It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – June 21st

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

This weekend was a very different one to the last. First of all the weather was a good 10 degrees celsius less (about 18 F), very grey and rainy rather than hot and sunny.

It was also much quieter, with the only real “event” that of taking my 18 year old for her first covid vaccination. They announced her age group on Friday and she got an appointment for the Saturday afternoon.

My 21 year old sons have promised to make appointments, but don’t seem to be in much of a rush to do so. Both are massive wimps when it comes to having vaccinations so I think that is playing a big part in their procrastination.

Read This Week

Hart was the prequel to a Buddy Read I was co-running. It got the series of to a great start, sadly The Villain, Book #1, was a complete flop. Both of us who are Mods of the buddy read DNF’d it due to poor pacing, no character development and virtually no plot.

I also did another run through of a beta-read book. Provisionally named Justice it’s a book by one of my favourite authors…


I finally finished Hexing the Ex, thank you to Netgalley for an arc of this book. It was one of those instantly forgettable reads. It was a pleasant way to pass some time but it just didn’t quite capture me in the way I hoped it would.

In fact it was a week of poor arc choices, as I set aside another arc that was boring me. I’ll pick it up in a couple of weeks, when hopefully I’ll be more into it then.

Currently Reading

I had plans, big plans and then yesterday had a request for a complete beta read of a book asap, and received a belated arc book that is due to release in a few days. So I will be busy with both of them for the next few days.


Up Next

I had just started reading The 22 Murders of Madison May, a time travel thriller arc also courtesy of Netgalley. I was very much enjoying it so shall finish it as soon as the arc and beta read are done.


Happy reading!

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 79 (75) including Phantom & Wraith beta read
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 15 (15)
5 Star reads – 20 (20)
DNF’s – 9 (8)

Let’s Talk Bookish – June #3

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Friday’s, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.


This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt is

APPRECIATION FOR BOOK BLOGGERS 

by RUKKY

Prompts: Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most? Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them? Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?
Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most?

I don’t blog for anything other than enjoyment, so I don’t really think in terms of being appreciated. However from the comments I get and from the interactions I have with other bloggers and readers, I do feel the love. I have a follower on Facebook who not only thanks me for recommendations/bringing books to her attention, but who also recommends my blog to others, which definitely makes it all feel worthwhile.


Who appreciates our work the most? Readers, lol! Actually I would say readers AND fellow book bloggers. Anyone obsessed by books really.

Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them?

Having grown up in an era without the benefits, and perils, of social media, I don’t widely use or interact with it. I keep up with a few favourite authors on Facebook (which is all I use the site for) and regularly visit Goodreads (if that even counts as social media) but that is pretty much it. So I don’t have enough knowledge to say one way or the other.


I’m not one for following huge names in book blogging, (a) because I don’t know who most of them are and (b) they rarely read the type of books I love. I’ve tried following some of the social media movers and shakers, such as Courtney Milan and Tarryn Fisher, but I prefer the quite life and avoiding all those storms in a teacup that seem to crop up on a regular basis.

Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?

We all know that some bloggers/youtubers/tiktokers are fortunate enough to generate income from their work. If blogging/social media is your business and source of income and you work hard to have that kind of online profile, then gaining financial recompense is perfectly acceptable to me.


HOWEVER, there also needs to be total clarity on the fact that payments have been made and money has changed hands. In all likelihood it influences the outcome of the review, so the reader needs to be aware so they are able to take that into consideration. Even in arc reviewing one can feel the need to make things as positive as possible. The book may very well be viewed in a more positive light than if it had been purchased. In the past I have been offered money to review but it’s not for me, I value my integrity and feel it’s a slippery slope to embark on, plus the promo company just felt very …. sketchy to say the least.



That’s my thoughts on book blogging. What do you think?

Friday Book Blogger Hop – 18th – 24th June

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



How often do you post on your blog and/or social media?


submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

Short Answer

Most days.


Long Answer

I do at least 3 memes per week. This one on a Friday, Let’s Talk Bookish (which should also be on a Friday but I hit publish on Saturday instead) and IMWAYR on Mondays. More often than not I also join in with Can’t-Wait Wednesday, it all depends on whether I have a soon-to-be released book that I’m excited about and want to share. The remaining days I tend to publish review posts or book blog tag posts.


