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 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 Once Upon an Apocalypse

The Wormwood Prion infected millions with an irresistible need to chew

Once Upon an Apocalypse

Once Upon an Apocalypse
A Guide to surviving the End of the World... and Christmas.
by Baileigh Higgins


If you are interested in apocalyptic fiction then these stories are for you. These authors right here are my favorites and are the cream of the crop. What a wonderful way to get through the holidays by reading all of these short stories. They were so freaking awesome!!!
Featured Authors and Books

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Jaime Hernandez
Misty Zaugg
Scott Baker
Kate L. Mary
Rich Restucci
Allen Gamboa
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D.L. Martone
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Robin’s Review of Seed of Despair Guardians of the Seeds – Book 1

Whoever controls the seeds, controls the people…

A dystopian paranormal novella

by M.A. Olesen

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Seed of Despair: Guardians of the Seeds
by M.A. Olesen

Whoever controls the seeds, controls the people…
While the privileged sleep soundly in their beds, the pain in the outskirts birthed its own monsters.

The Mahres, creators of nightmares and immortal guardians of the heirloom seeds, have sworn to free the destitute from hunger and destroy the hold the genetically engineered plants have over humanity's food source.

Alistair, the most gifted of the Mahres is wasting his powers away. He can control people’s minds, but to take his place in the fight he needs to control himself first and prove his wisdom as a mentor.

Abandoned by his family on the steps of the Eram when he changed into a Mahre, Godfrey is a brave and kind six-year-old. Trouble finds him as he struggles to embrace his new gift and let go of the family that gave him away.

When the child is forced into his care, Alistair must find out if he can save him from the terrible world that poverty created and how far he would go to protect him.

Robin's Review:

I love love love this story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It’s that awesome. It was a short, fast read with so much depth to the story. The characters and their relationships were well written and complex. This story had all my emotions going… sad, happy, angry, and heartbroken. M.A. Olesen is now on my auto-buy list. I strongly recommend this book and author to everyone who wants a thought-provoking story based in a dystopian world.



Seed of Trust: A dystopian science fantasy novella (Guardians of the Seeds Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Guardians of the Seeds

Seed of Danger: A paranormal dystopia novella (Guardians of the Seeds Book 3)
Book 3 of 3: Guardians of the Seeds

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Dystopian
Supernatural
Paranormal
Folklore


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Robin’s Review of Chew by Naomi Ault

The Wormwood Prion infected millions with an irresistible need to chew

Chew Season 1 on Kindle Vella

Chew Season 1

Chew
by Naomi Ault
On Kindle Vella

Season 1

The Wormwood Prion infected millions with an irresistible need to chew, demonstrating a distinct preference for human flesh. Allison Rose is lucky. She's one of the fortunate few to wake up in a Recovery Center; cured, but with a head full of monstrous memories intact. Teaming up with the enigmatic Will Taylor, they discover the cure isn't the end of their nightmare, it's just the beginning.

An interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. I found it quite refreshing. The plot was original and well written. It was fast paced with minimal descriptive gore. The characters were understandable and sometimes funny in a dark macabre way. I would love to read it in book form.

Season 2 now complete
Season 3 coming soon
Episodes 1 - 18 In the First Season

Remain calm.

You have been saved.

Follow the instructions given to you.

Do not try to leave.

To avoid relapse,

manage your emotions appropriately.

Sadness serves no purpose.

Anger is pointless.

Fear is unproductive.

Laughter can be dangerous.

Temporary Recovery Center (TRC)
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 1, 2019
244 days post-WPE (Wormwood Prion Event)

Allison, Will and Kid are in a TRC after their "awakening”. This story follows their release and journey.

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Robin’s Review of Jared the Hunter

This wasn’t supposed to be my life.
I enjoyed being in the Army Special Forces and was damn good at it.

Jared: The Hunter Series: Book 2.5

 by R. Sullins

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Jared: The Hunter 
Book 2.5
by R Sullins

This wasn’t supposed to be my life.
I enjoyed being in the Army Special Forces and was damn good at it.
Now, I was living the life that my brother had dreamed of- the life that killed him.

Becoming a vampire changed nothing, and yet it changed everything.
I was still a soldier, but now I worked for the local vampire king instead of my country.
And I was finally ready to claim my mate.

