By the year 2050 medical technology is so advanced that people could now live forever so the twenty years following it became a mission to clean up the Earth so everyone could live in harmony. By 2073 weapons and crime are a thing of the past, the planet is clean, the air pure and society is peaceful and living in perfect harmony. Society is ruled by one government known as the Commonwealth who are in charge of the commoners.
The one exception to the perfect world in this time is a group known as the Outcasts. Young adults who just don’t want to conform to society’s rules. Outcasts have taken to the underground in the city to be who they want to be but some of them have been taken and when they return they become one of the perfectionists in the society no longer resembling their former selves. When one of these Outcasts, Kiara, turns up missing her boyfriend Dante is determined to find out where she is and what has happened to her.
Starting off reading Defective it strongly reminded me of the movie Demolition Man which was about a society with no crime set in the future. This book however focuses on the group of teens that are rebelling against living in this society so it completely took on a life of it’s own as soon as it started.
I have to say if any complaints with this it would be that it is a novella so with it being short it could have always used a bit more expansion to the story and characters to really make it great. But there was enough here that I really enjoyed this start to the series. Such an interesting take on what a future society could be. Lots of little added things throughout to bring you into this futuristic world.
Overall, a very imaginative beginning, I’m definitely interested in seeing where the author takes this series. A bit of a surprise at the end of this one I wasn’t expecting so I’m curious as to where this will all go.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Eighteen year old Cassidy has known nothing but loss. Her mother died during child birth leaving her with her grandmother. Now at the end of her senior year her high school sweetheart Jace had been killed in an automobile accident. Shortly after Jace’s death Cassidy’s grandmother also passes away from a heart attack.
Left all alone in life Cassidy visits the cemetery and finds herself stumbling through a gate into the unknown finding herself waking in the care of a clan of demon hunters. In order to save her life after passing the gate she’s been tattooed with the blood of Killian, the head demon hunter. Killian and Cassidy now share a bond but he wants nothing more than to get her back out of the demon realm before she ends up in danger from a pending war.
Between the Bleeding Willows reminded me an awful lot of the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely love that series so it’s not shocking that I also enjoyed this book with all of the similarities between the two I just didn’t feel this one grabbed me quite as much as the MI series had, perhaps that’s because it took a while to weed out the originality with this one since so much seemed the same.
Eventually this story took on a life of it’s own and I really began to enjoy the book. It is the first book of a series and I’d be interested in continuing to see where this goes. While there were a lot of things revealed there is also room for the story to really grow and become a great series.
Overall, I decided on 3.5 stars for this one. A world of demon hunters much like the Mortal Instruments series so fans of those books may enjoy this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(Alien Mate Index #1)
Publication date: June 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?
How about being abducted by Aliens?
Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all!
Now I’m whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they’re like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.
In fact, I think I might be falling for him.
What’s a girl to do? It’s all in a day’s work when you’ve been…Abducted.
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The alien face looked at me speculatively. It was male—that much was clear. Strong features and gold eyes with vertical pupils like a cat’s stared back at me. He had cheekbones sharp enough to cut yourself on and a nose that looked like it had been broken at least once. A neatly clipped mustache and goatee framed sensual lips that looked cruelly amused. He had dark red skin—almost maroon—I could see a lot of that because he appeared to be wearing a black, wife-beater type t-shirt that left his muscular arms bare.
Actually, except for the cat eyes and red skin, he looked strangely human. Well, except for the horns.
Did I mention he had freaking horns?
Because he did—little short, sharp pointed ones, growing out either side of his forehead—right at his temples.
I stared at them, dumbfounded, unable to speak for a moment. And that’s unusual for me because I’m almost always shooting off my mouth.
All I could think was, the Devil. Oh my God, the freaking Devil was staring at me from the mirror of the handicapped bathroom at Lauder, Lauder and Associates and I had no idea what to do.
My mind started going over all the things I’d done wrong recently. Okay, I might have fudged a little on my taxes. Using my laptop to check reports while I lay on the couch watching Sherlock reruns on Netflix counts as having a home office—right? And then there was the time I accidentally shoplifted a pair of socks. I forgot I had them in my hand and walked right out of the store with them. And then I was too embarrassed to bring them back so I guess I basically stole them but I didn’t mean to so—
Suddenly, the Devil spoke, ending my train of thought as thoroughly as though it had run into the side of a mountain.
“Yes,” he said in a deep, growling voice. “She is the one.”
The one for what? The one to drag straight down to Hell and poke in the ass with a fiery pitchfork? Oh my God, was cheating on my taxes and shoplifting socks that bad?
“I…I’m sorry,” I stuttered but just then another voice—a piping, high voice like a Disney animal—answered him.
“If you are certain this female is the one Your Eminence requires, than I shall begin the transport at once.”
Transport? What Transport? Instinctively, I began backing away from the haunted mirror to Hell but then the swirling started again. And this time there was a wind that went with it.
A sucking, howling wind that dragged at me, pulling me towards the mirror.
“Help!” I screamed, or tried to scream, anyway. My voice was lost in the vortex as I was pulled closer and closer to the mirror.
