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The Ruined Land (The Chronicles of the Pale Book 3) by Clare Rhoden

September 14, 2019 - 7:00 am No Comments

The Ruined Land – Chronicles of the Pale #3

Exiled from the Pale, humachine Hector has found a home with the tribes Outside.

Or has he?

While the canini struggle to care for the human twins, Feather travels Broad Plain to reunite them with their father. But his own family is scattered as the Pale sends out its terrifying army and the land itself buckles beneath them.

Can anyone survive the ruination of the land?

In this gripping conclusion to the Chronicles of the Pale, the citizens of the mighty Pale have as much to lose as the communities of the Outside.

The Ruined Land (The Chronicles of the Pale Book 3) by Clare Rhoden

Published by Odyssey Books on 31st August 2019

258 pages

I did not want to write this review as when I did, I knew that this was the end of the series. This was a series that I was invested in, throughout the series I was following four groups trying to survive an ever-changing world of the Pales.

Continuing on from Broad Plain Darkening, mother nature is making things hard and for a lot of the book, my heart was in my mouth as the characters came up against danger after danger. At times like that I was reading faster and faster and I wanted to know who had survived. One scene, in particular, was the scene between Jasper and his dad.

As I have read the others in the series, I recognised the characters instantly and as I continued, I was silently cheering when I came across a character I liked as I knew that they had survived. The addition of characters helped explain what was going on with the Pale and the hidden dangers.  

As you are reading this story, you have the feeling that you there, following the groups trying to survive and this down to the descriptive style of the author. Like in the other books there is heartbreak but also hope. The Ruined Land gave closure to this series and whilst I was sad that the series was finished, I am glad that I had the pleasure of following these characters.

With so many characters I would love to see some spin-offs of the series and if the author chose to do this, I would definitely purchase them. My first choice would be Feather as I would enjoy reading more about his travels across the Pale.  

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruined-Land-Chronicles-Pale/dp/1925652734/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ruined-Land-Chronicles-Pale/dp/1925652734/

AUhttps://www.amazon.com.au/Ruined-Land-Clare-Rhoden/dp/1925652734/

Author Bio –

Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://clarerhoden.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clareelizabethrhoden/

Instagram: @clarerhodenauthor

Twitter: @ClareER

Giveaway to Win Signed Copies of all three Chronicles of the Pale books & wolf-dog toy made by Borchetta Plush Toys of Australia (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Broad Plain Darkening (The Chronicles of the Pale Book 2) by Clare Rhoden

September 9, 2019 - 5:29 am No Comments

Broad Plain Darkening – Chronicles of the Pale #2

The safe world of the Pale is under threat.

Inside the policosmos, the new Regent Adaeze strives for dominance over the all-powerful Senior Forecaster, but the Pale’s humachine citizens are unaware that their city is close to collapse.

Outside on Broad Plain, the exiled human Hector undertakes a dangerous trek to find a safe haven for the orphaned twins.

How can anyone survive as their world shifts underneath them?

Broad Plain Darkening (The Chronicles of the Pale Book 2) by Clare Rhoden

Publisher: Odyssey Books on 20 October 2018

268 pages

Following on from The Pale, Broad Plain Darkening starts answering the questions that were left after finishing book 1 and the people are slowly rebuilding their lives.

As before as a reader you get to follow each group and find out how each group is moving forward and surviving in this dangerous world. This book concentrated more on the Tribesman and the Canini which I was happy reading about as they were my 2 favourite groups and it did show the difference between the group’s actions. I did have my own idea about which groups I wanted to survive and is it wrong that I did not like the residents of the Pale. Politics in certain groups play a big part in the group dynamics and as a reader, you can see exactly what game certain characters are playing to shift the balance of power and it does get you wondering how much these games are going to affect the world’s development.

As before I have my favourite characters and I really enjoyed finding more about Feather and you can understand why he has been chosen as a messenger, he has a way with words and whilst he gets his point across, he does it very diplomatic.  

