Saturday, September 22, 2018

My Week in Review: 9/15/18-9/22/18


This week found me with a somewhat new to me subject to read about and that is always exciting.  :)

The weeks theme: Necromancers


Garden of Lilies by Eli Constant - 4 Stars ****



This time, helping a ghost might kill her.

Victoria Cage has one main objective in life—make sure that no one finds out she’s a necromancer. You know, a carrier of that pesky little power that caused zombies to rise back in World War III?

Of course, it’s hard to stay hidden when you deal with dead bodies. Like, every freaking day.

Maybe taking over the family funeral home wasn’t the smartest choice in the world, but sometimes being the local mortician and resident ‘crazy pants’ has its benefits. Like… when Victoria’s caught talking to thin air, folks just dismiss it as her own brand of strange. I mean, what person in the business of death isn’t a little weird?

When a murder victim reanimates on her embalming table, Victoria is drawn into an unfinished business that puts her to the ultimate test. It yanks her in like a fish on a sharp shiny hook, until she’s knee-deep in a cocktail of blood magic, death power, and fairy meddling.

Talk about complicated.

Death Rites by E A Copen - 4 Stars ****

Old gods die hard.

Professional necromancer Lazarus Kerrigan knows all too well that the Big Easy is anything but. Crime is up, business is down, and someone--or something--crushed an innocent girl to death on his doorstep.

After the search for the murderer brings the police to his front door, Laz must prove his innocence by hauling in the real killer with help from the dead.

When the sun sets in New Orleans, more than monsters go bump in the night... And what Laz awakens in his quest for answers might just get him--and everyone else in town--killed.


Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher - 3 Stars ***


My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

Grave Promise by D D Miers & Graceley Knox
3 Stars ***

Having a magical family secret would be exciting if your hidden gift controlled the elements or summoned dragons . . . not raised the dead.

The latest in a long line of powerful necromancers, Vexa is just trying to live a normal life without starting a zombie apocalypse. But after twenty-seven years of suppressing her powers, Vexa's secret catches up to her in the form of a strange candle, a relic of the days when her ancestors had complete power over life and death, and in a gorgeous man with a terrible curse–Ethan.

As Vexa's life is thrown into chaos, Ethan is the only one who can help her control the candle and introduce her to a paranormal world she never knew existed. But a sinister ancestor and a captivating enemy have other plans for her. She may finally have found a community where she can be herself . . . if the dark forces pursuing the candle don't destroy her first.


Feeding Frenzy by Maaja Wentz - 3 Stars ***


Witches — Necromancers — Inappropriate table manners!

The town of Loon Lake looks calm, but below the surface, clans of witches and wizards clash like sharks. First-year student Tonya isn't privy to her family's darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly eating epidemic, only she can resist the hidden, mind-controlling entity behind it.


Meanwhile, Tonya’s new friends, artist Priya, and Digital Ninjas Drake and Zain, want to create the creepiest art installation Loon Lake Cemetery will ever know. Too bad what’s lurking in the graveyard is deadly.


Untrained and overmatched by occult conspirators, Tonya will need to develop magical abilities she never knew she had. Can she uncover the mystery behind the epidemic and save her town?

That's my week in reading.  I hope you are reading something great.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle


Saturday, September 15, 2018

My Week in Review: 9/8/18-9/15/18


I was pretty pleased with this weeks selection of books.  I guess I do have my favorites as far as genre's go.  :)

This weeks genre theme: Fae/Fairy

Ascension by Zoe Parker - 5 Stars *****



Ever get a job that sucks?

My name is Iza Black and my life IS the sucky job.
I mean yeah, there are perks. Live-in maid service, free food and I get this purple, sparkly aura thing.
But there are way more bad parts.
So many people, so much pain. Sleep has divorced me completely and I'm living their nightmares now too.

I'm not sure I'm strong enough for this, that I can do what needs to be done. But I have to. Because it's my job...because someone needs to. These people need violence to meet violence. Hugs don't always fix things in our world.

Then there's Phobe. Frustrating, Phobe-the-jerk.
How does he fit into this, you may ask?
Keep reading and you'll find out.

