Review: The Fever King

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*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a free, honest review. All opinions are my own. ***

 

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“…there was something about these walls that he didn’t like-walls that closed in on him, that had teeth.”

 

The Fever King Review

By: Rae

 

To start, I will reference the quote above, specifically – “that had teeth” – because I felt this entire book had teeth and was just waiting to devour any shred of acceptance and understanding I had from start to finish. And let me tell you…the ending still bites (pun intended) at me. What was real? Honestly, I have no idea.

From the beginning, Noam was connectable. As a teenager struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world thanks to magical outbreaks and a fallen United States of America, he stuck to his beliefs regardless of the consequences. Did I doubt his mentality at points? Yes. Did I think he was too naïve during bigger moments of information reveal? Yes, of course. Did I continue to root for him? Obviously. Throughout I did some complaining because of his decisions, the roundabout of his thoughts and yet that was the beauty of him – he was real, he made mistakes, he cried, he got angry. He followed his heart – I hope. The fact that his magic ties with technology, leaving him surviving a magic outbreak with the ability of technopathy is an added bonus that seems almost too convenient at times yet fitting too as he struggles to deal with the murkiness of the game he decided to play.

Then there was Dara. I can’t say too much about this character purely because the entire review would become about him. Needless to clarify – though I will – I adored Dara. He is complex, intriguing, and 99.9% of the time maddening in his actions and communications. I was getting gray hairs even as I swooned. When some bigger character reveals for him happened, I was broken and hadn’t seen those reveals coming.

As for Dara and Noam together… well, you’ll have to find out on your own.

Backtracking to the plot and storyline itself. Admittedly I found it tedious and slow – for about 85% of the book. Then BAM everything’s happening and leaving me with the feeling of being punched in the gut. I got boggled down with the politics and political backstory of the creation of Carolinia which goes hand in hand with Noam and his story. Minor characters provided humor or relief from the politics but it all played back to the political endgame.

Two quick comments: First, Lehrer was overall a bigger entity and not fully explained. Secondly, the same could be said for the villain of this story, Sacha.

Therefore the end left me doubting everything I learned. I have no idea what was true and what wasn’t and cannot speculate what could or will happen based on the fact I don’t know what is real.

Based on all the factors above, I’m giving The Fever King 3.5/5 stars and will wait anxiously for what happens next.

 

The Fever King is available now for purchase!

Cover Reveal: The Blood Prince

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The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.

All she needs is blood.

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Blog Tour: Sunscorched

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by Jen Crane
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Release Date: October 23rd 2018

Summary:

Death in daylight. Danger at dark.

Life can’t possibly get more treacherous than a violent sun allergy in a solar-blighted world. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Nori Chisholm thought before news of an impending sunscorch delivered her death sentence.

Desperate to survive the scorch, she’s forced to shelter underground and discovers a secret subterranean world where life is hard, and so are the people. Betrayed and left for dead by the man who pledged to help her, Nori is sold to a gritty pit fighting ring. There she makes a friend—and plenty of enemies.

Sam Cooper’s motives are at times impenetrable, but speeding through the underground world on the back of his motorcycle is a dark freedom Nori can’t live without. On the run from a group of cutthroat rogues, their escape takes an unexpected twist. A shocking discovery shatters everything they thought they knew. Can they use the knowledge to save what’s left of the world?

Winner of the Rosemary Award for excellence in young adult fiction, Sunscorched is a tale of survival and self-discovery at breakneck speed. Fans of Bella Forrest and Marie Lu, who crave dangerous heroes and dark secrets, will love the Sunscorched world.

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Sunscorched Worldbuilding

I’m a reader first, and a writer second. I love fantasy and sci-fi books that have rich worlds in which I can get lost. I like to build those worlds myself. In fact, I would say it’s my favorite part of writing–the research and world building—though it’s often the toughest work.

In Sunscorched, there’s not only the Surface, which is the gnarled and twisted remains of a once-lush, green planet, but the Subterranean.

