Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: PODs by Michelle K. Pickett

Title: PODs
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Series: Book One
Published By: Spencer Hill (June 24, 2013)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul. 

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters. 

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

About the Author:

I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I've been an avid reader since a young child. I began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a degree that didn't encourage creativity is a mystery to me.

I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write. I have a weird obsession with hoodies and can't write without wearing one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows. 

I'm an unabashed romantic and love swoon-worthy happy endings that give me butterflies for days.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a cat that thinks she's queen.

I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romances.


My Thoughts and Review:

Have I mentioned before that this seems to be the year for dystopians? Because it is. Very much so and Pickett's dive into the genre was a huge splash. Okay, that was a little cheesy but, you get the point.

I am so excited that I was able to be a part of this blog tour and get to read and review this story because I truly ate up every word and became completely immersed in the story and into Eva's life. 
And while the main character is Eva, this isn't just her story. It is a story about survival and a story about love and friendship and how with a little faith and a whole lot of determinations, love really can conquer all.

This book has a whole cast of amazing characters that over the course of the book I came to care about just as much as I did about Eva and David. Pickett certainly knows how to write one tough heroine and one swoon worthy male. I feel in love with David in the PODs and even more outside of them.

This was a fast paced read that I really didn't expect to love as much as I did. So many twists and turns, betrayals and heartaches, sweet tender moments and rough and tough moments. I don't want to go into too many details but I will say that this took me by surprise with how much I loved it and how quickly I consumed it. 

I will definitely pick up anything this author writes in the future because I was completely enraptured by this read, the writing, the characters and the fast paced plot line. I am really hoping there will be a sequel because I will be standing in line waiting to read it. 

*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*


  1. Great review! We had the same stop today and it sounds like we both loved this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

  2. Love when a book surprises me with how much I enjoy it! It's fun to go in with really no expectations and then find myself in love with the story and characters. I'm so glad the entire cast of characters is awesome and that you ended up loving them as much as the protagonists! Lovely review:)

  3. Thank you for taking the time to read and review PODs. I know you have many demands on your time and I appreciate so much that you spent some of your time with PODs! I am thrilled you liked it. I'm never sure what to say when someone says they like the book--it's so humbling. Thank you, very much. :)

    Michelle :)
    Author, PODs available June 4th
    Milayna (Milayna #1) available March 11, 2014
    Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2), September 2014
    The Infected, a PODs novel available November 2014
    The Innocent (Milayna #3), April 2015

  4. Yay! Thanks for stopping by Michelle!!!

  5. I read this last week and really enjoyed it as well. It was one of the best dystopians I have read so far this year. Fast paced, believable and great characters! I have it on my blog for Apocalypse!

  6. Yay! It will be perfect for apocalypse Heidi!

  7. I have heard mixed reviews of PODs but I like the sounds of it and I am glad you liked it too!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jovon Tucker

  8. Wonderful review and this is currently on my wishlist. I love dystopians too and the premises of this one sounds good. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  9. I am excited Kim, you are going to love it!!

  10. You're right, it HAS been a year for dystopias and I'm justa bout ready for it to end, but now I MUST meet this David dude. I can't resist a swoon-worthy hero.

  11. Ha ha, sorry to add your list Maja. ;)

  12. I'm burnt out on dystopians but this is one that I definitely want to read once I'm back in the mood. So glad to hear its a winner!

  13. I was burned out on dystopians earlier this year, but I'm kind of having a resurgence of interest in them. This one sounds really cool, and I've seen so much praise for it lately that I'll have to give it a try soon. Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. This one is very different Lauren, I think you would really like it!!

  15. I just got this today & I am so happy to begin reading it!
    I have been let down by dystopians lately. A few that looked fab were duds!
    I get a good vibe from PODS and your review was good too. If you want to read more by the author thats always a winner for me.
    Fab review :)

  16. I hope you enjoy it too Bella, I have a feeling you will! Thanks for stopping by!