#BadMoonRising Armand Rosamilia #IndieAuthor #horror #postapocalyptic @ArmandAuthor

Armand Rosamilia was one of the first authors to sign up for Bad Moon Rising a couple of years ago and, taking into account the number of books he’s written and the podcasts he hosts, I wonder how he had time to even email me!  I’m thrilled to have him back for the third year.  Read below for Armand’s favorite candy (which fans kindly bring to him in copious amounts) and his unlikely Halloween costume.

Sometimes it’s not just the zombies in a post apocalyptic landscape that are the problem.

As Darlene Bobich and the survivors try to rebuild and live another day, a new menace is coming at them from all angles. 

The zombie horde is coming but will The Promised Land survive to see it?

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

About seven years ago I went to a party but had no idea it was a Halloween event. Everyone was dressed like it was the 80’s. Women dressed like Madonna, wearing neon outfits and headbands, guys dressed like Top Gun. I was wearing a SLAYER shirt and someone remarked how cool it was and where I bought it for the party. I told them it was just a shirt I put on tonight. I got a strange look from the guy.

Favorite Halloween candy?

Anything with chocolate. It’s my one vice. I am a huge fan of plain or peanut M&M’s. It’s gotten to the point where fans and other authors will bring a bag for me when I’m at a convention or book signing. I’m not complaining, although at one con I received 14 lbs. of M&M’s and my wife knew I would eat most of it. In the next few days. Which I did.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It sounds cheesy to say, but I really did want to be a writer. At 12 years old I started reading Dean Koontz books and it opened my eyes to reading and writing. It took me until my early 40’s to start writing full-time but it was worth the journey. I am living my dream today.

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?

Phantoms by Dean Koontz. As a teen it spooked me while reading it, the first time it had ever happened and it was a defining moment for me. Before that a story might be great or bad but it was just a story. This book changed the way I looked at books. It might seem tame compared to all that’s come since, but for me it was the one book I wish I’d written for the unsettling feeling I got reading it.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

Tosha Shorb from the Dying Days zombie series. What started out as a one-shot minor character has grown into a major one, and she’s appeared in most of the books so far. She’s a tough redhead who takes no crap from anyone. She’s chaotic. Selfish. Deadly. Her twin sister is dead but they still talk. Lots of layers to Tosha I never thought I’d be exploring. The readers either love her or hate her. There’s no in-between with the things she does.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

I wish I’d taken the leap of faith years before I did. I wasted my twenties and early thirties in bad relationships, dead-end jobs and dreaming without acting on what I wanted from life. When I was laid off from my job as a retail manager six years ago I decided to give writing a try, all the while looking for another horrible retail management job. I proved to myself I could do this for a living and be happy.

Author Bio

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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#BadMoonRising Jessica Gomez #IndieAuthor #paranormal #postapocalyptic

Today’s author has the best idea I’ve come across for Halloween costumes – and she turned it into a family bonding experience.  Welcome Jessica Gomez!

If the world ceased to exist in one moment in time, would you know what to do?

Lillie thought her life was finally beginning to look up, and for once she seemed in control of her own future. Until a blinding light in the sky ripped that all away. When the luminosity snapped off, it flipped a switch, taking with it almost every human life, leaving behind few survivors… and the Infected. Decrepit and inhuman, the Infected brutalize everything that crosses their path.

The flash has destroyed most people’s humanity, rendering Lillie a target for every horrific situation imaginable. Nine months later, she not only has to worry about herself, but her newborn child.

After a year of living on their own and just making it, Lillie and her daughter catch a break, finding shelter and a new companion in a young boy. The new family dynamic has Lillie letting her guard down. Until one day, they are ambushed. More terrifying and faster than ever, the Infected nearly overcome them, triggering the relocation of their home.

Taking a chance, Lillie and the children head to the mountains of Oregon. Little do they know – what waits there may be worse than the Infected.

