Review: DEADPOOL

Luke and I finally got to see Deadpool this past Tuesday. We wanted to see it the previous week, but I was struck with the flu. It was worth the wait! Plus, I got my LootCrate subscription in the mail, so I had a sweet Deadpool shirt to wear to the movie.

12719270_10205304473363589_3251194564084322386_o.jpgIt. Was. Great! The trailers and hype were all worth it. And I was actually surprised, because I thought the nudity and gore were going to be much* worse than they were. Pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually watch overly gory or violent movies, but Deadpool’s humor kept it lighter than it would’ve been in a different film with the same amount of action.

Deadpool is the anti-hero I’ve been dreaming of (and more)! I need to get my hands on the comics now, so I can read more about his adventures as I wait for another movie to happen.

Ryan Renolds. He really IS Deadpool. And the other actors and actresses in the film did an amazing job as well. I was sucked into the plot and acting so much that I forgot that I was watching a movie at all. Plus, when you throw X-men into the mix…I’m game.

I’m not sure when we will have time for another date night, but I hope it’s soon.

*Deadpool is not for anyone who is remotely offended by vulgar language, nudity, intense fighting, or gore. I’ve had several people tell me this offends them. My response is DO NOT see the movie then. I will still go see it…again! Just because you are offended doesn’t mean I shouldn’t see it. The studio (and Deadpool himself) made it crystal clear what the movie was about. Go see Captain America or something if you want a “family friendly” superhero movie. Those movies are awesome too! But this one is rated R for a reason.

Review: Resistance by Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons

resistanceSynopsis:

The year 2102–the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.

But a resistance is coming…

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi’s parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she’s ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

Review:

I read Resistance in preparation for the Band Of Dystopian Authors and Fans Facebook release party (tonight at 5PM PST, see below!), which I am fortunate enough to be co-hosting. I am pleased to say that I loved it! I haven’t read a book with Faeries heavily involved in probably ever, so it was a nice change. Dystopian + Faeries= awesome! Young Fi is left to be in charge of the human city when her parents don’t return. While I DO think maybe her uncle should’ve stood up and taken over, she did a great job under all that pressure. I like that she seemed real. She wasn’t folding under the pressure of taking care of everyone, including her brother, but she was definitely stressed. This makes her more human to me and I could relate!
I loved Flint. Give me a snarky, fun MC any day. Especially if he can turn into a fox! The characters were very relatable, likable, and fun! I highly recommend Resistance to anyone who likes magic, deceit, love, and a good ol’ dystopian story.

Find Allana Kephart AND Melissa Simmons
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Allana and Melissa have accounts on Allana’s twitter, Allana’s goodreads, Melissa’s GoodreadsFacebook,  and their personal website.

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Release Party Alert!

Please join us tonight, August 2nd, on the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans Facebook group for the super fun book release party for “Resistance” by Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons!
The party starts at 5PM PST and ends at 7PM PST.

See you there!


Review: Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert

“Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.”

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Carlie McEwan loves many things.
She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY—a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest—and only—real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.

Review:

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for characters, interesting plot lines, cover design, memorable lines, and for Terry writing such a memorable and amazing story!

Carlie is a white witch. And even though I know absolutely nothing about witchcraft, I found myself enthralled by the descriptions of how her magic was a piece of herself. She didn’t come off as entitled or uppity because she had power, but instead loved being a down-to-earth cook at the local diner. She really reminded me of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas,” which is one of my favorite books of all time.

The story was enthralling and drew me in immediately. If I didn’t have a job, husband, or kids, I would’ve read the story straight through! Curse you, responsibilities!

Memorable lines were placed naturally throughout the book. I won’t spoil any that relate to direct plot points, but these are a few of my favorites:

“Even sitting, he towered over me, but not in threatening way, unless you consider good customer service to be a menace to your person. I did not, so I smiled.”

“when my hair gets crazy, it becomes an alien life form that can threaten cities.”

Carlie is full of great lines and passion for her craft. Imagery of the moon and scenery puts the reader directly into the story.

SO, to sum up, if you like waffles, magic, evil, the moon, love, deceit, and just an all-around great read, pick up “Halfway Dead” by Terry Maggert!

Stay tuned. Next week, I’ll be interviewing Terry about his writing!

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Review: The Harvest Saga by Casey L Bond

Oh how do I love The Harvest Saga? Let me count the ways! I actually decided to review each book of The Harvest Saga by Casey L Bond in one post to cut down on emails to subscribers and make it easier for people to find. This is the third series I’ve read by Casey, but the first that isn’t a serial series. Be sure to check out my other reviews of Casey’s books on Goodreads (here and here)!

REAP (The Harvest saga book #1)

Synopsis (via goodreads):

The remnants of the United reapStates of America have been divided. From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers.

In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greaters’ engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.

Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew?

