Robin’s Review of The Heir of Exile Seeder Wars

The Heir of Exile – Seeder Wars

by J. Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Heir of Exile
Seeder Wars
by J. Houser

Revelation ~ Redemption ~ Revenge
Leah never understood why her mom and aunt made them move so much.
Or why her family of freaks could extend vines from their wrists. After getting caught shoplifting, again, Leah is forced to start over in a new town and high school. The friends she makes bring her understanding of the world around her crashing down. They’re like her. And they aren’t … human.Digging deeper, Leah finds the answers her mom kept from her all these years. Her dad didn’t die in a tragic accident. He was a king, murdered by his sister to steal his throne. Fleeing a besieged palace and pregnant with Leah, her mom turned to the human world, where they were forced to live in hiding.Wanting justice for her parents and the kingdom they once ruled over, and yearning to know how it feels to be amongst people like herself in a realm flooded with energy, Leah forms a plan.Her ticket to learning how to enter the Green Lands, how to use her powers, and how to get in close proximity to the murderous queen—is one of her new friends. He may be handsome and sweet, but Leah’s objective is clear. Date him. Get an invite to his brother’s wedding, which the queen will be attending. Take care of business.The queen has to die.
Robin’s Review: This is the fourth installment in the Seeder Wars Series. It comes with many revelations for Leah and some complex emotions that she has to deal with. What she does with these revelations makes for a great story. This was another fantastic read from J Houser and a lovely and entertaining continuation of this series.
Next in Series:
Soren's Legacy

This title will be released on March 31, 2023.

So, I got a little confused of the reading/series order so I worked it out for you.

Seeder Shadow Wars (Seeder Wars Series Book
Book 1 of 4: Seeder Wars Series

Trouble in the Green Lands (Seeder Wars Series Book 2)
Book 2 of 4: Seeder Wars Series

Unitas: Trio (Seeder Wars Series Book 3)
Book 3 of 4: Seeder Wars Series

The Heir of Exile (Seeder Wars Series Book 4)
Book 4 of 4: Seeder Wars Series

Seeder Stories (Seeder Wars Series)
Part of: Seeder Wars Series

The Green Lands Fantasy Coloring Book (Seeder Wars)

It was my pleasure to receive a free arc of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#paranormal #urbanfantasy #teen #youngadult #college #comingofage #dystopian #fantasy #action #adventure

Robin’s Review of Gullonization

Gullonization: The Fight or Flight Collection

 by Sean P. Gibson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gullonization
(The Fight or Flight Collection)

by Sean P. Gibson
Part of: The Fight or Flight Collection (3 books)
What would happen if humanity came to an end? Who would rise to the top of the food chain, who would dominate Earth?
Follow the STE Space Team as they return to their base in Edinburgh, now abandoned. A hundred years have passed on Earth. It’s not what they remember. Neither is a certain, predatory species whose murderous welcome makes it clear that this Space Team no longer has a home… nor a right to live…If you thought seagulls were already cruel omens, then get ready to see them at their worst.This novella marks the second in the 'Fight or Flight' Collection. Be sure to check out the others too; "The Pigeon Detectives," and "The Crow's Vengeance".
Robin's Review: This is a well written, quick, and easy to read short story that was crisp and straight to the point. It has some creepy world building that totally amazed me. The main characters are complex but relatable. And the “bad guys” are freaking nasty. Oh, my I will never forget them. This is such an enjoyable read that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I have to go back to read book 1 first. Sean P. Gibson thank you for this surprising story boy do you have a wild imagination. I encourage everyone to read this whole series.
Favorite Lines: “Get your Grav injections ready so that your body can handle the gravitational shift! I want you walking on your feet when we land, not kissing the floor like starfish!”

“Don’t tell me that we’re the aliens on our own planet.”

