Robin’s Review of Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

Allegra – A Dystopian Romance

 by Nikita Bloom

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Allegra - A Dystopian Romance
by Nikita Bloom

A small mistake in the formula that was supposed to cure one disease, led to another. NOW IT’S KILL or be KILLED. 
In an apocalyptic world surrounded by nothing but dusty ruins, dictatorial military rule, and a divided population, those are the only two choices. Aiden is a soldier in Roy Randall’s army, the head of the underworld. As a child who was thrown to the streets, he’s struggling to survive, with no real choice and no goal worth fighting for. Until he meets Allegra, who doesn’t want to just survive but to live... and love. Everything changes. Now Aiden is torn between his love and his commitment to a man who will determine whether he will live or die. Despite her fear, Allegra is swept away by an unexpected love story, but a sudden discovery shocks her world and forces her to choose between the fragile security of her previous life and a dangerous adventure. Will they succeed in saving the human spark in their hearts in a world where no room’s left for humanity?
Robin's Review: This was an action-packed dystopian romance that crosses many genres such as post-apocalyptic, military thriller, science fiction, suspense, and horror to say a few. The plot is strong and interesting, in that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus ravages mankind changing some but not others. So, the “government” has decided who shall live - the “clean” and who shall die - the ones changed by the virus.

The characters were complex and compelling so much that I rooted for them throughout the story turning each page anxiously. The world building was done so that I felt like I was right there. The moral dilemma behind the story was intriguing. Doesn’t everyone have a right to live? And who has the right to take that away?

Overall, a really well written story that I highly recommend to everyone. It has a little bit of everything to satisfy your reading desires.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#military #action #thriller #dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of The Dying Butterfly

The Dying Butterfly

by D.L. Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Dying Butterfly
by D.L. Fletcher

A post-apocalyptic zombie story. Though it is about an illness the message remains true, and that is when there seems to be no light hold on to hope. It is about never giving up when it appears there is nothing left to fight for. 
It is about not taking anything for granted from the simplicity of tasks to the little noises, all the way up to the people we cherish; and that sometimes the strangers we meet along the way, even if we don’t see it, are the ones that give us that strength. Holly and Tony were a young couple in love. They thought they had all the time in the world, but they were wrong... As the illness spread and the population was dying, chaos sprang forcing Holly, Tony, and her family to flee their homes. A plan set and necessities previously stocked for this anticipated moment they took to the road. One night as the deranged charged their camp they were forced to scatter, separating Holly from everyone she knew and loved. In her search for her family and Tony, she stumbles upon a small community. By the light of a flickering candle, from a typewriter she found in her travels, Holly tells us about the illness, her new life, and her search for the ones she lost. She shares her new philosophies on life, all that we take for granted each and every day, and human vulnerability as she reminisces the past, and her dreams of one day being reunited with the love of her life and her family.
Robin's Review: This was a well written, well thought out story with intense bits that made it a real page turner. The writing was descriptive enough to give you the idea of what the author was trying to portray but not overly gory. So, in that this is not your typical zombie apocalypse story. It focuses on the characters, their lives, their trials, and their trauma.

This story is told through the main character, Holly as she journals her thoughts of what she went through.

Introduction of charaters:
Her boyfriend/husband Tony Gardner
Her parents Jim and Georgie Wood
Their neighbors Joyce and Brad
Landon and Dahlia who were stragglers
Mr. Donald Clay Head of the community
Her rescued dog, Maxine
Lucy and Jordan part of the community
Zombie Apocalypse Tips:

It was no longer a world to trust first and see if they disappoint you later.

Describing the amount of infected as a pyramid scam. “Hundreds hooked hundreds more in, turning it to thousands overnight and thousands more the next."

“I know it's risky, but practice and learning is the only way to get strong now; and being close to some sort of supply source.”

"Look for a place maybe no one will want."

Learn how to be stealthy, and how to fight without getting bit.

Pre-packed bags of personal necessities or Bag for Running

Flashlight
two-way radios
freeze dried food
sleeping bags that attach to the outside of packs
small survival books on edible and healing plants
large variety of vegetable seeds
two shirts, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, bottle of tablets to purify water, and one thin jacket

Medical kits:
antibiotics, inhalers gauze, slings, safety pins, cotton, alcohol and antibiotic creams. Gravol, Advil and Pepto-Bismol.

