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***

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Tombs of Lust by Dorit Silverman

Tombs of Lust

Tombs of Lust is a book that is in pre-order status right now on Amazon. It will be released on 11/30 for $5.99 Kindle/free on Kindle Unlimited and $9.99 for Paperback.

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Amazon Description:

A passionate and forbidden love story between an Israeli woman and a Bedouin man in the heart of the Sinai Desert, are at the center of this dramatic erotic thriller.

It tells the story a of a young woman in search of her own identity, and the journey that will transform her from “Leah” into “Layla,” in which she will discover that beneath the desert’s calm surface deep desires, fascinating fairytales and secret myths prevail.

Her tantalizing encounter with the people of the desert will make her trail between joy and danger, desire and tragedy and onto an unpredictable ending.

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I liked this book overall. It’s got forbidden romance, erotica and love all rolled into one. Leah loves the desert people. One day while on the beach she sees a Bedouin man and instantly likes him. She brings him over to sit with her and tries talking to him. She’s not sure if he understands her or not but she keeps talking anyways. We get flashes of Leah’s life when she was younger, of when she lived in New York, things she used to do and so on and so forth throughout the book.

This book did take a while for me to read. I just couldn’t get into it myself. It felt like it was really slow and I just couldn’t read for more than five to ten minutes a sitting before my mind started wandering to other things and I’d get sidetracked. :/

***I received this book in PDF format in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Ravel by Shari J Ryan

Ravel

What can I say? I love Shari’s work and couldn’t resist cracking open this book. Okay, okay. More like firing up the reading app and reading it than cracking it open. I still have a couple of her books left to read and they’ll be coming up soon in my list of books to read. You’ll always find that by TBR list is extremely long but if I REALLY like an author, their works get bumped to the top of the list.

Daphne is twenty three years old. She lives with her boyfriend whom she wishes she could get away from but she’s scared of him. He is abusive mentally, physically and verbally. Daphne is gone as much as she can be between her ice skating and working at the bar. She often goes to the bar early even when they don’t open for hours. Trent is a grade A asshole who I disliked the entire book. Daphne keeps a journal and writes in it often. (With permission from the author I am adding in a couple journal entries!)

  1. Dear Journal, I’m going to become stronger.   I just hope it’s soon. I’m losing my grip and I’m fearful of what might happen when I let go completely.      -Daphne
  2. Dear Journal, It’s been three years of this.   I’ve stayed with Trent because I wanted to fix him. I’ve stayed with him because he said he wants me and no one else will.   I stay with him because every time I’ve tried to leave, he’s hurt me.    I’m scared. I’ve been scared for too long.      -Daphne

Those are just a couple of the journal entries in Daphne’s journal. They give us a glimpse of what’s going on in her head and where she’s at. It lets us see into her and gauge where she wants to go and what she wants to happen, even if it scares her to death to even think about.

Kemper is a Marine that is back from Afghanistan. The bar that Daphne works at is always busy for an entire week after the men get back from a deployment. Only something seems off about this Marine. He’s just sitting at the bar by himself and not joining the others. Daphne quickly piques his interest and wonders what’s wrong. That’s when he tells her that his brother, Rex, just died over in Afghanistan. He was having a hard time dealing with it since they had shared an apartment together. The bar is BUSY and Daphne is the only one working and is starting to drown under all the order. Kemper used to be a bartender so he goes behind the counter and starts helping, with Daphne being uncomfortable for a few minutes and then accepting the help.

Kemper and Daphne become friends, although neither wants to be just friends. They struggle with their friendship through part of the book before Kemper decides to be “selfless” and tell Daphne that he really can’t be with her because he’ll only hurt her. Only, he’s not the one who has physically hurt her. A couple Marines knock the hell out of Trent when he comes into the bar and realizes that she lied to him about who was there. He ends up hitting her and causing a hell of a bruise and mark on her face. Kemper gets pissed beyond measure and wants to go kill the man who did it to her but he doesn’t know who it was until later when she says the name. (We find out later, towards the end of the book, how Kemper knows Trent and how they used to be connected to each other.)

