I had to sit on writing this review for a week or so because I honestly didn't know what to think.
I loved the different take on zombies - though I'm sI had to sit on writing this review for a week or so because I honestly didn't know what to think.
I loved the different take on zombies - though I'm starting to notice a trend lately that zombies are more "human" and less shambling dead. In this story, the zombies are people who don't believe that Jesus is their savior.
The book is unapologically Christian - and I do strongly think you have to at least have a vague Christian outlook to really enjoy the book, otherwise you will lose out on a lot of the story.
There were a lot of parts to the book that I really enjoyed - Ivy going shopping while her aunt guarded over her, ready with a taser to stop anything that moved - I was bugged by Ivy's constant whining in the beginning about how her aunt was so mean to her by making her go shopping or use her manners, yet it's evident throughout the book that her aunt loves her and Ivy adores her. The inconsistencies like that throughout the book really bugged me. Yes, readers notice things like this.
All in all, it was a great, YA Christian story, with some zombies and romance thrown in for good measure.
I shared an excerpt of this book a few weeks ago - Infectious blog tour and excerpt...more
A great, fast paced memoir, Some Way Outa Here by Mark Lauden is a coming of age book about his life growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, alongA great, fast paced memoir, Some Way Outa Here by Mark Lauden is a coming of age book about his life growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, along with two female friends. It's not only a story of them growing up, but a story of a nation growing up as well. Lauden's story is told intertwined with world changing events like stories about Vietnam and avoiding the draft, how he almost made it to Woodstock (but didn't go because of weather reports of rain), protests, and even every day events like parents arguing over hair cuts and hair styles, excitement over a new Beatles album, every day conversations between family members, and whether or not bell bottoms were acceptable attire. The story is all the more fascinating because of the little, every day details that matter.
Lauden's tale is probably much the same as any teenager or young adult growing up, in any decade - trying to make and keep friends and girlfriends, getting good grades, what college should he go to or should he even go to college at all?
Some Way Outa Here is a delightful, fun, read, one that will bring a crazy period in America's history to life for you in a way that will change you and who we are today. I recommend this book for fans of memoirs, or anyone who wants to read first hand accounts of what it was like to grow up in small town America during a crazy time in our nation's history....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories about our wounded veterans, and the physical and invisible scars oWhat a great collection of novellas!
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories about our wounded veterans, and the physical and invisible scars our soldiers sometimes bring home with them.
The three stories are all interwoven, though each individual tale revolves around one main soldier and how he comes to heal and to fall in love. I have to admit, I was not expecting the love / romance bits in each story and was definitely not expecting the ahem, detailed love scenes, but I ended up bawling at the end of each of the three stories because I was so happy at the happy endings. And if you know me, you know I hate to read romance, even small bits of it, so if I'm applauding this book, then you know it's good!
I enjoyed the middle story "Justifying Jack" the most, and "Making Mike", the last story of the collection, the least....more
From My Cold Undead Hand (Where the Vampires Are), by Marie Marshall, is the first book in what promises to be a thrilling, interesting take on vampirFrom My Cold Undead Hand (Where the Vampires Are), by Marie Marshall, is the first book in what promises to be a thrilling, interesting take on vampire legend and lore. Chevonne Kusnetsov is a teenager living in the near-distant future, a world that you will recognize but is subtly different from our own. Chevonne is like any other normal teenager - she goes to school, has friends, has a mother who worries about her, stays home alone after school reading books, but she her "job" is not the job of normal teenagers - she researches and kills vampires. This isn't a Buffy the Vampire Slayer world, where the vampires are all beautiful, but our world where the vampires just want you dead. Chevonne is a Resistance fighter, and she's out to save mankind.
Marshall does a fantastic job with setting an alternate world for us, where the action happens at a breath neck pace. From using technology that isn't developed yet, to using weapons not designed yet, to using language and phrases not spoken yet, she creates a universe that is strangely familiar to us, yet it's a place where you have to watch your back, or you'll be dead. Vampires aren't glamorous, it isn't romantic to meet a vampire in the alley way behind the school, and they most certainly don't sparkle. Marshall also does a remarkable job of tying in the classic vampire novel, Dracula, but makes you believe that it's all real. This is a book that will leave you breathless for more! ...more
Omega Plague: Collapse by P.R. Principe, is first and foremost, about Bruno Ricasso. Ricasso is a guy's guy, a cop, a Carabiniere, a man who wants toOmega Plague: Collapse by P.R. Principe, is first and foremost, about Bruno Ricasso. Ricasso is a guy's guy, a cop, a Carabiniere, a man who wants to defend the people, help them, and most importantly, to keep them safe. When everyone in the world begins to get sick from an airborne version of AIDS, and society starts to crumble around him, and the other cops are bailing on the small island he works and lives on, he is still trying to keep everyone safe. When the world really starts to go to pieces, he just wants to keep his sister safe - and I think all of us can understand how we just want to keep our families safe. For much of the book, Ricasso is trying to survive by myself - and does so rather well, under the circumstances, though he does meet a few interesting characters along the way. In the end, the book wraps up the major story lines, including meeting up with the re-occurring bad guy, but leaves us hanging just enough to make us wonder if there is going to be a sequel.
