Devoured by Jason Brant

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A review by:  Terri Kinckner

 

Lance, by his own admission, was a loser.  Stuck in a failed marriage and unable to keep a job, he had succumbed to depression and had pretty much given up.  While walking down the street talking to an old coworker that he hadn’t seen in years, he noticed an incoherent woman stumbling toward an intersection and certain death.  He was struck by a car when he pushed the woman to safety, but the insanity was just beginning.  While in the hospital, he learned that the woman was infected with a virus that had turned her into a cannibalistic monster.  She wasn’t the only infected;  it seemed the entire city of Pittsburgh was under attack, and the military closed in to quarantine the hospital.  With the help of a doctor and a staff sergeant with a conscious, Lance was able to get his soon-to-be ex wife and her boyfriend (his old coworker), to safety and to escape the hospital.  His journey to safety, however, was far from over!

 

Jason Brant has made me afraid of the dark once again!  His rendering of these “Vladdies” was horrifying.  They’re a terrifying cross between demons, zombies and vampires, and the true stuff of nightmares!  Lance and his travelling companion Cass were quite a pair.  The banter made me smile even while my heart was pounding and I was struggling to remind myself that it was okay to exhale!  These two “failures” came into their own and proved their own opinions of themselves wrong.  They managed to be stronger than they thought, while still keeping their insecurities.  This made them completely believable characters that I rooted for with a vengeance!  I try to imagine myself stuck in a situation like this, and I hope to be 1/10th of the person that Cass was.

 

This book was so fast paced that there was absolutely never a dull moment.  It held my attention from the first page to the last, and I darn-near threw my kindle when the battery died.  This is also a book that I thought about even when I wasn’t reading it… very few books affect me like that.  I am both nervous about and looking forward to the next book in the series.  Jason has a way of making even the bizarre terrifyingly real, and this book was no exception.  As a Pennsylvania girl, the location of the book hit me a little hard.  My home was being invaded!  Seriously, five stars doesn’t do this book justice.  Elevendy seven will have to do!

I give this book elevendy-seven stars out of five!

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WIN “Juliette’s Bracelet” from the Cover of “Just Live, Juliette!” A novel by Stephanie Andrassy

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Duality: Vol 1, Melancholia by Elle Casey

 

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Book description from Amazon:  Malcolm’s had a problem for as long as he can remember. No matter where he goes or what he does, he leaves misery in his wake. Sadness and negativity are his constant companions, influencing others around him until they cannot bear to live.

But then Rae shows up in his life, and everything changes. Darkness cleaves to light. Anger yields to joy. The question is whether she’ll be his salvation or his destruction.

DUALITY is a 3-book Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance. Volume 1 will be published April 30, Volume II May 31, and Volume III June 30, 2013.

My take:

This book was so different than any books of Elle’s I’ve read before, but it’s still Elle! I loved it! The characters were amazing (as usual) and their banter had me laughing SO hard through most of this book! Jazzy was by far my favorite character… who knew a “neutral” could be so awesome? Rae and Malcom were remarkably wonderful, considering their “gifts” (curses?). I just wanted to hug them both! I think I’d be a miserable rainbow, but hey… maybe they’d feel better! I’m not sure I’d be nearly as well adjusted as they were! They still had their fair share of teen angst and were written as such so accurately. I often wonder if Elle hides out in high schools listening to the interaction, because she is always so spot on! Kootch was hysterical, his and Jazzy’s conversations had me belly laughing and at the same time, I wanted to knock both of their heads together for not seeing the chemistry that was between them!

Speaking of chemistry… the chemistry teacher Holder and his lackey Derek were ultra creepy. Not only was their behavior creepy, Holder had a comb over. Gross AND creepy! I’m very interested to see exactly why they are after Rae, and what their game is! All in all, I loved this book. It’s unique, witty, scary at all the right places, romantic without being sappy, and had a cliffhanger ending! You all know how much I love those…seriously, I do!

I give this 5 rainbow stars out of 5!

Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures: Volume Two

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Description of the book:

Abstract:
At the Moon, Jim Street and Saxon Caine leave XIANNE, with Chief Moses Jones, for a mission down to the famed settlement of Sunita and the nearby Duncan Industries HQ—hub of Captain Duncan’s Helium-3-based financial empire. There they encounter Chief Financial Advisor, Harry Dobbs, and the lovely Alex Andreivich. But by the time they get acquainted with the amazing siblings, Pod and Clark, there are revelations and even more mysteries about Captain Tom Duncan and his enchanting wife, Dr. Sharon Miles. Jim and Sax must meet very personal challenges as their journey continues aboard XIANNE….

