Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeSynopsis:
Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.
As war, looting, and death wreak havoc outside, inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.
What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.
I enjoyed reading this although it didn't draw me in completely. It kept me curious and wondering, though and that was one of the things I appreciated most about the book. The other thing I appreciated was that Lucy wasn't overly whiny. I think she reacted pretty well considering what all was going on. She freaked out and she got upset, but not in a way that annoyed me. She actually handled it pretty well. I'm not sure how I would have handled everything. Maybe not as well as Lucy did. Some of her decisions did make me want to shake her. I'm not sure what she could have done had she decided differently about staying in the school with that crazy principal, but I still think that was nuts. That man obviously couldn't handle the situation and that was just dangerous. I guess she's just lucky that Grant and Salem were with her.
Speaking of Salem, I wanted to smack her around a little. Being upset was certainly her right, but I don't like the way she came on to Grant. For his part, Grant handled things pretty well, too. He stuck around with Lucy when he didn't have to. He didn't fall apart, but he had his moments when he just needed to grieve as well. Really, these kids actually took pretty decent care of themselves. It was when Darla showed up to trade Lucy for whatever she had that things started to get more interesting. As soon as Darla mentioned a vaccine, I had an idea about some of what was going on. That creepy prologue definitely came back into play. At first, I thought Lucy's father was someone else, but then I figured he must have been someone else. Lucy isn't ready to accept his role in things, but soon enough she won't be able to ignore it, I'm sure.
She and Grant are on their way to try to find her family now, but I'm sure it won't be that easy. Even if she does find them, how will she let Ethan and Darla know? Even if she can let them know, what then? I wonder if the engineers of the virus will finally come forward and do whatever it is they put all of this in motion for. Why did they do it? That's what I want to know most and it's why I'll be reading book 2....more
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense younSynopsis:
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense young man with a mysterious past and a hatred of the drug Bliss, is the leader of the team which frequently targets psypaths, those with psychic powers. When the empath Calyx Starr is pulled from the streets and forced onto his team as part of the police captain's secret agenda, Black must deal not only with Starr's relentless attempts at seduction but also a dangerous telepath with a deadly grudge who has targeted the empath and JC2. This is an m/m romance.
It's insane the way that I got sucked into this story. I loved it....more
Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fergus Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simpleSynopsis:
Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fergus Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simple life in the Irish countryside. But with winter comes sickness, and Darragh must travel to Dublin in search of medicine. What he finds there is a ruined city ruled by a madman, where scavenging is punishable by death . . . or conscription.
Ciaran Daly came to Ireland with aid and optimism, but instead was enslaved by the so-called King of Dublin. After months of abuse from the king and his men, he has no reason to believe this newcomer will be any different. Except Ciaran finds himself increasingly drawn to Darragh, whose brutish looks mask how sweet and gentle he really is.
The tenderness Darragh feels for the king’s treasured pet is treason, but it’s hardly the only betrayal brewing in this rotten kingdom. Rebellions and rival gangs threaten the king’s power, but not nearly as much as Darragh and Ciaran—whose only hope for freedom is the fall of the king.
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out ofSynopsis:
Task Force Iota, Book One
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.
Rescuing James Ayala isn’t going to be easy: he’s crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that’s granted him psychic power he isn’t sure how to control. That’s the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James’s mental stability.
So they’re on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can’t resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he’s got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there’s the question of how much he’s actually changed?
I seriously liked this one. It was different and has me all in a mood for M/M scifi stories. I really liked the futuristic aspect, but it was also similar enough to our own world that I didn't feel lost.
I thought it was interesting that in this world, the gay gene is a reality and the US has truly been split up between red and blue states. I also really liked that Matt's family was made up of military and contractors that went into red states to extract people asking for asylum into a blue state. The ideologies were pretty polarizing, but it was pretty reminiscent of the way things are today sometimes.
I really liked Matt. He was cute and had a nice sense of humor. He could be insecure at times, but he was definitely a great guy. I liked James, too, though not quite as much as Matt. He really came around after a while and I liked the way he would take command at times. He could really bring out Matt's inner submissive.
The sex scenes were hot. Anne Tenino really knows how to write a sex scene. It takes a little bit before the two of them finally give in and let loose, but it was worth the buildup.
I enjoyed the humor, too. Sister Benigna was a dumb little bitch, but she was good comedy. So was the horse.
I'm still debating on reading the second book. Some of the reviews I read say that a lot of the humor was lost in it as well as Matt and James's chemistry, but I will probably get around to it one of these days....more
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect theiSynopsis:
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!
