Robin’s Review of Vorodin’s Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2)

Vorodin’s Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2)

 by J.V. Hilliard

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Vorodin's Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2) 
by J.V. Hilliard
Ominous Omens 
Daemus, a low Keeper of the Cathedral of the Watchful Eye, isn’t the only one having visions. His nightmares speak of the ageless sorcerer, Vorodin, who may be able to help. But the answers he seeks may bring him—and the realm—to the brink of war.


Elven princess, Addilyn Elspeth, must discover why she’s receiving visitations from a mysterious creature that shouldn’t exist. She combines forces with Daemus on their harrowing journey to the scholar city of Abacus, where Vorodin’s Lair awaits.
A Plot of Revenge
Their powerful adversary and fallen Keeper, Graytorris the Mad, continues to chase the young Keeper throughout the realm, seeking vengeance against his order while trying to find a cure for his own affliction.
Explore the realm of Warminster, as fantasy and magic mixes with epic adventure and romance. Omens, battles and plot twists await you in the pages of Vorodin’s Lair.
Robin's Review: As the next book in this world which could possibly be called a sequel but also considered a stand-alone Vorodin's Lair, following the Last Keeper, Dameus Alaric, and Princess Addilyn Elspeth of the Vermilion elves. Lair is a great read that continues the journey started in the previous book. It's full of suspense and excitement. I really enjoyed it. It's a well-written fantasy/science fiction book with great world-building, characters, and battles scenes. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes these genres.

I was given a free e-copy of this book, but that has not influenced my opinion in this review. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others.



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Robin’s Review of Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)

Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

It's been over a month since the apocalypse began, and there are no signs of help on the way. While some are battling to stay safe and alive, others plot their path to power. With both rotters and humans to contend with, not everyone will survive this cruel new world.
The fallout has arrived.

Chaos has been unleashed.

Sacrifices must be made.

This is the apocalypse.
Robin's Review: I can’t believe how easily these kids have taken to the apocalypse. They just roll with the punches and plan for the long-term future. I love it. Oops not so fast.
I was going to write a long review, but I can't. I need some time to process the ending. I'm so invested in these characters that my heart is broken. This book is a more complicated story than the previous ones. It gets into the dirty, all-too-real side of life. It might not be as cozy, but I still loved it, except well, you know. Read it and you'll understand. Wow. Anyways, this is definitely a book series I recommend reading. And, um, authors, please hurry with the next book. Pretty please?

Here is the reading order so you can catch up:

Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Chaos (Apocalypse Book 3)
Great Quotes:
She would trade what was left of their humanity for her own in a heartbeat.

“Let’s squish them down and make some zombie soup.”

They’re just speed bumps, he told himself. Just speed bumps.

“Looks like you’ve got an uncontrollable pest problem now.”

“Then I guess we do shots of espresso and get on with it.”

“We’re not doing this again,” he hissed. “We don’t need any more newbies trying to get in our good books. Don’t we already have our hands full with Joe?”

“Pain is just weakness leaving the body,”




Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 4: Apocalypse

Sacrifice: (Apocalypse )
Book 4 of 4
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 Mayatte’s Catharsis

Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jake E. Mohr Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jake E. Mohr The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why… When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Mayatte’s Catharsis”

Mayatte’s Catharsis

by Jake E. Mohr

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mayatte’s Catharsis
by Jake E. Mohr

The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why...
When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are suspicious and fearful, Naña is curious and even helpful, especially when one of the outsiders becomes gravely ill. But her goodwill might be a fatal flaw that puts the entire island in jeopardy.
Robin's Review: This book is set on a hidden island that is, in my opinion, the show's real star. The author does an excellent job of world-building in this book with the many interesting characters to meet., and there are so many interesting characters to meet. creating a rich and detailed landscape that feels real and alive. The characters are complex and interesting, and the plot kept me engaged throughout. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

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.

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Robin’s Review of Chaos: Apocalypse Book 3

Chaos: Apocalypse Book 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chaos 
Book 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Just as things seem to be calming down, the members of the farm are about to face their biggest challenge yet. 
As a horde approaches, the team must fight in order to survive another night. But with their group vastly outnumbered and cracks beginning to show among them, survival seems to be slipping through their fingers.
Robin's Review: This a well-written and easy-to-read cozy zombie apocalypse story about young adults and teenagers surviving in a new and dangerous world. It seems like they're barely hanging on to their survival with their pinky fingers, or maybe that is just me. So now that we have all the players figured out, we jump right into it. I mean, a zombie horde, blood guts, gnashing teeth, and bodies everywhere. I don't want to give anything away, so I will stop there.

This a great zombie book. I love the authors writing style; that is not overly graphic but with enough description to understand what is going on. The characters are young and kinda snarky, which I enjoy. I see bad things coming up for the characters that are in the next book. (No, I haven't read it yet). So, an exciting and entertaining plot throughout the series. I am going to be sorry when this series ends. 
Great Quotes:
She would trade what was left of their humanity for her own in a heartbeat.

“Let’s squish them down and make some zombie soup.”

They’re just speed bumps, he told himself. Just speed bumps.

“Looks like you’ve got an uncontrollable pest problem now.”

“Then I guess we do shots of espresso and get on with it.”

“We’re not doing this again,” he hissed. “We don’t need any more newbies trying to get in our good books. Don’t we already have our hands full with Joe?”

“Pain is just weakness leaving the body,”




Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 4: Apocalypse

Sacrifice: (Apocalypse )
Book 4 of 4
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 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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