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Eve of Eridu – Review

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Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Eve of Eridu by Alanah Andrews

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About the Book

Eve of Eridu, Alanah Andrews

Teen & Young Adult, Dystopian  

Michael Terence Publishing (August 13, 2018)

Humanity with Purpose

In a world where emotions are forbidden, what happens when you start to feel?

The harvest separates the worthy from the unworthy. Those who pass are destined to continue the human race, and the unworthy are culled.

For years, Eve has been the poster girl for emotional control. But ever since her brother was culled, Eve is finding it difficult to keep the monitor on her wrist an acceptable blue.

The next harvest ceremony is approaching and Eve will do whatever it takes to avoid the same fate as her brother.

Gripping and intriguing, Eve of Eridu explores the lengths that humans will go to in their quest for survival.

This YA dystopian novel is written by the award-winning speculative writer, Alanah Andrews.

What readers are saying about Eve of Eridu


I think it would be a huge understatement to say that I enjoyed this book. I absolutely love this story. You could say that I’ve gone “old world crazy” for it. I couldn’t put down this intelligent, gripping, dystopian YA science fiction thriller. I read it over just two days. I’m blown away by Alanah’s skill and talent for complex, imaginative world-building, and the ability to create strong and realistic, relatable characters, all while weaving an intriguing storyline with a profound message. Alanah is an incredibly talented writer. Definitely, one to watch! I look forward to reading more of her work. I gave it five stars only because I couldn’t give it more. – 5 star Amazon review by Monnath Books

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I honestly can’t fault this book at all! Eve is such a likeable character and I went through every single emotion she felt with her, even ending the book with a giant sense of loss about all Eve has been through. Alanah is an amazing writer, with a great eye for descriptions and imagery. This is one of those books that I can already see being made into a movie. – 5 star Amazon review

Eve of Eridu seems inspired by dystopian styles, but it has its own voice. I found myself easing into the story, enjoying every chapter, and looking forward to the next. Alanah Andrews has an engaging style of writing that is neither too much introspection or too heavy on action. If you enjoy light dystopian reads, then this book would be a great addition to your TBR list. – 5 star Goodreads review

I found this hard to put down at times and I’m hoping this will be a series – 5 star Goodreads Review 

Fans of popular dystopian novels would definitely eat this one up. It kind of reminded me of The Giver mixed with Divergent. 

About the Author

Alanah Andrews grew up with a steaming mud pool in her back yard – so it’s no wonder that she writes speculative fiction! Alanah has won several awards for short stories, including the Avid Reader’s Flash Fiction Prize, Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award and Sweek Short Story Competition.

Her work has been published in anthologies such as Hammond House’s ‘Eternal,’ Lane Cove Literary Awards Anthology and Birdcatcher Books’ ‘Mosaic.’ Her writing has been recognized internationally, including being read aloud at LitFest Pasadena, California, as a finalist for the Roswell Award.

Alanah specialized in creative writing at Monash University where she studied a BA in Professional Communication. She also has a Master of Teaching and loves being able to foster a love of reading in her students. She currently teaches English in Australia.

Alanah has published a book of short stories ‘Beyond,’ and has a YA dystopian novel coming out in August.

Sam’s Review

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Eve of Eridu is a dystopian novel filled with danger, even though it was a wee bit boring. It’s still good, though. Don’t get me wrong on that.

Emotion. In the underground land of Eridu, it’s forbidden. Emotion leads to war in the old world. Emotion leads to death. Now, Eve has lost her brother. She’s begun to feel. Knowing that this will lower her chances in Eridu, she does everything in her apathetic power to control it. Sam, an informer, and someone she should stay far away from isn’t helping.

Really, I don’t have much to say about this book. I was bored with it, but I read it so I could get the review out for this for people who like dystopian novels. I was lost by the ending. It was a cliffhanger, but it was confusing how she made a promise to somebody that she wasn’t even friends with, and wasn’t culled despite being so low on the leaderboard. I don’t get how a little tiny foldable screen doesn’t break when you fold it.