I use the “copy post” option for both memes and reviews, editing details as necessary, in order to save some time. I then answer questions/prompts when I have time. Before hitting publish I try to do a proofread of the post, along with a second or third edit and a final polish up of my answers/thoughts.


On good weeks I will try to get some stand-by posts written. It means that when I hit weeks like this one, where I’m too tired or busy to bother much, I can hit publish on a review just to keep the blog updated.

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REVIEW – Epic Fantasy // Chosen by K.F. Breene

Chosen
The Warrior Chronicles #1
by K.F. Breene

Their small party rode ahead. Tobias, knowing nothing about Shanti,
couldn’t contain his displeasure at a woman tagging along.
He kept his distaste to huffs, however, being a well-versed fighter—he knew better than to piss off the Captain. Shanti, knowing better than to waste time, didn’t punch him in the throat.
All in all, they got along.

The only reason this wasn’t read within one or two days was that I had several arc reading commitments to complete at the same time. Quite simply this was a book I didn’t want to put down, one full of tension, angst and peril, with some truly wonderful world building to boot. I adored Shanti, loved her irreverent humour, her toughness, her determination and her willingness to cry. Whilst we get several other view points, she is the main character of this book, and one who easily carries the story on her slender but strong shoulders.


A powerful story with a well thought out and cohesive plot that hooked it’s claws into my soul and didn’t ever let go. It is imbued with so many wonderful moments, some replete with humour, others that are deep, filled with troubled self reflection and yet more where Shanti challenges the pompous males around her with her sharp wit and sparkling repartee. Those quieter moments provided a perfect foil to the more hectic, high velocity, action sequences and gave the story a feeling of balance.


My words simply can’t do justice to this absolutely amazing opening book of what looks set to be an awe inspiring series.


Since I know something of leadership,
I can say that the woman in front of me is not thinking with her experience,
but instead, with her fear.”
With that, Master All-Knowing got up and walked toward the center of the encampment,
leaving Shanti to feel hollow and alone.
Leaving her to think on her options.
To mull over what he had said.
It would be really irritating if he was right.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sword and Sorcery

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22668541-chosen

Synopsis
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.


Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.


It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger.


If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.



REVIEW – Sci-Fi Romance // Ravaged by L.V. Lane

Ravaged
(Mate for the Alien Master, #2)
by L.V. Lane

Ravaged is a light hearted, fast-paced, steamy and fun story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I read this not expecting any great depth or huge complexity of plot, so was able to just indulge myself in a hot and well written alien romance. I haven’t read book #1 and was able to enjoy, follow and understand this one. I do now want to go back and read the first book now!



Quin and Harper are great characters, though I would have liked to see more of Quin and learn more of his background. However, despite the “relationship” between them feeling rather hurried, the author did still convince me of the depth of their connection and feelings for one another.



I would have been good to have had more of Quin and Harper together, rather than mostly dream based encounters. However I knew I was reading a novella, which always involves a compromise, and that it wasn’t going to be able to explore the story in huge depth. So it would be unfair to judge a novella on those properties that make it a novella. Definitely recommended if you want a fun, steamy and quick read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Science Fiction Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58110307-ravaged


Synopsis
Fierce, untamed, and brutal, Quin, the alien ravager, is all these things and more. The kind of alien that wants to claim me and make me into his pet.

One small problem, he’s not real. He’s a character in a book.

None of this matters anymore, for the lines have gotten blurred.  I need to be protected, and my fierce alien ravager is going to protect me.


Publisher’s Note: Ravaged is a dark science fiction romance novella. It contains explicit scenes, triggers, and complete power exchange.

Acknowledgement
Photo #1 by cottonbro on Pexels.com

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – June 14th

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

On Saturday I spent a very pleasant afternoon with my sister and some friends of hers. We enjoyed a bottomless brunch at a rather trendy eatery in Nottingham. The admission price included a Porn Star Martini (I think I may have discovered my new favourite drink, lol), a light meal and as much Prosecco as you could drink over the course of 90 minutes.


