Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update- #Reviews – #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Historical V.M. Sang

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author today is Teri Polen with a recent review for The Colony Series Book One – Subject A36

About the book

If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. G. Driver  5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action!  Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021

A terrific dystopian scifi YA novel. The fight scenes in this book were great, and I liked the characters a lot. I enjoyed that the Asher and Brynn are a couple from the start, and I liked how solid their relationship is. It is pointed out over and over again that although they spent a lot of their youth growing up in the same household that they for sure are not siblings. I think that’s important. This is a great book if you enjoyed the Divergent series or if you enjoy movies like Logan’s Run or In Time. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.  

Also by Teri Polen


Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And:  Amazon UK Follow Teri: Goodreads – website: Teri PolenTwitter: @Tpolen6

The next review is for Amy M. Reade… and MayDay! (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 5)

About the book

Lilly Carlsen has planned the perfect wedding reception for her brother, but her plans unravel in spectacular fashion when a dead body turns up and someone’s dangerous prank spirals out of control.

After Bill and Noley head off to their well-deserved honeymoon in the tropics, Lilly is determined to find out who was behind the events that turned a fairy-tale evening into the worst reception in Juniper Junction history. But all is not as it seems, and Lilly may be putting herself in grave danger by attempting to uncover the culprits.

And to make matters worse, serious family issues are mounting and Lilly may have to do the one thing she swore she wouldn’t do…

One of the recent reviews for the book

Iris Chacon 5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous return to the Juniper Springs family & friends  Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021

Lilly Carlson has planned the perfect wedding for her brother to her best friend. It’s in beautiful Colorado on a gorgeous spring day, the 1st of May. “Mayday” takes on additional meaning, however, when a plane buzzes the party then crashes nearby. Then the caterer’s murdered body is discovered, placing everyone present under suspicion. While her brother is away on his honeymoon, Lilly will find all kinds of trouble and danger as she tries to unravel May Day’s tragic events.

The great fun and mystery of this novel is even better because the reader comes home again to the quaint town of Juniper Springs and the characters we love from previous books by Amy M Reade. If this is your first Juniper Springs holiday novel, you’ll want to read them all. And soon!  

A selection of books by Amy M. Reade

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Blog: Amy Reade WordPress Goodreads: Amy Reade Goodreads – Twitter: @readeandwrite

This is proving to be a busy week for new books in the Cafe and delighted to share the news of the new release by V.M. Sang…Jealousy of a Viking (A Family Through The Ages Book 2)

About the book

After Helgha meets Erik in the woods surrounding her home near Jorvik – modern day York – she learns that he is lost, and helps him by taking him into her home for the night.

In time, the two grow close, much to the anxiety of her parents as there is no message from his father suggesting a betrothal, but Erik behaves as though they are betrothed. Soon, they learn that there is another reason why Erik has not asked her to marry him.

With the honour of their family at stake, Helgha’s father takes drastic measures to rectify the situation. Amid the bloodshed and danger of the medieval times, can Helgha find happiness for herself and her family?

This book contains graphic violence and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

One of the recent reviews for the book

jaye marie 4.0 out of 5 stars most unusual Viking story!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 August 2021

This unusual medieval story of one woman’s quest for love, reminded me of so many other star-crossed lovers throughout history. The author has cut away most of the myths surrounding the Vikings, revealing their wisdom and their beliefs. A far cry from the blood thirsty tribes we see all the time on TV.

I loved reading about the Viking people, and the way Helgha, the main character, used both the Christian and Viking religions to help her when rescued by a Christian community.
Even though she managed to hedge her bets, so to speak, it didn’t look as if anything would help her to find happiness.

Helgha must have been one of the unluckiest women, for when history decided to repeat the first stage in her journey, I wondered what fate had in store for her. Or was she doomed to be loved, but only from a distance?

A selection of books by V.M. Sang

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow: Goodreads – Blog/Website: Aspholessaria – Facebook: Viv Sang – Twitter: @vm_sang


Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you are leaving with some books..thanks Sally.




45 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update- #Reviews – #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Historical V.M. Sang

  1. Thanks so much for featuring MayDay! on your blog, Sally. I have been traveling for several days and I’m just now getting home and back on the computer. Hope you’re having a great week. xo

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