In the section of things that I liked, well, I have a couple of things on the list. I liked how Eve falls in love with somebody who’s been brought back from the Grid (read the book to learn more). It brings a nice lil’ twist to the story. Although, can somebody please explain why Sam was telling Eve all of his secrets in one night? Please?

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Boy of Blood – Review

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About the Book:

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Boy of Blood     by Megan O’Russell

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Series: Girl of Glass    Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: April 10, 2018

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

Boy of Blood by Megan O'Russell Book Review

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About the Author:

Megan O'Russell - Author of Boy of Blood

Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.

Megan’s Social Media:

Website     Twitter     Facebook     Blog

Megan’s also running a Rafflecopter for her new release. Click the link to enter!

Jenn’s Review:

Megan O’Russell hits another home run with Boy of Blood, book 2 in the Girl of Glass series.

This book picks up right where Girl of Glass left off – the night Nightland attacked the domes. Nola struggles with intense feelings; she’s betrayed the domes, and those she tried to help, betrayed her. The boy she loved has turned on her, and she begins to accept Jeremy’s love as she starts to heal. The blinders are off now, and every time Nola turns around, she discovers another lie, another secret, more and more blood on her hands as she starts to ask herself who the real monsters are. What’s a girl to do?

Megan’s world building in this series is amazing. She’s created vivid settings and torn them down, piece by piece. Her characters are rich, deep and (mostly) relatable – I can’t honestly say I can relate to the blood thirsty, murderous and snarky Vamper, Raina. However, even the difficult-to-understand characters have their own story that makes them understandable, even if they aren’t likeable. (What kind of dystopian/urban fantasy would it be if everyone was rainbows and sparkles?)

Boy of Blood is just as fast-paced and full of plot twists as book 1 was. And… Nah. Not gonna give away the spoilers. Though, I will say that Megan has confirmed that there are at least 2 more books coming in this series. (I say “at least” only because she revealed this was originally supposed to be a trilogy, during our interview.)

Girl of Glass and Boy of Blood are easily on par with Hunger Games and Maze Runner. Fans of dystopian fiction – this one’s for you! Paranormal and urban fantasy fans looking for a twist on the usual vampires and werewolves – check this one out.

Easily 5 out of 5 stars from this reader. (Sam’s reading this book as I write my review – keep an eye out for her vlog post, coming soon to a YouTube near you!)

Sam’s Review:

Megan O’Russell continues the Girl of Glass series with Boy of Blood, which starts up right where its predecessor left off. Nola, Raina, and all the rest star in this book yet again, and it doesn’t disappoint this reader.

Nola has been safely, well, semi-safely, returned to the domes after Nightland attacks her home. No longer trusting Kieran, she chooses to trust Jeremy with her heart. Another mistake, for while she tries to help the outsiders, she hates the drugs. And the males Outer Guards have been taking drugs like that to survive. Nola feels like she can’t stay in the domes any longer.

This was just as fun to read and enjoy as the first book, and it had some angry and tender moments. I loved how Megan brought back Raina, because she, overall, is one of my favorite characters. My second favorite, to be exact. First favorite goes to Eden from the first book. I didn’t like how Nola has lost two boys in her love life due to betrayal.

Last words:

Click here to read our review of Girl of Glass.

We also sat down with Megan and talked a bit about her new release. You can read the interview here.

Boy of Blood – Promo & Excerpt

Boy of Blood New Release Book Promotion & excerpt

About the Book:

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Boy of Blood     by Megan O’Russell

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Series: Girl of Glass    Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: April 10, 2018

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

Thrice Read Books blog post Promotion and excerpt from Megan O'Russell's new release Boy of Blood - A YA Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/Romance

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About the Author:

Megan O'Russell - Author of Boy of Blood

Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.

Megan’s Social Media:

Website     Twitter     Facebook     Blog

Megan’s also running a Rafflecopter for her new release. Click the link to enter!

Excerpt (with permission of author and publisher):

Excerpt from Chapter Sixteen

Nola shuddered as she took the step that carried her from the road onto the bridge. The metal beneath her clanged with every step. The noise of the guards’ heavy boots shook the air and rattled her lungs like a vicious tolling bell, counting down the steps she had to take before she reached the middle of the bridge.

