Review: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 267

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.   Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name–son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner–and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

3 out of 5 stars


HUGE THANK YOU TO SHANNON FOR SENDING ME AN ECOPY OF THIS BOOK!

The conclusion of the Bad Bloods series. Violet and Caleb take on a brand new set of challenges, mainly dealing with the weather, and a situation with Vendona. As this is the fourth book in this series, I will not go into too much detail because spoilers, but I believe this was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole.

Personally, I liked the first two books the best. I loved Serena and Daniel. I loved that they were my age, and they were just figuring out their powers and they had to do a lot of trial and error, but it wasn’t overly depressing. The last two books were quite sad because they dealt with some heavy topics.

One thing I found interesting was that Caleb had a crippling disease called Stilts. It’s an STD that causes him to age or die faster. The way to combat this is to have a young bad blood girl sing to him to keep him healthy. I thought that was an interesting touch to the story. I liked that Caleb was represented as a bisexual character. I liked that it was handled that he liked people for who they were, not based on their gender. I feel like a lot of writing a bisexual character doesn’t take that into consideration super super well, but I like how he was portrayed.

I enjoyed Violet as a character because she was interesting and mysterious. You never really knew what she was planning to do, and I found it refreshing. Paranormal/sci-fi make up some of my favorite books, so I loved that this was taking some magical/paranormal elements and putting it in a dystopian world.

Also, ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF A BOOK! I cannot recommend reading the acknowledgments enough because you learn so much about the book as a whole! I learned that this was based off the falling of the Berlin Wall. Super cool. I knew there was some historical background, but I didn’t know what it was based on. Looking back at it, it was quite obviously tied to the Berlin Wall, but I didn’t realize it at the time.

I would recommend this series to any paranormal lovers, but read them close together! Don’t take long breaks in between the stories *@me* because I think they would be so much more enjoyable that way!

Thanks again to Shannon for working with me :)

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Review: July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson

Title: July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: April 10, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 165

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.    Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this book! I have really enjoyed getting to know you, and you will always have a special place in my heart as the first author who contacted me!

This is the third installment in the Bad Bloods series by Shannon A. Thompson and this follows Violet and Caleb. Violet can turn into a shadow and was part of both the Northern and Southern flocks before the new presidency. She finds Caleb, a musician, artist, and prostitute, and finds out that he needs help. He has an awful STD called Stilts. It will kill him, but he’s found a way to live longer. A special girl can sing to him and he will stop aging.

Because of the way the Bad Bloods series is set up, this is only half the story and the other half takes place in July Lightning, which I plan to pick up soon! I read this book surprisingly quickly. I have always enjoyed Shannon’s books and this one was good, but I have to say I liked the other set of characters a little bit better. That is probably due to the fact that I read the first two books about them, though.

I was a little confused at the beginning of this book because it has been awhile since I read the first two books of this series, but by about halfway through I felt comfortable with the characters again. The first two books were more plot driven and political, but this book was very character driven. I don’t know which I like better, but probably character driven story lines.

I’m very excited to see where the series goes as this ended in quite a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to see what Cal does, and how the rest of the “flock” reacts to everything. I also loved some of the powers we were introduced to in this book. I really enjoyed the girl who could do hair and the boy with the gems and crystals.

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Tea of Choice:

English Breakfast Tea from PG Tips

You can’t ever go wrong with a cup of normal black tea! I have always been a HUGE fan of PG Tips and I love drinking it with sugar and a splash of milk!

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Review: November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

Title: November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: September 19, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 275

Source: Author

Fans of Red Queen and The Hunger Games Trilogy will love this new series by Shannon A. Thompson.
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this book to read and review! I’m sorry it took so long to get this review up! I’m a lazy reader lately ;)

This is the second book in the Bad Bloods series, and we’re immediately pulled back into the world of future America, politics, and bad bloods. Serena and Daniel are separated throughout this novel because Serena is needed for the new presidency. Serena has one wish, and it has to be seen through in order for the two flocks to live in harmony. What she doesn’t know, is how much pain it will cause to the others.

I don’t want to say too much about this book, because it is so closely related to the first, and neither are very long. It shouldn’t take too long to read both! I really loved this world of Vendona. It’s future United States, and it was taking place during an election *kind of similarly to what has happened in the recent past with a few not-so-great candidates…* Anyway, one candidate will fight for the bad bloods, one will have them all killed. Serena goes to help to try and make sure that no more bad bloods will die. While she’s helping out, she learns crazy new information that helps both her and the rest of both of her flocks.

There were quite a few parts in this book that should have been elaborated on more. I was confused when Jane was talking about the directions being changed, and figured there would be more said about it, but then there wasn’t. I was a little disappointed with that.

I really enjoyed the vulnerability, friendships, and love that happen throughout this book. I love when the stereotype of men not being able to cry is broken. Anyone can cry; people are human. I really liked the vulnerable side you saw to some characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this duology. I still have to say that the Timely Death Trilogy has been my favorite of Shannon’s books I’ve read, though. Please check out something from her, she’s an amazing author!

Thanks again, Shannon, for allowing me to read this book and for being one of the first authors to contact me!

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

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Review: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 230

Source: Author

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon for sending me this ebook to read! I always love connecting with you :)

November Rain follows two points of view; Serena and Daniel. Both are parts of different flocks in Vendona. Serena is the first escapee of this scary sounding institute-esque testing facility, and she meets Daniel. Immediately she is scared of him because he’s willing to help her, but then she learns to not be scared.