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

I’ve not seen it yet. Lol I’m waiting for the remade version of IT to come out. The original is a bit goofy now when I watch it, but Pennywise is still hands down, the scariest clown ever!

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

I’d have to go with, Jigsaw. There’s a couple of videos on YouTube called Working with Jigsaw and Living with Jigsaw. They cracked me up! Always playing pranks on people that are insane!

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

A few years back, my kids and I went as Zombies. I let them pick out old clothes, rips holes in them, and them roll around in the dirt. They were in heaven. We made fake blood with corn syrup, and used my makeup to become undead. That was the best Halloween so far!

What are you working on now?

I have several books in the making now. October is a busy month for me with the release of a group anthology titled, Undead Worlds. 22 Authors and 22 Stories. We have a cover reveal in September. If you love Zombies, you should come! https://www.facebook.com/events/464415620624295/?active_tab=discussion

I’m also releasing book 3 in my Flash series, Evolved, around the end of October. PLUS! I’m also working on a brand new sexy Alpha Suspense Romance series! This one is still in the hush, hush stage.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I do both. It depends on what I’m working on. If it’s a series, I usually jump right into the next book. If it’s a standalone, I’ll take a bit of time away. However, it’s been almost a year since my last release, because I did take about five months off for down time. Makes the crunch time that much more important.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

My favorite character can change. I do have a soft spot for Azami from the flash series. But I’d say my favorite character, is still my first one. Her name is Jasmine. She’s the main character in After the Before. She over comes terrible obstacles in her young life. She loses family, has an abusive mother at home, and falls into a deep depression. She’s reunited with her best friend who was a part of the life Before. Their relationship sparks in the After and she begins to heal and learn to overcome the largest obstacles in her life. She’s my favorite character, because she reminds me of your normal teenage girl. She could be any one of us. Feeling this way, makes her story come alive, you can live within her while you read.

Author Bio

Jessica Gomez is a bestselling author of Suspense, Romance & Paranormal, Apocalyptic books. She’s best known for her Paranormal novel, Infected. She independently published her first book, After the Before, in 2014, and reached #1 in Bilingual, Suspense, & Romance genres. She’s currently working on book 3 in the Flash series, Evolved, which is to release Fall/Winter of 2017. As well as a new Alpha, Suspense, Romance series, schedule for early 2018. For more about this author, visit one of the sites listed. She enjoys hearing from and chatting with her readers, who have the same passion for reading.

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Tipping Point (Project Renova #1) by Terry Tyler #TuesdayBookBlog #PostApocalyptic @TerryTyler4

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…

This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is due to be published in September 2017, with the final instalment in the middle of 2018. A collection of outtake short stories, Patient Zero, is in progress, and should be available around December 2017. – Goodreads.com

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and, to my knowledge, the post-apocalyptic genre is a different path for her.  I’m thrilled she decided to branch out, as this is a favorite for me.

With a variety of characters operating on various levels of the ‘Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark’ spectrum, the reader is introduced to those who bury their head in the sand, others who believe it’s a glitch the government will correct and a happy ending will be had by all, people who thrive on total anarchy, and doomsday folks who planned months in advance.  Vicki’s journey is very credible, from disbelief at what’s happening in her world, to eventual acceptance, and how best to survive and protect her daughter.

This is a disturbing story, not only because of the horrific circumstances and gradual breakdown of society, but also, even though an improbable situation, it’s quite believable.  That’s partly because it’s obvious the author did extensive research, but it also just makes sense in a twisted governmental conspiracy type of way.  I especially enjoyed the nods to some of my favorites – 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead (Eugene!).

This is the first in a series, and I’m very glad I won’t have to wait long for the second book!  I’d highly recommend Tipping Point for post-apocalyptic/dystopian fans.  Get started now before the next book releases in September.

I received a digital ARC from the author.

 

Feral by James Demonaco and Brian Evenson #bookreview #horror

From James DeMonaco, the writer/director of The Purge film franchise, comes the30689356 provocative and terrifying last stand of a lone outpost of women in the wake of a deadly pandemic.

Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, madness and uncontrollable violence. The world crumbled around her. No man was spared, and the few survivors were irrevocably changed. They became disturbingly strong, aggressive, and ferocious. Feral.

Three years later, Allie has joined a group of hardened survivors in an isolated, walled-in encampment. Outside the guarded walls the ferals roam free, and hunt. Allie has been noticing troubling patterns in the ferals’ movements, and a disturbing number of new faces in the wild. Something catastrophic is brewing on the horizon, and time is running out. The ferals are coming, and there is no stopping them. – Goodreads.com

I’m a fan of The Purge movies, so when I saw the writer/director had written a book, I was immediately intrigued.

The first part of this book is fantastic – the reader sees through Allie’s eyes how this apocalyptic event begins and the hard choices she makes in order to survive.  Flash forward three years, and Allie has transformed from a talented lacrosse player worried about boys to a hardened feral killer with trust issues.  Obviously, living through something like this will change a person, but I would have appreciated the inclusion of some events that caused this alteration.  The three year interval is a blank slate and the reader sees what Allie is like mostly through internal monologues and observations of other characters.

Which brings me to this – Feral alternates between first person and third person, some of this with the same character, and different POVs from several characters.  Different POVs aren’t really a problem for me, but the shifts between first and third person are somewhat jarring.

Overall, this is a solid read – it doesn’t bring anything new to the table with this genre, but it’s fast-paced with some exciting action sequences and a pretty quick read.  The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel.

Feral is scheduled for publication April 4th, 2017.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

 

#BadMoonRising Day 6 The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan #thriller #indieauthor @DylanJMorgan

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Today we welcome Dylan J. Morgan!  If you’re a regular on this blog, his book may look familiar – I reviewed it a few weeks ago.  Three things I can tell you about Dylan’s books:  they are compelling, un-put-downable reads, don’t get too attached to the characters, and his writing engages all the senses (sometimes the smells are atrocious).

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  Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

The first story I ever wrote was some little idea that I can’t quite remember now, but was written on pieces of paper that I stapled together. Needless to say this story was never published. The first story I did have published was back in 2003 for a print on demand anthology; a short story that involved an alien of some kind. My memory doesn’t seem to stretch back more than a decade, unfortunately.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Dracula, probably. I’ve always wanted to visit Romania and those old East European countries: steeped in culture and mythology with a past rich with stories of vampires and other such horrors. Castles fascinate me too; they’re amazing feats of medieval engineering we probably couldn’t achieve today. I’m sure Dracula’s crib is a huge stone castle with many secret rooms and passageways. Ancient and valuable artwork probably hang on the walls in a cozy room complete with a blazing hearth providing enough warmth to even heat the count’s ancient undead bones. And I bet he serves a nice, thick claret, too.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Ghosts. Not ghost stories, but ghost movies and the idea that a spirit is standing over my shoulder in the darkness watching everything I do. You can’t see them, can’t feel them, but you can probably sense them. Perhaps the flush of chills you get running down your spine and the flash of goosebumps erupting on your arms are caused by a ghost passing you by.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

My favorite hero in a book/movie has to be a heroine, namely Selene from the Underworld franchise of vampire/werewolf movies. She’s badass, dedicated to the coven and her fight against werewolves, until her own kind betray her, then she becomes even more badass. She’s a great character played by a great actress. Favorite villain . . . can I choose someone from Game of Thrones? I’ve not read the books and I know it’s not a movie, but I love the TV series, and I think Cersi classes as a villain. She’s awesome: single-minded, determined, and willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone in order to protect her own and claim the Iron Throne. Now that her father is dead, her children are all dead, it’s going to be interesting to see just how ruthless and villainous Cersi will become in her efforts to stop those multiple threats to her kingdom.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

