Thursday, November 16, 2023

Review Tour + #Giveaway: If the Sun Spares Us by Brenda Marie Smith @bsmithnovelist @GoddessFish


by Brenda Marie Smith

GENRE: Post-apocalyptic Thriller


Two years ago, a solar pulse destroyed modern life. Bea Crenshaw organized her starving, suburban neighbors into a farming community. But now Bea’s gone, and her grandchildren must carry her legacy forward.

In the post-apocalyptic pressure cooker of Austin, Texas, 19-year-old Keno and his younger cousins struggle to ensure their community’s survival even as they’re forced to relocate to safer grounds. Northern Lights that don’t belong this far south grow increasingly intense, making Keno fear what harm the sun will cause next.

Even worse, a marauding militia called the Raiders is closing in, led by a deranged woman who preys on teenage boys. Despite Keno’s debilitating flashbacks from a firefight, he and his wife have a new baby to protect. Though Bea is dead, her spirit desperately searches for ways to shield her grandkids. When Raiders target two neighborhood members, the only hope lies in the community’s strength, Keno’s ingenuity, and the family’s fierce love for one another.

Buy Links for the Braving the Light Series:


For IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES (Book Two): Amazon

IF THE SUN SPARES US (Book Three): Amazon


I’m half-starved, about to drop in my tracks, and emotional pain is clawing me up inside. Living through this apocalypse, I don’t know if it’s the deprivation or the heartache that will kill me first.

I think I’ve been scouting South Central Austin for a place to move my family and neighbors for about two weeks, but I’ve lost track of time, and I’m not finding a freaking thing. We have to move; we just have to. I was hoping to find a place with walls and water, but no such luck.

It’s dusk when I come upon a row of warehouses, looking for a spot to sleep. Most warehouse doors are bent, with the jambs and locks broken. All looted inside, messes that don’t look like they have anything worth scavenging. One door has a big hasp and a bigger lock intact. Maybe I’ll break it in the morning to see if I can find some food.

A few doors down, there’s a stairwell leading to a basement door. A good place to hide where I have an escape route. I duck down into it.

We’re so screwed,” I grumble to myself as I lean my rifle on the stairwell and slide off my backpack.

You got that right.”

F***. Who said that? I whip my face around, my hand on the pistol behind my back.

I wouldn’t fire that if I were you.”

A face looms above me… behind a crossbow that’s aimed at my head. I throw up my hands.

Don’t shoot!”

My Review:

If the Sun Spares Us is the third book in the Braving the Light Series by Brenda Marie Smith. I debated a lot about reading If the Sun Spares Us when I realized it was the third book in the Braving the Light Series.

But after a little debating on the matter with myself I decided to give it a try anyway and found that I truly enjoyed reading it anyway. Although I know that I missed a lot by not reading the first two books I had no problem with what was going on in If the Sun Spares Us.

If the Sun Spares Us is about a family trying to survive in an apocalypse. Two years ago, a solar pulse knocked out the power. Bea Crenshaw didn’t predict what was coming but she was prepared. Bea can no longer take care of her grandkids, Keno and his younger cousins, Milo and Mazie as she died but she is still watching over them. No one can see Nana but Mazie knows she is there looking over them.

Nineteen-year-old Keno is doing his best to take care of his little cousins, his pregnant wife, Alma, and everyone else in their group. Keno sets out on his own to find a safer place for his family to live.

There is a gang with a lady boss working the streets who has a thing for teenage boys. She likes being the boss. She likes being in control of everyone and everything. If she has no use for someone who has been unfortunate enough to cross her path then she will get rid of them real quick like.

Yeah, I must say that I have enjoyed reading If the Sun Spares Us way more than I thought I would after learning it was the third book in the series. If the Sun Spares Us reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead only because of the things they experience and the danger that the characters are experiencing from raiders and the boss lady.

I highly recommend If the Sun Spares Us to all post-apocalyptic fans! Grab a copy of If the Sun Spares Us today!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

BRENDA MARIE SMITH is attracted to stories where everyday characters transcend their limitations to find their inner heroism. She lived off the grid for years in a farming collective where her sons were delivered by midwives. A lifelong community activist, Brenda has managed student co-op housing, produced concerts, and raised a small herd of boys. She and her husband live in Kyle, Texas. They have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count.


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

We appreciate you reviewing today.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds really interesting.

Brenda Marie Smith said...

Thanks so much for your kind review and for hosting my book here today. It means a lot to me, and I appreciate it!

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Brenda Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Marcy and Sherry.

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Brenda Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Daniel. I think it's pretty fun and more.