Saturday, February 27, 2016

*Review* Killshot by Aria Michaels

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Genre: Dystopian
Published: October 16, 2014
Pages: 474
Setting: Midwest somewhere (I forgot)


When seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, she gives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s new life is her energetic and obnoxious foster-sister, Riley. When Riley convinces her to come to the rooftop party to view Icarus, the up-coming solar flare, Liv meets Zander. For the first time in months her troubles take a back seat...that is until what should have been a small flare, erupts into a full blown solar storm. 

Now, Liv and her rag-tag group of not-quite friends must find a way to survive the sweltering heat, lingering radiation, and the mysterious virus that appears to have found an ideal host among their ranks. Alliances will be formed, and battle lines will be drawn as Liv and her new friends set out on a perilous journey to save their loved ones, find answers, and reach salvation. 

But, something sinister awaits them in the dark—and it’s undeniably connected to Liv. 

Will Liv be able to keep her promise and reunite with her brother? Will her brave determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night? 

…Or was Icarus, indeed, the KILLSHOT.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book. The narrator's voice was pleasant and sounded suitably teenager-y (not that teenage females sound much different than adult females.) The character voices mostly sounded pretty similar to me (there were two or three exceptions to this), but they were almost always accompanied by character tags, so that didn't really matter because I still always knew who was speaking, and I'd prefer similar voices with character tags to voices that just sound like caricatures. I did occasionally find myself tuning out the story, quite likely because of the narrator's voice (and my own failings as a human being). Her narration never felt excessively dramatic (which is a good thing) so I would sometimes just kind of forget to pay attention for a minute.

As far as the book goes, the descriptions were on point. I've been craving a greasy small-town diner burger since the beginning of the story and that's not something that exists in Germany (Germany has some amazing food, but good hamburgers are not on that list). Beyond that little annoyance, I could easily see myself facing the new world with Liv and the gang. I was right there with them and I don't usually feel that invested when listening to audiobooks. 

The one thing I didn't understand is why everyone expected Liv to know what to do. I understand why she initially took charge, that was made very clear and makes perfect sense, but it doesn't explain why everyone else present seemed to expect her to have all the answers, and they really seemed to. This was a recurring question for me. 

Overall I give Killshot 4.6 out of 5 stars because it totally gripped me. - Katie 

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About the Author

Aria Michaels lives in a small town in Illinois with her loving, patient, husband and her six (yes, SIX) energetic boys. Always the creative type, Aria fed off the encouragement of her mother, and started writing and illustrating her own stories at a very young age. Aria's passion for creation and love of the human spirit followed her to the university level where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts, and a Bachelors Degree in Communications, with a minor in psychology. After years of juggling parenthood with her a career in higher education, the universe finally called Aria back to her original passion...writing. When she isn't glued to her computer, or painting her next masterpiece, Aria can be found playing in the dirt with her kids, snuggling up to a good zombie flick with her husband, or sipping a glass of wine by the fire with friends.

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