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Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel -Review by Sheri Schrader

Under Ground (Under Ground #1)Under Ground by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Under Ground by Alice Rachel is the first book in the Under Ground series. This is a cool dystopian book. The story is about Thia, a seventeen-year-old girl, promised in marriage to William. He is a cold and self-centered young man. Society is very social class based and controlled by men. Everything in life is controlled. Families are told how many children they can have, food is rationed as well as supplies. Marriage is a bargaining to hopefully improve the lives of the bride’s family.

The characters are interesting and well written. I really enjoyed the storyline and its development. I felt so bad for Thia and the decisions she is having to make. The situation of people is sad but relatable. When Chi is introduced to her life and she learns more about the world she lives in I was saddened by how sheltered people are in this society. As with many novels of this type, there are similarities to our current world that make the story more believable. I am going to be looking for more in this series and recommend it to anyone who likes an alt-reality story.

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High Ground – Craig: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.8) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi

High Ground - Craig: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.8)High Ground – Craig: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

High Ground / Craig: A Short Story (Under Ground #0.9) by Alice Rachel is part of her Under Ground series. This story can be read as a standalone but I highly suggest you go back and read the previous books. They are just as awesome and one of the things I love most about this author is that even though these books are standalones they are still connected in some type of way. You get to see a little bit of everyone. This is one of my favorite series. They are engaging, they pull you in from the first word and you won’t be able to put them down. I love this author’s writing style. When she does the flashbacks, they are easy to follow and not confusing. Her attention to details are such that you will feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. Her characters are lovable and connectable. They are true to life and will take you on a journey that you won’t soon forget. This book is the story of Craig. He finds out that his parents has been killed in an accident. This confuses him because his parents are lower class and they don’t own a car. Because he is not quite of age, he has become part of the state. What will happen to him? Craig lives in a time when there a couple of new laws being put in place for the lower class. How will they effect him? Is he safe or is there a danger lurking after him. Craig is a character that thinks for himself, he is strong and independent. He knows what he wants and how to get it. He is not afraid to push limits to get what he needs. The secondary characters in this story are just as strong as he is. I can’t wait to see if they get their own books! They are supportive to him for the most part but of course you always have some you don’t really care for. There a couple you will question what they really want and where their morals are but it is what makes the story what it is. I highly recommend this story. I know you will want to see what happens in this next installment of Under Ground. Find out what Craig’s story is!

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Terrence: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.9) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jenni Bishop

Terrence: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.9)Terrence: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Terrence: A Short Story is a story that is part of the Under Ground Series by Alice Rachel. Alice touches on a subject that is still taboo in a lot of places but is becoming more accepted. We can live in hope that it will one day be fully accepted.

Terrence Young has always known he is gay. He has constantly lived in fear for what he has no choice over. He has always been treated like a second class citizen by his father and his sister because they believe that he chose to be gay and is only doing it just to make their life more difficult. The government has passed an act called the Deviance Act which means anyone found to be gay could be put to death. When Terrence meets Chase Martinez the attraction is instantaneous and he decides he is sick of living in fear.

It is a sad story and I hate seeing that anyone has to live in fear for who they are and to read about Terrence and how he has had to live and what he has suffered in his life makes me so angry. Alice has done a good job with this subject and this sad story.

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Terrence: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.9) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Terrence: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.9)Terrence: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Terrance: A Short Story (Under Ground #.8) by Alice Rachel is part of the the Under Ground series. I would recommend reading the previous books in this series so that you have some background knowledge of some of the characters. This story is about Terrance which we seen a little bit of in Aiko story. One thing that I enjoy about this author is that we get to see some of the characters from the other books in this series. She also have great character development and her attention to details makes you feel like you are right there. The other thing that I enjoy the most with this authors book is her ability to pull me into the story from the first word. You will enjoy the connect these characters have and they are true to life. Find out what Terrance’s story is.

Terrance Young is no stranger to being bullied, the teasing and harassment is a constant in his life. His family is less understanding of him. They think he choose to become gay just to complicate their lives. The sting is deep from the little rejections that they show him. Just when he thought things couldn’t get worse for him, they passed the Deviance Law. He could be put to death with just one little touch, kiss, or a mere look. He tries to hide his orientation until one night when things seemed to change everything for him. This is when he meets him. He is strong, gorgeous, kind hearted and Terrance feels and instant attraction to him.

Chase Martinez is a rebel from the Under Ground. He is kind hearted and gorgeous. Terrance knows that loving Chase is dangerous but is he worth the chance? He is done hiding and letting people tell him what to do. He wants to be the one to dictate his own life not someone else. He is tired of living in fear. Will he be able to stop himself from falling for Chase?

