White Rabbit Chronicles – Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed

So, first of all, I have to attribute me finding out about this series from this fabulous group that I’m a member of on facebook called A Court of Thorns and Roses. Someone posted that the main love interest (Cole Holland) could be Rhysand’s  (who in my opinion is one of the best male fictional characters ever created!! If you haven’t read a Court of Thorns and Roses, seriously go and read it now!) brother, so, of course, I immediately downloaded this book and dived in!

I’m surprised at how much I loved this book. I’m honestly not a huge fan of zombie books but this one really pulled me in plus all the little references to Alice in Wonderland is pretty awesome! I read the whole book in a day is was so good. 2016 has definitely been a good year for finding really really good books and I didn’t think I’d find another good series so close to the end of the year!

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The Starbright Series – Hilary Thompson

Justice Buried (Starbright #1)

The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.

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This is another freebie ebook that I was sent. The storyline really caught my attention, it’s an unusual mix of dystopia, astrology, mythology and magic with some romance thrown in.

The story captured my interest almost straight away. Astra (our main character) lives unground in a giant cave that was created hundreds of years ago when the great sickness wiped out most of the population, in a community that calls themselves Asphodel. There are 2 also other cities and Asta is the prophesied maiden that is supposed to bring the people of Asphodel out of the cave to unite with the two other cities that are left and bring about justice.

Main Characters:  

Astra: Astra is the lead in this series, she is very frustrated at her situation which is highlighted a lot throughout the story. I would also say that she is passionate about the people she cares about and she is definitely fierce. I did enjoy her character but there were some aspects of her personality that irritated me, which was mainly her denial at what was happening around her.

Lexan: Lexan is the main male leads in this book. He is Asra’s balance and is the opposite of Astra, they are “destined” to together. I actually prefer his character to Astra. He seems to have more maturity and is much more accepting of the situation that he is in. He is protective of Astra and strongly believes in what he is prophesied to do.

Stian: Stian is the stranger from the outside that finds his way into the cave where Astra meditates. When he was introduced to the story I thought ok this could be interesting but the more read about the Stian the less and less I liked him. He doesn’t seem very trustworthy and he definitely has his own agenda.

The thing I liked most about the story was the astrology element. I used to be very into this when I was younger. I liked how people are matched up using their birth charts (even though it’s completely unrealistic) and how the founders of the Asphodel used this to build their entire belief system. Oh and the cover of the book is sooo pretty!!

The one thing that I really hated about this story was the love triangle between Astra, Lexan, and Stian! I’m not a huge fan of love triangles anyway but this one in particular really didn’t sit right with me. SPOILERS AHEAD! It almost felt forced that Astra developed feelings for Stian. Almost as if she was more in love with the idea of him because she so desperately didn’t want to be with Lexan.

Overall this was a goodish book. It’s not one that I’d rave about but I did like most of it, and I did read the next book just to see where the story went.

My Rating for this story 2.5/5

Spoilers Ahead!

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Stage Left (Bright Lights Billionaire #1) – Ali Parker

Ethan Lewis has been in the bright lights for as long as he can remember. He’s just turned the cusp of celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday, and yet he feels more like eighty. Living the life of a celebrity isn’t all it is chalked up to be, and dealing with the unruly number of women who are more interested in his billions than who he is as a person is getting old. He has resigned himself to giving up on love and focusing on the only thing that truly gives back – his career.

Riley Phillips has always dreamed of being on a big stage with the warmth of the spotlight baring down on her, but she just couldn’t seem to catch the right agent’s attention. After giving a quick commencement speech as Valedictorian of her graduating class at Billmore High, she’s offered something she can’t refuse… The chance to work in Hollywood. It’s not all it’s chalked up to be, but she works hard and finally gets her big break four years down the line. There is a new movie that her agent wants her to audition for, and her co-star? The dreamy Ethan Lewis.

She scores the part, but soon regrets it due to his callous, overbearing persona. He’s nothing like the public touts, and she for one isn’t impressed.


For me, this was a huge flop! To start with this “book” a term I’m using lightly was only 158 pages long, now to me, that’s a short story and so should have been marketed that way! I didn’t realize it was that short til I got to the last page and ran out of story.

I didn’t like Ethan at all. I’m trying to think if he had any redeeming qualities and in all honesty, I don’t think he did, his biggest issue was that is penis was too big! I mean seriously your a billionaire if its that much of an issue go and get it sorted out!

Riley was a little better, I liked that she didn’t take any shit from Ethan but she was a bit naive and not great at communicating what she wanted.

There are more books that follow this one but I won’t be reading them, this one was excruciating enough. The only positive was that it was a free ebook so at least I didn’t waste any monies on it!

My Rating: 1/5

 

The Healer Series – C.J. Anaya

The Healer (The Healer, #1)

A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!

Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.

Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope’s future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.

Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor’s gentle, easy manner, and Tie’s mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.

Hope’s life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of a supernatural demon sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.

With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes

Where to begin….. ok so usually with a book series the first book is amazing and then the following books are still good but they aren’t as good as the first.

Not this series, though, I actually struggled to get through the first book I binge read it in one day to just get it over with.I think my main problem was a combination of the way it was written and the main character. I didn’t really take to Hope straight away I found her character to very angsty and childish for a 17-year-old, and the story felt kinda empty.

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Wet (Water’s Edge #1)

What can I say about Wet? Well, I did like the story, Sadie is the main protagonist, she comes home early from work one day and finds out that not only is her long-term boyfriend cheating on her, he has also been secretly filming them having sex! This results in Sadie packing her things and moving in with her best friend. Sadie has an addiction to doughnuts and uses jogging on the beach as a way to keep fit and this is where she meets West!

Things that I particularly enjoyed: 

  • The setting of the story just seemed beautiful.
  • The flow of the story was really good.
  • Snuggling and Sleepovers! ;).

Things that I didn’t like:

  • Sadie’s relentless insecurities, don’t get me wrong I understand why she’d be insecure, but it did get on my nerves a little/
  • West, there were times when I liked him and other times I just wanted to shake him for being so stupid! and that’s all I can really say without giving too much of the story away.

There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book which I usually don’t mind but I think the story could have been wrapped up in another couple of chapters, and unfortunately the story didn’t interest me enough to make me want to read the second book… Well not straight away anyway lol

Overall I would recommended this book it’s a light, easy read, it’s well written and fun, perfect to take on holiday and read on the beach. There is a couple fo fairly graphic sex scenes but nothing uber kinky!

Oh, and it’s currently free on kindle here’s the link! Enjoy!