It’s like a big scavenger hunt set in a post-apocalyptic world…

The Wasteland Series: Complete Omnibus of the Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series

By Jon Cronshaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Wasteland Series

Wizard of the Wasteland: The Wasteland Series: Complete Omnibus of the Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series
by Jon Cronshaw

It’s like a big scavenger hunt set in a post-apocalyptic world where you must fend for yourself.
This story is based around a central character, Abel who is a past drug addict who is fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Wizard of the Wasteland: Book 1 the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series.
In a world where no one knows how to read…
Abel meets with the “Wizard” of the Wasteland, a showman who has harvested technology from the before time. Together the two embark on a journey that brings them into conflict with a child-enslaving drug-peddling gang known as The Family. But no one leaves The Family.

Knight of the Wasteland: Book 2 of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series
No one leaves The Family…
When Abel meets a boy, David who has fled The Family, he takes the kid under his wing. The Family, an organization that deals drugs and steals lives is an old enemy and threatens Abel’s group. How will Abel deal with “The Family” and keep the boy safe and off drugs.

King of the Wasteland: Book 3 the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series
A new terror has arrived…
Along the way Able introduces David & Sis to Sal and the folks at Trinity as well as Jacob and the people living at Grid.
Self-proclaimed King Omar and his army are bent on taking over at cost and any way necessary. Can Abel lead a group of reluctant fighters against the battle-hardened forces of the King? And will Trinity survive?

Cleric of the Wasteland: Book 4 of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series
The Road to Redemption is Long...
Abel is trying to help Sal find absolution from her church. Traveling beyond the city, Abel must escort Sal to the Protected Zone. This is a long hard journey full of surprises.

This series was an awesome binge read for me. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait for the next book since it conveniently came all together. It had action and adventure with endearing characters in a vast dystopian world. I would recommend this series to everyone.

Western Science Fiction
Fantasy
Christian Futuristic Fiction
Young Adult
Dystopian
Post-Apocalyptic
Action and Adventure

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What would you do if you fell into a world you created yourself?

The Twin Stars

(The Coseema Saga)

by Bridgette Dutta Portman

The Twin Stars (The Coseema Saga)
By Bridgette Dutta Portman

What would you do if you fell into a world you created yourself?

What if that world turned against you?

Olive Joshi is an imaginative sixteen-year-old with OCD and all that entails but she finds solace in writing stories in a journal about Coseema, a magical princess on the distant planet Lyria but unwittingly creates a real world that drops her into it. What? I know right?

Can Olive be the hero of her own story?

I find the character, Olive so relatable. I like how her specialness is written with kindness and sensitivity making the story more realistic if that could be said for a fantasy book. There is very unique world building that brings the world into sharp focus.

Space Opera
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Coming of Age
Metal health
OCD
Teen/young adult
Action


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Like baggage without the bag. I’m a whole lot of mess.

PREY: Emergence

Book one in the series.

by T. Purcell Dodge

PREY: Emergence
By T. Purcell Dodge

Book one in series

Rating: 5 out of 5.
PREY: Emergence
By T. Purcell Dodge

Book one in series

“Gage,” she responded as she closed the door behind her, “as in baggage without the bag,”

Bridget “Gage” Grayson is smart and witty but a “hot mess” with no family to call her own she makes her own in the Proactive Resources for Evidentiary Yields (PREY). It exists to solve the cases which law enforcement cannot due to red tape, or lack of resources. But after 5 years her past has finally caught up with her. What will happen next will blow your mind.

If you enjoy a kick butt female protagonist with witty sarcasm, cool cars, hot characters, and adorable dogs then this book is for you.

Now I’m going to read Prey: Revelations book to in this series.

There is violence, profanity, and torture in this book.


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Can she unravel the vindictive plot?

