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Spotlight & Review: The Cave by Michela Montgomery

| Monday, June 29, 2015 | 0 comments |
Author: Michela Montgomery
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication: April 7, 2015

When a nuclear war devastates the U.S., a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave. Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently - transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately...a family.

OK, I'm gonna be pretty honest here, it's been months since I've read this one so my memory is a bit shaky when it comes to the tiny details. However, I certainly remember enough to review it with confidence so here goes:

First off, I love, loved, loved the premise. A spelunking trip gone wrong might not be the most original idea but when paired with an apocalyptic event and six college students unprepared for this particular scenario (or really danger in general) made this one a compelling and at times thought provoking read. 

Secondly, I liked how the story showed us dual perspectives. It's great that we stay locked into the group below ground but with Nuclear Bombs going off above, it was nice to see bits and pieces of that devastation as well. 

Lastly, I really enjoyed how descriptive everything was. I really felt like I was in that cave alongside the characters touching the rocks, smelling the stale air and being terrified of the unknown.  It was great to feel genuinely scared for a characters safety. That's good writing to me. 

Now although I really liked the story I did have one small issue and that was the romance. I understand why the Author felt it necessary to inject the story with some loving but I really dislike that it had to be a love triangle scenario. I just didn't feel it necessary for Kate to struggle over her feelings and her indecisiveness made for many of her most annoying moments.  

Overall,  I really enjoyed The Cave and look forward to reading The Aftermath when it releases in August. I highly suggest picking this one up if you want to read something realistic and terrifying at the same time. 

With that being said, I'll be rating The Cave by Michela Montgomery ★★★.

Recommended For Fans Of: The DescentPandemonium , and The City Of Ember.   

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

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Michela Montgomery graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.  She completed the Claims Law Program with AEI and occasionally teaches classes on negotiation, litigation and investigation at her Corporate University.  Although born and raised in California, Ms. Montgomery considers Boston her second home and spends as much time there as possible.  She enjoys singing, dancing, yoga, cooking, the Red Sox, the Patriots and a good cannoli from Mike’s Pastries.  She lives in Northern California with her two children, a feisty Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua named Killer.The Cave is her first novel.

Follow Her on: Twitter - michelamontgomery.com/

Freebie Friday (81) Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror E-Books

| Friday, June 12, 2015 | 0 comments |
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 title and it will take you to the purchase page for that book. Unless noted all books are first in the series.

Young Adult (Science Fiction,Fantasy)
Edgewood by Karen McQuestion [Purchase]
The night Russ Becker witnesses a strange astronomical event, his world changes forever. Before long Russ discovers he's developed incredible superpowers, and he’s not the only one. Three other young people—beautiful Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and mysterious Nadia—have had the same experience and all of them now have powers of their own. Mallory can control peoples’ minds, Jameson moves objects with his thoughts, and Nadia has empathic abilities.

At first the four relish their newfound gifts, but things become serious when they learn they are being hunted by an organization that wants them for its own nefarious purposes. When Russ’s family is threatened, he’s forced into action. What transpires will change all of them in ways they never imagined. 

Since the ages before time was measured, the angelic races have existed. Unseen by our eyes, they move through creation, shaping our world, sustaining our existence, and battling demonic hordes. But the war is changing; the battle lines are expanding into new frontiers and the next epoch is emerging. 

Centuries after the first humans were exiled from their home, their descendants have pushed eastward into a prehistoric wilderness. In a land shrouded by mist and superstition, primitive tribes struggle to establish new civilizations, unaware that their world is about to change forever. 

Weary from unceasing conflict, Sariel—legendary warrior of the Eternal Realm—crosses into the Temporal in search of the only one who can bring him peace. But he is not the first; others have already begun their inhabitation. As the dominance of their kingdom spreads, threatening to engulf all of humanity, Sariel finds himself standing between his own kind and the one he loves and must embrace the life he abandoned in order to secure her freedom. 

Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman [Purchase]
For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.
When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.
Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.

Tesla by Mark Lingane [Purchase]
One thousand years in the future, nuclear war has wiped out much of civilization in the northern hemisphere. The planet has slowly been getting hotter and water is becoming a rare resource. Out of the ruins of a civilization that has collapsed in on itself, have arisen a new breed of people - those with the power to control magnetism.

Seb, a young orphan boy from a quiet rural town, is being hunted by strange part-machine, part-human people. His only hope is Melanie, an angry, dying teenage girl who is dragged into the adventure and sets out to deliver him to the Steam Academy, even if it’s just to stop him talking. Seb must confront an unknown past and fight against everything he believed in. And occasionally wash his hair.

Young Adult Horror
Vestige by Deb Hanrahan [Purchase]
The Rapture has begun, and seventeen-year-old Micah has been left behind. His mother tried to prepare him for the Apocalypse, but she disappeared without telling him about the family legacy, his legacy. And as civilization slips into chaos and the line between dreams and reality blurs, Micah must uncover his mother’s secret before the souls of humanity are lost forever.

*Note this is a short story
It was supposed to be a simple babysitting job, a way for teenage runaway, Kim, to get off the mean streets of Hollywood three nights a week. Then, Amaryllis and Hyacinth said "Let's play Twitter," and things got really strange. 

Hell Is Coming by N.P. Martin [Purchase]
Leia Swanson has always believed in monsters, especially after one killed her parents when she was seven years old. 

Now eighteen, Leia is being forced to confront those same monsters when they suddenly become part of her every day existence. Her life now turned upside down, she is drawn into a world of demons and the supernatural, where she must learn to fight for her life and the life of her brother, Josh. 

With help from an Uncle she never knew existed—one who harbours a dark secret concerning her mother—Leia must learn the ways of the Watcher’s, an underground group tasked with controlling the dark supernatural forces that threaten to destroy the world of humans. To become what she needs to be, Leia must put her life and very soul on the line, forever changing who and what she is. 

*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 :)

*Authors Have an upcoming book that will be FREE let me know, I'd love to feature your work in my post.