Other Items to Collect:

Pre-packed bags of personal necessities or Bag for Running,
Flashlight
two-way radios
freeze dried food
sleeping bags that attach to the outside of packs
small survival books on edible and healing plants
large variety of vegetable seeds
two shirts, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, bottle of tablets to purify water, and one thin jacket
Candles, packs of every size of battery
flashlights, windup radios, Water, water, water

Prep the house by putting boards by the windows ready to be hammered up and fill pillowcases with sand, stacking them as needed for barricades inside entrances.

I remember asking my dad why we didn't just leave right then and there rather than do all that work to protect something we had no power to hold on to. This isn't to protect the house Holly. It's to protect those in it.

We need to save our resources for when there aren't any resources left. If we run now, we burn through everything unnecessarily. We will be looking for food and water when we should be working at getting as far away as we can. This is all to make sure everyone is safe.


Rules To Live By:

No fires for any reason

No yelling and to watch the volume when laughing

Keep your eyes open and watch the perimeter.

Set up a schedule and ration the food and portions.

All washing of any kind should be done with lake water. No exceptions. We need to conserve the fresh water - drinking only.

Save the use of flashlights to when they are a must. Batteries will be rationed like everything else.

Have multiple plans

Stay put when told


#dystopian #apocalyptic #romance #thriller #horror

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Robin’s Review of So Over the Undead (Zooey Zombie Book 2)

Zooey is back and she’s learning how life is going to be…

So Over the Undead (Zooey Zombie Book 2)

by Alex Apostole

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Alex Apostol
So Over the Undead 
Book 2 of 2: Zooey Zombie



Zooey is back and she's learning how life is going to be for her now that she's Undead. There are laws to protect this new race of human and their rights, but she quickly realizes many don't want them to be able to go to school or work or even live in the same neighborhoods as regular people. As Zooey tries to piece her life back together she gets caught up in a social nightmare as the human race fights back against the Undead. Can Zooey stand up for her new race and be heard or will her voice fall on deaf ears? In light of recent attacks being blamed on the Undead reverting back to their zombie state, it's harder than ever to find support.
Robin's Review: Zooey Beckett is returning to Harvard University. She graduated in June of 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. And then the zombie apocalypse happened. Now she is re-enrolling for her graduate studies in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Psychology, but as an “Undead” this time.

What is an “Undead” you may ask?

It’s a new race of human called the Undead, people who had been changed into zombies by the rampaging virus and then brought back to life by what the government deemed the cure, but it wasn’t a cure, more of a suppression of one’s inner zombie. She’ll receive the “cure” twice a week for the rest of her life.

As Zooey tries to integrate back into society she is met with quite a few obstacles, prejudice and racism are just the tip of the iceberg that she is up against. Even her longtime friends Elizabeth and Oliver who have stood by her throughout everything, before and after the apocalypse, just can’t understand what she feels, let alone what she has gone through and is going through.


This is what I like to call a “cozy” zombie apocalypse story, that means is that I could read it again and again it’s that entertaining. The world building is different and exciting because it is post-apocalyptic, I loved this, and the world is rebuilding but with a twist. One of my favorite ideas in the story were the NATIONWIDE Z-ALERTS. The characters were your average snarky young adults with some good one liners. This was such an enjoyable story with the same underlying issues as we have today. What a compelling read for zombie readers and lovers a like. 


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 amazing story.
#dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #postapocalyptic #horror

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Robin’s Review of Wait for Me

Wait for Me

by J.M. McKenzie

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Wait for Me
by J.M. McKenzie

Lisa is on a train, 20 miles from home, when the United Kingdom is hit by a terrifying bioterrorist attack, and a national emergency is declared. After she was separated from her husband, Neil, in the hours following the September 11th attack, she made him promise that, in the event of a similar crisis, their priority should be to go home and wait for each other there. Keeping her promise, and trusting Neil to keep his, she sets out on what she believes will be a quick and easy journey. But the world she once knew has changed forever and has become deadly and unpredictable. Will she make it back home to Neil? Will he be there? Will he wait for her?
Robin's Review: This is a story of one woman’s courage to get back home to her husband after an apocalyptic event in the UK. The plot was interesting and entertaining. The setting was descriptive and understandable. The main characters were your average everyday people put in the horrifying position and then made to make hard decisions. Mistakes were made by the characters but that made it all the more relatable.