Review:

I finished this book in one day. I think I would’ve read it even faster if I didn’t have little people to take care of or work to do (darn responsibilities)! Casey really lets you immerse yourself in Abby’s story from page one. A tragic beginning and great upbringing make Abby a force to be reckoned with. And even though others make plans for her that she wants no part of, she doesn’t give up, which is a great quality. The easiest route isn’t usually the best. And…ok. She has many good looking guys who want a piece of her apple (get it? Orchard?), but she doesn’t let all the attention go to her head. She seems to know what/who she wants. Will fate keep her moving in his direction or does love have further plans? Great story, awesome cover design, and a storyline that made me glad I had all three books handy!
This book is free on Amazon (ebook version) as of this posting! Pick it up today and start reading, people!

REsist (THE HARVEST SAGA BOOK #2)

Synopsis:
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Abby Kelley returns home from the Greater city of Olympus to find that things in Orchard Village are bad, very bad. The Olympian Guard has taken over village affairs. The Lessers are being worked to the bone in the coldest winter Orchard has seen. Villagers are being dragged away for the slightest indication of what they call “resistance.” She needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. But, it’s so hard to do when everything within you screams rebellion.

Kyan is coming on strong, trying to convince her to take a chance on him. Shocking news of Crew’s activities in Olympus sweeps through the Villages. When Abby is taken away by the Olympian guard, Kyan sends word to Vesuvius for help. But, no one could have predicted their idea of help or what they might expect in return.

Who will be left to pick up the pieces of Abby’s heart?

Review:

Action packed. Twists and turns kept punching me in the face and I liked it. Abby’s rebellion continues in the second book of The Harvest Saga. When things take a turn for the worst, Abby knows that she must continue to fight for Orchard and the rest of Lesser’s freedom. The Greaters have definitely gone too far this time. The characters are beautifully carved from the author’s heart and I feel everything they feel. More drama with potential loves, but it doesn’t feel forced. You want everyone to end up with the person meant for them. Another beautiful cover design!

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REclaim (THE HARVEST SAGA BOOK #3)

Synopsis:
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The Greaters have ruled over the Lessers since The Fall. They’ve taken Abby’s family. They’ve taken her friends. They’ve taken her hostage and threatened the villages.

Enough is enough. Freedom is worth fighting for. Love is worth dying for.

And the Lessers are done taking orders from the Greaters.

Review:

What seemed to be the lesser evil at the time, Vesuvius makes it apparent that they are actually a far greater evil than Olympus could ever hope to be. Clad appropriately in red, the city shed far more blood than anyone in Orchard could imagine. It’s time to reclaim their world for the Lessers. In this thrilling end to the Harvest Saga, I found myself holding by breath in anticipation as I turned the pages. Prepare for tears, both happy and sad. A great ending to an amazing series! I hope our world never drops to such a horrible level as what the Greaters were capable of, but if it does I hope to hold a fraction of the bravery shown by Abby, her friends, and family.

GO READ IT.

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Find Author Casey L Bond on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and her website!

 

Review: Prep for Doom anthology by BOD authors

I have been a member of the Band for Dystopian group on Facebook for over a year, so when I heard that many of the authors that I loved reading and speaking to via online interaction were banding together to create a new world with an anthology…I was excited. I finally got my hands on a e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Prep for Doom description from GoodReads

From the imaginations of twenty authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction comes PREP FOR DOOM – an integrated collection of short stories that tell the tale of a single catastrophe as experienced by many characters, some of whom will cross paths.

What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month.

An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.

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One of the things I loved most about PFD was the fact that every short story intertwined with each other, making the entire anthology one complete plot line. I’ve read only a couple other anthologies (see my review for The Zombie Chronicles here), but this seems to be a unique idea. I would love to revisit more anthologies that have this idea in mind!

Additionally, I have found that with other anthologies, there are one or two stories that don’t make sense all the way with the theme of the anthology or are just confusing. This could me a ME problem or just my opinion, but I greatly appreciated that each author took the time to make sure their story made sense with both the plot and wasn’t too technical that a non-scientist minded individual like me could understand.

I don’t have a favorite story. . . all the characters and their hardships were both heartbreaking and inspiring, while sticking to their goal. Survive.

I cannot recommend this anthology enough.

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The Z Chronicles, an Anthology by various authors REVIEW

Today is release day for an amazing anthology I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC copy for recently. This will be the first anthology I’ve read actually, so it’s a pretty great day! If you like zombies, end-of-the-world scenarios, gore, and action then please pick up this anthology today! Ann Christy, author of the In-Betweener series starts the anthology with a story set in the same world as her zombie series.

I loved how different everyone’s stories were. Even though I hadn’t read anything from the other authors before, for the most part I felt a connection to the story and characters, even in such a short amount of time. There were a few stories that left my brain hurting a little bit, but I am not very science minded so some of that probably just went over my head.

