Robin’s Review of Stowaways: A Post-Apocalyptic Ocean Adventure

Stowaways: A Post-Apocalyptic Ocean Adventure

 by Peter Servidio

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Stowaways: A Post-Apocalyptic Ocean Adventure
by Peter Servidio

The world has gone cold. Now filled with sorry and desperation, man fights to survive. Can one stowaway on what he believes to be the last remaining vessels on earth change the future?
Marcus Wattle just wants to live. As the world is dying from the unending cold, he has a choice: die with the others who were not chosen to board the Arc, or fight his way on board and become a Stowaway. With the others who are now seen as criminals, Marcus must fight each day to survive and, at the same time, try and figure out how to get himself and his people a place among the civilians of the Arc.Can he force the ship's creator and its captain to see that all life is precious? Or will he and the other Stowaways die in the ship's underbelly?It is up to Marcus to negotiate with Patterson and the others who live above. Will trading their services lead to their freedom?Will the Earth ever thaw? And if so, when?
Robin's Review: This is a new and interesting take to the post-apocalyptic genre. It was quite the refreshing change. It is well written with a good and exciting action-filled plot. The characters are complex but on the other hand totally relatable. The world building is dramatic and intense. It is such a compelling and entertaining story remenscent of Snow Piecer. I highly recommend this book and this author. Peter Servidio is such a wide ranged author that I can not predict what he will write next but be assured I will read it.
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.

#postapocalyptic #military #sciencefiction #horror #thriller #suspense #action #adventure 

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Robin’s Review of The Rose Vol. 2: A Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller

The Rose Vol. 2: A Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller

by PD Alleva

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Rose Vol. 2: A Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller
Book 2 of 2: The Rose
by PD Alleva
The story continues. Beginning at the conclusion of Vol 1, The Rose Vol 2 follows rebel freedom fighter, Phil as he battles alien vampire Sanos.
Phil’s mission is to follow Sanos into the depths of hollow earth to infiltrate Drac City and rescue Sandy from the clutches of the alien vampires. Sandy awakens in Drac City and discovers she has powers she never knew existed. But where these changes came from is an enigma, a puzzle she’ll need to put aside until she finds her missing son, Adam. Now a guest among a city of alien vampires, Sandy must engage in a diabolical manipulation with alien vampire leader, Moth, the only vampire who knows the whereabouts of Adam.
Robin's Review: This was just as exciting as the first book in this series. I enjoyed it completely and once again lost some sleep over it. I won’t give away anything, but you must read it. It’s not your typical aliens invading Earth story. It’s creepy vampire aliens. Geez. That’s it I will say no more. The next installment in this series is coming out next year. I can’t wait. I highly recommend reading both books in anticipation for the third in this series. PD Alleva sure knows how to draw you in and keep you there reading it all in one sitting.
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.

#vampire #horror #alieninvasion #sciencefiction #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of The Treasure of Lor-Rev

The Treasure of Lor-Rev

by Bryan Asher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Treasure of Lor-Rev
by Bryan Asher
One discovery has unimaginable consequences…

While searching a deserted mountain range, an explorer locates a high-tech artifact he assumes is merely another interesting find. It’s only one piece in a greater puzzle leading towards a device of ultimate power, the Diffusor-Sphere. Suddenly, he’s thrown into a battle between an engineer who’s remade himself as a cybernetic demigod, and the one tasked with safeguarding humanity from him. The only way out is recovering the Sphere first, but will he reach it in time?The Treasure of Lor-Rev is another exciting adventure from Bryan Asher, set in the world of floating nations known as The Intercontinents.The Treasure of Lor-Rev won Honorable Mention from the Incipere Book Awards and was a Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
Robin's Review: What a fun and exciting second book in the “Intercontinents” world. I love how Bryan Asher has written these books as separate stories, but they are still they are interconnected. This is a well written, fast paced story that is chocked full of action.
It’s an entertaining and interesting take on the Science Fiction genre, I have found another go to author. Simply awesome.

You can read this as a standalone book or as a series, but I suggest reading them all.

It was once again my pleasure and an honor 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.
#sciencefiction #sword #sorcery #fantasy #thriller #suspense #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories

Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories

Part of: Enchanted Anthologies (2 books)

 by Astrid V.J.

Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories Part of: Enchanted Anthologies (2 books) Enchanted Forests by Astrid V.J.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories
Part of: Enchanted Anthologies (2 books)
Enchanted Forests
by Astrid V.J.
If you go down to the woods today…You’d better not go alone…Discover the secret world between the trees where fairies, unicorns and even monsters dwell. Take a stroll through enchanted woods and dance with pixies and dryads by the light of the stars. Escape Baba Yaga and fall in love with a prince in disguise. Taste the fruit at the goblin market and be whisked away on a magical adventure. Among ancient trees, find beauty, danger and adventure in these enchanting short stories by award-winning, best-selling, and up-and-coming fantasy authors. Enchanted Forests is fully illustrated by the talented Elena Shelest. 