#dystopian
#postapocalyptic
#sciencefiction
#fantasy
#horror
#zombie

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Robin’s Review of No Child of Mine

There’s nothing a government wouldn’t do to remain in power.

No Child of Mine: A dystopian political conspiracy thriller.

 by Olga Gibbs

Rating: 5 out of 5.
No Child of Mine:
by Olga Gibbs

There's nothing a government won't do to remain in power.

57th Year of the true leadership of The Ordained Liberating Party; or Year 2273 by the old calendar.

"The Collapse" took millions of lives and most of the country's farming lands, bringing the surviving population of the island to the brink of starvation.

Out of the aftermath of the chaos and anarchy, a new state had emerged, known as The Federation Britannia, run by the single and unopposed Ordained Liberating Party.

The division of the country's orphanages for children of "the true citizens" and children of "the enemies of the state" began the clearance of the questionable element, and bloody years of the Age of Cleansing had finished the purge, leaving behind a perfectly obedient electorate that marched every year in the Liberation Day parades, praising the Party's leadership and following the Party's every directive.

The rule of the Party is absolute. Its tool of compliance, the State Security Unit, is feared.
Tom isn't a frightened follower, he is a true believer. He loves the Party with all his heart. He trusts in the Party's wisdom. The Party had raised him, rewarding his devotion and love with a lucrative engineering job, and after the approval for the Procreation license, it also granted him a family.

But the unexpected midnight visit by the State Security to his flat, questions asked and blood samples collected, unsettles Tom more than he likes to admit, and the following day, whilst investigating the "black uniforms" interest, Tom witnesses the State Security troops, led by the familiar officer, marshalling the children from his daughter's nursery, packing them into trucks and taking them into the unknown.

At that moment Tom is forced to make a decision: either to follow the Party directive and to surrender his child into its plenary care or to protect what he loves and run.

But there's nowhere to run. There's no escape from the island or from the complete control of the Ordained Liberating Party.

"No Child of Mine" is a story of a father's journey to save his child from a totalitarian regime, who is in order to bury the truth prepared to exterminate an entire generation.




Robin's Review: After an apocalyptic event called the “collapse” this dystopian world emerges. It is set in the year 2273 in what used to be England. It is now called The Federation Brittania. “The Ordained Liberating Party” is in charge, rules heavily and demands loyalty.

Tom is a true believer where his wife Judy is more skeptical. They are parents to their child Tilly. In this different society the children are raised by others with visitation given to the parents once a month.

But something happens at the “Liberation Day” parade that makes them question their government, their freedom and independence.

This story had spectacular world building that made me fall right into it.
The characters were your average everyday people but so relatable and flawed.
The plot was original, interesting, and full of suspense and mystery.
I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to lovers of this genre.

Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

Dystopian
Thriller
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Suspense
Action/Adventure



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Robin’s Review of Death by Decent Society

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves…

Death by Decent Society Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse

by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Death by Decent Society

Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse
by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves.It is 2106. Seventy years have passed since our times collapsed in complete banking disaster. No one cares about over-population, mass extinctions or climate change any longer. The world is a post-apocalyptic paradise—for a few.One of those ‘few’ is Donald Aldingford, a star barrister in his mid-thirties, a man on the threshold of career triumph. But through ill luck, he gets shot down and jailed for trespassing into private airspace. This event changes the course of his life. He picks up disturbing rumours about his younger brother Lawrence, who disappeared without trace ten years earlier aged seventeen.After being repatriated, Donald takes a deeper interest in the world around him. He lifts stones. He peers behind dusty curtains. What he finds is horrifying and repugnant—the dreams of madmen come true. As he closes on the mystery of his disappeared brother, he pierces the last, most dangerous veil of a rotten society.Sovereigns of the Collapse is a five-part dystopian saga for those curious about the coming dark age. The story flows through ongoing action with ‘to be continued’ style endings (not cliffhangers). The series contains adult themes and is not recommended for the under-16s.
Robin's Review: This story is about a dystopian sovereign world set in “Great Britain” after a great economic collapse and the caste system that has born from it.

