BLOG TOUR – Daisy Song (Life after Us #3) by Rebekah Dodson #dystopian @junctionpublish

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for Daisy Song (Life after Us #3) by Rebekah Dodson and I am thrilled to share with you my review of this unputdownably gripping book.

Daisy Song (Life after Us #3) by Rebekah Dodson

Available from AMAZON

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Seven months ago, Vicki Morel was supposed to be happy, not in the midst of the apocalypse. She and her fiancé, Will, should have been married and about to celebrate the birth of their child. Instead, she is on the run in fear for her life and the life of her baby. Her only hope is Ambrose—the man she truly loves.

Vicki entered Ambrose’s life like a bomb and blew everything apart. Just when he thought they could get out of this hell hole alive, she walked away. Or did she? After a cryptic message on a satellite phone, Ambrose is willing to risk it all to find her. Through a plane crash, escaping crazy doomsday preppers, and invading a military base, Ambrose and his band of survivors is determined to rescue Vicki. He wasn’t born a leader, yet the people follow him, determined to carve their own path in this world.

When everything ends, the daisy’s song promises a new beginning, a different life, and a fresh path in this altered world.


My Review

This is book 3 in the ‘Life after Us’ series’ set far into a future where people rely on technology for all their wants and needs in the form of Alex, a whole new vision of a personal assistant.

An attempt has been made to take control of America. Vicki and Ambrose are caught up in the initial bombing at the airport. Ambrose was arriving for work and Vicki was seeing her fiancé, Will, off as he goes to work abroad. Initially it looks as though Will is killed in the mayhem but the reality is much, much worse.

As Ambrose and Vicki struggle to survive they are separated and the pregnant Vicki is captured by Will who has evolved into an evil man focussed on taking control of America. She pleads with Ambrose to save her and that is where we pick up the story with Daisy Song.

It is an intriguing journey as we follow 2 people determined to be together as they fight the many obstacles put in their way. There are several unlikely relationships that bring different dimensions to the story and make for gripping reading.

Although this is not a genre I usually read I absolutely love this series. I have devoured each book like a starving woman and I really hope there will be more.


Rebekah Dodson Author Bio

Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – lavender dreams (life after us #2) by rebekah dodson #dystopian @junctionpublish

Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers for helping with the Blog Tour for Lavender Dreams. Your help is very much appreciated you are awesome!

What the bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek 

The author writes so convincingly about her characters that they seemed very realistic and they seemed to jump off the page and spring to life as it were.  I found that I cared about what happened to them.  I found that the deeper I was getting into the book, the quicker the pages seemed to be turning.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

Vicki is still looking for her fiance, Will, but she realises that she is falling in love with Ambrose and the ways he differs from Will are the reasons for her growing admiration and love for him. There is danger all round them and every stage in their journey is fraught with difficulties, culminating in Vicki’s capture by the terrorists.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog:  Guest review by Penny Buxton

The story begins as Vicki and Ambrose had jumped into the river to safety it is here where they hate each other but as the story progresses they fall for each other, without giving too much away as the story progresses Vicki is captured by the terrorists in the end of the world scenario and Ambrose sets out in a fight to rescue her, with a lot of twists and turns in the story it ends at a cliff hanger leaving the reader gripped and looking forward to the next book!

Akamatra

Even though this isn’t really my type of book, I liked reading the next installment. I kept wanting to see what happens next, even though it wasn’t as thrilling as the first one. I was feeling a little under their spell and didn’t want to stop reading it.   Read more here

Black Books Blog

This book is another great read and kept me hooked as it follows Vicki and Ambrose in their possible love triangle, also involving Vicki’s  husband (who got taken by terrorists at the beginning of book 1).   Read more here

Big Family Organised Chaos 


Lavender Dreams (Life after us #2) 

Available from AMAZON

On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?

Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!

But, what if he’s not dead?

What if he made it out alive?

When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.


My thoughts

This is book 2 in the Life After Us series and it does work as stand alone but I would advise that Poppy Bloom is read first if possible.  Poppy Bloom ended on a cliff-hanger and that is where this book picks up.

The USA has been attacked and is now under the control of a group of ‘Military’ who are armed with high tech weapons capable of reducing people to dust.  Add to the mix a young girl with an agenda and danger is all around.

Ambrose and Vicky are on the run and Ambrose is injured just when they think they are safe they encounter more problems.

I do not normally read dystopian but I do like to read something different on occasion and read Poppy Bloom so I needed to know what happens next.

The characters build in depth and complexity as the book progresses to become well rounded, realistic characters with a strong will to survive.  The story is a very engaging one that kept the pages turning.

