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Revolution

Revolution by Jessica Frances

 

New Adult Dystopian
Date Published: January 26, 2016

I 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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My Review

5 stars

Humans decided to create a species to fight our wars for us. But they did their job way too well and started killing humans. After that these Superiors took over the world. The few surviving humans have become abused, tortured, pets, and much worse. This story is told in two parts. The first is the present day with Tilly. She is a human that was adopted by General Joseph Knight. Charlotte, his daughter has taken a shine to Tilly and taught her to read and think for herself.

The second part is told from Johnny, the son’s eyes. This starts more in the past so we can understand the evolution of the Superiors and his love for Tilly. He knows he is not supposed to care for Tilly he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. There is a revolution coming between the humans and the Superiors and it is going to have both Tilly and Johnny leading it.

This is an amazing read. The few remaining humans are treated like many people treat animals in the world today. Some are pets, some try to help them, but mainly they are abused, made to fight and much worse. But there is always someone that will go that extra step to help those in need and that is what Charlotte does with Tilly. She gives her a fighting chance to change the world. It has also shown Johnny that there is more to the humans than the opinions of most Superiors. Although it was heart wrenching, I couldn’t help but cheer for Tilly and Johnny.

I admit that it took me a little to get down the different viewpoints since Johnny’s is from earlier than Tilly’s but once I did I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is a stand-alone story so there will be no waiting for a year for the next book to come out. I don’t know what I would have done if I had to wait.

This is a great dystopian thriller that any age will enjoy. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Frances. She is one amazing author!

To purchase Revolution make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Jessica Frances’ website.

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I received Revolution for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Sleeper Protocol

Sleeper Protocol by Kevin Ikenberry

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything. As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory. But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war. Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter. Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

Kevin Ikenbery

Kevin’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. Kevin lives in Colorado with his family.

Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, the Horror Society, and the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group. His short fiction has appeared twice on the webzine Mindflights and in print with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue #56, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. His story “Maelstrom” appears in the Extreme Planets anthology forthcoming from Chaosium. His now self-published novelette “Ascent” won an Honorable Mention in the 4th Quarter 2011 Writers Of The Future Contest.

Kevin’s debut science fiction novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, will appear from Red Adept Publishing in late 2015.

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My Review

5 stars

Kieran wakes to find himself in a wheelchair. He can’t remember anything but quickly gets told that he has a year to figure it out or he is going to be terminated. Simply put there is an alien attack on the way and Kieran is a sleeper. If they can get him to remember his past they may be able to stop the invasion. But there is a difference of opinion between the military and government on how the sleeper should be handled. Hopefully Kieran can regain his memory before they decide they are done with the project.

This is a great thrill ride from the start. You can’t help but like Kieran, here is this soldier that has no memory but may have the key to humanities survival locked is his brain if he could just get to the information. You can completely see the Sleeper program being real just by the way the military and government can’t seem to agree on how to run it.

I loved how this book was written. It’s a great thriller that relies more on psychology than action and lots of questions of identity. Although it has a slight slow start once it got on a roll it took off. I had a hard time putting it down and getting some sleep. I really need to stop reading such great book on work nights.

If you like psychological thrillers and scifi stories look no further. Make sure to pick up a copy of Sleeper Protocol. I just hope this is going to be a sequel.

To purchase Sleeper Protocol make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kevin Ikenberry’s website.

I received a copy of Sleeper Protocol for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Devlin’s Door

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Devlin’s Door (Forests of the Fae – 1) by K. Kibbee

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When thirteen-year-old Anne is sent to spend the summer with her dreadful relatives in a small Washington state town, she is left with little hope that anything intriguing will happen to her. However, when she learns of an abandoned town full of old Victorian homes hidden in the woods nearby, she embraces the lore and becomes bolstered by the idea that an adventure might await.

Her sadistic cousin Lexie feeds Anne’s curiosity and leads her to the mysterious town in the woods, where Anne is goaded by her cousin and friends to enter one of the abandoned homes, alone, and is locked inside.

While searching for a way out, Anne stumbles through a hole in the floor and unknowingly falls into an ominous, ghost-filled mystery. As she digs deeper into the secrets of this house, she discovers a weathered journal that reveals a magic-infused history hundreds of years old and a tragic secret: a curse has trapped the town and its inhabitants in a place not meant to be found by humans.

Treacherous fairies, dark worlds-within-our-world, dangerous creatures and a shocking truth all await Anne as page by page, she peels back the mysteries of this chilling town

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My Review

4 Stars

Anne is being sent to her aunt and uncles place while her parents are on a 3 month mission. Of course she doesn’t fit it and it doesn’t help that her cousin Lexie is going to try and make this visit an even bigger disaster. But Anne hears about an abandoned town in the forest and is curious. After being locked in one of the houses she finds a journal and the more that she reads from it more of the town start rejuvenating.

