She gives a small nod and grimaces. Then she smiles. “I must have hit my head harder than I realized. You’re half naked.”
I laugh. Until she said it, I’d forgotten about that. I hadn’t even noticed the chilled October air nipping at my skin. “Like what you see?”
“Apparently I’m not the only one.” Her eyes move meaningfully to the side. I turn to see what she’s talking about.
Four or five girls are giggling and watching me like I’m a Calvin Klein model in nothing but my boxers. Normally that wouldn’t bother me. Normally I’d make the most of the situation and get laid. This time irritation gnaws at me. Amber’s hurt and they don’t give a damn.
I turn back to Amber and let her last words push away the irritation. At least she likes what she sees. For some reason, her opinion is the only one that matters.
I lift my T-shirt from her wound. It’s still bleeding. “You need stitches. Can you stand or should I carry you?”
She smiles softly. “I think I can stand.”
She presses her hand on my T-shirt, keeping it in place, and with her free arm, pushes herself up so she’s sitting. I slip my arm around her back and help her stand. She leans into me, surrounding me with her strawberry scent. I envelope her in my arms while Chase watches, an amused smile on his face, my leather jacket in his hand.
Chase has waited a long time to see me act like this around a girl, which is why he’s finding the situation so amusing.
This book was quite the rollercoaster ride. It is more than just a love story. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and sadly… to be continued. Don’t fret though people, it’s not a cliff-hanger! The story of Amber and Marcus is way too complex to be summed up in one book. So now I just sit here and eagerly await their ultimate happy ending and the ride Stina will take me on to get there.
Imagine living your life always thinking someone is watching you, following your every move. Panic attacks at the slightness memory of what your past held and cripples your ability to function normally. Well, Amber deals with those things, and as you could imagine, that is not a fun way to live. She spent three weeks of her life living to survive any way she had to. She has the scars from it, inside and out. Not only is she trying to overcome the trauma of her own ordeal, but she also has an enormous amount of guilt that came along with it and how others in her life were affected by it. Living normally doesn't seem ever possible, but then she meets Marcus…
Marcus hasn’t had an easy life either. Watching his big brother die at the hands of his horrendously evil step-father and a mother who did nothing to protect her own children from him. With the burden of keeping a secret, a request made by his dying brother, Marcus soon comes to realize there are huge consequence’s that came with burying that secret with his dead brother. It not only changed his life forever, but also the life of a young boy he was trying to protect. The only thing is, he was trying to protect him from the wrong thing. As the secrets of his past come crashing down, will he be able to overcome this new guilt?
Stina did a great job at making me feel the emotional ride Marcus and Amber took throughout the story. Their chemistry was easily felt as their emotional and physical bond formed across the pages. Not only did this book contain some serious and dark subject matter (on both characters behalf’s) that was well put together, but it also included some fun, light flirty banter between the two that added a swoony smile every now and then.
If you are looking for well written story that will take you on a ride of highs and lows of our human emotional states and of the good and the bad of what life is willing to offer, then I highly suggest you read this fantastic story!
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
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I was super excited to finally read this book even though I'm new to the subject of zombies. I've watched a few zombie movies, and I think I have read one or two other zombie books before this one, but they all sounded the same so I was interested to see how Nazarea was going to make her book different. The zombies were in some ways similar, but in others not so much. This book had a kick-ass heroine, a delicious male, a little romance, tons of action, and lots and lots of zombies.
Ren is a 'first'. She was born the day that the world ended. She would do anything for those she cares most about no matter what she has to endure along the way; which is one of the things why I really liked her. She can handle things from a revolver to a knife without difficulty; she's a complete badass.
Then there's the drool-worhty Finn. I liked his take-charge attitude. Even though I found some stuff out about him, he's still a complete mystery. I want to know why he is the way he is. The sexual tension between him and Ren is thick. I loved the arguments and digs between these two and can't wait to see if their relationship develops into something more than animosity. They definitely feel something for one another, but I wonder what will happen and how it will happen between these two.
We meet a few other characters along the way. Some I know we'll be seeing more of, but others I doubt it. The story is divided into four parts, I believe, and each part changes point of view between Ren and Finn; which I really liked.
The plot was interesting. The zombies are not your typical moaning/shuffling zombies. These zombies are super fast and I think even a little smart and look pretty disgusting. The Havens, where the people live, were interesting to see and learn about how they came to be. I also liked that it was explained how and why people became infected; I found that information interesting and somewhat different from what I know about zombies.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was different from what I was expecting and I love that the book took place after the end of the world rather than as the end of the world was happening. The heroine is pretty strong and the male main character is sexy but still a complete mystery. There was tons of actions and, of course, lots of zombies and some romance. I can't wait to learn more about these characters and see where they go from here. This being my first Nazarea Andrews book, I did not know what to expect. After reading The World Without a Future, I will definitely read more by her.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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**You can check out my review for Come Alive (EiT #7 HERE)
Ashes to Ashes is one of my favorite book in the Experiment in Terror series and one of my favorite reads in 2013. It was super scary and also super romantic. Karina is definitely one of my favorite authors (I am obsessed!).
We are back in Perry's point of view, which I love! Perry and Dex have come a long way. They have been living together for two months now and things are looking pretty good for them. Perry appears more sure of herself and her feelings for Dex. Dex is pretty close to perfect. He is caring and super protective of Perry; you can feel the love these two have for each other. They are one of my all-time favorite couples.
With the new addition to EiT in tow, Rebecca, the group heads to Oregon, close to where it all started for Dex and Perry. They are filming in a school that used to be a sanitarium for kids with TB. Many kids died there, so no wonder the place is haunted! This book was by far the scariest of them all. Creepy ghost children ( *cough* Shawna *cough*) and a demon crawling around. I got the heebie jeebies while I read it and tried not to read it at night; I kept thinking Shawna was going to crawl from under my bed.
We learned some new things, got a few very nice surprises (and some scary ones!), shed a few tears, laughed a whole lot and got a super crazy ending that had me biting my nails. There was also some family drama and friendship drama thrown in that will leave you with your mouth hanging open.
I can talk and talk and talk about how good this book was for a long long long time. So I recommend you give this series a chance. Book one, Darkhouse is still free on Amazon! These books are so good and creepy, you will love them. Dust to Dust is the last book in the series coming out next year and even though I cannot wait to read it, I am also sad because it means the end of Experiment in Terror (Ada, Perry's little sister, will be getting her own series so I am looking forward to that too!)
"You...make me feel sane in this crazy world. You give me hope. You give me life. When I'm with you...I can't even believe I'm with you. It's like that every morning. Like I'm dreaming, but I'm not."
“What we have – it consumes me. It devours me. And it scares me more than anything we have ever encountered, because if I ever lost you, if I ever had to live without you, I wouldn’t be whole. You, Perry, have my heart. You are my heart.”
“To the thing that hurts you most. To the paranormal and to never being normal.”
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.
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