Testing Zero (Remnants of Zone Four Chronicles #1) by N. G. Simsion

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Amazon Description: Fans of series like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent will love N.G. Simsion.

Zero prefers to keep his life simple. Although he is easily one of the largest and cleverest boys in his year, he runs from any sign of confrontation. His best friend—his only friend—is nothing like him. Obsessed with the world outside of the city walls, Lefty is always pushing the boundaries set by society’s Elite. It’s only a matter of time before they have gone too far and they’re forced to face the horrors of the “old world” on their own. Can they survive and learn to coexist with the dangerous Remnants of the old world? Are the Remnants of the old world even the worst of their problems, or do the Elite of their own society pose an even greater threat?

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Testing Zero is the first book in the Remnants of Zone Four Chronicles by author N. G. Simsion. This is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series. Only this doesn’t deal with zombies per se.

Zero and Lefty are best friends. Kids are normally called by a letter and number, such as R-111. When you earn a nickname, that’s what you are called. Lefty got his nickname when an alligator outside the fence ended up taking off 2.5 fingers on his right hand and he had to adapt to doing everything with his left hand. Zero got his nickname because he gets into zero conflict and fighting with others and can blend into the background so much that most people don’t know he’s there.

Flea is a bully. He’s the second smallest in their class with Lefty being the smallest. Flea never takes battles on by himself, always having several of his friends with him. Lefty decides that he wants to get even with Flea which he gets even by putting a baby alligator in Flea’s desk. It bites his foot when he opens his desk and it springs out and lands on the floor.

Lefty and Zero are both sent to put it back outside the fence and to close it up and to then report to the principals office. Their punishment is to miss the graduation party that will be happening and to help babysit the new children being brought in. The next day they head off to their testing to decide where they will be living and working. Lefty and Flea end up fighting during the written test which causes Zero to jump in and try to break it up.

All three of them are taken outside the fence and into an area where it isn’t safe. Remnants are infected people. They contracted a virus that essentially kills their brains and turns them into angry, murderous people. They fight off several Remnants before a truck stops on the road and takes the three of them back to the testing area since the Elite that brought them out didn’t have the authority. They are the first three drafted in the draft which shocks them as they didn’t do well on the physical portion of the test and were automatically given zeros on the written portion of the tests.

Zero gets to thinking and has some good questions that leave this book in a cliff hanger.


I thought this book was a good take on a post-apocalyptic and dystopian book. I like the take that the author had on the Remnants and not making them into complete mindless zombies. This book is only 115 pages. I wish it would have been longer as it had so much more potential. Overall an ok read.


115 pages

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100 Days in Deadland (Deadland Saga #1) by Rachel Aukes

100 Days

100 Days in Deadland is the first book in the Deadland Saga series by Author Rachel Aukes. This book is fashioned to the likes of Dante’s Inferno where each “layer” had a different theme behind it.

The book starts out with Mia Ryan, aka Cash, on her way to a meeting at work. She bumps into a fellow coworker who is out of sorts. It only takes a few minutes before she is fighting for her life against the coworker. She kills said coworker after a good bout in the women’s restroom. She is heading up to her office when she runs into another coworker, Alan. They end up fleeing the office together and try to head to Mia’s place since it’s closer. Only, they get hit on the highway behind a traffic jam. A semi-driver, Clutch, stops and allows them on his rig, only to have Alan turn into a zombie.

Clutch agrees to take Cash, he coined the term based on how she was dressed, on for only a day. That turns into two more and eventually he quits telling her she has so many days left. On their first scouting mission to loot and check out the nearest town, they run into some of Clutch’s neighbors, the parents had both been bitten but the teenage son hadn’t been. He tells Jase that he can come to his farm when he’s ready and they continue on their way.

It doesn’t take long before they are out scouting again and end up threatened by the militia group that was working on securing the area. Since both Clutch and Cash refuse to join up, they start acting against them. They bring by truckloads of zombies and dump them over the farms gate. On the last trip, Tyler Masden from Camp Fox rolls up with his unit of men. They justify the killing of Doyle’s two men and don’t arrest Cash, Clutch or Jase. Clutch and Cash go with Tyler to Doyle’s base where Cash ends up shooting one of their men from a previous altercation. Tyler arrests Cash and takes her back to Camp Fox.

