Series Review: The Summer Sisters Trilogy

Blessed Be 
The Summer Sisters Book 1
byTeresa Keefer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Alana Summers was quite content with her life. A peaceful farm tucked in a
wooded area by the lake with her pets for company. A shop in the
small tourist town where she sells a potpourri of items that reflect
everything about her. She’s at peace. She’s Wiccan.
Logan Farmer is the local sheriff. Small town boy who went to the big city
and joined the police force. Then he came home where he belonged. He
is deeply rooted in his Native American heritage.
Both had grown up knowing that there was more to the world that could be
explained or seen. But neither of them knew that their peaceful lives
could be disrupted in an instant by a legend long buried. A tale that
had been told to them by Logan’s grandmother when they were young
along with a warning that the ancient legend could replay during
their lifetime.
But was it really an ancient paranormal evil come to roost or were the
recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind? Or had the
human’s events shaped the return of the evil?

My Review

“Blessed Be” has a little bit of everything I like. It has witches, romance, evil invading a peaceful town, that mystery building up as the page turns and that need to find out what will happen next. I loved this first book a lot!

Alana and Logan lead a quiet and nice life in their small town, having a good relationship with neighbors and fellow townspeople. She has a small shop with anything that would make your home more inviting and some casual remedies and incantations here and there. Logan is the local authority, always making sure the people feel safe and that unwanted gossip is stopped quickly. All this until something strange happens and all signs indicate that evil is back in town. Legend, witchcraft and much, much more will come together and form this beautiful beautiful book!

The interactions between our main characters are so beautiful and genuine. They even start to wonder when have their feelings become more than friendship. I loved them a lot, I loved how each used their own influence to protect one another and I loved how they manage to find the strength and the legacy they had inside.

Speaking of beautiful, the entire atmosphere in the book moves from warmth and welcoming to cold and potentially dark, once the evil starts coming. I loved how the author made the transition in these scenes and how she built up the tension. The characters are also well presented and described and even from the beginning we get a glimpse of what is waiting for us in the next books.

All in all, I loved book 1 and I am so so lucky I have review copies for the other two books. This is my first read by Teresa Keefer and I am very excited to check out more of her books! Now, excuse me, while I go finish more of The Summer Sisters!

 
 
Threefold
The Summer Sisters Book 2
 
Teagan Summers has a secret that she thought she had tucked away forever.
That is, until she was summoned to her home town of Lakewood to help
with banishing an ancient evil that had come to pay a visit to the
sleepy town. Then, she was faced with another woman whose secret
wasn’t so secret anymore.
Devon Brock knew he had to help his friend, Logan Farmer. Logan had helped
him out too many times to turn his back and say no. However, he
didn’t realize that he would be called upon to pull out his law
license to defend a poor woman who had killed and mutilated her
husband on Halloween night. And he sure never expected to have to
deal with spoiled Teagan Summers as part of it.
Devon and Teagan join forces as they work valiantly to not only defend a
murderess, but to help Teagan’s sisters and Logan Farmer as they
battle an unseen evil that threatens to destroy the small town of
Lakewood. And as they work together, they also form a tentative truce
that they both know could lead to more.
  

My (partial) Review

Ok, a disclosure first: I am half way (actually exactly half way) through this book, so my review will focus now on what I’ve read so far, with the promise of coming back with a more detailed opinion.

“Threefold” follows the action from Book 1, but brings us another sister, with a completely different personality. If from her presentation in “Blessed Be”, I did not like her so much, now we get to know the inside of her story and why Teagan is so …. Complicated.

We have the same incredible atmosphere, topped with a difficult relationship and with charqacters that apparently cannot stand each other. Teagan and Devon will have to overcome their dislikes and work together. Two very stubborn people with a common goal.

So far I like it a lot, I have no clue what’s  happening here and I am so anxious to finish it! I still have to read Book 3, which makes me happy that I still have some good time left enjoying this series. After giving “Blessed Be” 5 stars, “Threefold” does seem to go in the same direction. We’ll see.