#shortstory #bookseries #dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #postapocalypse #monster #space

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Robin’s Review of Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

A week has passed since the world turned upside down. Help isn't coming, communications are down, and a group of young teenagers remain isolated on a farm, awaiting rescue.
As they adjust to their new reality, the group must learn to fend for themselves. But with trouble brewing all around them, they’re about to discover that humans might be just as terrifying as the rotters plaguing their new landscape.Tensions are rising.Alliances are forming and enemies are being made.Humanity is slipping through their fingers.The apocalypse is here to stay.
Robin's Review: This is the second cozy zombie apocalypse book in this series. It picks up a week after where the previous book ended. This is a quick read, but I took it slow because I didn’t want it to end. Luckily the next in the series is due out soon. This book is well written with an interesting and entertaining plot. The characters are well developed, relatable and you could just feel their anxiety. I really enjoyed this book. It is not graphic so it could be for teenagers and up. I highly recommend this series to all ages.
It was my pleasure and privilege to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Some of the characters: There is a group at the high school consisting of Fletcher, Patrick, Charlie, Nora, Collin, Zoe, and they let in Ross. The group at the farm are Cassie, Luke, Heidi, Eliza, Poppy, Rori, Eliza, Warren, Ginge, Hannah, Billy and Cara have come a long way in a short amount of time. They have also picked up Joe along the way.

Zombie Nicknames: Zeds, Rotters and Munchers
Some of my favorite lines:
“Rule one; aim for the head. It’s the only thing that stops them.” He listed this off on his fingers. “Rule two; whatever you do, don’t let them bite you.” “Rule three; no jumping out of windows.”
“It’s character developing, you know, surviving coffee withdrawal.” “If I develop any more, I am going to develop into a villain.”
“It’s an apocalypse; I’d be concerned if you weren’t having an existential crisis.”
“I’ve got to keep myself looking good. Otherwise, how will the rotters know I’m the catch of the day?”

Zombie Tips from the book: 
Use fencing masks to protect the face.

Use every tea bag twice to save on supplies.

“You think you’re just going to stroll into Tesco and grab whatever you fancy? Everyone is going to have the same idea. And a lot of those people are going to get themselves killed in the process. That means a buildup of rotters in areas of interest. And that is why it’s not a good idea.”

Learn to read maps and don’t rely on GPS.

“We do need to be careful. We can’t trust people the way that we have in the past. It brings out an ugly side to us all.”

Stay in the attic to sleep because it’s safe with only one way in. 

Could also be bad because of only one way out.

Better to be the predator than the prey.

“You should make a big pit all around the farm. And then If anything tries to get close, it just gets stuck in the pit. The monsters aren’t very smart, are they? Maybe they won’t be able to get out.”
Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 3: Apocalypse
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.


#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of  Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale

Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale

 by David Kudler

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale 
Book 2 of 2: Seasons of the Sword
by David Kudler


Can one girl stop a killer?
The future of Japan hangs in the balance, and it's up to a girl who likes to climb to save the day.


Two armies have descended on the Full Moon, and the war that has torn Japan apart for over a century threatens to destroy Lady Chiyome's school for young shrine maidens (and assassins).

In this thrilling sequel to Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, Risuko must face warlords, samurai, angry cooks, a monster in the hills, the truth about her father, a spy among the kunoichi...

And a murderer.

Someone kills a Takeda lieutenant, staging it to look like suicide. Can Risuko figure out who would do such thing?

And can she keep it from happening again?
An exciting and imaginative story that continues to follow the main character, Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) in sixteenth-century Japan.

This is an entertaining coming of age tale with some lovable characters that you can’t help but root for and invest your time cheering them on. The world building is rich and thoroughly engrossing with such descriptive detail that you can just “see” everything so clearly.

I really enjoyed this book and Mr. Kudler’s writing style. I recommend this series whole heartedly.
It was my pleasure to receive a free advance review copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#teen #youngadult #asianfiction #comingofage #action #adventure #mystery

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Robin’s Review of Unitas: Trio Seeder Wars

Unitas: Trio – Seeder Wars

by J. Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Unitas: Trio
Seeder Wars
by J. Houser

Lost Secrets of the Green Lands

Leading Princess Kaylah to Seeder borders was only Rachel and Saff's first step in stopping a never-ending war. The Ivy queen and king's assassination leaves Prince Soren in sole control of their troops and resources.