But this town has a dark secret. In the 1920’s, when surrounding towns were dying this one was the only one to thrive. But then everyone disappeared and left all of their belonging behind. Anne is very curious about this and the more she learns the deeper she gets until she finds out what happened and falls into the mound by the town.

I really liked this book. I couldn’t help but feel bad for both Anne and Grace. The both are in a crummy position but they try to do their best. I loved the fae in this book since I love the darker views of the fae. I was really blown away by the ending, I didn’t expect that one at tall.

This is a great midgrade with lots of action and adventure. This is a great story that any age will like. I can’t wait to see what happened in the next book.

To purchase Devlin’s Door make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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I received Devlin’s Door for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Strange Luck

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Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A mysterious letter. An idyllic world. And a peculiar collection of antiques. It all waits to be discovered in Strange Luck, an imaginative novel that mixes fantasy and mystery for a thrilling reading experience. Hopeful that her father can be saved from a chronic condition, seventeen-year-old Daisy sets out to find a cure, but accidentally lands in a wicked world called The Nameless. As Daisy explores the moaning caverns and encounters people who refuse to go above ground, it becomes clear that the world’s inhabitants are more than just strange. They may be keeping a dark secret. They may have been lured and trapped here for a reason. And somehow—impossible as it may seem—they may still have a chance to regain what has been taken from them.

A daring adventure complimented with vivid imagery, Strange Luck will delight adults, teens, and anyone who can’t resist an imaginative escapade.

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My Review

4 Stars

Daisy works at her families store Strange Luck, where they purchase oddities with great stories. But she doesn’t believe in any of it and doesn’t want to be stuck there. But one of the items will have Daisy going on a quest to help her sick father. Her best friend Roger goes along to help and protect her. They find themselves in a land ruled by a wizard that is stealing people’s memories. Without any way out it looks like Daisy ad Roger are going to be the next victims of the wizard as they both start to lose memories.

Daisy doesn’t believe in magic, all she wants to do is travel and write books but she is stuck at Strange Luck. But once she learns the truth, her whole world opens up for her. I loved Roger; he loves Daisy so much that even though she is so oblivious to things he still keeps trying. There are so many great characters both meet along on their adventure. You can’t help but feel bad for them, your memories really do make you and without them you are nothing more than a shell.

Although I was not a fan of the ending but it does work for this book. Everything does work out well. Those that like young adult stories will really like this one. Make sure to get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

To purchase Strange Luck make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Amie Irene Winters’ website.

I received Strange Luck for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

School of Deaths

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School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret – 1) by Christopher Mannino

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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My Review

5 stars

Suzie is having a tough time, she is starting to get thinner and thinner. She is losing weight and no one can figure out why or even stop it. Then someone approaches her and tells her that she is Death and takes her to the Land of the Dead to go to school and learn how to be Death. The problem is that there has not been a female Death in a million years, the last one betrayed the Reapers. Of course Suzie is going to be the main target for bullies and any things that goes wrong will be blamed on her. Her only chance to get out is to pass the test at the end of the year, the same test that most people fail.

When I first read the description I was curious. There has to be more going on than just that quick blurb and trust me there is so much happening. Suzie is much more than your typical 13 year old. She is a lot more mature and I think that helps her deal with everything she does. I loved how Mannino discussed all kinds of topics from bullies, self-image, friends, and everything else that kids go through that tends to get over looked.

The pace of the book is rather fast but there is a lot of ground to cover. This did leave me a little lost a couple times. I also admit that the story was a little slow to get moving. But I loved all the description and detail that goes into the grim reapers. It was hard for me to put School of Deaths down and after I finished it I was left wanting more. Thankfully Sword of Deaths is out and I could start reading it.

If you like young adult stories with fantasy this is one series that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed.

To purchase School of Deaths make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Christopher Mannino’s website.

I received School of Deaths for free from Kathy at I Am A Reader in exchange for an honest review.

 

I’m happy to say that today I am part of the cover release for the book The Temperament Scepter.

The Temperament Scepter by Allix Booth

Alexandria Roe’s haunted past comes to life when she turns sixteen. Her hallucinations and fevers spark a premonition of her family’s death. A darkness shadows her, but her struggle for answers lead to more than she bargained. Will she be consumed by her fears or overcome what waits beyond the horizon?

A Dragon Lord from the Northern Isles of Alabass conquers all kingdoms in his wake. He hungers for power, but thirsts for the three amethysts. Each gem’s unique ability is absorbed by the person that wields it. If all three are united, the power will bring to life the scepter, which unlocks the ancient prison. What lies in the depths can only be discovered by the holder of the Temperament Scepter.

Make sure to check out the cover release party here.

And be sure to check out the release day party on March 16 here.

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