I just needed to battle her demons.
That is if my own demons didn’t end up destroying both of us first.
Robin's Review:
This was an interesting take on vampires and their society. The story was entertaining. The characters were written well. An enjoyable read.

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

Hunter's Blood (The Hunter)
Book 1 of 2: The Hunter

Hunter’s Promise (The Hunter Book 2)
Book 2 of 2: The Hunter

Paranormal
Romance
Vampire
Fantasy

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Every Waking Dream

If there’s one thing she’s sure of, it’s that the dead don’t dream.

Every Waking Dream

by Laura Eason

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Every Waking Dream 
by Laura Eason

Having to adjust to a new town, school, and friends were not what Aislin Smith had expected after spending the summer locked inside a rehabilitation center. After getting busted for taking drugs to stay awake, her psychiatrist learns the real reason behind Aislin's fear of sleeping—she experiences a phenomenon known as dream telepathy.

Afraid to expose her secret to anyone else, she tries to live an everyday life after being prescribed a sleeping aid with the convenient side effect of having dreamless nights of sleep. But once her chance at peace is taken away, Aislin finds herself in the odd dream of a mysterious girl. She thinks nothing of it until she sees the girl's face again plastered on the front-page news as a missing person in a string of unsolved cases. Struggling to keep her reality together, Aislin decides to take matters into her own hands and find the missing children. If there's one thing she's sure of, it's that the dead don't dream.

Aislin and Raven are in rehab together where they form a friendship. Aislin is there for drug addiction from a sleep disorder. Raven is there for an eating disorder. Upon completion of the program Aislin finds out that they have moved to the same town as Raven lives in. Aislin and her sister, Jess even go to the same school as Raven. Adjusting to life outside of rehab is hard and complicated for both of them. But when kids start disappearing from the area including Jesse’s friend they are then pulled into the mystery.


Robin's Review:

This was an easy read that was a real page turner. The plot was quite intriguing with a mystery “who done it” and an exceptional paranormal power. The characters were young and flawed which made them more honest and relatable. I liked this book and found it fascinating and a must read.

Psychological Fiction
Suspense
Thriller
Mystery
Young Adult
Paranormal

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No Bones About It

He’s a skeleton who used to be a cop.

 by Rachel Ford

Rating: 5 out of 5.
No Bones About It (Flint & Co Paranormal Investigations Book 1)
by Rachel Ford

He’s a skeleton who used to be a cop. I’m a Freak who used to be a detective. Together, we’re going to find the woman I love.

Technically, the PD hasn’t fired me yet. But when my girlfriend, the star witness in the biggest embezzlement case in a century, went missing, I stepped on some toes. And maybe busted a senior detective’s nose.

He had it coming. He’s hiding something. I’m going to find out what, and I’m going to find my fiancée. But I can’t do it alone.

In a world of magic and undead beings, Normies avoid Freaks like me like the plague. Our magic terrifies them.

But there’s one place I know I can turn to find the help I need: the undead. So here I am, trusting the fate of my career and the love of my life to the bony hands of a 150-year-old undead investigator.

And that's a recipe for disaster. No bones about it.


My Review:

August 13th, 2030, twelve minutes after nine a meteor hit New Boston. It wasn’t the end of the world. It was just the end of life as we knew it. All over the planet, the dead returned to life, or undeath, or whatever they call it. For the most part, and for most people effected, the impact had been positive: gained abilities, a second life, and so on.

That being said Detective Jill Wallace gifted with clairvoyance and fire magic was investigating her missing fiancée, Natalie Lyons with the help of former cop, private investigator and skeleton “Flinty” Jack. But Chief Anders and Detective Sean O’Donnell believe no crime was committed and Detective Wallace is losing her stuff even though Natalie was set to testify in the Senator Vandermeer son’s embezzlement case.


What a delightfully amusing story full of unusual and fun characters. The world building was fantastic going above and beyond the apocalyptic event. In this dystopian world, we find out how things have changed, meet the brilliantly smart, strong characters, and become immersed in their lives. Fabulous throughout, the story had me wanting more by the end.

This is the first book in the series, and I have to say I can’t wait for next book to see where Rachel Ford goes with the story. 

Favorite lines:

“I’m a rationalist. A man of science. As I exist in the natural world, my state is not an unnatural or supernatural one.”

