‘Balance’ by Janelle Stalder

Title: Balance (The Balance Series Book 1)

Author: Janelle Stalder

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Format: eBook (ARC provided to me, but it is available on Amazon now.)

Description (Source: GoodReads):

A love written in the stars, or born in the depths of darkness?
Where fate has brought them together, so will it tear them apart.
This is not a story of chance, but one that was destined to come to pass, and with it the fall of the darkest shadow to roam the earth.
Vivian French will soon realize that monsters are not just characters from story books, but creatures who can tear your soul apart and leave nothing in its place.
This is not a love story.
This is a tale, of a fallen angel and The One who will bring about a change in the Balance.

Overall Assessment:
I was selected to received this ARC via the author’s newsletter; the author was requesting the ARCs be read before the release date (next week) so I needed to set the other books I was currently reading aside to read this one first. Once I finally did that I finished the book in less than a day because I spent every spare moment reading this. I haven’t been consumed by a book like that in a long time. I have read other books by Janelle Stalder and really enjoy her writing style.

This is a paranormal romance, but it’s not overly graphic. If you don’t normally read romances, this could be a good one to ‘dip your toe’ into.

Oh, and it ends on a massive cliffhanger.

Image result for cliffhanger memeAs I’ve said in previous reviews, I don’t mind cliffhangers but for those of you who do: You’ve been warned! But don’t fret! Stalder is releasing book two hopefully in the beginning of next year so we won’t have to wait long to find out what happens 🙂 The second book is already on GoodReads!

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‘The Awakening’ by K.E. Ganshert

Title: The Awakening

Author: K.E. Ganshert

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Spirituality, Supernatural

Format: Audio

Narrators: Heather Masters

I will be doing sequels a little different than other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review. 

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‘Mordacious’ by Sarah Lyons Fleming

Title: Mordacious

Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming

Genre: Zombies, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Format: eBook and Audio

Narrators: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer

Description (Source: GoodReads):

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse’s offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombie apocalypse–it’s the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He’s used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival—if he can make it home. Sylvie doesn’t need more than food, water and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn’t what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

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Overall Assessment:
FINALLY! I have been waiting for this book since Sarah Lyons Fleming announced it after releasing the last book in her last series (Until the End of the World, book/series review here). The City Series will be on the same timeline as UTEOTW.

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Of course, it did not disappoint! I have been waiting to hear what happened to Maria (Penny and Ana’s mom from UTEOTW) and Eric (Cassie’s brother). I am so glad we finally get some answers! I’m so excited to see what she will do with Sylvie, Eric, and co. !

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‘The Gifting’ by K.E. Ganshert

Title: The Gifting

Author: K.E. Ganshert

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Spirituality, Supernatural

Format: Audio

Narrator: Heather Matthews

Description (Source: GoodReads):

“If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

Overall Assessment: 
This book really interested me because of the spin it takes on religion. Ganshert created a world that had completely eradicated religion and the supernatural and turned to only science and logic instead. With this, the government was able to begin mandated abortions (or ‘curing’ the pregnant women of ‘defective’ fetuses, as told by the government), take away all guns held by private citizens, and put any person suffering from mental illness into institutions-involuntarily.

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‘Until the End of the World’ by Sarah Lyons Fleming (the whole series)

I couldn’t decide how I would review this series. I had to put the reviews of these four books on my site because this series is my second favorite series (only behind Harry Potter). In the end, I decided to make one large post including all three books and the novella. Instead of my typical format I will just be doing one overall assessment of the series and links to my GoodReads reviews under each cover. I contemplated putting the small reviews all in this post, but there are some spoilers to previous books in the reviews-so don’t click on the links unless you want to have the events in the previous book(s) possibly spoiled!  

Check out the review I did on Sarah Lyons Fleming’s newest book ‘Mordacious’ here.

Titles: links to Amazon to purchase within each title, beware of possible spoilers in the descriptions of the books
  1. Until the End of the World
  2. So Long, Lollipops‘ (Novella)
  3. And After
  4. All the Stars in the Sky

Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming

Genre: Zombies, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Format: eBooks and audiobooks (interchangeably)

Description of only book one (because spoilers, duh):

Cassie Forrest isn’t surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of.

Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.

Overall Assessment:
I am NOT a ‘re-reader’. I have only ever re-read my favorite classics (ie Alice in Wonderland), and the Harry Potter series. However, I recently finished reading Sarah’s most recent book (Mordacious) and decided to revisit this series after I was done (also while I impatiently wait for her to finish book #2 in that series). The second time around was even better. I missed some small details of character development the first time around and I’m so glad I went back. It was fun to compare the time lines and characters that overlap from the two different series. Since I already know what happens in the series I found myself rooting for characters that go through some major changes. It also made the impending deaths that much harder to go through again. 

This series made me laugh, shattered my heart (repeatedly), and made me wish to have friends like Cassie and her gang. Ms. Lyons Fleming’s writing is so refreshing. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to take risks with her character developments (and deaths). It is the zombie apocalypse, after all. 😉 Along with all the bad that can happen in the ZPOC, she gave a story about hope and love and showed us that even when we want to give up there is almost always something worth fighting for.

These books were just as much about family, friends, and love as they were about blood, guts, and killing zombies – which just happens to be my favorite love:zombie ratio.

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The entire series and each book gets 5 stars (you did read that I love this series, right?)

My First Paper Book ARC

My original title for this was ‘Popping My Paper Book ARC Cherry’, but for a YA book I thought it might too much. meh, oh well. 

I have reviewed several ARC books that were in e-book format, but today I opened up my mailbox to this beautiful thing:

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Isn’t that cover great?

Title: Weregirl

Author: C.D. Bell

Available for purchase now on Amazon.

I am sooooo grateful and excited to dive into this book! I will post a review once I have read it!

 

UPDATE: I have read and reviewed this book. Click here to read it!