Series Wrap-Up #Review–Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Contains many spoilers, so read at your own risk

This year, I am making a concerted effort to finish up series that I have started, and then allowed to wallow by the wayside.  I loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to read the follow up, Through the Ever Night.  Then it was on sale for the Kindle (after I had already purchased the hardcover), and because I would be sitting on plane for a few hours, I snapped it up.  Reading it made me remember why I enjoyed the first book so much.  I love the characters, and enjoyed catching up with them.  Aria, Perry, Roar, Cinder – I even developed a new appreciation for those that I disliked at first.  Soren?  Who would have possible thought I could learn to like Soren?  He’s kind of the one that got this whole adventure started.  While there were still times that I wanted someone to clock him, he grew as a character and turned into someone I just might be able to like.  Maybe.

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Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

 

Resist (Breathe)

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I love the concept of this series.  How awful would it be to live in a world where you had to pay for the very air you breathe?  Oxygen is metered and taxed at exorbitant rates meant to keep the haves in power and the have nots  gasping for breath.  It’s hard to stage a rebellion if the ruling class can just cut off your air.  Talk about taking the wind out of your sails!  They will do anything to keep control of the domed city they rule, even destroy the few trees that managed to thrive in the polluted landscape outside.  With no hope for change, the auxiliaries wheeze through one day after another, serving the wealthy and continuing to line their coffers with the taxes they pay to breathe.

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Early Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The Rule of Three

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I love the premise for The Rule of Three – one day while Adam is at school, the power goes out.  Only it’s not just the power that’s no longer working.  Anything with a computer chip is effectively useless.  Newer cars, laptops, cell phones.   Totally inoperable.  As the days stretch out and the power grid isn’t restored, Adam sees first hand the desperation as people try to provide the most basic needs for their families.  Food and water are at a premium.  Everything that Adam has taken for granted crumbles around him.  If not for his crafty and resourceful neighbor, Adam, his family, and the their entire subdivision would be in deep, deep trouble.  With the power still out weeks later, Adam begins to wonder if this time without power will be the new normal for many years to come.

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Spotlight and Giveaway–The Forgotten by L C Mortimer

 

 

THE FORGOTTEN by L C Mortimer

Publication Date: November 18, 2013

It’s been nearly eight years since the first reports of a zombie outbreak occurred, and Nicole Blue is tired of sitting around. The zombies pose no threat to her and she’s ready to start living her life. She decides to take control of her future and secures a job in nearby Breakside, a town known for its bars, night life, and zombie hunters. It isn’t long before she’s fully immersed in her life as a bar back at the Breakside Lounge, making drinks, friends, and a name for herself. 

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Review: The Lair by Emily McKay

The Lair

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

When I was contacted about participating in the blog tour for The Lair, I hesitated.  I had tried to read The Farm last summer, but there was so much going on in my life that I had give up and return it to the library.  I thought the premise sounded interesting,  though, and I love post-apocalyptic reads, so I thought What the heck?  Sure, I’ll give it a try.  Let me say that The Lair can be read by itself.  I was only confused a few times, and the author did a nice job recapping the previous book, without the references feeling awkward or out of place.  As someone who hates to read books out of order, or hates starting a series in the middle, I never felt that nagging burst of frustration with The Lair, and I don’t regret reading book two without having first read book one.  I guess I should try this more often with longer series that I’m interested in, but that seem too overwhelming to start at the beginning.

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Interview with Tim Lebbon, Author of the Toxic City Series and Giveaway!

 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Tim!  Welcome to the Manga Maniac Café.  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tim Lebbon] Writer, father, husband, Ironman, usually all at the same time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Toxic City series?

[Tim Lebbon] It’s set in a near-future world where London has been destroyed in a terrorist attack.  There are, so the authorities claim, no survivors, and the city is toxic.  But in truth, there are survivors.  And some of them are developing strange powers.  The military guards London … and they are also experimenting on those who have managed to survive. 

The novels follow a group of teenagers who infiltrate London in an effort to find missing family members.  But they find a lot more besides.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Tim Lebbon] It’s a sort of big-scale siege story, and I love siege stories.  I also like dystopian fiction — I must have wiped out the world many times over.  The idea of a group of teens banding together to search for missing parents and siblings I found quite moving, and as I started to write the first book the characters quickly came to life.  They started to steer events, so much so that my ideas for books 2 and 3 changed drastically during the writing process.  That’s always a good sign!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lucy-Anne?

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Novella Review: One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne

One Thousand and One Nights (Entangled Ever After)

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.

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Interview with Ruth Browne, Author of One Thousand and One Nights

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Ruth, and welcome to Manga Maniac Cafe!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Ruth Browne] I’m a writer with escapist fantasies about lawyering.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about One Thousand and One Nights?

[Ruth Browne] It’s the story of a busty biker redhead blasting zombies with a shotgun. It’s also the story of a sharp-witted young woman looking out for her little sister in a hostile universe, spinning stories to keep hope alive. It’s a romance, in more ways than one (but also in the most important, pleasantly erotic way). It’s a retelling of the Persian legend of Scheherazade during a zombie apocalypse. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Ruth Browne] I saw the Entangled ad for a zombified retelling of a fairytale, and took a few weeks to think about it. The mostly European Disney fairytales seemed pretty hackneyed, so I dismissed them. The 1001 Nights idea probably arrived via Aladdin, which is one of my favourite Disney movies. When it appeared in my head I pretended to ignore it so it would hang around. Pretty soon I was fleshing it out in my head, starting from the premise of being chained to the wall by an attractive man. The characters began as generic badasses of urban fantasy and developed from there. So, a combination of erotic daydreaming and Disney musicals. Forgive me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Sheri?

[Ruth Browne] Brave, uninhibited, lonely.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Aleksy had a theme song, what would it be?

[Ruth Browne] Iron Maiden – The Trooper. I stole it from Max Brooks, sorry Max.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Sheri is never without.

[Ruth Browne] Her sense of humour.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Aleksy’s bedroom?

[Ruth Browne] Pretty pictures. Crime fiction. Boredom.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Sheri’s greatest regret?

[Ruth Browne] Sheri tries to live without regret, but leaving Lebanon and her parents for the States as a child is a decision she really regrets, even though she had no control over it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Ruth Browne] Music, like the Beck track that plays in the van. Brilliant writers, like Gaiman and Miéville. And my own long-standing desire to write something I personally would want to read, especially in the genre of apocalyptic fiction. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Ruth Browne] Time, inspiration and Ceylon tea.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on One Thousand and One Nights?

[Ruth Browne] I was recovering from a death in the family. 1001 Nights was my distraction.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Ruth Browne] Max Brooks’ World War Z. Detailed, fascinating, epic beyond belief. It froze my blood with horror. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Ruth Browne] Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I wrote an enthusiastic book review on it when I was six.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Ruth Browne] Friendship and good times above all things, except food and sex.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Ruth Browne] I’m on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook so any contact is welcome.

https://twitter.com/browne_rh

https://www.facebook.com/onethousandandonecorpses?skip_nax_wizard=true

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7258617.Ruth_Browne

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.

When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.