Banding together, the Unitas group sets out to discover forgotten secrets to their pasts and powers. They work to discover how to cure the poisoned Seeder lands, as well as how to best infiltrate the Ivy palace, all while recruiting and training in secret.
Robin’s Review: There are the “Seeders” and the “Ivies”, they have somewhat of a truce albeit shaky. But there are even more secrets, drama, action and danger.

This is the third book in the Seeder Wars series. It’s a smart and entertaining book. It has a different take on dystopian world building. J. Houser has beautifully described the Green Lands, as lush and vibrant as a dystopian world can be. It’s amazing, and the characters are written with complexity, but are genuine and strong.
 
Thanks so much for a review copy of this book I received from the author through story origin. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.


The next in the series:
The Heir of Exile (Seeder Wars Series Book 4)
This title will be released on July 29, 2022.
#paranormal #urbanfantasy #teen #youngadult #romance #comingofage

Robin’s Review of  Complex Solutions: A young adult coming of age thriller

Complex Solutions: A young adult coming of age thriller

 by Susan Dalessandro

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Complex Solutions
by Susan Dalessandro



Math is easy for Lexi, but complex emotions are difficult, and A.P. Calculus won’t help her overcome guilt, fear, or self-destructive behavior. 
Sixteen-year old Lexi Thompson believes she should’ve died in the car accident that took her parents. Now she slices her guilt into her skin, aggravating an already dangerous cutting habit. When Lexi is contacted about her parents’ lost proof of a famous math theorem, her guilt over her parents’ deaths intensifies. Math was her parents’ passion as well as her own. Lexi enlists her friend and fellow math whiz, Joe, to help find the proof. As their relationship deepens, Lexi struggles to keep her self-harm secret. Further, she realizes she’s not the only one interested in her parents’ proof. A mysterious man hangs around her family’s vacant home and lurks in the woods where she runs with her dog. The stalker's presence exacerbates her anxiety, along with the frequency and severity of her cutting. The more she tries to conceal her self-harm, the more she pulls away from Joe and from finding the proof. If she can’t let go of her fear and open up to Joe, she may lose him as well as the proof to a man who’s intent on stealing her parents’ legacy.

Triggers: Death, psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and self-harm.
Robin's Review: A complex and compelling story of teen Lexi. She is going through high school and life with a broken spirit. Her parents have died from a car accident, and she has had to move in with her grandmother which means a new school and new people. Lexi is going through so much; guilt over her parents death, anxiety and depression, which has resulted in self harm. She tries to solve a mystery concerning her parents mathematics secret, but that turns out to be quite dangerous for her, add bullying in because she is new and different at her school, and it’s hard for her to make new friends let alone open up her heart to someone.

This story has complicated mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and self-harm, but it is written with such knowledgeable concern and sympathetic understanding that it just blew me away. The plot is strong and full of teenage emotions and new found strength. It shows the main character grow throughout the story and then learning to forgive herself. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from author, Susan Dalessandro.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#youngadult #urbanfantasy #teen #comingofage #mystery #romance

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Robin’s Review of Trouble in the Green Lands

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series

by J. Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Trouble in the Green Lands

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series
by J Houser

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

It's been three years since Saff made the life-changing decision to embrace her Seeder nature and move to the Green Lands. She loves her job, her husband, her Seeder family, and everything about this enchanting new realm. Life couldn't be more perfect. Except for the disturbing new war tactics displayed by their enemies, the Ivies.

Rachel's senior year in high school is anything but typical. Discovering her true identity as a Seeder means learning new abilities, hiding from Ivy assassins, and preparing to leave the human world behind. But something's not right with her powers, causing crippling self-doubt and leading her to make unlikely allies. Rachel's ready to join the rebellion, helping to put an end to centuries of unrest amongst the green folk.

But people and promises are rarely as they seem in a war filled with secrets and misdirects.

