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Chi: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.1) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Chi: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.1)Chi: A Short Story 1 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chi: A Short Story 1 (Under Ground #0.1) by Alice Rachel is part of her Under Ground series. It is highly recommended that you read the previous books before this one, they will give you information on characters and help you understand where things are at. This story is told in the POV of Chi and it starts before he meets Thai. If you have read any of this series then you will understand when I say, that it was great seeing Chi’s version before he met Thai. We have heard from a few other characters before this point. But you will enjoy his version of what was happening. This is a short story but it keeps you engaged. Find out what Chi’s version of things.

Chi is a twin, he was never asked to be born into a family that is only allowed one child. He has never wanted to be a burden on his family but now they are gone. Are they dead? Are they safe? He has no idea. He has spent his life hiding and running. He is determined not to hide anymore. What will happen to him? Is he safe? How will he survive?

I am not sure how many of Alice Rachel books I have read now but each one has a piece of the puzzle. Just when I think I know what is happening before and after, there is another version in someone else’s POV. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. This is a fast reading short story that will have you reading until the end. I read it in one sitting and I think you will too. You will enjoy Chi’s version of things and will want to see what happens next. I highly suggest this installment of this series as I know you will want to see what happens next in this series.

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Willow: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.3) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Willow: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.3)Willow: A Short Story 1 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Willow: A Short Story 1 (Under Ground #0.3) by Alice Rachel is part of her Under Ground series. I highly recommend that you read the books in this series as it will give you background information on the characters that you will find helpful. This story is in the point of view of Willow. It is great to see another installment in the point of view of another character. This is another short story by this author but it will keep you engaged until the end. Find out Willow’s story and her perspective of things.

Willow is a young girl who also is an Unwanted. Like Chi she has to remain hidden because she has an older sister. Her problem becomes when she falls in love with Stephen. She knows they can never be together. What will happen when Chi shows up at her door step? Will she betray the one person that she loves the most? What happens will be surprising but it can’t be undone. What will she do? She is not as strong of a character as some of the other characters in this series. She feels like she has no control over anything. She has control over one thing but will she keep that control?

You will enjoy seeing Willow’s point of view. She will pull at your heart strings. She just wants to love who she wants and not be told who she can love. I completely lose myself in this series with everyone book I read. Alice Rachel writes with feeling and her characters really show it. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. This is a short story that you will find yourself reading in one sitting and it will keep you wanting more. You will not want to miss what happens with Willow. You will not be able to put this book down as it keeps you engaged until the end. I highly recommend this story as I know you will enjoy see Willow’s side of things.

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Willow: A Short Story 2 (UNDER GROUND #0.7) by Alice Rachel – Review Bobbi Wagner

Willow: A Short Story 2 (UNDER GROUND #0.7)Willow: A Short Story 2 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Willow: A Short Story 2 (Under Ground #0.7) by Alice Rachel is part the Under Ground series. I highly recommend you read the previous books in this series, to help you understand the characters a little bit more. This story is the second part of Willow’s story. This author’s creation of this character is just great. In this installment, you will really get to see who Willow is. It is a short story that will keep you engaged until the end. Find out what happens to Willow in this story.

Willow is a young girl who has fallen in love with the wrong boy. She knows that they can never be together. She is heart broken as she tries to make her relationship with Chi work. She is an unwanted so that alone puts her in danger. She stands no chance at a normal life. What will she do, will she try to continue her relationship with the one she loves? Is the only way to be safe, is to hide? She just wants to be with her love, will she find a way to be with him? Will she ever forgive herself? Will he ever forgive her?

This story will give you an incite to Willow but also you get to see some of Stephen too. You will see that Willow as a character grows in this story which makes her a stronger character. She will pull at your heart strings as you watch her struggle with her heart. She has a hard time dealing with her feelings but the heart wants what the heart wants. Alice Rachel has created another installment that will keep you wanting more. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Even though this is a short story, it is a fast paced story. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to see what happens with Willow as much as I did.

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William: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.2) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

William: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.2)William: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

William: A Short Story (Under Ground #0.2) by Alice Rachel is part of the Under Ground Series. I highly recommend reading the previous books in this series before this one as it will give you more information on the characters and where they are at. This installment is about William’s point of view and his perception of how things are. This author once again has created a character that is strong and controlling See another perception of another character really brings a lot to this series. Find out how William views things.