Terrance is a strong character that has been through so much. The loss of a mother he never knew, having to hide who he really is as a person. I give him a lot of credit for just deciding that he has had enough and starts to fight back. Chase is just as strong but honestly, he just wants to protect what is his even though he won’t acknowledge Terrance as anything. He has his own demons that he is hiding and trying to control. Together these two really make the story flow and the secondary characters just add to the story. You never know which characters you will see in the next book. Find out what will happen between these two, are they meant to be together or will fate have other ideas for them.

I enjoy each and every book in this series by Alice Rachel. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Once again, this author has created a story that you will totally lose yourself in. You will lose track of time and things going on around you. It is a fast story that you will not want to put down until you see the end. This story will keep you engaged until the end and you won’t want to miss the end! I highly recommend this story and all the rest of this series. You need to see what happens with all these characters!

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Standing Ground (Under Ground #2) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Standing Ground (Under Ground #2)Standing Ground by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Standing Ground (Under Ground) (Volume 3) by Alice Rachel is the third book in the Under Ground series. This book is a continuation of Thai story from Book 1. I would recommend reading these books in order and read the previous books before this one as it picks up right after book 1. I think this series gets better and better with everyone book I read. You will enjoy how this author has created characters that really connect with each other and you will find yourself connecting with them. This story like the others, will pull you in from the first word. These characters will take you on an emotional journey of sadness, anger and compassion. Find out what happens next with Thai as her journey continues.

This book picks up right where Book 1 left off with Thai. Now that she has her mother back, she is struggling with what her mother wants verses what she wants to do. The under ground is doing their best on providing for the people who are living there. Why are they all of sudden getting sick? Could the authorities poisoning more than just their water? Tai knows what she must do, try to save them. What will happen when a raid goes bad? Will it put everyone in more danger? Are they ready for a fall out that could be bigger then what they realize? What will happen when secrets are found out and identities are hidden? Will they survive or will it kill their very existence?

Tai will have to make some serious decisions, what will she do? Will her choice put them more in danger or will they see an end? Thai and Chi’s relationship also continues in this story. They are strong together and seem to be meant to be together. He helps her find the strength that she needs to fight. As in the other stories you will see her grow stronger and stronger through all the books. She really does seem to come into herself in this story and that just makes her a strong character. The author is taking her character from being a shelter girl to a full fledged rebel. Find out how the strong the author has made this character.

This is my third story by Alice Rachel and I know it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to see what happens with these characters next. I enjoy each of her books more with each one I read next. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. This author has created a story that you will read in one sitting. She created a story that has so many twists and turns and have you sitting on the edge of your seat on minute and needing Kleenex the next. This is a real page turner that you will lose yourself in and just lose track of time. You will need to see what happens with these two. I highly suggest this story as I know you will want to take the journey with Thai and watch her grow through each story.

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Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5)Akio: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Akio by Alice Rachel is a short story in her Under Ground series that should be read after the second book! Seriously! Read those short stories that she is releasing, man, they give you so much insight into the main characters and the persons important to the main characters!
Alice Rachel, I really really do not like you at times (when I read the short stories)! Why do your characters always have suffered horrible things? These heart breaking things that they have had to survive as children… Maybe I am trying to read too much into it but it simply breaks my heart …
At the same time I also love you Alice Rachel, the way how you have handled Akio’s sexuality, the care you are taking to describe it …. You have my heart!
It is scary how the lines between the reality the writer has created in her world of Under Ground and what we live out here in the real world, have started to blur… Crazy … I cannot wait to see where she will take us!

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Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5)Akio: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Akio: A Short Story (Under Ground #.5) by Rachel Alice is part of the Under Ground series. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, I recommend you start. Although this is part of the Under Ground series, it can be read as a stand alone as in this story we get introduced to a new character. This book is a little different than the others in this series but you will enjoy the characters introduced. One of the things I enjoy about this author is her ability to write about so many different characters with so many different views. You will enjoy these characters as they take you on a roller coaster ride of various emotions that include compassion, anger and hope. Find out what happens to these characters as they start their journey of life and its struggles.

Akio is a young man who has lost his mother and lives with an alcoholic father. He lives during a time that the Deviant Law has been passed where his life changes for the worst. He is forced to hide his orientation but once he gets the courage to come out to one person that he trusts. Will he learn to regret his choice? What will happen when his father throws him out for being a devrient? Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways and fate may have other plans. What will his fate be? Will he ever trust again?

