Hi, everyone! I have several books this week (All links for books and authors are to Goodreads, descriptions are from Amazon and/or Goodreads, click the book covers to go to the Amazon.com page for the book)
“Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody.” – J.A. Konrath, Origin”Always surprises and always entertains.” – Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero
The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author.
AFTER: THE SHOCK
A massive solar storm erases the world’s technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have…changed.
Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city, where violent survivors known as “Zapheads” roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains, where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for Doomsday.
Other survivors are fleeing the city, but Zapheads aren’t the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even at the risk of her own life.
And the Zapheads are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.
I picked this one up when it went on sale for a few days after it was released. I’m a big fan of Scott’s, and I’ve loved everything I’ve read of his so far. I can’t wait to see his take on an post-apocalyptic world and zombies.
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
**Warning – This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**
I saw that this was on sale for one day on Amazon. I had a gift card from Christmas burning a hole in my pocket. Sold. You had me at sex and violence.
JIGSAW SOUL follows a soldier’s quest to recover the lost pieces of his soul in an epic that echoes both “Apocalypse Now” and “The Odyssey.”In a black ops unit, Arthur Logan calls bullets and bombs from the sky over Iraq. The corpses created by his lethal rain send ghosts after Arthur’s soul, but he avoids their revenge…until returning home.
Civilian life seems perfect, but the echoes of war slowly dissolve his sanity, and Arthur causes a disaster that kills hundreds of people.
While imprisoned for his actions, Arthur discovers his shattered soul is scattered between life and death in a slipstream called The Scale. On a quest for redemption, Arthur hunts for his soul in supernatural versions of San Francisco, New York, Camelot, Valhalla, and even into hell.
I saw this book in one of the emails I get about free Kindle books. It sounded interesting and the reviews looked good, so I picked it up.
What’s in your mailbox this week? Any bets on how long the cracked screen on my Kindle Fire will last before I have to buy a new one? Lesson learned: don’t leave your beloved 13 month old Kindle Fire at home where three kids under five years of age will fight over it for who can play Angry Birds first and longest. Wham-O, cracked but functional screen.