Review & Giveaway: Revolution-Jessica Frances

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synI was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.

In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.

There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.

In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.

What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.

The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.

Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.

My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.

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I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.

It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.

I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.

I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.

My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.

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Revolution is a twist on dystopia, where the monster (humans without genetic or physical flaws) was created by humans for slavery only to have the reverse happen. Full of horrible atrocities, violence, and close-calls, Revolution will have you holding your breath scene after scene. Hope, love and determination are like balm to these wounds and spark a stunning Revolution.

PROS:

  • The organization was clever and romantic. Told from two POVs, Tilly and Johnny, Tilly’s part is in the present and Johnny’s is the past (from his childhood and when Tilly came into his life). 
  • Superiors are vile, vicious beings. They’re the despicable and disgusting part of humanity that we see everyday in traffickers, rapists, abusers, etc. Keeping humans as pets, slaves, and breeders, only to rob them of their children is appalling and nightmarish. The trauma is heartbreaking and will make you rage. The Superior world is fairly simple but doesn’t take away from its sickening impact on the humans. 
  • Tilly is brave and heartbroken but determined to end the suffering of mankind. She’s imperfect, she struggles and fights, all the while feeling like a piece of herself is missing. Confused and scared, Tilly is protagonist you can get behind because she hasn’t figured everything out and that’s okay, but she won’t stop until she can make the world better.
  • Johnny is…dreamy sigh. His sections are open and honest, full of rage and longing. Johnny does everything to please his father, to make him proud and somehow always falls short. That hurt and disappointment rained on him by his father will feel like a physical blow. As Johnny gets older, he shifts his perspective and it’s like a light bulb shining in the darkness of his quest to please his father-Tilly. ALL THE SWOONS. 
  • Charlotte is intriguing because she’s obsessed with history and books and through these and her love for Tilly, becomes a powerful activist for humans, even though she’s a Superior. Her fire and passion shift Tilly in the right direction.

CONS:

  • Pacing was off. Some scenes dragged for a while cutting into what could have been an anxiety-ridden, adrenaline rush of a moment, fell a little flat because it was too space out. 
  • The prologue/insert before Chapter 1 was hard for me to get into. It was a bit repetitive, more like a speech than anything else and while it set the stage for what was to come, much like the title does, had the story began with Chapter 1, the impact of the slavery and injustices by Superiors would have been stronger. The prologue tells you what happened, the Chapter shows you. 

Excerpt“Johnny?” Tilly whispers.

I try to tell her I’m sorry. I try to apologize for failing her, needing to tell her one last time that I love her, but my voice is trapped inside me.

Rough hands pull me away from her. I fear it is only to get a clear shot at Tilly, but the hands keep dragging me until I’m crying in pain from the jolts that each knock of the stairs give me. Then we finally make it outside where Joseph leans over me.

“You are willing to die for this human?”

I can’t answer him, but I manage to nod my head.

“Then so be it. Just know that your death has meant nothing. She will suffer because of this; I will make sure of it. Every strike, every whip, and every kick will remind her of what you have done to her and that this is your doing. She will hate you before I kill her. And mark my words, she will die. So, I hope that was worth your life.”

Adrenaline pumps through my body, but I am too weak to fight, too wrecked to do anything except keep bleeding out over the ground.

This is my fault.

Please forgive me, Tilly.

authJessica Frances is an avid reader and writer, spending most of her free time doing both. She loves delving into the paranormal world and taking a break from real life as much as possible.

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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

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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. (reachme@peiriann.com)

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Release Day Blitz, Review, and Giveaway-The Barrier Between-Stacey Marie Brown

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cooltext1889161239 copyZoey’s life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago she was a Collector working for the a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), tracking and collecting fae. Her life had been changing and improving with a partner she loved and a sister she adored.

Now all that is gone—Daniel murdered by a fae, and Lexi killed when the Seattle area is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. Zoey herself is altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker, in life-changing way.

Zoey discovered she was an experiment from the very company she worked for. She could die at any moment of a threatening defect—taking Ryker’s magic with her.

In a race against time, Ryker and Zoey set out to find a way to transfer his powers back before it’s too late. Their journey takes them to the rainforests of South America, dealing with those who are after something Ryker possesses and who will stop at nothing to obtain it for themselves.

What Zoey and Ryker discover can destroy them or tear them a part for good.

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***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Mark My Words PR.

When I read City in Embers, I was wowed. I LOVED that book but this one is even better. Sometimes the sequel falls flat, no worries, just as fresh and action-packed as the first book with an added layer of carnal lust. 

