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After Midnight by Santino Hassell

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Published: September 17th 2013 by Santino Hassell

Pages: 267

Summary: Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it’s his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn’t quite the same.

Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead.

When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.

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Read from December 02 to 03, 2013

 

Lets start with this: After Midnight is dedicated to me, me, me!

To me and my friends – To readers of “In the Company of Shadows” for being encouraging, enthusiastic and for looking past the flaws. Hell, yeah.

And I was enthusiastic while reading this spin-off too. I prepared myself for one hell of a ride, even it was way too short for me – Sonny and Ais spoiled me with four slowly paced installments of ICOS.

And my enthusiasm brought me straight to love.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in reviews

 

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ARC Review: In Retrospect by Ellen Larson

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Expected publication: December 11th 2013 by Five Star a Part of Gale Cengage Learning/Gale Cengage Learning

Summary: Former elite operative Merit Rafi suffered during her imprisonment at the end of a devastating war, but the ultimate torment is being forced to investigate a murder she would gladly have committed herself.

The year is 3324. In the region once known as Turkey, the Rasakans have attacked the technologically superior Oku. The war is a stalemate until the Oku commander, General Zane, abruptly surrenders. Merit, a staunch member of the Oku resistance, fights on, but she and her comrades are soon captured. An uneasy peace ensues, but the Rasakans work secretly to gain control of the prized Oku time-travel technology. When Zane is murdered, the Rasakans exert their control over Merit, the last person on Earth capable of Forensic Retrospection.

Merit, though reinstated to her old job by the despised Rasakans, knows she is only a puppet. If she refuses to travel back in time to identify Zane’s killer, her family and colleagues will pay the price. But giving in to Rasakan coercion means giving them unimaginable power. She has only three days to make this morally wrenching choice; three days to change history.

As the preliminary investigation progresses, Merit uncovers evidence of a wider plot. How did the Rasakans defeat the technologically superior Oku? Why did the Oku surrender prematurely? How did the Rasakans discover her true identity? Merit realizes she will only find the answers by learning who killed the traitor, General Zane.

In Retrospect is a good old-fashioned whodunit set in a compelling post-apocalyptic future.

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My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

Well, I had some problems with the worldbuilding. Not that it’s all wrong or poorly developed. It’s my imagination – I couldn’t quite force it to cooperate in that matter. But hey, it’s 3324 AD. Way to far..:)

I liked the plot and the main characters, their struggling with making a good choices and coming to terms with the decisions was truly a Greek tragedy-style.

It’s not an easy read – and that’s good.

Rating: 3/5
 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in reviews

 

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ARC Review: PostApoc by Liz Worth

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Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Now or Never Publishing Company

Summary: Sole survivor of a suicide pact, Ang has fallen into an underground music scene obsessed with the idea of the end of the world. But when the end finally does come, Ang and her friends don’t find the liberation they expected. Instead, those still alive are starving, strung out and struggling to survive in a world that no longer makes sense. As Ang navigates the world’s final days, her emotional and physical instability mix with growing uncertainty and she begins to distrust her perception in a place where nothing can ever be trusted for what it seems to be. Bleak and haunting, “PostApoc” blends poetry and punk rock, surrealism and stark imagery to tell the story of a girl wavering at the edge of her sanity.

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My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

WELCOME TO THE END OF THE WORLD

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Outside, the dogs have all gone wild. Can you hear them? Can you feel them down there, voices shaking through loose skin?

First thing first – the cover is beautiful. The title is perfect. One word and so many meanings..

But that’s not all. The most wonderful thing about this book is the writing. I’ve never read such beautiful, lyrical prose. I kept coming back to many paragraphs, just to contemplate their poetic brillance.

I won’t write about the plot, it’s all in the blurb provided by the publisher. And it’s not about the plot at all.

It’s about the music (that’s why I especially loved PostApoc), it’s about the postapocaliptic world and its twisted beauty.

Be careful what you wish for.

Rating: 4/5
 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in reviews

 

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