All profits from this anthology will be donated to Rainforest Foundation who support indigenous and traditional peoples of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.
Robin's Review: A well edited anthology with a great group of interesting short stories. Each author with their own writing style keeps you on your toes as to how the next story in the woods will come about. I enjoyed them all, but I personally liked Feather Green by Jennifer Kropf. I loved the character Estheryn. She was so likable and cute. I highly recommend this book especially because its profits go to the Rainforest Foundation.
Stories include:

Gems of Fae and Foolery - Alice Ivinya
The Lucky Tortoise - Ben Lang
Feather Green - Jennifer Kropf
Apple and the Dead Forest - Xander Cross
To Snare a Prince - Sky Sommers
Blood of the Unicorn - N.D.T. Casale
Dimension of the Sasquatch - Donna White
The Fern Flower - Elena Shelest
Willow Daughter - Astrid V.J.
One Fair Eve - Lyndsey Hal
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.

If you have time check out the first book in this series.
Enchanted Waters: A Magical Collection of Short Stories (Enchanted Anthologies)
by Alice Ivinya and 7 others
All profits from Enchanted Waters go to Oceana to support their mission to protect the world’s oceans and promote sustainable fishing.

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Robin’s Review of The Demon Inside Me

The Demon Inside Me: A Pandemic Horror Short Story: Fear More than the Virus

by Scott W. Kimak

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Demon Inside Me: 
A Pandemic Horror Short Story: Fear More than the Virus
by Scott W. Kimak

A deadly virus spreads across the world...
...changing the way humankind behaves. Jackie Mendoza quarantines herself in her home for weeks, fearful of catching the disease.But is it the virus or something more she should fear?Bestselling author Scott W. Kimak takes you into the deepest depths of the human psyche and unlocks its inner demons in this scary page-turner.
Robin's Review: What a thrill ride. From the first pages you get sucked in. Nonstop straight to the point action from the very first pages. Rich with descriptive details that made it so real. I must admit I was creeped out by it but totally loved it with its twist turns. I highly recommend it.
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 The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

 by Jillian Bondarchuk

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Oath: The Grey Tower Chronicles

Book Two
Jillian Bondarchuk
He’s the chieftain of Clan MacKinnon; she’s the daughter of a powerful druid. When they are forced through magic into an arranged marriage, will it end in war… 
or passionate surrender ?Bound by a blood oath that feels like a curse, Malcolm MacKinnon quickly regrets the promise he’d made to Vanora, the witch who would save his brother’s life: protect her daughter… or die trying. He needs to collect her before the marsh violets bloom, but as winter thaws, Malcolm hesitates to fulfill his vow… and time is running out. Living on the fringe of her people, shunned because of the scars that mar her body, Coira always knew she’d die a spinster. 
Author's note: The Oath is stand-alone but I could not write Malcolm and Coira's story without revealing the ending of The Shield and the Thistle. The Oath can be enjoyed if read out of order, although I strongly urge you to read Meggie and Colin's story before you read The Oath for the best reading experience. xoxo!
Robin's Review: This is the story of Malcolm MacKinnon who is the brother of Colin from the author’s first book titled The Shield and The Thistle. I love the rich distinctive writing style of this book. The world building is imaginative and so realistic that I felt like I was there, living in that time. The characters are fully fleshed out and totally relatable even though it’s in the past. I love how Malcolm has changed since the first book and proceeds to protect Coira from many dangers. I empathized with Coira so much that she is hands down my favorite character, so far that is. I highly recommend this author and her books to anyone looking for an adventure. Once again, I will be buying my mother a signed copy. We are total fans for life. More please!
It was my pleasure to receive an advance 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 In the Midst of Magic

In the Midst of Magic

 by Christian Cura

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In the Midst of Magic
by Christian Cura

Meet Kara Hartman, a photojournalist who is hiding her magic from the world. 
Traumatized by her brother's death, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But just when she thought she could neglect her gift, it becomes apparent that the universe has other plans for Kara. When she discovers that an old foe has broken out of prison, hellbent on destroying her new life, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.
Trigger Warnings: Violence is prevalent throughout the story, and there is occasional profanity. There is an explicit scene between two consenting adults, and references to bullying and cheating.
Robin's Review: This is so many genres combined that I’m not sure what to call it. It has action and adventure. It has magic and sorcery. It has romance and betrayal. It has murder and suspense. Finally, it has thrills and coming of age aspects. It is well written and fast paced with a hint of urgency to see what happens next. And there is always something happening. The world building is rich and descriptive, and the characters are fun and relatable.
All in all, a very good read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Urban Fantasy reads.
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.

