Killshot

Killshot

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Killshot 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Killshot (Icarus Series Book 1) by Aria Michaels is a young adult paranormal read that deals with the aftermath of a solar storm. When seventeen-year-old Liv is separated from her brother, she promises herself that the two will reunite. Her new life sucks until her friend Riley convinces her to attend a Rooftop Solar Flare Party. While her other friends stare at the lights dancing across the sky, Liv sneaks glances at Zander, the attractive boy with copper eyes and a crooked smile. But when a small flare crescendos into an intense solar storm, Liv knows she and her friends are in trouble. They seek shelter in the school's basement, but paranoia and fear set in when they realize they are on their own and no one is coming to their rescue. Each of the characters has someone or something they want to save, almost as badly as Liv wants to be reunited with her brother. But whatever dark lies out there, somehow it seems to be connected to Liv in a way that she doesn't understand. This is a really interesting story that paranormal fans will enjoy. The characters are well written so that readers can understand what they look like as well as what they are feeling. I loved the tension built between Liv and Zander. Even though the world is crashing down around them, it was nice that the author included the human side of the story, and how attraction between two people can continue even through the worst circumstances. This made the story seem very realistic. It also helped counterbalance all of the darkness and sadness that surrounded the characters as they struggled to keep their fear and paranoia at bay. The setting was also well developed and written, so again readers have a good understanding of what the characters are going through. This really helps the reader understand the characters' motivations as well as their decision making processes.
Kritzusa More than 1 year ago
Apocalypse, Leeches? This is the first book in the Icarus Series written by Aria Michaels Olivia Larson (Liv) and her determination to get back Beans her brother. The kids were place in separate foster families after the death of their parents. I have to admit this is not my type of book however in the spirit of helping out this author I asked to read the book to write a review. As I progressed into the book I found it difficult to put down and read the entire book in a single day (10 hours) not able to put it down. With every chapter you get a little bit more information about the Larson’s, Zander, Icarus, Solar flares, alien viruses, leeches and the changes going on with the characters. This book is not as predictable as some as I have read but at the same time there are a lot of complex character. Trying to keep up with all that is going on with everyone was a challenge and caused me to read a page more than once. By the end I keep trying to turn the page to the next chapter but the book was over. There are a lot of unanswered questions and it didn’t feel like any of the characters had a complete story told. My only hope is the next book answers some of my questions and maybe reunite brother and sister or maybe give more answer around the virus that has infected our main characters. There is great potential for the rest of the series and I look forward to the next installment of the series. Since there is so much up in the air I almost felt like the story wasn't complete.
SofiaAlmiroudis More than 1 year ago
Wow, Killshot had me hooked from the very beginning. Liv is a young 17 year old orphaned girl, struggling to make it through high school. Wanting nothing more than to get away from her small town and everyone in it. Being separated from her younger brother was killing her, and she would stop at nothing to be reunited with him. Doing everything in her power to keep the promise she made to him; not even if the sky is falling. Who would have known that those words would truly mean so much in this story, in Liv's future. The one night of comet gazing turned her life and those around her upside down. That night, Liv also found an undeniable connection with Zander, her best friend/foster sister Riley's boyfriend's cousin. Who would have thought that their connection would turn out to be so much more. As Liv, Zander and friends fight for survival, they come across so many threats and obstacles; losing loved ones but also gaining allies. So much is revealed in their journey as they encounter different people and creatures. I often found myself crying, feeling the pain, loss, defeat, and the unknown that these teenagers had to deal with at such a young age. I loved watching Liv, Zander, Riley, Jake, and Falisha evolve throughout the story. Growing stronger, protecting one another, becoming family and never giving up. I can not wait for the next book to come out so we can see what these brave young souls do and end up. Great job Aria Michaels!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite Liv Larson's world has been torn apart in a matter of months. Her parents have both died and now her younger brother has been taken from her as they are assigned to separate foster care homes. With the desire to hate everything and hate everyone until she gets him back, Liv is surprised to have such a positive reaction to Zander, a boy who melts all her troubles away when they meet during a rooftop viewing party. And then the unimaginable happens. The solar flare that everyone is ready to view erupts into a solar storm. Radiation, intolerable heat levels and even an unidentified virus are descending on the city and Liv will have to do everything in her power to not only survive, but find her brother as well. Author Aria Michaels poses a question in her novel, Killshot: is it possible to find love and family in the darkest of times or will you melt under the pressure? I love the good old average American town setting; too many books are focusing on different planets or worlds and it's a nice twist to see a simple USA city go terribly wrong. The solar storm idea is unique and original in the Young Adult genre and it kept me wanting to read more and more. The characters that Aria Michaels has created in Killshot are relatable, entertaining and easy to root for as they face life and death, love and loss. My only regret in this book is the usual teenage angst that can get out of hand, but it doesn't take away from the hours of nail biting adventure that lie within the pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read from beginning to end! You won't want to put it down, and I don't normally read this genre a lot, but when a writer comes along that can tell a story that is fast paced and reads like I'm watching a movie I just can't help myself. This author really captured the characters well, they were extremely well developed and easy to establish as believable. You will truly find yourself pulling for them and enjoying their different personalities. Overall I can't say enough about how great this book was and I have since loaned it to several of my friends who also enjoyed it as much as I did. Great and safe for youths as well, which is nice. Overall a must buy! A++++ Aria Michaels now hurry up and get the next one out so I can read it!