 

Namaste
The Summer Sisters Book 3
 
Riana Summers had spent most of her adult life trying to find herself. The
youngest of the three Summer Sisters, she just couldn’t resist sowing
her wild oats and she had done it across the country. When her
sister, Alana, had summoned her to come home to Lakeview because she
was needed to do her part to hunt down and destroy an evil entity
which had been playing havoc on her hometown, she did so with the
intention of returning to her stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. She
had no idea her brief trip home would turn to months and that she
would end up finding out who she really was. Or that she would find
herself face to face with a man who could get her to want to settle down.
Eric Michaels had been born and raised to be a farmer. It was what he did
best. So, when the opportunity to be the foreman at a farm near a
place called Lakeview, he had jumped at the chance. What he hadn’t
planned on was getting sucked into a paranormal nightmare. Things he
couldn’t even begin to fathom. Including finding himself deeply
attracted to a woman who could create magic with the tips of her
fingers.
As the conclusion of the Summer Sisters trilogy comes to an end, will
they be able to destroy the force that had unearthed itself from its
deep dark grave to destroy them?
 

My Review

To follow shortly!

 
 
Teresa Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She
started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a
dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007.
Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in 2011.
Teresa holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two
years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and
enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She
has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys
crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare
time when she’s not writing or working at her day job.

Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a
stubborn miniature horse. 
 
 
 
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Book review: Yuki’s Luck

Yuki’s Luck
Smith Pact Duo Book 1
by Ja’Nese Dixon
Genre: NA Romance
 

He’s stolen her heart, it’ll take luck to get it back.

Just her luck, one evening after too many shots, Yuki wakes naked tangled
in Dylan’s expensive sheets. Yuki Smith doubts her mother’s
judgment on men, life, and definitely on naming her “lucky.”
Dylan Jameson is her twin’s best friend and all the things she’s not.
Filthy rich, focused, and drop-dead gorgeous. And beneath it all he
is a really great guy. Then he messed it all up by asking for what
she could not give, commitment.
Dylan heads to Ireland, somehow he took her luck with him. Now
Yuki must board a plane to god-knows-where, to encounter
god-knows-what, hoping for a chance to tell Dylan the truth. Because
he’s captured her heart and something tells Yuki she’ll
need luck to get him back.
Friends become lovers in Yuki’s Luck with strong family ties, alpha men,
and professional women in beautiful Dublin Ireland.  This BWWM
romance will have you happily reading non-stop until the last word.
 
 
Asher’s Sonnet
Smith Pact Duo Book 2
 

Armed with her sexiest f*ck-him dress and a hall pass…

Asher Smith is a complicated man. He’s hardworking, loving, but distant.
And the only way Jasmine Smith can have him fully is to make him
think he’s lost her for good.
Fed up she asks for a hall pass and he said yes.
Barely holding back her tears, he witnesses the crime scene: her string
bikinis, lingerie, and her sexiest f*ck-him dress are packed and
aimed to kill. 
Jasmine books a flight for a week in Cancun with Yuki, her friend and his
sister, willing to do whatever it takes to get his attention. 
This trip will be the death or rebirth of her marriage. It’s up to Asher
to decide.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love presents a challenge for this
couple. On the rocks, an alpha male and strong woman will push their
love to the limits. This novella will have you glued to the couch
until…The End.
 
 
Smith Surprise
Smith Pact Duo Book 3
 

When it comes to love, age ain’t nothing but a number.

Rhonda Smith had to open her big mouth when she promised Asher and Yuki, her
grown children, that she’d open her heart to love. And she intended
to keep that promise until she learned dating ain’t what it used to be.
Now there are apps for that. Not to mention speed dating, blind dates,
and singles gatherings. To top it all off, there’s Netflix and
chills, and social media.
God help her.
She’s a widow with nothing to lose, hoping for a second chance at her
happily ever after, even if it means surviving absurd dates and
kissing a few toads to find a suitable, mature man. 
But when Jaxon Reinheart unexpectantly adds his name to her dance card,
Rhonda throws caution to the wind. The much younger, single dad,
plans to show her that love and chivalry are alive and well.
If…she’ll let him.
A May/December romance between a widower and a single dad that begins
with a family pact. This BWWM romance features alpha men, strong
women, and a family defined by love not blood. 

My Review

 

A super short and quick read, “Yuki’s Luck” is trying to change a little bit the roles. Yuki is a woman with childhood issues that keep her away from committing to a relationship, even if it is with the one and only guy she had ever had feelings for.

