Nov 092015
 
Review: Salt

I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky. It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story. Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me doubting. And what was Eva’s back story? She alluded to it […]

Apr 202015
 
Review: The Lair

Ugh. Just ugh. Where I loved the first book in this series due to its portrayal of an autistic character, this book read like a cliched teenaged angtsy relationship. It felt like all Lily and Carter did was whine about their relationship. How loving each other put them both at risk. How they couldn’t act responsibly or logically if they were near each other. And yet neither wanted to be apart. It was just all so overblown. I was most disappointed in the developments of Mel’s character. Being turned into a vampire “cured” her autism, and I found it almost […]

Mar 242015
 
Review: Shadows Have Gone

This third book in the series picked up immediately after the second book ended. It jumped right into the action, but there were enough recaps spread out over the first few chapters to help me remember everything important from the previous books. This story surprised me with how dark it was. There was quite a bit of death in this book, including some characters that I felt I knew and liked. It was powerful, and really highlight how uncertain and unsafe a post catastrophe world would be. One thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the sense of […]

Sep 252014
 
Review: Through The Veil

Romance books and series often follow a certain familiar plot arc, but when done right, it’s still a fabulous read. This book is a great example of that. This book combined steamy romance featuring a few detailed, but not explicit, sex scenes with a unique paranormal setup and lots of action. The characters are strong and the individual personalities are fully formed and easy to believe. A lot of romance stories feature insta-love, and I appreciate that this wasn’t present. There was insta-lust, which is totally believable, and a little bit of insta-trust, which worked in this set-up. A combination […]

Aug 252014
 
Review: The Land of the Shadow

As a second book, this story was quite exciting and took the series into a great direction. While the first book focused on the immediate aftermath of the disaster, this book is all about starting to rebuild and learning how to live in a new world. Like my comparison in the first book, this book reminded me of Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin, but with an adult setting. I really appreciated how realistic the story felt in terms of the actions the characters took. It was interesting to see how people respond to living in a technology-free world, and […]

Aug 182014
 
Review: The End of All Things

This is an exciting and adventure filled apocalypse and survivor story. At first I was very unsure of Carly’s character. She seemed very OCD, and her thought processes almost seemed to show a mental handicap. I don’t think her character actually had any issues, as things seemed to progressively improve throughout the book. I supposed to could have been shock due to the disaster that happened, but without a peek at her before character, it was hard to judge. As such, I found it took a long time before I was able to connect with her, but I got there […]

Aug 062014
 
Review: The Darwin Elevator

This book was disappointing. I was expecting a thrilling space story with aliens. But there wasn’t much space, and no visible aliens. Instead, it’s a military themed story about humans fighting each other. The story starts as centered around Skyler Luiken, a pilot immune to the disease that has ravaged most of the world. He and his immune crew scavenge parts from areas outside the protected circle at the base of the space elevator. While I liked Skyler and his continual self-doubts and esteem issues, his crew were much more enjoyable. In particular, his second in command Sam is a […]

Apr 102014
 
Review: Shift

Similar to the first book in the Wool series, this book is comprised of multiple short stories that make up a longer one. In this book, each of the short stories is closely linked, following the same narrator through different points in time. This book takes place before the first Wool book and tells the story of the origin of the silos. It’s a scary, realistic story that has a distinct possibility of coming true. This realism adds an element of horror as it shows exactly what modern people are capable of, and it’s not pretty. While this was an […]

Apr 082014
 
Review: Sunrise

Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this trilogy finale since the series first started. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but my worries were for naught. This finale fit perfectly. The story was mainly focused on living and building a future after everything that’s happened. I like both the approach, and the way things played out. Well, not the way everything played out, there were a few surprise disasters that left me reeling and wanting to yell “how could that happen!” Of course, in the effort to be spoiler-free, I won’t tell you what happened, […]

Jan 272014
 

This is a short story that introduced Darla, and detailed her experience during and just after the volcanic eruption. Darla is very resourceful, and it was fun learning what her personality was like before she met Alex. Not that she changed, but since Ashfall was definitely about Alex, it was nice to learn about her when she was in her own element. Overall, this was a good introduction to a strong female character, and was a fun way to spend a few hours dipping back into the Ashfall world while waiting for the final book to be released.