Review: Chained by Susanne Valenti

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Title: Chained
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Cage of Lies Saga | Book 1
Pages: 313
Publisher: Susanne Valenti; 1 edition (October 1, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars

The dystopia novel, Chained, by Susanne Valenti, describes a world where fear of Contamination keeps people inside of walled cities through the perspective of Maya Summers.

Like the rest of humanity, Maya lives behind the Wall in the Guardian protected city. But she is also an orphan. She has been for awhile ever since her parents died in a fatal lab accident.

Invited to join a scientific expedition outside the Wall by her best friend, Maya’s life is turned upside down. One simple mistake sentences her and her best friend, Taylor, to a brief SubWar sentence for endangering the population.

Although Maya and Taylor are only supposed to carry messages and not engage in combat, circumstances force them to fight for their very lives. One event leads to another and soon Maya finds herself outside of the SubWar boundaries with Taylor and a mysterious stranger who rescues them along with Laurie.

Now that they’ve left, there’s no going back to the city petrified of the Contamination, which lies outside of the wall, unless, of course, they want to serve a life sentence in SubWar. And Maya will soon discover a terrifying, but releasing truth about the walled city and herself.

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Review: The Mattress Affair by Cheryl Landmark

http://www3.sympatico.ca/cheryl.landmark/Title: The Mattress Affair 
Author: Cheryl Landmark
Series: N/A
Pages: 94
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 14, 2014)
Rating: 4 stars

 

The book, The Mattress Affair,* by Cheryl Landmark describes a family mystery through the eyes of an intelligent dog: Flint.

Flint lives with Meredith Steele, his human companion, in Gros Cap. He is a four-year old black Labrador Retriever and Meredith’s partner in the detective agency: Flint & Steele.

One day, two unsavory relatives pay Flint’s spirited neighbor, Abigail Tunner, a visit. Caleb and his wife (Abigail’s nephew and niece) claim that they want to improve their poor relationship, but Flint thinks that there’s more to this visit. After all, Abigail Tunner is a reclusive person in a small town whereas Caleb and his wife come from Toronto city.

Using his nose and sharp wits, Flint uncovers a malicious plot and ulterior motives. Can he communicate his suspicions to Meredith before it’s too late?

*I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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