She’s released later and assumed dead in the ensuing chaos that happens while she’s locked in the brig.  After a full day of traveling, she eventually makes it back to the farm to find it in a blaze. Doyle’s men set it on fire. She hunkers down in the bomb shelter and Clutch ends up joining her. Shit hits the fan quicker than expected after this hit.


Rachel Aukes is a new to me author. The cover drew me in but the story kept me glued to the pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was reading this straight through from the moment I started reading it. I liked Clutch from the start as well as Cash and Jase. It took a while for Tyler to grow on me because I thought he was sketchy. He proved me wrong. I was completely wrong on who the traitor ended up being in Camp Fox and honestly didn’t expect it to be who it ended up being.

The story is a steady pace and makes sense with the progression. I like that the book is fashioned in a Dante’s Inferno style. I honestly can’t wait to get the second book in the Deadland Saga to find out what happens to all the survivors and what happens to Cash, Clutch and the others in the new group!

451 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

Hell Spawn (Shifter Squad #9) by J.C. Diem

Hell Spawn

 

Hell Spawn is the ninth and final book in the Shifter Squad series by author J.C. Diem. This book is what all the others have been leading up too. This book is definitely more somber than the others but it needed to be.

Lexi, Reece, Kala, Flynn and the rest of the people they know, came into contact with, rescued and even all of humanity need to come together in order for their world to be saved. Kurt Jorgen makes it impossible for the humans to not know about the supernatural community after he starts his attacks. He wipes out several towns. Before long he’s taken out half a million people.

Lexi, Reece and the rest of their team try to stop Kurt and his minions. Lexi is actually able to surprise Kurt and wring his neck, effectively killing him. Only thing is, he doesn’t stay dead. None of them had a way of knowing that he was immortal just as she and her team were. Lexi retreats with the Oracles help and they come up with another plan. They call on ALL the resources they’ve come across. Cole, Bruce, Aiden, Leanne, the Oracle, and yes, even Nina’s pack. Shifters have a tendency to fight when they’re around rival packs.

Lexi has to take over their minds as the supreme alpha shifter and instill an order not to attack each other. Since she and Reece are the supreme alpha shifter couple, no one can resist them. Lexi leaves Reece, Flynn and Kala out of her orders. On one of their missions, her father, Philip Levine, is grabbed by the griffin golem and taken into the air. She does the only thing she can think of to save him. She makes him into an immortal just like Zeus is. He doesn’t seem to like it at first but gets used to it.

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I didn’t think the author could outdo themselves compared to previous books. Man was I wrong. I absolutely loved this book. I’m sad it’s the end of the series…especially with how it ended. Hopefully the new series coming out in May is a spin off of this series and we get to read more, maybe from a different Champions POV, possibly?

This book had me crying at parts. There really were no happy moments in this book unless you count Kala killing a certain member they’d all wanted to kill a long time, and I’m not talking about Kurt Jorgen! 😀 This book will have you glued to the pages from beginning to end, not wanting to do anything else until you finish it. I couldn’t believe some of the things that were in here but it made an awesome read. Highly recommend this series!

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239 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

**I purchased this book for $3.99 using promo credits**

Oasis (The Last Humans #1) by Dima Zales

Oasis

Amazon Description: My name is Theo, and I’m a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It’s meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I’m different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?

Note: This book contains some strong language. We felt it was important for the censorship theme of the novel. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book.

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I knew from the opening of this book that I was going to like it. And I did. This new post-apocalyptic/dystopian book was a great read. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it and read it until a little after 3 am because I was hooked. I like Theo the most out of all the characters.

Theo is a Youth. Then there are Adults and Elderly. They live in Oasis which is the last habitable part on Earth. There’s a place called the Edge that separates Oasis from the Goo, the uninhabitable part of the world. Everything inside the Institute is monitored. Phoe, Theo’s imaginary friend, tells Theo things that an imaginary friend shouldn’t know. So is she real or not? That’s what Theo wants to find out and why she is HIS imaginary friend.

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Pre-order on Amazon for $2.99

$12.99 Paperback

238 pages

***I received a copy of this book in PDF format***

Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow #1) by Dax Varley

Sleepy Hollow

This is a great recreation of the classic tale by Washington Irving. The cover is what caught my attention but the very first line of the story is what got me. “The Horseman….he is real. He came for me.” That line is what kept me coming back for more.