Far from being on the same page, Rachel and her new mentor, Saff, realize they can only take the needed leap of faith by trusting each other. The ultimate goal for them both is to stay alive, find out who they can trust, and just maybe, if they can manage that, they can stop a never-ending war.

From the Author
*Content Warning* mental health, self-harm, assault, discrimination
It has been a few years for the characters of book one titled Seeder Shadow Wars. Saff and Devin are married and are now teachers in the Green Lands.

Ben, Saff’s brother and Heather Devin’s sister are a couple planning on marriage.

Lyza’s little girl. Rachel is beginning to “bloom.”

There is still conflict between the “Seeders” and the “Ivies” but something new is brewing.

This is a smart and exciting coming of age story in a remarkable and truly creative world. It continues on with the great world building but also delves deeper with old characters and new. Once again drawing you into their lives and choices whether good or bad. This story revolves around friendships, love and growth as human beings and other “species”. Some darker themes are explored but it is done with respect, kindness and understanding. J Houser is a remarkable author with great storytelling experience.


Unitas: Trio
Seeder Wars Series Book 3
This title will be released on Mar 25, 2022.

Also available by the author by signing up for her newsletter.
"Son & Soldier: A Seeder Short Story"

“The Return & Question”
Bonus scenes taking place between Seeder Shadow Wars & Trouble in the Green Lands.

Robin’s Review of Shadow and Lightning (The Lightning Rod Saga Book 1)

On a routine hunting trip with his friends, 16-year-old Ranir Trysfal stumbled upon something believed to be a myth: magic.

Shadow and Lightning: The Lightning Rod Saga Book 1

 by C.S. Ratliff

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of Shadow and Lightning (The Lightning Rod Saga Book 1)

On a routine hunting trip with his friends, 16-year-old Ranir Trysfal stumbled upon something believed to be a myth: magic. Nearly killed, he is saved by a stranger who can control fire. Teleported back to his farm, he is forced to reconcile with this new secret as the mage is killed, and another turns up in the village looking for answers. With newfound curiosity, he and his friends set out to hunt down the murderer. They quickly discover the world of magic is very real, and far more dangerous than the old tales had told.

During a storm, he is struck by lightning, and becomes mysteriously endowed with ancient elemental power. He soon learns that he has become The Lightning Rod, an ancient title bestowed upon the strongest mages. Under the tutelage of a fire mage, he will learn the world isn't as mundane as he once thought. Shadow magic is spreading beyond the walls of secrecy. He must learn to harness the power of the storms, for he is not the only one who has risen to power. The Necromancer has reawakened, threatening all of Gnariam. Full of treacherous paths and dangers at every turn, Ranir will begin his chaotic journey as the responsibility is placed on his shoulder to stop the spread of wicked shadow magic before Hel is unleashed.

Will he become the hero the world needs, or succumb to the darkness?
Robin's Review: Ranir Trysfal is out hunting vräel by the Veörn Mountains when he comes upon Detmés Ontaga, pyro mage and bounty hunter capturing Felgrin Eldìr, shape-shifting murdering druid. A battle of magic ensues. Ranir is surprised with the knowledge that magic is real and is unprepared for the ambush that happens.
The mage uses a teleportation spell to save him and send him to safety. Upon awakening and starting for home he is found by his best friends Marnos and Selendt.

They all return to his home but are then confronted by Taryn Ontaga, brother to the mage that saved his life, where he is told he is dead and that he believes Ranir killed him. After much discussion Taryn is relieved to know Ranir is not responsible for his brother’s death. Not knowing what to do Ranir offers to go with the brother to hunt down the killer on a “magical quest for revenge.”

This was but a quick summarization of how the story begins but I didn’t want to spoil anyones first time reading of it.

I found the story to be fast paced and full of rich descriptions of the fantasy world. It had characters that grew throughout the telling of the story.

It had everything action, adventure, mystery suspense, vengeance, bravery, friendship, magic, and twisty turns. Oh, my it was a blast to read. I enjoyed it very much. I can see it turning into a classic. Wonderful just wonderful.
These are such epic lines:

“That man's brother saved my life. I want to do this to help avenge him, show him I'm grateful. I want to do this to find out why he saved me––if there was a reason. And…I want you and Selendt to come with me.”

