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 Master of Demons

Master of Demons by Jay Bower Master of Demons by Jay Bower Mike Vogel is a burned-out, washed-up janitor who turns to alcohol to quiet the voices of his failures. So did his father, and it ended up killing him. But one night, his drinking leads him to a hellish nightmare where he is forced … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Master of Demons”

Master of Demons

by Jay Bower

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Master of Demons 
by Jay Bower 

Mike Vogel is a burned-out, washed-up janitor who turns to alcohol to quiet the voices of his failures. So did his father, and it ended up killing him.


But one night, his drinking leads him to a hellish nightmare where he is forced to confront his demons head-on.
Called by the adventure of a new life, Mike enters a landscape where he must face a new enemy determined to attack his very soul.
Can he survive this onslaught, or will he discover that there is a deeper place than rock bottom?
Robin's Review: Trigger Warning:  Alcohol Usage
This story had a lot of fascinating details and implications about the demons associated with alcoholism.  It's mind-bending, or should I say mind-blending, and opens up a whole new world. But is it time travel, a parallel universe, or just drunken madness?

I will let you figure that out for yourself. Nonetheless, this is a well-written, thought-provoking read that has stayed on my mind for some time. Mr. Bower has outdone himself with the writing and depth of this story. I highly recommend this book and its author. Mr. Bower did a great job with the writing and depth of this story. With that said, I highly recommend this book and its author.

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Robin’s Review of Arcranium™

The Future of Horror Literature is Now: The Future is Arcranium™ by Daemon Manx, and Mark Towse Arcranium™: The Future of Horror Literature is Now: The Future is Arcranium™ by Daemon Manx, and Mark Towse Four horror authors with four vulnerable egos, square off against one another, in the virtual world, to find out who … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Arcranium™”

The Future of Horror Literature is Now: The Future is Arcranium™

by Daemon Manx, and Mark Towse

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Arcranium™: The Future of Horror Literature is Now: The Future is Arcranium™ 
by Daemon Manx, and Mark Towse 

Four horror authors with four vulnerable egos, square off against one another, in the virtual world, to find out who is the scariest.
 Welcome to Arcranium™, a powerful technology that fuses with the author's mind to stimulate their best possible creation, immersing other participants in the narrative. It's all in good fun, but with so much pride at stake, things are bound to get a little bumpy once the gloves come off. So, strap your headset on and don't forget the safe word. The future of literature is about to get an upgrade. The future is … Arcranium™
Robin's Review: This book chronicles the vicious power of selfish competition. The four authors, Alex, Mike, Noah, and Yas, have massive egos that approach cruelty. They each believe they are outstanding writers who are better than the others. It's time to end the debate: who is the superior writer? They agree to a "friendly" competition to prove their skills. However, it quickly becomes anything but friendly. The showdown is a competitive war that is destructive and evil, leaving everyone involved horrified. It's an intriguing book that explores the horrors of artificial intelligence.

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Robin’s Review of Shampoo & Condition

Shampoo & Condition by M.L. Ortega Shampoo & Condition by M.L. Ortega If Janet Evanovich’s signature character were a single mom, she’d answer to the name Maggie Chessman. In Shampoo & Condition, Vivian, Maggie’s soon to be ex sister-in-law, drops dead in a beauty salon and Maggie’s brother becomes suspect number one – – creating … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Shampoo & Condition”

Shampoo & Condition

by M.L. Ortega

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Shampoo & Condition 
by M.L. Ortega

 If Janet Evanovich’s signature character were a single mom, she’d answer to the name Maggie Chessman. In Shampoo & Condition, Vivian, Maggie’s soon to be ex sister-in-law, drops dead in a beauty salon and Maggie’s brother becomes suspect number one – 
 - creating friction between our main character and her policeman boyfriend.
What can a girl do but pursue other suspects: Vivian’s shifty sisters, a smooth financial operator, and a secretive shampoo girl.

Meanwhile, Maggie’s best friend is matching corpses with missing persons on the Jane Doe website, eventually spotting a dead person in their midst.
Robin's Review: The main characters, Jane and Maggie are looking into a death at a beauty salon which turns out to be Maggie’s soon to be ex sister-in-law.

This was a light and enjoyable read. The story is of the cozy mystery genre, but with a whole lot of fun thrown in. It's a short book, so I won't go into detail, but suffice it to say that this was an entertaining and exciting story.

