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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (@RickYancey)

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, May 2013 Spotlight Pick
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the excellent Monstrumologist series which I love, but I staved off reading this new series, mostly due to my ‘post-apocalyptic / dystopian books’ fatigue. But the sequel has been released (The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave), so it was time for me to dive in!

The 5th Wave is about a hostile alien invasion of earth, and it starts out really creepy, with a ‘being’ visiting a sleeping pregnant woman and ‘inserting’ an alien consciousness within the fetus. Then, the countdown begins. (cue the music).

The book starts up again after the so-called ‘4th wave’ of the invasion, and is told mostly from the point of view of shell-shocked teenager Cassie (who fears she is the last person on earth). To my surprise, I found that I liked Cassie (I usually don’t like the YA heroines I’ve read so far). She had all the irritating teenage girl qualities (especially her tendency to moon over good-looking boys), but I don’t know – Rick Yancey managed to wrap her up in teflon or something – I was really rooting for her. I liked her sarcasm, guts and never-say-die attitude. I suspect though that part of why she didn’t wear out her welcome was that Rick Yancey, (wisely) chose not to tell the entire story from her POV.

The 5th Wave is also told from the POV of a teenage boy nicknamed Zombie, who has been conscripted into a ‘child army’ – whipped into fighting shape ostensibly to defeat the elements of the ‘4th wave’ – the ‘alien-infested’ humans who are busily wiping out what’s left of humanity after the previous ‘waves’.  Zombie is the leader of a rag-tag squadron, whose littlest member is (coincidentally) Sammy – Cassie’s little brother.

And more coincidence (!), Zombie happens to be Ben Parish – Cassie’s unrequited crush back in her previous life. But the requisite teen romance (because there has to be one – it’s like written in law or something) in The 5th Wave isn’t between Cassie and Zombie. Mysterious good (or bad?) guy Evan rescues a wounded Cassie, and they quickly fall in love while Cassie is recuperating under Evan’s care. Personally, I found Evan to be stalker-ish (even Cassie commented on this), but apparently, all that laser-beam intensity is an irresistible quality in a man. (Example – My girl friends who have read the book are in love with Evan – insert eye-roll here).

The 5th Wave ends strong with good action sequences AND on emotional cliff-hangers (the fate of one main character up in the air, other characters may be mortally wounded), so I’m darn glad that I already own book two!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam Juvenile/Penguin Group) is available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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FREE eBook: Gabriel: Lord of Regrets by Grace Burrowes @GraceBurrowes! @SourcebooksCasa (US, UK, Canada, Australia)

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Gabriel: Lord of Regrets (The Lonely Lords Book 5) by Grace Burrowes

Gabriel: Lord of Regrets (The Lonely Lords Book 5)‘ by Grace Burrowes (Sourcebooks Casablanca) is available for FREE download on the Amazon US Kindle site for a limited time. Just click here to download! Also on, Amazon UK, Amazon CA and Amazon AU.

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Book Description

Another unforgettable Regency romance from award-winning, New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Grace Burrowes.

A man with a dangerous future
After two years in hiding to protect his family, Gabriel Wendover, Marquess of Hesketh, leaves behind the woman he loves and returns home to untangle the plots against him. When the lady turns up on his doorstep to paint portraits of Gabriel’s brother and sister-in-law, he’s not sure whether it’s by accident or by design. And now she could be in harm’s way too…

A lady with a dangerous past
Polonaise Hunt is an accomplished artist who is determined to paint the prestigious Wendover family portraits, but coming upon Gabriel in his new situation changes everything. Despite their mutual passion, trusting Gabriel could cost Polly everything she holds dear…

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The Hunting Dogs by Jorn Lier Horst @LierHorst, Saul Reichlin (Narrator) for $3.95! #Audible

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The Hunting Dogs (William Wisting Mystery) by Jorn Lier Horst, Saul Reichlin (Narrator)

The Hunting Dogs (William Wisting Mystery) by Jorn Lier Horst, Saul Reichlin (Narrator) is Audible.Com’s Daily Deal, and is available today for just $3.95! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Seventeen years ago William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway’s most notorious criminal cases, the murder of young Cecilia Linde. When it is discovered that evidence was falsified, he is suspended from duty. It looks like a man has been wrongly convicted, and suddenly the media are baying for blood. Wisting, who has spent his life hunting criminals, is now the hunted.

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Merriam-Webster’s School Dictionary for $1.99! @MerriamWebster #Kindle Kids Daily Deal!

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Merriam-Webster's School Dictionary by Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster’s School Dictionary‘ by Merriam-Webster (Amazon) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

A dictionary written especially for students grades 9–11, ages 14 and up. Fully updated with more than 100,000 definitions. More than 28,000 usage examples. Nearly 1,000 illustrations. More than 500 synonym paragraphs and 200 word history paragraphs clarify meaning.

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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi @alialmossawi for $1.99! @experimentbooks #Kindle Social Sciences Daily Deal!

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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments‘ by Ali Almossawi, Alejandro Giraldo (The Experiment) (Scribner) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn’t like the result (the argument from consequences).

Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.

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Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow @jimmorrow11 for $1.99! @TachyonPub #Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal

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Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow

Shambling Towards Hiroshima‘ by James Morrow (Tachyon Publications) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site.

Book Description

2010 Sturgeon Award winner
Nebula and Hugo Award nominee

It is the early summer of 1945, and war reigns in the Pacific Rim with no end in sight. Back in the States, Hollywood B-movie star Syms Thorley lives in a very different world, starring as the Frankenstein-like Corpuscula and Kha-Ton-Ra, the living mummy. But the U.S. Navy has a new role waiting for Thorley, the role of a lifetime that he could never have imagined.

The top secret Knickerbocker Project is putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas engineered to stomp and burn cities on the Japanese mainland. The Navy calls upon Thorley to don a rubber suit and become the merciless Gorgantis and to star in a live drama that simulates the destruction of a miniature Japanese metropolis. If the demonstration succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, and many thousands of lives will be spared; if it fails, the horrible mutant lizards will be unleashed. One thing is certain: Syms Thorley must now give the most terrifyingly convincing performance of his life.

In the dual traditions of Godzilla as a playful monster and a symbol of the dawn of the nuclear era, Shambling Towards Hiroshima unexpectedly blends the destruction of World War II with the halcyon pleasure of monster movies.

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Unspoken by Brenda Rothert @BrendaRothert for $1.99! #Kindle Romance Daily Deal!

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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Unspoken‘ by Brenda Rothert (Silver Sky Publishing) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Palmer Sinclair was on the edge of happily ever after when she broke off her engagement to Brady Grant. The end of their relationship marked the beginning of a painful solitary journey for her. Though she makes places beautiful with her work as an interior designer, the rest of her life is anything but beautiful – it’s slowly pulling her under.

Brady, a contractor, is swiftly building his business into an empire. Work is a faithful companion that never lets him down like Palmer did. When he sees women now, it’s on his terms. And his terms are simple: just sex. He won’t let a woman break him again.

Palmer is barely holding it together when she and Brady are unexpectedly paired on a project after a year apart. The pull between them is stronger than ever, but the fallout from their reconnection leaves them both wondering if maybe some things are better left unsaid.

** Due to mature content, this book is intended for readers age 18 and up.

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Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman @andrewekaufman for $1.99! #Kindle Daily Deal!

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Book Description

The psychologist with a troubled past…

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

The killer with a secret…

Donny Ray knows things about Christopher—things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case, Christopher’s life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?

The terror that binds them…

In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, bestselling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth…even if it costs him his sanity.

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