Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1) by David Estes

The Blurb…

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with. 

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My thoughts…

The book is a very very nice surprise.

But first let me tell you that it was a bit difficult to get into … my guess is the slang. See … english is not my mother language, and although 98% of the books I read are in english, the slang made the reading, at least for me, a bit uncomfortable… not was uncomfortable as Blood Red Road‘s slang … that was hard to read. But don’t get me wrong, once you are used to it … you don’t even notice it anymore.

The worldbuilding …. ohh it was complex and rich … you have deserts, snow, people living inside tubes ….. it was very complex, I was tempted to do a chart (like Siena did) just to keep up with everything!!!

The plot was very interesting, the mystery, adventures ……. but left me with many questions that, hopefully, will be answered in the next books!!!! However …… I predicted some stuff, but maybe that’s just me and my wild imagination LOL …

And let me say “Thank you David Estes for no teenage-angst-love-triangle-related” ……. that was refreshing!!!

The characters ….. Siena’s dad scares me … and Siena, she’s a good heroine, strong and willed… bonus points because I didn’t want to strangle her once!!! 😀 Circ was cute, like the boy next door cute … wait … he’s the boy next door 😛

So … yeah! Fire Country is a good dystopian book, and will be reading the next one 😀

Fire Country (The Country Saga Book 1)




*A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 😀


Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

The Blurb …

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My thoughts…

The characters:

Wren Connolly/ One-seventy-eight:  One of the top reboots, she was shot 3 times when she was 12 and she rebooted after 178 minutes, she thinks she doesn’t have feelings and loves to hunt down her targets because she’s good at it and it’s the only thing she knows (she’s been on the HARC facility for 5 years), she doesn’t remember much about her human life.

Callum Reyes/ Twenty-two:  The newbie, everyone thinks he’s going to died ‘cause he isn’t fast or strong enough after being death only for 22 minutes, also he still seems emotionally human, he’s playful and funny and immediately likes Wren even though she’s always distant.

Ever/Fifty-six: Wren’s roommate and best friend (even if Wren doesn’t realize it), she’s victim of a reboot medical experiment and kills herself.

The story:

There is a very deadly virus called KDH that wiped out most of the population but some people have a different reaction to the virus, their body “reboots” rising from the dead stronger, faster, and almost invincible but they become colder and emotionless. The longer someone stays death before rebooting the stronger, more powerful and emotionally detached they become.  When humans realized the power of the reboots they stared to execute them, the reboots fought back and a big war began. The reboots lost the war and became enslaved under the HARC project. HARC trained the reboots to create an army to be used to capture alleged criminals (this part is important ‘cause like every totalitarian regime nothing is as it seems) and new uncontrolled reboots.

Wren and others reboots are in charge of training the newbies, that’s when Callum makes his appearance. Everybody thinks that he’s going to be a failure because he has the lowest number. He asks Wren if she can train him, at first she’s resistant but he makes her think about the whole training system, maybe the lower numbers don’t stand a chance ‘cause they aren’t trained by the highest numbers like Wren, and maybe Wren’s trainees are the best because she makes them the best, so the question is what is the key of success: the trainer or the number?

In their training sessions Callum is always playful and asking all kinds of questions trying to get to know Wren, little by little Callum gains Wren’s trust and affection. Their interactions are always funny and adorable; I liked a lot all their little moments and conversations.

 “You’re not going to break anything else, are you? he asked.

 “No. Not right now.”

 “Oh, so later, then? Great. I’ll look forward to that.”


”Are we doing my leg next? he asked. “Can I get some warning next time? A quick ‘Hey, I’m going to snap your bone with my bare hands right now. Brace yourself.”

After all the training Callum gets better but he refuses to follow orders i.e. kill people and that doesn’t makes HARC happy.  Furthermore HARC is doing medical experiments with under- sixties reboots. Ever is the first one to show side effects from the experiments and let me tell you it ain’t pretty.  That’s why Wren decides to escape HARC with Callum, she doesn’t want him death or used like guinea pig. They escape (with help from the rebellion) but Callum begins to show side effects. Wren wants the antidote but in order to get it she has to break in HARC main facility. And that’s all I’m going to say I don’t want to spoil the ending.

Hotness factor:

I think this excerpt from their first kiss resumes it all:

He had to give his helmet a little shove and dip his head down to kiss me, but I didn’t believe he was actually going to do it until I felt his lips gently press against mine. My body jolted in surprise and I felt him smile against my lips.

And I was totally gone.

My toes needed no urging this time. I rose up on them as far as I could go and wrapped my arms around his neck. He dropped his hands to my waist and hugged me against his body.

It wasn’t how I thought it would be. Kissing had sort of puzzled me. As a human I had thought it seemed dangerous – an easy way to spread germs. As a Reboot it had confused me. I wasn’t entirely sure why people liked doing it.

Now I was only confused as to why a person would want to kiss anyone but Callum.

