Praying for Rain by BB Easton

44064905“None of this matters, and we’re all going to die.”

With only three days left until the predicted apocalypse, the small town of Franklin Springs, Georgia, has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, abandoned homes, abandoned businesses, and abandoned people. People like Rainbow Williams.

Rain isn’t afraid of dying. In fact, she’s looking forward to it. If she can just outrun her pain until April 23, she’ll never have to feel it at all.

Wes Parker has survived every horrible thing this life has thrown at him with nothing more than his resourcefulness and disarming good looks. Why should the end of the world be any different? All he needs are some basic supplies, shelter, and a sucker willing to help him out, which is exactly what he finds when he returns to his hometown of Franklin Springs.

As society crumbles, dangers mount, and secrets refuse to stay buried, two lost souls are thrust together in a twist of fate—one who will do anything to survive and one who can’t wait to die.

Perhaps, together, they can learn how to live.

Before their time runs out.

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YEAH!

Where to start. I loved this book, I love Rain and Wes and the crappy little town. I’m so ready for book #2 – when does that come out? SOMEONE?! Anyone?? Help a girl out over here.

The end is coming April 23rd. The world is in a panic over this. People are dying by their own hands, they are struggling to cope. Rain is just medicating herself to numb the pain of everything. She’s alone. Her boyfriend left for Tennessee to be with his family. Her own family, they don’t care. Then she meets Wes, who kidnaps her and uses her as a bargaining chip for what he needs. Yet, he also protects her and keeps her around. As his sidekick? Sidepiece? Who knows. But Rain is like a little puppy who enjoys the attention.

There are few days left and when he gets the opportunity to kidnap a girl and use her as a hostage, he takes it. Wes needs 3 things and none are a complication named Rain. Yet, he can’t seem to set her free. There is something about her, something that keeps pulling him in. What Wes doesn’t want to admit is that Rain is helping him. He’s still bitter and cruel sometimes, but he always comes for her. Now with a few moments left can he keep them both alive? And what about the crazies in town?

First I must say I do love me a good apocalypse book and this is one of them. It had all the elements I crave – life or death situations, chemistry, a broody male, a sweet female, and a count down clock. Second, I was unable to put this book down. From page one I was hooked on finding out what was really going to happen. Third, Wes.

The characters are great, even the secondary characters are good. The way BB Easton writes made me feel like I grew up in the town, that I knew where the hardware store was, the grocery store and I knew all the people who used to live there. Rain does a great job of making you feel welcome into her hometown.

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The Reverse of Everything by Tara Brown

44402421One day can change everything.
One day the world is a delicate balance.
The next day the balance is tipped.
And there is no bringing it back.
When everyone over a certain age dies, a group of young adults make a perilous journey across the US, in hopes of finding something beautiful or amazing.
Something to cherish as their last memory.
Because maybe they’re dying too.
And in the end, all we want is something to be grateful for.
And maybe for someone to remember us when we’re gone.

From the author of The Born Trilogy, The Last City of Men, and The Blood Trail Chronicles comes a story of friendship and love, even as the world is ending.
This is a standalone novel

 

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This book was recommended to me because I needed something to read. After reading it, I’d be selective in who I would recommend this book too. If you like apocalypse style books, this is a good one for you.

You get the story of what is going on by Celeste and Zoe. We find out that in a blip of time people over 100 – yes everyone over 100 – has died. We don’t know why. They just fell over and died.

Zoe lives in Virginia, with her mom. When everything starts to go downhill the mom splits, leaving Zoe on her own. Thankfully she has Owen, her BFF. She also has West, the boy who is crushing so hard on her she doesn’t see it because she only has eyes for her gay BFF – Owen. Love Triangle DuJour. They decide to travel west in West’s families RV after the local correctional facility erupts.

Celeste and Roz are making their way South after they have nothing else to lose. Only in Virginia Beach, they run into some bad people. Making them move further on. Where they meet Milo and his faithful companion Stan. It doesn’t take long for them to meet up with Zoe and the two guys. Together they head west. She needs to see her family and Zoe has unfinished business of her own.

This story is about love and loss. I cried at one point and wanted to just stop reading. But then I realized if I did that I wouldn’t get my answers. Well, I didn’t get answers anyhow. Disappointing. I still have questions about what happened. I guess we’ll never know how and why? Some things are better left unknown. I don’t know.

Honestly, there is a lot I’m leaving out.  This book is hard to review.  I like some aspects of it but am left hanging wanting answers to other aspects.  Like why did some old people NOT die?  A metal plate in their head?  They were in the basement at the time?  Drinking a beer at the time?  Who knows.  But there is no answer as to why this happened or why it skipped certain people.  Maybe that is natures way.  Who knows.

Bittersweet by Kristen Cathey

40649168Bittersweet chronicles the adventures of Casey, a young stay-at- home mom, and her six-year- old son, Lincoln, who escape into the woods when their idyllic world falls apart following an attack by an unknown enemy. With little hope of survival, they must brave the elements and face many unfortunate challenges that shake their spirit and morale.

Although they were forced to leave behind Devon, their husband and father, not knowing if he is even alive, at least they have the company and support of a close friend as well as their two dogs. Casey is burdened by the responsibility of protecting her son while dealing with one problem after another in an attempt to get away from the chaos and make it to the safety of their cabin in the hills, all the while worrying about her husband’s fate. Only after ensuring their safety can she attempt to reunite with Devon. Casey goes through an emotional, dramatic turmoil while trying to keep her child alive. Her insecurity makes her question her decisions, and her doubt weighs heavily on her heart. Will her faith be enough to sustain her?

 

 

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2.5 stars

I was left with a lot of questions that went unanswered, so maybe another book?

First I love apocalyptic books. I love to see how author’s envision what the downfall will be, how we will survive, and who survives.

In this book, an EMP explodes causing the town to go dark. Casey, her son Linc, and their dog, Komodo are at the grocery store when this happens. Casey understands what they need to do – get home. At home is much safer than the streets. On the way how Casey witnesses brutality by the Army and hides her family. Encountering a friend, Jamie, they make a daring plan to escape and head to Casey’s cabin high in the woods. They must survive a trek through the woods, weather, and others who mean them harm too. Will they survive long enough to make it to the cabin? Will Casey ever see her husband again?

For me, there was way to much internal conflict running around in Casey’s head. I didn’t need to know what you were thinking 24/7. Show, don’t tell. The last 25% of the book I enjoyed. She didn’t overthink, she just did what she needed to do to survive! She didn’t rationalize it, she didn’t talk to Jesus, she just got to work and did it. I also didn’t like the fact that she called her boy, son and then would say buddy in the same sentence. I understand why Birdbox did it, but I don’t understand it here. There are 3 of you and no one is going to lure him away by shouting BOY!

Lastly, who set off the EMP? And why would the Army be using our people to mine? It doesn’t make sense. Not enough information was given to me about the bad guys/army men. Are they fake Army men? Like Aliens disguised as Army Men? Did they come here to harvest our gold? Are they from another country. When Casey rescued Devon, she didn’t even bother to ask. All she cared about was that her husband was alive and safe – which I get. But know your enemy too. Be prepared.

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