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This book is awesome. It had me all up in my feelings: laughing, giggling, crying, hating, loving. I just couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one sitting, refusing to give in to sleep last night until I had finished it! Daphne, Kemper, Trent and some others are just like everyday people. Shari brings to light some of the realities that people go through but don’t want others to get involved in or help with: drinking, being abused and being the abuser, loss of friends family and loved ones, the wars that have been going on.

I think that this book should be read by EVERY woman out there and even the men as well. This book will give people hope that there are good people out there that only want the best for someone, even if they’ve only been friends a few days. It shows you that no matter how old or new of a friend you have, there is always someone there to help you in your time of need. Always remember there are people out there that will help you get out of an abusive relationship and somewhere safe.

Just like it’s stated in the book if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please either talk to someone or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They are available 24/7 and will always talk to you and listen.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

$15.95 in Paperback (Trust me. If I had $16, I would be buying this book in paperback in a heartbeat. I loved this book that much!)

**I received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest opinion**

Lorelei’s Lyric (Southern Elemental Guardian #1) by D.B. Sieders

Loreleis Lyric

This is an overall good paranormal romance. While there are editing issues that need fixed, it’s still easy to know what was meant and intended to be said. I like the authors style of writing and the world building that is created throughout the book.

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Lorelei is a mermaid who loves to sing. She goes on a trip through rivers in the United States with her sister. They stop is well known musical cities/towns and listen to the music. When the stop in Nashville, things don’t go according to plan. When they listen to one band, Lorelei is captivated. She loves the lead singers voice and thinks that he’s hot. She wants nothing more than to start singing with Vance and his band but she knows that if she sings around mortals for too long, then they suffer the consequences, which is usually death.

Vance is the lead singer of his band. He suffers from depression and addiction since his girlfriend overdosed. He likes to drown his sorrows with alcohol and makes up any reason to sneak off and take a sip. Lorelei and Vance end up leaning on each other to help the other cure their problems and possibly find a chance at love.

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$2.99 on Kindle

$9.95 Paperback

Author’s Website

***I received a copy of this book in PDF format in exchange for an honest and unbiased review***

Twisted (The Hidden Alpha #1) by Cara Wylde

Twisted

The Hidden Alpha series follows Amelia. If you’ve read the Sold to the Alpha series which features Avelyn and Max, then you’ve already met Amelia and know that she’s quite difficult. Though not her own fault really. She does prove to be Avelyn’s friend and helps her escape the boarding school, Alma Venus, the night that she is bought by Max Blackmane.

In this series, Seth comes to Alma Venus and goes through the entire book of the fox brides before having Amelia come in. She was worried because her name is in the first few pages of the book but she was called in last, after every other fox bride. Seth puts her through all the tests and questions and decides that she’s the right person for Blake, the next in line Inari, or alpha. He purchases her and they begin the long flight to Alaska, her new home.

But things get really complicated very quickly. Between Seth, Blake and Amelia.

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I just, I really can’t believe I just read what I read! I was NOT expecting that last twist in there at all. I really wasn’t. The author, Cara Wylde, definitely snuck that in and I’m sure everyone who reads this book will be shocked by the revelations at the end. I am so glad that this is a trilogy and there are two more books to come. This book leaves off at a HUGE cliffhanger. Normally with cliffhangers, I don’t continue to read the series cause that’s one of my pet peeves but with Cara Wylde, I think I’ll let it slide. 😉

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This book is $2.99 on Kindle and free with Kindle Unlimited.

83 pages

(I received this book in PDF format.)

Dreams of Beautiful Whisper (The Elves of Eytherfel Book 1) by Tanya Jones

Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

Dreams of Beautiful Whisper is the first book in the Elves of Eytherfel series by Author Tanya Jones.

