Book Reviews

Sandstorm by T.W. Piperbrook

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 208
Series: Sandstorm #1
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Dystopian
Published: June 2, 2018
Rating: 2 stars


Something is hunting the inhabitants of Ravar…

For three generations, the colonists on Ravar have been stranded on a harsh planet, forced to survive in a desert environment where only the scrappiest animals and the heartiest plants survive. Most live without the foolish hope that Earth’s supply ships will ever grace the skies again.

Trapped in a sandstorm, Neena Xylance struggles to make her way back to her colony. What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t alone, and what she finds might destroy the last of the fragile life on her planet. 


Most speculated Earth was dead.

This takes place on Ravar. Ravar used to be a mining colony but it’s been years since the last supply ship from Earth has been seen. No one mines anymore. Neena is a native of Ravar. She was out hunting for food when the sandstorm hit with no warning.

Throughout the book, we get to see different sides of the sandstorm. Neena is stuck out in the desert, Gideon is in a bunker with the Heads of the Colony, Raj (Neena’s younger brother) is at home with the little brother and Darius is in his workshop.

Neena, I think is the only view I didn’t skim through. I was not interested in the other views. I think that they took away from Neena and what was going on with her. I didn’t care about what the other characters were doing. I didn’t feel as if they helped the story move along.

Will not be moving on to the next one. This did end on a cliffhanger but not one that made me want to know what’s going on.

Book Reviews

Tallas by Cathrina Constantine

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 310
Series: The Tallas #1
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi
Published: Feb 1st, 2014
Rating: 3 stars


In a decimated world, setting foot outside of Tallas is certain death ~ or so they say. Mutations caused by those in the wilderness have plagued citizens ~ or so they say…

For Doogan and Keeyla their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. And when their young son, Fabal, is given a dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But when they are ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keeyla and Fabal escape, she is severely injured.

Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan get away from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the legends about the terrible monsters beyond the walls of Tallas true?


But Tallas isn’t free. It’s a dictatorship.

This story is good, but it wasn’t for me. I think if I was younger I would have loved this story. As we all know, the older we get the more our preferences change due to experiences we encounter. (Plus certain books we read that destroy our hearts and we never recover nor find a book as good.) While I still love dystopian novels, some just fall short of my parameter.

history forever repeats itself. Corrupt people in power with their hypothetical rhetoric continue to despoil what is left of civilization.

I don’t care which side of politics you are on, this quote is true. No matter what political opinions all end up becoming dictators for the “common good” to help out the people. Face it when most people get power it goes to their heads. This is quite a good story of how that happens but I kind of wish it was flushed out more. I think then I would have liked it then. There seemed to be certain plot points that need to be a little more detailed.

Dying and death had been commonplace over the years yet it never lost its repulsive nature.

I don’t want to dispel you from this book. I due think it is good, I just wish there was more. Maybe there is in the second book. I am just not compelled to read it. Maybe a day in the future I will but as of right now, I think I will move on.

Book Reviews

Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon

My Edition: Kindle Unlimited


Series: Ice Plant Barbarians #2

Rating: 2.5 smutty stars

Review: As much as I loved Raahosh I didn’t full like Liz. I thought I was but she wasn’t as funny as in the first book. The reason I love Raahosh is because I love a scarred MC. Not only that but the way he dealt with Liz is hilarious. For the first couple days or week he doesn’t talk to her. He just lets her talk to herself.

Now unlike the first book this one really didn’t have a plot. Just a lot of alien sex and fighting over if Liz can go hunting. I did get a good laugh when a baby furry alien came up on Liz and she called it an Ewok. Don’t know why I got a kick out of it but I did.

I like the little references to Star Wars. In both books Dixon has several references to the famous sci-fi movies. The good ones though. The original trilogy that came out before I was born or even thought of.

I will give the third book a read. If it doesn’t have much of a plot I don’t know if I will continue reading this series.