Friday, September 30, 2016

Freebie Friday (89) Free Young Adult Paranormal, Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Ebooks


It's time for another edition of Freebie Friday! Each week I compile a list of books that I've found for FREE and share them with all of you! All you have to do is click on the Purchase button and it will take you to the purchase page for that book. Unless noted all books are first in the series. All titles have been linked to Goodreads for your convenience.

Young Adult (Paranormal,Horror)

The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy [Purchase]
My name is Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother's death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don't let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart.

Just before I turned 18, I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special, but he wasn't the only searching for me. I barely escaped with my life. Now I'm in a mansion, learning how to control my abilities - abilities so powerful, even the gods are jealous. I didn't mean to make anyone fall for me. Certainly not my would-be killer. And I never imagined how far he would fall.

Between Life and Death: The In-Betweener by Ann Christy [Purchase]
Emily is alone. Two years after the end of the world, she talks to herself and smashes heads with her favorite sledgehammer. This is not the life she imagined for herself as her eighteenth birthday rolls past.

It’s time for her to look beyond her safe, little hiding place to the world beyond. The madness of the apocalypse is ending, the dangerous in-betweeners - those no longer quite human, but not yet dead - are few and far between. The deaders that cover the world are going still, their senses dulled by time and the elements.

The problem is that there are no people...none. Emily has found not a single living human when she's dared to step outside her safe-zone.

As Emily weighs the heavy cost of surviving alone and begins to accept the inevitable, everything changes once again. One of the deaders at her gate turns out not to be a deader at all. He’s an in-betweener different from any other she has seen before, and he carries a message. If Emily has the courage to step beyond her gate and the skills to survive a perilous trip in a dead world, she might just have a chance at life...a life with humans...after all.

Gretel by Christopher Coleman [Purchase]
Alone. Frightened. Captive. If you hear someone approaching, RUN. She is not there to help you.

There is an ancient evil in the Back Country, dormant for centuries but now hungry and lurking. When it sets its sights on an unsuspecting mother one routine morning along an isolated stretch of highway, a quiet farming family is suddenly thrust into a world of unspeakable terror, and a young girl must learn to be a hero.

Young Adult (Science Fiction,Fantasy)

The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp [Purchase]
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is. 

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards [Purchase]
Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.

Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.

Her gift is her curse. Her world is her prison. Her fate is bigger than she knows...

In the hot and harsh farming region of Agricola, 16 year old Cyra prepares to be tested to discover what duty she'll hold for life. All school leavers across the regions are in the same position, and few expect anything more than to follow in their parents' footsteps and stay in the region they live in.

For Cyra, there was never a choice. With her father dead and brother and sister assigned elsewhere, she's desperate to stay close to her sick mother so she can take care of her. 

On the day of the Duty Call, however, Cyra's world turns upside down in one stroke. She's to be assigned to Eden, the largest and most powerful sea city and central hub of control. Only the most important live there, and no one from Cyra's town has ever been assigned there in her lifetime. 

So, she sets off on a journey away from everything she knows, without knowing what her duty will be. Soon, she discovers that she, along with a small number of school leavers from across the regions, has a special power; a gift that will pit her as a secret protector of the nation. 

Only, it's not a gift, it's really a curse, and before long Cyra will learn that her once small world is filled with a great deal more corruption and injustice than she ever thought possible.

*Though free at time of posting, please verify that the “Kindle Price” is actually $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” or “read for free”, then the book is NOT free any longer. Please leave a comment if you notice this so I can replace with another :)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: Insects by John Koloen

Publication Date: October 14,2015
Publisher: Watchfire Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

A deadly carnivorous insect.
A group of scientists trapped in the remote rainforest.
One horror filled night.

Entomologist Howard Duncan has a generous grant and a wealthy lover. Now he's on the verge of a find in the Brazilian rainforest that will reenergize his career: the rarely sighted reptilus blaberus, an insect like no other.

But something has changed - nature has started producing an antidote to the fungal infection that previously held the insect population in check. Skeletons provide Duncan and his team with an ominous first clue about the potential consequences.

And as the hunters become the hunted, the team must fight for their lives if they want to survive the terror-filled night.

*Small Spoilers Below

Insects was a book I picked up on Amazon after seeing it pop up as a recommend read. As soon as I read the premise I knew this was a book I needed in my life. I love books that take something as simplistic as a jungle dwelling insect and make them terrifying. Now throw in a group of naive scientists thinking they'll be the one to make their claim to fame by catching said insect and you have a real page turner on your hands or so I thought

Unfortunately while the premise to Insects is stellar it's execution of the plot failed big time. One of my biggest issues with Insects is that I wasn't actually scared for any of the characters. Sure they were in a forest filled with man eating insects and beasts alike but for the most part it just felt that I was watching a b-rated version of Lost instead of something more akin to say Arachnophobia which puts the threat to the characters and the population at large front and center. While the plot wasn't necessarily bad I do wish that the threat was more real for these characters. The story is very much a slow burn in the suspense department. Rather than the insects and the situation the scientists are in feeling like a big threat everything instead feels like a major inconvenience instead. 

Another issue I had with the story is the length. I truly believe this book would have worked better as a novella. Instead were given pages upon pages of filler dialogue that really didn't progress the plot along as well as it should have. Also due to all that filler dialogue we hardly ever see any real action. More showing and less telling would have really saved this book from being just OK to really great. At least in my opinion. 

Now one thing I really did enjoy about the story were the insects themselves . Basically the reptilus blaberus  are a short living insect species whose population was kept in check by a fungus that grows in the jungle they inhabit. That is until the fungus stops working. Now not only are humans at risk but so are any creatures that are unfortunate to cross their paths as well.  As the colony grows their threat increases and if it escapes the jungle.... Well, let's just say it will be very bad for all life indeed. 

Overall, Insects provided me with a relatively decent story for the price and kept me curious enough to continue with the series should I ever come across the next book in the series on sale (would not pay full price though). I'd recommend picking this one up only if you don't mind a story with a slow build up and also one filled with sometimes boring scientific conversations on nearly every page. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Insects by John Koloen ★★★.

*Copy reviewed purchased. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which for providing them.

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