We spaced out the alcohol with plenty of water, since the weather has now reached the mid to high 70’s F. In fact Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK, and very welcome it is too after a freezing cold April and very soggy May. Of course on a hot day you do have to indulge in a yummy ice cream.

Read This Week

I started the week with an arc book, which I really enjoyed. So much so it was the kick in the bum I needed to read some of the books from the series that I already own.


I also managed to finish Shadow Lands. I want to clear a few of my Netgalley arcs first but I have plans to complete this series VERY soon. I massively recommend it if you want to read an entertaining Fantasy series with a strong female protagonist.

Finally I read a Booksprout arc. This book was originally on literotica before it had a huge rewrite. Fans of the original series – which is very different to the altered and expanded version I’ve previously read – have pestered for the release of the story that they first fell in love with. Of course I was curious as to just how different the two versions were, and the answer is very. I prefer the previously released story, it has much better world building and is more believable overall.

Currently Reading

This cosy paranormal mystery set in the UK really appealed to me. It’s a fun read, though a little slow, hence chopping and changing with other reads.


Up Next

Yet again I’m juggling books which, until recently, is something I haven’t done in years. So as well as working my way through Hexing the Ex, I’m throwing in The Wedding Dress by Dani Atkins (thank you Netgalley) and the final Controllers book I own.


Happy reading!

READING STATS
Books read in 2021 – 75 (71) including Phantom & Wraith beta read and The Prey
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 15 (12)
5 Star reads – 20 (18)
DNF’s – 8 (8)

Let’s Talk Bookish – June #2

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Friday’s, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.


This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt is

“I’M NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS” TROPE

asked by Dani @The Literary Lion

Prompts: How do you feel about the “I’m Not Like Other Girls” trope in general? Have you ever seen the trope done well? Did you ever think you were “not like other girls” OR think that a girl you know wasn’t “like other girls”? Why do you think this trope became so popular? Do you think this trope can be damaging?

How do you feel about the “I’m Not Like Other Girls” trope in general? Have you ever seen the trope done well? Do you think this trope can be damaging?

Whilst I totally understood what was meant by the “I’m Not Like Other Girls” trope, I did feel the need to do some reading around the subject before writing this post, and boy what an eye opening, not to mention fascinating, piece of research that became! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my reading choices are generally “adult” and include speculative/science fiction, suspense and romance. I have experienced the trope in some New Adult books, particularly romances, though I do try and avoid those as I often find the protagonists to be incredibly irritating and difficult to relate to.


Before I began my research my opinion was that I find the trope a little tedious/boring and perhaps even caricaturist. However as someone who reads in the much judged and ridiculed romance genre I try not to judge the reading choices of others. The more I researched the topic, the more concerned I became that actually this can be quite a toxic trope.


When I have read a YA book (usually urban fantasy) the heroine very often is written as “Not Like Other Girls”. And that does concern me because very often it puts females into 2 camps. The first is the heroine, who doesn’t like anything feminine/girly and aspires to more manly pursuits but also won’t be validated until she is accepted by the hero. The second camp are the fluffy, bitchy, cool girl group who are always the bad guys who at some point are brought down a peg or two. And how often is their BFF a gay guy and the girl herself is stunningly gorgeous and desired by all who see her, but doesn’t actually realise she is so beautiful.


That’s not to say the NLOG trope can’t be done well. I’ve read books where the NLOG heroine is best mates with at least one “definitely like other girls” girl, though in this case she doesn’t tend to be bitchy or popular, just pretty and girly. If the book passes the Bechdel–Wallace test, then it tends to have a much better representation of women within it’s pages. I firmly believe that it can be a very damaging trope, it isn’t until I read articles on topics such as this that I realise how much of an impact they may subconsciously have had on me. I’m in my early 50’s and was lucky enough to have two supportive parents who guided and encouraged me to become whatever I wanted. Whilst many of my childhood peers were focusing on marriage and children, I was forging a career in teaching. Just the sheer fact that I have accepted stereotypical and sexists views simply because they have been the norm is testament to how undermining tropes such as this can be.

Did you ever think you were “not like other girls” OR think that a girl you know wasn’t “like other girls”?

