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Review: A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow

Title: A Tangled Web

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Published: February 1st, 2017

Length: 94 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Japan, 2011

Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she’s already in love with Ryuu.

A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives…

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I have read three of M.L. Sparrow’s books. I have always been offered her books in exchange for an honest review, and I’ve been such a big fan of hers. I’m always intrigued by her books, but this one sounded so interesting. It is fiction, but it takes place during the very real Japan tsunami of 2011. I knew I had to read it. I received this book awhile ago, but after my long break from reading and blogging, I’m still trying to do some catching up. And I remembered this book, so I jumped right in!

WHAT I LIKED

Taiyo and Ryuu’s relationship. I loved their friendship. They’ve known each other since they were kids. It’s so obvious that Ryuu is in love with Taiyo, but Taiyo is so oblivious to not only his feelings for her but also her own feelings for him. Sometimes, this can get annoying in books, but this time, I thought it was super cute. I just wanted to keep reading to see how everything developed and how Taiyo came to the realization that her best friend just may be in love with her and she may even feel the same. Loved it!

Hard to put down! Each chapter ended in a way that made it impossible to put down. It wasn’t obvious cliffhangers. It was more like it was just so well-written that I just had to know what happened next.

How the tsunami and a love story combined to make this story. It reminded me of Titanic. The movie was about the tragedy that happened to the ship and the people on it, but the heart of the story is the romance between Jack and Rose. Same with this book. It’s about a horrible tragedy where hundreds of people died, but the heart of the story is the romance between Taiyo and Ryuu. I love how the tsunami was embedded into this love story.

Gave me all the feels! I cried twice. I won’t say anything else, but it definitely got to me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The length. It is a novella, and I tend to find novellas too short. There was no difference here. I just felt like the pace was too quick, making the story seem a bit rushed. This would have been such a perfect story if it was a full-length novel.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed it! My only complaint shouldn’t even really be a complaint. It was intended to be a novella, so I really can’t complain that it was too short, but unfortunately, that’s how it felt. BUT, ignoring that, the book was really good. In such a short amount of time, I was emotionally invested. I got attached to these characters. I had to know what happened to them. And given that this book was barely 100 pages, I’d say that takes some real talent from the author. M.L. Sparrow continues to amaze me. I will literally read anything written by her.

4 out of 5 Hearts!


(from Goodreads)

M L Sparrow is currently the author of four full length novels, two novellas and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. Her novella, A Tangled Web, was a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries, where she never fails to gather inspiration and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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 Reading Challenges Met

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

NEW Cover Reveal: Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow

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I reviewed Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow back in September. I absolutely loved the book. But I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. Now, I am happy to reveal the new cover, which is amazing! I LOVE it! And it is such an improvement. So, I will show the before and after to show you what a tremendous difference it is. Here we go:

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Left: Original Cover                                      Right: New Cover

Ahh! I can’t get over how much I love this new cover. It’s awesome and gives such a better idea of what the book is about. Makes me want to read the book again! Here is more about the book to give you a feel for it:

book blurb

My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts.

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?


And check out my review here! Trust me. You’ll want to read it!

Review: No Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow

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Author: M.L. Sparrow

Published: November 27th, 2015

Length: 258 pages (ebook)

Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.


my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Another M.L. Sparrow book? Count me in! Of course I said yes to reading this. She has become one of my favorite authors. And this was a historical romance, which I have a soft spot for. Plus, the cover is great! I was definitely intrigued.

WHAT I LIKED

The romance. Okay, M.L. Sparrow has this unique ability to make you forget about the rest of the world and other distinctive parts of the plot and solely focus on just the romance. I forgot about the zombies in The Demon Inside. I forgot about the horrible conditions and place that people were living in in Ghetto. And this time, I forgot about Anthony being a wizard and having magical powers. I absolutely LOVE that she can do that. I haven’t come across that with any other author. Plus, this romance was sweet. He hires her as his maid, and they fall in love. And there’s this whole social class issue that he doesn’t care about but everyone else seems to. It’s just all very sweet.

