Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave # 1)  by Rick Yancey

Publication Date: May 7, 2013 / 480 pgs.

Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Free Book: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Since I’m a frequent reader of Entangled Publishing’s books, I signed up for their Steals and Deals newsletter a few months back and in their latest email newsletter, I  discovered they are offering Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout for free right now.  If interested, you can sign up for the Steals and Deals newsletter here: http://bit.ly/stealsdealsnews  It’s a great opportunity to get a heads up on their book sales from all of their publishing lines, such as Covets, Indulgences, Bliss, Brazen and Entangled Teen.

Obsidian (Lux # 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Publication Date: May 2012 

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Length: 400 pgs.

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Book Tour & Giveaway for Crystal Deception

Check out this intriguing Sci-Fi thriller that promises lots of action and heart-pounding suspense. This is definitely one to add to my never-ending reading list! Be sure to enter the great giveaway that is part of this book tour as well!

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Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper

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Publication Date: September 15, 2013

Genres: Futuristic Thriller/Sci-Fi

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Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a restrictor mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.

Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him for themselves. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.

The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess. But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?

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Bikers-Babes-& Books Book Promotion & Giveaway for Cicada Trilogy by Belle Whittington

If you live around the Houston, Texas area, you should check out the Bikers-Babes & Books Themed Book Signing Event at StubbsHarley-Davidson on January 11, 2014! This  free event will feature multiple authors whose books are biker themed or who feature a main character that rides a motorcycle. One of the authors who will participate is Belle Whittington, and here’s a look the first two books in her Cicada Trilogy.
Since I’m in Texas, and a motorcycle enthusiast, it’s an event I’d like to attend, and maybe I’ll see some some of you awesome readers there as well!
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Published July 2011

Genres: YA Romance,  Fantasy, Science Fiction

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12144652-cicada?from_search=true

Cicada (Cicada Trilogy #1) by Belle Whittington

Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun…until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Pentimento

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Pentimento by Cameron Jace

As a fan of dystopian fiction, I’m really looking forward to reading Pentimento in the near future, and right now it’s available for only $.99 cents on Amazon! I’m getting my copy today.  Read on to learn more about the book from an interview with the author and check out the excerpt for the book.  Also, be sure to enter the awesome giveaway!

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Publication date: December 20th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19448790-pentimento

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The day Iris Beaumont turns seventeen, she is threatened to be taken by the Beasts, the rulers of the new America. After the destruction of the world, the Beasts provide citizens with whatever they need in exchange for the one teenage girl they enslave every week. They call them the Brides, and they never comes back. Iris isn’t the worrying type though; she’s been defying the system since she was ten and never cared for the Beast’s rules.

Then she meets Colton Ray, who is not like any other boy she’s ever seen. His confidence and dominance are otherworldly she can’t rationalize the attraction she feels for him. Colton had one slight problem though. It’s rumored he is one of the Beast, and Iris could be the next on the Beast’s list.

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway for Sanctuary

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Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

Cover (9)In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

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Spotlight of The Sedona Trilogy, Giveaway & Review of Desert Hearts (#2)

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Bad Vibrations (#1)

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When a troubled client visits psychic Persephone O’Brien, the last thing she thinks is that she’s about to be drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy that will change her life forever. Accompanied by a distractingly attractive ufologist—and with a little help from an unlikely group of UFO enthusiasts—she races to stop the alien plot before it’s too late. 

Moving from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the red rocks of Sedona, Bad Vibrations takes the reader on a wild ride that never lets up until its unforgettable climax.

* This book is perma-free on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes 

Desert Hearts (#2)

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Falling for one man when you’re in love with someone else must be the quickest way to complicate your life…

A stranger staggers out of the desert and collapses in Kara Swenson’s Sedona home. He pleads for help, and despite her better judgment, Kara takes him in, gives him shelter and a place to stay. She doesn’t anticipate the dangerous attraction she begins to feel for him — after all, she’s been secretly in love with Lance Rinehart for more years than she cares to admit. Kara, who owns a UFO-themed shop and gives UFO tours in the desert outside town, thinks she’s seen it all. But when the shocking truth of the stranger’s identity is revealed, she finds herself having to make a terrible choice.

