Post-Apocalyptic / Zombies
Instauration is book 3 in the City Series. For the best reading experience, read Mordacious and Peripeteia first.
After Walt and his gang attacked the Sunset Park Safe Zone (book 2 Peripeteia) Sylvie, Eric and the other survivors find themselves on the run. They take refuge in the Stuyvesant Town Safe Zone where they plan their revenge on Walt. But things are anything but safe in the city and zombies aren’t even the worst of it. Sylvie and her friends are assailed on all sides by psychopaths who think nothing of murdering and raping to get ahead.
Most zombie books are fluff. They are basically comics and you can’t take them too seriously. That’s not the case with Instauration. It’s brutal, uncomfortable and hard to read in parts.
You desperately want all the people you have come to love over the three books to get their happy ending. Not all of them will.
This book is Jennifer Estep at her most “Jennifer Estep-iest”.
An orphan with a rare type of magic does battle with an evil queen to save the kingdom and prevent a war. If that doesn’t sound familiar my question is, where have you been?
So yeah. It’s pretty much every Jennifer Estep book but I don’t think that’s a problem. Most of those books were pretty damned entertaining and Kill the Queen is up there with the best of them.
5 Stars because it’s great, minus 1 Star because it really is just like every other Jennifer Estep book.
There are dog people and cat people.
OK…yes, there are also chicken people, but chicken people are completely bananas!
I’m a dog person. I’ve had cats. When I was young I was a cat person. I don’t dislike cats, but I’m a dog person. Nothing quite matches the love a dog will give you. And this is a book for dog people.
If you love dogs. If you love animals. Read this book.
Bella gives this book 5 Paws!
A family in crisis.
At 14, Angie is the adult in the family. Her sister Sophie is on the more severe end of the autism spectrum and is completely non-verbal. Her mother does her best but often ends up relying on Angie to fill in the many gaps.
They are fighting to stay a family but have been kicked out of every house they’ve lived in and their last chance is a distant relative they barely know. It’s not a home, but at least it’s not homeless.
While there Sophie forms a connection with their curmudgeonly neighbor’s dog. A massive Great Dane. For the first time in years Sophie has settled down, when she is with the dog she is content and happy. But the neighbor is retiring and moving to the country, and they don’t know how they will cope when he takes the dog away from them.
Some books are just beautiful and this is one of them. I loved everything about it. Except perhaps the ending. I wanted a little more. I wanted to know how things turned out for them all. I wanted to know how life with this family was going a year down the track. If you love dogs, if you love books that are life affirming, honestly if you just enjoy good books, this one is worth reading.
The Spider has a new adversary, she’s more powerful than the last adversary. It’s Book 17. It’s entertaining but nothing new.
17 is a big number for an Urban Fantasy series and I think maybe it’s time to think about a spin-off series.
I’ve been saying it for a long time. Sophia is a great character and she could easily carry her own series. Bria and Xavier could carry a series.
I’ll keep reading and I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy the books but it’s more because it’s a habit than anything else.
Season one was a runaway success with Summer solving a murder and ensuring a smash hit. Now she returns for Season two and once again she finds herself doing battle with the director who has it in for her.
With the help of the same film crew who had her back in book one, Deadly Summer, she needs to make the series a success, solve a new crime and clear her best friend’s name.
The Darling Investigations series is surprisingly good. Honestly the premise just doesn’t appeal to me –– I’m not into that whole Hollywood star turns sleuth thing and I find the whole idea of reality TV mind numbing.
But I love this book and I love this series. I don’t even know why but there you have it.
Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley who provided me with this review copy.
I’m not entirely sure how to review this series. Honestly, I’m supposed to be reviewing Book #4 A Merciful Silence, but while I’m sure you could pick up book four without having read the first three I think the series is better if taken as a whole.
Mercy Kilpatrick grew up within a community of preppers. These are the people who are preparing for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). They have a lot of guns, they know how to grow and can food, they are survivors. Some of them are paranoid and honestly unhinged others are just self reliant folks who are good to have around in a pinch.
Then as a teenager she was forced to leave. Her family shunned her and she found herself having to make her own way in the world. Now after many years away she is an FBI Agent and has returned to the town she ran away from to investigate a murder.
This series is Romantic Suspense at its best. Honestly I often struggle with the genre, I find the level of violence troubling, but while this series does have that –– there is murder and violence –– the underlying story is strong and the characters make it worth the effort.
So highly recommended with the one caveat that there are occasional graphic depictions of violence. Even with that I’m rating the series 5 stars.
A review copy of A Merciful Silence (book 4) was given to me by the publisher.