts. 
  • The overall concept of From a Distant Star is intriguing. The idea that an alien would possess a body in spirit was crazy unique, especially when most alien stories center on abduction and experimentation. 
  • Mrs. Kokesh was quirky, dramatic and everything you’d want in a pseudo-psychic witch. Sometimes she was hokey and bizarre and others she was fussy and blunt. I adored her spunky spirit. 
  • Scout is strangely magnetic. He’s weird in the best way. His fascination with the human world, his innocence, and his obvious intelligence were very attractive. At times he’s like a child exploring the world with wonder for the first time and others he’s profound. His questions make you think about the nature of humanity and how the heart works. There’s a scene that is super sweet and will melt your heart, totally winning you over. Alien or not, Scout’s humanity is unquestionable. 


  • The pace was really slow. It didn’t pick up until about halfway through and up until that point it was a struggle to stay hooked. 
  • Emma was detached for me. Her entire focus was on Lucas and getting him well. It was like she didn’t know who she was or how to be without him. It made it difficult to become attached to her character. Her likes and dislikes, except for a brief car dancing scene were largely absent and made it hard to form a solid opinion of her. Emma also makes decisions that are questionable and downright infuriating at times. 
  • The secret agents, the research facility, the crazy alien fans were expected and fairly predictable. 

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Release Blast & Giveaway: Invaded-Melissa Landers

I am so thrilled to help Melissa Landers with her release week launch party for INVADED! See a note from Melissa below and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Hey, fiction lovers. I’m Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series (YA sci-fi from Disney-Hyperion), and today I’m bouncing with excitement because THE SEQUEL IS FINALLY HERE!
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 It’s been a year since we left Aelyx and Cara onboard the intergalactic transport, and INVADED begins with an emotional goodbye as they part ways—Aelyx returning to Earth to salvage the alliance, and Cara continuing to L’eihr to serve out her part of the student exchange. While they’re apart, our star-crossed lovers will face assassination attempts, betrayal, crippling self-doubt, and a sadistic alien Phys Ed class. (Because there’s no escaping PE, even in another galaxy.) When Aelyx and Cara finally reunite…well, let’s just say it’s combustive. 😉
What do reviewers think? I’m glad you asked!

“Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders.” –Booklist
“Excellent character development and integration between modern reality and science fiction. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes.” –School Library Journal
“The protagonists’ forced separation gives greater depth to their romance. Each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace that propels the narrative to an action-packed climax.” –Kirkus
     I hope you’ll make tracks to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of INVADED! If you’re snowed in, here are some easy links to bring the sequel right to you:
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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit
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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble and an autographed swag pack, complete with mini posters of BOTH books! This giveaway is open internationally, and due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Sanctuary-Pauline Creeden