The characters. I really liked Anthony. He had this protective, intense side, but also this easy-going side with a sense of humor. I loved it. And I adored Moira, the cook/housekeeper. She may have been Anthony’s employee, but she definitely wasn’t afraid to voice her opinions about certain things. And she had this nurturing side, which was sweet.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The pace. It started off a little slow. It took me awhile to really get into it, which is not usual for this author’s books.

Elira. Honestly, she kind of bugged me. She was very naïve, and it got a little irritating at times.

Not enough magic. I really enjoyed the idea of Anthony being a wizard. I just wish there was more to that part of the story. I wanted more magic and more fantasy feud-type stuff. I kind of pictured this epic battle taking place, but that didn’t really happen for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Okay, I may not have liked this one as much as M.L. Sparrow’s other books, but it was still good. It had its moments, and the romance was great. I just wish the pace was a bit faster and it had more of the fantasy, magical stuff. However, I’ve been such a big fan of Sparrow’s, so I’m really looking forward to her next book.

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3 out of 5 Hearts!


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about the author

(from Goodreads)

I’m not really sure what to say about myself – my real life is definitely not as exciting as my imaginary one! I’m currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I’ve dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer!
Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally.

author links

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Reading Challenges Met:

Bookish Bingo: Spring 2016

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Cover Reveal: No Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow

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I am excited to be part of this cover reveal for one of my favorite up-and-coming authors, M.L. Sparrow. I have read two of her books, which were both awesome, and I cannot wait to read this one! So, without further ado, here is the amazing cover for No Rest for the Wicked!

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book blurb

When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.

Available for Pre-Order now at Amazon!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015

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Personal life: August was bad. September was a lot better. It actually went by too fast. I wish it would’ve lasted longer! I started my student teaching in a kindergarten class. I have the most amazing master teacher and supervisor. They are awesome, encouraging, and just extremely helpful. I feel so lucky to have been placed in that school. I taught a couple lessons and was told that I’m a pro. Being in front of a classroom is my comfort zone, I have realized. So, things are looking up in life! Very happy 🙂

Blog life: I caught up with my blog tours! Yay! For awhile, I was posting everything late because I just booked too much for myself. BUT, October may get bad again. I booked too many blog tours. I can’t help it! I see a book I just HAVE to read, and logic leaves my brain. Wish me luck on reading all these books on time! I’m determined, so no worries 🙂

 books I read

(Click on the titles below for my review)

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Gamma Rift by Kalli Lanford ❤❤❤❤❤

The Reaper’s Kiss by Abigail Baker ❤❤❤❤

Bleed by Dax Varley ❤❤❤❤

Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow ❤❤❤❤❤

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin ❤❤

Diverted Heart by Beth Ann Stifflemire ❤❤❤

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Book of the Month:

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Sorry, I couldn’t pick only one this month! I tried really hard, but I honestly loved these two books equally. And the funny thing is that both books involve the heroine being held captive. I guess I have a type. But, these books are so, so good. Check them out if you haven’t already.

Favorite Cover:

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Awesome, awesome cover! It has this dark, edgy look but it’s also beautiful and definitely made me want to read this book.

Favorite Book Boyfriend:

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Sin from Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow. Tough, rebel leader with a sexy name who captures a girl but slowly begins to fall for her. Need I say more? 🙂

Favorite Female:

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Sunny Beaumont from Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow. I loved this girl. She’s independent and fights for what she believes in, no matter who stands in her way.

Favorite Plot:

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Gamma Rift by Kalli Lanford. I loved this plot! Alien falls for human being held prisoner by father. Awesome.

Favorite Author:


  M.L. Sparrow, author of Ghetto! Second book of hers that I have read, and she exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to read more by her. Thank you M.L. Sparrow for the chance to read your wonderful books!

I have to say, September was great! How was yours?

That’s What HE Said Thursday #6 – Ghetto

Thursday meme

Hosted by: Chapter Break

That’s What HE Said Thursday is about posting a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is NOT a physical description of a male protag or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies (whom we so wish we were!!!!!!)