“As I exist in the natural world, my state is not an unnatural or supernatural one.”

“I mean, uh…well, I can shoot fireballs from my fingertips. I’m not sure what you would call that, except magic?” “A weaponized exothermal chemical process,” he said, with a shrug of his shoulder blades. “Yeah, that really rolls off the tongue.” “An‘ability,’ if you prefer brevity. That seems to be all the rage these days. But I take your meaning: you’re a Freak.”

“I’d learned long ago to sort problems into two very useful categories, and act accordingly: my problems, and someone else’s problems.” “This was a him problem, not a me problem. So, I could feel free to ignore it.”

“Flinty Jack, you sentient Halloween ornament, what the hell are you doing calling me at this ungodly hour?”

“Keep an eye on that bone bag, will you? He’s a real pain in the ass, but I’d be sorry if he got his irritating self-killed.”


“Flesh Sack, Breather, Skin Bag, Freak, Bone Bag, Normies, Undead and Ferals.”



Throw Me a Bone (Flint & Co Paranormal Investigations Book 2)
This title will be released on May 25, 2022.

Paranormal
Urban Fantasy
Science Fiction
Romance
Mystery
Magic
Fantasy
LGBTQ+

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Chronicles of the Undead

Three generations bound together under a horrifying family secret.
Vampires exist.

 by A.F. Stewart

Chronicles of the Undead
by A.F. Stewart

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chronicles of the Undead
by A.F. Stewart

Three generations bound together under a horrifying family secret.
Vampires exist.
Inside the personal journals of the Harrington family, watch a dark and dangerous odyssey unfold. Three members of this tormented family, Samuel, his son Edmund, and Edmund's daughter Charlotte, must come to terms with evil. Set during the 18th and 19th century in London, England, this family must struggle against horror as their lives intersect with supernatural forces. As two intriguing vampires befriend, manipulate, and play with all three souls, altering their lives forever.
Their fears, private confidences and weaknesses are revealed as one selfish act ends in horrific tragedy, with far-reaching consequences. Who succumbs to the seduction and danger of the vampire?  Who grapples to combat the evil influence that permeates their lives? Find out in Chronicles of the Undead.
My Review:

This story is told through diary entries of: 
Samuel Harrington, Father, 1793-1795, London, England
Edmund Harrington, Son, 1795-1797, London, England
Charlotte Harrington, Daughter, 1825-1826, London, England
…about the involvement of Henri Forain, and the cousin, Eleanor de Burgh. 

This was an easy and quick read with a sinister link between these family members and vampires. As diary entries it would seem far removed but it wasn’t. I felt the emotions the writer felt while they put their information down in the diary.
Trigger warnings:
Infidelity, Domestic Violence, Prostitution, Death, Sacrifice

#Paranormal  #UrbanFantasy #Horror #Vampires #Supernatural #ScienceFiction #Mythology

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Stitches

A Collection Of Short Stories From Various Horror Anthologies

 by Sylvester Barzey

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Stitches: A Collection of Short Stories from Various Horror Anthologies
by Sylvester Barzey

Sylvester Barzey has scoured the darkest reaches of his mind and ripped his favorite twisted tales from five anthologies to create this one collection of genre blended horror. Stitches is one collection that won't only get under your skin it will bury itself in your flesh!

The five tales that make up this collection are:

•Blood Note (First Published in Descent into Darkness)
•Lisa (First Published In 7 Sins of The Apocalypse)
•Unfit (First Published in Mad Like Me)
•Adam (First Published in Undead Worlds)
•Shades of Blue (First Published in Voices of Romance)

Go beyond your comfort zone and find out what's really under your skin.

Read "Stitches" today!

My Review

Warning:
This Collection Contains Subject Matter Such As:
Suicide, Harm to Children, Mental illness, Domestic Violence, Elderly Abuse, Kidnapping, Drugging, Bullying, Cheating, Rape


I received this E-book by winning a contest during a giveaway on July 31st from my favorite Facebook group Horror Writers Ink.

I was saving this read for October but now that I have read it, I’m sorry I waited so long to get to it. These are short stories so I will not give anything away. I loved this book and the stories in it. They were creepy, chilling, and full of terror. I greatly appreciated Sylvester Barzey writing and will read any of his books from now on.


Horror
Short Stories

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