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The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels – 7) by Sandra Hill

(Excerpt from Goodreads) New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill continues her sexy Deadly Angels series, as a Viking vangel’s otherworldly mission pairs him with a beautiful chef who whets his thousand-year-old appetite . . .

Once guilty of the deadly sin of gluttony, thousand-year-old Viking vampire angel Cnut Sigurdsson is now a lean, mean, vampire-devil fighting machine. His new side-job? No biggie: just ridding the world of a threat called ISIS while keeping the evil Lucipires (demon vampires) at bay. So when chef Andrea Stewart hires him to rescue her sister from a cult recruiting terrorists at a Montana dude ranch, vangel turns cowboy. Yeehaw!

The too-tempting mortal insists on accompanying him, surprising Cnut with her bravery at every turn. But with terrorists stalking the ranch in demonoid form, Cnut teletransports Andrea and himself out of danger—accidentally into the tenth-century Norselands. Suddenly, they have to find their way back to the future to save her family and the world . . . and to satisfy their insatiable attraction.

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My Review

4 stars

Cnut Sigurdsson was a Viking with a serious eating disorder. He was 400 pounds when Archangel Michael stepped in and made him a vangel (vampire angel) for 700 years. In the present he is a private detective that gets the order to go break up an ISIS compound. Not knowing how to get into the compound, when Andrea Stewart walks into his office wanting his help to get her sister out of the same ISIS compound.

Cnut feels that Andrea is his soul mate. But she is a huge temptation from her vanilla coconut smell to all the wonderful pastries that she makes. They work together to fight the demons when Cnut manages to accidentally take her back in time.

I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started the story and you meet a 400 pound hero being punished for gluttony. But I did like Cnut, He may be a lean mean fighting machine now but you can tell her clearly has body image issues along with curbing his gluttony. Andrea was such a strong, brave woman that really shone back in time. Plus I loved hearing about all the different goodies she made.

There is a lot of humor and although the fight with ISIS seems like this book is going to get serious my favorite part was when they went back in time. I have not the other books in this series but I had no problem figuring out what is going on. After reading The Angel Wore Fangs I will definitely will be checking out the other books in this series.

To purchase The Angel Wore Fangs make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Sandra Hill’s website.

I received The Angel Wore Fangs for free from Harper Collins Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Best Seller

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The Best Seller by Dina Rae

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…

The time has come. They are here.

Excerpt

Before fame and before fortune, I lived in a tiny one bedroom apartment in Las Vegas. My rent and bills prevented me from saving money, but at least I managed to avoid debt. At twenty-one years old, I was proud to live alone and support myself. I didn’t have a car. My clothes, appliances, and furniture were all purchased from resale shops. I didn’t have anything nice, but I had everything I needed. My apartment building was questionable. There were numerous break-ins. I got scared enough to buy a gun off of my neighbor. I also bought a big knife that I kept underneath my pillow. Someday I hoped to move into a nice house with a husband and dog, maybe even kids. Out of loneliness I would have occasional company, usually a nameless face that I met in a bar. Sex was easy. Feelings were not. After several weeks of blogging and then several more weeks of Eric’s nagging, I set out to write a novel. Characters, various settings, and plot lines appeared out of nowhere when daydreaming. All I had to do was record the scenes that played inside of my head. On sleepless nights, I would often type in a frenzy as flashes of the story burned through my fingers like electricity.  I was extremely particular on my wording and chapter arrangement. The writing process became more of a task than coming up with the actual plot. When my laptop wasn’t handy, I’d write on napkins, receipts, paper towels, or anything within reach. I took my scraps home and carefully added them into the story. I did not have a printer. Two months after I started my novel I took my flash drive to the library and printed the manuscript.

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My Review

5 stars

We start the story in 1947. General Robert Andreas is giving the task of covering up a crash landing of a UFO in Roswell. He transports the two ships and four bodies to Broom Lake were a former Nazi scientist, Doctor Jaeger has been relocated. He was a lesser known scientist that specialized in genetics during World War II. Now with the alien bodies he can continue these experiments.

