dystopian romance

B+
Dissident

My fellow reviewer, Kristen, has raved about Cecilia London’s Bellator Saga - and given that I like a nice, juicy political thriller, I decided pretty much at the beginning of the year that Dissident, the first book in the series would be my recommended read this year. I’ll start out by sayin ...

B+
Edge of Power

Rejoice, Wulf fans! In Edge of Power we get his story and an enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to the sexy, futuristic Edge series (at least for now).  The self-professed King of the West gets the comeuppance he so richly deserves - ending the overarching four book plot, while Ms. Crane rewa ...

A+
Triumph

“Ma’am.” I looked up through my tears to see the flight attendant holding a packet of tissues and looking concerned. “Yes?” I sniffed. “Are you okay? It’s just that you’re clearly crying very hard.” I tried to smile. “Oh, I’m fine. It’s just my book.” She smiled ...

A-
Beyond Surrender

Beyond Surrender is the ninth and final novel in the erotic dystopian Beyond series. It's the end of a long story arc that began in Beyond Shame, and shouldn't be read as a standalone as it starts without much preamble and dives headlong into the current tense situation from the very first page. Whe ...

A
Rhapsody

Rhapsody is the fifth and penultimate instalment of Ms. London’s The Bellator Saga, which chronicles two powerful politicians, Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard, as they try to save America from a despot of a leader named Santos. Told in both present and flashbacks, the story is layered, mature, s ...

A-
Edge of Control

When I discovered Megan Crane’s Edge series a few months ago, I fell instantly in love. Dystopian stories can be hit-or-miss for me; I like them but I get tired of reading about characters who feel like the entire world is against them. This series stands out because it is different; it puts a s ...

A
Tournament of Losers

I’ve decided - Megan Derr is one of my new favorite authors. Tournament of Losers is a bit on the short side at only 67K words, but definitely tells the complete story of Rath, dock worker and former prostitute (well, still an occasional prostitute, but at 33, it's not really a full-time gig anymo ...

A
Library Wars: Love & War, vols. 1-13

Library Wars: Love & War is, quite simply, about fighting against censorship and the banning of books. In this fictional near-future Japan, the Media Betterment Committee was formed about 30 years prior to protect the population from unsavory materials. Unfortunately, the MBC took things to a wh ...

C
For Darkness Shows the Stars

Jane Austen’s books are so timeless and classic, it’s easy to forget that many of her characters’ problems and the stories’ plots are based on the social mores of a specific time and place in history. It’s only when reading Diana Peterfreund’s Persuasion-inspired For Darkness Shows the S ...

B+
Landry Park

It’s hard to grade a book that tries to be several things and has very different outcomes in each. The romance isn’t great. The world building is interesting. Most characters are well-developed. The ethical questions are salient. Ultimately, I think, Landry Park tells us more about ourselves tha ...