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The Return (The After Trilogy #2)

by Kelly St. Clare

Genre: science fiction/ dystopian

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: June 2017


The dystopian science fiction story continues in this action-packed novel

for young adults by internationally best-selling author Kelly St. Clare.

Three months ago, Romy emerged from the cultivation tanks after a year floating inside.

Body intact. Mind broken. Memory gone.

Now she undergoes regular testing as doctors work to find out . . . well, she’s not exactly sure what.

The tests must have something to do with the reason she can’t remember her knot—the single lucid memory the other insane soldiers on Orbito Four still possess.

Whatever the researchers are searching for, if it aids the soldiers in the deadly war against the lethal alien invaders—the Critamal—the excruciating pain is worth it.

But a grey-eyed man has other plans.

Boxed in and caught, Romy is taken hostage by people who shouldn’t exist! They dress in black and carry weapons she’s never seen in her genetically enhanced life.

Reunited with Knot 27. Memories returned.

Fifteen months have passed since her world shattered into bright red, ringing chaos. Things have changed—people have changed. How long until what was once as familiar as breathing is familiar once more?

Friendships. Love. Freedom.

Can the new Romy reconcile with the old, or will the two halves of herself remain locked in an internal battle?

And if a victor should arise from this silent war . . . will it be the part of her that kills without hesitation, without mercy?

All it takes is for the cracks to join and blood will pour.

You can find The Return on Goodreads


Romy strained for any hint of disturbance, but an eerie calm filled the space.

The electrodes and wires covering her arms and legs suddenly felt like restraints—a barrier preventing her from leaping from the bed and protecting herself. She closed her eyes and attempted to regulate her breathing.

Everything was fine.

There was nothing to—

The space station rocked as a muted explosion emanated from the clinic door. Her stomach dropped, and she nearly sat up before remembering Electrode Slapper’s withering order to stay still.

Romy held herself immobile, eyes darting side to side, senses stretched to maximum capacity.

Was that smoke creeping along the ceiling? Not the normal smoke from her burning hair—real smoke!

Nothing good could come from a fire onboard a space station.

Unable to deny fear’s curiosity, she turned to stare at the remaining male doctor, awaiting his order to evacuate. His attention was fixed on the door, the whites of his eyes showing his terror—of something. Romy watched as he scrambled from his seat, hands raised, stammering and babbling senselessly.

Not terror of something. Someone.

Romy inhaled sharply as a dart appeared out of nowhere, sticking deep into the side of his neck. The doctor staggered and slowly keeled over next to the bed, sending a screen smashing to the ground.

She jerked violently as his body rebounded off the floor before settling into unconsciousness.

The medi-tech surrounding her beeped, high-pitched and urgent, snatching up her distress and sounding it out for all the world to hear.

So much for playing dead.

She took stock. At least five electrodes and their wires hung off each limb.

Another ten on her torso and five more on her head. Extracting herself in a hurry wasn’t looking like an option.

Heavy footsteps approached the bed where she lay, frozen. Mind racing.

Several sets of footsteps, she realised—maybe ten.

Romy swallowed, palms sweating where they touched her bare thighs.

A large shadow fell across her body.

Dread settled heavy in her bones.

A man dressed in solid black leaned over the bed, blotting her view of the white ceiling. A soldier. Unlike any she’d seen. Why wasn’t he dressed in white?

The man’s face was clean-shaven and as his scent reached her, she got the oddest sense of another time. Of warmth and. . . 

She blinked into his soft grey eyes.

With careful movements, the man moved the gun he carried so it slung across his back. The weapon was small, sleek—the complete opposite of the huge laser guns fitted on the space station.

Who was this person?

He reached for her, expression impassive, a slight tremor in his hands.

And spoke a single, hoarse word.


Start this series with The Retreat!

Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

The Retreat is the first book in the After trilogy! You can get your copy of The Retreat on Amazon

Finalist in the YA books central annual book awards for best YA Sci-Fi of 2016.

The Retreat was awarded a Five Star badge by Readers’ Favorite in 2016.

Praise for Book One in The After Trilogy, The Retreat:

“superbly written” – Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★

“part fantasy, part sci-fi, and all cosmic-chemistry” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews


“all I can say is WOW!” – Taking It One Book at a Time ★★★★★

“I had very high expectations for this one and I’m happy to say that the book met them all and more.” – Bookaholic ★★★★★

“I can’t start talking about this or I won’t stop. This is a must read!” –Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

About the Author:

When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read.

