Category: Dystopian

Review: Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome) by Rebecca Zanetti

I read the first book in The Scorpius Syndrome and loved the mystery of a virus that swept over the world, consuming the human population and either killing them or making them something…else. When I saw book two available, I snatched it up, wanting to see more from this world and author.



Title: Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome)

Author: Rebecca Zanetti 

Genre: Dystopian Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

Release date: January 2016

Pages: 384

ISBN-10: 1420137948

ISBN-13: 978-1420137941




With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…


Danger has never looked quite so delicious…



Lynne Harmony worked as the head for the CDC when a viral infection took over the world. Those infected either die or turn into a sociopath. Lynn survived the infection with an experimental cure, but never imagined that would be the easy part. On the run from the new government (and her psychotic ex-boyfriend), Lynne flees to the one place that means safety and possibly a way to create a viable cure…and right into the arms of Jax Mercury. He is stubborn and sexy and the only hope people have for a future fee of the virus. They just have to survive the end of the world first.


Sparks fly between Jax and Lynne the instant they meet. I enjoyed their banter and attraction, but when the romance became the focus of the story, their connection felt a bit forced. In a number of places, the action completely stopped while they where in their own world. I could set the book down without feeling anxious to rush back to it, which is a shame because it was such a great story. Rebecca Zanetti creates a fascinating dystopian future. I really enjoyed the virus, the graphic violence and the psychotic bad guys. While Lynne was brilliant, brave and a resourceful character, it was Jax who held the focus of the story for me. Talk about dominate alpha male! He is definitely the guy you want with you during the apocalypse. Not to mention super sexy! Overall, Mercury Striking is a good book that turned out to be equally parts sexy and dystopian…a bit of a distracting combination. I would suggest reading the books in order.



Previous books in the series (The first book is part of this anthology):



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Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


The cold really kicked in this week if the frost on the vehicles are any indication. The trees are half bare after a few windy nights. Fall is officially here.

My husband knows my quirks very well, so when he learned that there was a nighttime zombie paintball run, where you can choose to ride in either an Army hummer or a S.W.A.T. bus with mounted paintball guns, he came home all excited and told me. I’m not sure we’ll go, but doesn’t that sound like fun!?!


A miracle happened…I’ve managed to restrain myself somewhat this week and only purchased a few books. Here is what I picked out this week:


All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. *double-yay*


I picked up two print books last week. Aren’t the covers lovely?!


Have you read either of these yet?


Here are a few free books I managed to snag this week as well:


I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get this week? Have you read any of these?

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Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


Fall is here with a vengeance. The last three days, I’ve woken up to 61 degrees in the house. It’s official, I’m a wimp. I turned on the heat. Though Hubby grumbled that it was too early, he let me have my way. Smart man! *wink*


My vow to stay away from Amazon this week was an epic fail.

Once again, I got sucked in by the lovely sales. :) What I purchased this week:


All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. *squee*


I found one book in NetGalley that I just couldn’t pass up. Monsters, pirates and monster trainers, how could I resist? I hope it lives up to the awesome blurb:


I did grab a few free books as well:


I managed to pick up a little bit of everything this week—from zombies to contemporary romance to paranormal. What books did you get this week? Have you read any of these?


Review: The New World by Holly Brasher

The cover really caught my attention. I love both dystopian and young adult, so my interest was peaked. After reading the blurb, I knew I had to grab a copy.



Title: The New World

Author: Holly Brasher

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital via NetGalley

Release date: August 2015

Pages: 133





Mother Nature is pissed.

Few will survive.

Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.


Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.


Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?




Jackie has been looking forward to her last year at summer camp, but things quickly fall apart when a new kid arrives…Xander. Sparks fly between the two, but not in a good way. Disaster strikes on their first night out on a week-long backpacking trip when mother nature decides to take the world back. Jackie and Xander soon discover that they’re one of the few people to survive. Desperate to get back to their families, both decide to travel together across country, where they encounter mythical creatures and odd fairytale settings taken straight from wonderland.


The two main characters have a huge case of hate at first sight. After the world ends, they spend months alone and I didn’t feel any romantic connection between them, both coming off as bratty teenagers that just kind of end up with each other. So disappointing. Despite facing life and death choices, both kids are very one dimensional. A number of plot issues kept tripping me up. For example, Jackie learns how to survive out in the wilderness after one day of training. The book began interestingly enough, but the preachy attitude of how we’re destroying the earth really got to me after a while. But what really put me over the top is one of the main characters, who saves their lives repeatedly, dies and they laugh it off. Not for me.


It sounds like I hate the book, but I did enjoy some parts. The fantasy aspect, while not very believable, was unique and entertaining if a little too convenient at times. Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I was expecting a gritty dystopian novel and found myself disappointed.


Kindle & Nook Freebies



If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #101.


Did you find anything that you liked?


I grabbed Demons at Deadnight (because of all the great reviews) and The Last Woman (because I like dystopian novels).


I found two cheap reads this week. Ghost Bird: The Academy Omnibus Part 1: Books One – Four by C. L. Stone and Dante’s Circle Box Set (Books 1-3) by Carrie Ann Ryan




What are you reading this week?