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The Underlighters by Michelle Browne (@scifimagpie) #newrelease #review

Underlighter- 5/5 star - Review - Giveaway - FeatureWhat a breath of fresh air, laughing fresh air.. hah.. if you read the book you will giggle a little too. When you live underground to avoid the Dust… Dust you say? Not zombies?? Not vampires? Not a pandemic? Nope.. DUST! Oh me oh my but this dust is more than just the maid wipes down off the piano on Tuesdays, this dust drove whole cities underground. Wait, it does have a dragon and scary spider monsters.. no clowns though!

Written in first person and in a journal style story, this had to be really good. I am not a journal style story fan, but I do love love love love first person point of view. But even if you are not a fan, and don’t want to read someones journal… I want to stress, really stress, you should take a chance. Half the time I would forget I was reading Janelle’s journal. This was her story, the communities and the worlds. Was it a memoir? No! Goodness, it was just wowzer

Janelle was an incredibly well rounded, three-dimensional real character. Her voice was loud and because of this amazing ability for character development, Michelle was able to bring along the rest of the “cast”. I fell in love with them and also developed an extreme desire to curb stomp a couple of the characters. After reading this the bar was raised. I have had to take a break from reading because the last three books after this were so poorly written to me, I am wondering if she possibly ruined me 🙂

Oh sex, yes there was sex lots of lovely sex! Oh wait, it was not erotica or messy or gratuitous. It was beautiful, cathartic and (dare I use it again) wow! Oh and there is nothing missed here, no orientation, no judgments just hey, this is how it is. Without any discrimination, this is how it is. Janelle’s best friends get engaged and are so excited to have children in the home. She has inbetweens (bisexual) and uses the new genderqueer label of xer/xim/xe. I find it rare and refreshing.

OK… let’s see… character development, great sex scenes, oh did I mention I love the cover.. what else could make this even more amazing? Her world building!! Yes guys you can have it all, and a drink right along with it.. and some great food (hydroponic potatoes rock apparently). I could go on and on and on… and on but I guess I should stop… maybe!

But why read it, other than I told you too? Well do you like stories about after an apocalypse? Well there is that! Do you like realistic sex scenes that are not written by a man but someone who is writing an important part of the story?  (There are only a few but they are so touching I wanted to squeal and say thank you thank you thank you over and over again, those get 6 stars!). This was one! Could there be more… NO CLOWNS!!!!!! Oh, wait… seriously this book is so well rounded, clean and well written it should be on the top of the top of all the lists! Up is a mess, people breath in the dust and become disorientated and hallucinate. Which is when things start being seen in the tunnels usually sends folks to the clinics to be tested for Dust exposure… but when the hallucinations start attacking back?? We have nightmares coming to life and the party is on, baby!

In a nutshell, again wow! Clean, crisp no nonsense an No WGAS* descriptions. Everything that is in this book is needed and nothing extra to muddy this amazing story. My biggest critique? A little to much of a “Happily Ever After”,  but I’m cynic who doesn’t mind not having one so I don’t count. The last scene? Our lead in to the next book? Perfection and I don’t say that lightly. And she can write sex better than most romance and erotica writers I know. it’s real and made *looking around and whispering*…my girly parts tingle.

Five Breathing Regulators


*WGASA term I learned during a writing class given by the great and mighty Michael Knost; award winning Stoker and author. Who Gives a Shit. Does the color of Frodo’s eyes matter? Nope! Unless they were blue or bright green because hobbits have brown or hazel eyes… in other words, does it matter to the description or the story?

The Underlighters

The Underlighters

Nightmares are bleeding into her waking world. Children are going missing. To save them, she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of skeletons. She doesn’t know if the horrors in the shadows are real…or if she is going mad.

18-year-old Janelle Cohen is an electrician in an underground city. The world above has been swal-lowed by mind-destroying Dust. Her small life changes forever when a dragon attacks her on the way home from work.

Her friends worry that she has the Fever, Dust-induced insanity. As more monsters strike down citizens, they change their minds. A terrifying trip to the surface of the world, the ancient and abandoned Up, deepens the nightmare. With no world left above, she and the other Crows cannot afford to fail…

5 stars: “…You will be rewarded with a dive into the depths of imagination that may leave you questioning, breathless and inspired.” –

5 stars: “… Engaging, ground breaking prose that is not afraid to test the reader’s boundaries. “—Sara Celi 5 stars: “…A wonderful read that is full of life, nightmares, fear, and dreams.” –Casey Peeler a Rafflecopter giveaway


About Michelle Browne

Michelle BrowneShe was born in a smallish town in Southern Alberta and now lives in Calgary with her partner. When they’re not not saving the world from hipsters or riding their bear cavalry to work, we can be found on the internet or with our friends.Michelle is a published science fiction author with a love for talking about the end of the world, silver jewelry, nightmares, and chocolate. Michelle is also a full time editor who’s new business just launched a new website. Need an affordible editor? Follow the link below.


If you are interseted in more from MichelleThe Loved, The Lost, The Dreaming  is a collection of nightmares which bleed into the waking world. Featuring not only “The Underlighters”, and eleven stand-alone short stories, this collection blends fairy tales, horror, and science fictions. Released January 28th 2013 and available on Amazon. Don’t miss The Meaning Wars! I read and reviewed her duel shorts THE STOLEN on my #WeeklyShorts post

Art from the back of the cover (the oath) – by Kit Foster, © 2013. used with permission of the artist.


  1. Hahaha, even without the bacon bribe it is always a pleasure to read your reviews and leave a comment, but a good BLT will not be declined. 🙂
    You’ve given us again a great review on a book I featured on my blog too, but didn’t have the pleasure of reading. After your review I think that is a thing I need to correct.

  2. Hi this book sounds like an awesome read. I will have to add it to my TBR list!!

  3. I hopped over and added The Underlighters to my wishlist. I cannot wait to load it in my Kindle and get starting following Janelle’s journey. Looks like a dandy read and I thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Good morning! I love reading your reviews, Kriss – they are always so much fun! I have just added this book to my Amazon wishlist…. it sounds like a great read. 🙂

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