A line of people approached from the other side, holding torches and lights high in the air. They didn’t have any weapons Nola could see, but if they were wolves or Vampers, they wouldn’t need guns to kill the guards, or Nola.

Finally, Captain Ridgeway held up a hand, and the guards stopped as one.

The silence rang louder in Nola’s ears than the clanging of the bridge had.

The group from the city stopped fifty feet away. There were nearly twenty of them in a tight pack, all tense, ready to fight or run.

She hoped they would choose to run.

“We were told we could speak to Nola Kent,” the man at the front of the pack called from across the gap.

The man was tall with sinewy muscles. His torn clothes hung loosely on his frame. Even in the chill night air, the man wore short sleeves and seemed unbothered by the cold. In the dim light, Nola could barely make out the reddish hue of the man’s eyes.

A werewolf.

Last words:

We reviewed Girl of Glass and will be publishing our review of Boy of Blood on April 26, 2018.

We also sat down with Megan and talked a bit about her new release. We’ll be publishing our interview in an upcoming edition of Between the Pages, our bi-weekly newsletter. You can sign up for it below:

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Voices – Book Review

About the book: Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools, and temples. But that was long ago, and the conquerors of this coastal city consider reading and writing to be acts punishable by death. And they believe the Oracle House, where the last few undestroyed books are hidden, is seething with demons. But to seventeen-year-old Memer, the house is the only place where she feels truly safe.    Then an Uplands poet named Orrec and his wife, Gry, arrive, and everything in Memer’s life begins to change. Will she and the people of Ansul at last be brave enough to rebel against their oppressors?Sam’s Review:

Voices, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a fantasy story built in a land that thrives on books for knowledge, though not everyone sees books like the people of Ansul do. Filled with moments of caution, times of suspicion, and feelings of treachery, people who love prophecies, wars and books in general will love this fine storyline. Memer, the spunky heroine, will not disappoint the ones who have high expectations for those who take it upon themselves to defend their homeland. Filled with magic, lovable characters, and dubious enemies, Voices can keep people going until the end, leaving one wanting more.

This book is young adult level, and please remember to check out the link to Thrice Read Books.com that is in the description box. Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, enable notifications if you haven’t already, and leave a like. If there is a book you want me to read, please let me know in the comments, and I might get back to you. I will see you all next week in Sam’s Teen Reads Corner. Bye!

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Girl of Glass – Book Review

About the Book:

Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.​

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

About the Author:

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic. 
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

Jenn’s Review:

Girl of Glass is one of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve read in a very long time. On par with Hunger Games, Megan O’Russell has created a gripping story line that has me chomping at the bit for book 2, Boy of Bloodto be released (it’s coming out in April, I believe, and Thrice Read Books will be on the blog tour for it).

Nola is a typical teenager. She’s fallen in love, and lost that love. She has a friend who has a crush on her, and of course, her mother is distant and just doesn’t understand… And then, the boy she fell in love with, happens back into her life on a fateful afternoon while her class is working in the Charity Center, feeding the *cough cough* “less fortunate” of the city outside the cocooned, sequestered, perfect world of the Domes.

At seventeen, Nola has to make some hard choices in her life, as the unjustness of the “Domers” treatment of those who live on the outside. All she has grown up with, all she has been carefully conditioned to understand is challenged as she faces the starvation, sickness and death that runs rampant on the outside.

And at the center of this harsh awakening is Keiran – the boy she fell in love with, before he and his father were banished from the Domes for helping those on the outside. To further complicate matters, her long-time friend Jeremy, reveals his love for Nola, leaving her in limbo between the man she can’t have and the man who would give everything for her.

This was a really exciting read. Sam will probably also be reading (and doing a vlog, of course) this as well as Boy of Blood. The book does contain a few fight scenes, which are mildly graphic, but most readers shouldn’t find these too disturbing. Girl of Glass contains vampires, werewolves and zombies (oh my!), but Megan has altered their origins for the purposes of her story.