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“Left Behind for the Hunger Games
In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?
Advance Praise
“Pauline Creeden managed to mix more genres into one book than I could possibly imagine. The overall concept, aliens attacking the earth, is straight out of Science Fiction, but then you throw in a few zombies and post-apocalyptic fiction with how the dead/sick humans are acting. Overall, the entire story was charged with the adrenaline and thrills of a suspense/thriller novel, but the mood was terrifyingly eerie like a Horror story. There was almost too much sensory information for my primitive human brain to handle. Still, all of these genres combined made for one unique and fascinating story. This kind of book is of the same flavor as The Hunger Games with its originality, which I really appreciated.” 
~Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite
“Sanctuary is a fast-paced Christian fantasy thriller that is original and quite entertaining. The story revolves around Jennie and her family, Pastor Billy and his wife, and two brothers who are polar opposites of each other. Each chapter is presented in the point of view of Jennie, Brad or Hugh (the brothers), which gives Pauline Creeden’s Sanctuary, a multidimensional feel. The three different story-lines merge into a full-fledged fantasy/horror novel that never sags or lets up on the action. While there are Christian themes present in Sanctuary, and Jennie’s faith is an important part of who she is, I, a non-Christian, did not feel I was being preached to or proselytized. I recommend Pauline Creeden’s Sanctuary — it’s well-written and a lot of fun to read.”
~Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite
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In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction.
Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Readers’ Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.
Why on earth did I write a Christian novel that has both
aliens and zombies in it?
When I was a teen/young adult and my faith was wavering at
best, there were several movies out with the likely design to shake faith even more.
End of the world movies were in their hay day. Alien invasion was another big
one. And I couldn’t help but wonder. If something like this actually happened,
would anyone be able to maintain their faith?
And now today, Zombies are on the rise.
Could aliens be reconciled with the Bible? Zombies? This is
the purpose of Sanctuary.
Because of its poetic nature, the book of Revelation lends
itself to a plethora of interpretation. I am not saying that my book is the
only true possibility, but it could be one. Could not demons be misinterpreted
as alien life forms? Might not Satan use this mirage to his advantage to
explain the bitter water or the blotting out of the sun, moon, and stars?  And then there’s Revelation 9:6 – “And
in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to
die, and death shall flee from them.”
If anyone reading this book at least opens themselves up to
the fact that yes, a biblical interpretation could resolve the problems between
faith and an apocalyptic reality, then Sanctuary has completed its purpose.
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When Jennie reached the back door, she saw them. Four large dog-like creatures with pinched faces like bulldogs and lion-like manes. They snarled, and one of them leapt at the window on the top half of the door when it saw her. Jennie jumped back and fell hard on the cold tile floor. The bottle of painkiller bounced across the kitchen tiles. The creature slammed against the window a second time, cracking it. She blinked hard. Her heart sunk, and the hairs on her arms stood on end. A horrendous gargling howl rent the air, causing a shiver down her spine. She held her breath and waited for the creature to slam into the door again.
“What on earth?” she whispered to herself.
When the third attempt never came, she scrambled toward the door. Blinking hard, she used the door knob to help herself stand. Out the cracked window, her mother was still out of sight, but the last of the dogs headed across the field behind her backyard.
“MOM?” Jennie called out.
The rumbling faded, and the vibrations in her chest receded with the dogs. She pulled open the door and rushed onto their back deck. “Mom, where are you?”
When she reached the banister, she looked over the side. Her mom lay sprawled with one hand on the lattice. Blood gushed from Mom’s leg and her opposite arm. Jennie’s ears rang and flooded with every beat of her heart.
Jennie didn’t know how she got to the second floor of her house, but she found herself shaking her sleeping father. How had he slept through the rumbling? “Outside, it’s Mom…”
Her father leapt from the bed. Mickey, her little brother, lay asleep and undisturbed. Dad ran down the stairs and outside in his flannel pajama bottoms and white t-shirt. He scooped Mom up to his chest and carried her inside. Blood stained his shirt in crimson.
“Jennie, call 911!”  Her father had said it at least three times before it finally registered in her brain.
She pulled the cell phone from her pocket, but it refused to connect. With a groan, she grabbed the cordless from the wall receiver, glad her heart stopped pounding in her head so she could hear.
“All operators are busy at this time,” a mechanical voice deadpanned, “Please stay on the line, and the next available operator will take your call.”
“They have me on hold, Dad. Should I hang up and try again?” She held the phone in both hands away from her face.
“No, just stay on the line.” Her father lifted the shredded jeans from Mom’s leg. “It looks like a shark bite. What on earth happened?”
Jennie took in the damage through tear-filled eyes. A huge chunk was taken from her mother’s calf, exposing the fibrous tendons that covered the bone in her leg. A bloodstain grew on the beige couch. Was she going to die? Panic rose up.
“What happened, Jennie?”
“I…I…They looked like lions, or dogs, or something. The rumbling shook the whole house…I tried to go outside to get Mom, but—” A sob blocked her throat.
Her father grabbed a throw pillow and held it against the leg. Mom’s exposed forearm laid across her chest in much the same condition as her calf.
“Grab me the duct tape.”
Jennie suddenly remembered the phone, put it back to her ear, and headed to the hall closet. She reached for the shelf above the jackets and grabbed the junk basket next to the toolbox.
“Please stay on the line. An operator will be with you shortly.”
She shoved the phone in the crook of her neck and fished through the box.  Half the contents dropped around her feet. Who cares? When her fingers wrapped around the silver duct tape, a short-lived relief sent prickles down her arms. But the urgency gripped her chest in less than a heart beat, and she threw the junk basket on the ground with the rest of the items.
“Hurry, Jennie!” her father called from the living room. “And turn on the TV. Maybe they’ll have something about what’s going on.”
She handed her father the tape and turned toward the TV. The mechanical voice on the phone came through again, followed by more easy listening.
When she clicked on the TV, the shouting and wailing began before the picture warmed up on the screen. A sidewayspicture of New York City broke
through, with the shaky voice of the newscaster voicing over.
“What we are watching now – I can’t believe it – is live footage of
Times Square,” the newscaster’s voice paused for a deep breath. “We’ve lost our
man on the scene and his camera man to what appears to be some kind of new
alien creature. Just a short half-hour ago, the doors to the ship that hovered
above Central Park opened and these dog-like creatures flooded out.”
     Jennie couldn’t pull her eyes from the screen. She straightened and dropped the phone on the hardwood. The battery popped out and skidded across the floor.
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ARC Review: Before the Sky Fell-Aria Michaels

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cooltext1790897456 copySeventeen year old Liv Larson’s world came crashing down around her six months before Solar Storm Icarus devastated the rest of the planet. Suddenly orphaned, and with all of her carefully constructed plans laid to ruin, Liv must decide whether she will give in to her grief, or fight for what is left of her family, her friendships, and the future that existed Before the Sky Fell.