Snake in the Grass by Kimbra Swain - 4 Stars ****


Shady Grove is having a fairy council election!

Grace’s throne isn’t on the ballot until she walks into town.

Grace Ann Bryant, Queen of the Exiles, lives in Shady Grove, Alabama, a small one-horse town where the population is mostly fairies. Since taking over the title as their Queen, Grace has found the job to be an overwhelming task. So, the citizens decide to hold a council election to support the fairy population and the natural trouble that arises. However, when a legitimate challenger slithers into town, the throne is suddenly for grabs.

Amidst fending off the challenge, a Kitsune rolls into town looking for a mate, and she has her sights set on Grace’s fiancé, Dylan. Grace has to fight for her throne, her fiancé, and her life, as her challenger pushes the limits.

If you think human elections can be wild, just wait until you see how manipulative and vindictive fairies can be! When it’s all said and done, Grace discovers the true snake in the grass, but at what cost? The true power she faces is beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Of Gods and Fae by Tom Keller - 4 Stars ****


You see plenty of strange things when you're a P.I. in Las Vegas, but even that couldn’t prepare ex-cop Robert Hoskins for what was to come. At first he couldn't believe that all those stories he'd been told as a child were true. But hearing that the Fae had taken the casinos over from the mob was something else. Elves, Dwarves, Werewolves and Faeries were just the beginning and battling dark Mages, the opening act.

Having banished his enemy to the cold hell of Tartarus he'll now have to travel to the Fae lands to claim his birthright. Along the way, and after, there's Demons and Dragons to fight and a trip down the river Styx to the gates of Hades itself is on the playlist if he'll want to defeat the dark Fae's minions and undo an ancient curse.

From the author of "Return of the High Fae," this is book two in the Vegas Fae stories but a standalone novel in its own right.

Sin City will never be the same.

Fae's Choice by Logan Byrne - 3 Stars ***


I was told to choose between three sexy fae men. So I chose them all.


Kira Frost, fae princess and future leader of the matriarchal kingdom of Terrandale, must make a choice.

To receive her elemental powers and the ability to control water, she must complete four harrowing feats representing each of the elements her people control.

And she must complete them alongside three sexy fae men from opposite elemental lines vying for her love and affection.

They all want her, but she can only have one—bonding herself to one man for life in exchange for her powers and her future throne. There’s only one problem: she wants them all.

She figures out a way she can have her cake and eat it too, receiving her elemental powers and creating the reverse harem of her dreams.

But first she’ll have to make it happen—while also fighting off fierce mountain trolls, golems, a manticore, and a ferocious dragon.

Enchantment by Tanya Dawson - 3 Stars ***


One girl. Two bloodlines. One pledge to be made.

When Olivia Whitby’s mother vanishes, a cryptic letter left at her door leads her to a family she never knew – a family of Fae.

However, the secrets run even deeper, and Olivia soon finds herself trapped amongst the power struggle between the Fae and the Sabean Vampires, whom she is thoroughly warned to stay away from. However, the possibility of finding out the truth about herself is too captivating, as is Henry, an enigmatic Sabean vampire. To make matters worse, she is also falling for her guardian, Skylar.

Time is closing in. Torn between both worlds, Olivia must soon pledge to one side or the other. The balance of the underworld could depend on it. Will she choose her Fae bloodline, or will those damn Sabean vampires sway her away?

That wraps another week of good reads.  :)  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle

Saturday, September 8, 2018

My Week in Review: 9/1/18-9/8/18


Well, we've moved right on in to September.  Time is trucking right along - I've heard that happens when you get old.  :)

This weeks theme: Ghosts/Haunted Houses

Craven Manor by Darcy Coates - 4 Stars ****


Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.

Alarm bells start ringing when he arrives at Craven Manor. The mansion’s front door hangs open, and leaves and cobwebs coat the marble foyer. It’s clear no one has lived there in a long time.

But an envelope waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money, and promises more.

Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgement, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.

But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realises Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret… one that threatens to bury him with it.