We also follow Maya Smock, a girl that started out in an orphanage and bounced around in foster homes when she went out on her own at seventeen. Thankfully when she was caught stealing from a book store the owner Erick O’Reilly hires her. Eventually she writes her first book and becomes an instant top author. But her marriage to her agent is doomed to fail and a meeting with her favorite author Jay McCallister makes her life take a twist.

This is a great story. I was instantly caught up by the aliens and Doctor Jaeger. Then you have Maya that has had nothing but trying to make it on her own. Yet she gets the short end of the stick with Claude. But when she learns about her past from Jay I was beyond hooked and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I admit that I really hoped everything was going to be resolved but it is left open for a sequel. I can’t wait to find out more about Maya and Jay. As for The Best Seller, I recommend you get you copy today. As for me while I wait for the next book, I will be checking out other books by Dina Rae.

To purchase The Best Seller make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Dina Rae’s website.

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The Z Tailgate: The Sequel to the Burning Z by Clive Riddle

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Zombies go to a Raider tailgate and bleed silver and black. The Z Tailgate is the sequel to the Burning Z. In the Burning Z, Zombies went to Burning Man. The sequel begins back in the Black Rock Desert before zombies invade a cruise ship and a tailgate party. In The Z Tailgate, the Burning Man site is now an internment camp for zombies and our heroes, Alan Gorman, Conner and Bruce, consult with the Department of Homeland Security, who oversee zombie affairs. Alan and Conner are sent to a cruise ship to investigate a possible new zombie outbreak. Bruce and Cassie – Conner’s girlfriend – are kidnapped along with a truckload of zombies by Chinese-backed henchmen intending to stow away some Zs to China. The zombie truck becomes the subject of a manhunt, ultimately hiding out in the Oakland Coliseum parking lot, where a football game is about to take place. The zombies escape and invade the tailgate parties, leading to a climatic battle in the Coliseum parking lot.

Clive Riddle

Clive Riddle is a life-long Californian, married and father of three. At age 26 Riddle became CEO of a regional HMO. After a decade, he went on to found MCOL (www.mcol.com), a leading health care business information company. Riddle has authored a variety of health care reference books and business articles. He is a noted speaker at national events regarding key health care business issues. Dorris Bridge was his first novel, The Burning Z was his second, and the Z Tailgate is his third. Find out more about Clive at www.CliveRiddle.com

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My Review

5 stars

We start the story in the Black Rock Desert where people from the Burning Man even have turned into zombies and have been gathered. Alan Gorman was one of the first people around when the zombies started and he is under contract from Homeland Security. Then we have Bruce and Cassie that are trying to find answers about the zombies. Cassie was part of Burning Man with her friend Tess when Tess was attacked except there is something different about Tess compared to the other zombies. And finally we have Quon Li, a spy for China that is planning on over powering a load of zombies to get them to China for testing.

I loved this book from the start. I live in Reno, NV and have the experience of dealing with Burning Man and the Burners once a year. When I started reading and learned that the zombies started in Black Rock I was just laughing. It was great following along with local places.

The zombies are not typical zombies; you have a bunch of scientists that don’t really understand them, the government official calling the general public, and a foreign spy trying to sneak zombies into China for testing. What could go wrong? This is a great story that kept me turning the pages to see what happens next. I loved the new twist on the zombies; it’s a great twist from the standard flesh eating corpses. Plus what can be better than adding in the Raiders tailgate party gone wrong?

I have not read any of the other books by Clive Riddle but I will definitely be checking them out. If you are looking for a zombie story with a twist I recommend you check out The Z Tailgate.

To purchase The Z Tailgate make sure to visit Amazon, Goodreads, and Clive Riddle’s website.