The Subterranean is a secret underground world set in motion during the widespread fear surrounding nuclear proliferation in the 1950’s. The Subterranean is gritty and hard—just like its people. Military types and doomsday preppers, religious groups–rebels and rogues of all sorts– roam the Subterranean, where the only form of government is lawlessness.

Nori finds herself in Trogtown, a Subterranean city where homes and storefronts are carved into rock. Tunnels criss-cross the country, giving access to other underground towns. At one point in the book, Nori overnights in a chic cavern lodge. This scene is based on a real place I’ve actually stayed the night in, a luxury lodge/fallout shelter deep inside a mountainside with its own water source.

In Terminal Combustion, Book 2 of the Subterranean series (releasing early December), there’s even more of the wild Subterranean world, and what I imagined a top-secret government facility might look like from the inside.

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Though she grew up on a working cattle ranch, it’s fantasy and sci-fi that shine Jen Crane’s saddle. Her newest novel, Sunscorched, received the 2017 Rosemary Award for excellence in young adult fiction.

Book 2 in Jen’s fantasy romance series, Descended of Dragons, was selected by iTunes/iBooks as “Our Pick” in fantasy/sci-fi.

Jen has a master’s degree and solid work histories in government and non-profit administration. But just in the nick of time she pronounced life *too real* for nonfiction. She now creates endearing characters and alternate realms filled with adventure, magic, and love. She lives in The South with her family and too many pets.

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Cover Reveal: The Silver Queen

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The Summary

The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.

Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.
Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.
The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

 

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Meet Michael Evans

Author Interview

Meet Michael Evans.

Michael Evans is the author of the novel Control Freakz, a Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, and the forthcoming novel entitled Delusional. He is currently attending high school in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, but he is originally from Long Island, New York. Some of his hobbies include hiking, running, camping, going to the beach, watching and taking artsy pictures of sunsets (it’s honestly a very enlightening activity to partake in), and walking his ginormous, fluffy golden doodle underneath the stars. He is also fascinated with the environment and neuroscience, and his true passion is learning about how the wonders of the human mind and the environment we live in will change with time. The future, specifically his goal of helping to impact the future of humanity positively is what drives him to tell stories. Writing is something that is instinctive to him, and he seeks to express his thoughts on his own life and the world to inspire others to use the power in the voice they have to advocate for positive changes in their own lives and the world we all live in.

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The Interview.

I love the cover of your upcoming Control Freakz. How did the final product change from the original cover you had in mind? Did you have much say in the cover creation?

The cover of the novel is actually supposed to depict the inside of the mind of the main character Natalie! Due to that fact, I had no idea what the cover was going to look like, and I presented my cover designer with a few abstract concepts that he turned into a tangible, mysterious image. I was really happy with the design of the cover, and it was nice to have control over the little design changes that I desired to make.

What drives you to explore the darker aspects of the future and life? Is there any dark aspects that you can see happening now that concern you and you want to bring awareness to?

For me, writing and any art has the unique responsibility to bring to light what is both beautiful and just totally awful in our world. I don’t plan on relishing about the bad aspects of the future in all my writing, in fact I hope to also show people the unbelievable aspects of the present and the future, however, I believe it is important to make people aware of the negative possibilities of our future so that as a society we will take action to prevent it! For me, I am passionate about a lot of issues, and with the growing power of technology I could literally list dozens of things that need to be changed in the present so that they don’t metastasize into bigger problems in the future. However, for me the two biggest issues I see in our society today that will only continue to have graver consequences in the future is climate change and mental health, specifically the atomic precise manufacturing revolution. Mental health is especially important to me, because my worry is not with the presence of mental health issues in the future, but with the emergence of technology that are powerful enough to cure schizophrenia and depression, they are bound to be engineered to also completely destroy us as well. My novel actually explores my vision of how technologies designed to cure addiction may also cause the very foundations of society to crumble.

Dystopic in YA has been growing in popularity. What do you hope to see in the genre in 2018?