William is the type that when he sees something he wants, he just takes it. He doesn’t think he needs permission and he was raised to not accept rejection. But what will happen when his chosen finance doesn’t want him and even goes as far as betrayal? He is obsessed with her to the point it is not healthy. He is determined to make her his, she is mine! How far will his obsession go? Will it put him in danger? Will he get his revenge on the person who stole her from him? William is a character that you may hate because he isn’t very nice and is very disrespectful. He just wants everything even if they don’t want him. Find out if obsession will put everyone in danger.

The one thing that I enjoy with Alice Rachel’s stories is that she never lets me down with the creation of her characters. Even though I didn’t necessary enjoy William’s character, he really does make the story flow and give it a twist. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. This is a fast story that will keep you engaged until the end. I will say that, it may make you angry at times as it did me. You will enjoy the twist it brings to the story. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to find out what William’s perception of things.

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Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2 (Under Ground #2.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2 (Under Ground #2.5)Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2 (Under Ground #2.5) by Alice Rachel is the fourth book in the Under Ground series. This is a continuation of Stephen’s story and the previous should be read before this one in order for you to get a full picture of what is going on in the story. This story is told by Stephen and it will give you a different view or opinion of him at least for me it did. Like the previous stories in this series, it will pull you into the characters world and life. You will enjoy how these characters connect and really just make the story flow. As always, this author’s stories pulls me in from the first word and this one is no different. Find out what happens next with these characters as we continue on their journey with them.

This story picks up where Stephen has been captured and imprisoned in a cell. It doesn’t take long to figure out why he is here, there is only one reason, of course. He has a lot of self loathing and feels guilty for things that are out of his control. His childhood has not been all that good as you will find out more in this story. Will he ever be able to learn to trust again? Why does he protect his brother when he can’t stand him? His family has not been there for him, in fact, I couldn’t stand his parents before in the previous stories. In this story, I know I don’t like them, they have done nothing to help or protect him. You will question why she hasn’t been a mother to him or why she hates him so much. In this story you will get to see more of Stephen and how he really is as a person. You will get an incite on him that may change your mind on how you feel about him. Find out Stephen’s side of things and then you can make a decision on where or not he is a strong character or the type of character he is.

I think that this is the best one in this series yet by Alice Rachel. This series just keeps getting better and better in each next book of this series. 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 I couldn’t put down and I read in one sitting. This story is a fast paced story that will have you turning page after page. You will need to see how Stephen’s story ends. The twists and turns will keep you engaged in this story until the end. I highly suggest this story as you want to see what happens next with this family’s journey.

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

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

Chi 2 by Alice Rachel is a short story that should be read after the 2nd book and Stephen Richard’s Novella 2 and it is part of her Under Ground series. Again, I will anger some of the Under Ground series fans as I will say that I do not understand how Chi could live his life being so clueless! I would have thought that living as an Unwanted and how strong the undertones of abuse were in their household! The way his mother treated his brother, the way his father treated his brother, oh man, could he not get the feeling that something is wrong?! He says himself “Stephen has been in pain for a very long time. I can feel his emotions as if they were my own. His pain flows through my skin as if we shared the same body. And I just hurt from looking at him.”
I love how Alice keeps giving us glimpses into the main characters’ history and she does it in such a compelling way!

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Chi: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.1) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Chi: A Short Story 1 (UNDER GROUND #0.1)Chi: A Short Story 1 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chi 1 is a short story in Alice Rachel’s Under Ground series, there will be another Chia short story. You absolutely need to read ALL of the short stories that Alice keeps writing as they offer you such an insight into the characters that help you to understand the main story line and the characters’ motivations better.
Chi 1 will fill some of the gaps that you might have been thinking hmmm while reading the first book, it also gives a different perspective. Do NOT let yourself fooled by the limited pages, the writer does not pull punches and every single page counts! It totally has romance, drama and dystopian angst.
I suggest that if you are a fan of Under Ground series, keep reading the short stories, you will enjoy and appreciate the full books much more.

