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Shomi Spotlight – Guest Review: Countdown by Michelle Maddox

Posted August 26, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 6 Comments

Tracy’s review of Countdown by Michelle Maddox

TITLE: Countdown

AUTHOR: Michelle Maddox

SERIES: No

Reason for Reading: The Book Binge was having Shomi month and since the books looked good I wanted to read one.

Summary: (From Goodreads)

THREE
Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die.

TWO
The man she’s been partnered with–her only ally in this nightmare–is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him?

ONE
No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat The Countdown.

Thoughts/Opinion:

Ok, I’m going to attempt this review without spoilers…not an easy task, let me tell ya!

This book started off with a bang. As the summary said, Kira wakes up in a darkened room (which sucks since she’s deathly afraid of the dark) with Rogan and has no idea why she’s there, how she got there or who Rogan is. Kira and Rogan only talk for a few minutes before things start happening. Not really knowing what’s going on Kira helps Rogan because he is injured.

They have been chosen for the game The Countdown. Participants get their skulls implanted with nasty little devices and are forced to play the game and either beat the countdown or get eliminated from the game via the implant. Elimination = death. The implant will pretty much melt their brains and their head will explode. Not something either party wants to happen so they try really hard to win each level.

Rogan and Kira work together to get through the 6 levels of the game and do their best to not die. Many different aspects of their lives get broadcast to the “subscribers” of the game (those who are watching this show and are hungry for death) and inevitably they talk about things that have happened in their lives. Many, many secrets get revealed about Rogan, his family and his past. Although Rogan has been convicted of the rape of 3 women and the murder of 9 and has been in prison for the past 4 years Kira, who has empathetic psi abilities, doesn’t “feel” that he is a bad person.

With Kira and Rogan delving into each others pasts they come to know each other and find they like each other. I thought their romance was a little rushed, but it did work in the end.

I really liked Rogan from the first time he was introduced. Yes, he’d been in prison for 4 years, but he wasn’t hardened like you assumed he would be. He seemed to have a good sense of humor despite his circumstances and I liked his optimism.

Kira’s family had been murdered when she was just 15 and she had been on the streets since then. Her main goal in life was to A) stay alive and B) get to Offworld, another inhabitable planet that was supposed to be much nicer than earth. As with Rogan I would have assumed that Kira would be hardened from her time on the streets, but she wasn’t. Yes, she had learned how to be a pickpocket and steal what she needed but deep down I think she was a kind person and she was basically looking for someone to love her.

Overall I’d say it was a good read. The initial excitement did die down a little which was disappointing, but there was definitely never a dull moment in the book.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?

She is new to me. I would definitely read more of her work.


Are you keeping it or passing it on?

I’ll keep it.

Did you enjoy the book?
yes

Would you recommend this book to others? Yes

SCORE: 3.75 out of 5

Anything else? Michelle Maddox also writes under the name Michelle Rowen.

This book is available from Dorchester. You can buy it here.

Check out more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place.


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The Book Binge

Posted August 26, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Hey Everyone

Check out my guest review of Countdown (Shomi) by Michelle Maddox over at The Book Binge today after 2:00pm (pacific).


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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted August 25, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 19 Comments

Happy Sunday!

It’s been a hellova reading week. I read A LOT this week – I’m not quite sure how that happened actually, but it did. I left work early on Thursday and only worked 2 hours Friday because of a killer headache (that I still have)…and the drugs the doc injected me with kept me up most of the night on Friday so I’ve had mucho reading time.
One of my good friends, Andrew, got married today. Andrew and Beth have been together for 10 years. That’s right, 10 years! He finally popped the question and it was about damn time! lol Talk about an age difference…he just turned 50 in July and she’s 29! Of course he looks and acts like he’s about 35 so it all works out. Such a cute couple.

So my goal this past week was to read a ton of RAW authors as it’s only 4 weeks away. Ask me how that went. Not good! I read 1 book. 1! Geesh! I really need to work on that this week.

Oh and due to sheer, unadulterated laziness and severe pain in my head..no links will be available this week! But I still lubs ya!

The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy was first. My only RAW author book. Cute book…see review a couple of posts back.

Countdown (Shomi) by Michelle Maddox. Good book. I won’t go into detail..you’ll just have to check out my review this week (sometime) on Book Binge.