I also love the cover! The colors are awesome and subtle. I can read all of the author’s names and the title of the anthology easily. Awesome work.

Chew on this, zombie fans.

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THE KATY’s Facebook adventure begins

The title is right. I have started a Facebook group for this blog. I’m pretty sure it’ll be like a huge book-geek-fx makeup-writing-whatever-loving group so you should join! It’s pretty empty at the moment, but I will be accepting member requests now so we can fill it up! Feel free to post book recommendations, projects you are excitedly working on at the moment, geekery, etc… I just ask that you don’t spam or try to sell stuff on the Facebook page. Authors or other bloggers, feel free to post about new books, events, cover reveals, giveaways, etc…but keep it to one post per day.

I hope to see you there!

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Review: The Treemakers by Christina L Rozelle

Happy May everyone! We made it through the A-Z Challenge! Woooo! It was fun, but I am tired. However, I now have the blogging BUG and need to keep writing. That, and I had a Venti White Chocolate Mocha and am hyped UP!

Today, I am getting back to reviews a little bit. I finished a few books during the challenge in April, but decided to wait to post reviews until the blogging challenge was done.

THE TREEMAKERS by CHRISTINA L ROZELLEtreemakersd

Synopsis via Amazon.com:

Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings. Long ago. Before the dying Earth ripped the family she loved away from her. In this desolate dystopian future, the Greenleigh orphans are “privileged” with the task of building mechanical trees for Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day, and so the Superiors may continue their malevolent reign. Lured by a yearning for freedom, tenacious curiosity, and hunger for adventure, Joy discovers hope and magic amid the misery, and power in her promise to care for those remaining, whom she loves enough to risk her life for. To save them, herself, and the boy she adores from the abuse and slavery by the Superiors, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors a dangerous secret. With an intriguing stranger at the helm, Joy and the treemakers embark on an intense and terrifying, yet liberating quest for the truth about the existence of the forbidden paradise beyond The Wall. *Please note: This is the first book in the series. The second book will be available late 2015. This story is intended for mature young adult audiences, and contains themes that may be disturbing and/or offensive to some people. If you find abusive, sexual, violent, deeply intense emotional, and/or character death events disturbing and/or offensive, this book is not recommended for you or your children. Though please keep in mind this story balances those events and sequences with love, friendship, integrity, strength, nurturing, hope, perseverance, determination, and the fight for freedom from bondage. This story is not intended for the weak of heart.

I loved this book. It was intense, brutal, and unforgiving…yet the Orphans of Greenleigh still find those little moments of hope and happiness in their horrible lives. The plot moves along quickly, which had me turning page after page as fast as I could. The characters are well developed (either in a super evil way or good way) and I loved that some of the kids were damaged (seemingly) beyond repair. This makes it a little more realistic for me! If I was in their situation, I would need intense therapy or institutionalization STAT. Joy is a great leader/surrogate parent for the Orphans and she is both likable and damaged. I just want to hug her and then help her be strong for everyone else. I cannot wait to read book two. If you have read “The Treemakers”, comment below! If not, snatch it up today!

You can find Christina L Rozelle on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter @CLRozelle, and her website

Dissension by K.A. Salidas Review

I was recently added to a read and review list by Cheer of Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans. While I usually review books I read on both Goodreads and Amazon, I have yet to put my book reviews on my blog.

Well, today is the day! My first book as an “official” downloadreviewer is “Dissension by K.A. Salidas. I didn’t even read the description before I dove in, only knowing that it was a Dystopian related genre. After she set the Apocalyptic scene, K.A. introduces vampires to the story. My reaction was half “Ooo, vampires!” and “I hope it isn’t like Twilight…”.

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Selene is an awesome vampire, but so is Mira!

I have not read very many vampire books (yet), so I don’t really have a lot of good titles to go off of from my own personal experience. Do not fear! From the very first page where I was introduced to the main character, Mira, I was hooked. She is snarky, short (like me), and kicks major butt from the beginning. I kept picturing Selene from the Underworld (movie) series, except wearing Roman gladiator gear. And even though she is amazing in every single way, she was by no means perfect. Another thing I like about Mira is that she grew as a character. She didn’t remain the same when her reality bubble popped, but instead stood up to meet the challenge and changed how she felt. Some books I’ve read have lacked character development, but Dissension’s characters were likable and grew as the story progressed. One more trait about Dissension I found unique, was the combination of futuristic elements with ancient Roman traditions and events. It was like steampunk, but instead of using futuristic weaponry in Victorian times (and steam powered vehicles), Dissension was both the future and the ancient past. Love it.

Thank you, Katie for let me read and review your book! I definitely will be checking out the rest of the Chronicles of the Uprising series.

You can find K.A. Salidas on Facebook, Twitter, and her website. Buy Dissension on Amazon here.