This time, the girl is “the player”, or at least more of a player that Dylan. He has only ever wanted her, he has held on to the hope of someday being with Yuki and making her “his girl”. If they will succeed or not, it remains to be seen.

Now, I have nothing against short stories, if they have the proper balance between length and plot development. I wanted more things to happen, or at least I wanted to feel more tension, more angst. But we have good characters and good writing, so I am really pleased with the time spent with this book. Oh, and speaking about characters, Yuki is career focused. She is a workaholic, trying to prove herself in a men’s world. I loved this about her and another reason that pushed me to finish the book was to see what would happen with her job. Read it to find out J

All in all, great start, even if I wanted a bit more from the plot. I have a feeling that the next books will be even better from what we learn in “Yuki’s Luck”.  Until next time, happy reading!

 

Ja’Nese Dixon writes tales of romance laced with strong women and stronger
men. My happily ever afters are meant to inspire. So, if you’re
looking for a page turner that will leave you blushing, with your
heart racing, and lying to yourself about reading “just one more
chapter” then grab a book.
She is an avid reader and coffee drinker, who also loves to run, cook,
and quilt (and not in that order). Her ultimate goal as a writer is
to give you a little “staycation” with every story.
Ja’Nese calls Houston home with her husband, three kiddos, and a four-legged
diva dog. Visit her website at http://www.janesedixon.com if you
enjoy romance, suspense, and good sweet & spicy stories that inspire.
 
 
 
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Series Review: Highland Brides of Skye

Passion
Highland Brides of Skye Book 1
by Tarah Scott and April Holthaus
Genre: Historical Romance
 
Over the years, many lasses have found refuge in the Scottish Highland’s
Glenwood Abbey. But for three young ladies, sanctuary becomes
servitude, with master puppeteer Malcom Donald using them in his plan
to rule the Isle of Skye. 
When a return trip home from a clan meeting ends in a bloodbath, Laird
Caeleb MacLeod begins his search for the clansman who betrayed them.
Little does he know he need look no further than his bed.
As the housekeeper for Laird Caeleb MacLeod, Gwendolyn is in a position
to learn many things important to her master, Malcom Donald, captain
to the Donald laird. Now she must choose between destroying the man
she loves and saving the sister being held hostage by Malcolm.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS TREASURES OF SKYE

My Review

Sometimes, I have my doubts when reading such short stories. At least, I am more exigent and always comparing length against the overall story. I was very pleased to see that “Passion” is well balanced when it comes to this. We have action and characters that are well created.

The reader is pushed directly into the story, in the middle of a battle. We don’t need character descriptions, we feel the strength and the power they emanate. Laird Caeleb MacLeod is leading his men with strength and determination. His weakness? Probably his heart through his love for Gwendolyn. We have betrayal, we have doubts and a very strong woman who is a spy!

I won’t get into the plot very much, as you’ll have to discover it line by line. I am sorry that we did not get to see the conclusion to the war between the clans, but I think it is included in another book by Tarah Scott. For now, 4 stars for book 1 in this series.

 
 
 
Redemption
Highland Brides of Skye Book 2
 
For years, master thief Helena Donald has lived at Glenwood Abbey and
submitted to Malcolm Donald’s bidding. Desperate to break free of
his control, Helena agrees to steal the MacLeod Faire Flag for
Malcolm for she intends to sell the flag and start a new life far
from Malcom. When Helena is caught in a blizzard, she prefers to die
in the cold wasteland rather than return to the abbey. 
Kaden MacLeod has chosen a solitary life in a cabin on the shore of Loch
Haven. But a woman’s scream during a raging snowstorm sends him
racing to rescue Helena from the frigid waters of the frozen loch.
When he learns that this beautiful young woman is about to commit the
same crime for which his father, Laird MacLeod, hung Kaden’s
younger brother, he’ll stop at nothing to prevent her from facing a
similar fate. 

My Review

“Redemption” brings us another strong leader and another strong woman. The same question arises: is the beautiful woman lost in the woods a friend or a foe of the MacLeods?

Kaden MacLeod has chosen a life of solitary in the depths of the wood, until one day when he saves Helena Donald’s life. I loved how the author put in balance Kaden’s life before and after his visitor and how his wisdom is put to test when deciding how to act when realizing Helena’s plan. In a way, they help each other and complement one another.