Starting. Actually sitting down in front of my computer and opening the word file to begin crafting a story, or the next chapter, or the next paragraph, is the hardest part of the entire process for me. It’s so easy to turn away to go and do something else, but it takes dedication and determination to begin where you left off and create something unique to you. Once I get over that hump and the words begin to flow it usually becomes easy to find the story again; and certainly editing to get the book into the story I’d always envisioned is a process I really enjoy. It’s building those foundations that are the hardest part of the job.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m a few chapters into what will probably be a novella length work of fiction. It’ll be another mash-up of genres, combining post-apocalyptic with horror in an end of world event. The basic premise for the story is that mankind, through its own greed and selfishness, has caused society to collapse upon itself and the monsters we thought were nothing but myth and legend have crawled from the darkness to seize their chance. Demons have risen from the pits of hell, and have opened the realm of Hades so that the dead walk the earth. The story follows a group of monster hunters on one mission as they must fight against the evil that hell has unleashed, in addition to the evil that the human race continues to display.

Author Bio

Dylan J. Morgan is the author of five novels, four novellas, and a short story collection, all in the field of horror andunnamed post-apocalyptic fiction.

Now living and working in Norway, he was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.
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The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz28220778

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.

Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.

Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites–and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation. – Goodreads.com

When I initially read the description of this book, it sounded kind of zombie-ish, but some reviewers had mentioned The Rains was different, not the usual trope – so I gave it a chance.

The action starts almost immediately and there are some fantastic tension-filled, hold-your-breath moments throughout the story.  The author does a wonderful job at showing Chance’s insecurities when comparing himself to his brother, both through his journal entries and actions, and also at emphasizing not everyone’s strengths lie in the same areas.  Chance and Patrick have had to rely on each other from a very early age after experiencing heartbreaking losses, and their relationship is one of my favorite things about this book.

There are a few unexpected twists near the end – some I found interesting, another not so much, but no spoilers here.  I liked the direction this story was heading and couldn’t imagine where it would go from there, but then a surprising revelation is made, and the walls of this suspenseful novel collapsed around me.  I felt cheated.  For some readers, this may be a welcome turn of events, heightening the excitement for the next book, so I may be in the minority.

Overall, I enjoyed The Rains and would recommend it to post-apocalyptic fans – it’s well-written and has some likable characters, but was disappointed that it took a well worn path at the end.  This book is scheduled for publication October 18, 2016.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews @dylanjmorgan

Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A 31329015century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival. – Goodreads.com

I’ve been anticipating this followup to The Dead Lands (review here) and was highly rewarded for my impatience patience.

The reader is immediately dropped into a riveting action sequence that will make you want to flip ahead to see what happens – but try to resist the urge!  The action sequences are vivid and extremely well done and I could easily picture the scenes as if watching a movie.

Morgan also possesses a talent at creating characters you love and those you love to hate and would like to feed to the mutants yourself – namely the greedy, narcissistic, and disgusting Colonel Paden.  That being said, one of the reasons Morgan’s books are so suspenseful is that you never know if one of your favorite characters will live or go down in a blaze of glory –  or even with a whimper.  But it sure does make for an exciting read.

And the ending!  Just when I thought the story was over, my heart rate had returned to normal, and I’d made peace with the sacrifices and deaths, a curveball came out of nowhere and left me in shock.  A dark, but nice twist that could lead to a sequel – I hope.  This book is scheduled for publication September 4th, 2016.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Dead Lands by Dylan J. Morgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog @dylanjmorgan

Lane is a bounty hunter for Erebus’ corrupt government, his life a constant battle against past demons. Framed 22591375for murder, Lane is offered one option to avoid the death penalty: rejoin the army and partake in a covert operation to the apocalyptic world of Hemera, Erebus’ sister planet.

A century after the nuclear conflict that ended mankind’s third age, Hemera has now sent a distress signal to its sister: the president has awoken, and he’s calling for aid. Early intelligence reports indicate the mission will be straightforward, that Hemera is a vacant shell with all forms of life and hostility extinguished.

They are wrong.

