#Review | #ReleaseDay | HUNTED (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM #17) by Grace Goodwin @LuvGraceGoodwin (September 12th 2019 @LWoodsPR )

Thank you very much to L Woods PR and Grace Goodwin for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Trapped. Tortured. Only she can save him from the Hive.

Vice Admiral Niobe has resisted the temptation of the Interstellar Brides Program for years, certain there is no male in the universe willing to sacrifice his vision of a perfect life to be with her. Shocked to be matched to her father’s home world of Everis, she transports, expecting to find an eager mate waiting for her. Instead, she arrives within a secret Hive integration center to find him resisting a merciless enemy.

Elite Hunter Quinn might have been captured by the Hive, but he’ll sacrifice anything to save the mate he never expected… never imagined would appear like an angel in the middle of hell. A warrior in her own right, Niobe’s too stubborn to leave him behind. And even if they escape the Hive, their personal scars run deep. Battle and bloodshed are easy. But healing a wounded warrior’s heart? That may prove impossible.  

Review:

Wow what a scorcher of a book!

Vice Admiral Niobe does not want a mate, believing that no male would fit into her lifestyle. Despite this she allows herself to be tested for the Interstellar Brides Program after being persuaded by her friends, not expecting to be matched. Elite Hunter Quinn has been captured by the Hive and is giving up hope of escape, let alone finding his mate despite being tested.  When Niobe appears in Quinn’s life neither of them are prepared for the changes this will bring to their lives. 

Right from the start this story was intense!  I loved that both of the main characters were strong personalities with their own minds adding to the frisson between them. You can feel the chemistry between them whilst reading.

I love there is a chance to find out who you would be paired to in the Interstellar Bride Program following this link: http://gracegoodwin.com/get-tested/

Whilst this was my first read of Grace Goodwin, but will definitely not be the last. I need to read more of this series, so I can meet all the hot, sassy characters properly 😍😍

[K]

You can buy Hunted from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BookReview | THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB by Adrian J. Walker @adrianwalker (June 2nd 2016, Del Rey Books @DelReyBooks)

THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB by Adrian J. Walker
Published; June 2nd 2016, Del Rey Books

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THE ULTIMATE RACE AGAINST TIME THRILLER

When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts.

No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever…

His best option is to run.

But what if your best isn’t good enough?

‘To survive you need to run’

I picked this book up from my local library as the title caught my attention and sounded like an interesting read. When I finally got round to starting this story I didn’t want to put it down for work, sleep or socialising. I don’t know why it took me so long to start! Now I’ve finished and I don’t know what to do with myself! 

This was a fast paced story starting from the initial hints of what has happened to the world continuing to how humankind was surviving and the groups adventure across the country. Whilst I doubt I could do an IdentiKit for the characters from their descriptions (although this could be due to my lack of imagination on this part) I did find I got emotionally attached to them and felt their highs, lows and running aches and pains with them. I found myself urging the group and Edgar to keep going and not give up so he could be reunited with his family before time ran out.

I believe this should be on everyone’s TBR list who enjoys the apocalyptic genre.

Just keep going Ed!

You can buy THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

[K]

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 (August 24th 2017, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
August 24th 2017, Pan Macmillan

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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WOWSERS! This was not the read I thought it would be when I picked up DARK MATTER. I had seen SO much praise across social media for this book, so I knew I had to get involved and see whether I enjoyed the story as much as it had been hyped. The answer to that question is ‘HELL YES!’.

I knew from the get-go that this would be more of a science-fiction thriller as the blurb would suggest. How a man can wake up knowing that this life is not his own. This is NOT a time travel/outer space story – so if that’s what you are looking for, then DARK MATTER is not for you. If however, you are looking for a story about alternative realities and in turn ‘dark matter’ then this book will grab you by the short and curlies and send you on a rollercoaster!

This is an incredibly fast paced book and can easily be read in a day if you allow yourself some solid reading hours. The writing is slick, to the point and descriptive in a way so not to bore the reader. Even when explaining some of the sciences behind the plot – I was more interested than turned off – which is unfortunately sometimes why I struggle with science fiction.

DARK MATTER is one of those books that makes you sit back for a moment and ask yourself; What would I do in this situation? Am I happy with my life? Not many books have this affect on me, I usually take them face value and enjoy them as intended. But every once in a while, you get a book like this which does make you think, and THAT is the reason I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. Whether it is your favoured genre or not. Every reader can get something from DARK MATTER.

Let’s just hope we get those same feelings with the movie……..

You can buy DARK MATTER from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

#AuthorFeature – Mary Shelley – #WomensHistoryMonth 09/03/2017

Welcome to DAY FOUR of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

Today features the woman who wrote the first science fiction novel; Mary Shelley.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was a novelist (among other styles of writing including short stories, travel writing and essayist) best known for her Gothic novel; FRANKENSTEIN

It is reported that early tragedies in Shelley’s life inspired events featured in the now famous tale of a Doctor’s quest to construct a living being from dead human parts.

Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen.

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. (Source: Goodreads)

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FRANKENSTEIN is a book that makes you think about the lengths you may go to to save a loved one. How grief can take over a persons mind and drive them towards. It also makes you think about how a 20 year old woman was able to publish a novel with such dark themes, in a different time where woman were encouraged to stay and tend the marital home. A book that was written 200 years ago – but still has relevance today.

If a woman like Shelly can break the norm back in the early 1800’s – then there is hope for our young women today.

-S.