Katrina is the only child to a wealthy farmer. When we first encounter the horseman it is three years previous to where the story actually starts. He was outside her room and beckoning her to come outside. Almost succumbing to the summons, she snaps out of the trance and he vanishes. Three years later and it seems he has returned. The body of the school teacher has been found headless and in a dead patch of grass. Just like the previous victims.

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This book by Dax Varley will leave you wanting more. Luckily this is part of a series. I liked this first book so much I went and added the second book to my wishlist. And I hope to be able to get it and read it soon! Definitely worth the 99 cents on Kindle for an amazing read that will hold you captive until it’s finished.

99 cents on Kindle

276 pages

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review)

Awakenings by J.E. Shannon

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This book is a good read right from the start. The cover draws you in to make you want to read the book. The story keeps you coming back until it’s finished.

Evie and her family are on a semester long trip of touring the country. They’ve been to several places and were in New Orleans when things went south. The hotel they were staying at was raided. People came in and kidnapped guests. Evie and her sister were taken. Evie wakes up in the ground with no memories of what had happened or how she got there.

A kind old lady stops her vehicle and picks Evie up. Instead of taking her to the authorities, she takes her to her son Ethan who is a private investigator. When they get there though, they know something is wrong. Evie puts Patti in the closet and goes looking through the house. She finds three men in the kitchen beating Ethan who has been tied up to a chair. The first man runs through the door and escapes but the twin men don’t get away. She dispatches both of them easily and then unties Ethan. He binds and sedates the men and then they all sit down after he makes a call to the other members of his team.

Part of Evie’s memory starts coming back as they’re talking and she realizes that the person he was hired to find was in the same place she and her sister were being held. Now if only she could remember where in the heck that was then they could save her sister and the one that Ethan was hired to find.

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This is a good book. Like I said, it’ll have you reading from beginning to end in one sitting if possible. I really liked the cover and that’s what sold me on reading this book. Evie is a great character that you root for the entire book. Ethan and the others are likable and make you want things to turn out the right way. Definitely worth the buy to have a book that will make you want to read it more than once!

What I really liked was the way the story is written. Some stories are full of “fluff” that doesn’t really need to be there. This book doesn’t have all the “fluff” to fill it. The world you imaging from the descriptions is as real as you make it. I could see this book being a movie.

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$2.99 on Kindle

294 pages

***I received this book free in exchange for an honest opinion***

The Wonderland Effect by Robert Arrington

Wonderland Effect

Robert Arrington is an that is new to me. I am glad I came across this book. The cover drew me to it and the description is what pulled me in. This book has action, adventure, heroes, villains, superpowers and mystery. I loved it from the first page to the last. The only complaint I have is that it wasn’t longer than the 495 pages that it was.

Alice first recognized her powers when she was eight years old after she accidentally poisoned herself. After she was saved from death, her powers manifested. Most supernaturals only have one power but she has multiple powers. They attribute that to her gaining her powers so early since most don’t earn them until puberty or later. She draws attention to herself when she’s a sophomore in high school. She thinks the Wonderland Effect is in motion and is drawing her to help find a missing little boy. So she uses her powers and is eventually able to find him. But, it draws attention. The villain decides to turn up at her house under the guise of a federal agent and tries to draw her to his side.

Things don’t work out for the villain so well. Alice and her father must go on the run to keep themselves safe from the new threats that arise. Just when things look bleak for them, new Empowereds show up and rescue them. But how long will they remain safe?

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Available on Kindle for $3.99

Available on Smashwords for $3.99

495 pages

***Please note that I received a copy free from Smashwords in exchange for an honest review***

Zombie King (Shifter Squad #2) by J.C. Diem

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This is the second book in the Shifter Squad series by J.C. Diem. The first book is Seven Psychics.

Lexi Levine is eighteen years old. She was bitten by a dog when she was a baby and then she was bitten by Agent Reese Garrett who is a werewolf. This infects her with the werewolf virus and she’s already turned once. Her father knows of the news and isn’t happy that her boss, Mark, let her get “injured” while on the job and when he was supposed to be protecting her.