Kill Me Twice by Roxanne St. Claire. I wanted to read one of her books since she’ll be guest blogging on DIK this week (Mon, Tues, Wed) and I hadn’t read her work. I liked it. I’ll probably read more of her stuff in the future…when the TBR goes down some. Stop laughing!! It’ll happen.

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs a novella in the On The Prowl Anthology was next. I’ve been seeing this around and hearing how good it was so I wanted to check it out. Very good story. It was a great introduction to Cry Wolf which is the 1st novel in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series.

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs was really good. I plan on doing a review this week of this book so check back. 🙂

I then read the remainder of the stories in the On The Prowl anthology. (see book cover above) Besides Alpha and Omega I really didn’t care all that much for the other 3 stories – they weren’t bad, just not my thing.
InHuman by Eileen Wilks was ok. There was a lot of info being given but I really didn’t feel like I knew the characters by the time the story was done. This was an intro into a series (I think) but it didn’t make me want to read more.
Buying Trouble by Karen Chance was a cute little novella about a 1/2 human, 1/2 Fae that doesn’t know that’s what she is. She gets jiggy with another 1/2er and turns into something she would have never imagined. I think I’ll check out Karen Chance’s work to see what else she’s got going on since this was my first read of hers.
Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny. Not a fan of this story. The heroine’s got too many freakin lovers…she’s got serious issues in so many other things and doesn’t know what the hell’s going on. The series is not something I’d want to be reading more of.

I won the novella Oh, George by Christiane France this week. This is an m/m romance about a man who’s inherited his dad’s business and a man from the secretarial pool. I didn’t feel like I could get into the characters enough during the novella and they fell in love really fast.

Last was Just One Bite by Kimberly Raye. The Dead End Dating series is weird and quirky and I like it for a fun little read. For any of you who read the series I just love Ty Bonner and there just wasn’t enough of him in this book! lol I needed more Ty! It was a nice edition to the series and I liked it.

Happy Reading!


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Shomi Spotlight: Excerpt – Countdown by Michelle Maddox

Posted August 15, 2008 by Holly in Promotions, Reviews | 3 Comments

This book was released this month and already I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and buzz for it around the internet. After reading this excerpt (and some others) I can see why. I still haven’t decided which book to pick up next. Maybe this one?

Book Cover

THREE
Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die.

TWO
The man she’s been partnered with–her only ally in this nightmare–is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him?

ONE
No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the
COUNTDOWN

Countdown by Michelle Maddox

Excerpt from Chapter 1

It’s called nyctophobia. I looked it up once. It’s the official
term for an abnormal and per sis tent fear of the dark. I’ve
had it ever since my parents and sister were murdered during
an in- home burglary and I hid under my bed.
In the dark I couldn’t see anything. I could just hear the
screaming.
And then the silence.
So, yeah. I’ve been scared shitless of the dark ever
since. Go figure.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly where I found myself when
I opened my eyes. Frankly, I don’t even remember closing
them. I’d been in the mall—I remembered that much.
I’d just lifted a new pair of shoes because my old pair
was practically worn out, since all I do is walk everywhere
in the city, day in and day out. This pair was nice.
Red. With strong laces that, if necessary, could double as
a weapon.
The streets were tough sometimes. Especially at night.
Especially in the dark.
Like right now.
But this wasn’t the street; I knew that much. I was inside.
Somewhere.
I couldn’t concentrate, though, due to the choking panic
that began to flood my body. I knew it wasn’t going to do
a hell of a lot to freak out, but sometimes you just can’t
stop yourself—or reason with yourself—when you’re in
the pro cess of freaking out.
I felt a pinch at my right wrist and reached over with
my other hand, blindly trying to feel my way through the
inky blackness. It was a metal cuff. Attached to a chain.
Attached to the smooth, cold metal wall behind me.
What the hell was going on here?
Had I been caught shoplifting? Was this prison? I racked
my brain but came up blank. No, I’d grabbed the shoes,
shoved them under my coat, and left the store to go into
the half- abandoned mall, where I put them on, throwing
my old shoes in a garbage can. And then . . . then what
happened?

This book is available from Dorchester. You can buy it here.


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