Book Review: Killshot by Aria Michaels


Book: Killshot (Icarus Series Book 1)
Author: Aria Michaels
Genre: Young Adult dystopian


After the death of their parents, seventeen year old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to their high school’s rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again.

That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.

Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?

Or was Icarus really the KILLSHOT? 

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Killshot starts like a typical young adult novel with Olivia (Liv) and her brother being separated and put into foster care after both of their parents die. Poor Liv not only loses her parents but then they take her brother from her. She’s understandably grief stricken and having difficulty dealing with day to day life. She has made a plan, though, to make enough money at her part time job so that she can take custody of her little brother when she turns 18.

Liv’s foster sister talks her into going to a solar flare party to watch what is supposed to be even more colorful than the Aurora Borealis. The decision to go to that party probably saves her life…and she also meets the love of her life. The solar flare ends up being much more than expected and is apocalyptic.

The second half of the book, which is action packed,  is about Liv and her friends learning what has happened to their world as well as how it has affected the people. So many have died but then there are some who are infected and become like zombies. Others are infected and are changed, but they’re still themselves…mostly. I’m hoping to learn more about the solar flare and what is exactly happening to the people in the next book, Ballistic.

The characters in Killshot are complex. They often act like typical teens, arguing, acting before they think, and arguing some more. They do care about each other and become close quickly, having gone through so much in so little time and having to have each others’ backs. Liv is a born leader and the others look to her for guidance. Ann Michaels does a remarkable job of showing what the characters are thinking and why they do some of the crazy things they do.

I definitely recommend Killshot for anyone who enjoys young adult apocalyptic novels.




Author Bio

Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ Publications’ Chronology of the Apocalypse, and Tricks, Treats, and Zombies (releasing in October 2016). Aria is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan, and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, this busy single mom can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead. Aria is currently hard at work on the next instalment of the Icarus Series and revelling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters. 

“You are never more than one chapter away from a different future.” –Aria Michaels



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Book Review & Giveaway: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes


Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.

No more bank accounts.

No more smart phones.

No more secrets.

When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.

Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.

But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Sovereignty is a young adult dystopian novel based in the 23rd century. The Sovereign Regime is able to keep track of everyone because of a chip that is put in everyone’s wrist after their born. It’s the nightmare that many people are afraid could to happen with all of the advances in technology.

Anjenique Hughes’ writing flows well and is easy to follow. It’s told from the POV of Goro who is 18 years old and she does a good job of making it sound like it’s narrated by an 18-year-old guy.

Goro hates the SR and hates his life because of them. He thinks people should have more personal freedom and wants to find a way to take the SR down. I like how he knows that’s what he wants to do from the beginning. But is it even possible?

I definitely recommend Sovereignty for anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian novels. I can’t wait for the next one! FYI: there is profanity and violence.


About the Author

2016-08-01_19-36-00With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.


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Book Review: The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.

To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.

When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.

It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
The Torturer’s Daughter really makes think about right vs. wrong. It’s a gripping novel about a world in which the government wants complete control over its citizens and will do anything, including killing people, to keep order.
It starts with a frightening phone call and the book stays suspenseful throughout.
The main character, Becca, the torturer’s daughter, was a naive girl before that phone call. After that night, her world changes and she questions everything about her beliefs, her friends, her mom, and her government. What she goes through is heart-wrenching and I felt so frustrated because the poor girl has no one to confide in without taking a chance on being executed or getting her friends executed.
The Torturer’s Daughter is a disturbing and thought-provoking dystopian novel that I couldn’t put down. It’s definitely a young adult novel you don’t want to miss. 
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About the Author:
Zoe Cannon writes about the things that fascinate her:
outsiders, societies no sane person would want to live in, questions with no
easy answers, and the inner workings of the mind. If she couldn’t be a writer,
she would probably be a psychologist, a penniless philosopher, or a hermit in a
cave somewhere. While she’ll read anything that isn’t nailed down, she
considers herself a YA reader and writer at heart. She lives in New Hampshire
with her husband and a giant teddy bear of a dog, and spends entirely too much
time on the internet.