I hope to see more contemporary novels set in societies that have minor dystopian elements to it. Much of the audience for the purely dystopian genre has already been maxed out, and the best way to still incorporate dystopian themes into novels to expose readers to darker futures is to incorporate them into novels that are primarily romance, sci-fi, and even contemporary novels.

Trilogy vs. standalone, what do you find more fun and perhaps even more challenging to write?

I have only written one trilogy (I’m currently writing the last book Triggered), and I can say that although it has been very fun, it is challenging because although there is so many awesome possibilities when writing a trilogy, sometimes I tend to feel boxed in due to the fact that it is not a blank canvas. However, it’s really fun to incorporate new plot twists and elements to characters, even after the reader has been with them for 1000+ pages. However, I’m excited to start writing my first standalone novel, The Conspiracy of Happiness, when school is over for the semester.

Can you share the writing and editing process for Control Freakz? How did you get through any road blocks that may have occurred?

I first wrote the novel when I was 13, and at the time it was the first novel I ever wrote. I’m not gonna lie and say that it wasn’t hard; at times it was emotionally exhausting just thinking about how much left I had to write. However, I did love the process and upon finishing the first book I promptly wrote the first draft for my second book. At this point, I went back and began to revise my first book and realized how much my writing had improved. That’s why I completely rewrote the entire novel in 9 weeks over this past summer. My goal was to write 12,0000 words per week and writing for multiple hours each day actually made my story flow even better! After finishing the novel, I took a month break before jumping into two rounds of revisions, and then two rounds of editing with my editor, which collectively took about 3 months.

Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?

Yes! First of all, I will be attending the Teen Book Fest in Rochester, New York, on May 19th! Also, Delusional, the second novel in the Control Freakz trilogy, will be published in the fall of 2018, and the last novel Triggered, will be coming out in early 2019! I also am starting an entirely new concept, and although I won’t share what the story is about just yet, the title will be The Conspiracy of Happiness.

Control Freakz is on sale for $0.99 from Feb. 21-28 on Amazon!

Humanity’s Hope Guest Review

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“This time he had humans to worry about. They were far more conniving than the undead.”

– Pembroke Sinclair

Humanity’s Hope:
A Review by Linnéa Ryan
Over the past decade, fictional zombie outbreaks have dominated the page and screen. You know the played out trope—unlikely hero is called upon to defend their ragtag group of fellow survivors from the brain-biting hordes. The presence of these apocalyptic tales has saturated the zeitgeist and inspired many inventive people to theorize what their chances of survival would be if somehow these worlds of fiction ever became reality. However few ever dare to stretch their imagination beyond the initial outbreak. So what happens after the end of the world? This is the infinitely more interesting question that Pembroke Sinclair has taken to task in Humanity’s Hope.
The novel follows the story of a dispirited teenager named Caleb who is struggling to rebuild his life after the events of a zombie outbreak. The biggest company in zombie research, Zomtech, hires Caleb to work on their computer programs. Just as he’s beginning to find some semblance of normality in his new life, Caleb witnesses the gruesome murder of a neighbor and realizes that perhaps the so-called civilization of the city isn’t as safe as he thought. Caleb finds himself reluctantly drawn into the seedy underbelly of the new urban order. His quest for answers leads him to a startling revelation that will alter his life irreparably.

While Humanity’s Hope is centered around the aftermath a zombie outbreak, it’s the novel’s attention to mental health and recovery from trauma that overshadows the plot as its main focus. Readers will find themselves drawn to Caleb’s plight and his crippling mistrust of his fellow man. The book explores what physical and mental trauma would endure after the apocalypse has been thwarted and order has begun to be restored to society. This is one of the most interesting facets of the novel– this exploration of how when the fight against the living dead ends, the fight to find the will to live again begins.
Pembroke Sinclair’s writing is simple and to the point but the unique complexity of their take on the apocalyptic genre is what will keep you reading. If you’re sick of the overused zombie apocalypse trope, give this book a try and explore the creative possibilities of what it takes to rebuild society after the world has come to an end.

More information about Pembroke Sinclair can be found here.