Review of Shadow Fall By Audrey Grey

  • Title: Shadow Fall
  • Author: Audrey Grey
  • Publisher: Blaze Publishing
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2016
  • Pages: 368
  • Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopian
  • Series: Shadow Fall #1

Goodreads Synopsis:

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?

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Copy of Shadow Fall provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start with the obvious, Shadow Fall is extremely similar to The Hunger Games. The population was divided into classes, ruled by an evil emperor, a game made for teens where they kill each other or die by other means, and a heroine who is risking her life to save her younger sibling. All very Hunger Games-ish. Unlike Hunger Games, I actually enjoyed and was interested by our heroine, Maia. Also I actually found her and Riser’s relationship and feelings for one another to be way more believable.

Maia was more or else made to sound like a weak girl who was scared of anything and everything. I actually found her to be quite brave, and that’s before, well before something happened that I wont give away. After that something happened she struggled with who she was before and who she was now suppose to be. Which only made her story more enjoyable to read. Then there’s Riser, who I had no idea what to expect from him. In fact his whole story caught me be surprise. Just when I thought I had him figured out it was like, SURPRISE! I gave up trying to guess anything to do with him after a while and just enjoyed reading the story unfold.

Now I am by no means an expert on the dystopian genre, but this one had some fresh ideas that were interesting to me. I’d like to list them all but I wont give spoilers. What I will say is the technology they use in this world had my intrigued from the get go, but also gave me a lot of unanswered questions. Fingers crossed those questions will be answered in the next book, which I am actually really looking forward to. I also got a real kick out of Maia’s rebellious side. What can I say deep down I’m a little rebellious but can only explore that when living vicariously through fictional characters. Shadow Fall leaves at such a cliff hanger I had to check I wasn’t skipping pages before I accepted the fact it was done, for now.

Honestly I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, but I loved it. Forget it’s similarities to HG. Forget that though its fighting and chaos made it exciting, it also got confusing at times. And yes forget the unanswered questions. It was the characters and their relationships that really pulled me into this story and not only held but increased my interest. It is those characters I will be coming back for when the second books drops! You should probably read this one before it does.



Review of Breeder by Cara Bristol

  • Title:Breeder
  • Author: Cara Bristol
  • Published:October 15, 2013
  • Publisher: Loose Id
  • Pages: ebook 203
  • Series: Breeder #1
  • Genre: Romance,Sci. Fi. Erotica

Meant for  a mature audience due to sexual scenes and graphic language.

Goodreads Synopsis:

To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

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If I truly didn’t like a book I wouldn’t give a review. That being said I liked this book, but there were some parts that were off putting. In giving my honest opinion I’d like to break this book down into two categories, the good and the bad.

Lets start with the bad. The first few chapters of Breeder were disturbing. The whole way this planet is set up and governed was hard to deal with and at first I questioned weather or not I should keep reading. Basically imagine a world where men were the rulers of everything and women are solely there to produce children (preferably boys) , and serve the men. Add in rape references, physical abuse, and completely degrading the female population. It was hard to stomach to say the least, but if you can get passed all of that than the book is worth the read. It may sound like a hard thing to do but you have to read this book and remind yourself that this is a totally different species and planet. Just like there are different cultures in our world there is also different cultures in this world, and you don’t have to agree with them in order to enjoy this story.

Now on to the good. After getting past the first few chapters, and the initial introduction to this bizarre world, I began to get into the story so much more. The relationship between Dak and Omra came together perfectly. Both the characters really evolved personally as well as together. Seeing them both start to question their laws was a huge relief. It was gratifying to see a play by play of Daks thoughts. Many times he fought between what was law and there for must be right, and what he felt inside himself and Omra. I also enjoyed seeing Omra form into her own person. Seeing her stand up for herself, as well as the entire female population, was so satisfying after seeing what was considered the norm on their planet. The ending of the story was also a big highlight being that you get to see the characters come to terms with their decisions and look into the future in a more positive light.

My main point with this review is that though some parts were off putting and disturbing, if you can get past those it is worth a read. Like I said before most of those difficult to read parts are at the beginning so the rest of the book is enjoyable. As for the intimate parts, they were very steamy, but maybe a little too much for me. All of that is based on preference so like the saying goes, to each their own. In fact I would say that saying would apply to most of the book. So if it sounds like something you would want to read, and the more disturbing parts something you could get pass, then check it out.