The Tainted Accords was her debut series, and her second series, The After Trilogy, is now available.

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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THE SEEKER’S KEYS – The third and final book of THE TREEMAKER’S TRILOGY – RELEASED TODAY – Read my 5 Star Review





Type of Book: EBOOK


Length: 438 PAGES


Release Date: DECEMBER 3, 2016 


Price: $2.99 USD

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟



Where is The Wall?” I asked my father one night while he brushed my hair.
“Somewhere east . . . And you’re going to find it one day, I know you are. I hear,” he whispered, “there’s an underground passageway that leads straight there.”

Joy Montgomery’s life has never been as it seems. She knows this now. Her tragic journey has been a complex mirage of dreams and illusions set in place by her ancestors’ secrets and driven by the calculated genius of her late father, Zephyr the Magnificent. In the Greenleigh Tree Factory, under the rule of the wretched Superiors, he’d prepared her for this future as if he’d already known the outcome. He’d instilled into her the quest for truth, freedom, and love, and had given her the strength to guard with her life those she now protects, some of whom she must risk her life to save.
Now, the treemakers and the saltminers are split over Bygonne. They must acquire the Seeker’s Keys with the help of Zephyr’s clues, which also must be found along the way. Stakes are high, war is coming, and now, Joy has everything to lose. Will they be triumphant, like Cheyenne said they’d be, and grasp the promised victory? Or will they face defeat at the hands of Lord Daumier and lose the future waiting for them on the other side of The Wall?

“What did you see in me?”
“That you’re a hero. You’re my hero.”
“I’m no hero, Joy. Don’t ever forget this, okay? You’re the light in the dark. You’re the love that conquers fear and evil. You’re the hero, Joy. You always have been, and you always will be.”

*** This series is intended for mature YA audiences, as there are mature themes (some abuse, some graphic violence, some sexual situations, some language, character deaths, etc.) which may be too emotionally intense for younger readers, and/or disturbing to those sensitive to such content. ***



This trilogy is absolutely amazing. If the main characters were not teenagers, this would most likely not have billed as Young Adult fiction. It will appeal to readers ages 16 and up who love dystopian fiction.

Someone asked me today what it was that I thought made for a great dystopian book. I did not have to go far to look for answers, Those answers came directly from THE TREEMAKER’S TRILOGY and from this final installment; THE SEEKER’S KEYS. I believe that the main factor in a good dystopian fiction novel is the world-building. If the world is not detailed enough then readers will see through it and not want to continue reading. That is not a problem with this series. The world the characters are living in is horrific and the fact that people were considered expendable may be hard to believe, but author Christina L. Rozelle has done a fantastic job of detailing how the world got to be the way it is in the books.

This last book is a bit different from the first two in the series. In THE SEEKER’S KEYS the “narrator” does not remain a single person. It is told from four alternating viewpoints which allows readers the privilege of getting inside the heads of characters who we previously only knew through Joy’s filters. For me, this fleshed out characters I hadn’t felt I knew as well as some of the others.

At the end of the second book there is still an unresolved love triangle involving Joy. This triangle disappears in this book and concrete decisions about who she chooses are made. Of course, this has far-reaching ramifications, but at least she finally made up her mind.

I do not want to give too much information away but I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed with this book. It is full of action, emotion – both happy and sad (just like real life) and an epic conclusion. There are quite a few scenes that will surprise readers, which in my mind makes this book even better.

I rate THE SEEKER’S KEYS as 5 out of 5 Stars and with this trilogy I truly believe that Christina L. Rozelle has now joined the ranks of the highest echelons of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction Writers.


Christina L. Rozelle is a native of Richardson, Texas. She is a writer of dark Young Adult and adult fiction laced with light, doused with horror, tinged with romance and always an adventure.

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RED DEATH by Jeff Altabef contains dynamic writing and an epic plot-line that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟





Type of Book: EBOOK


Release Date: NOVEMBER 26, 2016

ISBN: 978-1622533213 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1622533206 (Softcover)

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 


The world-buulding is truly exceptional. The author has created not just a single city or even a single state; he has created an entire world that is like a MAD MAX version of a mixture of Tolkein’s Middle Earth and Medieval England.

RED DEATH is a story of teens surviving in a world where even the air they breathe can kill them. They need to learn to adapt and they need to learn to plan for the future. They must achieve all of this in a world where corruption and greed hide in the most unexpected of places.

