Love in an Undead Age (by A.M. Geever)

Zombies / Dystopian

It’s not always easy to define zombie books.
At one end they are a sub-genre of Horror, but they can also be a sub-genre of Romance and even humour.
I’ve always had a basic model of what a zombie book is, based on a bunch of recurring themes and archetypes.
There are of course brain eating undead.
They usually come from the south. There is a plucky band of survivors. A Walmart. A fort. I could go on but you get the idea.
I guess those things are the rules of the genre.

Authors love breaking rules but I haven’t read a zombie book that has broken this many of them.

First of all Love in an Undead Age is set years after the zombie apocalypse. There is a vaccine and that vaccine is controlled by the City Council. Surviving infection is all about getting vaccinated but the council are anything but benevolent.

In something of a cold war with the council is the Jesuit priests. They don’t have the vaccine but control much of the food. They also have an audacious plan to make the vaccine available to all.

And there you have the basic premise.


I loved this book if for no other reason than it is so different from everything else. It’s not an easy book. It’s quite dense and the set-up was tough going but when it clicks into gear it’s a runaway train.

Many thanks to the author who provided me with this review copy.  

A Merciful Promise (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense 

Mercy finds herself seconded to the ATF to infiltrate an anti-government militia. Intelligence suggests they have illegal firearms and explosives and plan on acting against the government.

Meanwhile her fiancé, Truman, is investigating a series of execution style murders in his town.


The Mercy Kilpatrick books are a rare pleasure for me. These are the books I wait for and when I finally get them I just want them to go on forever. A Merciful Promise is another seat of your pants adventure in a series that is yet to disappoint me.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with this review copy.

Storm of Locusts (by Rebecca Roanhorse)

Dystopia / Urban Fantasy

When the waters rose gods and monsters were set free and once again walk amongst us. Maggie is a Navajo monster hunter, the God Killer. She killed coyote and trapped Neizghani (Book 1: Trail of Lightning), now a new threat has emerged. A cult led the elusive White Locust has kidnapped two of her friends and Maggie is determined to rescue them.


Occasionally a writer comes along who changes everything in a genre.
They make you excited again.
It’s like everything is right with the world.

Mark Henwick is one of those authors. He took an old idea and made it exciting and surprising again.
And Rebecca Roanhorse is one of those authors as well.

She takes themes I’ve read before. Things I’ve seen dozens of times. But she saturates them with authenticity and somehow makes them original. I wish I knew more about the myths and lore of the Diné –– I don’t but this book feels right, it feels respectful of the Navajo people and their traditions, and I love it for that.

But it’s much more than that.  It’s a book that will suck you in and entertain you until the very last page.

The Philosopher’s War (by Tom Miller)

Science Fiction / Steam Punk
The Philosopher’s Flight was brilliant. One of the most interesting and original novels I’ve read in a good long while. It followed Robert Weekes as he enters Radcliffe College with the goal of being the first male to ever join the R&E Service as a flying medic rescuing wounded soldiers in France. The Philosopher’s Flight ended with him graduating and being accepted into R&E.

The Philosopher’s War begins with him landing in France and joining the 5th Division, a motley group of misfits and malcontents, overworked and undermanned. As he starts rescuing soldiers from the front lines his comrades slowly warm to him and finally accept him. But he is much more than just an R&E flyer. He’s the lynch pin in an audacious plan to force Germany to surrender. A plan which if it fails could see him executed for treason.

That’s if he even survives.


The Philosophers War is so different to book one that it wasn’t easy to get into. Pretty much everything from The Philosopher’s Flight was tossed into the fire and I had to start again. Robert even lost his name, going from Weekes to Candarelli.

But honestly this book is brilliant. It’s just so imaginative and original that you can’t help but love it.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

My Kind of Forever (by Tracy Brogan)

Contemporary Romance

Brooke has managed to live her life taking care of others. When her mother died she took care of her two younger sisters. After college she returned to Trillium Bay as a teacher and now she has taken on the job of Trillium Bay’s youngest mayor.

But life seems to be passing her by and while everyone around her is finding love and starting families she’s still alone.

Leo is the new bartender in town and there are immediate sparks but Brooke knows that Trillium Bay isn’t for everyone and Leo will most likely move on when the tourists leave.  She wants her forever and Leo most definitely isn’t the settling down sort of man.


My Kind of Forever is old school contemporary romance. It’s a comfortable, easy and enjoyable read.

A Merciful Fate (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense

When Ollie and his dog Shep discover human skeletal remains on a remote trail in the woods he also discovered the first clue in a case that has been cold for 30 years.  Thirty years earlier an armored car was robbed. The mastermind was caught but the rest of the gang escaped and were never heard from again.

Rumors had the gang crossing the border into Canada but if the bones are any indication maybe the gang never even left the area. Now the case has landed on the desk of Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and it’s up to her to track down the other criminals. And everything is pointing towards locals, people she knows being involved.


Kendra Elliot is just great.  This book, this whole series is great. Honestly I can’t think of a bad thing to say about it.  It’s well written, great characters, the stories are unique. In every way this series is just a little bit better than the competition. I gave the first 3 books to an 85 year old retired police officer and he loved them. It’s no surprise, I know that Mercy Kilpatrick is a winner.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (by Karina Yan Glaser)

Young Readers

After one of their neighbors has a heart-attack and is rushed to hospital the Vanderbeekers decide to turn an overgrown plot of land into a community garden for him and his wife. With a very limited budget but a truck load of creativity they begin to see results, but a developer has his eyes on the plot and plans to put a cookie cutter condo there.

Will their garden be bulldozed before their neighbor gets to walk through it?


Solid gold 5 Stars. A magical story that will captivate young readers. When I was growing up, it was The Three Investigators. For kids growing up today, this is their story. It’s the book they will remember when they are 50.