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An alien plague. A sixteen-year-old girl. A fight to save the world.

When a rare meteor shower unleashes a mind-altering infection, the people Alex loves begin to change. They’re smarter, faster, emotionless, and they have a plan. One that doesn’t include her.

Guided by cryptic clues left behind by her deceased father, Alex follows a trail of increasingly shocking discoveries. Earth’s history isn’t what she learned in school, and a new hive mind threatens to rewrite the future.

Alex is a fighter, but pursued by both friends and an unknown enemy, it will take everything she has to fulfill her destiny. Desperate to save her little brother, she flees to the mountains surrounding her home, where the only chance for humanity has lain hidden for thousands of years.

WINNER, Reader's Favorite Book Awards, 2015, Honorable Mention, YA scifi FINALIST, Young Adult Finalist in the IAN Book Awards, 2015

Infected, The Shiners is book one in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy (Formerly titled Bloodline)

©2013-2014 Tara Ellis (P)2014 Tara Ellis

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Intriguing story line and easy to listen to

Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

Yes, the story draws you in. It's fun to listen to mysteries again to see the story unfold knowing what the end will be. Also, Tara's voice is very easy to understand and listen to. I've listened to many audio books, and there are times when the tone of the voice is too low, or inflections are in strange places that I believe distract from the telling of the story. Tara is every bit as good as some of the paid actors who narrate for audio.

What does Tara Ellis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it is interesting hearing the author read their own stories (as long as they are talented enough to do so:)), because you experience the characters exactly how they had envisioned them. They created them, and now they are able to bring them even more to life.

Any additional comments?

My husband stayed up late and finished this book in 2 nights! He never does that. He was completely drawn in to the exciting plot. We are looking forward to listening to more from Tara Ellis.

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Bloodline:

I really liked Bloodlines from the start of the Audio book. I think the author did a great job retelling the story in the audio book. I like the way the author took us with her on this story rollercoaster. `Bloodline' is an enjoyable first person narrative that made me understand where the characters were coming from. I enjoyed the ride very much. *This was audio book was given to by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Bloodline,bk 1

Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodline to be better than the print version?

I have no idea since I only listened to the audio version.

What other book might you compare Bloodline to and why?

Cell,maybe

What about Tara Ellis’s performance did you like?

Ms Ellis performance was terrific!She did a good job with both female and male voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions aside from really wishing this was not another book pushing the idea of 'god is good'.

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I enjoyed this book and hope to read the next in the series.The author,who is also the narrator did a good job in both catagorie . Her voices are well done and the story of comets bringing illness seems a new idea.I was not aware that this is yet another teen christian series.That information may have swayed me from reading it.I'm glad I did,I only hope it doesn't take over in the rest of the books.Us 'heathens' read too.

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  • 04-22-18

A Historical Mythological Spin

Infected is written in first person, present tense and unfortunately falls into the abyss of bombarding listeners/readers with mundane details of every single movement, thought, and anticipation. It created a tedious storytelling line, dragging in places and allowing me to lose interest or my place.
It’s littered with a plethora of sentences beginning with adjectives, adverbs, dangling participles, and prepositional phrases. With the voice inflections and tones, it was perhaps more evident to a listener than a reader.
The simplicity of the compound sentences seemed like it was written for younger readers (like the Samantha Wolf series) instead of the genre for teens; the two halves felt clunky and very unrelated.
I did like Alex and her little brother. Her new friend/love interest was a nice addition, with his vast knowledge and hypotheses as they worked towards a resolution. I’m pleased this book was subtle and sweet with the romantic development and did not insinuate a love triangle. That being said, it still felt the friendship was quick and not fulfilling.
The storyline itself, was unique and was the underlying reason I completed this book and feel somewhat inclined to finish the trilogy.
I was devastated to not like this story as much as I had anticipated. I’ve enjoyed several of Ms Ellis’ others works and had expected this book to be equivalent with its writing, characters, and plot. I was anxious to score this book just as highly!

Although a trilogy, this book had a nice resolution and did not leave the readers on a high precipice. It provided closure for most but still leaves the quest to be completed.
In conclusion, I feel I’m at a crossroad. I can neither recommend nor discourage anyone from picking up this book (thus the middle of the road 3 stars), but I’m also unsure which audience would thoroughly enjoy or destroy it in a review.



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Awesome Teen Sci-fi Novel! Good suspense!

Infected, The Shiners
By: Tara Ellis
Narrated by: Tara Ellis
Series: Forgotten Origins Trilogy, Book 1
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I loved this teen book although I am far from being a teen. Great clean sci-fi with plenty of mystery, adventure, suspense, and action. A meteor storm brings more than thrills for the crowd, people start changing...
One of the people changing is Alex's mom. Alex's dad is dead but left her a note to open after the meteor storm. It will shock and change everything she knew. With the help of her friend, they must save the world. Great fun!
The narrator is the writer and she is excellent! Wonderful job!