The story takes place many centuries after a virus was unleashed on the world and decimated the human population. Survivors have splintered into tribes and the virus is still a problem. No one lives long past the age of 21 – eventually they all succomb to the virus that permeates the very air they breathe.

There is one colony that was isolated from the rest of the world during the Apocalypse. The virus – THE RED DEATH – is still a problem and no known cure exists, but the people of Eden are protected by isolating the air they breathe and by killing anyone who comes too close to their hidden sanctuary. Trained “Guardians” are responsible for keeping Eden safe.

One of those Guardians is seventeen year old Aaliss. She is the best of the Guardians and takes her job very seriously. She also takes the job of protecting her thirteen year old brother Wilky seriously.

Wilky may only be thirteen years old, and a bit – OK, A LOT – strange, but he is also a genius who discovers a cure for the plague.

When the High Priest finds out about the cure, he sees it as a way to solidify his power. There is just one small problem – Wilky and his sister Aaliss. He needs them gone for his plan to succeed so he brands them traitors.

The penalty for being a traitor is death and so Aaliss and Wilky run for their lives.

” They seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden, and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders who are only a few years older than her.”

Aaliss had been told from birth that those who lived outside of Eden were savages who had no souls.

But as Aaliss spends time with the people of the Tribes, she starts to believe that maybe, just maybe, everything she ever thought she knew was a lie.

The characters in this book are written so vividly that they start to feel real to the reader. They fairly leap off the page and are complex and believable.

RED DEATH contains dynamic writing and an epic plot-line that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Not only is this book highly entertaining but it also examines topics that everyone can relate to.

Aaliss’s struggle between believing in what she has been taught her entire life and what she has witnessed and experienced for herself is reminiscent of the struggle for youth to follow the religion of their parents.

The High Priest turning on Aaliss and her brother teaches readers the lesson that what people are like in public and what they are like behind closed doors are not necessarily the same.

There are so many facets to this story that I actually plan to re-read it because I believe I might even enjoy it more the second time around.

Although this book is targeted at a Young Adult and New Adult readership, I firmly believe that it can (and will) be enjoyed by readers of ages 14 to 114.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I rate it as 5 out of 5 Stars, but would rate it higher if that were possible.



Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives with his wife, two daughters and Charlie the dog. He writes adult thrillers and young adult fantasy novels. Often he can be found wondering hiking trails with Charlie discussing the fine points of his stories. To date, Charlie puts up with him, but that could change at any moment.

Jeff volunteers at the Writing Center in his local community college. He believes that everyone has stories to tell and enjoys helping others tell them. He’s also an avid Knicks fan, which explains why he goes through long morose periods during hoops season.

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A unique tale of life nine generations after the apocalypse – THE DEAD ROOM by Stephanie Erickson – A 5 Star Read 

Title: THE DEAD ROOM    



Type of Book: EBOOK


Length: 210 PAGES


Release Date: FEBRUARY 2015

ISBN: 978-09909-293-2-1

Price: EBOOK: $0.00 on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited or Buy at $3.77

Price: PAPERBACK  $12.91

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 


322 years after the apocalypse on an island in the Northern Pacific are the last remnants of mankind. 

Once an islander reaches thirteen years of age, they are assigned a job that they are expected to do until the day they die.  

Ashley Wortham isn’t like the rest of the island’s inhabitants, she is naturally inquisitive. Ashley wants to know what killed off the world’s population and what is out there beyond their island home. But, no matter how much she wishes it were different,  answers are not forthcoming. Asking questions in a world where questions can get you killed is probably not the best idea. 

The nine elders who govern the island and it’s residents see it as their responsibility to maintain their way of life. According to the elders: 

“If the community raises questions … they will be answered with our standard response – ‘You do not need to concern yourself with that information. You have enough burdens.'”

Mason is Ashley’s best friend and when he walks in on Ashley’s chosen-for-her  “match” beating her and Ashley holding a knife dripping with blood, he is arrested and sentenced to death. 

However, the elders have other ideas of how they can use both Ashley and Mason.

This book is the first one in a trilogy that is not only a story of survival in a Post-Apocalyptic world. It is filled with well rounded characters that are incredibly realistic. In fact, Burton reminds me of a Post-Apocalyptic Donald Trump. 

There are lots of undertones to this tale. There is unrequited love, political and personal dramas and a mystery to solve as to what really caused the destruction of most of the planet. Not least of all is the question of whether or not the islanders can ever return to the mainland.

