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 If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

by Caleb Stephens

Rating: 5 out of 5.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror
by Caleb Stephens
An unlikely friendship is born in the red clay dirt of a trailer park. Two latchkey kids who will do anything to hold onto one other, despite the consequences.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror is a visceral collection of thirteen stories that explores what happens when we open ourselves to others and dare to let them in. There are monsters on these pages, yes, ones whose teeth cut deep, but never as deep as the teeth of the monsters in the mirror.
Robin's Review: This is a dark and intriguing collection of scary tales, each one different. They fill you with dread and anxiety about what will happen next in the twisty turns of each story. I recommend this book, but only if you read it with the lights on. I hope you enjoy them because I sure did.

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 City Grew Monsters

The City Grew Monsters

by Hunter Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The City Grew Monsters 
A Zombie Apocalypse Novel 
by Hunter Adams

Can a little girl survive a zombie apocalypse?
After her mother was killed by an intruder, six-year-old Magdalena “Maddy” Ruiz creates a rule for herself: avoid strangers. Always. But when the zombie apocalypse spreads through San Diego like wildfire, and reaches the Cielo Vista Towers where her father works the night shift as a doorman, she finds herself stuck in an empty 25th floor penthouse… and dangerously close to the new neighbors.
Robin's Review: This is a unique and fresh take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Why? Because it is being told and felt through a young girl’s eyes. Which is new for me at least. Maddy is only six and staying in an upstairs apartment while her father, Ernesto works downstairs.  When the crap hits the fan and it tuns into a zombie apocalypse and Ernesto doesn't come back for Maddie, she's left to fend for herself. Of course, there are others in the same boat, and you get to see it through their eyes too. This is a well-written, easy-to-read story. The characters are well-defined and relatable. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to others who want a little angst with their zombie apocalypse. I look forward to the continuation of Maddie’s story.



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Robin’s Review of Buried

Buried

by Justin Boote

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Buried
by Justin Boote

When Amy is buried alive in her own back garden, she thinks she is going to die. She is beaten unconscious but fortunately, wakes up the next day still able to breathe. 
Managing to dig her way out, she vows revenge on those that buried her, for her and her young daughter’s sake.
And what she has planned for them all would make being buried alive seem trivial in comparison…

Trigger Warning
This book contains scenes of an adult nature. Do not read if easily shocked.
Robin's Review: Wow, just wow!! I finished this in one sitting because, well, it is a short story but also because I needed to find out how Amy Hunter got her revenge. Interesting ways. That’s all I am saying. You gotta read it for yourself. It is of the graphic nature, but hey, that is horror for you. An amazing story that is well-written and easy to read with twisty turns. Loads of fun, as always, with this talented author.

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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 Illiterate Daughter

The Illiterate Daughter by Chia Gounza Vang The Illiterate Daughter (The Young Guardian) by Chia Gounza Vang In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear. Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she struggles through the endless chores … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of The Illiterate Daughter”

The Illiterate Daughter

by Chia Gounza Vang

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Illiterate Daughter 
(The Young Guardian)
by Chia Gounza Vang

In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear. 
Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she struggles through the endless chores expected of a dutiful daughter. Each night, she examines the two books given to her by her ex-soldier father and prays for an end to the Vietnam War. 
Robin's Review: The Illiterate Daughter is a well-written story about Nou and her family's life after escaping Laos and coming to America. This is such a thought-provoking story that needs to be told. What they went through was heartbreaking and took courage. It was a sad part of history and their story was horrific but there was hope and love amongst the family that helped them endure and stay together. They made such difficult decisions that it had me gripping my e-reader anxiously. I experienced so many emotions reading this story that I can’t possibly describe them. Words are not enough because they are just that, words. You have to read this book to truly understand what they went through to get out of their war-torn homeland. Also, what it was like to be a refugee in another country. I don’t know how they survived all their struggles, but they did. This is a fantastic story that I highly recommend.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#youngadult

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Robin’s Review of Collapse: The Death of Friendship

Collapse: The death of Friendship by Angela D. Shelton Collapse Series The Death of Friendship by Angela D. Shelton Jan Worthington would give anything to be a normal teenager again… …going to school, hanging out with her friends. But it’s all gone.When the variant wipes out millions and devastates global resources, society collapses.In this new … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Collapse: The Death of Friendship”

