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'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa
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Three stories feature couples facing the end of the world in the form of zombie-like vampires, ruthless leaders in post-apocalyptic worlds, and environmental disasters that imbue some with super powers while condemning others to cannibalistic insanity. All three feature prominent romances, though only one delivers a story that will leave readers hoping for survival.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

There were several things that bothered me about this story including cliche characters, insta-love, and several continuity issues. One of the bigger issues was that this story is very adult. The characters are in their mid twenties and there is a pretty graphic sex scene. Wouldn’t be a big deal except that this is a prequel to Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series which is very YA. Are they really marketing this to the same audience? That issue aside, this story pals in comparison to the first book. The writing is poor especially in the beginning which involves a lot of medical discussion that feels as inauthentic as anything I’ve ever read. As a fan of THE IMMORTAL RULES, it was fun to see some of the characters before the Red lung virus took over, but most of this prequel is a mess. Several lines made me cringe including this gem:

“…you’re awfully young and pretty to be running a clinic alone…”
Absurdly, I blushed at the compliment.

Rating: 2/5
Sexual Content: One graphic sex scene

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a favorite author of mine no matter what she’s writing. In this world that is reminiscent of the one in Escape from New York, life is kill or be killed. As always in Aguirre’s stories, the characters take center stage. A young, resourceful thief, and a vengeful assassin team up to overthrow a tyrant. The romance in this story is super subtle with hints of promised sensuality. Both characters as 100% focused on the task a head of them, so a romance rightly takes a back seat. The pacing is excellent and the payoff and the end is super satisfying, if not a complete resolution. I’m hoping that’s because Aguirre plans to write more about Thorne and Thistle. Both are such fascinating characters that they deserve to have their story told.

Rating: 5/5
Sexual Content: A brief, non graphic rape

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

This story has a very similar structure to Kagawa’s Dawn of Eden. A doctor in a clinic fighting an incurable ailment meets a mysterious guy with secrets about the ailment, and goes on a perilous trip with him. The writing and characterizations are slightly stronger, but even the idea of crazy environmental upheaval creating supernatural abilities isn’t enough to elevate this story beyond average.

Rating: 3/5
Sexual Content: Kissing. Mild sensuality.
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