No to both. People in real life are much more multifaceted than the protagonists of books. We are all individuals and whilst we tend to have things in common with our friends, we also have an individuality that makes us unique. We are the product of both nurture and nature. Even amongst my friends I could have identified something that made each one different to “the rest of us” in some way.


To add some context I’m from the UK with a very different set up to our education system. Students can not be held back a year, unless you are rich you go to a state funded school run according to national rules set by the government. Teachers are employed directly by the school and there are no such things as morality clauses in their contracts. Our schools have a set uniform of school tie, school blazer, school jumper and shirts, trousers and skirts of a set colour. Most will walk to school, be driven by a parent or travel there on public transport.


As a secondary school teacher of far too many years it means I can categorically state that we don’t particularly have “in crowds” and definitely not to the same extent that they are shown in American YA books. Yes there are “popular” kids, but equally there are the notorious kids and the clever kids – all of whom have importance within their own sphere of influence. School sports teams aren’t such a big think over here either. We don’t have homecoming (whatever the heck that is), nor do we have cheerleaders, whilst proms are only a fairly recent introduction and strictly for the students who have just completed Y11 (16 year olds).


So the point of saying all that is that we don’t have the bitchy, cheerleader, pretty and popular “in” crowd that is the usual foil to the NLOG protagonist. So if we don’t have those, it’s impossible to have girls that aren’t like them, since they don’t exist.

Why do you think this trope became so popular?

We all love the underdog and want them to succeed. To the extent that as a child I always wanted Dick Dastardly to actually get that pigeon and Tom to best Jerry as despite initial appearances they were truly the stooges. I also think that most of us are riddled with self doubt – especially through puberty and early adulthood – so can readily identify with the protagonist who doesn’t fit in. One article I read talked about lazy writing, and I do think that probably is a strong reason behind this. Is it that the trope is popular so authors write it, or that it is so widely used readers have little choice other than to read it?

Some posts I read and enjoyed

https://jenniferaustinauthor.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/problematic-ya-tropes-not-like-other-girls-and-perfect-lis/

https://writingcooperative.com/not-like-other-girls-how-to-avoid-this-toxic-trope-in-your-writing-29025a3d3b06

https://trinitonian.com/2020/02/27/why-not-like-the-other-girls-is-harmful/

https://ashiamonetb.medium.com/ya-protagonists-still-arent-like-other-girls-5b0806813540

Friday Book Blogger Hop – 11th to 17th June

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



What’s your opinion on love triangle plots?


submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

Love triangles are quite the contentious issue in the romance genre. I know some readers who absolutely adore them and others who won’t read them. My reading choices tend to be more author based than synopsis based, at least for romance, so if one of my go-to authors released a book with a love triangle then chances are I would read it.


However it isn’t a go-to trope for me in the way that second-chance is. From the ones I have read, I recall fewer that did it well though I’ve seen it done badly far too often. In particular I object to killing off one of the protagonists, to solve the triangle problem. This is just an easy out for the author and smacks of lazy writing. Love triangles can also skirt close to, and perhaps even cross the line of, that other hot potato of infidelity. Another opinion divider amongst readers and one that I have seen lead to lowered review ratings on dozens of occasions. One of the big problems of a love triangle is that someone always ends up out in the metaphorical cold. Unless we get an unexpected ménage of course! Lilliana Anderson got around this quite nicely in her Beautiful series by writing a follow up book for the protagonist who missed out.


As in all things the tenet that underpins all my thinking is that, whilst it might not particularly be a subject/trope/genre that appeals to me personally, it’s not my place to say what others should or shouldn’t read. Plenty of other readers out there enjoy this trope, along with many others that aren’t for me. Fiction is fiction, not a “how to” guide. The vast majority of people understand the difference between fiction, be it books, TV shows or computer games, and real life, so it’s not for anyone to dictate what is or isn’t acceptable.

REVIEW – Epic Fantasy Romance // From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash
(Blood and Ash #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Always late to the party and wearing last year’s fashion, I feel as though I’ve missed the boat on this series. On reflection though, perhaps NOT being drawn into the hype and furore allowed me to enjoy this book in an honest and open minded way, free of unreasonable expectation.