Collapse: The death of Friendship

by Angela D. Shelton

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Collapse Series 
The Death of Friendship
by Angela D. Shelton

Jan Worthington would give anything to be a normal teenager again...
...going to school, hanging out with her friends. But it’s all gone.When the variant wipes out millions and devastates global resources, society collapses.In this new reality, trust will be either her most precious resource or her greatest weakness.
Robin's Review: The Death of Friendship is book one of the Collapse series. It is a well-written and easy-to-read story. I found it entertaining that the main character, Jan, had pet dogs. I always worry when animals are written into books because they usually die but not here. The author has written this story cleanly and with a touch of spirituality about going through a Covid pandemic. It shows the trials and complications of living during this time.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Book 2, Collapse: The Death of Honor

#dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #middlegrade #youngadult #apocalyptic #action #comingofage #adventure #teen #youngadult

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Robin’s Review of The Betrayed

Where The Devil Waits

by Wesley Southard

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Where The Devil Waits
by Wesley Southard and 
Mark Steensland

How well do you know the people around you?

Your neighbors? Your coworkers?

Friends?

Family?
Sidney Jameson, a young single father just trying to make ends meet, is being followed. They keep to the shadows, quiet and cloaked in dirty brown robes...and they're getting closer. And what they have to tell Sidney is something terrible. Something he never knew about his past. Something he didn't want to know about his future.
Robin's Review: Just let go…

That is what you wrote in my book. He did. This is a well-written brutal creep fest. The main character, Sidney, is your average joe but with flaws, like everyone normal. Except for the part about saving the world. It has an interesting plot that draws you in, creative world-building, and a good vs. evil theme where you're rooting for the winner and dreading what will happen next. This is a great freaking book. I definitely will be reading his other books.

  #horror #suspense #thriller

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Robin’s Review of Breach

Breach

by Candace Nola

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Breach 
by Candace Nola

Laraya Jamison is a young woman on a camping trip with close friends before the start of college classes. 
When they are savagely attacked by a creature that defies description, she flees into the woods, unknowingly crossing through a breach between realities.

She must figure out where she is and how she got there in order to get home, but her survival depends on fighting monsters and demons that seem to have been ripped directly from her nightmares. Lost in a dark world full of creatures, hostile plant life and a banshee intent on hunting her, she must learn to confront her fears and figure out how to survive on her own.
Robin's Review: Laraya, the main character, finds herself in an alien world where she must survive in this foreign environment, with monsters craving her death at every turn. 

The world-building was richly descriptive and oh so imaginative. I don’t know where Candace Nola gets these ideas, but she can paint the picture so that you feel you are right there with Laraya trying to survive. The plot has some twisty turns that had me shaking my head in amazement. Breach is such a well-written freaking thrill ride that had me wanting more. Luckily there is the 2nd book in this series. I loved this story and highly recommend it to everyone, no matter your taste in genres.



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Robin’s Review of The Ever-Descending Staircase

The Ever-Descending Staircase

by James G. Carlson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Ever-Descending Staircase
by James G. Carlson

In an old warehouse in Pennsylvania, a dark and terrible secret is shown to a researcher of spiritual phenomena. 
Monsters roam the wilds of America, all spawned by a strange being whose cycle of breeding, feasting, and nesting is interrupted by a small-town police officer, a cyber investigator, and a revenge-seeking father. A teenage boy without family or a home encounters tragedy and horror in the snowy woods, where the threshold between human reality and the impossible is guarded by an unlikely creature. At a seedy dive bar, while teetering on the edge of sanity, an afflicted alcoholic meets a stranger who changes his life forever. A pregnant veterinarian at a Wyoming zoo has an unexpected meeting with an infernal presence. A man trapped in a bizarre and lonely afterlife regrets his suicide. A grieving widower learns that even a selfless wish from the heart can end in a horrible fate when asked of cosmic entities beyond human reason and understanding.
Robin's Review: The Ever-Descending Staircase is a creepy collection of short stories that will keep you up at night…just thinking. These are well-written and easy to read. They are pretty imaginative and enjoyable. I won’t give anything away, but I, too, live in Pennsylvania. Definitely recommend this book.
#occult #horror #fantasy

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