25 Perfect Days

25 Perfect Days25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to give this book 5 stars, to say it captured my attention is just an understatement. From the first page til the last I was enthralled, entwined, and captivated by the storyline, the characters, and overall flow of the book. This is a story about a future world where Church and State come back together to create the ultimate totalitarian world. Where everything is measured and weighted and if you don’t follow the rules you just might end up in jail or worse. We get to follow the lives of a few families throughout generations to see their fight to take down the Church and State and try to regain the freedom their great-grandparents once had. Not every choice was an easy one and the struggle is real. I wish I would have read this book sooner as I got it from NetGalley as an ARC.

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Book Summary:

A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population.

Higher taxes, strict gun control, an oppressive healthcare system. Complete media control, genetically modified food, experimentation on citizens. The push of depersonalizing technology, unending wars, government sanctioned assassinations. Is this collection of stories merely science fiction or soon to be fact? Are these policies designed for the greater good or disguised to benefit a chosen few at the expense of the masses? Is this brave new world the best we could do or part of a sinister grand plan?

Through these twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare.

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A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword #3)

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword #3)A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly wish I would have known that this was the third and final book to The Staff & The Sword series. I found myself wondering and guessing at what has happening throughout the book due to not reading the first or second book. Other than that one complaint, this is a great book. It’s full of adventure and sword play. Even though it was the a bit heartbreaking the ending left me stunned. Now I just got to read the first two books to figure out how they got to the ending. If you like fantasy mixed with a religious underlay you will like this book and series.

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Book Summary:

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?