Same as in book 1, we have a lot of action and great characters. But out of all 3 books in the series, this one feels the most incomplete. I wanted to see what happens with the stolen flag and even the clan’s reaction when discovering the deed. But, I cannot give less than 4 stars, as it kept me right there with every page. And let’s not forget the well-adjusted pace to the short length. Loved it!

 
 
Deception
Highland Brides of Skye Book 3
 
Betrothed to Lady Allison, the granddaughter of the dying MacKenzie laird,
Jacob MacKinnon stands ready to do his duty and unite their two
clans. But enemies watch, and plan to prevent the uniting of those
two powers. 
After an attack on his betrothed’s carriage leaves only Lady Allison
alive, Jacob is determined to find her would-be killers. 
Linnae Donald is a lowly serving girl. How is she supposed to tell Laird
MacKenzie that the granddaughter he’s mistaken her for died when
their carriage was attacked?
She can’t break a dying man’s heart. Neither can she do what Jacob
MacKinnon asks and help him prevent a war by pretending to be Lady
Alison…and marrying him.
 

 My Review

My favorite, “Deception”, tells Jacob MacKinnon and Linnae Donald’s story. Jacob is supposed to marry Lady Allison, granddaughter of the MacKenzie laird. But an unfortunate event leaves Linnae as the only survivor of Lady Allisson’s carriage. Now Jacob is torn between lying to an old dying friend to ensure his peaceful departure from life or telling the truth.

Honor is the word that follows the events in this book. There are no silly complications, there are no naïve characters. We have a strong leader, an intelligent ruler and a woman trying to do right by her dead Lady. I loved how they came to appreciate one another, I loved Linnae’s devotion and I loved old MacKenzie’s plan!  This book made me smile and so much more!

I loved every page and again I loved the balance between plot and short length. 5 stars!

 

Series – Overall

All three books in “Highland Brides of Skye Series” have a relation. The women in these books are tight to the enemy clan and are sisters, each with an inclination to something (except Linnae, who proves to be the most amazing one). The author maintained the accent and behavior of the times and I loved that, even if it was a bit difficult to read some expressions.  This is a great series and if you are in the mood for something quick, pick these ones up!  I’ll have to check which book is the one that follows the clans ’story…

 
Best-selling author Tarah Scott
cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and
Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone
With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance,
and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and
currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.

 
 
April Holthaus is an Award-Winning Author for her Scottish Historical Romances. For
more than ten years, she has worked full time in the direct marketing
business, but developed a passion of historical romances through her
love of reading, history and genealogy. When she is not working or
writing, April loves to spend time with her family and traveling. 

 
 
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Book Review: Flip The Beat

Flip the Beat
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance, Modern Day Fairy Tale, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 10th, 2018
 
 
Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and
she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.
 
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, complete with a devilishly
sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable
attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of
the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker
Evan Castle.
Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she
even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who
hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.
 
 
 

My Review

It’s my second time reading “Flip the Beat”. I’ve realized my opinion is almost the same, although now I do have a lot more things to comment on. My rating will not change much though.

The book brings us Molly and Evan. Two different people that decided to spend one night together. That night was a special one for Molly, since it was her first time. Since then, they have remained best friends, with no coming back to those events. All is well in the world until she is pushed into Evan’s arms once again. But will she be able to trust him, with Evan being a rock star and all that? That remains to be discovered by you guys!

I loved the pace of the story until chapter 6 or 7. Towards the end, the pace is growing and all the secrets are revealed all at once almost. That bothered me a little, but since this is a short story I can understand it. We have some very hot scenes there. The passion is screaming to be released between those two. Also, I liked how they complemented each other – where she is uncertain, he is well on his feet and knows exactly what she wants.

As for the characters, I liked them both. I liked Molly’s best friend as well, but I didn’t get the life coach aspect. That man didn’t do much, except for spending some money for her benefit. I think this character could have been better shaped.

All in all, I am giving 3.5 stars to “Flip the Beat”. Istill believe this is a good book, with funny moments and lots of hot moments. A quick read, perfect for summer. I hope you’ll enjoy it and have fun!