Her father left the mission he was on and was going to her. She went by herself to pick him up from the airport in Denver and takes him back to their compound in the mountains. Things are tense. She doesn’t scan her hand until her father promises not to kill anyone. He begrudgingly agrees with a nonexistent but known “yet” at the end of his promise. He goes inside and punches Mark which sends all of them into motion. The other three agents: Reece, Kala and Flynn all wanting her father’s head and her pulling her gun and pointing it directly at Reece’s face since he was closest. Mark calls them off and they all back down.

Flynn and Kala are dismissed and the other four talk. Reece states he can rectify the situation by marrying Lexi. This sets Lexi off and she takes off to the outdoor gun range where she sits in turmoil and despair. Her father offers to kill Reece but she states that if she wanted him dead that she’d kill him herself. She takes her father back to the airport a few days later and then it’s off to New Orleans to kill the Zombie King.

There’s a man running around New Orleans raising corpses from the dead. The team received a call from a voodoo priestess who knew about the PSI. She only talks to Lexi when they go to her shop. The Zombie King gets more desperate as time goes on. Is the team able to contain him? Can they contain all the corpses he’s raised and stop a massive takeover of New Orleans? Or will they fail?

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I’m loving author J.C. Diem. I love the writing style, the characters, the world this book is set in. I love that the characters are normal people who have a “condition” but they’re all a family. The first book was a great read and this book was as well. Definitely worth the $3.99 paid for it! Now to get the third book in the series!!

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304 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

Praying for Grace (Grace #5) by M Lauryl Lewis

Praying for Grace

This is the fifth book in the Grace series by author M. Lauryl Lewis. This book was just as good as the rest but filled with TONS of surprises. This book shocked me from the beginning to the end. We gained some people but more was lost than gained. I like how the series ends but am hoping for another series. One that follows the baby, perhaps?

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Gus is back. He’s not dead like we all assumed he was. He was rescued by others who are infected and when he get’s stronger, they go to rescue Zoe and the others. Boggs and two others go on a scouting trip to get more supplies, especially for Emmett, the baby they found. Zoe stays in the lighthouse on the island with Emmett. Gus goes and saves them and takes them his new home. Zoe learns that he has a connection with a lady that lives there, one of the ones that picked her up actually. At first she’s jealous but then realizes Gus only wants her.

A girl ends up sick and turns. She kills her mother. Zoe and Gus are in the same bunker with Emmett. Zoe hears it first before waking Gus up. The lady Gus has the connection with ends up down there with them. When they emerge from their rooms, Gus gets Zoe and Emmett from the bunker. The girl runs through the bunker and there’s too many places to hide while it’s dark. Zoe runs and gets some other guards but not before hearing they were from the evacuation center and that they were after Zoe and the baby she was pregnant with. (Yes, you read that right. Our Zoe is pregnant with baby number two.)

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$6.99 on Kindle

279 pages

My Devouring Love #3: Surviving the Dead by Donna Neville-Theiler

Surviving the Dead

I’ve read four of the other books in this series, the first two books and two novellas that go with it. I really enjoy the works by this author. I will say, this book needs a little bit of editing done with it. There’s some punctuation and wrong words used but still a good read overall.

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Jeremiah, Abby, Ava, Gary and others return. From book two we knew that Ava and one of the boys, Connor or Jeremiah, made it out of Connor’s place unscathed while the other was bitten. But we didn’t know which was going to end up among the undead masses. They make it to where everyone else is, that survived the ambush anyways. Jeremiah goes on a run with Gary, Marshall and Tyler while Connor stays laid up in the office of the warehouse they’re in. Connor ends up perishing a few hours later but not before making Jeremiah promise he will keep Abby and Ava safe.

There’s so much going on that I just don’t know what to tell ya’ll and what not too. Abby, Jeremiah and Gary end up separated from everyone else but try to make it to the meet up point they had all designated. There are a lot of trials and errors before the end of this book.

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There’s a lot of loss in this book. We loose several of our favorite and beloved characters, one of which is Connor. I won’t name anyone else that dies but just know that I cried a few times reading this book. I love this series. I’m pretty sure with the way it was left the series is over but I really hope there is more too it! I really hope this series doesn’t end the way this book leaves off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great point to stop it but I REALLY like this series and want it to keep going. Am I being selfish? I’ll admit to being that way when it comes to this series and wanting it to continue! 😀

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310 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

Borrowed using Kindle Unlimited

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