I’m baaaack! (With a book review!)

Hi, everyone!! I’ve been gone for a while, and I’m super sorry about that. Work started back up, and with all of the new guidelines and COVID adjustments, things have been hectic to say the least. I’ve been all kinds of stressy and depressy.

But like…

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So, I’m back! And with something new for me! A BOOK REVIEW!! Since Caged was published, I’ve been working really hard to boost sales and gather reviews. If you have read it, please consider leaving an Amazon & Goodreads review. Heck, post the same one in both places. It really helps me get the word out and get readers’ attention.

I joined some reader groups on Facebook and Twitter and started exchanging reviews with other self-published authors. I should do a better job of supporting them anyway! One of my favorites that I’ve read over the past few weeks is…

The Cassidy Chronicles by Adam Gaffen!

Picture taken from book’s Amazon profile.

The story itself is set in a post-war United States in the year 2113. The country is split into sections, each being its own true state. They have their own currencies, laws, etc. At first, this was a bit overwhelming for me to keep track of, but as the story continued, I fell into it quickly. Adam includes a very helpful map. I used it often as I forgot what state was which.

The two main characters are every bit as charming as they are well-written. Aiyana Cassidy is a confident engineer working on a concept that will eliminate the need for public transportation (sort of like teleportation, but I can’t think of another decent name for it). Her fiancee, Kendra Foster-Briggs is a gorgeous “sensies” actress with a deadly secret life.

It’s on the day of their wedding that things start to go haywire. As assassination attempt mid-ceremony leads to two brides and their groom– Derek– being on the run. Conveniently enough, Kendra’s double-life is revealed, and every gun in her arsenal will be used to protect Cass.

I adored the entire cast. Ninety percent of the secret agents and scientists are female. Each one was different than the last. They had their own backstories, personalities, quirks, and talents. Mac with her chatterbox and hacking skills, Montana the Wrecking Ball, Stone the butt-kicking Aussie…. It’d be impossible for me to pick a favorite side character.

My only complain was that most of the characters really seemed too perfect. They were all mega-talented gals. I definitely connected with them, but sometimes, it all seemed to work out just a little too well. I would like to see the main girls, Ken and Cass, make mistakes and show weakness.

Now, let’s talk about this PLOT. When I say page-turner, I mean PAGE-TURNER. It was a rather long book, but technically, it’s three books in one. And I could not stop reading. Once I got started, I was done in no time at all because there was no stopping. Every event perfectly led into the next one; the alternating third-person POVs made sure the reader (me) was constantly engaged. There wasn’t a boring part in the entire 500 page book!

There’s romance of all kinds– polyamorous, homosexual, heterosexual… Literally all of it. If you want a LGBT+ inclusive book, this is The One. It wasn’t overdone or overexplained. No detailed scenes; everything PG-13 for the most part. And it wasn’t cheesy! I found myself grinning often as the girls were absolutely adorable together.

I could honestly probably go on forever. I loved this book. It was so well-written. Kudos to Adam!! You can find the book here. His Facebook profile is here. Please, please read this book. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’ll be back with more book reviews! Thanks for reading!!

xoxo,

Amy. 🙂

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