Callie The Bayou Hauntings by Bill Thompson - 4 Stars ****


Deep in the bayous of southern Louisiana, an ancient mansion called Beau Rivage sits empty and abandoned. Arceneaux family members built the house and lived there for two hundred years. The house is inherited by Callie Pilantro, a down-on-her-luck granddaughter of Juliet Arceneaux, its most recent owner who died there a few months ago.

Strange things begin to unravel as a mysterious child appears and disappears at will inside the house, Callie finds a family graveyard in the woods that creates more questions than answers, and she discovers that even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.

Confronted by strange events she doesn’t understand and a little girl who speaks in riddles, Callie struggles to find the secrets of Beau Rivage even as someone is determined to keep her from learning them.

Sinister Summer  by Colleen Gleason - 4 Stars ****


A sexy professor.

A logical lawyer.
A determined ghost.
And a very real killer...
Welcome to Wicks Hollow: a cozy town near Lake Michigan filled with quaint houses, eccentric residents, and more than its share of ghosts, murders, and romance.

Diana Iverson needs a break--from her stressful job, from her philandering boyfriend, and from the rest of her fast-paced life. When she inherits her eccentric Aunt Jean's home on Wicks Lake, Diana takes a much-needed vacation in the cozy little town.

But when the lake house becomes the scene of multiple break-ins and other unsettling events, Diana begins to suspect Aunt Jean’s death was not as innocent as it seems.

And then there’s Ethan Murphy, the sexy college professor who lives next door… He appears to know a lot more about Aunt Jean than he should, and Diana doesn’t trust him.

But most of all, there's Aunt Jean herself…who seems determined to communicate with Diana—from beyond the grave.

Obsession by David Probert - 3 Stars ***


Doug and Karen have rented a picturesque vacation home on a quaint New England island. Doug's goal is to complete the follow-up to his debut novel. Karen's is to relax. 

But the couple soon realizes that they are being watched by something that's inside the house with them, something that has formed an unnatural attachment to Doug and has now begun to terrorize Karen. 

As Karen begins to uncover the home's malevolent past she discovers that the presence among them is far more dangerous than they had ever imagined, and regardless of its preconceived intentions, neither of them are safe.

Shallow Graves by Patrick Logan - 3 Stars ***


Not all houses are made of brick and stone...
Robert Watts is having the worst day of his entire life: first he's laid off, then he finds out that his wife is having an affair... with his boss no less. And that's only the beginning.

Before the month is out, Robert finds himself alone to raise his daughter with no money, no job, and a house that is minutes from being repossessed. Just when he hits rock bottom, a strange visitor arrives at the doorstep of his soon to be foreclosed house with a letter from an Aunt he didn't know existed.

The offer is simple: look after Aunt Ruth during her dying days, and in return Robert will be bequeathed the Harlop Estate in which she currently resides. It's a no brainer and Robert jumps at the opportunity, equally motivated by the prospect of financial security as he is for a fresh start.

Problem is, it only takes a few nights in the Harlop Estate before he begins to question Aunt Ruth's claims that they are the home's only inhabitants...

It's the scratching he hears during the night, the voices that he can barely make out over the constant rain, and then there's the girl with the rat...

With their house foreclosed and their bank accounts liquidated, Robert and his daughter Amy desperately need a place to live. But the question Robert soon finds himself struggling with is whether living in the Harlop Estate is worth it... and if he can survive until Aunt Ruth passes to collect his inheritance.

It's been a long time since I've read a "ghost" story and I enjoyed these.  A couple kept me awake late into the night.  :)

I hope you see something you'd like to try.  As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle   

Saturday, September 1, 2018

My Week in Review: 8/25/18-9/1/18



I was very pleased with this weeks' list of reads.  I found a couple of new to me authors and that always makes me happy - top that off with this was my vacation week - and put me down as one happy camper.  :)

This weeks' theme: Magic and Mayhem

True Magic by Colin Sims - 4 Stars ****



A hexed wizard. A reformed succubus. LA’s supernatural underground will never be the same …

UCLA sophomore François Lemieux had thought his biggest challenge would be scoring a summer internship. Everything changes, though, when a trio of vampires tries to run his car off the road. He’s saved by a mysterious, heavily armed girl named Cassie Chu, but his troubles are far from over.