The story will hold your attention from page one right up until the cliff-hanger ending. Fortunately, the second book in the series is already available for purchase. 

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and am looking forward to reading THE DEAD WORLD which is the next book in this dramatic series. 


“Suspicion leads to questions. Questions lead to unrest. Unrest leads to anarchy.” 


  Stephanie Erickson was born in Michigan but is essentially a native Floridian.  You can tell because she can’t handle cold temperatures.

She graduated from Flagler College in 2005 with a B.A. in English.  Always the bibliophile, she did what she could to live and breathe the written word.  After graduation, she worked for a large circulation newspaper in South Florida, but as we all know they are a dying breed.  No matter, because she voluntarily departed copy editing and page design to follow her husband in his pursuit of an aviation career.  Once he was settled into his career, she could once again return to storytelling.  Her first novel, The Blackout, was a surprise hit upon its release and she’s been trying to duplicate it ever since.

Currently, she is working on her 11th novel and is placing her hope in you, the reader, to devour it and her other 10 novels so she may continue her love affair with words.

Stephanie lives with her husband and their daughter along Florida’s Treasure Coast.









5 Stars for SOLARIS MORTEM by Rusty Henrichsen – BOOK REVIEW




Series: THE NEW PATRIOTS – Book One


Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Type of Book: Softcover

Length: 240 pages

Release Date: May 29, 2016

Publisher: Cabin Creek Press LLC

ISBN: 9781533313225

Price: $9.50 USD for paperback

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

* I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. 

As I began reading SOLARIS MORTEM, I started to think that it was going to be the same as so many other Post-Apocalyptic books that are now available. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this book is different.

There is a huge twist away from the typical ‘survival-at-all-costs’ plotline. This book will actually make you think while still being hugely entertaining.

The character of Terry is (or was) a long haul trucker. He’s unmarried and lives with his divorced sister and her two kids. He is on his way home to Seattle from California when a series of solar flares light up the sky and a blinding white flash of light nearly blinds him. When he is able to see again, he realizes that the power has been knocked out, including the power to his truck and to all the other vehicles on the road.

Two hundred and fifty miles from home Terryville has a long and dangerous walk ahead of him, but he eventually makes it.

Reaching Seattle he is shocked and confused with what he finds there. A government-type group calling themselves “The New Patriots” have taken over his hometown as well as the lives of all those who live inside it.

Is this group benevolent? Are they just trying to restore order in a world that has quickly devolved into chaos? Or is something more sinister going on? And if so, what is Terryville going to do about it?

I received this book in the mail yesterday and as soon as I started reading, I was unable to put it down. The book is fast paced and packed with action, yet this did not take away from character development. The characters are believable and they are regular people which is another choice by the author that I heartily applaud. Too often in this type of book the main character has military training or is a Prepper. This is unrealistic. I am much more interested in reading about how an “average Joe” would deal with the apocalypse.

Not only is SOLARIS MORTEM a terrifically entertaining tale, but it also poses many questions and quandaries for its characters regarding morality and personal values. It is impossible to read this book without asking yourself what the reader would do if he/she were to face the same dilemmas. I know it certainly made me think.

I highly recommend this book. I give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I will definitely be on the lookout for the second book in THE NEW PATRIOTS Series.


The second book is titled SOLARIS MORTEM – HOMECOMING and is due to be released in September 2016.



RUSTY HENRICHSEN makes his home in Washington state and enjoys all manner outdoor activities.

He also likes to lock himself indoors, stare at an LCD screen for hours on end, and bang away at the keys of his trusty laptop.

When he’s not busy enjoying outdoor activities or exhibiting writer’s neurosis, he makes a living designing homes.

He is also a husband and a father with a brood of seven, the greatest of all his accomplishments.

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Book Two is just as amazing – maybe even more so – 5 Star BOOK REVIEW for THE SOULTAKERS by Christina L. Rozelle 


Series: The Treemakers Trilogy

Author: Christina L. Rozelle 

Genres: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Length: 387 pages

Publisher: A Spark in the Dark Press 

Release Date: December 3, 2015 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

“What a journey you have been on, Joy Montgomery. But it isn’t over yet . . . . No . . . I’m afraid you have much farther to go.” 

Joy Montgomery is a hero. The Treemakers are finally home, safe and free in a well-deserved and long dreamed of paradise. The children can now settle into normal, carefree lives. Or so they thought.