Again the book ends on a cliff-hanger so I am now waiting for the next in the series.

5 stars from me.

Many thanks to Junction Publishing for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


About Rebekah Dodson

Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

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BLOG TOUR – Lavender Dreams (Life after us #2) by Rebekah Dodson #dystopian @junctionpublish

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for LAVENDER DREAMS. This is book 2 in the Life after us series by Rebekah Dodson and is a gripping read that will appeal to readers of Dystopian fiction.

 

Lavender Dreams (Life after us #2) 

Available from AMAZON

On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?

Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!

But, what if he’s not dead?

What if he made it out alive?

When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.


My thoughts

This is book 2 in the Life After Us series and it does work as stand alone but I would advise that Poppy Bloom is read first if possible.  Poppy Bloom ended on a cliff-hanger and that is where this book picks up.

The USA has been attacked and is now under the control of a group of ‘Military’ who are armed with high tech weapons capable of reducing people to dust.  Add to the mix a young girl with an agenda and danger is all around.

Ambrose and Vicky are on the run and Ambrose is injured just when they think they are safe they encounter more problems.

I do not normally read dystopian but I do like to read something different on occasion and read Poppy Bloom so I needed to know what happens next.

The characters build in depth and complexity as the book progresses to become well rounded, realistic characters with a strong will to survive.  The story is a very engaging one that kept the pages turning.

Again the book ends on a cliff-hanger so I am now waiting for the next in the series.

5 stars from me.

Many thanks to Junction Publishing for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


About Rebekah Dodson

Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

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BLOG TOUR – Lavender Dreams (Life After Us #2) by Rebekah Dodson #dystopian @junctionpublish

Today I am opening the Blog Tour for LAVENDER DREAMS.  This is book 2 in the Life After Us series by Rebekah Dodson.  Book 1, Poppy Bloom, ended on a cliff-hanger so I am opening the tour with the final few paragraphs from that book in preparation for reading Lavender Dreams.

 

Poppy Bloom – extract:

The man was peering into the forest, looking everywhere and anywhere all at once with his piercing eyes. Behind him, two soldiers had their guns pointed into the backs of Lucy and Spencer. They had their hands up.

Vicki’s hands flew to cover her mouth—the gun was swirling with blinding electrical light. The same light Danielle had talked about, the vaporizing kind. She started to walk forward, but Ambrose snatched her around the waist. “Don’t you dare!” He hissed in her ear. “You can’t save them!”

Vicki shook her head, but she couldn’t fight him off. She watched in silent horror. Lucy was openly weeping, the sound of her crying drowning out the soldiers blindly crashing through the woods in every direction. Vicki could barely make out what she was saying: “Spencer, how could you? How could you report them?”

To their right, another soldier went down, with a hefty cry of pain splitting the air, momentarily drowning out Lucy’s cries and Vicki lost whatever else Lucy was screaming.

She stared up at Ambrose with eyes wide. I can’t let them die!

Ambrose gripped her tighter and shook his head. She knew what he was saying: there’s nothing you can do.

“No?” The tall man in the beret shouted into the forest. “You’ll let them die? Oh, well. My soldiers will find you anyway; it’s only a matter of time.”

He waved his hand and stalked behind the soldiers, out of Vicki’s view.

Both soldiers pulled the trigger at the same time, and the energy shot from their weapons. Vicki watched in horror as the kind couple who’d taken them in, saved Ambrose’s life, and shared many meals with them, light up like an artificial X-ray machine. Their bodies filled with blinding light, and then with a dazzling spark, they were gone. A tendril of gray smoke rose from a pile of ashes in the ground.

Vicki cried out.

Ambrose clamped his hand down over her mouth, silencing her. “Now you’ve done it,” he said, his voice shaking with terror.

Two soldiers called out to each other and headed their way, fast.

Ambrose glanced behind them and spun her around to face him. “Vicki, we have to jump.”

“The creek’s too shallow. It’ll kill us!”

“Would you rather stay here and be vaporized?”

Vicki shook her head.

“Before we jump, I just need to do one thing.”

“Seriously?” The crashing behind her grew even louder. “What could be so important…”

He pulled her face to his and smashed his lips against hers, quickly and smoothly.

She didn’t even have time to think, or to embrace it. It just happened. And for a fleeting moment, she didn’t want it to end. But it was over in a flash, and as soon as he pulled away, he gently pushed her into the rushing waters below. Shortly behind her, Ambrose plunged into the icy water.

~To Be Continued ~

 

Lavender Dreams (Life after us #2) 

Available from AMAZON

On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?

Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!

But, what if he’s not dead?

What if he made it out alive?

When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.


About Rebekah Dodson

Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

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