It turns out Cassie is a succubus who works for the Supernatural Intelligence Agency. She informs François that he’s a wizard who was hexed at birth to prevent him from casting spells. If that weren’t enough, evil forces in a magical underground he never knew existed are out for his blood. To survive, François partners up with the beautiful yet eccentric Cassie to learn the ins and outs of magic. He barely has a chance to study the basics when a prominent alchemist goes missing and a destructive power falls into the wrong hands.

If François and Cassie can’t track down the alchemist in time, the new world he’s grown to love may soon come to a bitter end …

Wayward Magic by Meredith Nisse - 4 Stars ****


I have two choices. Unleash the dark magic inside of me. Or die.


I had always been an outcast. I was born without magic into one of the most powerful magical families in the world and shunned from birth. My family believed that power was worth any price and anyone without it was less than worthless. But when my powers finally erupted in a violent display, I only had two choices: embrace the darkness of my magic or run.

So I ran.

My rules are simple: no magic and absolutely no contact with the magical underworld.

These rules have kept me safe from my family for the last year, even if that means hiding out among the humans and pretending to be one of them.

But when my past catches up to me in the form of a deadly beautiful demon who wants my power for his own, my rules can’t help me. And I have to fight back or die.

And power corrupts even the best intentions.

Shady Magic by K V Adair - 4 Stars ****


After a disastrous run-in with a 300-pound frog-demon, I have one last chance to prove to my brother I’m ready to face the next big bad by his side.

Otherwise, it’s bye-bye family business and hello solo life in a galaxy far, far away.

So, when a half-angel teenager goes missing, I see the opportunity to solve my first case and show him I can be the Robin to his Batman, the Watson to his Sherlock, the Spock to his Kirk.

Besides, I’m not the type of girl who stays home and bakes cookies while the heroes go save the day.

But there’s this pesky little complication in my way, Lucas--part angel, part pain in my ass, and completely my type.

If I were smart, I'd put a few dimensions between us.

But Lucas is the only lead I got. And by lead… I mean bait.

Something nasty is targeting angelic half-breeds and taking them out.

And Lucas is next on the fanatic freak’s list.

Chasing Magic by Gena D Lutz - 4 Stars ****


Anika Webb is an extremely talented witch with certain goals in mind; pass the final hex-trial at Mystic Manor, and spend the rest of her free time tussling beneath the sheets with her hunky-warlock lover, Drake.


But with all good intentions, evil will fatefully intercede.

After a jealous foe unleashes a hailstorm of mischief onto an unsuspecting small-town, Anika finds herself battling a volatile spell; where all bets are off, and magic will fly.

Institute of Magic by Linsey Hall - 4 Stars ****


Where winning means survival

According to legend, I’m supposed to be some kind of all-powerful DragonGod—gifted with the magic of gods. Instead, I’m a dud. In fact, I'm currently failing out of the Undercover Protectorate’s magical institute.

It's the supernatural version of Scotland Yard, and I’ve got one chance left to earn my place here. To do so, I have to compete in a deadly race across the world. In order to win, I need to survive. And I’ll need the help of a sexy and powerful shifter mage named Lachlan Munroe.

When we figure out that the race is rigged, Lachlan and I must rely on each other to make it through. But will I be able to learn enough magic to save my life?

I had a very enjoyable time with these reads.  I hope you see something you like.  

As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

My Week in Review: 8/18/18-8/25/18



This weeks' reads took me way back - I mean to my teenage years and up through my early 20's - this was my genre of choice.  It is funny how things have evolved over time from this genre to zombies.  LOL

This weeks' theme: Men in Kilts - AKA Historical Romance

The MacKinnon's Bride by Tanya Anne Crosby - 4 Stars ****


When laird Iain MacKinnon's young son is captured by the English, the fierce Scottish chieftain retaliates in kind, capturing the daughter of his enemy to bargain for his boy's return. Fiercely loyal to kin, Iain never imagines a father can deny his child--or that he will become Page FitzSimon's savior. 