Troubled by secrets their newfound paradise reveals, coupled with tangled feelings toward those she loves, Joy sees the painful truth: they’re still prisoners forever wounded by the effects of a traumatic past. 

An ominous warning from a trusted friend strengthens her resolve to never let down her guard, to always be prepared, to be ready for war . . . both inside and out.

Once again, the Treemakers are faced with escaping disaster, and Joy’s strength is pushed to its limit, her sanity pushed to the brink of collapse. 

Just when their situation couldn’t get any more desperate, they’re thrust into a series of shocking tribulations that are nothing short of nightmarish. 

Will the Treemakers of Greenleigh annihilate the forces of evil that seek to capture and control their souls? Or will the magic Joy thought she found turn out to be just another illusion?

This is the second book in the Treemakers Trilogy. This series is intended for mature YA audiences, as there are certain mature themes (abuse, character deaths, etc.,) which may be too emotionally intense for younger readers.
I wish I had a more eloquent word to express my love for this series instead of the word that immediately comes to mind, which is “WOW“. 

The Treemakers Trilogy is so fast paced and so thrilling that once you start reading the first book, (THE TREEMAKERS) you literally are unable to put it down and it is impossible to not immediately begin reading Book Two: THE SOULTAKERS. 

Have chores to do? Need to go to work? Too bad. These books are worth calling in sick for – just stay home and keep reading. 

There are a few young adult authors that currently write books that immediately pull you into their world, grab your attention and pique your curiosity and imagination so tightly that you feel compelled to keep reading long into the night. THE SOULTAKERS is one of those rare books. 

Author Christina L. Rozelle has created a terrifyingly dark and detailed yet believable dystopian future. Perhaps that is what makes this series so fascinating – the sad (and scary) fact that this is a future that is eminently possible.

Christina L. Rozelle seems to have a an incredibly keen understanding of the darkness that can lie in the human psyche while still holding onto hope in people’s inherent goodness .

THE SOULTAKERS is a story of the battle between not only good and evil, but also the battle between hope and despair. 

This book has earned every single one of its 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

I could discuss this book for hours and still not be finished talking about it. In fact, even though this series is a Young Adult series, it would make a wonderful book club selection. 

I suggest that everyone reading this review should add this book immediately to their “TO BE READ” and “MUST READ” book lists. 

“They don’t understand. Uprooting us won’t kill us; it’ll only make us stronger, motivate us to fight harder. To push through the dirt and find the loving light of freedom.” – Joy 

“Fear is the greatest illusion of all. We must face it, and fight it, to be free.”   – Zephyr the Magnificent 

“With you, he seeks to push your mind to the brink of insanity until you can no longer differentiate the truth from the lies. Until your life is a living nightmare.” -Zee

“The more I learn about him, the more I want to murder him in his sleep.” – Joy 

– “A drunk man with a grudge is more dangerous than the naked sun.” – Zephyr The Magnificent 

Christina L. Rozelle is a native of Richardson, Texas. She is a writer of dark Young Adult and adult fiction laced with light, doused with horror, tinged with romance and always an adventure. 

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One of the Best Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction books I have read in YEARS! 5 Stars for THE TREEMAKERS by Christina L. Rozelle – BOOK REVIEW 


Series: The Treemakers Trilogy: Book One 

Author: Christina L. Rozelle 

Type of Book: EBook 

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Length: 288 pages 

Publisher: A Spark in the Dark Press 


Price: $1.00 on Amazon or Free on Kindle Unlimited 

Release Date: December 2014

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

WARNING: Although this book is labeled as “Young Adult,” this book is not suitable for younger readers. There are themes that exist in this book that make it appropriate only for mature audiences. For example, it contains scenes of abuse as well as death of some characters. In my opinion, this book is only appropriate for readers age sixteen and older. 

Once in a while you come across an Indie author that you can’t believe has not been discovered yet by a major publisher. Christina L. Rozelle is one of those rare authors. I am 100% sure that once a major publisher discovers this trilogy, they will be signing her up right away. If not, they are REALLY bad at their job. 

Superficially this looks like a typical Young Adult Dystopian story, but once you begin reading, it quickly becomes apparent that it is so much more. 

The characters are so well written that is nigh on impossible not to get caught up in their story. 