PROS:

  • An adrenaline rush from the first page to the last, The Barrier Between will consistently keep your heart racing. From the thrill of the Fight Club-esque arena to the fae infested wild of South America, every page is a new adventure. 
  • Sprig is hilarious. His antics are adorable. A spritely, spirited little fae monkey with an obsession with honey and all things sugar. His comments are spot on and sarcastic, bringing tons of light and laughter to a terrible situation. From his love of reality tv to his narcolepsy, every scene is filled with joy. Plus, his curses are the cutest. 
  • The beloved Viking. I didn’t think it was possible for him to get any hotter but I was WAY wrong. Ryker is sex and sin, lust and angst, desire and animalistic intentions all rolled in one very sexy package. Gruff, angry, and with a tendency towards violence, Ryker is a terrifying adversary, his whole image is menacing between his huge physique and BA ax, there’s nothing this man can’t slaughter. What’s more, when Ryder is vulnerable it’s deliciously sinful. His compassion, his battle scars, his dark past all make him a complex, deep, and devoted man. Some scenes he’s sweet and kind and others, holy hotness, get ready to fan yourself.
  • Zoey is changed. She’s not the hardened criminal she once was, there’s a softness to her that’s very appealing especially accompanied by her rage induced tenacity in battle. Fiesty, fierce, and a killer fighter with her fists, Zoey’s alter ego, the Avenging Angel has come a long way. Above everything, Zoey is a survivor. She’ll fight until the last making her incredibly brave but what is even more admirable is her decision to open her heart to love again. Dreamy sigh.
  • OMG the chemistry. The sexual tension and frustration is almost overwhelming it’s so strong. Every encounter is a heady mix of fury and attraction, they want to punch each other as often as they want to rip their clothes off. 
  • New characters were a pleasant surprise. Heading back to the fight ring to meet AB, tossing in a greater look at the illusive Amara, and introducing Cryogen-that man, think Jack Sparrow.

CONS:

  • Some dramatic scenes were almost too easily resolved. Just when things were starting to get dire, some twist of fate pulled them of the danger zone. I.E. the Avenging Angel fight.

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cooltext1889161239 copyZoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Created-Peiri Ann

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Created (Created, #1)-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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cooltext1889178114 copyPeiri 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. (reachme@peiriann.com)

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ARC Review: Animalis-John Peter Jones

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 When God created man, He gave him dominion over the Earth.

When man created the Animalis, they decided to take it back.

One hundred years ago, a mad Russian billionaire unleashed the Animalis. Their intelligence and rough humanoid forms granted them basic human rights, and humanity seemed willing to share dominance over the Earth with them. But when the economy crashed the Animalis became an easy victim to blame and hate.

Now, Earth is in turmoil. A deadly conflict rages between humans and the genetically engineered Animalis. Jax Minette has followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army. However, unlike his father, Jax plans to be a hero.

When Jax is sent to recapture the machine that created the Animalis, he finds himself following Hurley Grimshaw, a red-head who has her own plans, and envisions what Jax thinks is an impossible future: one where the Animalis and humans live together in peace.

To save the future of mankind, Jax must understand the motivations behind the Animalis. Every human who gets close to the Animalis has met a terrifying fate: the arena. In the arena, the strong devour the weak. No human has ever stood a chance.

Until now.

Animalis is a sweeping young adult futuristic action adventure. John Peter Jones’ first novel is an imaginative and hopeful vision of the future, saturated with deep moral questions that will leave readers thinking for years to come.

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3/5 Stars

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

PROS:

  • The arena is like gladiator battles between men and hybrids. It’s fierce, violent, and graphically gory. The action was intensely detailed. Each bite and lunge was powerfully written. The anticipation is a mounting burst of adrenaline and terror. Jax’s fear is real, every ounce of pain and suffering is mirrored in the reader.
  • Jax is complex. He feels strongly about honor, so much so that it rules his life. But when he’s tested, his convictions start to waver and he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Questions about the humanity within the Animalis, within himself, and what it means to be human are particularly profound. As Jax struggles to figure out where he stands on the Animalis, we too are forced to question what it means to be good or evil and the fine line between the two.
  • The mystery of the two rat creatures, the budding romance, and the role of the pyramid are all thwarted by the quest to bring down the illicit arena. There are layers upon layers of plot that flow into one grand source of scientific wonder. 
  • Misha and Hodge are small but unique characters. Delving into their psyches and inner turmoil brings out their humanity and it’s through these Animalis that we see what humanity is worth. Hodge is off-kilter but hilarious. He makes funny comments and is weird without even realizing it. Misha’s story is tragic. The section on her life and memory was one of the most poignant. 