This is the first installment of the Bad Bloods series and I’m excited to read the final installment! I love Thompson’s writing style; it flows nicely, and there is just the right amount of description. I do have to say, though, I was quite confused throughout this book. I had to reread several parts because they were somewhat unclear. I am assuming it will be easier to understand after finishing the second book, but I was a little confuzzled near the beginning. I usually get confused when there are a lot of different names in a short amount of time, so that is probably the reason. I love slow introductions of characters so I can get to know them, so I don’t know.

I don’t have a lot more to say about this because it was quite short. I enjoy paranormal, so I’m excited to learn more about everyone’s different bad blood powers!

I did enjoy this book, it was a quick read, and I’m SO SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR ME TO READ IT! I have had this since June! I know, I’m awful.

Anyway, I would highly recommend checking something out from Shannon, she’s a beautiful writer! Her Timely Death Trilogy was my favorite!

THANK YOU SHANNON. YOU’RE AWESOME <3

Series:

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

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Review: Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy #3) – Shannon A. Thompson


Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy #3) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy #3)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: January 29, 2015

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 229

Source: sent for review by author

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jessica and Eric know they need to find out Darthon’s plan and identity. They have no idea how to do it or how to go about finding new information. All they know is that Darthon is a Light and his other identity is someone who goes to their school. Jess and Eric come back to school to none of their friends remembering many events of their recent past regarding the two of them; they have no idea why. They have recently become engaged and wear rings that Eric’s deceased mother gave to him before her death. They continue on with their everyday lives until something bad happens. They find Darthon, but they get held captive. The Dark are desperately trying to find them and find out what happened, but they can’t; Darthon and the other lights have forbidden them from knowing. Why can’t the Dark find them? Why can’t they talk about it when they get back?

Huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this book for review! I loved the first two books in this series and this one didn’t disappoint! These books really are great and are beautifully written. The whole concept is super cool and I’m really fortunate that I got the opportunity to read them. :) I loved the plot in this one, and so many explanations happened, but I just want more! I wouldn’t object to an epilogue or a short story explaining what happened when they got to Iowa. I mean, I’m from Iowa so I would know where some of the places were ;)

Characters:

Jess and Eric are so perfect. I’ve loved them in the two previous books, and I still think they’re great. I love them together so much. I want to know what happens when the Iowa trip gets done, I want their wedding scene, and I just want more of them! I loved all the new characters that were introduced in this book; one of my favorite scenes dealt with one of the new characters. My favorite part *well, one of many* was when Eric’s dad was talking to him about what happened to his mom. It was such a great scene because Eric got clarity on the situation and he got to bond with his dad a little bit.

Who Would I Be?:

I would definitely choose to be Jessica. She’s just such a strong lead role and her Shade color is purple. That’s super cool. She also has really great friends and a great boyfriend. Even though she has some tough decisions to make, she thinks them through and is really logical about things.

Series:

Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1)

Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2)

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Cover Reveal!


Hello, hello! Shannon A. Thompson, author of the Timely Death Trilogy, emailed me and asked if I would be part of the second edition cover reveal for her book Minutes before Sunset. Of course I said I’d love to, so here it is. I have loved all of Shannon’s books that I’ve read and plan to read all of her works in the future. Here we go…. *bum bum bummmm (Belt’s voice from The Croods)*

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Shannon recently moved to a new publishing company, and they’re releasing her books with new covers and revised work. Applause is necessary ;) This talented woman is a beautiful writer and has a unique writing style. Check out her blog!

Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: Take Me Tomorrow – Shannon A. Thompson


Take Me Tomorrow – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: Take Me Tomorrow

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: July 12, 2014

Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing Inc.

Format: ebook

Page Number: 257

Source: Sent by author

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Sophia Gray is just a normal girl with a delinquent best friend named Broden. The two are friends with the neighborhood twins named Miles and Lily. Sophia finds out Broden is in trouble again but he doesn’t tell her what for. He brings Sophia with him to meet a boy named Noah. She doesn’t know why they have to meet the mystery boy in the middle of the night, but she goes along with it. She finds out that this boy is the boy that stopped her while she was patrolling the forest behind her house earlier that day. Noah and Broden talk about a drug called Tomo, which is highly illegal. Broden is in the hospital shortly after the encounter with Noah and she suspects that he is the one who beat him up. She goes to see Broden in the hospital and sees his glassy, foggy eyes and realizes that he takes Tomo. Tomo lets you see parts of the future, but Sophia is scared and doesn’t know why Broden is taking the illegal drug. Her suspicions about the mystery boy are proved to be true and she learns that Noah and Broden are running. Running from what? Why are they in trouble? I got this book sent to me by Shannon A. Thompson for review. I have decided that Thompson is one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is so beautiful and keeps you wondering the whole time. There was never a boring or dull moment in this book and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read it. I loved the premise of this book; it was very intriguing. It was something I had never heard of before and I was glad to see something brand new.

Characters:

The main character of this book was named Sophia and she was brought into the region illegally by her father. She was a good, strong main character, but of everyone in this book, Noah was my favorite. He was different from everyone, but in all honesty, I was rooting for Broden and Sophia to be together. Most definitely a ship. Sophden? Brodia? Either works ;)

Who Would I Be?:

I think I would choose to be Noah, just because he was my favorite. I’m not saying I want to be addicted to a drug, but he was a strong character who cared about his family and friends. The ending made me really sad and I want to know what happens next! pst. Shannon, I would really enjoy a sequel ;)

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