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 Where The Devil Waits

Where The Devil Waits

by Wesley Southard and Mark Steensland

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

What would you do for all the money in the world? Or to get with the girl of your dreams? 
What if you could make other people do anything you told them? What if all this and more could be yours just for winning a race…against the devil? A long-abandoned church on top of a mountain in the Pennsylvania backwoods is where the devil waits for anyone brave enough to challenge him. The course runs from the gate, through the cemetery, to the church doors. If you win, the prize is yours. 
Robin's Review:
Where The Devil Waits is a short story and a quick read. It was exciting and suspenseful, so much so that it made me keep turning the pages to see how it ended. A deliciously creepy tale that entertained me immensely. Recommend.

#occult  #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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Robin’s Review of Awakened (Spark of the Prophet Book 1)

Awakened (Spark of the Prophet Book 1)

by E.J. Rekab

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Awakened 


Spark of the Prophet
Book 1 of 1: 
by E. J. Rekab

Demons wreaking havoc on Earth. A secret council run by mysterious angels. A warrior whose dreams could save the world.
While grieving the loss of her father, 19-year-old Alice Griffin wakes up with perfect vision. Odd since she'd worn glasses every day since she was a child. Soon after, she's attacked by a malevolent force and learns not only do demons exist, but that she's been chosen to fight them.
Robin's Review: I loved and enjoyed this story, and I hope there will be more to come—hint hint, wink wink.

Alice, Cole, Jessie, Alondra, Jake, and Misty are at a secret academy training to kill monsters such as demons, vampires, and shifters, to name a few. This is a coming-of-age story with action, adventure, and romance. The main character, Alice, is a complex and capable young woman who develops into a butt-kicking warrior with special powers.

There is a trigger warning for self harm. E. J. Rekab writes it authentically and with respect.

I look forward to anything this author writes and I highly recommend her and her stories.
#paranormal #urbanfantasy #horror #fantasy #vampires #shapeshifters #action #adventure #academy

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Robin’s Review of Bakers Dozen

Bakers Dozen

by Candace Nola

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bakers Dozen
by Candace Nola

Uncomfortably Dark Presents...The Baker’s Dozen!Delicious Dark Delights for your horror consumption!
Come indulge in the dark and disturbing with 13 tantalizing tales of terror written by an incredible lineup of independent horror authors. With stories ranging from delightful to disturbing, you are sure to find something to please your sweet spot.Authors include Jeff Strand, Christine Morgan, Ruthann Jagge, Patrick C. Harrison, III, Aron Beauregard, Lee Franklin, Chris Miller, Carver Pike, Kenzie Jennings, Daniel Volpe, Rowland Bercy, Jr., Candace Nola and M. Ennenbach. Includes a special foreword by Jeff Strand.Bon Appétit!
Robin's Review: What an exciting blend of short stories written by several different authors. This anthology has a little bit of everything and everyone. Baker's Dozen would be a great Halloween gift for the horror lover. Well written and easy to read, but hard to put down. I highly recommend this book and the stories in it. I will look up all these authors' other works to see what else is out there.

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Robin’s Review of The Black Rogue

The Black Rogue

by Ashley Brion

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Black Rogue: 
A Brooke de Láuront Novel 
Book 1 of 1: 
by Ashley Brion

Tryniti Brooke de Lauront was formidable, beautiful, and a member of the French royal family. 
She hid a dark secret that only her family knew: she was the fearsome pirate The Black Rogue who sailed the seven seas as the most dangerous swashbuckler of her era. When she gets a letter from her uncle, King Louis XVI, that she needs to return home immediately to marry and take over the French throne, her entire world is thrown into chaos.
Robin's Review: The Black Rogue sets sail on a tale of love, betrayal, and sparks are flying more than just cannonfire.
I bought this book at an author meet and greet called Committed at the Hill View Manor. And boy am I glad I did.

I enjoy a strong female character, and Tryniti Brooke is very much one. The Black Rogue is a quick and easy-to-read romance story. It is set around the French Revolution in the 1800s. Tryniti is a princess and has been spoken for in marriage to Sean Reilly, but neither is ready to wed. This story had some twisty turns that kept me reading it all night until I finished it. I even gave it to my Mother, who also enjoyed it.
#frenchrevolution #romance #pirates #arrangedmarriage #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet

The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet

by Taylor Elwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet:Book 10 of 10: The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center Series
by Taylor Elwood
Sam is telepathic and knows the aliens are coming. The problem is he’s also a zombie and no one trusts him.
Sam needs to find allies who can help him find the proof that the aliens exist and are invading the Earth, before its too late to prepare for the invasion.

Before Sam can do that, he’s got to escape the base he’s trapped in, but his every move is being watched by Michelle, who will use any excuse to lock him up and toss away the key.
Robin's Review: I read this right after book 9, and all I can say while shaking my head is…WTH aliens? If it’s not bad enough, this poor guy is a zombie, but he knows aliens are coming to invade Earth. Wow. I sure don’t want to live in this book. It was well written, a quick read, and very enjoyable.

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.
#horror #sciencefiction #fantasy #postapocalyptic #aliens #firstencounter

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Robin’s Review of The Zombie Apocalypse Farmers

Reclamation

by Taylor Elwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Zombie Apocalypse Farmers: 
A Zombie Apocalypse Call Center Adventure 
Book 9 of 10: The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center Series
by Taylor Ellwood

It was just another day on the farm for Sue and Jared; another day of chores, arguments, and trying to figure out how to keep the farm. Then the zombie apocalypse happened.
Now they’re having to fight off former neighbors, stock up on food and ammo, while trying to stay alive.
Robin's Review:This book is a fun and imaginative take on the zombie apocalypse. It is well-written and a quick read.
To be in a zombie apocalypse and be arguing all the time would be a personal he]] for me. I will have to go back and read this series from the beginning. I recommend this series to anyone looking for an enjoyable apocalypse story.

It received a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#horror #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #fantasy #dystopian #thriller
#suspense

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