If the Sun Spares Us by Brenda Marie Smith

If the Sun Spares Us by Brenda Marie Smith
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: post-apocalyptic thriller
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Rose

Two years ago, a solar pulse destroyed modern life. Bea Crenshaw organized her starving, suburban neighbors into a farming community. But now Bea’s gone, and her grandchildren must carry her legacy forward.

In the post-apocalyptic pressure cooker of Austin, Texas, 19-year-old Keno and his younger cousins struggle to ensure their community’s survival even as they’re forced to relocate to safer grounds. Northern Lights that don’t belong this far south grow increasingly intense, making Keno fear what harm the sun will cause next.

Even worse, a marauding militia called the Raiders is closing in, led by a deranged woman who preys on teenage boys. Despite Keno’s debilitating flashbacks from a firefight, he and his wife have a new baby to protect. Though Bea is dead, her spirit desperately searches for ways to shield her grandkids. When Raiders target two neighborhood members, the only hope lies in the community’s strength, Keno’s ingenuity, and the family’s fierce love for one another.

This is the third book in the Braving the Light series and picks up after the death of Bea, the family’s grandmother and matriarch who so ably prepared her family for an apocalypse she is sure is coming, even though she does not know how or when. You can read our five-star review of the second book here.

This third, and final, book of the trilogy does not disappoint. Once again, Ms. Smith presents us with a multi-generational story, told from the POVs of Keno, Milo, Mazie, and Bea. They are trying to relocate to a safer location, a move which causes dissension in the original camp. Add to that, they run into a paramilitary group which calls itself Raiders and is run by a deranged woman with a special affinity for luring in teenage boys.

Once again, it’s the characters and their relationships that really make this book. The characters come across as real people, with all their faults and foibles. They are mostly people who would want to sit down and have a cup of tea with.

The situations, also, ring true and is a future I could see all too well coming our way. The whole range of human emotions and human reactions are seen in the books, both good and bad.

I really recommend this series.

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Enticed by the Gargoyle by Lisa Carlisle

Enticed by the Gargoyle by Lisa Carlisle
Part 2 of Rise of the Fire Witch
Boston Stone Sentries Book 2
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Fated mates caught in a battle between good and evil.

Are the demons truly gone?

The gargoyles remain on watch. And her friend remains trapped in an incubus-induced coma.
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Larissa, a young police officer, is disturbed by psychic visions and demons–literal ones. She encountered the red-winged monsters during their rampage in Boston. The chaotic aftermath prevents rest any time soon.

And a question remains unanswered–how was she able to combat demons using nothing but her hands?

Her new lover, Roman, a gargoyle shifter, believes it’s because she’s a witch. Ridiculous, right? She’s a cop, like her dad. But, normal cops don’t shoot bolts of energy at demons…

When she glimpses another supernatural threat, Larissa struggles with the vision. Is it her imagination tormenting her? Or worse–another premonition?

This is Book 2 of the Boston Stone Sentries and Part 2 of the Rise of the Fire Witch. The story picks up from where Book 1 ended and the adventure continues.

This is an action packed book with Larissa, Roman and his team as they try to protect Janie, Larissa’s best friend. I loved that this book had more action and magic than the first one, with Larissa trying to learn about her powers as well as her heritage. This aspect of the story was definitely the highlight. It showed their characters more and the climax was well worth it.

The book, and the story as a whole, kept me well entertained. For me the action, magic, and romance was paced perfectly for this book. It made me come back again and again just to read what happens next and the next after that. I found it hard to put down. Great read!