Audio Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

23301565 (1)Published: April 12th 2011 By: Macmillan Audio

Genres: Young-Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Dystopia, Science-Fiction

Format: Audio Unabridged: Emily Bauer – narrator (7 hrs. 53 mins.) Source: Library My Rating: 4 Stars

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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

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ARC Review: Strange Skies by Kristi Helvig

22608499 (1)Release Date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Series: Burn Out #2

Genres: Young-Adult/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Science-Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Caelia is the new Earth. That’s what the Consulate told everyone and, against all odds, Tora finally has made it there. She can’t see the ocean from her cell in the Consulate’s containment center, and she doesn’t know what happened to the weapons her father died for and she’s risked her life to save.

But as she plans her escape, she runs into the last person she ever expected to see-her dad. The Consulate has kept held him prisoner in a complicated plot designed to lure Tora out of hiding. Now Tora has a new purpose: break free, get the guns, and save her father.

But first she’ll have to navigate a strange new planet, track down James (whose loyalties still remain questionable), and find Kale…before he finds her first.

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ARC Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

18500665Release Date: May 12th 2015

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Penryn & the End of Days #3

Genres: Young-Adult/ Paranormal/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Romance

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

My Rating: 5 Stars

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

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Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

15750874Release Date: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genres: Young-Adult/ Science-Fiction/ Dystopia/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 3 Stars

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The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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Review: Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

22926602Release Date: January 20th 2015 (First published January 4th 2014)

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Adult/Science-Fiction/Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic/Horror

Format: Paperback (288 pages) Source: Publisher via Blogging For Books

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

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Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

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Review: Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

20344702Release Date: September 30th 2014

Publisher: Talos

Series: Tower Trilogy #1

Genres: YA Fantasy/ Science-Fiction/ Dystopia/ Post-Apocalyptic

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 5 Umbrellas

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Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

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