A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: ZOO 2 — James Patterson and Max DiLallo | #BookShots #ManIsTheMostDangerousAnimal

After checking out ZOO by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and enjoying it immensely, I wanted to be sure to check out the follow-up ZOO 2 by Patterson and Max DiLallo. But before we get to my thoughts, let’s learn a little more about it…

zoo2James Patterson’s ZOO was just the beginning. The planet is still under violent siege by ferocious animals. Humans are their desperate prey. Except some humans are evolving, mutating into a savage species that could save civilization—or end it.

The story itself really made me think of the possibilities—could the overstimulation of our brains from radio signals and the like really awake something more primitive in our DNA? I would hate to think it’s possible, but until it happens, you never know what’s possible.

In theory, the story was terrifying which made for a delightfully frightful listen. I found myself getting pulled along with the characters and that’s not always an easy thing to do. It was a very enjoyable follow-up to the first book. I would highly recommend it.

Rating: 4.5 stars

BOOK BLAST: If You Wish — Cassandra Sage Briskman | #YoungAdult #Debut

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Ella Jackson is an ordinary teenage girl whose father just happens to be a rich and famous film director. Her life must be awesome, right? Not exactly. Her father is always working and her stepmother and two step sisters basically live to make Ella miserable. Life sucks, until Ella meets Julian. But, instead of falling in love with him, she finds herself falling in love with the hottest boy at school…her step sister’s boyfriend. In a remarkable coming of age story written by a real teenager, If You Wish confronts bullying, drug abuse, and LGBT rights in a story that is anything but a fairy tale.

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If You Wish.jpgTitle: If You Wish

Author: Cassandra Sage Briskman

Published: September 14th, 2016

Publisher: Waterside Productions

Genre: Young Adult

Recommended Age: 12+

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cassandra-sage-briskmanAbout the Author — Cassandra Sage Briskman is a 16 year old YA author, who splits her time between Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, NY. If You Wish is her debut novel.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: The Undying Love | #Zombies #TilDeathDoUsPart

The Undying Love

Greg McCabe

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For Diane and Jackson, life is just about perfect. They’re healthy, happy, and madly in love with one another. Unknown to them, a virus is sweeping across the globe that instantly kills the infected and turns their corpses into mindless, murdering cannibals. In short: zombies have taken over the planet.

Diane and Jackson find out about the epidemic the hard way when their wedding is crashed by friends and family who have succumbed to the virus. Now, fighting for survival, they’re faced with unthinkable decisions.

Follow their story across Southeast Texas as they meet unforgettable characters and face challenges that will put their love, and lives to the ultimate test.

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FRIDAY FICTION: The Run | #FreeFiction

The Run

Buds in ears, music cranked, I start my morning run through the park.

The ground is slick; it must have rained last night. No problem, I’m not concerned—I’ve done the run thousands of times before without any problems. I know where all of the muddy parts will be. I just need to remember not to zone out this time or I’m likely to slip and slide again…

That was a painful day and it’s hard to believe it was only a few short weeks ago. The tumble started with a slipped foot, moved onto a lopsided dance as my body was thrown off balance, ending with a trip down the nearby hill of grass. Landing at the bottom, I had been alone, wet, and covered in mud. Sore, with my ego bruised, I made my way home and vowed never to run when it was wet again.

It did seem like a bad omen to break the promise to myself, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. I need the span of the run to work out a few problems in my mind, away from the constant demands on my attention.

My stride increases as I warm up, the muscles in my legs lengthening as I pound the concrete path. I’m oblivious to the world around, concentrating only on the placement of my feet and the issues that swirl through my brain: should I paint the kitchen red; does Harry really need braces right now; should we get a new car; should I ask my boss for the promotion I know I deserve; the scenarios are endless and they eddy in constant chaos.

The music changes, the beat gets stronger, but there’s something else. I hear something below the thump of the bass. Is it footsteps?

I glance behind me, expecting to see another runner, but there’s no one there. I increase my pace, just a bit panicked at the absence of an explanation. I don’t hear the noise again and my heart beat slows as I do, falling back into my normal rhythm.

It’s back. The sound of footfalls in my aural periphery startles me as I weigh my options over what to cook for dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese or chicken risotto? I turn my head to glance over my left shoulder, then my right, thinking someone has to be there.