I have kind of been on a roll with book boyfriends lately. Here is another one, who may just top the others for now. Sin is definitely a tough guy who shows no feelings and doesn’t let anyone in. He is the rebel leader and isolates himself. But, Sunny begins to change him a little…

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“If things were different, I could love you for the rest of my life.”

– Sin to Sunny

(Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow)

 

 

Oh Sin. I seriously fell in love with this guy. He is a man of few words, and when he does talk, it is DEFINITELY NOT about his feelings, so this particular quote was a HUGE deal, and I literally had to set the book down for a minute just to take that in. I love that Sunny brings out this other side of him. Sin is at the top of my book boyfriend list right now, and I think he’ll be staying there for awhile.

What do you guys think of Sin? And feel free to share your link so I can visit your blog 🙂

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #6 – Ghetto

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.

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This week’s quote comes from Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow. In the faraway future, the president’s daughter, Sunny, is kidnapped by rebels, but she soon begins to sympathize with the people living in what is known as the Ghetto and feels a connection with one of her captors.

I’m going to try to describe this scene without giving anything about the plot away. In this scene, Sunny and Sin are somewhere where they shouldn’t be, and someone who is helping them brings them some food. Neither of them have eaten a good meal in awhile, so they definitely enjoy it.

 

My Hungry Hearts Quote

“I don’t know where he got it from in the middle of the night, but the meal is sublime; the chicken moist and tender, potatoes crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, the gravy thick. I’m sorely tempted to lick the plate clean once I’m finished, but instead I push it away and lean back to watch Sin mopping up his gravy with a Yorkshire pudding.

Picking up a napkin, I hand it to him when he’s done, saying, ‘You appear to have missed your mouth.'”

This seriously got me so hungry! The crispy-on-the-outside-yet-fluffy-on-the-inside potatoes sound delicious! And I’ve never had Yorkshire pudding, so I had to Google it. I think I know what I’m going to try to get my husband to make me in the near future since he’s more of the cook in the family 🙂

What did you guys think? Feeling hungry? Feel free to share a link to yours below so I can visit your blog 🙂

Review: Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow

ghetto12hq-2Title: Ghetto

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Will Be Published: September 15th, 2015

Length: 324 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

 

synopsis

(From Goodreads)

My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts.

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover because it doesn’t really give you a good idea of what the book is about. It’s kind of generic. However, I read the synopsis, and I was immediately hooked. I liked the idea of the president’s daughter falling for one of her captors. Plus, I really liked M.L. Sparrow’s first book, The Demon Inside, so I knew I would like this one. I just wasn’t expecting to like it MORE than her debut novel…

WHAT I LIKED

Sin. Oh, Sin, Sin, Sin. He is my favorite type of book boyfriend. He’s got this really tough exterior, and he doesn’t let anyone in. He tries to be this fierce leader and have everyone scared of him. He comes off as cold, but you can’t really blame the guy. He has had a tough life! And you can see this other side to him. I love that he risks so much to help other people. He does everything he can to make sure that people in these poor living conditions have food, water, and whatever else he can manage. Plus, when Sunny comes into the picture, his walls begin to come down, even if it’s just a little. She makes him actually feel things, even if he can’t admit it to himself. I absolutely love a story about a damaged guy whose heart softens because of his love for a woman. Now this is one “Sin” I wouldn’t mind committing, especially if he was calling me “darlin’” all the time like he does with Sunny 🙂

Sunny. She is such a dynamic character. She starts off as almost this spoiled brat who has had it fairly easy her whole life. I mean, she has a stylist and a robot. But when she enters the ghetto and sees how these people are living, she begins to realize that life isn’t exactly what she thought it was. She changes drastically, and I really enjoyed witnessing that change. She becomes this brave young woman who begins to stand up for what she believes in, which I really admire.