Bandits control the dead lands, but there are things much worse waiting for Lane and his squadron once they enter the city walls. Having lived with the nightmares of his shattered past, Lane must now face the mutated horrors of mankind’s future in the toughest battle of his life. – Goodreads.com

Another Dylan J. Morgan book – another thrilling read!  A combination of sci-fi, horror, and post-apocalyptic elements, The Dead Lands is a gritty, action-packed novel.

From the beginning, the reader knows the mission to Hemera is expected to fail and it doesn’t take long for the characters to realize the same thing – but that doesn’t stop them from fighting for survival, making it easy to root for most of them.  Some, I was rooting for the mutants to tear into.  The novel is full of conflict – not only between the characters themselves, but also with what they encounter on Hemera.

I’ve always liked this author’s writing style – clear and concise, no wasted words and he has a gift for descriptive writing, allowing the reader to picture Hemera and everything the characters experience (the smells are revolting – I don’t think these guys got a breath of fresh air throughout the novel).

There’s a somewhat surprising twist at the end and I’m glad to know a sequel is in the works.  Highly recommended for readers who enjoy sci-fi, thrillers, action, and a touch of horror.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva #bookreview

For readers of Station Eleven and The Passage comes a dazzling and 27245997unsettling novel of psychological suspense. In Alexandra Oliva’s thrilling fiction debut, survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself—and one woman’s mind and body are pushed to the limit.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated. – Goodreads.com

I’m a fan of both The Passage and Station Eleven – plus I’ve watched every season of Survivor from day one (the only reality show I’ll watch).  So, obviously I needed to read this book.

This is a great concept – kind of a behind the scenes look at what the television crew goes through, deciding on what to air, how to spin it, what to leave on the cutting floor.  The psychological degradation Zoo experiences is entirely believable and adds to the intensity of the story.  Although Zoo is the main character, I didn’t particularly like her, but I kept reading because I wanted to know the fate of the contestants.

I found the varying timelines a bit confusing at first – normally I don’t mind time jumps, but in this case, it interfered with the flow of the story for me.  The characters are given names based on their occupation or physical description (Waitress, Carpenter Girl, Black Doctor), but when Zoo mentions them with their actual names, other than maybe a couple, I had no idea to whom she was referring, because the reader is never told the characters’ real names.  And the ending – surely there’s a sequel in the works, because I felt cheated and kept thinking I must be missing some pages.  It just didn’t fit.

While I loved the idea and suspense of this novel, for me, it didn’t make it over that last hurdle to accomplish its goal.  The Last One is scheduled for publication July 12th, 2016.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin #bookreview

In “The Passage” and “The Twelve“, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity’s 26891429desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmares end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. – Goodreads.com

The City of Mirrors is on my list of most anticipated books of 2016 – and with such a long wait after The Twelve – it was soooo worth it.

After over three years since the last book in this series was published, I needed reminders about what had happened to these characters and the author worked that into the beginning chapters in a clever way – things filtered through that foggy curtain in my mind and I couldn’t wait to get on with the story.  And what a story this is.  I don’t know if I can do it justice.

Peace, war, family, friendship, revelations, death, life, sacrifice, love – all are contained within this epic novel that’s such an incredible, bittersweet ending to The Passage trilogy.  All questions are answered – where did Amy go and what happened to the world?  What happened to Zero in his human life that spawned such hatred?  What about Peter?  Alicia?  Sara and Hollis?  I’d forgotten how deeply I care about these characters and although I hate to see the series end, I feel as if I had closure in learning their fates – good or bad – by the last page.

This is a hefty chunk of a book, but what a journey it is.  I laughed, cried (and it takes a lot to pull the tears from my ducts), put off most household chores for nearly a week while reading this, and I’m pretty sure my heart stopped a few times.  Unparalleled characterization, thought-provoking concepts, and brilliant writing.  If you haven’t started reading this series – what are you waiting for?  The City of Mirrors is scheduled for publication May 24th, 2016.

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.