"Keep her, or kill her!" FitzSimon proclaims when Iain forces his hand. What can a good lad do, but take the lass home. Even as Page blames her reluctant champion for welching on a bargain with her father, she suspects the truth... the shadows hold secrets... and danger. 

Now only love can save MacKinnon's fiery new bride.

Loki by Keira Montclair - 4 Stars ****


A warrior with a haunted past and the lass who vows to love him forever.

Loki Grant’s first memories are of living in a crate behind an inn in Ayr, struggling to survive. Clan Grant saved him from his lonely existence and took him in as one of their own. But though the Highlands have become his home and he loves his adopted parents, Brodie and Celestina, Loki feels lost. Part of him is still that scrappy wee lad who relied on his wits to survive the streets, and he is not sure he belongs. The feistiest and most beautiful lass in the clan, Arabella, steals his heart, but when her father resists the match because Loki is not of clan blood, Loki decides to confront his past. He wishes to satisfy Bella’s father by discovering his parentage, but he also hopes his quest will help him understand his purpose.

As far as Arabella is concerned, Loki Grant is the wiliest, brawest, and most handsome warrior in existence. She is determined to have him as her husband regardless of what her father thinks. So when Loki’s search for his sire leads him into trouble, she rushes headlong after him.

Together, Loki and Arabella must discover the dark secrets of Loki’s origins, for only by confronting the past can they hope for a bright future together.
   
Lady Danger by Glynnis Campbell - 3 Stars ***


The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch...Damsels in shining armor...riding to the rescue! Deirdre, Helena, and Miriel, three kick-arse Scots wenches known as The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, aren’t about to become any man’s chattel, until they meet heroes who are strong enough to tame their wild ways and worthy enough to win their wayward hearts.


Born to the blade and raised to fear no one, Deirdre of Rivenloch never shies away from a fight and never turns her back on a threat to her land or her family. But she’s never met a man like Sir Pagan Cameliard, the bold and powerful knight who comes at the king’s command to make a marriage alliance with Rivenloch. To save her younger sister, Deirdre tricks Pagan into marrying her instead, and now she faces a new kind of enemy who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.

Highland Barbarian by Ruth Ryan Langan - 3 Stars ***


Meredith MacAlpin, Scottish noblewoman, is kidnapped at the altar by infamous Highland Barbarian, Brice Campbell, and spirited away to his fortress in the Highlands. It is rumored that he is the one who has killed her people in a series of raids.

Brice Campbell is desperate to prove his innocence and bring peace to his people, but when he kills the wrong man, his enemy vows revenge.

Can enemies become lovers? Is love strong enough to defy even death?

The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix - 3 Stars ***


More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love...The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale...especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her. She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’s past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent
— and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

That wraps up my walk down memory lane.  I hope you see something you'd like to read.  :)

As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle

Saturday, August 18, 2018

My Week in Review: 8/11/18-8/18/18


This week was full of fun surprises.  It always amazes me how an author can take a well known tale and turn it on its' ear with a totally different spin.  

This weeks theme: Fairytale Retellings

Spelled by Betsy Schow - 4 Stars ****


Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.


Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski - 4 Stars ****


Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn't the only thing she wants—she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin's choices begin to haunt her. She'll have to choose between what's lawful and what her conscience believes is right—all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Butcher, Baker, Vampire Slayer by Juliann Whicker - 3 Stars ***


Love. Betrayal. Creampuffs.

After a freak accident with escaped tigers, newly orphaned Violetta Tancetta is left in a city which teems with werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Unaware of the danger, all she knows is that her twin brother is throwing away his future when he decides to drop out of the elite all boy school he’s been attending, and she isn’t going to let him do it, even if it means taking his place.

When eighteen-year-old, Violetta Tancetta goes undercover as her brother, she has no idea that Calder, School for Boys isn’t only for rich, prissy boys, but also the premier training ground for the next generation of Butchers, or those trained to slaughter vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night.

