Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: 'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall


Title: 'Til the World Ends
Authors: Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall
Publisher: Harlequin
Expected Publication: January 29, 2013
Purchase:  Amazon Barnes & Noble
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems...

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside... for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.



’Til the World Ends is a wonderful anthology featuring three fabulous, talented authors.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa:

I LOVED Dawn of Eden. This prequel to The Immortal Rules was fascinating, and Julie Kagawa drew me in as only Julie Kagawa can. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this generation of the Archer family. Ben was so lovely and Kylie was a stunning combination of grace and fierceness. Samson angered me, but I believe his role in the story contained a very poignant lesson about forgiveness. I was not expecting such a detailed love scene, but my… oh my… well that was… erm… why is it SO hot in here? Reading this prequel and the appearance of a certain someone that I was very intrigued by in book one made me want to pick up my copy of The Immortal Rules and dive right back in... which is exactly what I did.

Note: Dawn of Eden is not a YA story -- definitely more new adult due to a steamy and detailed scene.

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre:

Oh, wow. At the start of this short story, I felt as though I was scrambling to keep up and trying to figure out what was going on. But I caught on quickly and ended up loving this fast-paced read. A strong female lead and an amazing "don’t-label-him-a-hero" male lead character make an unforgettable pair in Ann Aguirre’s Thistle & Thorne novella. I grow tired of the pretty boys in some novels and of being told why they are soooo handsome and swoon-worthy instead of being shown. I love that in our introduction to Thorne, he is quickly described as not handsome, large, and imposing. Add to that a silvery scar from eye to mouth and the fact that he’s risking everything for the greater good of the world, and I’m all-a-flutter all the way to my tippy-toes. THIS is a beautiful man, and he easily makes my list of desirable fictional beaus. The only problem I had was that this story came to an end. I could have continued reading about Thorne and Thistle for days. Ann Aguirre never disappoints me, and this is one of my favorites.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall:

Sun Storm was my first foray into the world of storm chasers and Kinetics, and I definitely don’t want it to be my last. This was so different from my usual reads and absolutely engrossing. I didn’t expect to feel quite as compelled by this story as the previous two since there wouldn’t be any parallel storylines or characters that I was already invested in, but Karen Duvall managed to give me two more characters to fall for with Sarah and Ian. I like that this story had more of an ending… a closure, and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Duvall’s work.

If you are a fan of short stories and the post-apocalyptic world, then definitely add ’Til the World Ends to your must-read list.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.