 
Roxanne D. Howard writes sizzling erotic romance with Boroughs Publishing
Group and The Wild Rose Press. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and a
Columbia College alumni. She loves to read poetry, classical
literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan,
musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the
western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending quality
time with her husband, children, and furry companions. Roxanne loves
to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her
website and social media.
 
 
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Book Review: Hometown Girl Again

Hometown Girl Again
Hometown Series Book 5
by Kirsten Fullmer
Genre: Romance
 
How did I end up so broken? It’s a question Katherine can’t answer.
First, a surprise inheritance tipped her life upside-down, and now
her new RV park is a muddy mess of half-restored trailers. To make
matters worse, she’s falling for her first crush all over again.
The only thing she’s sure of at this point is a full-blown identity crisis. 
Alex came home after a life-threatening wound ended his Army career. Now
Katie is back too, and she’s building something called a glamping
park? He feels like he let her down years ago, can he make it up to
her now? Or are his own problems too much to handle?
Fate brought Katherine and Alex back to Smithville, and the town-folk want
to see them together again. Will the couple be able to cope with the
locals well-intentioned meddling, or did their chance at love
disappear a long time ago…
 
 
Other Books in the Series:
Hometown Girl at Heart
Hometown Series Book 1
Hometown Girl After All
Hometown Series Book 2
Hometown Girl Forever
Hometown Series Book 3
Christmas in Smithville
The Hometown Series Book 4
 

My Review

Coming home always brings back memories and sometimes we have the chance to do it all over again. That’s what happens to Katie and Alex. They have the chance to start something beautiful, but this means Alex will have to prove he’s here to stay and Katie has to make room for this old love into her heart and plans.

I loved the story very much. Even from the start, the characters’ honesty is very vivid. Katie is back in town to attend her uncle’s funeral. She is honest when it comes to her feelings towards her relatives and her surprise at seeing Alex is genuine. He, on the other hand, is struck with grief at loosing another comrade. Though his injury is keeping him away from army, he still feels it as part of his soul. When they finally meet, their hesitation is so palpable. Kirsten Fullmer did a wonderful job expressing their emotions and capturing every feeling in words.

So we have established that the romance and the characters were very well created. Except that, we see a woman trying to start a business and we see her put her mind to it. We have meddling people, the kind that will put their nose into other’s lives. But it makes the story fun and alive. I liked their “contribution” and it provides that small town feeling.

All in all, I liked this book quite a lot. The reason for not giving all my stars is that there were moments where the alternation between the points of view bothered me. We see too little of one character before moving to the next. Also, I keep wondering, if Alex wouldn’t have gotten hurt, had their love found its place again?  Enjoy 🙂

 
Kirsten grew up in the Western US and graduated from high school in
1984. She married soon there after and quickly built a family.
With three young children and number four on the way, she returned to
college in 1992. Her career as a draftsman included many settings
ranging from a steel fabrication shops to prestigious engineering
firms. Balancing family life with the workplace forced her to
become the queen of multitasking. In 2001, bored with the cubical
life, she moved on to teach drafting in technical college, then to
opening her own consulting firm teaching 3D engineering software. Due
to health problems, Kirsten retired in 2012 to travel with her
husband for his job. She now works writing romance novels and enjoys
spoiling her three grandchildren. Since 2017 Kirsten has lived and
worked full time in a 40′ travel trailer with her husband and her
little dog Bingo.
 
 
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Book Review: Bound

Bound
by Jennifer Dean
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
 
When fate leads Emma Morgan back to her small hometown of Washington, she
learns that the life she knew three years ago has changed once she
meets the charmingly, mysterious Liam Alexander. But when her brother
Sean, voices his disapproval, Emma finds her loyalty in the way of
her newfound curiosity of the youngest Alexander. Only the more she
tries to avoid Liam the more she finds him in her constant company. 
A risk that leads down a dangerous path once Emma begins to discover a
secret about the Alexanders that no human should ever know.
 
 

My Review

This book is right out my alley! I am in love with superpowers, witches,  immortal beings and all that the Paranormal Romance gender has to offer! And “Bound” is perfect for me! It has good quality writing, it has good characters, it has a good plot. What’s not to like?

