Monday, April 29, 2013

Epsilon AR Book Review

Hundreds of years into the future mankind has gone under-ground to relocate to Epsilon; a beautiful city run by a strong, secretive government that keeps its citizens in check by subtle manipulation and strict schedules. No one questions the city's authority and no one is unhappy. ALN-896, an average man who is just trying to live a normal life, begins to have dreams; something strange and rare in Epsilon. In his dreams a man named Harry dies. ALN-896 shrugs this off as if nothing has happened. It was only a dream. The next day, however, he is suddenly arrested and sent to prison for killing Harry. Now inside prison, ALN-896 begins to learn about what the government of Epsilon has been doing and he plans on escaping. Not only from prison, but from Epsilon. This one decision turns him against everything he has ever known and forces him to face against centuries of lies. To escape means to live, but what will it cost?
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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.   I thought this was a really cool book.  It was quite a page turner that kept me intrigued throughout.  Imagine being forced to live under a dome of sorts, it’s 700 years later and they’ve forgotten what event occurred to cause them to live there.  I found it interesting that people’s names were like license plates, for example ALN-896.  There were so many rules too, no one’s life was their own and it was as if their only meaning of life was to serve Epsilon.  When ALN-896 gets arrested, he meets others that were spending long sentences for ridiculous things, like having a relationship or friends.  If you decide not to take your pill, that’s even worse.  This was interesting cross between the classic novel 1984 and the current bestseller Hunger Games.  If you enjoyed those, you’ll enjoy this unique take on a dystopian society.
About the Author

Zackery Humphreys is 21 years old and is currently attending the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Theater Acting. He has been writing for about seven years, mostly concentrating on poetry and novels. He has a love for books and for storytelling. Now, through his writing, he is hoping to bring those two worlds together.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Undercover Book Review

When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it's love at first sight. The tall, dark, and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.

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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.   Jenny Moore starts the New Year with high expectations of great things.  Little did she know that it would happen right in her office.  In walks Alexei Roshenko, a Russian Captain, man of mystery with a sexy accent.  The chemistry is instant, they’re inseparable. Will she still love him when she finds out his secrets?  How far will he go to keep her safe?

There was quite a bit more romance than I’d expected in this book.  It starts of a little slow in the beginning, but if you can stick with it, it certainly picks up the pace about halfway through.  I thought it was interesting how committed Alexei was from the very beginning.  Jenny seemed very trusting, when Alexei gave her a glimpse of his past.  After hearing it, I’d personally would have run and not look back.  It was very exciting in the second half of the book and things get really interesting.  All in all, a great novel filled with romance and suspense. 
 About the Author
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri
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