Book Review: The Source by Zaph Stone

It’s happening again. The greed. The evil, but this time it’s worse.

People’s nightmares are following them into their days. The Source, part human frailty, part Artificial Intelligence, part sass, isn’t the only one haunted by her past and trapped by her future.

Suicides, death matches, horrific, dark visions – the incomprehensible malevolence she uncovers will not only risk her very existence but threaten to tear their fledgling new society apart.

With quirky characters and killer twists, Planet 54: The Source takes you on a weird, gory, erotic, action packed thrill ride that will shock, amuse and terrify you in equal measure.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read The Ticket by Zaph Stone about a year ago and liked it, so I was happy read this book. It’s the second book in a trilogy, and although I didn’t read the first book, there was enough backstory that I wasn’t lost. I do wish I’d read the first book, though, because I’m pretty sure it’s a good one.

After the end of the world, a new civilization rose up from the ashes, but it became clear to Claire and Andrew that something was wrong. Eventually, there was a revolution and a new government. They hoped that the Sanctum, the ones who ran the evil government, were gone. Unfortunately, some of them
escaped and they’re back.

The main characters are Claire, Andrew, and John. Claire is the Source, and she is able to plug into a machine and find data, etc., to help find out what is going on and try to find members of the Sanctum. It’s not easy to be the Source, but she’ll do it as long as she can. I admired her strength but wanted to scream at her to open up to John and Andrew.

There is a lot going on in this book! There are a lot of characters, and the story goes back and forth between them. I was able to keep up with most of them, but a list of the characters at the beginning of the book would be helpful.

The group realizes that things are getting bad again. They uncover a high number of suicides. Somehow, there are people making a lot more money than anyone else, which is not supposed to be happening. People are also having horrible visions. I like that the author can use humor even when someone is having a horrible vision. A character thought he was going crazy, and here I was giggling! There’s so much more happening, but I don’t want to give anything away.

A couple of things mentioned in The Source confused me a little, and they were probably explained more in the first book. An example of that is the glitch. I think it’s VR but there’s more to it than that.

Even though The Source needs to be proofread, it’s a good read. I hope to find the time to read the first book in the trilogy, and I absolutely have to read the third book.

About the Author

Zaph started writing in 2019, and in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, he had a near 150,000 word dystopian sci-fi thriller in manuscript form. It wasn’t long after that that he started a second and third project, and he has no intention of slowing down any time soon – or speeding up for that matter. Zaph hopes you will be one of those that join him on the journey. It promises to be a wild ride.

Book Review: Far From Home by Kate L. Mary

As the only child in an upper-middle class family, Rowan has had it easy. Doted on by a mother who never wanted anything but a child to love, she’s never wanted for anything. Kiaya’s life, however, has been anything but easy. Parents who didn’t want her, followed by being torn away from her only sibling by the foster care system, she knows what it means to have to work hard for the things she wants.

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Rowan and Kiaya are away at college and far from everything they love. Desperate to make it home, they team up, but as the world around them dies, an unexpected detour leaves them stranded in Vega, Texas where they stumble upon a shocking discovery. The virus isn’t just killing people. It’s changing them.

When former cop, Devon, sweeps in to save the day, it looks like their luck has shifted. With hundreds of miles left to cross and the dead taking over, the trio is determined to do whatever it takes to get home. Traveling historic Route 66, Rowan, Kiaya, and Devon fight for survival as they struggle to come to terms with their changing world.

Written in the tradition of the Amazon bestselling Broken World series, Far From Home follows a group of survivors through a zombie infested country as they search for safety, all the while growing and changing with the world around them.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the first book I’ve read by Kate L. Mary but it won’t be the last. I’m not sure what fascinates me about post apocalyptic worlds, with or without zombies, but I think it has to do with the survivors. Not the violence or gore.

I like the characters in Far From Home. I was especially impressed by Rowan. She knows she’s had it easy all her life and that she always has gotten what she wanted. Instead of feeling entitled when everything starts to change, she takes action. She is a little immature at times, but she’s only 20 years old.

After Rowan and Kiaya leave for Ohio from school in Arizona, one thing after another keeps them from their destination. From seeing almost everyone around them die to them turning into zombies, they have to figure out how to get home with no gas stations open and not knowing who to trust.

There is no down time in this book and it is full of suspense both from the zombies and other people. I can’t wait to find out what they’re group is going to do from here.

About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book Outliers was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, Cover Finalist in the 2019 RONE Awards from InD’tale Magazine, and a Nominee in the 2020 TopShelf Book Awards. Tribe of Daughters was an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards, a 2019 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal winner for Science Fiction and a Semi-finalist in the 2019 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction.


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Book Review & Giveaway: Watcher by AJ Eversley

Book Title: Watcher – Book One in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Scifi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: March, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing or explicit sex scenes…there are kissing or romantic scenes that are considered PG. The word Hell or Damn is used only a few times.)


Book Description:

“I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone.” Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher, she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be. It all comes down to one choice… Who can she save? And who does she have to let go?


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s after World War III and Sawyer is a Watcher, one of a team that watches for and kills Bots and Carbons in the devastated city of Cytos. Bots used to serve people but suddenly turned on them. Carbons are more like humans than robots and are more difficult to kill than Bots. The Watchers also try to rescue people who are stranded in other parts of the city.

The Watchers live in a self-sufficient bunker with hundreds of other people. Sawyer has lost her parents and learned that it’s best to not get too close to others so that she won’t be hurt. That’s easier said than done. When they found her, Kyle took her under his wing and trained her to be a Watcher so he’s like a big brother to her. Then they rescue some people and one of them, Kenzie, takes her breath away. She tries to deny the attraction between them but will she be able to hold out?

Watcher is a book that I couldn’t put down. It’s full of action, heartbreak, loss, twists, and betrayal. It could be as good as The Hunger Games or The Divergent series with a good editing. 


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AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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