They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.
Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.
After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.
Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Four stars: A riveting and terrifying action packed adventure.
The canned food in Amy's bag clinks together, causing her to freeze in her tracks. Amy fears she may have attracted Them. She holds her breath, waiting, listening for the creatures. It has been three years since the world was attacked by the Alien creatures. They are incredibly fast, are attracted to movement and they eat humans. Somehow Amy has managed to survive, alone except for the toddler she rescued called Baby. The two of them against the odds have managed to keep themselves alive. Suddenly, Amy's safe shelter is attacked and then she and Baby are captured. They arrive in a protected human settlement called New Hope. The pair think they have been saved, only to find the nightmare continues when they are subjected to some stringent new rules and societal ideals. The leaders of New Hope are harboring some deadly secrets that they will go to great lengths to protect. Can Amy and Baby find a place in the new world?
What I Liked:
- This is a riveting read that sucks you in from the first pages. I loved the heart stopping scenes where Amy is silently creeping around avoiding Them. It is creepy and terrifying. I loved the frightening monsters and liked the twists involving them. If you enjoy books with scary people eating monsters, action, terror, plot twists and more read this one!
- I liked that this book has two sections that are completely different. The first half of the book recounts how the monsters attacked the Earth and nearly wiped out all of humanity. It tells of Amy's courageous struggle to adapt and survive against Them. Her world is harsh and brutal. The second half is about Amy's rescue and learning to adapt in New Hope. Unfortunately, she ends up under the care of a megalomaniacal psychiatrist who believes Amy is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is drugged and mistreated. I don't know what is more terrifying Them or the misguided, power hungry psychiatrist. Both scenarios are frightening.
- I loved that this book incorporated two of my favorite themes: unknown monsters attacking and destroying humanity and a stringent government controlled society with bent ideas that are believed to better the human race. I always find these types of stories disturbing, and to have both blended into one book was thrilling and scary!
- Amy is one of those characters whom I truly admired. She is fourteen when They invade, and she is on her own. She learns to adapt and manages to survive and she is tough. When she finds an abandoned toddler, she rescues her. The two form a tender and amazing bond that was the heart and soul of the book. I liked that amidst all the death and terror, the two find peace and solace in each other. Their bond is unforgettable and it was one of my favorite parts of the story.
- There are some amazing twists and turns with the storyline during the second half. Especially when it comes to the monsters, I admit I had some ideas about the origins of the creatures, but when the truth comes out, it is repulsive and chilling. Definitely loved all the surprises in this one!
And The Not So Much:
- This book incorporates flashbacks to provide all the history. It was fine in the first portion of the book, but then during the second half it is erratic and jarring and I did not like the way the flashbacks were utilized, it made for a rough read.
- I didn't feel the romance in this one. It is quick and not throughly detailed. It is easy to see why Amy would easily develop feelings for someone after three years of isolation, but I would like for it to be a bit better developed.
- I wished the the villain, the psychiatrist, was a bit more fleshed out. I would like to have seen more of his twisted ideas in order for him to be more scary. He was creepy, but he didn't scare me, or make me hate him with every scene.
- This one ends abruptly, not exactly a cliffhanger but it cuts off in an important game changing spot. Leaving me hungry for more!
In the After is an impressive dystopian debut. This book packs plenty of adrenaline spiking scenes, and it incorporates terrifying, flesh eating creatures along with a misguided, tightly controlled new government. The story sucks you in from the first pages and keeps you engaged throughout. I had a terrific time reading this one, and I will absolutely be picking up the next one!
"This is how I think of time: the past is Before, and the present is the After. Before was reality; the After, a nightmare."
"You always have to give up some freedoms to live in any society."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5) by Jennifer Estep
I'm Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was--until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.
Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I'm fine, that Loki and the Reapers don't have a hold on me anymore, but I can't risk it. I can't risk hurting Gwen again. So I'm leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.
I know Gwen wonders what's happening to me, whether I'm safe. I can't tell her, but this is my story. . .
ebook, 60 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest reveiw.
Three stars: A peek into the sexy Spartan's head.
Logan is hiding away in his father's mansion. He can't shake the horrible images of the day he almost murdered Gwen while he was under Loki's spell. He has no intention of going back despite his feelings for Gwen because he refuses to put her in further danger. Sequestered in the mansion, he gets lonely and his thoughts turn to Gwen, but he won't take her calls. At least Logan is attempting to repair the relationship with his father. All too soon the Reapers come calling and Logan gets some devastating news. Will Logan return to the girl he loves?
What I Liked:
- I was very much looking forward to getting inside the sexy Spartan's head. I enjoyed learning how Logan really feels for Gwen since their romance is so full of ups and downs. I also liked seeing him try to work on a better relationship with his father. With Logan, there is always fighting and I am always amused at how he quickly thinks to turn anything into a weapon. Needless to say, the tiny amount of time spent in Logan's world was interesting and fun.
- I was glad that I now have a better understanding as to why Logan abandoned Gwen without even saying goodbye. He is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am certain that this will be an ongoing issue in the next book, that means that the romance will likely be strained again...sigh... at least I know why and I am prepared going in to Midnight Frost.
- Even though this novella is short it still packs a punch. There is an exciting Reaper fight scene full of all the action and danger that you love in Mythos Academy. There are some insights into some scary things to come.
And The Not So Much:
- I say this every time, but novellas never do it for me. They just get going and end. That is what happens with this one. There is a thrilling fight scene and then a frightening phone call that indicates something very bad has happened, and then the the story ends. A big fat cliffhanger at the end of this short little read.
- I don't understand why Gwen is on the cover. Why didn't we get a cover with the hot Spartan? This is Logan's point of view and Gwen isn't even in the story.
- This novella though fun and entertaining doesn't really provide much needed information aside from learning how Logan thinks. You can certainly skip it and move right into the next book without missing a beat.
Spartan Frost is a fast read that will take you into Logan's world and help you understand the dangerous, sexy Spartan a bit better. If you are a fan of the series than this will be a must read, but it isn't necessary to read it before going into Midnight Frost as there isn't really anything of great importance.
"And, hey, bacon made everything better."
"This---this was what Spartans did. We fought. We battled. We raged. And I loved every single second of it."
I received a copy of this novella from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.