This book is about a teenager, Amanda, who is taken to the realm of Elves, Eytherfel. Her parents wish her to experience what is called the Awakening. While there, two men are vying for her affections, one of whom is human and from her past. The Awakening will tell her who she is meant to be.

Amanda, or Amanae, much choose who she is supposed to be. Amanda the human or Amanae the elf. While on her journey of Awakening, she gains powers which she really didn’t want. She learns things about herself and is in a tumultuous ride with ups and downs with herself and others.

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I liked reading this fantasy book. The author creates a world where you wish you could just be a part of it. As you’re reading, the world is so clear, you can picture everything happening. The characters are strong and well thought out. Definitely will be looking for the second book in the series!

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Please note that I received a PDF version free in exchange for an honest review.

Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Barking Madness

Rosetta has nightmares. Vivid nightmares. We open with her in a nightmare. Walking down a path in the forest surrounded by peaceful noises and a bright luminescent moon. Then things take a turn for the worse. A black figure is stalking her. When she is talking to the black figure, a wolf steps onto the path. She takes a step back as it steps towards her. This sets the wolf in motion and she turns and runs. Knowing she won’t outrun it, she throws herself to the ground. She wakes up when the dark figure bites into her neck, sucking her blood and killing her.

Rosetta, her mother, father and sister are moving because of a new job offer her father received. They are moving to a town called Ashwood. When she says something about it being dark her father tells her that the elementary school burned down years ago and a few kids died so they renamed everything, including the town.

They finally make it to their house and Rosetta is impressed. As is her sister, Emily. This new house is WAY bigger than the previous house in Florida. The layout is unique and each of them run up and down the stairs several times before choosing rooms because their previous house had no stairs in it. They were excited for a change.

Things get bad for Rosetta and her classmates quickly.

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I liked this story. Rosetta could pass as anyone out in the world today. I am definitely liking the authors writing style and the characters and world building that’s done in this story. The story is set at a steady pace so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking forever to get to the action and the good parts. A great story from beginning to end.

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644 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

(I received this book in pdf format free in exchange for an honest opinion.)

Deadly Dating Games by Joanie Chevalier

deadly

I received this book free in PDF format in exchange for my honest review.

I usually judge a book by it’s cover. If it appeals to me then the book surely will as well, right? Right. I love the cover of this book and it fits it in so many ways.

Julianna joins a book club in order to make more friends. While there, she meets Bess and they become friends. Traci, the leader of the free group, on the other hand doesn’t seem to be about making friends. She’s a schemer and a troublemaker right from the start. If only Bess and Julianna and the others had been smart enough to RUN as fast as they could the opposite direction!

Their first book is a dating book. At the second meeting, Traci splits everyone up into smaller groups and wants them to brainstorm. She, Julianna and Bess are in a group together. She suggests that they “video” and “critique” a date from each person that way they can help each other out. Since Julianna is scheduled for a date already, she becomes the first guinea pig. Bess and Traci ride the ferry that she and Aaron are on. Traci being Traci causes a little bit of mischief as she bumps into Aaron a time or two. Julianna tells her off.

Bess is the first one to fall though. Bess goes out on a date with a man. Traci ends up drugging the man and Bess both. Julianna shows up where she was told too and sees Bess and the man going at it. Traci instructs her to take pictures and she joins in the fun as well. This is where things start to get REALLY interesting in the book and I don’t want to give any of that away.

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I really liked reading this book. Julianna and Bess are both characters that you could imagine being your neighbors or friends. Traci, is like a few people I know in real life by always scheming and causing problems. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to readers. It will keep you interested from cover to cover and all the pages in between. It will have you glued to your seat not wanting to move until it’s finished and I absolutely LOVE those kinds of books.

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182 pages

$1.99 on Kindle

I paid nothing as I received it free in exchange for an honest review.

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