Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Strange In Skin Trilogy Reviews

Strange In Skin Trilogy Book Review by Sara V. Zook

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book one

 From the moment Anna James meets the strange prisoner Emry Logan, she becomes instantly obsessed and will stop at nothing to try to get another interaction with him. But going against her family and church aren’t without consequence. She is deemed a traitor as she quickly realizes that there’s more to Emry’s past than just murder. He has a special ability that is far from human that he only shares with her. Feeling this magical connection, Anna has to free her beautiful inmate so that they can be together finally, but someone else knows about Emry’s secret and wants Anna to stop digging for answers as she finds herself in the midst of a modern day witch hunt. The life of an innocent pastor’s kid suddenly is turned upside down in a war between good and evil as Anna begins to wonder which people in her life are on the side of good, and is she one of them.


 I give the book a 4 out of 5
Long story short Anna, the pastor’s daughter, falls in love with Emry, a man in prison for murder. Now, I was thinking as I read the book that this surely isn’t possible. I mean, yes, I guess people could fall in love with inmates, but man! I had one issue after the other with Anna. First she accepts seeing him in prison, giving him a lot of information about herself, then she makes enemies with her own father (with good reason) becomes very sneaky and even  sneaks into the prison at one point in a disguise. Granted it makes for a great read. haha

Needless to say, I didn’t know if he was a bad man or not, but clearly Saraknew what she was doing! You’re leading lady finds herself trying to save a man she has fallen in love with and who has the most wonderful ability ever, he can do things a normal person can’t and I will have to leave it at that. With Anna on the hunt to prove his innocence she stumbles on the path of some not so innocent people who end up hurting her, locking her up, and for the most part keeps her in a good condition until this whole thing blows over, but what? What are they talking about? Why can’t she fall in love with Emry? Why is there so many people so determined to see him killed? And what part does her father play in all of this?

When I finished the last page I felt the instant pull to read the next with so many unanswered questions. The good thing is that you could stop if you wanted to; I mean there is an end, but why would you? The books aren’t expensive and I think you’d want to add them to your collection. This is defiantly one I would want to read again and grab if I could, in paperback.
Book two
When Anna becomes separated from Emry, she has no other choice but to explore the foreign world of Evadere on her own. She soon discovers that it is tainted from a stirring turmoil among the people. Evadere has been a place of respite and escape from the difficulties of Earth for Anna and Emry, but alone on Evadere, Anna is pulled into the stirrings of an uprising between the Scaves and the ones who force them to live as scavengers. Anna is determined not to let the fear and attempts on her life stop her from finding her way back to Emry. But Anna is shocked when she discovers who Emry really is, the forces of evil supporting him and how the temptations in paradise have been misleading them both. It will take all the strength and determination Anna and Emry possess to survive Evadere, even as the killing starts ...
5 out of 5 stars
And like the first I was taken by the first few paragraphs and I knew, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. You join with Emry and Anna along with a few new faces in the World of Evadere, a fictional place that they thought was barren with golden sand and beaches that only they could travel too, but you find out quick that they aren’t alone.
Having bolted out of a funeral and being chased by a few men in suits Anna and Emry seek refuge at Evadere, but when Anna wakes up from a relaxing nap she finds that Emry is no longer there and the world suddenly becomes a much darker place.
Now, teaming up with a Scave, “scavenger”, stealing food, running for her life, and trying to find a way back to Earth, Anna finds herself face to face with what she wants, Emry, but everything is upside down. Spoiler! He’s a prince. He’s The Prince of Evadere!! That’s a shocker, but I’m completely happy about it, until I realized that his mom, the queen, and the other royalties are butts….. yes, forgive my language.
Sara had my heart pounding, yearning, longing for Emry, and then I was jealous as another woman steps up to bat and talk about a cat fight in my head playing out. If looks could kill I’m pretty sure Anna would be dead by the queen and Emry would take the throne under his mother’s misguidance about peace between their people and the scaves. Yes, my head is still spinning about this book.
This is an exhilarating read and when you start you’re not going to want to put it down. There wasn’t a moment where I felt it was slow and around every corner you are learning something knew. So much so I swear I could smell the scaves. Yep, that was a wonderful moment, when you start to smell the filth of the scaves' home and wonder what Anna looked like to Emry when he first sees her?
Power consumes power. Within these pages people will be deceived, be used, and change forever.
In about five minutes after writing this I will be off reading Solace! Here’s to another five star review
Book three
Emry and Anna's love has always been forbidden. They've been hunted, seen those around them murdered and still don't know who to blame or who to trust. In a world where Anna is considered just a human, can peace be achieved between those inhabiting Evadere and those cast out and left for dead? They have to find out who is after them before it's too late, before one of the lives lost is their own, but are Emry's powers strong enough to save the one he loves?
5 out of 5 stars
Solace is the third and last in the Strange in Skin Trilogy and I really can’t wait to see what else this author has up her sleeves. Sara has done a wonderful job and This will defiantly make my top ten of 2013!
Where do I start? Okay, Solace picks up right where Evader leaves off with a wicked Queen powerless and Emry no longer a puppet. With Emry’s eyes unclouded by his power hungry mother Anna and his relationship can finally grow and he can become King. But with his new title comes great responsibilities which he, like any person, is nervous about, but with Anna at his side they can do anything.
This is one of those Love can conquer all kind of stories, but not without challenges. Secrets are revealed, all questions are answered, and the future is cloudy. With enemies within the castle another struggle for power lies out before our cast and they are running out of time as the game for the Crone has began and this time someone’s life will be taken in the end.
 I love the complexity to the relationship between Anna and Emry. They love each other to the fullest and they prove it over and over throughout each book. Anna’s unwillingness to believe he was a killer, Emry’s ability to fight his mother to save Anna, and their overall ability to try and change the world.
If you haven’t read any of Sara's books I suggest you follow one of the many links on this page and snag up your copy, because it is truly worth it. I have had a lot of fun reading her books and I must thank her for giving me an ARC.
-May your future works be just as powerful and moving as these.
-Brenda Franklin, author of The Pulse Trilogy.




  1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for these wonderful reviews and being part of my blog tour! Happy New Year to you! <3

    1. You're so welcome! They were such a wonderful read.


  2. ROFL Sarah man you are up early woman. LOL
    Brenda - thank you so much for these great reviews and for being part of the tour - TONYA

  3. I think you may be behind me in time Tonya - I was out really late ringing in the new year ;)