The romance. Yes, I know. I’m like a broken record in this category. But this one REALLY did it for me. It was perfect. Everything about it was perfect. The pace was just right. I tend to have complaints about a relationship moving too fast or too slow, but this one was seriously flawless, in my opinion. I loved that it wasn’t “insta-love” and that it gradually grew into something more. Also, I love that they brought out the best in each other. They both come from very different worlds, and they each have their own ideas about how life is, but they teach each other that maybe not everything is as it seems. And another thing that I have noticed in both of Sparrow’s books is that even though the characters’ worlds are caving in around them, the romance of the story has a way of making you forget about their dire situations. And I think the author does a brilliant job of doing that.

The setting and the plot. I loved that there was this futuristic world with advanced technology, but there was also the Ghetto, which gave you more of a dystopian feel. It’s really not far off from reality. We may live in a world where technology rules our lives in a way, but we also have third-world countries where things are very different. And the plot was so enjoyable. I loved the idea of the president’s daughter being kidnapped by rebels but then feeling connected with her captors. The whole thing kind of reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Sunny reminded me of Lady Marian because she comes from this wealthy, royal family, but she sympathizes with the people in the Ghetto and begins to help in any way that she can. And Sin reminds me of Robin because he’s looked at as a rebel and a criminal, but he does things to help others. I was reminded of the “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” mentality, which I loved!

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

I honestly cannot think of anything I didn’t like. It was THAT good.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

M.L. Sparrow has done it again. Actually, she has topped herself with this book. I really liked The Demon Inside, but I LOVED Ghetto. I was so disappointed when it ended. I wanted more Sin and Sunny! This is one of those books that might leave me in a bit of a book hangover; I am not going to want to move on to another book. I’m still too attached to this world that this amazing author has created. So, if you haven’t heard of M.L. Sparrow and her books, do yourself a favor and check them out! They are so good! I will seriously read anything by her now. Now I will be impatiently waiting for her next incredible book.

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5 out of 5 Hearts!

Buy it on Amazon!


about the author

I’m not really sure what to say about myself – my real life is defiantly not as exciting as my imaginary one! I’m currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I’ve dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer!
Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally. (From Goodreads)

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Cover Reveal: Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow

I am happy to be part of the cover reveal of the second book by M.L. Sparrow, Ghetto. I was happy to read and review her first book, The Demon Inside (read my review here). I really liked that one, so I know this one will be awesome! So, without further ado, here is the COVER and a bit about the book!

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Synopsis:

My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts. 

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?

The first chapter of Ghetto will be available on July 21st at Wattpad! And the book will be released on Amazon on September 15th!

Check out this awesome author’s website and be sure to come back to check out my review of the book!

Book Review: The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow

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Title: The Demon Inside

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Length: 299 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

My Review:

Eighteen-year-old Darcy had her whole life ahead of her. She had her loving family, the grades she needed to get into the university she wanted, and Alec, her devoted boyfriend who she saw her future with. Then, things drastically changed. In The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow, creatures begin possessing humans, turning them into soulless cannibals that will attack and kill without hesitation. Suddenly, Darcy loses her parents, her home, and the world she once knew. She and Alec must now learn to survive and keep their loved ones safe. Even after finding what seems like a secure place to live, they struggle to adapt to their new life. And are things as safe as they seem? Can they survive in this world that is rapidly filling with dangerous monsters?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It started out as almost a young adult romance novel. I was so immersed in Darcy and Alec’s new relationship that I forgot what the book was really about and was so surprised when people began transforming into crazy monsters. I absolutely loved that because it wasn’t your typical zombie book that jumped right into blood and gore and carnage. We got to know and care about these characters first, and we were completely taken by surprise right along with them when the world took a turn for the worse. I’ll be the first to admit that I cried a few times along the way, which isn’t usual for me in an apocalypse-type book because I don’t usually care about the characters as much as I did with this story, so I give M.L. Sparrow credit for doing such a fantastic job of bring the characters to life. Yes, there was action and violence, but the focus wasn’t on that. It was on this group of survivors trying to live in this new world, which makes this book stand out. With unforgettable characters and an imaginative plot, The Demon Inside is a must-read. I can’t wait to read more from this fantastic storyteller.

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