The Fearing Book Four Earth and Ember by John F.D. Taff

Again I am just going to say that I loved the idea of a book being serialized. I hate to use the word vintage or throwback….but in the era where we can have anything delivered via an app on our phone it was refreshing. As I am writing this I think that there is more to this story then just an apocalyptic story. I’ll talk more about that later….But the story feels very personal.

Synopsis: The last book in The Fearing serialization.

What I liked: Something that I really enjoyed was the ending. I wasn’t happy about the trip of the story being over. However, I love where Taff took it too. The ending itself made me happy. Through out the story there was this feeling of anxiousness. The entire story was a race…..a race between good and evil. But it wasn’t truly that. It was a truly fresh take on fear. What fear actually is and how fear works. Taff is truly talented. The plot through the story moved perfectly….there are times where you can slightly catch your breath and then you are taken on a roller coaster ride through the countryside.

What I didn’t Like: There wasn’t anything that I really didn’t like.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

My Thoughts: I didn’t really want to read the ending of this serialization. I really enjoyed waiting for each book. It was like waiting for the next movie in a series or waiting for the next episode of a TV show. In the era of movies on demand or binge watching tv shows, it reminded me of being patient and enjoy the waiting. I want to say that the story felt a lot more personal. Fear is an interesting emotion and the idea that fear could destroy the world is so poignant right now. I will say this I personally loved the ending. I can’t talk about the ending without giving it away but I loved the ending.

The super cool thing is that the covers can be put together to form a cool picture.

Thank you to Grey Matter Press for my review copy!

The Fearing Book Three: Air & Dust

I know I have said this before but I really wish that more publishers would serialize their stories. It has been so much fun waiting for each novella and then devouring it as soon as it comes in the mail. Honestly, it reminds me of watching a regular TV show and needing to wait a week to watch the next episode. It has made me super happy.

Synopsis: Book 3 in the serialization of The Fearing.

What I liked: I love the story. I really, really do. With the fact that it is serialized it allows the pacing to pull the reader in. It was really nice waiting for the next installment. The introduction of Mr. Jackoby was really interesting and added new flavor to the story. The characterizations are so well written, as a reader I am worried about some of the characters. Taff’s story is so well written that you really don’t want it to end. I do have book 4 and will be reading it this week. But I really love how Taff has built the story up. I can’t wait until to read more about Monday as well.

What I didn’t like: ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING

Star Rating: 5

My Thoughts: Seriously, I wish that more publishers serialized their stories. It was really nice not binging the entire thing. I really hope the Grey Matter does this with another book. It really drew out the enjoyment of the story.

The Fearing Book 1 Fire and Rain by John F.D. Taff

Post apocalyptic fiction is totally my jam. Whether the world ends due to a disease, zombies or natural disaster I am totally there for it. I have read so many different ways the world can end that sometimes you get a bit burned out. You need something new, a new way for the world to end. Well, The Fearing delivered a new way the world ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Synopsis: Three different stories of what was going on as the world as we know it ends. However, I think one of the stories is a bit more than that.

What I liked: I thought really appreciated the new way the world is ending. I can’t wait to see how Adam fits into this whole scheme. The pacing is spot on for a post-apocalyptic book. I am enjoying the characters and the mystery that is surrounding Adam. I am really enjoying Taff’s writing style. The plots for each story are well rounded and I haven’t seen any plot holes at this point.

What I didn’t like: There was a scene in the book that I wish I had a bit of warning about. It wasn’t really a big deal for me but for other readers it may have been helpful.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My thoughts: I really have enjoyed Taff’s take on the end of the world. It is something different and I can’t wait to see where this is going in the next book. I loved the part where Taff used the phrase on fleek, it made me laugh and worked really well with the character. Taff’s character development is spot on. As a reader you aren’t sure what is going on with Adam but the other characters you are pretty sure you have a good understanding at what they are going through. Now I am wondering why these characters have survived. Come on Book 2.

Thank you to Grey Matter Press for sending me a review copy.