Akio is a strong character that really comes into his own by the end of the book. He feels that he will never recover and be with anyone again. He has had to grow up the hard way but I think that he is a better person for it. He has supporting characters that really add to this story. They make the story flow to what it is and it is what helps keeps you engaged in this story. Find out what happens to Akio as he starts a journey he never expected to take. What does fate have in store for him?

I enjoyed meeting a new character in this series by Alice Rachel. In every installment of this series, she never seems to surprise me more until I get into the story and she throws a twist to it. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Once again she has created a story that is fast paced and will keep you reading until the end. You will want to see what happens with these characters. You will read this story in one sitting and you won’t put it down until you are done. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to see what happens with this character as he starts a journey on finding himself.

Review by @bjwagner

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Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4)Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cecilia and Tyreese by Alice Rachel is a short story in her Under Ground series and is it supposed to be read after the 2nd book. I loved the story! It is amazing how much more you can start getting out of Alice’s books when you read these short stories! I always thought that Tia’s mom was such a cold biatch but now, after reading this short story, my heart aches for her!
“Pretense and silence are a woman’s only protections in this world.” What an existence! Ask yourself – could you do that? Think of a life lived with a someone who you cannot stand, someone who humiliates you, abuses you and you have absolutely no escape … I know it sounds very much like our world today and this story can be a warning of what is in store for us, women, if we do not keep fighting for our rights!
Alice Rachel, you are killing me with every single one of your short stories!

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Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4)Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (Under Ground #0.4) by Alice Rachel is part of the Under Ground series. I would highly recommend that you read the previous books in this story so that you have some background information that would be helpful. In this book we get to see how Cecilia got where she is today. This story is about falling in love with the wrong person. This story has some suspense and of course you can’t forget some romance. You will enjoy how this author can create a story with characters that you will be able to connect to and relate to. The way she is able to create characters that are futuristic but yet true to life is great. You will enjoy how this story will pull you in from the first word and keep you engaged until the end. Find out what Cecilia’s story is.

Cecilia is a young girl who has better things to do then to fall for a boy. Will her heart have other plans? Then one day while at the library she runs into him, he is staring at her. She is a little feisty with him but that doesn’t seem to make a difference to him. Will she finally let go of her feelings and let her heart take over? What will she do when she is forced to make some difficult choices?

Tyreese is a young boy who meets a girl at the library and is fascinated by her. He is determined that she gets to know him. What happens when she finally does give in? Do they have a chance at happiness? Will an enemy take revenge and take the upper hand? How long will his love last?

Cecilia and Tyreese’s relationship is one that is forbidden. You can’t always help who you fall in love with which is what happens here. But what happens with these two will make you want to see more of them. There are many twists and turns with these two that you will need to see what happens with them. They are both strong characters that grow through the story. They both know what they want and aren’t afraid to break the rules to get what they want. But how many rules will they break and will it put them both in danger? Is there happiness in their future?

This is one of my favorite series that I have read. Alice Rachel has given us many different characters but they all relate to each story and each other. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. You will enjoy how this story will pull you into this world that you will lose track of time. I read this story in one sitting because I found it hard to put down. This story is fast paced and will keep you reading until the end. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to read the next installment of this series as much as I did.

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Chi: A Short Story 2 (UNDER GROUND #0.6) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Chi: A Short Story 2 (UNDER GROUND #0.6)Chi: A Short Story 2 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chi: A Short Story 2 (Under Ground #0.6) by Alice Rachel is part of the Under Ground series. I recommend that you read the previous stories first before this one as you will get a lot of background information on the characters and where they are coming from. This story is a continuation of Chi’s story. You will enjoy how this author has created this story in Chi’s point of view and his perspective on how things are. This is a short story but it will keep you engaged until the end. You will really get to see Chi in this story.

Chi is a twin born into a world where you are only suppose to have one child. Chi’s parents have kept him hidden from the world but that has caused some issues with his twin, Stephen. Stephen almost died from the West Nile virus but that is the point that their relationship took a turn for the worse. All Chi wants is to have a relationship with his brother. He is forced to try and bring his brother back to normal, but will he do it? What will he lose in the process? Will he be able to repair their relationship? Does his brother still care about him? He is a strong character that just wants his brother to love him back. You will find yourself feeling for him as he is not even sure why his brother feels the way he does. He is a fighter and you will enjoy watching him fight for his life.

I have enjoyed each and every installment of this series and I can’t wait to see what comes next and which character we will see their point of view next. Alice Rachel brings her characters to life and keeps you wanting to see more of them. I get hooked with every book I read of hers. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. You will find yourself reading this book in one sitting and you won’t be able to put it down until the end. It is a fast paced story that will keep you wanting more from this character. I highly recommend this story as I know you will enjoy Chi’s version as much as I have.

Review by @bjwagner

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