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Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat – 1) by Zoe Kalo

 (Excerpt from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

About the Author

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing-compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy-but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s has the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learnign 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web:  www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

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My Review

4 stars

Trinity has spent her life in an orphanage run by strict nuns. But then she learns that she is the granddaughter to wealthy Margaret Wilford. But happiness doesn’t last long when Margaret passes away. Then Trinity starts feeling changes, she is not a plain girl, she has power and needs to learn how to use them, to learn her place in the Egyptian Gods and to fight against evil.

I have always loved mythology stories but have not really spent much time with them. Daughter of the Sun revolves around Egyptian mythology which sucked me in right away. I loved the quick descriptions of the gods and goddesses. It was enough information without dragging the story down. I did like Seth as a love interest but that part I liked the most was that it was not a major theme in the story, just the beginning of something.

I really liked this story, there was mystery, action, and just the right amount of romance. I loved all the Egyptian mythology. This is a great story and I will definitely be looking for the next book.

To purchase Daughter of the Sun make sure to visit Amazon, Goodreads, and Zoe Kalo’s website.

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The Secret of Bald Rock Island: Kare Kids Adventures #1 by Charles A. Salter

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Can Kelcie solve the island’s TWO mysteries in time? Ten-year-old Kelcie Oglethorpe’s fisherman father disappeared at sea years ago. Since then, Kelcie has befriended Bald Rock Island’s beloved Mr. Bartleby, a kindly man devoted to the village and its children. He often warns of a mysterious creature he once saw on the island’s bald dome which towers a hundred feet above the sea, yet is hollow inside and connected to sea life by underground channels. Kelcie decides to help Mr. Bartleby solve the island’s two enduring mysteries-what happened to her father, and what the sea creature might be. She learns that Mr. Bartleby was her father’s lifelong best friend. During that terrible storm off the coast of Maine, Mr. Bartleby risked his own life to do everything possible to save Kelcie’s dad, but no sign was ever found. Kelcie criss-crosses the island in search of clues and thinks she knows where she can find the ultimate answers. She resolves to explore the forbidden area of the island, and as she puts the final pieces of the puzzle together, a new storm arises. Can she solve the mysteries and return to safety before the new storm claims her as the previous one did her father? And what will she do when she finally confronts the mysterious creature face to face?

Author Charles Salter in his basement office with shelves filled with books he has written over the years. Staff photo by Bill Green

Charles A. Salter

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.

He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland.

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My Review

5 stars

We start the story with Mr. Bartleby sitting in the part feeding pigeons and telling children about the monster of Bald Rock Island. Kelcie is one of the kids listening to Mr. Bartelby. She lost her father in the same storm that Mr. Bartleby saw the monster. Kelcie has decided that she is going to figure out what happened to her father and what the monster of Bald Rock Island really is.

I really liked how independent Kelcie was and how determined she was to find out the truth. I really liked how she showed compassion in the end too. I also liked Mr. Bartleby. He was so sweet and I really liked how he kept searching for information.

This is a great story with lots of adventure and a sad yet great ending. I think this would be perfect for any child starting to read books with a great moral. I really liked the story and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

To purchase The Secret of Bald Rock Island make sure to visit Amazon and Goodreads.

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I received The Secret of Bald Rock Island for free from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sci-fi Thriller, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
Date Published: April 2016
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Dark Moon is a Sci-fi suspense thriller about a time in the near future when creatures from ancient legends emerge from hiding to help the surviving humans fight sinister alien invaders who have begun a ground invasion of New York City and cut down all in their path with lethal energy weapons. The story centers heavily on Raziel, the last remaining Werewolf as he is forced to begin turning the human soldiers that fall in battle in order to save their lives and rekindles his kind after centuries of near extinction.
The storyline follows his ancient mind back, to bittersweet memories of his distant youth more than a thousand years before, where he had met his counterpart and soulmate Lupea, a Pure Born Werewolf like himself that he had lost to the savagery of the Wars of the Moon. As he turns an elite squad of soldiers, one by one into newborn Werewolves, his memories of her are rekindled and he is forced to feel the loss of her all over again.
About the Author

 

