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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! I'm on a much needed break from April 1st-30th. During this time you might see a few reviews pop up but mostly I'll be offline doing spring cleaning and trying to make some changes in my personal life. Want to know more? I wrote a post about the break.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently not accepting ANY review or promo requests. At the beginning of May I will update what I am accepting and for when. Followers and friends please drop me an email as needed.

♥ -- Rhi

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: After the Red Rain

After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco
Young Adult, Futuristic, Science Fiction
Release Date: August 2015
Ebook/Print/Audio (400 pages,  LITTLE BROWN)
A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.
On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.
But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.

Dark and gloomy but oh-so-absorbing... (4 stars)

I've been making a habit of randomly picking up books that I see on Instagram and reading them without even having read the blurb. It's been a fun experiment and so far AFTER THE RED RAIN has probably been one of my favorites. It has one of the best opening chapters I've read in ages. I actually started it while sitting in a waiting room and had to hold back all the winces and pained faces I wanted to make... then a few days later I read it out loud to my husband. The next night as I sat reading he asked me how my morbid book was going. lol

So if you want to jump into a read that's dark and dreary and a little depressing I definitely recommend picking up AFTER THE RED RAIN. If you enjoy romantic sub-plots, however, this is also deeply satisfying on that level. Where I feel it really shines though is as a science fiction parable with a focus on ecology. This is one YA world you won't want to live in.

Deedra is strangely naive and I honestly found her tough to like at times. In contrast Rose is very intriguing and about as mysterious as a character can get. Without spoiling anything I'll just say that I really, really hope there will be further books to follow because I still have so many questions about him. Most of the secondary characters play vital but small roles in the storyline.

On the whole, this is a book that is really fast-paced and engrossing with it's only major flaw being that it might have had a few too many fingers involved in the plotting. If you're at all into YA scifi and post-apocalyptic I'd definitely suggest you check it out.

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Review: Awakening by Shannon Duffy

Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Young Adult, Dystopian
Ebook/Print (352 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out--her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped the Terrorscape--a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants--and he needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

Author Site: website

Be glad this is just a book, this world is terrifying because... (4 stars)

Ever since I was caught and punished for reading The Handmaid's Tale when I was 15, I have had a passion for dystopian fiction. That was 20 years ago. I never would have thought that I'd be finding most of my dystopian reading in the Young Adult section but I am so glad it's there, challenging teens to evaluate the world and Shannon Duffy's AWAKENING is no exception.

I actually picked it up without ever reading the blurb, the book's publisher had sent me an unsolicited review copy and since I tend to love their stuff I just started reading it not knowing more than that it was dystopian. Within chapters I was totally engrossed and it's completely due to the world building. It is both AWAKENING's strength and weakness. It suffers from a lot of the same major problems I had with Lauren Olivier's Delirium—if this is this then how can that be that? type of issues—but if I could brush aside some of those implausible issues the world was terrifying. The idea that the day of the week you're born on determines at what age you turn yourself over the government to be terminated alone was the worst. I'd be a Five so I did the math and realized my life would not be that much longer, really scary! Then there's not being able to sleep without machines. Ugh, yeah this was some of the scariest world building I've read.

Desiree is an interesting character because at first she's completely okay with he Protectorate. It isn't until Darian starts giving her things to question that she begins to unravel all of the things that she has never looked at as anything other than things being just the way they are. Her growth is very organic and enjoyable to read. Darian will probably appeal to most of the target audience, but as an adult reader I found him kinda annoying. It's weird but I actually liked Asher, the bully that Desiree was paired with by the Protectorate, more. Maybe because I liked the idea of him as a redeemable character, as someone who was trying to do what he thought was the right thing even though he had other interests.

From start to finish AWAKENING was a great read, it definitely had some major holes in the set-up of the world, but I'm hoping further installments in the series will fill them in enough to gloss over them. If you enjoyed The Book of Ivy, Delirium, or other dystopian reads where control of emotions/thinking or partnerships was left to the government you'll probably really enjoy it.

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec

The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec
Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches
Ebook, Print, Audio (336 pages, HQN)
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

Family is power... welcome to the bloody chapter. (4 stars)

After the richly characterized and well plotted THE ORIGINALS: THE RISE I was very eager to see where the Mikaelson siblings' story would pick back up. Forty-plus years later they've tamed New Orleans. With the witches and werewolves banished to the swamps they've built a vampire army with Elijah running the city. But Klaus has never recovered from losing Vivianne and he's willing to pay any cost to get her back.

I was quite surprised at how different The Loss was from The Rise. The first book really established a great foundation for the series and I felt like the character development was well done but the same felt very flat in The Loss. The story focused so much on fighting—and I do mean actual physical battles and combat—that I felt quite disconnected from it. It's always enjoyable to see these characters in a good fight but there was just so much of it happening chapter after chapter that I felt it a bit overkill. Some of that may have been caused by the fact that it alternates POVs between the three siblings so the same scene might be rehashed from another angle with new information that overlaps.

Of the three Mikaelsons I felt like Elijah got the most character development here but even his wasn't much. A new love interest is introduced for him that I'm curious to see played out in The Resurrection. Klaus is much more somber and less broody than is typically his flavor which suits his role as mourning lover but also makes him less fun to read. Rebekah shows more maturity and depth than she usually is attributed and I liked her attempts at being the reasonable sibling.

Overall, this was another enjoyable, if a little less rich on character, read that I would recommend to fans. It definitely will not stand alone so make sure you read The Rise first!

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Entangled March Madness FINAL ROUND #TeamJackson


RhiReaders you are the best fans a blogger could ask for. You prove that reading and the love of fiction is and ever shall be a passion worthy of praise. I love our community to bits and as I get ready to go on a month long journey of giving my mind a rest I know you'll still be here keeping the flames going. We made it to the final round and I could not be more stunned and pleased. When I filled out the form to champion Jackson I had no idea he was as well loved as he is. I figured I was one of a small handful of fans. Thanks for proving that paranormal romance isn't dead by carrying us this far and if you can cast your votes once more please help us take the title of Ultimate Hero! ♥ -- Rhi


Jackson vs Drake Final Round

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Hello everyone and welcome to the final round! They've battled hard, and here's our last two survivors. Plus, we've got a pretty fabulous giveaway as incentive. May the best man win!
Rhi's fancasting!

In recap: why you should vote for Jackson:

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