Everything about this book is amazing. Christina L. Rozelle truly has a gift and I am extremely impressed at how vivid her descriptions are and how I was instantly able to form a highly detailed picture in my mind of what both the Tree Factory and what each of the characters looked like. In fact, this book would make an excellent movie which I truly believe would make the film company that produces it millions of dollars. 

Even though this book is classified as Young Adult, I think it holds a much broader appeal. Anyone who loves a great story with incredible depth will fall in love with this book. 

The phrase “unable to put down” is often used to describe good books, but it is overused. When reading THE TREEMAKERS, I was literally unable to put it down. I read the entire book within 24 hours and immediately started reading THE SOULTAKERS which is the second book in the series. 

I loved the fact that this book was unlike most “Young Adult” novels in which the main character spends much of her time swooning over some hot guy. This book is much more realistic. 

If you were to spend your day as a slave – working your young fingers to the bone, being offered only the barest minimum amount of food and water to keep you alive, how could you possibly waste any of your precious energy on romantic interests? 

Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery is the daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent. He was a great magician, but now that he is dead, Joy has been sent to the Tree Factory. The Superiors run the factory with an iron fist and all the workers are orphaned children. Children who do not perform adequately are sent to the cannibal tribe that lives far away. 

They are the Greenleigh orphans. The children build 

mechanical trees for the colony of Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day. 

To go outside is to subject yourself to a horrific death by suffocation. The world’s air no longer contains enough oxygen for people to survive outside. 

Despite the abuse at the hands of the evil Superiors and the horrific living conditions, Joy is somehow able to hold onto hope and she hatches a plan to get not only herself, but all of the children to “Paradise.”

No matter how I describe this book, I am sure that I am not doing it justice. No matter how amazing I make THE TREEMAKERS sound, it is one hundred times better than that. This is a book (and series) that should be added to the “To Be Read” list of absolutely everyone who loves Dystopian fiction with phenomenal world-building, well written characters and a strong female lead. 

This book has earned the highest rating possible which is 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

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Christina L. Rozelle is a native of Richardson, Texas. She is a writer of dark YA and adult fiction laced with light, doused with horror, tinged with romance and always an adventure. 


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5 Murderous Stars for KILL SCHOOL by Karen Carr – YA BOOK REVIEW of an amazing new book

Title: KILL SCHOOL: Slice

Series: Kill School: Book One 

Type of Book: EBook

Length: 379 pages 

Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Young Adult Fiction 

Release Date: January 8, 2016 

Publisher: Muletown Press 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
KILL SCHOOL might be targeted at Young Adult readers but it would be a grave mistake for adult readers to ignore this book. 

The characters are realistic and believable. The setting is fascinating and well crafted. The action never stops and emotions run high. This book is an edgy look at both the good and bad that everyone carries inside themselves. Its a non-stop thrill ride that will leave you begging for more. 

Imagine living in a world where science has so altered the human genome that a natural death (one from either age or disease) no longer exists; a world where barring accidents or acts of violence, a person can literally live forever. 

Sounds like heaven, right?

Well, I guess in a way it is. But, people were never meant to live forever and there are many problems that could come about because of human longevity. 

What could be so bad about everyone being able to live forever? 

Well, since most of Earth has become uninhabitable, people are confined to living in Greenland and there is only so much space. Too many people living in such a small area would easily deplete their resources, so a unique (and quite effective) solution to potential overpopulation is put in place. 

Aria is the main character in KILL SCHOOL. She has dreaded her sixteenth birthday ever since she was old enough to understand what would happen to her on that day. 

On her 16th birthday she receives her “token” which tells her what the age is of the person she has to kill. 

Of course she does not want to kill anyone, but refusal is not allowed. To refuse is to meet a fate worse than death. 

Aria is sent to “Kill School” along with other 16 year olds for a four week training camp. It is there that she will learn everything she will need to know to make her required kill. 

But not everything or everyone is what they seem and Aria gets caught up in a plot that just might change the entire world. 

My first thought after reading “KILL SCHOOL: Slice” was “Wow!”

My second thought was: “When can I get my hands on the next book in the series?”

And, thirdly: “Who do I have to kill to get an advance copy of book two?” (Yes, pun intended)

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and can’t wait to delve deeper into this twisted dystopia. 


“I wish we lived in a different era. Maybe the one where jet planes flew in the sky or where people still died of natural causes. Where kids still goofed around on the Internet, instead of investigating whom they were going to kill. Medieval Europe where castles were still made of stone. Prehistoric times where dinosaurs roamed the earth. Any era would be better than this one.” 