Choir Loft Murder

Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas – Book 3

by Karen Randau

Choir Loft Murder
by Karen Randau
Choir Loft Murder: 
Frankie Shep Mystery Suspense Novellas Book 3 
by Karen Randau
 
Murder in a small town, Rawlins, Wyoming

A new member of the church choir, Sarah, with an angelic voice that can hit those amazing high notes, dies from a blowgun dart to a vital carotid artery, and the murder weapon implicates Pastor Quint O’Brien. Frankie Shep is shocked to discover Quint, her fiancé, was a champion blowgun competitor and that his blowguns are missing. Quint is being framed for murder! She knows he is being set up, but she learns he did have a viable motive. But our Frankie is determined to get to the bottom of things, no matter what it takes! The trouble is the real killer is watching her every move and is never going to let her find the truth!

With a little help and understanding from Cole and Isabella, and their two daughters Hope and Faith, Sheriff Knox, their dog friends Lexi and Angel and animal friends Star, Concho, and her pet cows, Rosie and Diesel.

I really loved this cozy mystery. It was fast-paced but easy to read. The story had many twists and turns that kept you wondering who really did it. The characters are sweet and likable. You don’t have to read prior books in this series to understand what’s going on. But I highly recommend it.
 

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What are the rules of the Game!

Lost & Found

(Book One of the E Apochrypha)

by Alex Andre

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lost & Found 
Book One of the E Apochrypha
by Alex Andre

Rules of the Game!

The world is broken. Decades after a catastrophic event wiped out all technology.
The ancients, had such unimaginable levels of technology, and screwed up so badly, losing everything. And then came the Faith, spreading like a plague, burning books, tearing down libraries, and smearing any trace of progress as apostasy.
Seventeen-year-old, Park Yuni-mi was on her way to becoming the most famous Rat in the City with the guidance of her mentor Kim Joon-woo. Then came the loss of Joon-woo, and with it the end of the life she’d known. The almost rape. Being sold like livestock and her first kill. Then there’s Private Baxter “Buck” Brennan, a fresh recruit in the religious Five Points Army, the confederation’s military. He is given a mysterious mission to the fabled City that leads him into the wasteland, beyond the Boundary. Add in a hauler, Rajan Gupta, The Rotten Can, working from a sprawling railroad empire called the Station, Captain Weinberg, Head of Locksville Intelligence Service. And finally, a prominent hierarchy made up of the Five Golden Dragons of the High Council of New Kowloon, a powerful trade house. Park and Buck become entangled in a geopolitical game. 

Oh my! What fun! It has such an imaginative world built around machines. I cried, laughed, and screamed at and with the characters. This was an interesting book. I will reread to see if I missed anything this go round.


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What if there is more to climate change than just the weather?

Darkwood

Something Lurks Below

by Deven Kane

Darkwood
By Deven Kane


What if there is more to climate change than just the weather?

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Darkwood
By Deven Kane



What if there is more to climate change than just the weather?

The centuries-old warnings of the Forest Prophets have fallen on deaf ears. Caorran, the capital city, has turned its back on the Forest, refusing to acknowledge the environmental crisis. 

Join the investigative reporter and her cameraman, R’chelle and Jaco, as they search for the truth. Caorran is battered by devastating sandstorms, and public dissent is brutally stifled by silver-tongued Senator Adrán.


There’s a lot going on in this book, Kane’s descriptions throughout are deep and realistic, so much so that his description of the dirt and sand actually had me feeling gritty. The characters are easy to follow throughout and their interactions with each other are believable. Having heard so much banter on both sides of the climate change argument, makes this book quite interesting. I definitely recommend Darkwood as a good end of summer read.


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You won’t stop reading until you’ve uncovered the truth about Sophie!

The Tens

by Vanessa Jones

The Tens
By Vanessa Jones


Every night since Sophie’s thirtieth birthday, she has been jolted out of her sleep by the same nightmare. The rock nightmare was so repetitive that sometimes Sophie yearned for any other kind of nightmare. It was always the

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Tens
By Vanessa Jones

Every night since Sophie’s thirtieth birthday, she has been jolted out of her sleep by the same nightmare. The rock nightmare was so repetitive that sometimes Sophie yearned for any other kind of nightmare. It was always the same. Never changed. A nightmare she’d had since she was little. It started off infrequently. Perhaps four times a year when she was a teenager. Its frequency increased over the years, more so when she was stressed. Then, her husband inexplicably vanishes. Leaving only a note. But then she read the sparse words of Alex’s handwriting: I have to leave you. I’m so sorry.