My take:

I received this book from the author as a beta read. I loved the first volume, and the second did not disappoint! I do have one warning about this book… do not read this in places where laughing out loud is not appropriate! (I think I irritated people in my doctor’s office waiting room, but oh well!)

After reading the first volume, I had really come to love the characters Jim and Sax. They are the quintessential opposites that begrudgingly become friends. Living in a porn culture that Sax fully embraced, Jim is quite the opposite, having a sexual orientation of “nay”. When they leave the Xianne, for the lunar city of Sunita and Duncan Industries, they meet an entirely new group of interesting people.

Mose and Dobbs were so funny! Their banter was brilliant and their friendship was more like a marriage at times. Learning more about their pasts made them even more real to me. I adored them!

Alex was wonderful! The chief of security certainly blew any preconceived notions of what a person in his position should be. I fell in love with him right away! He seemed to bring Jim a little bit out of his shell, and dragged Sax right out of his closet!

Pod and Clark were also very interesting characters. The siblings held high positions in Duncan Industries, and as seemed to be the status quo, were full of surprises themselves. I really loved the early interaction between Pod and Jim, and it only got better between those two!

There are so many scenes of absolute hilarity, ranging from a bathroom fight with boxers on their heads, to Jim sending Sax into a trap situation with Pod that had me laughing so hard that I was in tears! Speaking of tears, that’s how this book ended for me! The ending was brilliant, but left me stunned. I am waiting with bated breath for the next volume. I can’t wait to see what adventures still await these guys!

Here is just a small part of one of the many hilarious parts of this book:

That’s when I lunged forward to snatch the little blue
panties out of his hand. From that point on, however,
everything just seemed to go wrong….
Not being completely acclimated to Lunar gravity, my
lunge caused my legs to collide rather violently with the
bench that separated us. I lost my balance and fell in a
sprawling fashion over it, one hand still outstretched as Sax
whipped Sharon’s panties out of my reach like a matador
teasing el toro.
Of course, everything doesn’t really move in “slow
motion” under one-sixth g; but, relatively speaking, things
seemed even slower as I realized what was about to happen.
In fact, I’m quite certain that all of the anguish, agony,
desperation, and despair ever experienced throughout Human
history was reflected upon my face. My soft, freshly-shaven,
boyish face…which glided smoothly along the length of a
massive erection to finally make full contact with the soft,
freshly-shaven, manly scrotum of Saxon Caine….
Saxon Caine: the undeniable Spawn of Satan.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Cover Reveal: Bind Me (Roommate Romance Series- can be read in any order) , by Rene Folsom

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Bind Me Information (including a steamy excerpt) can be found on my website at: http://renefolsom.com/2013/04/bind-me/

Title: Bind Me
Series: Roommate Romance Series (can be read in any order)
Genre: Erotica / Light BDSM
Length: approximately 6600 words
Genders: (M/F)

– Synopsis –

** Bind Me is an erotic romance short story for ADULTS ONLY! This novelette is roughly 6600 words and contains light BDSM scenes between a curious woman and her very dominant male roommate. **

Lily had a suspicion her new roommate was the type to always take control, no matter what the situation. It wasn’t until she accidentally peeked in on Chaz dominating another woman, that her suspicions were realized. Lily watched with amazement as Chaz masterfully played the female like a sensual instrument, bringing her the most intense gratification Lily had ever witnessed.

After witnessing his sexual expertise from a distance and noticing the careful attention he gives to his lovers, Lily wanted nothing more than to have his hands sculpt every inch of her body. Unable to forget the incredibly erotic scene Chaz so skillfully played out, Lily sought to make her desires known by casually submitting to him throughout their daily lives.

To her excitement, Chaz invites Lily to his prestigious art show opening at a local gallery. All it takes is a slinky dress, a pair of kitten heels, and a tiny scrap of lace to drive Chaz wild, causing some very heated moments.

Add Bind Me to your TBR list on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17729923-bind-me

– About the Author –

Being a mother of three and wife of one, Rene has had to juggle career, kids, family, grocery shopping, and stain removal. Years of experience have provided her plenty of creative material to work with. While her artistic side as a graphic designer will always be a source of inspiration, using both words and design to take these very different experiences was just the next step in her journey.

