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Will Earth Survive?

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Jackie is one of the few women left and the only one that Bianca wants. To save Earth Jackie agrees to be bait for Bianca once again. But, this time the device to destroy Bianca could also destroy Jackie by aging her 75 years at detonation. Will she succeed? Will she survive?

In the second book of the The Nanobot Wars, Stolen Eyes continues the story of Jackie, an orphaned sixteen year old girl with her crew of young boys trying to survive the best they can in this post-apocalyptic world. It seamlessly mixes familiar characters with new. As with the first book in the series, there is a lot of raw emotion from the teenagers as they struggle to find their place in this ever changing environment.

Farrell lures you in with her captivating story telling ability and does not disappoint. I was both elated and saddened by the plot twists as they unfolded. My heartstrings were definitely pulled by the sacrifices that were made, and I laughed out loud at some of the lighter moments. This book was a quick read for me since I was eager to see what would happen next.

Stolen Eyes was very well written and edited. I would definitely recommend it with only one warning – there are a couple of very descriptive sex scenes that would not be suitable for younger readers. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

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Which side would you choose?

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Sacrificed

Courtney Farrell’s second book in her double shot won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention in that contest for Best Book of the Year.

Michelle and the group of friends that came together in Enhanced are sent off together by the Conclave from the Institute to repair the communications system at a remote military base known as Torr. The welcome they receive is anything but warm, and they are left on their own to secure the work site. Once Michelle is captured by the group of Norms rebelling in the area it becomes hard to tell whose side she should be on. Michelle is also torn between her feeling for Dillon and her former boyfriend, Brian. Is anything really as it seems?

Farrell’s second book in the Enhanced series, Sacrificed, is a fast paced, multi-dimensional dystopian novel wrapped around a teenage romance. This book is told from Michelle’s and Dillon’s point of view. There are many twists and subplots to keep it interesting. The main characters are continuing to develop and mature. Farrell is very good at making the reader question their original feelings about what is happening in this story. Nothing is black and white. Again, the characters are forced into making both moral and ethical choices.

I truly enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and was hard to put down. The teaser ending definitely hooks you into wanting to read the next in the series. There are a couple of contextual errors and a recurring plot issue that keep me from giving the book 5 stars. Even so, I would highly recommend this book. 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Is this what will happen to mankind in the future?

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The next two double shot novels come from award winning author Courtney Farrell. She continues to shine in the world of fiction.

Sometime in the future mankind is genetically split into several groups with the two main groups being the Enhanced and the Norms. The Enhanced are bred within the safety of the Institute, while the Norms live in the slums outside of the Institute’s walls and work as servants to the Enhanced. Michelle is an enhanced sixteen year old female who does not buy into everything she is told by the adults and has reason to dislike the head doctor. When her brother and her boyfriend are sent over the wall into the slums, Michelle tries desperately to find them. What she learns while there will forever change how she views the world around her.

Farrell’s Young Adult dystopian novel, Enhanced is the first in the Enhanced series. The story is told through the eyes of Michelle and her boyfriend, Brian, though most of the book is from Michelle’s point of view. The pace of the story is pretty good with a few slower spots that turn around rather quickly. The development of Michelle’s character is especially well done and I felt as though I knew her personally. Most of the lesser twists were not entirely unpredictable, but there was a good one I certainly did not see coming towards the end. The moral and ethical dilemmas brought out within Enhanced are not unlike those that we as a society are facing now.

Overall, I was very pleased with this book and look forward to the next in the series. There was one plot hole and a couple of contextual errors that I have submitted to the author for review. With that being said, I highly recommend this book for teenagers and adults alike. 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Bait: Book 1 of The Nanobot Wars

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Courtney Farrell wrote fourteen nonfiction books for young people before she moved into the fiction arena. The Nanobot Wars is her second fiction series. Here is a 5 star review:

For 5 years Jack has been responsible for keeping a growing ragtag group of boys safe. For 5 years Jack has worked hard at keeping the rest of the world from knowing the secret that Jack . . . is a girl. In this post-apocalyptic world a pox struck down a significant part of the population world-wide, but took a disproportionate number of females. Sixteen year old Jacqueline is one of the few remaining females and highly valuable. Can she continue to keep her crew fed and maintain her secret?

Farrell’s new adult dystopian novel, Bait: Book 1 of The Nanobot Wars, combines survival with teenage angst in such a way that it comes across naturally. She describes the environment so that the reader can easily picture it. The pace ebbs and flows with a rhythm that keeps the reader from losing interest. This book is well written and has plenty of plot twists, has some very likeable and not so likeable characters, and was hard to put down.

The story is told from Jackie’s point of view. Her strong character, as chief of the crew, is balanced with the struggles of her new found emotions as a young woman falling in love. She’s had to grow up without the guidance of her mother or other females. You can feel the genuine affection she has for all of her young crew in the way she mother’s them when needed and gives them orders them like soldiers to provide structure.

As the book unfolds most questions are answered. With this being the first book in The Nanobot Wars series I am hoping that the remaining questions will be revealed quickly in the second book. If those questions had been answered within this first book, Bait could have easily been a stand-alone book. Even so, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.