Ok, although I admit I tend to give all the stars in the sky to Paranormal Romance books, I tend to be more critical, now that I’ve read and reviewed a few. There are small, small things that did not make me confortable reading, but these are not even worth mentioning because the bond our main character has to Liam, the bond between Emma and her brother,  are just two of the things that make this book a great one.

Emma is determined to stand by Liam, to uncover the secrets surrounding his family and she will stop at nothing to do it. And this raises her brother’s disapproval. He dislikes Liam with all his soul and he fails to give her one concrete reason. So she follows her heart and instinct. As many other readers, I found Liam a really nice guy, for a person of his kind (find out more in the book) and his affection for Emma is pure and intense.

I liked the pace of the story, I liked that it followed more than one plot and I liked the system, with the super powerful beings. I will refrain from comparing this book to others as in the end, all books are alike… they all have covers and pages and words and stories J if you enjoy this kind of romance, this book is perfect for you! I hope you give it a try. Happy reading!

 
 
I was never that child you found in the corner reading. In fact, I
loathed the idea of picking up a book. The activity seemed more of a
chore than a past time.
All that changed when my brother began talking to me about the
newest novel he was reading.Harry Potter and The Order of the
Phoenix. 
Before I knew it, my curiosity got the better of
me, luring me to try the series. It didn’t take long for my mindset
of reading to turn on its head.
But even with my new hobby discovered it wasn’t until my junior
year of college that I developed a hidden desire for writing stories.
And when I found myself writing scenes instead of paying attention to
my professors, I knew becoming a writer was the career path I was
meant to follow.
 
 
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Book Review: Within the Walls

Within the Walls
by Dre Keeton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dystopian
 
Perfect opposites in a far from perfect world.
Jackson and Lenah are from two different worlds. Lenah is among the elite in
Sundale City. Jackson, on the other hand, is broke, Psycho Infected
and has a criminal record growing by the minute. It’s safe to say,
in another life, the two would never have crossed paths.
But when Jackson is assigned to work for Lenah in an effort to use his PI
abilities for something productive, things get complicated.
As their worlds collide, they realize how much they’ve both suffered
and struggled with the darkness the infection brought the world.
But the closer they become, the more dangerous things get. It isn’t
just that PI and human relationships are forbidden, but Lenah’s
powerful fiancé has no intention of letting her go. And as people in
the American Walled Cities start disappearing, Jackson and Lenah
discover there’s something even more sinister at play than her
pending nuptials.
 
My Review

“Within the Walls” is kind of a dark story. It gave me a creepy feeling and I wouldn’t say this is generally a bad thing. The atmosphere described is not at all a positive one. It’s dark and bloody and strange.

There are three types of people: the rich and healthy, the infected and the food. Yup, some people are food for others and they become food either willingly or… not so much. Now, we have many contrasting elements here. The rich and healthy live in a prosperous city, where the politics dictate, where politicians crave power and want it regardless of who gets hurt. For them the infected are not people, are just … things. Then we have Victory – a city that used to be beautiful and safe. After the virus outbreak, it changed dramatically. That’s the difference between our main characters. Jackson is a PI (infected) from Victory, Lenah is soon to be married with one of the politicians. Their story is great, not only because of these discrepancies, but also because they have a lot to face. Manipulation and sickness are probably their biggest enemies.

I liked the book quite a lot and it was a very easy read (finished it in one day), but there were some things that I did not enjoy. I was not very comfortable with how the infected people had to find food. It creeped me out! But that’s just me, ok? Then, the main characters seemed a little unstable. Lenah is hot and cold and undecided. She loved her fiancee and then she didn’t. But she did enjoy the luxury. Jackson’s sense of morality is greatly appreciated but he started to like this woman too fast. It seemed forced.

All in all, it was a good read and a series that I would like to follow. Even if I was not totally convinced by the characters, the ending is very promising and I am sure the next book in the series will be even better. My rating for now is 3.5 stars. Until then, happy reading and see you soon with another review 🙂

 
 
Dre Keeton is the oldest of three children, a tequila enthusiast, and
fueled by plants. One of her favorite things, aside from chatting
with her dog, is creating fictional worlds that seem likely. Dre is
an avid promoter of diversity in literature and seeks to mirror that
in her own work.
 
 
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