Residing on the beaches of sunny Central Florida, Rene is now branching out into the literary world, combining her love of art and reading by providing contemporary and paranormal romance stories to her readers.

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Website: www.renefolsom.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/renefolsom
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReneFolsom

Apocalypsis: Book 4: Haven, by Elle Casey

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A review by Terri Kinckner

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. Any review I can do providing detail will be nothing but spoilers, so I will not. This final book was incredible! I gave the previous books in this series a five star rating, and if I could, I’d give this book ten!

When you get to know a group of characters like you do when reading a series, they become your family. Everyone wants their family to have a happy ending. There were plenty of those, but not without their fair share of heartbreak and loss. This post-apocalyptic America was so believable, these characters so unique and diverse, that one can’t help but be drawn into this world themselves. These young people are adjusting to their new life, and finding ways to make it better. Bryn has transformed. We all knew she was tough and rational and hilarious, but it was really nice to see her mature and let her kindness show. I laughed and cried with her (A LOT) during this book, and held my breath in the tense situations. I loved that she wrestled with her guilt, and chose honesty over the easy way out. Bodo has grown a lot in this series as well. Looking back to the first book, the change in them both is evident, and for the better. I am going to miss them both immensely! I’m sad that I won’t get to know Jackson and his sister better. They were a really cool addition to the book!

The “canners” in this book got even more horrible. They were vicious, heartless killing machines, and they truly scared me. I forgot that they were humans, let alone kids! On the subject of gore, being a post-apocalyptic world, they had a lot of unpleasant things to do. These scenes turned my stomach, but they were integral to the book and frankly, written extremely well! The combination of horror and characters that you absolutely forget are fictional is an amazing combination.

The book did NOT end the way I thought it would. I knew Elle couldn’t end the series on a cliffhanger (that would be so mean!), so I was prepared for her to find a way to stun us in the end. She sure delivered! Oddly enough, it’s not the ending I imagined, but it was perfect. At first, I literally yelled “NO!”, but by the time I finished the last page it seemed that there was no other way for it end.

I only have one gripe, and that is with the epilogue. Five years later. This tied up the entire story…almost. I loved it, but I wish I knew what happened to a certain someone that left Haven. I don’t want to spoil the story by giving a name, but man… I really wish I knew what the future held for them! I am now forcing myself to let these characters go, but even just typing that brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely a series I’ll keep reading over and over again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (and a tissue rating of one whole box…sniff sniff, I’ll miss you!)

Cannibal Fat Camp, by Mark Scioneaux and David Hayes

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A review by Terri Kinckner

17 year old Miles had a problem. A huge problem. He was morbidly overweight and could not control his eating. After getting in trouble AGAIN for stealing his classmates’ lunches, he had a choice: go to Camp TumTum and get his eating problem under control, or face expulsion. Feeling a bit hopeless, he agreed to see the doctor to be recommended for the camp. After meeting the once obese but now athletic and perfect counselor, he was looking forward to going to the posh resort-like camp hidden away on a secluded tropical island. On his second day at camp, he and the other campers found themselves alone when all of the counselors died from drinking poisoned protein shakes. In a panic, the campers stress ate all of the camp’s food, leaving them to find a way to survive until they were rescued. Some campers had other plans.

I loved this book and flew through it quickly. The characters were great! It was interesting to delve into the psyche of Miles. I wanted him to succeed! Charles was by far the most twisted character I’ve read in a while. Jenny was kind and smart, the perfect person to save these kids, but the right thing doesn’t always happen. I loved learning parts of the experience from journal entries and letters home.

The writing was excellent. The transition between journal entries and regular text was seamless. The doctor’s report was hilariously offensive and made me wonder what doctors REALLY put in reports of these types! The adult characters in this book were as unique and the children, making the entire story flow nicely. This book has two authors, and I couldn’t tell where one left off and the other began. I love that!

The violence and gore. Oh yes, this book has that in abundance! A veritable buffet of insanity, guts, blood and sex! Those scenes were very descriptive and lived through the horror with these kids, albeit with an adult thought process (which included me adding a lot of WTF’s and OMG’s out loud. My only gripe with this book, and it’s really not a big one, was that I didn’t get to “see” the final battle play out. I think that scene would have been better if it wasn’t done as a newspaper article, although the article was quite interesting.

The ending. Oh my! I didn’t see that coming! I closed that book…er shut off my kindle… with a grin. I can see no more perfect ending than that! All in all, AMAZING book!

I give this book a big fat 5 out of 5 stars!