Despite the first half of this being more like a 3.5 star read, because whilst it didn’t drag per se I was just wanting something a little more… exciting to happen, the last 40% was so out of this world brilliant that I’m rounding up my 4.5 rating to a 5. Because I can! And because although I was restless at times, I also appreciated how that time was spent introducing the main protagonists and building a picture of Poppy’s world and life. It’s maybe not the “cleverest” of plots, one not full of complicated and interwoven sub-plots, but the imagery of the prose, the well crafted protagonists and the depth of emotion that is conveyed all added up to make a truly thrilling and captivating opening installment.


Whilst it’s fairly easy to guess Hawke’s secret I’m going to take that as a deliberate move since the author all but has a flashing neon sign pointing the way. As a book friend pointed out only recently, sometimes the obvious plot twist was never really a twist because the author meant for you to guess, and I feel that may well be true for this book. The excitement was in wondering how the revelation would play out, the suspense of not knowing how Poppy would react, the mystery of what consequences follow the truth being revealed. Because the truth is that, like a pebble tossed into a pond, the after effects of the reveal touch all aspects of the story, just as the ripples spread across the surface of the water.


It would be totally remiss of me to complete the review but not mention the chemistry between Hawke and Poppy. Intense doesn’t even begin to describe it. Hot enough to melt diamonds, I felt as though I could reach out and touch the sexual tension it was so potent. Given how the book ended, I’m fairly certain we will see lots of sparks and fireworks between these two. If it wasn’t for the fact that this is part of a buddy read, and I have other commitments, I would be jumping straight into book #2. Irritatingly I have to wait until next month for that one – I’m not sure if my resolve will hold out that long!

And if anyone is interested here were my thoughts at 56%

Almost since we first met him I’ve had my suspicions about Hawke and have just given in to the temptation to check out spoilers and yep he is who I thought.
The only reason I gave into that impulse is that this book is like wading though treacle (something similar to molasses). It’s not that the writing is bad, just that the author seems to believe in the tenet of “why use one word when a dozen will do?”
I will persevere though as an obvious theme from reviews seems to be that the last 30 – 40% actually has more pace and excitement to it. I’m also enjoying this, I just want something, ANYTHING to happen.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Paranormal Vampire Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52831200-from-blood-and-ash

Synopsis
A Maiden…
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

REVIEW – Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction // Erupting Danger by Grace Hamilton

Erupting Danger
(EMP Catastrophe Book 2) 
by Grace Hamilton

I was totally wowed by Erupting Trouble and will definitely be reading more work by this author. I flew through the book, barely pausing in my reading of it and completing it within a day. Hooked doesn’t even begin to describe the grip this story had on my.



This was by no means perfect, there were certain elements that felt a little glossed over and some situations felt easily resolved, but I simply didn’t care. The writing and characterisation were excellent, leaving me feeling as though I knew the protagonists. The Riley family were an interesting bunch, and how they chose to overcome the obstacles facing them were both interesting and well executed. The timeline was a little vague as were some specifics, for example what did Kathleen and Allison do at night? Did they pass through other towns whilst heading home?



Was the speed with which social norms crumbled believable? I felt it was, we’ve all seen a crowd suddenly turn violent, it doesn’t take much to push some people over the edge. The moral dilemma’s that were faced were fascinating, who knows what we would do to survive in a world gone wrong.



I will definitely be reading the next book – I can’t wait for it to be released!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dystopian Science Fiction

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57675275-erupting-danger


Synopsis
The lights are out for good…

After an EMP knocked out power around the globe, Matthew Riley and his family are finding their way to survive while realization of their dangerous new reality sinks in. It was a struggle to reunite in the immediate aftermath, but the fallout from the dangerous journey may be even worse.

Other desperate souls are converging on any place that might offer hope, and the Rileys’ hotel in Galena, Illinois, is a prime target. With food running short and medicine almost out, the Rileys will need to find supplies. But they’re not the only ones looking.

While the family works together at the hotel, Matthew’s brother-in-law, Max, works to escape from prison to reunite with his family and the relative safety they offer. But dangerous enemies have their eyes on him and may put everyone at risk.

With resources running out, family is the only bond that can be counted on. But those bonds are strained and frayed as the tensions of the new world begin to pull them apart. How can one family survive when the world has turned upside down?

Acknowledgements –
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