Review: Red River by Kelly Van Hull

Title: Red River
Tent City #2
Author: Kelly Van Hull
Publisher: Self
Publish Date: Nov 18, 2014

Amazon ($3.99)

I am excited as I usually do not care for the second book in a series more than the first as the first paints a world I have never seen before and the second reviews and expands on the initial eye opening experience. But Red River gave me so much more to the imagination that it really had me captivated. Again.

Dani's character is much more developed and less distraught by the world's situation, so she is able to make a bigger impact. Her love situation is still in tatters, but we get to see her make an honest choice between the two interests.

Hannah, who turned into my favorite character is new in this book. She has a natural ability to heal people and her story to how to came to have this debilitating power is heart-breaking. Her love of life and willingness to hurt herself to save others is simply stunning.

Brody, Dani's younger brother, and Dani's parents become bigger figures in this book as well.

I am really looking forward to where this series is headed. It is one of the few I cannot garner an idea of what will happen, so reading it is has been quite enlightening.

Goodreads Description:
No one knows Brody’s secret and Dani plans to keep it that way.

It's been seven years since the first plague. Things seem safe - until the river runs red and the blood-filled waters set off a series of catastrophic events. Seeking refuge once again, Dani and her group make their way back to Tent City, unsure of what the future holds.

Can Dani keep Brody safe long enough to fulfill the prophecy? Who can she trust? Will she be able to bring down The Council before they destroy what she holds most dear? With the plagues looming, is there a bigger threat than just The Council?

In the midst of chaos, Dani finds love, but is forced to choose between two brothers - the one who can’t live without her and the one she has promised herself to – knowing the decision could destroy their relationship forever.

Red River is the second book in the Tent City series. It is a young adult dystopian novel of biblical proportions set in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Review: Tent City by Kelly Van Hull

Title: Tent City
Tent City #1
Author: Kelly Van Hull
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publish Date: March 27, 2013
ebook 252 pages


This book had excitement all over the internet when it was published so I was really looking forward to reading it. And I was not disappointed!

Dani is a young adult thrust into adulthood when the state moves children to safety camps. Dani's parents have another idea. Send her off to live in their family cabins til it all blows over. Thankfully she will have her best friend and younger brother in tow to cope with the loneliness. She runs in to a few odd fellows on the way, but when she reaches the cabins she is shocked to find they are already taken by a large group of runaways. They seem to be just like her but things are not always what they seem.

I really liked Dani's character as she was much more real than many characters her age. She needs to run to keep herself awake and active. She cares for her brother but is able to rely on her best friend to help out. She makes bad choices and good choices, all of which effect her, her brother and friend's situation. She still tries to be a fighter in this world gone awry, but it can be devastating when she doesn't have all the facts. There are a couple good hunky teens in this book, one of which I was a bigger fan of then the other, but I won't tell.

Extremely looking forward to Book 2 to see where Kelly Van Hull takes the characters next.
Link to Book 1: Red River

Goodreads Description:
After a devastating plague, introverted 17-year-old Dani Campbell and her family find themselves living in a very different America, one run by a cult-like leader, who forces children to move to "safety camps" designed to protect the human race. Encouraged to flee by her parents, Dani and her five-year-old brother seek refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the run with danger around every corner, Dani must fight to ensure their survival in this new world while trying to unmask the mystery of how it all came to be.

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Review: Lock & Key by Cat Porter

Title: Lock & Key
Lock & Key #1
Author: Cat Porter
Publisher: Cat Porter
Publish Date: June 20, 2014
ebook, 394 pages

Amazon (.99 cents)

Just wow.
I mean sit down, press your thighs together and hold on to that chair. This book is one of the most amazing adult books I have read in soooooo long. This book beats 50 Shades of Grey's pants off. LITERALLY!

Cat Porter writes adult literature like I am sitting in the room with it occurring. I was sweating through the hot and sexy scenes.

Grace, the main character has a past of rough and bad memories. They still haunt her, though she has gotten them under control. Then her sister becomes very ill and she must return home which will inevitably bring those ghosts back to the surface. One being the biker club that she is a sister of. They protect her like family, but they also bring her in to help them as well. Try as she might to stay neutral and only see her sister, she runs into a man she cannot resist a little tryst with.

Miller is not only a part of the biker club, but so amazingly sexy that Grace cannot leave well enough alone. A night of pleasure could turn in to a very bad decision that multiplies.

Add in the fact that she hasn't seen nor heard from her father in years, creates quite the chaos for Grace.

GO GO NOW and BUY THIS BOOK. It is only 99 cents right now on Amazon!!

Next book in series: Random & Rare

Goodreads Description:
I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.

I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous old lady.
Sixteen years ago I survived my old man’s murder

Never again.
Never again will I surrender my heart.
Never again will I sacrifice to the Club.

But that all changed in one night.

I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.

Until now.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides.

Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away from you.
When it first sinks its teeth in you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.

I’d forgotten that.

Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To redemption and a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.

Warning: This work of fiction contains graphic language, sex, and material some readers may find objectionable.

Review: Contagious by Emily Goodwin

Title: Contagious
Series Contagium #1
Author: Emily Goodwin
Publication Date: Jan 17, 2012
Publisher: Permuted Press


This book was my first introduction to Zombies. I am fascinated by them. I have wanted to watch the TV Series Walking Dead, but didn't make it through the first episode due to the gore. Gross. But I am a huge fan of end of the world series. I love the "What would I do" factor. I am also a big fan of strong women characters. And Emily Goodwin does not disappoint.

Orissa is a fabulously strong, resilient and on occasion, humbly female lead. She wakes up after being in the hospital having missed the initial zombie takeover. She is saved and brought into an underground room where the rest of the hospital survivors have survived. But she cannot stay there forever. She has to find her family.

There is a wonderful love triangle in this book as she decides between a smart, handsome man and a ruggedly strong man. Each one with their own virtues and weaknesses.

SERIOUSLY DEVOURED THIS SERIES. One. book. after. another.
So good. So worth the time.

Goodreads Description:
"I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead."

In the midst of the Second Great Depression, twenty-five year old Orissa Penwell doesn't think things can get any worse. She couldn't be more wrong. A virus breaks out across the country, leaving the infected crazed, aggressive and very hungry.

Orissa will do anything-no matter if it's right or wrong- to save the ones she loves. But when she discovers that most of the world is infected or dead, she must decided if those lives are worth saving at all.

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So bring on the book reviews, cover reveals and so much more!!

Cover Reveal: Untaken

Untaken, by J. E. Anckorn
Genre: young-adult, action-adventure, science-fiction
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: October 16th, 2014
Cover Artist: Amy Chitulescu (
It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.
In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.
Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave.
Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon.
Brandon is big into army guys.
Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn't for Jake.
They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house. He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk.
But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart.
When the people you’ve been counting on to put the world back together start hunting you down, alien invaders are the least of your worries.
About The Author:
J. E. Anckorn has been an artist and writer ever since she began to surreptitiously doodle on school supplies instead of learning about practical things, like osmosis and mathematics.
After barely surviving a freak mathematical osmosis disaster, she set out to travel the world, living in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong before returning to her native Britain- just in time to marry an American and leave for the U.S.A. She still failed to learn anything about osmosis, but did manage to cultivate an accent that is unintelligible to almost everyone. (It happened through a mysterious net movement of information from the outside environment into her brain. If only there was a word for that!)
This led to her development of a new language, based almost entirely on polite yet uncomprehending nods. In between these adventures, she has worked as a toy designer, copywriter, and freelance illustrator. She lives in Boston, with a small grumpy dog, and a large, slightly less grumpy husband.

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