Badass Book Review: Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Folsom: Volume 1 (The End of Men) by Tarryn Fisher, Willow Aster
on May 29, 2018
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five-stars

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.

Contemporary Romance with a side of Dystopian

“Words are a powerful weapon and they never die.”
Folsom has been hard for me to review. I didn’t leave this book feeling like I’d reached the end. Cliffhangers are brutal and Folsom is no exception – but I still have plenty to say about this exciting new series!
First, I’ll admit that I went into this book full of cautious optimism. I was very excited but also a little unsure. When your favorite author ventures into a completely new genre it can be scary. I wanted to love all the things but I had no idea what to expect from this brave leap into the world of dystopian romance.
Simply put – dystopian isn’t my thing. I loved The Hunger Games trilogy but it took me FOREVER to force myself to read the books. I read the first chapter of the first book so many times I lost count and eventually had to watch the first movie before I could finally dive in and actually read. I haven’t read anything dystopian since.  
Of course, I should have known better than to have had even the slightest reservation! Everything Tarryn Fisher writes is gold. Add the talents of Willow Aster to the mix and Folsom was bound to be a recipe for perfection. I loved every minute of it. They instantly bring this vivid, female-ruled world to life and invest your heart in the possibility of Gwen Allison and Folsom Donahue. The originality and creativity contained in these pages is beyond impressive.
The fact that Folsom was co-written boggles my mind. You honestly cannot tell which of these ladies is responsible for their respective portions of the book. The process of co-writing is something that’s always fascinated me. Mainly because I’m a control freak and can’t imagine giving another person that much influence and control over my work. However, Fisher and Aster appear to have accomplished the task seamlessly.
So whether you’re into fantasy, dystopia, or romance – or if you think you aren’t into any of those genres, you should give Folsom a try. It’s definitely got something for everyone! 
Needless to say, I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series! The story isn’t over and there’s only a short wait to get our next dose of The End of Men series – Jackal is coming our way on June 29th and it’s at the top of my TBR!

About Tarryn Fisher

tarryn fisher

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains.

About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

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Badass Book Review: Lilith by Willow Aster

 

Lilith

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Badass Book Review: Lilith by Willow AsterLilith by Willow Aster
on December 26th 2017
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four-stars

“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

“One day with you is better than a thousand tacos.”
With a line like that, you know you’re reading a great romance. Someone out there obviously understands my soul!
Lilith is the first novel I’ve read by Willow Aster and it was a great read. The taco quote is probably not the most representative quote from this novel but it spoke to me all the same.
I love it when an author has the guts to take some risks with their writing and the subject matter of Lilith is a little edgy. I love edgy!
Lilith was originally entitled Whore and as that title suggests, the circumstances surrounding the main character’s life are taboo and a departure from anything comfortable or familiar, but that’s part of what makes Lili’s story so intriguing.
In the beginning, you find yourself struggling, wondering if you’re going to be able to identify with her, like her, or be able to root for her. You’ll find that disconnect quickly changes as Lili fights for her life, her love, and overall redemption.
Add a strong, kind, loving man {picture Jason Mamoa as Soti 😉 } mixed with elements of action, suspense, and intense attraction and you have an adventurous and heart-pounding love story that isn’t the same romance you’ve read a million times. I gave Lilith four stars!
Have you read Lilith? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you thought or check out the synopsis below and add it to your TBR list! Get back to me when you’ve had a chance to experience the story of Lili and Soti! I know I’ll definitely be grabbing a few more titles by this new-to-me author!
In the meantime, happy reading!

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About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.