Nothing. No one.

I stop, this time sure someone will come out of the trees around me, just as stunned to see me as I would be to see them. No one approaches.

I pick up the pace again, turning the volume on my iPod down, hoping it will help me to discern if someone is following me. I run down the path, trying hard not to keep craning my head around, just concentrating on getting to the exit only a few short blocks from home. With people around, safety will come. No one can attack if there are people around, right?

The ancillary hairs on my neck come to life as a warm, moist wind blows across the back of it. It feels like someone’s breath has just caressed me and my arm flies up in acute panic.

I hit nothing but it doesn’t stop me from whipping my body around. The trail behind me is empty.

I feel the same breeze on the flesh of my neck again, goose bumps rising on my body, cascading down its length. I whip around, expecting to see no one, but I gasp in shock.

A man stands there, his face full of menace, his body primed to strike.

Copyright © 2014 Julianne Snow

A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: The Colorado Kid — Stephen King | #Mystery #Horror

As a fan of the TV show Haven, I wanted to be sure I read The Colorado Kid by Stephen King which the show is said to be based upon. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment to learn a little more about the story…

coloradokid.jpgStephanie McCann is a journalism student at University of Ohio. Her summer internship brings her to Moose-Lookit Island, ME where she tags along after Vince Teague and David Bowie–two salty newsmen who’ve been running The Weekly Islander together for forty years.

Over those decades, the old guys have seen it all. With Stephanie’s help, they review a cold case involving “The Colorado Kid”—an anonymous tourist visiting the island who turned up dead in the Spring of 1980.

The Colorado Kid is classic King. He deftly weaves a charming and funny New England yarn featuring good old fashioned Island storytelling.

When I first started listening, I wasn’t sure how the book would connect to the show. While it wasn’t important for my enjoyment, the curious part of my mind was always listening to the connection. I will say the connection is loose at best, but The Colorado Kid was a great example of the way King crafts a twisted tale around a mystery.

The entire story revolves around the retelling of a mysterious appearance (and yes I mean appearance) and the subsequent investigation undertaken to discover the identity and circumstances surrounding that appearance. It’s a bit of a creepy tale that circles back upon itself in an interesting way. If you’re not a fan of the television series Haven, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up—it’s well worth the read.

Rating: 4 stars

BOOK BLAST: From Stardust to Babylon — Amanda Bucan | #Memoir #CreativeNonFiction

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Amanda grew up in an impoverished ex-steel town where she endured a lonely and ostracized childhood. Bullied at school she becomes a withdrawn teenager who at sixteen meets her `twin flame` while working in a humble social club. The two quickly embark upon a passionate affair though the relationship is ill-fated from the outset, and Amanda eventually marries someone else.

For nineteen years they live separate lives, until one harrowing day in 2001 Amanda learns via telepathic messages that Simon has died. This activates an astonishing onslaught of paranormal activity which will ultimately change the course of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Biblical history. With the revelation of a monumental conspiracy, this story brings truth and hope to a troubled world through a universal language that transcends all faiths and all cultures. Journey the road together, awaken to life`s synchronicities and grow in wisdom.

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From Stardust to Babylon.jpgTitle: From Stardust to Babylon

Author: Amanda Bucan

Published: August 24th, 2016

Publisher: Publishnation

Genre: Memoir /Creative Non-fiction

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About the Author: I was born in Northamptonshire in 1964 where I still reside today. I consider myself to be an ordinary person who`s experienced some extraordinary events. A home loving humanitarian at heart with a passion for fairness, equality, and creating a better world.

Amanda Bucan.jpgWhen I`m not writing I love spending time outdoors communing with nature and observing the wildlife; those inspired moments watching Autumn leaves in lowering sunlight while the birds squabble over their tea, and I munch through several large chunks of dark chocolate washed down with a hot mug of tea. I`m attracted to people from all walks of life who are kind, thoughtful and honest. I enjoy shopping trips and watching TV dramas, including Bates Motel, Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge, but mostly I love Poldark…. (Well who doesn`t?) Favourite places for a return visit would include Egypt`s Temple of Karnak, (probably the most peaceful place on earth!) The Cairo museum and Italy`s Amalfi coast. I`m also partial to a bracing boat trip across Lake Windermere on route to the little town of Bowness.

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