My #RRBC Reading List for 2017

December 20, 2016

In the last year, I’ve been introduced to an amazing group of Authors at Rave Reviews Book Club, and I’m dedicating this post to a few of them and their books that have caught my eye and made it to my To Read List for 2017. I’ve included the links to the books on Amazon, the description, and the reason why they made my reading list for the coming year. Come back to Bizarro Fiction to read my reviews. (So excited.) One last thing, before you get to the books; this barely skims the surface of books available at RRBC, and more will be added as I go along.

Forged Exit

FORGED EXIT Gillie Bowen

On August 21st 1968 Russian tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia ending the brief ‘Prague Spring’. Daniela, a Czech student in London, visits her family and is trapped when the Iron Curtain slams down…

The reason I want to read this book, is because I’m intrigued by the description and the cover; in this case, less is more. The cover is great, too. Can’t wait to read.

HUNTERS Aoife Marie Sheridan

Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.

Her life so far has been tough. She’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.

But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon starts to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she was willing to learn.

Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel.

This book is right up my alley with demons and ghosts. The plot sounds exiting, and the characters even in the description are interesting.

Hunters
The Glade

THE GLADE by Harmony Kent

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defense. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

Whaaaat? I love the cover for this one, and am pulled in with questions running in my mind; who did Helen murder? did she actually do it? And, most importantly, what’s in the woods?

ANCIENT EVIL by Brent J Griffiths

A severely disfigured genius hunts the supernatural predators that destroyed his body and ripped away his one true love. He struggles to retain the remaining shreds of his humanity as his obsessive quest drives him perform horrendous acts in his search for answers.

A dark force shadows Finn as tries to win the heart of fellow graduate student Rebecca. He uncovers a conspiracy of silence and confusion that is preventing him from proving the existence of psychic phenomena.

Hael grows up in a city ruled by a race of benevolent, telepathic overlords. He is destined to become his people’s youngest general in a five thousand year old war of extinction against the hereditary enemies of his city’s rulers. He starts to doubt the justice of his cause in the aftermath of his first battle.

This looks exciting. You had me at ‘supernatural predators’.

Ancient Evil
Subnormal

SUBNORMAL by Stuart Kenyon

Imagine a utopia where every person has a purpose and not a single life is wasted.

Britain has become a hive-like world, with even the weakest and most vulnerable playing their part in the nation’s transformation. Crime is low, employment high.

But all is not quite as it seems. Though the revolution was quiet and bloodless, countless lives have been torn apart before our very eyes. Whilst the silent majority are mysteriously duped into collaboration, dissenters are ignored or punished. Democracy, civil liberties and equality are replaced by corruption, discrimination and segregation.

Paul, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, knows slavery in the Zone is intrinsically unnatural. His first personal rebellion at Industrial Zone Four is crushed and he is forced to suffer alone for years in silence. Until his younger brother, Tommy, is also declared “subnormal” and sent to the Zone following an accident.

Allied with a handful of fellow Zoners and free-thinkers from the outside world, the brothers defy the powers-that-be. Can they beat the odds and restore to the British people a freedom few can remember?

Yikes! Can you say futuristic dystopia? I’m ready to jump into Stuart’s world of Subnormal.

GOOD SISTER, BAD SISTER Carol Marrs Phipps

Minuet Dewin, eldest daughter of the wizard Razzmorten, practically raised her half sister Leeuh, who was abandoned by her mother. For many years, Minuet is Leeuh’s passionate champion. As time passes, Leeuh becomes increasingly hard to defend as she grows determined to be awful at every turn. Whilst undoing her dangerous pranks, Minuet finds herself the target of her hatred and jealousy. And when they fall for the same prince, it looks like war.

Suddenly Leeuh vanishes. She returns years later, compliant and sweet as she always should have been. Minuet is stunned. Should she trust her, or will it be the very death of her?

Nothing like sibling rivalry to pique my interest. Can’t wait to read this.

Good Sister, Bad Sister
Planet Purgatory

PLANET PURGATORY by Benedict J Martin

It’s not every farmer who can claim to have been killed by a whale falling from the sky. Fewer still can say they were brought back to life. But David Eno can.

Impossible? Not when you’re in purgatory. Of course, no one else calls it that. Not even David’s parents. They believe they’re colonists on an alien planet. But David knows, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to find a way out.

It won’t be easy; purgatory is teeming with demons. Fortunately, David has a pair of good-luck charms up his sleeve: a canine companion that’s more grizzly bear than dog, and a rifle that never runs out of bullets. But as he soon discovers, sometimes the worst demons are the ones dwelling in our past, and it’s only after revisiting a childhood tragedy that David can truly begin the difficult task of setting himself free.

Reading this description, the first thing that came to mind was Magic Kingdom For Sale – SOLD by Terry Brooks. As I’ve not read, I can’t say it’s anything like it, but it definitely will be read in 2017; maybe sooner.

KILLING THE IMMORTALS by Jeff Haws

Modern medicine has ended almost all involuntary death. If your brain and body are intact, you’ll be back to normal within days. Cancer is eradicated. 3-D printers provide instant replacements for damaged organs. People’s lives are continuing indefinitely.

But Richard Barker doesn’t see this as progress. He sees it as playing God, destroying a cycle of life and death that has served humanity for millennia. As Richard’s philosophy gains a larger following, and he pulls his family into the fold, he pushes forward with the plan he’s preaching—kill those who would have died if not for meddling doctors, and make sure they stay dead.

Set as an alternate vision of today, Killing the Immortals delivers a terrifying version of reality where science has achieved one of humanity’s most cherished dreams, and it’s turning into a nightmare.

I had already been tweeting about this book, but now that I’ve heard Jeff talk about it on #RRBCTagTeam245, I want to know more.

Killing the Immortals