Monday, 25 August 2014

Reading With Chuckles #1

Welcome to Reading with Chuckles! This is where I fill you in on what I'm reading each week-what it is, where I got it or heard about it, what I think of it, if I'm continuing with it or abandoning it and any special offers I'm aware of where you can try the book yourself. Comments are welcome but no spoilers please! It's not fair to other readers!

So what has this week had in store? I have read two books which I'll be telling you about.

The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

I have yet to review the book but I hope to have it up on the blog in the next week or two. You can see other reviews here:

I found this book when I was looking for zombie books on Amazon UK. After the zombie apocalypse when everyone moves to the 'safe' states, one man stays in the wasteland, paid be grieving relatives to find and put to rest their zombie loved ones. Henry also wants to find his beloved dead wife on his travels to do the same for her. Then the government decides to use him to kill their dirty secret in the desert and he must face zombies and militias to get the job done. This book has the human story of Henry's job and search and the horrors of a zombie apocalypse at it's best. I really enjoyed it and I'll be keeping it in my paperback book collection.
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This is the third book in the Life First series. 

When Kelsey Reed fled her country to escape a forced kidney transplant, she was sure she’d never return. However, when her brother-in-law shows up on her doorstep, things change. Kelsey is ecstatic to see Greg, until he does something that changes everything.

Forced to head back to the nation that tried to kill her, Kelsey will need the help of her husband Luke, and friends Susan and Rob to escape this new nightmare.

My review for this book will go on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog on a date chosen by the author. This was the best book in the series and I was gripped from start to finish as the tension was high throughout. Really enjoyed the trilogy conclusion.
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I received this ebook from the author after I agreed to review the ARC last week. I first came into contact with the series in July 2013, when on the Goodreads group Making Connections, I saw a request for reviews for the book Life First. It was the dystopian tale of a young woman who decides to go on the run after the government try to force her to give a kidney to a stranger. Her story has so many unexpected twists and turns and great characters. I had no hesitation in agreeing to review books two and three where the twists continue and the story gets better and better. If you like a character based tense dystopian thriller then go and read Life First. It really is a good book. Book three, Third Life:Taken is published on September 10th 2014. So check out details below and get reading this series!

Catch up with the Life First trilogy!

Strong-willed Kelsey Reed must escape tonight or tomorrow her government will take her kidney and give it to someone else.

In this future forged by survivors of pandemics that wiped out 80 percent of the world's population, life is valued above all else. The government of "Life First" requires the mentally ill to be sterilized, outlaws abortions and sentences to death those who refuse to donate an organ when told.

Determined not to give up her kidney, Kelsey enlists the help of her boyfriend Luke and a dodgy doctor to escape. The trio must disable the tracking chip in her arm for her to flee undetected. If they fail, Kelsey will be stripped of everything.

* This is an Awesome Indies Approved book.

Life First: 

Susan Harper is being held captive by her government in this romantic thriller, Second Life. As the normally feisty Susan’s hopes of freedom dwindle, a mysterious stranger sneaks into her room and promises to help her.

Susan and mystery man Rob grow close as he tries to orchestrate her escape. When the duo discovers the truth behind Susan’s captivity, they realize she is in grave danger, and they must act quickly. Susan and Rob will need more than passion for each other and their wits to succeed. They will need help from old friends, including Kelsey Reed.

In the previous book, Life First, Susan gave Kelsey a chance at a second life. But now will she get a chance at her own?

Second Life: 

So that's all for this week! Back next Monday with more booky chat! 

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