C.W. Holcomb’s writing style and major influences include a wide variety of well known novelists that came before him including, J.R.R Tolkien, Mary Stewart, Raymond E. Feist, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Hayden and Frank Herbert. The biggest influences on his style were Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind. He has drawn inspiration for his novels from other areas as well including, animated shows and video games.
His debut novel, Dark Moon Book one of the Brotherhood of the Moon, is inspired by ancient Celtic legends about Werebeasts that stalked the forests of the Scottish Highlands on the full moon. His newly released novel, Chaos:Worlds Beyond Book one of the Reflections of Infinity Saga is deeply inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology and Lore. His works contain endearing characters that always have something special and unique that helps them survive in the brutal and unrelenting Worlds that he creates.
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Fated

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Fated (The Bloodstone Saga – 2) by Courtney Cole

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seventeen-year old Macy Lockhart thought she had it all figured out.

As a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae, she literally holds fate in her hands. She lives over and over in lives that end tragically; all to further the good of mankind as she does her part to control destiny.
But there’s one lesson that she hasn’t learned well enough. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Startling new revelations about her identity surface and Macy realizes that she’s more important than she ever imagined.

As she struggles to grasp her new reality, everyone she loves is threatened. Is she strong enough to save them all?

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My Review

4 stars

Macy has just returned from her jump in time to help Cleopatra meet her demise. She is performing for homecoming when she meets her new charge Jade. But something is different with Jade. Macy is whisked in front of the Fates and learns that their sisters the Moirae are causing trouble and to be warry. Except Macy finds out that she is actually, Harmonia the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares. It seems the Fates are more involved than the Gods knew. Harmonia is going to have her hands putting everything in order and saving everyone from the Fates and Moirae.

I admit that when I read Every Last Kiss I liked the story but I was wondering how Cole was going to pull off Macy living a new life in this book. Was I surprised! There is a LOT more going on than that. Macy is a goddess and has been used as punishment for the other gods and goddesses that have upset the Fates.

The only thing that I have to whine about is the whole love between Harmonia and Cadmus. It was just a bit over whelming and got a touch irritating. But that is just me whining. I loved the story beyond that. I can’t wait to start reading With My Last Breath.

To purchase Fated make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or Courtney Cole’s website.

I received Fated a long time ago from Courtney Cole for free in exchange for an honest review. I’m sorry that I took so long to read such a great book.

Yes, I’m really trying to get caught up on old books I need to review.

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The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jack Nash is the world’s leading expert in conspiracies. He’s looked at whether there are secret satanic symbols carved underneath the Lincoln Memorial. He’s looked at whether George Washington was really buried underneath the US Capitol. And ever since his daughter Hazel was a little girl, Jack has shared these stories with her. Today, 30-year-old Hazel needs those stories. Why? Because she just woke up in a hospital with a brain injury that keeps her from remembering her emotional attachment to others, including herself. So when she’s told that her father’s dead, Hazel doesn’t know if she’s the next victim, or the actual killer. Indeed, the great mystery she must solve is the mystery about herself…and what her dad was really looking for in all those great conspiracies.

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My Review

4 stars

Jack Nash has been the host of the long running television series The House of Secrets. But there is more to his on site programs than just the paranormal or political stories. We start the story with Jack in the car traveling with his daughter Hazel and son Skip. Jack suffers from a heart attack and crashes the car dying instantly. Hazel spends time in the hospital. She suffers from loss of any memories relating to emotion. If it’s cold hard fact she can recite them but she doesn’t know how what her favorite color is let alone how she feels about her brother.

Hazel grew up with a strange story of a man found frozen with a bible from Benedict Arnold in his chest. When a man is found frozen with a bible in his check in New Brunswick, Canada and one in Dubai. And since Jack Nash was one of the last people to have meet the guy found in New Brunswick the FBI is looking into Hazel and Skip. Hazel gets out of the hospital and tries to figure out what she did before the accident. But everything seems to keep coming back to the Benedict Arnold bible and The House of Secrets. What is the connection? And who is hunting Hazel and Skip down.

