Friday, January 18, 2013

Early Review: 'Til the World Ends by Julia Kagawa, Ann Auirre, Karen Duvall

'Til The World Ends
by Julia Kagawa, Ann Auirre, Karen Duvall
Series: Kagawa; Blood of Eden #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: January 29, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian
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Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa- Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems...
Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre- After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside... for good.
Sun Storm by Karen Duval - Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa take us to the time before Immortal Rules giving us an amazing look at the beginnings of the world we have come to love.  The Red Lung virus is leaving a path of destruction in its wake. As scientist race to find a cure, doctors like Kylie fight to save those those they can. Kylie and a handful of nurses have been struggling in a make-shift hospital. Ben Archer arrives with his wounded friend and we discover that things are about to get worse. Kagawa has this incredible gift for drawing the reader in and immersing you into the tale. I adored Ben and Kylie and felt their relationship was genuine. The tale that unfolds is both terrifying and breathtakingly beautiful. I abso- freakin-loutely loved this and cannot wait for the next book.

Four and half cups of mocha coffee out of five
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Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre take us into a world that has been altered by a catastrophic chemical spill. It is a dystopian world that feels eerily real, where the rich live in fortresses and the rest of the world called the Red Zone is ruled by thugs with guns, money and manpower. The mob man rules and those who want to survive pay for his protection. Mari Thistle lives with her two younger siblings in the home that they owned while their parents were alive. She has learned to be a thief to survive and feed her family. Mari is sent on a task to steal a box for the mob boss within the fortress; she fails and narrowly escapes with the help of Throne Goodman. She learns of a terrible plot by the greedy mob boss and joins forces with Throne. The tale was fascinating, and Aguirre brought the world to life. There is no romance but a friendship develops and we see growth from Mari. The characters were fascinating and we got glimpses of their depth but I would have preferred a full length version of this particular tale.

Three and half cups of Colombian coffee out of five 
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Sun Storm by Karen Duvall- brings us a post-apocalyptic world where solar flares have destroyed the Earth and people die from exposure. We meet Sarah Daggot who has been chasing storms since she was a kid. When the solar flares hit, she survived and was transformed into a Kinetic. She is able to predict sun storms and gives advanced warning for others to take cover. She meets another Kinetic the smexy, mysterious Ian Matthews and things heat up. Conspiracies, an evil Federal Agent gone rogue and a prediction of an apocalyptic sun flare kept me turning the pages. The romance was sweet and while I had a strong enough sense of the world and plot, I wish it had been a full length novel.  Sarah and Matthew together were kiss-ass and the ended felt rush as a novella. I would pick up another book by this author. 

Four cups of cinnamon coffee out of five
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I am so glad that I had a chance to read 'Til the World Ends and recommend it to fans of dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds. I want to thank Harlequin Teen for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. 

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24 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I am not a fan of dystopian books, but well, these are some big name authors I still want to read someday.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

This sounds like a great group of novellas. I am really excited for the second book in the Blood of Eden series. Great reviews.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous readingdiva said...

Thanks Kim, I will be sure to grab this one. Can't wait to see what happened before Immortal Rules!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I loved Immortal Rules and cannot wait for book two.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

The Dawn of Eden one sounds great. This book has my interest now. :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

I am a big fan of Kagawa, and didn't realise this story came out! Thank for sharing! Loved the reviews!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

welcome hope you enjoy it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was really well done and worth the price!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

I love both Julie Kagawa & Ann Aguirre but haven't read anything by Duvall, i'll have to pop this one on my TBR pile, I tend to avoid short stories for some reason but these sound so good!

Great reviews!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

Okay, I SO need to read this! Especially the first two stories. Love both those authors! So Thistle and Thorn isn't a prequel to the Enclave books? Since you didn't say then I'm assuming no. Either way, still want to read!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I do not know I did not read Enclave, but if it was then I need to read them, I am going to investigation since ya all have me so curious now!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Nick said...

Julie Kagawa and Ann Aguirre? This book must be full of awesomeness! I loved the Immortal Rules so it should be very interesting to read Kagawa's origin story! Ben and Kylie sound great!
Thistle and Thorn isn't related to Enclave is it? Anyways, whatever, it's Ann Aguirre. There's no way I can't not read this!
Great review, Kim! :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

OMG Nick you must read Dawn of Eden..you must! I did not read Enclave and if it is then I probs want to read it, but it didn't say so..hmm I should investigate! Worth the cover price for sure !

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Aww, sorry you didn't love Immortal Rules but all of these were wonderful and you know I love dystopians, origin tales and post-apocalyptic worlds!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I wasn't the biggest fan of Immortal Rules out there, but I do love origin stories, especially when a virus is involved, so that makes Kagawa's short a must-read.
Ann Aguirre is my favorite author (and one of my favorite people) in the world so hers is also a must-read, and I can see why you'd want it to be longer, I want ALL her stories to be endless, lol.
Fantastic review, Kimba!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Dunno since at least that one belongs to a series that actually is

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

these were all good my friend

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I'm most eager to read Julie Kagawa and Ann Aguirre's stories, especially Dawn of Eden, as I loved Immortal Rules. Great reviews, Kimba!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh Immortal Rules rocked Dawn of Eden was awesome!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

WOW!!! This novella sounds like it really did hit the spot. I think I would like to read the Ann Aguirre story in it ;)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was really good, if you get a chance to read it I think you will enjoy them all!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I have seen very little reviews on this one and I have really been curious about how it was. I am glad that overall you enjoyed it. Anthologies can be so hit and miss you just never know what you will get.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes and if you look back at comments from other followers you will see a whole lot of them loved this too!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Erica Nicholas said...

Oh I am SO looking forward to this.

 

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