CONS:

  • The ending is a tripped out, convoluted and full out confusing bit of science fiction meets divine. It’s weird, disturbing, and doesn’t make much sense. Plus, each fact and memory is right on top of the other so that it’s an overwhelming influx of genetics and supernatural? 
  • Animalis reads for an audience much older than YA. It’s very sci-fi and the interactions between characters are mature to the point that it feels more like adult science fiction/fantasy. 
  • Some sections are inordinately long without much happening and others are so action-packed and semi-philosophical that it’s hard to get into. There’s not a great balance. 
  • Explanations about the Animalis, how they came into being, their animosity with the humans, especially from the human side are only inklings, I would have liked more insight into the motivations for war and the surge in technological advancement. 

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With a background in art, animation, film, and video games, John Peter Jones brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the science fiction genre.   He studied computer animation and traditional art at Brigham Young University’s award winning Animation Program and helped in the production of two Student Emmy award winning shorts.

John Peter Jones (Peter) was born in Rigby, Idaho and grew up roaming the desert country by his house with his siblings.   At the age of eight, after breaking his leg while taking on two friends in a game of chicken on the monkey bars, he dictated a short story which his mother dutifully transcribed.   It was a horror tragedy that required the best of his monster drawing abilities to illustrate.

Peter is currently twenty eight years old, is happily married to the love of his life, Katheen Petra Jones, and is working from home as a part-time stay at home dad with his four crazy kids.   His first full length young adult science fiction novel, Animalis, went on sale October of 2014.

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ARC Review: Perception-Lee Strauss

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Eternal Life is To Die For.

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.

This is the first book in a series.

3.5/5 Stars

Perception is jam-packed with mystery, intrigue, and mind-blowing scientific advances. The underhanded corruption and lack of humanity is stunningly well written. This is a book that questions and presents relevant ones that our society is facing today and has yet to find the answers to.

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  • Perception is more of a social division than a true dystopian. The hierarchies and the sway of money separate those who can receive the genetic alterations necessary to avoid disease and death before 200. Those who can’t afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars are forced to live as Normals, on dirty streets and in homes without state of the art technology. The division between the two is in every element of their lives, from the propaganda that calls for the worship of science over religion, to the perfect features-blonde hair, blue eyes, straight teeth, to the robots and microchip technology that holds all of their information and money and can be accessed with a scan of their hand. 
  • The intellectual and moral debates between Noah and Zoe are epic and truly thought-provoking. How far science goes and the role of faith have been questioned for centuries and these characters are both reflective and nuanced in their answers. It’s been a while since I’ve found a book so intellectually stimulating.
  • The twist is epic. You’ll never see it coming. Though, looking back on the story, there are subtle clues. If you pay attention, you may just figure it out. 
  • My heart was ripped open and trampled on towards the end of the book. The sheer lack of regard for human life and the essential things, like memory that make us unique and connect us to the rest of humanity was sickening. The shift to Noah’s perspective really amped up the emotions and the no holds, bare rawness of his feelings were lovely to read. There’s so much sadness in Noah’s life and that he could find such meaning and beauty in love is wonderful.
  • Noah and Zoe are amazing together. He makes her question and opens her eyes to the injustice of the world and she softens him, forces him to widen his understanding and question his values. They compliment each other in the best way, one that challenges and nurtures. Their chemistry is hot and heavy, the kissing scenes are a massive swoon fest.
  • Zoe is sassy. When she finds her confidence she’s sort of a take charge badass. She grew so much with the story. Zoe really comes into her own and her heart is so big.
  • Noah is dominant and yet so attentive. He is gentle with Zoe and yet consumed by thoughts of her. He’s got a dark past and is devoted to his cause, he has some serious moral conflicts with the GAPS and his father’s beliefs but he sticks to his faith, despite everything thrown at him. Noah puts his life on the line for Zoe and is so loyal to his loved ones. Definite book boyfriend material.

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  • The cover doesn’t do the story justice. While the infinity symbol does play into the concept of eternal life and genetic engineering, the cover doesn’t really pull the reader in or suggest anything other than the fact that it may or may not be science fiction. More of a connection with the story might draw in more readers.
  • The story starts out slowly and it takes a while to build up into the mystery after Liam’s disappearance.
  • That Noah is so willing to help Zoe is a little off as well, he hardly knows her and even if there is some attraction there, his principles directly conflict with hers. That he would put himself at risk and break countless laws for a near stranger even for money was off base.
  • Zoe’s relationship with Jackson was disconnected and fluctuated so much that it felt forced and unnecessary. There wasn’t enough of a back story to lay the foundation for the reader to feel any real love between the two or even like. Jackson is extremely unlikable, as are most of the secondary characters to the point where the only characters that even matter are Zoe and Noah. 