I loved the mystery. Hazel is having a hard time trying to figure out who she was and finds that she didn’t really like her. I liked how you discovered the different things and people as Hazel did. It made it easier to follow the story. Going to the different stories with The House of Secrets really added to the mystery.

The only thing about the story was how slow it seemed to progress. It didn’t really get going until Hazel started looking into the one death. I really liked the ending, I was really surprised. I’m sad to admit this but this is the first book of Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg that I have read. But I will definitely be looking into reading their other books.

To purchase The House of Secrets make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Brad Meltzer’s website, and Tod Goldberg’s website.

I received The House of Secrets for free from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Stealing People

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Stealing People (Charles Boxer – 3) by Robert Wilson

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organized operation, six billionaires’ children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands £25 million per hostage for ‘expenses’ – not ransom.

And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose who’ll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has.

The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can – but that doesn’t mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations – and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer, and his ex-wife Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too.

But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

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My Review

4 stars

In one day, six children of billionaires from different countries are kidnapped throughout London. The kidnappers are asking for £25 million for expenses, not ransom. Charlie Boxer gets asked by one of the parents to find their kid. Then Charlie learns that his ex-wife, DI Mercy Danquah is working the kidnappings. Things get tough for both Charlie and Mercy as they become targets. Then the CIA and MI5 get involved. It seems these kidnappings are part of a bigger plot involving rouge spies, terrorists, and politics.

This is an action packed political thriller. Charlie is the perfect person to look into the kidnappings. He is willing to do what needs to be done to get the kids. But he is not the only one looking into the kidnapping and tension runs high when we start looking into the War on Terror and the wars in the Middle East.

The only thing that got to me was that there was a huge list of people in this story and I was confused at times trying to keep track of who was who. Beyond that I really liked the story and recommend this to anyone that likes good political thrillers. I will definitely be looking into the other books in the Charles Boxer series.

To purchase Stealing People make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Robert Wilson’s website.

I received Stealing People for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Trisomy XXI

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Trisomy XXI by G.A. Minton

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Joshua Allen was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy XXI, or Down Syndrome. A serious accident leaves the mentally-challenged adolescent in a coma at the hospital, where he receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers.

The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths in town that have both the sheriff and the coroner baffled. A ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for the teenager—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission.

The salvation of an entire race of aliens is in the balance, as Joshua and his friends are thrown into a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly indestructible extraterrestrial being.
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My Review

4 stars

Tranquil, AZ is about to get strange. We start with a quick introduction to the local drunk Henry Pickridge. Henry is out one night and gets abducted by aliens. Then we meet Joshua Allen, a 16 year old that has a rough past. Joshua lost his mother in child birth and was almost lost too if not for the emergency room doctor. Joshua was born with Down Syndrome, also called Trisomy XXL due to a third chromosome.

We follow Joshua and his best friend Patrick when a terrible accident happens and Patrick dies. While in the hospital, Joshua was injected with a strange red liquid that ends up removing the down syndrome and making him a very handsome genius. Then people start dying in strange ways with their only connection is with Joshua. But there is an alien that is bent on getting its claws on Joshua no matter who is in its way. Now it’s up to Joshua, his girlfriend Tara, and the emergency room doctor to save everyone.

This is a wonderful story. Joshua has had a rough go in life but gets a fresh look after the accident the killed his friends. Tara is a sweet girl that is recovering from brain cancer and is a great match for Joshua. Then there is Ted, he has saved Joshua’s life a couple times and is more of a father to Joshua than Joshua’s real father. The story is great; you will be cheering and crying with Joshua. I loved the aliens but I found a soft spot for poor old Henry.

The only thing that did slow the story down is some of the descriptions got to be a bit boggy. I understand the sheriff decked out the pickup with all the bells and whistles but three paragraphs to describe everything was a little much.

Over all this is a great story and one that I recommend for anyone that likes young adult science fiction stories. This is one you will want to check out.

To purchase Trisomy XXI make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Trisomy XXI for free from World Castle Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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