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Christine Pope has written a great trilogy that blends elements of romance, paranormal, and science fiction genres and is set in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.  The first book, Bad Vibrations introduces readers to a scattered group of UFO hunters and enthusiasts who come together to stop an alien invasion that threatens humankind. Although Pope does provide enough background information to inform you about the major events in the first book, and you could read it as a stand alone, I recommend starting with Bad Vibrations, which is currently free on Amazon. I don’t think I would have enjoyed Deserts Hearts nearly as much  if I had not read how everything began.  Bad Vibrations provides a more in depth explanation about the aliens’ plans to control humans.

Desert Hearts picks up where Bad Vibrations ended and features Kara Swenson and Lance Rinehart, two characters who played instrumental roles in the first book but remained in the background so that Paul and Persephone’s love story could be told. I actually liked Desert Hearts even more than Bad Vibrations.  It is more of a character-driven story with less external conflict and action than found in book one. Much of this second book focuses on character development, inner conflict, and the love triangle that emerges with Kara, Lance, and Grayson.

I loved Kara’s character. She is a genuinely nice person. Not only is she kind-hearted, but she cares deeply about others and their happiness.  I found it easy to relate to her feelings and experiences. She has the reputation of being “careful Kara” because she has always been the responsible one, sacrificing her dreams to take care of others.  Kara has been in love with Lance for the past six years even though he doesn’t seem to reciprocate those same feelings for some unknown reason.  However, when a mysterious, handsome man enters Kara’s world, the door for a possible romance is opened.  Over the course of the story, Kara realizes that this unknown man, who remembers nothing about his past, will forever change her life.

The man without an identity decides to call himself Grayson after watching a TV episode with a character by the same name. Although Kara is frustrated that she knows so little about Grayson, she is drawn to him. Grayson appears to be an ideal man, and his sincerity and openness to everything around him make him irresistible.

When Lance learns that Kara now has a man in her life, he is forced to confront his real feelings for her, and he doesn’t like the thought of losing her to someone else even though loving her may put her life in danger. I typically avoid plots with love triangles because I know, most likely, someone will be hurt in the end. What makes Kara’s decision even more difficult is that both men are lovable.  The romantic scenes in Desert Hearts are a bit more sensual than those in Bad Vibrations, yet I found them to be appropriate for the characters involved. The outcome of this love triangle was not exactly what I expected but one I could accept in the end.

There are lots of unexpected situations and shocking revelations that emerge as the plot develops, and I was riveted to this storyline.  The last part of the book becomes more action-oriented, leading to a holding-my- breath, biting my nails climax and an, overall, emotionally satisfying conclusion.   I don’t want to say too much about the plot because discovering the truth is what makes this story so engaging, but I will end stating that I am still clinging to a tiny bit of hope about Grayson’s future.

Over the course of reading the first two books, I’ve found that I have become attached to this tight-knit group of UFO hunters, and if I ever had to face an encounter with aliens, these are the type of people I would want watching my back!

I look forward to reading the final book, Angel Fire, which has just been released, but I have a feeling I will wish for this trilogy to develop into a series.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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Angel Fire (#3)

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As winter closes in on Kirsten Swenson’s hometown of Sedona, Arizona, and the world moves toward the solstice, strange forces begin to converge on the quiet desert city, seeking to bring about the destruction of everything she knows and loves. 

Desperate to save her friends and family, Kirsten accepts the assistance of Martin Jones, a mysterious Man in Black who turns out to be far more than he seems. He helps to awaken the powers that have lain dormant within her…and also compels her to expose the shocking secrets buried in her past. But Kirsten soon learns that giving her heart might not be enough, and that the confrontation with the alien forces may demand her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author

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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though…not yet, anyway! (from Amazon)

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Website: http://www.christinepope.com/

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