Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Random Review: Taoree by Michele Notaro #Review #Giveaway

Author: Michele Notaro
Book: Taoree
Series: Taoree Trilogy #1
Self Published
Publication Date: August 30, 2017
Length: 242 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


If you’re reading this, I hope that means that we’ve survived, but after everything I’ve seen, I’m sure that’s only wishful thinking…

This is my story… a story of what happens when you trust an alien race. A race that lived peacefully with humans for over two years, but something suddenly changed. When all hell breaks loose, can we count on the Taoree to step up and help or could they be the real cause of all the terror?

Three of my friends and I try to make our way back home to our families, but there’s chaos at every turn. We can trust no one; we only rely on each other. And even though we work together, nothing can stop the heartbreak and terror that surrounds us.

Before you judge me, ask yourself this: When there’s danger at every turn and nowhere safe to hide, what would you do to keep you and yours alive? Some of us won’t survive… What will happen to those of us that are left behind?

Taoree is Book One in the Taoree Trilogy and is meant to be read as part of a series. This book ends on a cliffhanger, but there is a promise of a happy ending at the end of the trilogy.


I fell in love this author’s writing in her book How We Survive and once again she proved to me with this book that she knows how to build a story and characters that grab me and make me hold on for dear life. She is able to create a world that makes the pit of my stomach hurt with what each character goes through, each piece that is revealed, and the level of hold-onto-your-britches-cause-it’s-about-to-get-bumpy (or you know whatever the equivalent to driving over a lava field is).

I hate to give this warning because I know some will turn away because of it, but there is a cliffhanger. Honestly, I am not too keen on them myself, but in an apocalyptic story, you are hard pressed to read a good one that doesn’t end that way. There is too much going into every bit of the character development, relationship development, and world building to end this quickly without it feeling rushed and lousy. The author took her time giving us scenes that furthered her story, connecting us to each character, and creating a story that had all the questions they should come up when you are going on this journey, come up. 

Jeremy. Holy Christ on a cracker what that guy goes through in this story is nothing short of terrible. All the falling in love, aliens taking over, an unknown connection to an alien he’s never met but one that saves him time and time again. Oh and the loss. There is loss. People we like die. But I was OK with that because she warned us going in and I’ve read her work, she doesn’t do that lightly or just for show. There are reasons. And in this, I fully got her reasons. I loved Jeremy. He had such an inner strength and even after seeing and doing the things he had to go through he had a core of him that was light and took life day by day. He worried, he feared, but he didn’t let those things stop him from building something real and keeping his positive attitude.

Orrean. I freaking love him. Orrean is the alien that has this who knows why connection with him. Jeremy fears it at first but man oh freaking man the first time they met in person was...amazing. Besides you know all the saving and killing that had to be done before that moment of recognition. Orrean was so protective of Jeremy and his rag tag family of friends. He had abilities that you have to see to believe, and they are helped along in some way by Jeremy. I mentioned that connection. Yeah, there is something there, and I for one cannot wait to see what it is.

The secondary characters, if you could call them that, are in my opinion just as important as the main characters. Colt, and Nolan, and Wes, and Cal all play a significant part in this story, and I couldn’t love each one of them more. To me, they are just as much main players in this story as Jeremy and Orrean because for the most part they are front and center not just occasional drop ins.

I could say more. I could go into more detail of the wonders of Michele’s writing. I could talk about the world building. But I’m not because you must read it, experience it, to fully feel and understand the awesomeness that is Taoree.

Ok, Michele, I’m ready for book two now!


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