Donald Aldingford is the main character in a sovereign state made up a unfair caste system. It goes on to show Donald’s progress and understanding of the unjust society he lives in.

It was fast paced and well written with an fascinating plot that progressed with an interesting world built and the growth of the main character.

The other books in this series:
The Night of Blind Ambition
The Church of Nuclear Science
Operation Ultimate
Nuclear Nightminster

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Robin’s Review of Nora by Holly Hill Mangin

Humanity has a hidden name…

Nora

by Holly Hill Mangin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nora
by Holly Hill Mangin

After a virus practically decimated the human population, those who survived must deal with the aftermath left in its wake. Finding one's place is only one of the obstacles. Newly found Abilities and facing those the virus has left insane are others. Nora reels from an encounter with a Crazy and the loss of her fiance at the woman's hands, but can she come to terms with everything that has happened, or will revelations drive her over the edge? Inspired by Midnight Sun, book two of the Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue, Nora takes a peek at a character in the shadows, one determined to find happiness no matter what.

We see a dystopian world formed from an outbreak where survivors gain an exceptional “Ability.” This is seen through the viewpoint of the fractured mind of Nora.

This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue
Robin's Review: This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue

To read more about the other characters in this story you can read Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue.

THE DARKEST WINTER
THE LONGEST NIGHT, prequel novella
MIDNIGHT SUN
FADING SHADOWS
UNTAMED
UNBROKEN

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Dystopian
Post-Apocalyptic
Thriller
Short Story





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Robin’s Review of Without a World by Kristen Illarmo

A black hole is coming for Earth, but that is only the beginning of Miranda’s problems

Without a World by Kristen Illarmo

by Kristen Illarmo

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Without A World
by Kristen Illarmo

A black hole is coming for Earth, but that is only the beginning of Miranda’s problems.

She thought life in the Trash Lands was bad, scraping for food and water, wishing she could blend into the sea of ash. But when she learns her mother was right, Earth will get sucked into a black hole, Miranda must trust in skills she never knew she had to get to a place she refused to believe existed. When she finds an idyllic new world, to Miranda’s surprise, she cannot turn her back on the suffering on Earth, but will she risk it all to save a doomed world?

Without A World, the first book in the Kirasu Rising series, delivers non-stop, action-packed adventure as we race alongside a strong female protagonist through space and alternate dimensions. If you like young adult, metaphysical, action-adventure you will love this series.
Robin's Review: An interesting dystopian story with Earth and another world.


This was a compelling read about a character faced with tough decisions. This was a fast pasted quick read with a different and interesting plot. The characters were well written and likable. I highly recommend this story to all ages.

Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

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Robin’s Review of Dom of the Dead by Nic Roads

A Fast Paced Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Dom of the Dead

 by Nic Roads

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dom of the Dead: 
A Zombie Vale Novella
by Nic Roads

Don’t fear the walking dead. Dominate them.

Yasmine Alvarado has a secret life and a haunted past.

A single mother living in the remote mountain community of Sparrowdale, Colorado, Yasmine is a survivor. Having escaped from a sadistic, psychopathic husband, she now secretly moonlights as a professional dominatrix while raising her teenage daughter, Charlie.

But when a mysterious, horrifying plague is unleashed, turning countless people into ravenous, undead monsters, Yasmine’s dungeon turns deadly.

All alone, and with the world crumbling all around her, Yasmine will have to confront her deepest, darkest nightmares and risk everything to save her daughter. Will she be able to survive the onslaught of the dead?

Dom of the Dead is a thrilling, dramatic page-turner, a standalone novella set in Nic Roads’ upcoming Zombie Vale series.


*THIS BOOK CONTAINS VIOLENCE, MATURE SITUATIONS, AND ADULT LANGUAGE*

Yasmine Alvarado - aka Mistress Odessa is a divorced, thirty-six-year-old single mom with a teenage daughter, Charlie trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.

This was a first for me in the genre of zombie apocalypse. It was fast paced, descriptive and definitely had an interesting plot. I really enjoyed reading it.
Names: monsters, homicidal maniacs, crazies, living dead, undead zombies, flesh-eating undead monsters, zombified, infected crazies, virals, Mad Cow cannibals, vicious creatures, reanimated, undead revenant.


