28 March 2011

{Book Review} Released

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 March 2011 at 12:01 PM | | | | | |
Author: Megan Duncan
Format: ePub
Pages: 260 (ePub)
Published: April 1, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey,
Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark then they could have ever imagined

What a refreshing take on apocalyptic literature! Demons! Not zombies! Don't get me wrong I like me some zombies, but it's nice to switch things up once in awhile.

'Released' is the debut book by Indie author Megan Duncan, and she's definitely carving out a place for herself in the world of writers with this apocalyptic thriller!

Duncan has a way with imagery that I as a hopeful author, envy. One of my favorite descriptions she uses in the book is: "A sense of overwhelming dread crept through my body like thousands of tiny spiders crawling under my skin". Tell me you didn't shiver a little reading that? Gah, I hate spiders!

What I enjoyed most about this book was the realness of the characters. Language and emotion especially noted, it fit what they would be going through. Nothing is worse then reading a book and there's some God-awful creature about to kill/behead/torture the main character or some they love, and the phrasing comes out like "Oh darn. Guess that sucks a bit"

I'm sorry my sweet innocent readers, but the F-Bomb would surely be getting dropped and I thank Megan Duncan for staying true to this. Now, while my husband may note I tend to have a mouth like a sailor from time to time, it doesn't mean I think every book should be littered with cuss words. Just that this particular story would not have felt "real" had they not made an appearance here and there. And this is about how often they are in the book, just here and there. Used only to make a point.

I am giving Released a 4 Bird review, some things were a little predictable and I think maybe because there's only so many directions you can take a story like this. It was still a great thrill ride none the less, and the fact it wasn't about zombies helped up up a bird. I will recommend this book and will hound (no pun intended....read the book - you'll get it...lol) for a sequel!




  1. Thank you so much for your amazing review and I am exceedingly happy that you enjoyed it! This definitely inspires me to get cracking on book 2!


  2. What a wonderfully written book review. I haven't heard of this novel before but I'll totally make sure to check it out. This sounds like something I would be interested in and probably love.

    Thanks for the book review.

    Come visit me at Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads sometime. We don't bite but just blog about fangs and all things paranormal.

  3. This sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it!

  4. I saw on twitter that you're trying to make it to 200 followers and your blog is lovely, so I've stopped by to give you a follow! Just spreading the follower love :) It would be awesome if you'd check out my blog, too. I'm nearly to 300, and I want to do a huge giveaway when I make it there! Looking forward to getting to know you better :)



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