Whilst there are a lot of characters there is a character list at the beginning of the book which will help you keep track of who’s who, but after reading The Pale I had no problems remembering all the characters and the dynamics in their group. There are some new characters that make an appearance which has made me curious on the direction that book three will go. I have an idea what I want to happen but I will just have to wait to find out.

I am really enjoying reading this series as I am invested in the character’s wellbeing. If you are looking for a dystopian read that feels real than you cannot go wrong with this series

 Purchase Linkviewbook.at/clarerhodenbroadplain

 Author Bio –

Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://clarerhoden.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clareelizabethrhoden/

Instagram: @clarerhodenauthor

Twitter: @ClareER

Giveaway to Win Signed Copies of all three Chronicles of the Pale books & wolf-dog toy made by Borchetta Plush Toys of Australia (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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The Pale – Chronicles of the Pale #1 by Clare Rhoden

September 5, 2019 - 5:07 am No Comments

Here is my review for the 1st in the Chronicles of the Pale series and at the end of this post there is a competition to win all three books and a cuddly dog

The Pale – Chronicles of the Pale #1

The Outside can be a dangerous place.

But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.

As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.

What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?

 The Pale by Clare Rhoden  

Published by Odyssey Books on 15 September 2017

258 pages

After a major earthquake had destroyed their world, the story follows the four groups who live in this world.

The Pale are human who have upgraded their bodies using technology, feeling more superior than the other groups, they lived their lives surrounded by a big wall. The tribe were a nomad group who spent their time trading mainly with the Settlement whose main purpose was to protect their gene pool and if you were deemed to be not assessed, your life was there to serve and finally the Canini a group of highly intelligent dogs that can communicated by mind thought.

The story started off slowly as you are introduced to the four groups and the major players. At first, I was getting a bit confused of who was who in the story. But after a few chapters I soon got into the story and began to recognise the characters making the story flow smoothly. Each couple of chapters was dedicated to a certain group and as you carry on with the story, you are following the groups as they adjust to a changing lifestyle.

The detailed description from the author, enable you to understand the dynamics of each group and like in real life there were characters that did not like the direction that the groups were going. This story will bring out quite a few different emotions as you get immersed in the character’s lives. If you are like me you will have your favourite characters and you will pick the characters you love to hate.

This dystopian story is not your predictable good v evil and it is a story that will draw you in. You will want to carry on reading it to find out what is going to happen to the world, groups and characters. I am glad that book 2 is out as I need to know what is going to happen to these four groups.

Purchase Link  – viewbook.at/clarerhodenthepale

Author Bio –

Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://clarerhoden.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clareelizabethrhoden/

Instagram: @clarerhodenauthor

Twitter: @ClareER

Giveaway to Win Signed Copies of all three Chronicles of the Pale books & wolf-dog toy made by Borchetta Plush Toys of Australia (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe

July 4, 2019 - 5:30 am 2 Comments

Seventeen

Imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone. No adults, no internet, no rules.

The world is facing the deadliest virus ever known.

When the KV17 virus kills everyone above the age of seventeen, life becomes a battle of survival for the children left behind. Seeking to escape the escalating violence in the city, two sisters, Lexi and Hadley flee to the Australian outback. Finding sanctuary in the small town of Jasper’s Bay, they soon realise it is far from safe, as a gang of lawless teenagers terrorise the town.

Caught in a bitter feud leading to betrayal, deceit and murder, the girls must quickly uncover who their enemies are, and who they can trust.

In a world drastically changed from everything they once knew; can the sisters and children of Jasper’s Bay learn to adapt? Can they maintain control of their town, and protect it from those who would destroy it?

Book One in the YA Seventeen Series

Winner of the New Apple YA horror/Sci-Fi award

Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe

Published by Silvergum Publishing (2nd edition) on 1st July 2019

374 pages

Whilst it was a long time ago that I was a teenager, I still remember that I thought that I could fend for myself and I think that teenagers today still think the same, but what if it became a reality. When KV17 killed all the adults, it was left to the children to survive.