“I hate the way people glare at me, as if I’m some kind of monster. I understand why some kids rebel with tattoos and blue hair, to give people a reason for their disgusted glances.” 

“I am just an ordinary girl on my way to Kill School.”


Karen Carr discovered at a young age that she liked to write. It was mostly because of her father, who wrote so much that he could not leave his study without an avalanche of papers following him. 

In fact, the only piece of furniture in the study was an old leather sofa. The rest of the room was full of books and bookshelves. It was on this sofa that I spent many hours honing my craft, even after he was gone. 

The first book she wrote, “Chromatics Attack” about a young girl descending into a shadow world, won the Authonomy editor’s prize at HarperCollins. 

Her second book, TRUTH IS: I’M DEAD, is about a couple of teenagers who get sucked down to Hell and sent on a mission to rescue those unduly sent down there. 

Her third book, POCKETS OF THE DEAD, is about a college student who discovers she has an immunity to zombies.

To learn more about the author visit:




5 Massive Stars for SOLEDAD by D.L. Young – Book Review – One of the Best Dystopian Books I’ve Ever Read

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SOLEDAD – Dark Republic Book One – 5 Stars


Author: D.L. Young


Type of Book: EBOOK

Length: 244 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: May 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~ I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

** Please be aware that this book is not suitable for those under the age of 16 due to bad language and adult situations.**

Soledad Book Title

“It’s a shitty world and people are the shittiest thing in it.”

Our protagonist is Soledad and she is a ‘Reader.’ In fact, if you have previously read D.L. Young’s short story collection; “Juarez Square,” you will recognize that this book is based on his short story: ‘The Reader’.


A “Reader” in this story, is not someone who reads books (although Soledad does love her books, that has nothing to do with her ‘gift’) The use of a plant’s leaves; known as “hierba” is central to being a Reader.  “For anyone else, hierba’s just a bitter tasting desert plant, but for those… with the gift, chewing a weed changes us, alters how we see people and the world around us. It heightens perception, expands awareness. The plant flips a switch in us somehow, enabling us to see the complex hidden language of facial tics, breathing rhythms, body posture, the countless physical giveaways the conscious mind normally ignores.”


This book is set in a dystopian future in what had once been the state of Texas.

Natgas is the currency of the day and Texas’s Natgas fields are under the control and protection of three groups. The group with the most wealth and power are the Bullocks, then there are the fields controlled by Guzman and the smallest territory belongs to the Fundies.

Soledad lives in Guzman’s camp and works for him as a Reader, helping him determine who can and cannot be trusted.

Soledad sees the truth about people, and all she desires in life is to know if her parents still live or if she is truly alone in the world.

But, as Soledad learns more about herself and her world, she comes to realize that knowing the truth isn’t always all it is cracked up to be. She comes to understand that life consists of a spiderweb of interconnecting threads that may not lead her where she had initially thought they would.

D.L. Young has an phenomenal ability for perfection in character development. His characters come to life on the pages of this book and readers will find themselves enthralled with their adventures.

The author’s amazing gift for story telling and world building will make readers become instant fans. D.L. Young is a Master of unique dystopian fiction.

Soledad is the first book in “The Dark Republic” series and I will be eagerly awaiting book two. I am definitely a fan.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dystopian fiction just doesn’t get better than this.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading D.L. Young’s collection of short stories: Juarez Square and Other Stories, click on the link to read my 5 Star review of his amazing collection.

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Soledad Author D L Young
D.L. Young is an award-winning writer and founder of the Space City Critters Writers Workshop.

Juarez Square and Other Stories, his short fiction collection, includes the best of his previously published work. Read more about Juarez Square.

D.L.’s stories often take place in near-future dystopias where drug lords employ robots to sell narcotics, holy wars are fought with drone aircraft, rogue artificial intelligences take over whole industries, and advanced technologies amplify both the best and worst of human nature.
He’s a member of Mensa, an English football fan, and a cigar lover.

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2015 – TOP 25 – BEST FICTION AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (According to Me)

WOW! I can’t believe it is the end of 2015 already. It is New Year’s Day and the beginning of 2016. 

I wanted to end the year off with a tribute to some of the AMAZING books and authors that I discovered in 2015. 

So, without further ado, here is my list of the TOP 25 Authors from 2015. 