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Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground Book #1.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground Book #1.5)Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground #1.5) by Alice Rachel is the second story in the Under Ground series. This story is a continuation of Under Ground but in this story it is told by Stephen and his point of view of things that happened before we meet him in Under Ground. This story will help you understand Stephen’s character and why he feels the way he does. You will love how the author has given his point of view that will pull at your heart strings and make you feel what he is feeling. This story will make you feel a variety of things from anger, to sadness to compassion. Find out Stephen’s side of things!

Stephen Richards is the twin brother of Chi. Because Chi was not suppose to live, he has been hidden. Not only has he been hidden from the world but also the truth of what their parents really are, monsters. Stephen is determined to hide the truth about his family from his brother. He is afraid if he found out it would destroy him. He can’t stand his brother, he is weak, naive and just too gentle. Find out what happens when decisions are made about their future.

This is my second story by Alice Rachel and I know it won’t be the last, I can’t wait to see what will happen to Stephen and Chi. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. I love that this author has the proceeds from this book going to a great cause, anti-sexual violence association. This is a one sitting read that will leave you wanting more. This story will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions that will leave you feeling what the heck and other times feeling the love of the characters. I highly recommend this story as I know you will find it to be a fast page turner like I did and you will lose yourself in this story.

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Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

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

When the darkness meets the light, in fear it shall flee.
Not all is what is seems, open your eyes and you will see.
When the chains break apart, the enslaved shall be free.
When the world has changed, a new dawn it will be.
Under Ground is the first book in Alice Rachel’s dystopian series called ‘Under Ground’. It is meant for Young Adults but I don’t see anything wrong with also more mature audience reading it (I am no longer a spring chicken myself). I love dystopian genre and especially when they are complex and the storyline can go off in tangents. Alice Rachel’s series will join Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth and Alan Moore and James Dashner on my Kindle!
I think that her book is very relevant in the world we are living in right now, considering what changes are happening around us – Alice Rachel’s world is a total patriarchal society where women have no rights, they outnumber the men so the men that the right to accept and reject women. The status is all that matters! Obviously, as in the real world, there is a counter power/movement to it all, it is called Under Ground and they are a group of rebels looking for starting a revolution!
The rules and regulations of the world seem too real at times; you question at times if it really is fiction that you are reading … I loved how the writer was able to combine action with steamy romance and heart breaking family moments. I am looking forward to continue my journey towards equality and freedom with Thia and Chi while the juggle their personal relationship. I am also looking forward to finding out more about the other characters I met in this first book!

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Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Under Ground (Under Ground #1)Under Ground by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Under Ground by Alice Rachel is a dystopain romance that is haunting and suspenseful This story is about living in a society that is not what would be acceptable in today’s world, fighting for what you believe in could cost you everything. This story is full of suspense, excitement and a touch of romance. The author created characters that will pull at your heart strings and characters that you would rather just knock on the head. It has been awhile since I have read a dystopain story that holds your attention from the first page. The characters will take you on a journey that will cause you to feel a various emotions but it is a journey you will want to take.

Thai Clay is a seventeen year old that was born in a society where women have not rights and no chance for a bright future. Her parents has sold her into a marriage to a man she doesn’t know, doesn’t love and has caused her to be depressed. What kind of person is he? Will she like him? Will he marry her? What will happen when she meets another man? Will he change things for her?

Chi Richards was born illegally and has been forced to hide from authorities most of his life. He is part of the under ground rebellious group that planning to overthrow the government. His only goal right now is to save his parents from the prison camps. What will happen when he meets her? She wasn’t part of his plan, what will he do now? He never expected to have feelings for her, how will this effect his plans?

Thai and Chi’s relationship is one that is forbidden and could mean a death sentence. Will they risk everything to be together? How will she react when his secrets are revealed? If she relies on instinct to make a choice, will it save her or will it destroy her? You will love how the author has made these two characters connect. Their feelings for each other are dangerous and taboo, how far are they willing to go to be together?

This is my first story by Alice Rachel and it certainly won’t be the last. 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. This story is a page turner and will leave you wanting to see what will happen on the next page. You will totally lose time while reading this story. These characters will make you feel what they are feeling, you may even want to have a box of Kleenex sitting next to you. I highly suggest this story as I know you will love to read what happens on every page of this story and will enjoy reading it as much as I have.

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