If you only have one dystopian novel on your list for 2018, make sure this book is on it!

Sam’s Review:

Hello everybody! In case you’re new, my name is Sam. And welcome to Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, with short reviews to get your reading list started. Today, our topic is Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell, a dystopian novel whereas  the best of the best survive within glass domes, and the rest, well, they make do with drugs that enhance their senses, give them supernatural abilities, yet also helps them to survive the toxic environment.

The daughter of a botanist,  the girls name is Nola, is told that in order to find her childhood friend, she must go too 5th and Nightland. This throws her into a web of lies, and into an adventure that she isn’t sure that she ever wanted,. Not only does she need to run errands to save the life of a little girl, and to make it seen as though they kidnapped her, but she finds herself torn between two boys who love her very much: the vampire, and the guard.

Keep an eye, as well as an ear, out for the next review, Boy of Blood, which is the sequel, which will be released of the tenth of April, and Thrice Read Books is on the blog tour, so the review should come out very close to the time it is released.If you enjoy dystopian novels,vampires, and adventurous heroines, then this is the series for you! It get 5 stars, and two thumbs in the air. Subscribe, check out the link, like, and enable notifications. I’ll be back next week. Bye!

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Boy of Blood – Cover Reveal

Thrice Read Books loves to help promote new books! In conjunction with Fiery Seas Publishing and Megan O’Russell, we’re pleased to reveal the cover of Megan’s upcoming release, Boy of Blood. Details below!

Boy of Blood     By Megan O’Russell     Release Date: April 10, 2018

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Series: Girl of Glass

Genre: YA Dystopia

Boy of Blood ebook cover

About the book:

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

About the Author:

Megan O'Russell

Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premiere in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.

Megan can be found all over social media:

Website     Twitter     Facebook     Blog

Catching Fire – Book Review

Brian & Sam review Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (Hunger Games Book 2) on the Thrice Read Books blog

About the book:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. (From Amazon.com product listing)

Brian’s Review:

Book 2 to the Hunger Games trilogy, and this book is no disappointment.  Collins continues to build on her great characters and entraps your mind with them.  Again I can say if you love the movies you’ll love the books.  This is a series you will not want to put down.  I don’t recommend trying to read these books one at a time, as while you wait for the next you’ll be chewing your nails.  Just better to get them all and enjoy them as one.

Thrice Read Books reviews of Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (Hunger Games book 2), reviewed by Brian and Sam

Sam’s Review:

The second installment in the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins doesn’t disappoint this reader, being equally good as the first. The title is Catching Fire.

Katniss and Peeta have been chosen for the Games yet again, and they have possibly started an uprising. President Snow is after Katniss, which makes this a whole lot more fun. Not! I feel really bad for Katniss.

This book was extremely fun, just like the last one, but i was slightly confused in the beginning because it just launched right into the story. Don’t worry though, everything was explained over time, which is good.

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The Hunger Games – Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games

About the book:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Contains Affiliate Link)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. 

Brian’s Review:

This is book one to a great trilogy.  If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games, I have to wonder what rock you live under.  The books are excellent. If you have seen the movies but not read the books you are in for a treat.  The movies were great, the books are even better.  Learn to love the characters in a way the movies can’t do.  Great for upper Jr. High students and above.

Sam’s Review (Added 5-22-18):

The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is a dystopian novel made for young adult. It is large print and is 374 pages long. The link to this book on Thrice Read Books is in  the description below.

Katniss’s sister is chosen for the Hunger Games, a game where there can only be one surviving winner. In a desperate act to save her sister, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Together with the other tribute, Peeta, her, ugh, fake love interest, she is forced to face the hardest challenge she’s ever encountered.

I loved this book, and, in order to understand some of what went on a little better, I took breaks and imagined myself in her position. That and I have Hunger Games music. That makes the experience so much better.

In the dislike section, well, let’s just say that I didn’t find any, which is good ‘cause I’ve got two more books in the series. This’ll be fun!

Sam and Brian review The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA Dystopian Fiction) on Thrice Read Books blog

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