Her plans get complicated when she gains the friendship and respect of the greatest Butcher of them all, wickedly handsome Orion who constantly threatens the security of her male identity.


A Piper's Song by C K Johnson - 3 Stars ***


When you control music, every note is a weapon.

Most girls don't think twice about singing along with their favorite song on the radio. Not me. I hum once and it zombifies the hottest guy in school.

The Pied Piper was real and I am his descendant. Music is my curse. If I don't master the song inside myself, it will overpower me, and if that happens...
Let's put it this way: the last piper to lose control led a town-full of children to a river and started the plague.

Welcome to my life.

Wicked Witch by Dee J Stone - 3 Stars ***


Allara Silverwood is an ordinary young woman, looking forward to marrying the love of her life. Then she receives a visit from the Good Witch of the North and her life is forever changed. She’s taken to the Sisterhood and is told she’s the long-awaited Good Witch of the West, and that it’s her destiny to spread peace and love throughout the western realm of Oz.

But when she’s betrayed by another Good Witch and commits a terrible crime, she’s kicked out of the Sisterhood and forced into a life of solitude. Evil begins to brew inside her, sending her on a dark path that makes her grow more wicked with every day that passes.

The Good Witch of the West is now the Wicked Witch of the West.

Allara tries to cling onto the sliver of goodness she still has inside her, but the wickedness is just too powerful. All that she’s ever held dear slowly slips away, including the man she loves. Can she save herself before she’s lost forever?

Those were pretty interesting for the different perspectives and I have added more to my 'to be read' list.  

As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle



  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Week in Review: 8/4/18-8/11/18


This week we came back around to one of my all time favorites due to a new release in an awesome series.  :)  I also found a new to me author/series and that makes me happy.

This weeks theme: Zombies

Zombie Road IV by David A Simpson - 5 Stars *****


The world is recovering from a near extinction level event. Fortified enclaves and barricaded towns have managed to survive the long winter. Spring brings new hope and new beginnings. One boy, thrust too quickly into manhood, is learning to find his way in the new wastelands. 

With hopped up machines and purpose built muscle cars to run the roads, a new breed of pony express rider is born. 

The Road Angel

The Infected: Karen's First Day by Joseph Zuko 
5 Stars *****


Raising kids is tough. Keeping them alive as the zombie apocalypse begins is tougher. But that's exactly what stay-at-home mom Karen needs to do: fight fiercely to keep her young daughters safe as her husband Jim battles his way across the city, so they can escape the carnage together. 

On the worst day of her life, Karen finds that she will do anything to protect her family, and that the line between life and death has teeth.

Devour: Death & Decay by R L Blalock - 5 Stars *****


The virus is spreading. People are dying, but they don’t stay dead.

St. Louis is falling to pieces. In the midst of rioting, the outbreak of a dangerous new disease pushes an already dire situation over the edge. Those who are infected suddenly become extremely aggressive, attacking and even eating those around them.

And Olivia Bennett is caught right in the middle of it.

When Liv comes face to face with the infected, her hectic life grinds to a halt as the city around her begins to devour itself. Forced to flee from her car with nothing but her eighteen-month-old daughter, Elli, Liv must trek forty miles on foot across the zombie infested suburbs of St. Louis to a safe haven that may not even be safe.

Fight or die. What other hope does she have?

Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa - 5 Stars *****


When nowhere is safe to hide, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they're hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Z-burbia 3 - Estate of the Dead by Jake Bible - 4 Stars ****


Jace Stanford has lost family, friends, and his arm to the zombie apocalypse that hit his formerly quiet, American subdivision of Whispering Pines. But he has also gained new allies, a new sense of purpose, and something he never in a million years would have thought would be a plus: the cannibal savant known as Elsbeth.

Now facing certain destruction from a faction known as the Consortium, Jace needs Elsbeth’s help more than ever. But is she up to the task when her past is revealed? A past that is possibly more shocking than the zombie apocalypse itself?

Jace may find out the hard way. And in the zombie apocalypse, the hard way usually means a whole lot of people are going to die.

That is my zombie gems for the week.  :)  I hope you are reading something great!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle