Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

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 Title: Dead New World
Author: Ryan Hill
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Horror
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: October 13, 2014

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Blurb:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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My Review

Dead New World brought about components from old zombie occult information and mixed it with it’s own unique splash of ingenuity. The zombie outbreak has come and gone and is now a common part of everyone’s lives. People are so deranged by their circumstance that they are willing to follow a man who claims that it is “God’s will” that he lead the zombies and man alike into a new world. Not to mention, in Hill’s version of the zombie apocalypse, not everyone who is bit by a zombie completely turns, they remain half dead half human and are able to control the living dead. However, Soldier Stanley Holt’s world is about to get a little stranger and a whole lot deadlier.

Dead New World started immediately with teeth clenching nail biting action that had me so excited to dive in deep into the world of the undead. I’m usually not a big fan of army books, but Hill found a way to make the story all the more riveting by centering it around soldiers and the war scene. So that was new and different all around for me as a reader. Though the content moved fairly quickly throughout the book, I couldn’t help but notice the somewhat repetitive scenes. It seemed like no sooner Holt and Ambrose were out of one hostage situation they were thrown right back in again, but with a new enemy and new zombies.I just wanted a bit more of change at least in the beginning half of the book than the same sort of conflicts.

I loved that the book’s main goal was rescuing the girl Holt loved (even if I didn’t get to experience much of their romance). It was sweet to read how strongly he felt for her and how determined he was to get to her. His love for Nancy is what kept him grounded and I really like to see those sort of things in apocalyptic books. However, by the time their reunion came around, I barely got to enjoy it before something unbelievably horrifying happened that completely shocked me to the core. I had no idea the author would choose to take such risks with the course of events of this book. It truthfully dampened how I felt about the story overall, and I wish it had taken a different turn.

So despite the few disappointing plot developments in Dead New World, I was still kept thoroughly entertained and felt that it was an overall unique new addition to the zombie world.

Author Bio:

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted inauthor an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Instagram

Review: I am Forever (What Kills Me #3) by Wynne Channing

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Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

Her choices have brutal consequences and her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

Bestselling author Wynne Channing’s highly-anticipated sequel to What Kills Me is another heart-pounding thrill ride filled with stunning twists, tragic betrayal and bloody action.

My Review

I Am Forever picked up right where What Kills Me left off: Axelia had just narrowly escaped a brutal death when the vampires discovered that she is (according to prophecy) the Divine meaning that if she is so much as scratched, every vampire in existence will be hurt as well. She dies, they all die! Not so high on the hit list now huh?

Now that the vampires, especially the Empress are playing kiss up to Axelia, everything seems peachy, but things are far from it. In fact the goody two-shoe vampires were really pretty annoying to read about, and I wanted to yell at Axelia “are you really gonna buy this crap?” They praised the very ground she walked on, and the only vampire who really seemed to see through their lies was Lucas (thank goodness). Of course, this put quite the strain on their relationship for the majority of the book which was depressing overall. I so badly wanted to see things work out between them, but as Axelia gets forced further into the Monarchy she also becomes further pulled from Lucas.

Though there wasn’t a whole lot of plot movement in book two, Channing still found a way to throw in action right when I needed it! Things got heated once Axelia found the truth behind the deceit the Monarchy was bathed in. Her relationship with Lucas followed suit by taking a turn for the better, which I was oh so pleased about! Those two are adorable, though I will say that I definitely did not get any steamy moments that were much needed after a first book of little to no romantic progression, so that was a little disappointing. The climax of the book though was fantastic! It was just enough action, gore, and suspense to have me craving more. Axelia proved herself to be one badass Divine vampire!

Overall, I enjoyed I Am Forever, and was satisfied with the ending of the book! I am still in the process of discovering if there will be a book three, because there is definitely the potential for more! The sequel didn’t necessarily end with a cliff hanger, but I could see there being more to Axelia’s story.

You can buy I Am Forever on Amazon here!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (fictional or real)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (fictional or real). I love this topic, because it is the epitome of why I named my blog Escape Inside the Pages. When you read you can go anywhere, escape into anyone else’s lives and go on the greatest adventure in the most bizarre and beautiful locations the imagination can think of.

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1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts: Naturally! Do I need to even say why?? The most gorgeous castle ever, magic, amazing meals, strange creatures, etc. etc.

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2. The Grey  Wolves Series: Romania: I’d love to meet some wolves ;)

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3. Shadow Falls Series: Shadow Falls Camp: I want to train/go to school/be awesome with vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and shape shifters! Sign me up!

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4. The Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth: Yes it has it’s share of dark creatures, but it also has it’s share of amazing: the rolling hills of The Shire, Rivendell, (no thank you Mordor), and the mountains! Yes please!!

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5. Twilight: Forks, Washington: Yes, I was/am the girl that wants to go to Forks, Washington still because of Twilight!

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6.Alice in Zombieland: Wonderland: Though Wonderland really isn’t a part of The White Rabbit Chronicles, that didn’t stop it from making me want to fall down a rabbit hole and have my own adventures there!

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7. Elsker: Wales: Who wouldn’t want to go to college in Wales and meet a god?? Either way this country would be fantastic to visit!!

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8. Eragon: Alagaesia: Once again, I would love to see all the creatures (especially the dragons) and the land itself is just so different and sounds absolutely wonderful to see!

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9. The Chronicles of Narnia: Narnia: Who didn’t want to go to Narnia growing up?? I think I want to go just so I could talk to all the animals!!

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10. What Kills Me: Italy: So what if Axelia “dies” in Italy, I’ve been wanting to go there all my life, and this book just reinforced that! I am 100% Italian, so naturally I want to go to Italy with a burning passion!! The culture,the architecture, the food, the men, need I say more?

Oops! Wednesday was Yesterday Post! (WWW Wednesday 10/8/14)

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

WWW Wednesdays (Oct. 8)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

So I realized a day late that I totally forgot to post my WWW Wednesday, well better late than never right?

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I Recently Finished Reading: I was overall disappointed by the abrupt turn of events too :((( review/blog tour stop to come

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What I Think I’ll Read Next:

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Blog Tour: Review &Excerpt: Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson

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Book Blurb:

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she’s left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.   

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.   

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A’nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.   

What she doesn’t know is that Archangels have secrets too.

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

I have read many an angel book in my lifetime (cause I’m ancient I know) and Divinity still found a way to be different then any other I had read before. Julia is not the child of just any angel, she’s the child of the Arch Angel Gabriel himself. With this news brought into her life, her world gets turned completely upside down as she experiences loss likes she’s never felt before and encounters the darkest of creatures this world has ever unleashed.

Divinity pulled me in instantly with a sweet romance and the introduction of supernatural entities right away. Julia was a heroine that I could appreciate and admire for her constant strength during the worst times of her life. This poor girl goes through so much in this book, too much if you ask me. One particular death in this book killed me inside and dampened the rest of the story for me. It was so sudden and completely tragic, it just wasn’t the route I wanted for the plot line.

The rest of the story had plenty of angelic awesomeness that I hadn’t experienced in a book before. The creatures were new and there were some high intensity moments. However, by the time the final epic battle came to a head I was ready for an awesome showdown, but it ended no sooner it started. What happened I definitely liked, but I just wanted  a little more action/gore/suspense. I will say, that I did see a potential new romance growing between Julia and a certain angel by the ending, but I won’t name names (fingers crossed). Overall, Divinity was a good supernatural read filled with new and exciting elements.

 

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Excerpt:

Julia slipped her hand under the table to give Alex’s a gentle squeeze, but missed, grabbing the inside of his thigh. His face erupted into a beaming grin. Julia flushed crimson and snatched her hand back.

“We were talking about your father,” Julia said, shifting her gaze back to the portrait. “And how the handsome devil gene seems to have been passed down.”

“Lucky for me, then, if that’s how I landed you.”

“Really, Alex,” Mrs. Williams scoffed. “Landed? She’s not a fish.”

A smile played on Julia’s lips as she watched the exchange. Though she enjoyed their banter, she felt a pang of jealousy. Even when her adopted family was alive, they never got along that way. In fact, the only thing she had heard about them in the last ten years was that they had died six years ago.

Author Bio:

authorMichelle L. Johnson is the author of DIVINITY, a supernatural urban fantasy, and the author of THE FOOTLOOSE KILLER, a mystery. She’s also a literary agent, a coffee lover beyond reason, and has a fascination with the workings of the human mind.

Her key influences have been Stephen King, Anne Rice, and C.S. Lewis, but is inspired by every author to put pen to paper.

Michelle lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her muse and her rambunctious Cocker Spaniel, Sammy.

Author Links: Facebook/ Twitter /Website

WWW Wednesday 10/1/14

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

WWW Wednesdays 

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I Recently Finished Reading:

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What I Think I’ll Read Next: I got my ARC this past week, I can’t wait for this book!

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Review: What Kills Me (What Kills Me #1 )by Wynne Channing

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Goodreads Summary:

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

My Review

What Kills Me brought about an entirely new  vampire story that I had never encountered before. Axelia’s transformation into a vampire is so unique and different that I was pulled into the book right away! She goes on an incredible journey with the wonderful Lucas as she fights to prove that she isn’t the monster prophecy says she will become. With her life on the line, Lucas agrees to help her on the run, and to escape the clutches of the Monarchy.

What Kills Me was filled with constant suspense and plot development that had me glued to the pages from start to finish. Just when things started to slow down Axelia and Lucas’ lives would be threatened yet again. Axelia’s character is one that you can root for and appreciate. She evolves so much over the course of events in this book and becomes one kickass vampire, stronger than any in history.

Though not a whole lot of romantic developments occurred, it was there nonetheless. There was a beautiful struggle in the beginning between the two characters that made their growing relationship all the more worth while! Lucas is strong, hard headed and the perfect companion for Axelia. Their feelings for one another gradually grew as time went on and brought forth all the feels, especially by the ending.

Speaking of the ending, everything finally came to a head and a battle ensued that was nail biting worthy. Plot changing information was revealed encouraging me to promptly purchase the second book entitled I Am Forever. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Lucas and Axelia.

If you are a vampire/paranormal romance fan, then What Kills Me is definitely the book for you! It was a good fast paced read with plenty of action to get you through!

You can currently get What Kills Me for free on Amazon here!