If that isn’t enough to paint you a picture then read this:

“When we do have sex, there will be none of this keeping-your-shirt-on nonsense.”


“Nope, sorry. I don’t care about the scars and neither should you. All or nothing.”

“Then you may get nothing.”

“Please. You’re not going to be able to resist me for much longer.”

(And I totally agree!)

Unpredictable factor: I liked that it didn’t ended with a cliffhanger, for a minute I thought it was going to end without fixing Callum or with Wren trapped inside HARC facility, instead it ended with the setting for a new story that I can’t wait to read.

Verdict: I love this book!!!!!  What’s not to like? Lovable characters, interesting story, fast paced, with tons of action, and nice ending without a dramatic cliffhanger.  It’s my new favorite dystopian crush and I want the second book right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 amazing stars!!! By the way, did I mention I’m in love with Callum?


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Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

The Blurb…

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

My thoughts…

When reading a dystopia, if by the end of the book I’m not singing/humming/listening Uprising or Resistance by Muse, then the book was a big MEH! and didn’t work for me (yes, I might have issues).

Well … I was humming Resistance!!!!

So … after WW5, this evil double faced douche called “The Commander” rised as the new supreme leader, and established some sort of dictatoriship with a new set of moral rules based on the 7 deadly sins, ’cause he believed those sins were resposible for the collapse of the world’s society. If a person was accused of any of the 7 sins, the person was arrested que transported to The Hole with no trial, an accusation was enough for imprisonment.

At The Hole, the sinner was marked with a colored tattoo in the neck, branding him/she with the deadly sin. Later, the prisioner was given a job to perform (nurse, prostitute, maid or gardner for the rich ppl back in the city with daily transportation in buses, etc). The guards were responsible to keep order and … obviously … the guards were brutal. Oh I forgot to tell you, the hole is like a small city surrounded by big walls and impossible to breach security.

Lexi was a rich girl, her father died years ago, her mother remarried and became a drug addict, her brother ran away, and her stepfather was an abusive @ssh0le pervy sonovabitch. When she couldn’t take it anymore, she tried to kill herself, repenting at the last minute. Then she was arrested and branded with LUST. Now … think about it for a second … she was transported to The Hole, no man’s land, a place where only the strongest survives, where ppl become monsters because they have nothing else to lose, where a girl with LUST tattooed on her neck has 100% chance of being raped and beaten and 0% of survival. Now … she has hide and fight to survive.

“You’re going to take the one thing that matters the most to me?” I say, glaring into the guard’s emotionless eyes. “Isn’t it enough to taking my life, dignity and respect?”

Everything looks grim … right??

“Waking to the sound of gunshots doesn’t faze me anymore. Not a second goes by that I’m not reminded of where I am, who I am, and What I’m not.”

Well … NOP! Not exactly!!!

Cole is a guard with a mission “protect Lexi”, it was his assigment, boss’ orders. Why???? Ahhh … you’ll have to read the book. And yes, he falls in love with her!!!! And soon, both of them are involved in somethig way out of their league, something that has been brewing for years, something that could change the future of The Hole, and society.

The book has everything …

-Heartbreaking moments.
-A beautiful funny and brave dog named Zeus.
-A super evil villain.
-Forbidden love.
-A hot hero.
-A most-of-the-time intelligent heroine (I can’t get over that fact that she did some stupid things …)
-Loyal friends.

I could have given the book 5 stars but…

Lexi got on my nerves a couple of times … I mean, if the person in charge of your security at the moment tells you “stay here” … What do you do if you are in a place where 70% of the male population wants to rape you (from the 30% left 10% are gay, 10% wants to kill you and the last 10% are in such a bad shape that they couldn’t)??? Obviously you stay put!!! You listen to the voice of reason!!! What did Lexi do? She went somewhere else and got almost raped. But not only that … she did/thought a couple of other things that … arghhh … she can’t be that naive … right???

Yes, you should read it 😉

Ohh I forgot!!! Zeus is the best dog ever!!!! I had to sketch him with Cole and Lexi. Sorry … the sketch is pretty bad and I was just messing around with a new program that I’m learning to use … so … ignore the bad shading… it’s a SKETCH!!

Yep, that’s cole kissing Zeus’s ear and Lexi looking at him with a face that says “You are not going to kiss me with that mouth right???”

Really, I wish my dogs were like Zeus … I own two schnauzers, a salt-n-pepper male named Jericho (Yes … named after Jericho Barrons) and a silver female named Mercy (Yep! Mercy Thompson!!) and they are two little tasmanian devils … maybe I should get them to Dog School or something …..

And my fav quote … is a bit of a SPOILER but …

“He’s not worth it. He can’t hurt me anymore.”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” he says with a wicked smile. “I’ll always be in your nightmares.”

With those words, Cole fires the gun.

My Rating…

It’s 4.5 stars ……. I really enjoyed the book, seriously … I stayed up all night until I finished. Aaaand I’ll be impatiently waiting for the sequel.

My Rating



The book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.