** This list is in no particular order. I love every one of these authors for various reasons.**

If you haven’t read any of the books by the authors listed below, you are doing yourself a disservice. Check them out at the links provided. 

2015 – TOP 25 – BEST FICTION AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (According to Me)

It has been an astonishing year for fiction and non-fiction books alike. I discovered new authors, new series and even entirely new genres. I loved every minute I spent immersed in a good book and I enjoyed blogging about these books. 

I hope that in some small way I was able to help get the word out about the new authors I have discovered, especially the Indie authors whose work deserves to be widely recognized. 

There are not many pleasures in life that can rival the enjoyment of reading a good book. (Of course, I know that getting married, having children, etc are unrivalled joys – but what I am referring to is not these huge, life-changing events). Instead, what I am referring to are life’s simple pleasures and I place the enjoyment of a good book very high on that list. 

Here are some of my favourite new authors that I discovered this year. 

**They are listed in No Particular Order**


Young Adult Author of “The New Agenda” Series

WOW! What can I say about this amazing Young Adult author that I haven’t already said in my reviews of her books. 

If you have not yet read Simone Pond’s “New Agenda” series of books and/or her short story collection: “Voices of the Apocalypse” then you are MISSING OUT. 

I have rated every single thing I have read written by Simone Pond as 5 out of 5 stars and she has earned those stars EVERY TIME.

Check out my reviews of Simone’s books at 


Z. Rider writes horror fiction, but not the stupid kind. It is not slasher-type fiction. Z. Rider’s books will pull you in and you will find yourself invested in the outcome and caring about the characters. 

She has an uncanny ability to take an average person living an ordinary and unremarkable life and turn them into the focus of her story. These people have to face situations that are absolutely terrifying.

Z. Rider’s books will have readers on the edge of their seats and they will find themselves unable to put these books down. 

I have no doubt that if Z. Rider’s books get enough attention and publicity, that she will become a Bestselling Horror Author. 

If you have not yet read any of her books, you need to read them ASAP. I have no doubt that you will become an instant fan, just like I am. 

Click here to read my reviews of Z. Rider’s books: 




Tony Bowman is simply amazing. His books are not only riveting and heart-pounding, but they are eerily believable. 

Every single Tony Bowman book is easily worth 5 out of 5 Stars.

If you have not yet read any of his books, then you are MISSING OUT.

Check out my reviews of all of Tony Bowman’s books: 





 And more books at


Jonathan Maas has more talent in his right pinkie finger than a lot of writers have in their entire bodies.

His writing is not only entertaining and engaging, but readers will also get a sense of just how intelligent Jonathan Maas is. This writer is destined for great things and I will proudly point out the fact that I was an early fan. 

Read my reviews of Jonathan’s books here:





Jamie Thornton is the author of a truly unique and extremely well written Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic series called the FEAST OF WEEDS Series. 

Potential readers can get the first book in the series FREE at



Kelly St. Clare is the author of a truly phenomenal Young Adult series called THE TAINTED ACCORDS. 


FANTASY OF FIRE is due to be released in only 12 days. Click on the cover to pre-order this amazing book.  


Elizabeth Burgess is the author of a truly epic thriller series. This series is not targeted at Young Adults and there are scenes that make these books inappropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Suspense, drama and much more abound in this awesome series. 



To find out more information visit Elizabeth Burgess on her blog at


D.L. Young writes Science Fiction and his short stories will stay with you long after you finish reading them.

He is one of the best science fiction writers that I have ever had the pleasure to read. 



I highly recommend buying D.L. Young’s short story collection, it is Dystopian Science Fiction at its finest. 



Kate wrath is the author of an amazing Young Adult post-apocalyptic, dystopian series known as the E SERIES.

These books will draw you in with amazing world building and believable characters. These are all 5 stars books.



Kayla Stonor writes Science-Fiction erotica for adults. * These books are meant for readers ages 18+.





S.A Softley’s debut novel had me drawn into the story from the very first page.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, you need to read AIN’T NO GRAVE. 

Read my review here:;


Brian Robert Smith is a Canadian author who writes in a variety of different genres. 




Joel Ohman is a Young Adult author whose talent is simply mind-blowing. 



I was the winner of a paperback copy of FREND by Jonathan R. Miller in a Goodreads Giveaway and it turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year. It is dystopian science fiction for intelligent reader so.


M.I. Lastman is a Canadian author with strong opinions and even stronger writing skills.

This is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever had the pleasure to read.