The beginning of this volume is bloody! It picks up right where v.10 leaves off and the Library Task Force is ready to stop the MBA from storming the Ibaraki Museum and destroying the display of "Freedom." Things get really bloody. The MBA is shooting and many of the Kanto Library Task Force and the Mito Defense Squad get wounded, but there weren't any deaths. At least, not on their side. The MBA is desperate to get into that musem, so much that they even crush their own men. It was brutal. Still, Iku sticks it out and does really well, though. I was proud of her. I hated that nonviolence group that came in trying to tear down the Task Force after the fact. Dojo is able to comfort Iku while she's coming down from all of that violence, at least. But then, Genda gets severely wounded defending the artwork and the Commander of the Mito base also gets pretty wounded when he discovers what the Director was trying to do. It was bad, but at least no one is dead.
Back at home, Inamine is forced to fall on his sword, but there's an outpouring of support for him. Things will likely change with the new Commander taking over, so I hope the characters can stick things out. The volume ends with Dojo reminding Iku to pick a place for them to have chamomile tea again. Sounds like a date, but you never know with Dojo. I do hope these two do something about their feelings soon. Same for Tezuka and Shibazaki....more
The Media Betterment Committee has censored an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Iku’s hometown! Iku’s top-ranked Library Forces teamSynopsis:
The Media Betterment Committee has censored an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Iku’s hometown! Iku’s top-ranked Library Forces team must train the local troops to defend the freedom of speech using any means necessary...but the librarians there resent her position and aren't shy about making their feelings known. Soon Iku's parents catch wind of her secret life as a member of the Library Forces, with disastrous results!
I stayed up much later than I should have and blazed through v.7-9. Lots of things have happened since I wrote my last review. Tezuka's older brother has been causing all sorts of trouble because he wants Tezuka by his side working together to stamp out censorship. But ever since Satoshi put his plan together years ago, Tezuka has felt distanced from him because he doesn't agree with the way Satoshi wants to do things. They hadn't spoken for something like 5 years, but now Satoshi is working hard to get Tezuka working with him. He even puts in a nasty plan to make him give in by going after Iku. When it doesn't work, he tries other things, but Tezuka won't change his mind. Meanwhile, I think Tezuka is developing feelings for Shibazaki. I think she may be developing some for him, too, but I'm not certain, yet.
Iku, though, definitely has feelings for Dojo now that she knows the truth. Satoshi spills the beans out of spite, I bet. Iku has no idea what to do about it at first, but she starts getting a better handle on things eventually. She gets flustered still and in remembering Shibazaki's words about getting serious about Dojo, she starts to feel jealous because she's sure he'd choose Shibazaki over her. She feels awful because she feels like she's betraying Shibazaki's kindness by feeling this way. When she breaks down in front of Dojo over it, he doesn't understand why, but he does comfort her which only makes her fall deeper for him.
Anyway, in this volume, the Task Force goes to Ibaraki, Iku's hometown, to assist the Defense Force there in protecting a museum under attack for showing a painting that the MBC finds offense. Things are pretty bad there when they arrive and they learn from Shibazaki and Satoshi that the Defense Force there is treated like crap by the Librarians and Director. Iku in particular is treated very badly there and her mother ends up finding about her real job which leads to a really bad confrontation. Perhaps it'll put them on the road to recovery when it comes to their relationship. I hope so, anyway. Iku ends up handling that situation with the mean girls really well, though. I felt proud of her.
Now we're to the day of the Task Force and Ibaraki Defense Force working together in order to keep the MBC from stealing the painting before it can be put up for viewing. This could get dangerous, so I'm rooting for everyone. I thought I'd have a long wait for v.11, but it looks like it comes out next week. Thank goodness! I've really come to enjoy reading this series....more
Iku and Commander Inamine are abducted by Bakushu-kai terrorists, who demand sensitive material from the library's protected collection in reSynopsis:
Iku and Commander Inamine are abducted by Bakushu-kai terrorists, who demand sensitive material from the library's protected collection in return for the hostages! Dojo is worried about Iku, his problem student with limited field experience. But what Iku lacks in training she more than makes up for in gumption, and she is not going to let library material go without a fight!
Iku handles herself really well in the hostage incident. We also get a flashback from Dojo that confirms something that has been obvious since the end of chapter 1. Still, it was nice to get that confirmation. It was also nice to see why he did what he did that day and why he's such a stickler for protocol since then. I loved seeing how much faith he had in Iku and believing that she would be okay because he was the one that trained her. He was right, though. He was so relieved, too. He seriously embraced her and told her that he was proud of her. I loved that scene. The two of them are getting closer though both of them are trying hard to ignore it. So silly.
Next, Iku's parents showed up for their visit. She's pretending to be a regular librarian, but her parents keep asking questions she can't quite deal with and she hates to be alone with them. She always feels as though her mother is criticizing her for not acting like a girl and that her father always backs her mother up. This time when they started arguing, he basically told them to shut up. Iku wasn't used to that. I think her dad already knows she isn't just a librarian. A couple of times, he even does things that make me think he's trying to keep his wife from discovering Iku's lie. How much longer can she expect to keep them in the dark?