Friday, May 13, 2016

Showcase - Review The Dead by Donna Augustine Book three in The Wilds series

I only recently discovered the writing of Donna Augustine and love everything I've read. Her characters are deeply complex, her world building rocks and her storytelling is powerful.
The Wilds is the second series I've read and its all that and more. Enjoy my showcase/review of The Dead Book three in the series.

ISBN-13: 978-0692695784
Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing
Release Date: 04/21/2016
Length: 334pp
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I'm young to have so many enemies. The Skinners, Dark Walkers, Wood Mist, they all want me for their own reasons. But those were enemies I could fight. Now the disease that changed me forever is back. It’s reaping death and havoc everywhere it strikes and I’m nearly helpless to stop it except for one chance. There’s a rumor of a cure. But Dax, my ally here in the Wilds, has vengeance on his mind. As I prepare to fight the Bloody Death by any means I can, I might have to leave behind the only man who has ever stood beside me.

My Review

Series recap:
Book 1-Dahlia may be the last surviving “Plaguer” (a survivor of the disease) of the apocalyptic disease called “The Bloody Death” that almost wiped out humanity. One side effect of plaguers is having increased psychic/magic abilities including seeing “Dark Walkers”, beings who want plaguers eliminated. Dax and his friends from “The Wilds” rescued her for this very ability.
Book 2- Learning the Dark Walkers are still looking for her, Dahlia, Dax and a small group of friends leave The Farm and travel The Wilds to find out why and finally come upon a walled community called The Rock where its leader Rocky offers hospitality and aide.

 The Dead – Book Three in The Wilds series
Donna Augustine

The Dead, book three in Donna Augustine’s fantastic, futuristic, post apocalyptic urban fantasy The Wilds series, a darkly intense page-turner picks right up from book two without missing a beat. Her first person dialogue told by the female protagonist, Dahlia is impressive and illustrates her innocent naïveté and teenaged angst to a tee while highlighting her imposing backdrops and inventive world building. Her other stars are equally memorable especially her constant male star Dax. The twists and turns, the explosive OMG happenings and the cliffhanger ending are real standouts in this fast paced thriller and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here. The series must be read in order.

Since arriving at The Rock with her friends things seem to be looking up for Dahlia, she’s finally making real friends, being accepted and as a bonus is getting to eliminate Dark Walkers. The leader of The Rock, Rocky even wants her for his girlfriend and no he’s not Dax and he doesn’t give her tingles like Dax does, but Dax doesn’t want her that way and she refuses to beat her head against a wall or beg, no matter what. Then comes the worse possible news; The Bloody Death has returned, Dax wants them all to leave The Rock fearing they will turn against Dahlia but she’s convinced he’s wrong. So he and Rocky leave to gather more information and while they’re gone Dahlia’s best friend Bookie catches and succumbs to the disease. Realizing Dax was right all along Dahlia flees in the night to save her remaining friends and to bury Bookie. Knowing she may never see Dax again is a hard pill to swallow but she’s got to to do the right thing she hopes she’s brave enough.

 The Wilds series

The Wilds is also available on Audible
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MEET Donna:
Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.
A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing or over dosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

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  1. Love, love Donna Augustine! This is a great series and I'm excited for the next book!

  2. I was wondering if I had heard of this series before but I recognize the covers for books one and two! Great trailer by the way too, thanks for sharing this Debbie and have a great weekend!

  3. Aha cliffhangers, I hate that when you have to wait for the next book to come out. Sounds like a great series Debbie, will keep it in mind for when I want a futuristic novel.

    1. Yeah sometimes Kathryn I have to wait for the whole series before I start tackling the books

  4. I still need to listen to the first book in this series. I have it, just need to fit it into my schedule. I haven't had many new books come in this month, so I should be able to get caught up and fit it in. I'm really interested in trying this author. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  5. I know the series by its cover and thought its YA. Is it?

    1. its more NA that YA as the heroine is 18, but there are a lot of YA qualities to it in terms of the heroine's innocence etc..

  6. Sounds exciting! Ahhh on the cliffhanger though. Glad you're enjoying them, Debbie. And I'm done comment bombing you for the day. lol I think I'm all caught up :D

    1. Anna I do love the series and I love it when you comment bomb me! :)