J.R. Thorn & Lexi C. Foss-Noir Reformatory

Noir Reformatory is another entry in the Nightmare Penitentiary shared world series. This one is kind of a cousin to Delinquent Demons by K Webster. We meet Novak in that one, and we see him in this one too. So, related, not a sequel.

Here’s our story today. We have Raven, who is a Noir. Think dark angel, or Nora. Nora start with white wings, but when they fall, they end up with black wings. Except for Raven, who was born with them, which is supposed to be impossible. On top of that, she’s a female, which is perishingly rare. She’s spent her life locked up, and now that she’s 18, she’s being taken to another prison. This time, it’s the Noir Reformatory, where the Noir are supposed to be reformed. Let’s just say it doesn’t quite go that way. She ends up throwing herself out of a helicopter, and flies to where a whole bunch of other Noir are flying. Which is, of course, Noir Reformatory, and shit is about to get real. And she’s the only female there. So, yeah.

Meanwhile, we have Sorin, Zain, and Novak. Novak was their leader, and they all fell together. They spent decades together in another prison, and now they’re being moved to this one. They all end up standing in the arena, where Sorin sees a female, who he feels the need to protect. Because, you know, female. So he manages to help, Zain comes over to help, and Raven ends up knifing him. Novak rushes to the rescue, and ends up in a different part of the prison. Raven, Sorin, and Zain end up in a cell together. Which is interesting, to say the least.

Zain and Sorin were a couple before they made it to this prison cell, and the presence of Raven doesn’t inhibit it. In fact, I think it probably made them more active. Raven really enjoyed the show, and frankly, who’s to blame her? I would. But it also makes her feel all kinds of things.

I really like Raven. I think that she’s fierce. She’s a fighter from the bones out, and she’s not going to put up with any shit from anyone, ever. She’s had to fight for her entire life, and this isn’t any different. That’s a very, very good thing, considering where she is and what is going on there, and what is likely to happen. I don’t want to be in her way when she’s working on getting what she wants, because she’s not going to let anything get in her way. I think that the only people who can stop her are Sorin and Zain, and probably Novak.

I can’t wait to see the next book, because it’s going to be so interesting!

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Ugh, the Valkyries. And the Reformer. Double ugh on him.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Definitely go check it out. Happy reading!

 

Lexi C. Foss-Andorra Sector

So, Andorra Sector is the second book in the Zombie Year 2099 shared world. This one is also the first book in a new series, the X-Clan Series, which is a shifter Omegaverse series, so you know that I am going to be all up over that bitch, right?

So, Andorra is a tiny little country in Europe, high up in the mountains in between France and Spain. In our book, the zombies have been around for a long time, and Andorra is ruled by wolf shifters. The main city is a domed city, and they specialize in high tech. There are humans around, but not all that many of them, and what few there are living in caves and are barely scraping by. The wolves use them as kind of an early warning system. The zombies are going to go after the humans first, and the wolves will be able to protect themselves by rooting out the zombies.

So, with all that said, here’s our story. We have Kat, a human, and Ander, the Alpha of the Andorra Sector. We meet Kat because she is with a bunch of humans who are trying to find food. The guy who is leading them took them to a food shipment vehicle. Which, of course, goes to the wolves, which is basically suicide by wolves. That’s what happens. The wolves find the humans trying to take the food, and all of the people are killed. Well, all but one. The guy in charge of the raid sees Kat and there is just something about her that he wants to learn more about, so he takes her back to the city, where he’s going to have some testing done, and see if they can turn her into a wolf.

Meanwhile, we have Ander. He’s a really strong Alpha. He wants to make sure that his people are strong. One problem is that they don’t have enough Omegas. Omegas are rare enough anyway, but among the X-Clan wolves, they are even rarer. The other X-Clan enclaves won’t trade Omegas over to Andorra, so he’s trying to come up with another solution. In this case, that means trading Omegas for tech from another clan of wolves, and hoping that they are compatible. But then, Kat shows up.

Kat gets tested and they give her the serum to change her, and change her it does. It turns her wolf, but more than that, it turns her into an Omega. Kat, being Kat, isn’t going to let anything stop her, and she decides that she’s going to escape. And she does, for about a hot minute, before she runs into Ander. Quite literally.

I like Kat. She is fierce and determined. In the blurb, it says that even though she’s an Omega, she’s an Alpha inside, and I totally would agree with that, 10000%. She’s a fighter. She’s had to be, just to survive the shitty life that humans live now. When I say that she’s a fighter, I really mean that. She’s a fucking fighter, as in she kinda sorta stabs some wolves in her escape attempt. She’s also confused as to what is happening, and at an extreme loss.

Oh, I kinda really hate Ander a lot of the time in this book. He’s really a prick. There are times when I do like him. He’s still a prick at those times. I think that’s the mark of a good writer and a good character. If you can feel such extremes in one book for one character, and sometimes feel them at the exact same time, then you know the author did their job, and did it well. Anyway, Ander is a good leader. He wants to have the best for his people, and he’s willing to do just about anything to help them and to keep them flourishing. Then there is Kat, and what he wants from her. He wants her to be his mate, and knew that she would be from the second that he saw her.

I’m really looking forward to reading more in this world. I think it’s going to be truly fascinating.

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I hate, hate, hate Ander for saying something stupid. All he had to say was this one stupid thing, and that was all it took. He was also operating under a set of circumstances that may or may not have been faulty.

I’m really glad that Riley was there.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out. Happy reading!

 

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