My feet left the floor and I put out my hands, trying to stop my forward momentum. My phone clattered into the sink and I could hear Leah and Charlotte shouting on the other end of it but their voices seemed tiny and distant.
My hand connected to the mirror…and sank into it. I gasped in fear as I saw first my hand and then my whole arm swallowed up in the swirling psychedelic colors. My other hand and arm followed and suddenly the mirror was right in front of my face.
And then I felt myself getting sucked in completely. Lauder, Lauder and Associates disappeared and the last thing I heard was my two best friends frantically screaming my name.
Who knew the gateway to Hell was located in the employees’ bathroom?
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
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The Wendigo Witchling
B. Kristin McMichael
(The Skinwalkers’ Witchling #2)
Published by: Lexia Press
Publication date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Cassie is part of it now. Turns out, she may not want to join the coven, but that’s exactly what she did when she bonded herself to Nate. Rather than face the ordeal of joining the clan, Cassie finds it’s time for a road trip with her best friend, Whitney. The road trip was to get away, maybe learn a bit more about night humans—it wasn’t to find a deep dark secret hidden in Whitney’s past, one that may hit a little closer to home than Cassie wants to admit. With their road trip cut short, it is time to confront everyone about the lies that had been their lives, but Cassie soon finds out home isn’t exactly how she left it.
Where have all the witches gone? She’s the only witch left in town when they return. Soon she is dragged into more than she bargained for and she has to make choices that will change everything. She’s finally given a choice: does she want to be a skinwalkers witch or a wendigo witch? Too bad there are more secrets than answers. Without all the facts, can she really choose her life’s direction? Time isn’t on her side as she has to make a choice. Now she just hopes it’s the right one.
The boy glanced down. “Entry denied,” he read out on the machine.
“Denied?” Cassie asked in disbelief.
“You’re not just a day human,” the boy replied, pointing to the scanner which had just tried to eat Cassie’s hand. “Anyone who is part of a ruling family must seek permission to visit before coming so that the proper welcome can be made.”
“I’m not part of any ruling family,” Cassie replied. What is he talking about?
“Ugh,” Whitney groaned. “You’re Than’s mate and thus part of the ruling family. I didn’t think about that. I figured your family or mine had called ahead of us and wanted us home. They didn’t, but this …” Whitney shook her head like she should have guessed as much.
Cassie groaned, too. Their road trip was being cut short. She just wanted to get away, and now that was being foiled by Nate, and he wasn’t even there.
“Well, technically, she isn’t part of the family yet. She has yet to complete all the bonding rituals and right now is still under her own family,” Whitney added, batting her eyes and using her movie star looks to try to win over the guy.
“Completely true,” Cassie added, trying her best to imitate her friend and her “pretty please” face.
The guy glanced first at Cassie, and then at Whitney. He gave in. “I need to verify this with my boss,” he said before he turned and walked away.
B. Kristin McMichael graduated with her PhD in biology at Ohio State where she worked as a scientist before taking her passion of writing full-time. Besides writing, she enjoys chasing her kids, playing outside, and baking cookies. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.
B. Kristin is the author of YA and clean NA paranormal fiction. Her “Night Human World” includes the YA series “The Blue Eyes Trilogy” about a midwestern girl who comes of age in a world of battling vampire clans, the “The Day Human Trilogy” that takes place among the Appalachian Sidhe fairies, and “The Skinwalkers Witchling” trilogy that follows an apprentice witch in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also the author of the NA paranormal time travel romance series “The Chalcedony Chronicles”.
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Isabel Garcia was out digging a hole to plant a tree when she comes across a case that she thinks belonged to her now deceased husband who was accused of being involved with drugs. Contracting the police to turn in the case Isabel finds herself attracted to the sexy detective, Linc Heller.
The last thing Isabel wants in her life though is a man she won’t be sure will return home each time he leaves for work. Isabel’s a single mother and all she wants to do is protect her daughter from losing another father so she fights with all her might to not have Linc in their lives.
To be honest I really had to debate on how to rate this book when I was finished. Isabel had her reasons for not wanting to start a relationship with an active police detective that is always in danger but that should end the story, say goodbye before the relationship begins. Instead of the story ending though Isabel gets involved with Linc and we have an entire book of her fears of doing so and fighting it the entire way begging him to give up his job. This constant nagging and pushing away a wonderful man made me really dislike Isabel. Then on top of that an event towards the end of the story with her also had me cringing while reading.
However, on the opposite side of the coin there is Linc. I absolutely adored Linc right from the start and couldn’t help but think wow, he’s a keeper snag that one up. The man has one of the most respectable and honored jobs that yes, it would be tough for any spouse or family to live with the constant fear but also filled with so much respect in my opinion. But this man came in and treated Isabel’s daughter Suzie so well from the moment he met her it just made my heart melt. How could any woman turn down this sexy hero who is good with her child was beyond me.
Overall though I’ve decided to rate this one 2.5 stars. Just too much drama from the main character that didn’t need to drag on for so long and not a fan of the idea of forcing someone to change to be together.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.