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Review: Wasteland (Wasteland #1) by Lynn Rush

Review: Wasteland (Wasteland #1) by Lynn Rush

by GTMeghanApril 26, 2012

TLDR Recap:

David is the middleman between evil, and.. well, more evil. He is given the burden of securing his mark, a young girl who has the potential to save (or destroy) humankind. Little does he know that others are watching out for his mark as well. David certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love with one of her guardians, and so he has a choice to make. In this battle of good versus evil, does David choose his heart or his soul? Wasteland is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

  • Title: Wasteland
  • Series: Wasteland book #1
  • Author: Lynn Rush
  • Prominent Characters: David, Gage, Jessica, Beka, and Russell
  • Recommended Reader Age: 16+
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Sexual Content Level: Light to moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


I thought I was done with books about demons and angels. There couldn’t possibly be any new ground to cover, right? Wrong. Just when you think you’ve read it all, Lynn Rush delivers an epic, heart-stopping novel that will completely blow you away. Wasteland is not to be missed, especially for fans of fast-paced thrillers. In this gripping, action packed paranormal romance, we’re introduced to David, a half-demon who is bound to Lucifer himself. One last thing to mention is the romance. It’s the best kind of romance—that slow-building and subtle kind that has the potential to catch fire. Pair that with a beautiful Guardian,  good versus evil battles, and we have a formula for a fast-paced, page turner and that’s good to the last drop… er, page. Yea, you like that Folger’s reference , don’t you? 😀 Moving on.

Wasteland is narrated from David’s point of view, which is interesting and rare these days in a sea of romance novels told in flowery, girly prose.  I did notice a few inconsistencies with narration, switching from first to third person, and a few grammatical errors, but thankfully, they were few and far between.

Wasteland ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so readers will certainly be wanting a sequel—fast! (I know I do!) Overall, the book was highly original, brilliantly crafted, and delivers on multiple levels: it has an excellent concept, fantastic narration, and it’s a quick and suspenseful read. Rush pulled it off with finesse. The story line moved quickly, flowed seamlessly, and there was never a dull moment.

Memorable Quotes:

*gasp* No cell phones?!  Aaah, the horror!!

I’d never been to the state called Arizona. The state hadn’t been unionized before my imprisonment. Gage might help me fit into this new world. I couldn’t even figure out the cellular phone device I’d been given. Unbelievable how something so small did so much.

Bossy much?

I turned to Russell. “Give me the girl.”

“No, I’m fine.”

“I was not inquiring about your status. I was instructing you, which means you do not get to choose. You do it.”

If you liked Wasteland…

The romance in Wasteland reminds me a little of the sweet, pure relationship between Diana and Matthew in A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1). The characters in Wasteland, even the baddies, are all quite well-behaved and almost respectful.  If you enjoy books with civilized characters who don’t rush into passionate responses, you might also like the Amoveo Legend (starting with Unleashed) by Sara Humphreys.

Final Thoughts:

Wasteland is a perfect choice for readers looking to try something new. The concept is fresh and absorbing, the political intrigue exciting, the romance is pure and sweet, and the characters always lovable. Wasteland is unlike anything I’ve ever read before!  I found myself pleasantly surprised by Lynn Rush’s debut, and am looking forward to reading more from her.

Rating: Wasteland


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