Favorite Lines:
“And my post-apocalyptic method of transport was an adorable, bright green, 50cc Vespa. As I rode through the devastated streets, its noisy little engine buzzed like a leaf blower on steroids.”

“Wham, bam, zombie jam.”

“The great thing about scooters is that they're noisy as hell. The scooter itself, when it's revving, sounds like a steel can full of angry bumblebees hooked up to a loudspeaker.”

“post-zombie-combat sleep”

Zombie Tips:
Infected people were immune to pain.

Bites were contagious.

Blood wasn't infectious, and skin doesn’t soak up whatever the disease was.

Shut the door behind you so no more zombies barge in.

Zombies could climb.

Post-Apocalyptic
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Dystopian
Horror
Zombies

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Run From the Dead 2

Zombie Tips: Screams mean it’s already too late.
Staying informed is always the best way.
Try not hitting the zombies but if you have to go fast and realize that they might damage your vehicle or get stunk underneath.

A Zombie Apocalypse Series (Book 2)

 by Joanne Nundy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Run from the Dead: Book 2: 
A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy

When the dead come running, which way do you turn?

Blood flows in the streets as the undead tear limbs and flesh from the living in the city of Hull. A viral rage is unleashed, hitting the UK faster than it can be contained.

On the brink of losing everything, Marcus runs through the housing estates now occupied by the rising dead. He searches for his family whilst learning how to fight the flesh hungry beasts, collecting lost souls along the way.

Christina, a single nurse, hopes her unborn child stays inside her until this madness can be dealt with. Forming new alliances can bring surprises in many forms, proving the world can be shocking for even the most hardened of people. A zombie apocalypse isn’t the only thing that can take you by surprise.

The cruel times now thrust upon those still living separate the good from the bad. Some can be trusted with your life and others cannot.

But in a world where the dead have risen, can anyone survive this unchanged?


Robin's Review: Once again Joanne Nundy knocked it out of the ballpark. Grand Slam Baby! I really loved this cozy zombie apocalypse story. The plot was well written, exciting, and full of action. It was easy to read and fast paced. I finished it in one late night. The characters were so much more complex but fun and relatable. Add in a snarky teenager with an attitude and you got real life.
It broke my heart when some of them died. I must admit I cried over them. Joanne Nundy is so talented, intertwining the two books and doing it flawlessly. It did end with a to be continued but the next book is coming soon. Not soon enough if you ask me. Just kidding. I will wait patiently for the next book. I do hope these books turn into a long series. Wink wink.
Zombie Terms:

nasties, deranged, rising dead, mental things, dead things, walking dead, monsters, used-to-be-human thing, beast, undead still, dead undead, double dead guy, non-soul.

Zombie Tips:


-If you get bit or scratched, you will turn so don’t hide it from    anyone.

-Screams mean it’s already too late.
-Staying informed is always the best way.
-Try not hitting the zombies but if you have to go fast and realize that they might damage your vehicle or get stunk underneath.

Characters:

-Marcus “brother” and his mother, Judy

-Mel and her dog, Elsa

-Suzie nurse and her patient, Jessica

-Sandra and Ted owners of home that took in
-Christina, Roger, Frank, Lisa

-Cheryl and Jerry owners of the pub

-Anna “sister”
-Alex and Jasper
-Steve ex husband
-Jill and Ben ex in laws and owner of a home
-Rob and Jack


Favorite Lines:

“He’s not charging at the window to get us, so I think he’s a live one.”

“So, let me get this straight… you seem to be running around during a zombie apocalypse, rescuing, and collecting people along the way. Mostly women, from what I can tell.” She narrowed her eyes at him Shit, that sounds kind of bad. Marcus rubbed at the back of his neck and said, “Er, kind of…”

“Huh. Ok, then.” Marcus stared back at Mel. “There’s no way you’re fourteen. It just can’t be so.” “Why? Because I’m smarter than you already?”

Christina’s head whipped around so fast Marcus nearly stumbled backwards from his haunches to his backside. “J.C., that was poltergeist speed.”



Run from the Dead: Novella Book 0.5
The Beginning (prequel)

Run from the Dead: Book 1: A Zombie Apocalypse
Book 1 of 3: Run from the Dead

Run from the Dead: Book 3: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on March 31, 2022

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