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Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Review: Blood Rule-Heather Hildenbrand

Book One

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

Book Two
Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they’re kicking your butt in the process.

At least I’ve got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De’Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he’s destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn’t going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point’s evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?
Book Three

Hybrids.

If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.

Book Four
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Forty-six.
That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.
Two days.Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.
That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.
Sixteen.
That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes. 

Zero.
That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

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  • The plot is a thrilling race against time and the sinister intentions of Steppe and CHAS. It’s open season on all things furry and Tara and her friends must escape, plan, and fight. The utter uncertainty and endless danger makes everything feel unexpected and dangerous. From scene to scene high tension and chaos are possible and probable, and whether or not Tara and co. will make it out alive is anyone’s guess.
  • The climax. THAT CLIFFHANGER. OMG. 
  • Tara’s meetings with Alex, her persistent spot at his bedside is as infuriating as it is heartwarming. Her talks with him, her hope, and the way she clutches his hand and begs for him to awake is heartbreaking and so sad, her need for Alex is very real and raw. He is part of her and without him she feels lost. What’s killing me is Tara’s internal dialogue about her actions with Alex, his place as a friend, and the second guessing she is always doing about her feelings. 
  • Once again Astor is one of my favorite characters. He’s totally unstable and does the most wildly hilarious things one moment and is sort of a jerk in the next. The slurpee quest and the Hollywood horror movie reference was wonderful and lighthearted in a ridiculous sort of way.
  • Victoria is back and she’s fabulous. While outwardly cold and a bit toxic in her sarcastic, blatantly rude comments, she’s real and her honesty starts to reveal the girl beneath, the one heartbroken over her parents fate, and scared of what’s to come.
  • George has gained so much confidence, he’s unafraid to call Tara out on her wallowing and force her to work through her issues. He pushes her and serves as a therapist to sift out her real issues. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and really gets her, giving the reader a better insight into Tara’s mind at times when she doesn’t know herself.
  • Wes has stepped up a teeny bit, he’s still mushy and romantic, making heartfelt, beautiful proclamations of love to Tara but he’s not blindly agreeing with her to appease her. Wes holds Tara when she’s falling apart, trying to keep all the pieces together and things get worse for Tara and the group as whole. He’s a leader, coming up with solutions and connecting the dots while Tara goes through her moments of darkness and desolation. He’s stable, powerful, and even though he’s having a really hard time as well, comes through for Tara as someone to lean on and stand beside in battle.
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  • Tara is a mess. Her head is so clouded by her constant obsessing over her problems and the stress of the overall situation that she wavers between completely reckless and shutting down. Everyone gets frustrated with her and I was in serious book throwing mode. Because of her situation, her desperation and loss of self is understandable but the extent to which she blocks out reason and follows her reckless and emotional downward spiral is a little much. Tara seems really confused, she has no clue what she wants and despite attempts at figuring it out, she’s so impatient that it doesn’t really get resolved. Several characters call her out on her behavior but she puts up a wall, she doesn’t want to hear it and this has disastrous effects. 
  • The scene with Alex near the end felt random, it didn’t serve a purpose and was kind of pointless. Plus, the time it took could have been more effectively used in forming a more solid plan for rescue. While the moments shared between Tara and Alex were some of my favorite and it did bring Tara out of her depressive funk mildly, her friends agreeing to risk everything for this meeting felt off and didn’t make sense.
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“Hey, sleepyhead,” I said into the silence. 

Alex’s doctor insisted coma patients had been known to wake up claiming to hear the voices of those who’d visited while they were under. He’d said I should talk as often as possible. Sometimes, I felt silly doing it, but other times, like today, it was nice to be able to vent without judgment. 

Other people’s reactions had a tendency to weigh heavily. I was already carrying an entire pack’s worth of emotion. I didn’t need any more. And this way, I could tell Alex absolutely anything, including things I’d never say if he were awake. 

So while I sat, I told him about all that had happened in the last few days: Nick, Vera’s collapse, my expulsion, and the growing certainty that Steppe wanted to do more than dissolve a peace treaty and kick me out of school. 

“It’s building toward something,” I said. “And I don’t know what it is, but it’s … close. Like it’s right around the corner.” I looked down at my hands and realized I’d been twisting them together. I freed my fingers and reached out, wrapping my fingers gently around Alex’s.

“Honestly, I’m afraid to look around that corner. I know whatever’s waiting is going to be bigger than me. Bigger than I’m capable of. And it would be so much easier to handle if you were awake. At least then your sarcasm would make me determined to beat whatever this is. But with you like this… I need you to wake up, okay?” 

And I need to know I didn’t kill you.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visitwww.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
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