#LGBTQ+ #fantasy #paranormal #urbanfantasy #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of Calgary Chaos: The McKinley Chronicles 3

Calgary Chaos: The McKinley Chronicles 3

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Calgary Chaos: Book 3 of 3
The McKinley Chronicles
by John Keillor

Trouble's Brewing in Post-Apocalyptic Cowtown!
Zach McKinley returns to Calgary after having rescued the mayor's girl from kidnappers in Vancouver. Their falling in love was perhaps inevitable. But the province and the four cities are in peril.Enemies smell weakness. Saboteurs are emboldened. This conclusion of the McKinley Chronicles trilogy has all the action and intrigue you've come to expect from this series.
Robin's Review: This the third and final installment of The McKinley Chronicles. I really enjoyed this last book. It wrapped up so nicely with the government corruption of the Canadian cities and of course with the McKinley family. I look forward to more from this author.

Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
#postapocalyptic #action #adventure #sciencefiction #fantasy #thriller #suspense #dystopian #christian #futuristfiction

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Robin’s Review of Fright House

Fright House

 by Fred Wiehe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fright House 
by Fred Wiehe

Fright House is waiting to be unlocked. And she is the key. Penny Winters can see ghosts. Or she’s insane. Desperate and on the run, she lucks into a job at Fright House. 

But a one time insane asylum turned Halloween attraction is the last place she should be. Workers start disappearing. The walls move. And Penny's past comes back to haunt her as Fright House's tormented spirits awaken. Tory Jackson is obsessed with hunting ghosts. So when he and his ragtag team of Paranormal Scene Investigators are brought in to cleanse the old asylum of evil, it may finally be his chance to prove ghosts exist. But the evil within Fright House has plans of its own, and as the night devolves into chaos and terror, Penny and Tory will learn that the line between the living and the dead is one slice of a scalpel.
Robin's Review: Wow!!! I would like to say the only reason I didn’t get any sleep was because I was reading and finishing this book but no, I was kinda scared to be honest.

This is a fast paced no holds barred page turner. The world building of the asylum is so phenomenal that I really got creeped out. The story is descriptively written, and the “people” were downright terrifying. It has some twisty turns that kept me reading it all in one sitting. I really felt connected to the main character Penny Winters, and the other characters are great also.

All in all, a frightening but deliciously fun read. A masterpiece of thrills, suspense, and horror.

Fred Wiehe is now my go to author if I want to have the crap scared out of me. I will definitely look up his other books to read and you should too. I highly recommend this book and this author.

Amazing job Mr. Wiehe.
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.

#teen #youngadult #ghost #paranormal #mystery #horror #urbanfantasy

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Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart

Chambers of the Heart  by B. Morris Allen Chambers of the Heart: Speculative stories by B Morris Allen A heart that’s a building, a dog that’s a program, a woman who’s sinking irretrievably – stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen. •Chambers of the … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart”

Chambers of the Heart

 by B. Morris Allen

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chambers of the Heart: 
Speculative stories
by B Morris Allen

A heart that's a building, a dog that's a program, a woman who's sinking irretrievably - stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen.
Chambers of the Heart - it's hard, living in someone's   heart
•Building on Sand - how to choose between children
•Blush - when everyone else wears a mask, what's it like to bare your face?
•Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon - magic, music, and ... buffalo?
•Fetch - she may be a simulation, but out on the edge, she's one man's best friend
•The Humblebract Expedition - even dying children like to play
•When Dooryards First in the Lilac Bloomed - a doorway to opportunity and change, if only humans can understand it
•Some Sun and Delilah - a sunny island, an abandoned temple, and though
•Crying in the Salt House - the house is built from tears, or so they say
•Full of Stars - jar half empty, jar half full
•Memory and Faded Ink - the aliens are perfectly human ... and just as flawed
•Fountainhead - arranged meetings never work, especially with different species
•Adaptations to Coastal Erosion - when your spouse is literally falling away from you
•Outburst - Earth is dead, except for a few teens on a decaying orbital
•The Irrigation Ditch - they came to hide, but didn't realize it was from each other
•Dragons I Have Slain - take hope where you find it
Robin's Review: Wow! This is an incredible collection of short stories of speculative fiction. B. Morris Allen has put together a combination of stories that show imagination and are extremely entertaining. Each story is beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing. 

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag so I will say each story is unique and entertaining all its own, when it’s all put together, I can’t do anything but highly recommend “Chambers of the Heart”
It was my pleasure and honor to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinion in this review of these entertaining stories.

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