“Once we begin, there will be no going back to the simplicity you once knew.”



I was given a digital copy by the author, but I pre-ordered it anyway. I think I would like to get a “real” copy for my bookshelf. Any who, this review is my own personal opinion.

Coming of Age
Teen
Young Adult
Fantasy
Action
Adventure
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller

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Robin’s Review of A World Fallen

What would you do to save someone you love?

A World Fallen

by Nicholas Lawrence Carter

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A World Fallen
by Nicholas Lawrence Carter


A disease ravaged the world… …and now, it has adapted. What would you do to save someone you love? As a young girl, Rosaline watched her mother and sister die. The monsters were brutal, relentless. Now, she has a son. She will do anything to protect him. The diseased only want to kill and, to her horror, they've evolved. They can speak and deceive. "Are you alone?" That’s always what they ask. Over and over again."Are you alone?"Usually followed by the false promise, "I can help you." Anyone can be infected. Trust is a risk. Are there any good people left? You’ll love A World Fallen, because even in despair, we can find hope.

Mature Content Triggers: Violence, PTSD, Mental Illness, Cutting

Robin's Review: This was an amazing book. It went beyond just being an average zombie apocalypse story. It touched upon many issues that some writers might overlook like mental illness, depression, and PTSD that you might find in an apocalypse. I believe the author researched these issues fairly well and portrayed them realistically. I find the love and caring between the characters to really make the story. They were your average everyday people, so they were to me very relatable. And of course, the different types of zombies were intriguing and really creepy. I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to more from Nicholas Lawrence Carter. Well done, Sir.
Characters:

Rosaline and Mikey
Kylie, Marcus, and Patrick
Hawaii, Zee, Rad, Outlaw and Sweetie
Norman, Jack, and Daisy
Karo
KP

Zombie Names:
creatures, diseased, infected, beast, Adapted, afflicted, monsters, talkers, smart ones, and killers.

Zombie Tips:
The goggles are important to ensure no blood gets in the eyes and the gloves keep the hands clean.

Never take chances

never sleep on low ground go somewhere more defensible or to higher ground.

The disease infects people which makes people the threat.

sleep fully dressed

People need water so the infected lie in wait at the water source.

Favorite Lines:
“It only takes an apocalyptic event to give my profession a good name, how about that?” the attorney responds, a cheeky expression exuding from her.

“You’re sunshine in the flesh, you know that?



Suspense
Thriller
Science Fiction
Post-Apocalyptic
LGBTQ+
PTSD
Zombies
Action
Romance
Coming of Age

I received a free copy of this book via Story Origin and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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The Lament of Death: 

My name is Kyara, and I am a banshee.

Children of Chaos Series

 by Maria Vermisoglou

The Lament of Death: Children of Chaos Series
by Maria Vermisoglou

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Lament of Death: Children of Chaos Series
by Maria Vermisoglou


My name is Kyara, and I am a banshee.

My job? Bringing the dead to the other side.

I expected to become a healer...
…But fate bestowed me with a curse.

Cause, yeah. Being a Banshee is a curse.
I'm hated by my friends and family, and I'm kind of stuck in the Realm of Silver, the last place I want to be. But if I don't accept my job and take souls to their next stop, well, things will get bad fast. The wicked ones will drown the world in darkness, while the rest. I don’t even want to know.

What I really want is to gather the strength I need to become who I want to be.
Is it even possible to do my job with all this pressure from... everybody?

Prepare for an epic adventure!

My Review:
Kyara comes into her powers after turning sixteen. Thinking she was to become a healer, only to find out that she is something else is really hard on her and her relationships. This is really a fantastic coming of age story in a dystopian world setting. I really felt for Kyara as a character. To be different, bullied, and shunned is difficult to say the least. She had amazing growth and maturity that made this story a great read.


#ComingofAge
#Banshee
#Mythology
#FolkTales
#Occult
#Mystical
#Magic
#Dystopian
#SciFi



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