Series Order:
Turn Key Condition: a "Me Too" mystery
Shampoo & Condition: a “Me Too” mystery
In Mint Condition: a “Me Too” mystery May 2023

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Robin’s Review of The Betrayed

The Betrayed by Wesley Southard The Betrayed by Wesley Southard 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. … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of The Betrayed”

The Betrayed

by Wesley Southard

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Betrayed
by Wesley Southard 

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.

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Robin’s Review of Resisting Madness

Resisting Madness by Wesley Southard Resisting Madness by Wesley Southard What drives a man mad? Maybe it’s the death of a loved one…or the petrifying fear of hands around your throat…the dread of rejection…or maybe it’s the black, soulless eyes of a child that shatters your sanity… Within these pages, delirium reigns supreme. You’ll discover … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Resisting Madness”

Resisting Madness

by Wesley Southard

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Resisting Madness
by Wesley Southard

What drives a man mad?

Maybe it’s the death of a loved one...or the petrifying fear of hands around your throat…the dread of rejection…or maybe it’s the black, soulless eyes of a child that shatters your sanity…
Within these pages, delirium reigns supreme. You’ll discover how far a prisoner will go to be with his dying wife, and what lurks between the walls of that Louisiana jailhouse to keep him there. You’ll find out how deep a man can cut himself to dig out the past. You’ll meet a college professor whose fear of flying might be the least of his worries. And you’ll learn how a sister’s love for sweet treats can reunite a broken family…whether they want it or not.
Robin's Review: I was stoked to get my hands on a copy of this book at Living Dead Weekend! I was thrilled! It's imaginatively written, crosses multiple horror subgenres skillfully, and the stories are scary and deeply disturbing with twisty turns and incredibly details. The stories in this collection are also freaky as hell and deeply disturbing--in a good way if that sounds right. I found them fascinating, entertaining, and fun. I love his little tidbits, or as he calls them, Story Notes, which helped me to get to know him just a little bit more. I highly recommend this author and all of works.  This is another author that I am now a fan for life. You just can’t go wrong reading any of his books.  Seriously.
With Aliens and lot lizards…disembodied lips…the voice of God Himself…

Thirteen stories and a brand new novella from horror author Wesley Southard.

Within these pages, we all go a little mad…

With Many Thanks to Newark

Arrearages

He Loves Me Not

By the Throat

Minor Leaguer

Between Those Walls

God Bless You

Home Invasion (with Nikki McKenzie)

Confusion in Southern Illinois

King Cake

Now You Don't

Lip Service

Bust to Dust

Resisting Madness

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Robin’s Review of Mayatte’s Catharsis

Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jake E. Mohr Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jake E. Mohr The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why… When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Mayatte’s Catharsis”

Mayatte’s Catharsis

by Jake E. Mohr

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mayatte’s Catharsis
by Jake E. Mohr

The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why...
When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are suspicious and fearful, Naña is curious and even helpful, especially when one of the outsiders becomes gravely ill. But her goodwill might be a fatal flaw that puts the entire island in jeopardy.
Robin's Review: This book is set on a hidden island that is, in my opinion, the show's real star. The author does an excellent job of world-building in this book with the many interesting characters to meet., and there are so many interesting characters to meet. creating a rich and detailed landscape that feels real and alive. The characters are complex and interesting, and the plot kept me engaged throughout. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

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 Hanging Corpses

Hanging Corpses by Jay Bower Hanging Corpses by Jay Bower From demons to cannibals… Fifteen horrific tales explore vast landscapes of terror whether it’s the woods at the end of the street or the icy reaches of space. Nothing is off limits. Fear creeps through the tales and threatens to make the nightmares a reality. … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Hanging Corpses”

Hanging Corpses

by Jay Bower

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Hanging Corpses
by Jay Bower

From demons to cannibals…
Fifteen horrific tales explore vast landscapes of terror whether it’s the woods at the end of the street or the icy reaches of space. Nothing is off limits.
Fear creeps through the tales and threatens to make the nightmares a reality.
Delve into Hanging Corpses and prepare to commune with the dead. They await your company.

Hanging Corpses
Tiny Piece of Soul
Remnants of the War
Flesh Hook
Damian
The Awful Gift
New World Hunger
From the Depths, Risen
Unstoppable Heart
Colony of the Damned
Roosevelt is for Lovers
Duardo (Roosevelt is for Lovers, Part 2)
Autumnal Thrill
Accepting
The Voice of America
Robin's Review: All of these stories are freaking amazing in a horrific kind of way. My favorite, of course, must be New World Hunger because, ah, zombies! These short stories are well written and easy to read if you don’t mind some gore.  They are written so creatively that you feel part of the story. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad.  Just kidding. It’s good.  Well Done, Jay Bower.  I am a fan for life.

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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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