***Prequel Novella includes bonus material and a special sneak peek at Killshot (Icarus Series, Book One!

I was fortunate enough to beta read Before the Sky Fell, a prequel novella to Killshot, one of my top reads of 2014. For those of you who have not read/heard of Killshot here’s a brief overview:


When seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, shegives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s newlife 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.

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.

For the rest of this review click here –>Killshot Review

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Before the Sky Fell is a short and insightful journey into the psyche and back stories of some of the main characters in Killshot. Full of heartache, loss, and self discovery, Before the Sky Fell is a raw portrait of recovery and inner strength in leu of the devastating curve balls life throws at you. 


  • Liv’s anger at her situation and struggle to cope with the unfortunate reality of the foster care system is real, raw, and full of pain. Liv lashes out and collapses within herself, refusing to open up. She feels defeated by powers that are out of her hands and yet, she resonates inner power and determination. Nothing will stop her from protecting the ones she loves. She’s a fighter, hopeful that she has what it takes, she works her butt off to be more and take on way more than the average teen should ever have to. She’s an admirable young woman who grows into a fierce, headstrong leader. As someone who read Killshot first, it was interesting to finally see the circumstances that made Liv into who she is. 
  • Some parts are an emotional explosion of sadness. Sometimes life is unfair and cruel. Liv’s regret, her disappointment in herself, and the fear are prominent as she shuffles through the aftermath of tragedy.
  • Aria Michaels’ characters are so authentic and genuine. They’re imperfect, they make mistakes, and their emotions are just as scattered as the average person. They try to get it together and it’s not always easy.
  • Riley is hilarious. The taste of her back story is intriguing and promises to be full of color. Riley is the confident, loud girl that forces Liv out of her shell and doesn’t take no for an answer. She knows when to push and how to make Liv herself again. Liv and Riley have an instant sisterly bond and you can feel how much they like each other. 
  • Friendship, family, and relationships are the highlight of this book. Beans and Liv are adorable together. The irritation at having to put up with a little brother and the angsty pangs of being a rebellious teen trying to get a love life are all there. 


  • Some sections felt cut off.  The interactions in the foster system for one and the brief encounters with Liv’s foster mother. I wanted a little more. 

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ARC Review: Earth & Sky-Megan Crewe


cooltext1790897456 copySeventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us.

For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help–but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Amazon Children’s Publishing.


  • Earth & Sky is a bold, brilliant and unique story. The blur between science fiction and historical fiction is bewitching, the sort of story that mixes alien with fact. From the very beginning, Skylar’s sense of wrongness when it came to pieces of her world was puzzling and intriguing. It sucks the reader in and tantalizes with the promise of something mysterious, something magical. The bones of the story is amazing. The aliens, the fiddling with history, the threat of Earth unraveling, it’s terrifying. Unfortunately, that fear doesn’t translate well.
  • Skylar was interesting. Her trauma was a story that cut deep. Her anger towards her brother, the pain in not knowing his fate, her OCD as coping mechanism all drove and inspired her actions. Getting inside Skylar’s emotions was riveting and upsetting but real and emotionally raw. 


  • The story is very slow and lacks the necessary suspense. Every action scene lags or is cut before any anxiety or uncertainty can fully develop. 
  • There’s a huge disconnect between Win and the reader. You never get the chance to know what he’s feeling, he’s almost absent, his presence is off and his actions push Skylar away.
  • The budding romance seems one-sided because of Win’s attitude towards Skylar. The build up is minimal and so when it does happen, it’s dull, unsatisfying, and kind of bizarre.
  • The history is brief and not nearly as detailed as I would have liked. Between the imagery in France to the battles with the Native Americans to the explanation of the colonization. The details were threadbare. 

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Haunting Halloween: YA Reads for Everyone



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Kami Garcia/Unbreakable










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Deadly Disease








Terrifying Creatures



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Paranormal Creatures Galore:

Those without one main species focus



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