Author Tessa Clare introduces us to the Divinity Bureau:
Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he's accepted the bureau's activities as a necessity... until he meets April McIntyre.
April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he's also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they're thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau's process of random selection may not be so random after all...
I enjoyed this book a lot! A dystopian romance with a dose of tech is a lot of fun to read! I promise no spoilers, but this time it is hard to keep my promise. You are going to enjoy the developing relationship of April and Roman as they seek answers and find far more than they want.
I really like the structure of this book, mostly written in first person POV, Roman and April have alternating chapters; providing intimate access to the motivations and thoughts of each. There is a good balance of action and dialog that helps to move the story along at a nice pace.
I loved the story, the structure, and the pacing! Divinity bureau gets 5 stars!
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Dystopian, suspense, mystery, thriller, YA, action, adventure, romance
by Larry Landgraf
Author Larry Landgraf introduces us to the third volume of the Four Seasons series Into Winter: The Armed Invasion:
The ruthless dictator of Corpus Christi, Sandra Hawkins has blood in her eyes as she plans revenge against Peaceful Valley. Sean Lin discovers her plan, but does the small community stand a chance against her heavily armed and well-trained army? The valley's residents are wary hunters skilled at camouflage and stealth, but will toughness and smarts be enough to save their way of life from overwhelming force?
I love this series! This is the third book and I am really enjoying the solid story that Larry has crafted. He has such depth of character for all of the people in Peaceful Valley and beyond. I feel like I really understand and identify with so many of the residents. Larry has a great balance of dialog, action, and narration, the story moves along so nicely with just the right amount of detail.
You can read this story by itself, of course, but the reading will be ever so much richer if you read them in sequence. You are in for a treat either way!
Into Winter: The Armed Invasion gets 5 STARS! Thank you, Larry, for so much pure reading pleasure!
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Dystopian, prepper, survivalist, action, adventure, thriller, post-apocalyptic, romance
Author Adaora Allure introduces us to Confessions of a Walk Away Wife:
In taxis weaving through the morning rush 7,000 miles from home, on the way to work as a teacher, long black dreadlocks, dark rose satin bomber jacket and black skinny jeans, listening to neo-soul with my twin flame waiting for me at home. This is how I ended 2016, a far cry from the overweight, ceaselessly unhappy, couch locked dreamer that began the year. Entitled Confessions of a Walk Away Wife, my memoir chronicles the immense personal changes I needed to make to get back to truly living, the love of my life who never let me forget who I was and could be, the Army Vet ex-husband who lost himself and brought everyone he loved down in the process and my recently widowed mother who transformed into a tipsy, carefree party girl.
This personal story of loss, pain, and recovery is intense. The author didn’t excuse herself or anyone else, the honesty is very refreshing, almost brutal at times. Her moments of joy are described just as intimately as the pain-filled interludes. The hard work she did to return to her true self is inspiring.
The writing is very crisp and a pleasure to read. Even though there is quite a bit of narration, inner dialog, I never felt distant from the story. This book was a real pleasure to read and gets 4.5 stars! The score would have been higher, but I found quite a few spelling errors.
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biography, memoir, women, abuse, romance
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An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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