Following Lexi and younger Hadley as they try and survive after their parents had died was riveting. Lexi was 16 and whilst she was sensible, she had to learn the hard way to survive and having to look after her younger sister, gave her a purpose to find somewhere safe for them.

The author had a way of setting the scene and as you follow them on their journey to Jasper’s Bay. You have a full understanding of what Lexi and the rest of the children are up against and as a mom I wanted them to survive. Like in any dystopian world, not everyone is nice and in this story, we have Broc, a sadistic bully, who with his little group was terrorizing Jasper’s Bay. Although that is not their only problem and you soon find out why Seventeen is an important age.

The children’s backstories help explain what sort of upbringing they had. Throughout the whole story, you live their emotions and there were times that I forgot they were children. Whilst it was Lexi and Hadley’s story Jasper’s Bay had some great characters and some of my favourites were the children on the farm, even without their parents they were still doing the right thing for the farm.

As I found this book so compelling, I finished it really quick, and even whilst I was reading this, I kept thinking if my own 2 teenagers could survive without me and whilst I would have no worries with my daughter, I think after reading this I will give my son some extra cooking lessons.

This is a perfect book for teenagers and adults alike who wish to start a new dystopian series and I am looking forward to Rage which is out in September   

Purchasing Link https://www.amazon.com/Seventeen-Suzanne-Lowe-ebook/dp/B07QL9VRRX/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seventeen-Suzanne-Lowe-ebook/dp/B07QL9VRRX/

Author Bio: Suzanne was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult grew up in the small country town of Tom Price situated in the outback of Western Australia. Her current home is in Perth with her husband, two daughters and cat Abby. ​

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sports Science. Her interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. She also enjoys going to the occasional comic book convention! 

Like the young women in her stories, Suzanne has had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in her life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet in York and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.

Suzanne is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors.

Her published works include;

Seventeen, Book One in the Seventeen Series. A YA dystopian adventure story set in Australia. Winner of the New Apple E-book awards in YA horror and Sci-Fi

Rage, Book Two in the Seventeen Series. A YA dystopian adventure story set in Australia. Available August 2019

The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket, a pirate adventure story for middle grade children

Suzanne’s author website is www.Suzanneloweauthor.com

Twitter is  www.twitter.com/@Suzanne_Lowe_

Instagram is www.instagram.com/suzannelowe.author/

Facebook is www.facebook.com/suzanneloweauthor/

Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

June 6, 2019 - 9:22 pm No Comments

One of my missions is to read more of my books that I have had on my kindle for a while. Whilst this may be an endless task, I will slowly chip away at my reading list.

Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

Published by Live and Love the Fantasy Publications on 13th October 2016

166 pages

You only have to turn on the TV, flick through magazines or even scroll through your social media, and you can see how obsessive some people are with their looks. Untitled Beauty is a story about Grace or more commonly known as Eleven, a young adult who has lived in a world that was controlled by their looks. The higher your score the better life you had.

Grace was rare in the middle of the look gauge, she was what they call a potential. She could get prettier if she had the right buyer.

As you follow Grace, you think her life could not get worse but as she lives with her new family, she is treated more like a pet and her only friend, Reese, a trainer seems to have alternative motives. But as more is known Reese, you can understand why is paying so much attention to Grace. The treatment of her “family” was barbaric and I did wonder whether she would have been better off living back in isolation.

Luckily for Grace, she is very strong-willed and even when she is humiliated or battered and bruised, she gritted her teeth and survived.   

The story is a fast-paced read as there was always something happening. The last third of the book was non stop and whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger, it did leave me wanting to carry on with the series and as it is on kindle unlimited, I am looking forward to carrying on with Grace’s adventure. This is a dystopian book with a difference and it was a pleasant change to read a story which did not involve the ending of the world. This story is perfect for teenager or adults who are looking for a story that will make you think about how we view society