It didn’t take long for Sophie to begin to plummet. It wasn't living alone that saw her change. Sometimes she doubted it was even the fact that the love of her life had abandoned her. It was as if something greater was happening to her. Something that had been threatening to break the banks her entire life, undulating underneath the surface of her skin and she had been clever and strong enough to keep it at bay, really well in fact, until now. Emotional distress had taken off a layer of her armor and now she was exposed without an inner barricade to keep back that torrent of emotional sludge.

Oh, my what a twisty turned book. I felt that the character, Sophia was going insane and I thought I was right there with her. I almost put the book down because hello creepy clown (my phobia), but I kept on reading it. I’m so glad I did. The ending is so twisted…it was a fantastic book. It was done well by Jones. I will read anything else she writes and go back and read anything she has written.

The Tens is a psychological thriller that tackles the theme of mysticism versus madness that won’t stop until you’ve uncovered the truth about Sophie…

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Her emotional scars are deep and traumatic.

Antonios Restraint: The Caretta Brothers

by Denise T Ford

Shirtless guy on the cover of Antonios Restraint: The Caretta Brothers by Denise T Ford

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Antonios Restraint: The Caretta Brothers by Denise T Ford

Maria is a kind and caring 1st year medical doctor with a past that continues to haunt her to this day. Because of physical and emotional abuse in the past her scars have shaped who she is. She is not ready for a relationship let alone have time for one.

Antonio is a handsome and arrogant playboy who has become tired of the lifestyle and the one-night stands. While visiting his brother in the hospital he runs into Maria, who is treating his brother after he’s been stabbed, she is gorgeous but won’t give him the time of day.

It will take incredible restraint and a good deal of patience for Antonio to break down Maria’s barriers, but also to gain her trust. Will Maria let him get close enough to love her, the way she truly deserves?
 
This isn’t just a love story, this is a story of healing, growing and empowerment with a connection between characters that grows stronger. The characters struggle with issues, that are very real in the world today. I was able to sympathize with Maria’s struggle and her ability to succeed. 
 

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One percent of cold cases are ever solved.

Daisy Chain

by Julia Vaughan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Daisy Chain
by Julia Vaughan

In 2009, the body of five-year-old Daisy Prospero was found. Her killer has never been caught. Flash forward ten years and a cold case unit has formed to take another look at the case.

Chief Superintendent Lenny Howard asks Detective Chief Inspector Kath Fortune to head up the new cold case team. These team members that pour over the files, Detective Sergeant Ruth Goodwin, Detective Sergeant Shirley Thompson, Detective Constable Marvin Henshall, and Lane Petreus—a psychic who had helped them out on previous cases. Byron Lord has the civilian position with a degree in Computer Sciences & Technology. Justice for the dead and their families. That was all that mattered at the end of the day. That was what they all strived for: results and closure.

I absolutely loved this book. It had everything you need in a book through multiple genres. Action, yup. Mystery, yup. Thriller and crime, it’s in there. The characters and scenarios were realistic. I could not put this book down. I had to see how it ended. Of course, it ended with me out a night’s sleep, but oh well it was worth it. 


Horror
Mystery
Paranormal
Thriller
Crime



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Forever love is overrated

Tropical Love

(Postscript Island #0)

 by R.S. Jonesee

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Tropical Love
(Postscript Island #0)
by R.S. Jonesee 

A second chance love story set on a resort island.  

So, they meet fall in love and yada yada… nope he is left with a ring, heartbroken, and giving up on love. Never again. Kingman Sinclair proposes to his love, Francesca Goodwin but she turns him down leaving him for Hollywood. But after 18 years they met up again on a resort island called Postscript. Where will this lead them? Will the truth come out about why she really left him? 

This is a really entertaining and funny story. I liked that it was a second chance love story which makes it all the more believable. I would definitely recommend this book. 

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