The author, Principe, does a great job throughout building and keeping the suspense of the story. The reader can't help but continue to turn the pages, wondering how Bruno is going to get out of the latest disaster and hoping he'll manage to keep his sister alive. Bruno does not show a lot of emotion throughout the book, keeping his feelings tightly in check in order to survive. Omega Plague: Collapse is a book that will keep you up at night....more
This book reminds me of Six of One and Seven Will Out, that I read and reviewed recently. I don't really "get" most humor - I make jokes all the time,This book reminds me of Six of One and Seven Will Out, that I read and reviewed recently. I don't really "get" most humor - I make jokes all the time, don't get me wrong, but most things marketed as funny I don't find funny, and please don't make me sit through a comedy movie because I won't - they just aren't funny and usually make me hurl.
I struggled a bit with the other two books I read, because I could tell it was supposed to be funny, and I could see the humor in the jokes, but eh. The humor fell short. I liked/enjoyed the books for other reasons, but the jokes... eh.
This one is a bit different.
It's a spoof on the apocalypse, and other than some minor editing issues, it's well done / well written for the most part (there's some missed periods, commas, and a few places where the you're and your's got mixed up). There were a few inconsistencies with the plot that bothered me though (for example she keeps talking about having to go to the bathroom, and then she goes, and then the very next page she's complaining about how it had been hours since she had gone to the bathroom when it was very obvious it only a few minutes had passed). The characters are extremely one dimensional - which I actually liked, and to me, really worked in the book. I wish the main character, Verdell, was a little more likable. I get that she's supposed to be an idiot/childish/selfish/self-absorbed/etc., but really? Losing two people she cares about at least a little in the blink of an eye and not one tear shed? Not a moment spent on "man, that sucks"? Nothing? REALLY?
The humor didn't really crack me up, but I did at least smile in a few places and wanted to laugh out loud a couple of times. The bathroom humor got really, really old - we get it, it sucks to use the bathroom in the apocalypse.
All in all, though, I really did enjoy this one. The characters are so bad, you have to keep reading, and the crap that happens to Verdell makes you want to find out how the idiot gets out of this one. The author might've left the ending open to a part two, and I have to admit, I would definitely read the next book in the series if that happens, and I liked the book enough that I wouldn't mind reading another one of Lamb's books.
- I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest views...more
This is the very unusual, highly debated story of what happened to Howard Hughes after he "died".
An elderly lady, Eva Renee McLelland, claims that shThis is the very unusual, highly debated story of what happened to Howard Hughes after he "died".
An elderly lady, Eva Renee McLelland, claims that she had been married to a man who was the real Howard Hughes for over 30 years, and the authors share her story, their research, and tries to prove that Eva's story is the correct one.
As much as I want to write my thoughts about whether or not I believe the story, this review is not about that, but about the book itself. It's well documented and researched (though some of the "proof" to me wasn't really proof - showing a small, grainy, black and white photograph of Howard Hughes and one of "Nic" - the man supposed to be the real Howard Hughes - isn't proof to me. You can see anything you want to see in a photograph. Boxes is definitely a fascinating read and a must read for anyone who is at all curious about Howard Hughes life (which always just struck me as sad, overall. The incredible life he led, yet how many people really loved him?) I do hope that Eva's story was true, because that meant that Howard eventually got some peace and love in his life....more
Have you heard of the newest food craze called food swapping? The premise is you make real food, and bring it to swap with real food that others make,Have you heard of the newest food craze called food swapping? The premise is you make real food, and bring it to swap with real food that others make, thereby increasing the real food in your own kitchen, and reducing food waste. It's an all around win for everyone.
I heard of food swapping a couple of years ago, and did a little research but no one was food swapping near me. Yes, I could start my own, but I'm not exactly an organized individual (though I'm better now then I was a few years ago).
When I saw this book in netgalley, I knew I had to read it! I hadn't thought of food swapping since that initial interest a few years ago.
The book not only explains what food swapping is and why you should do it, but the author Emily Paster makes a point of pointing out who shouldn't food swap - whether it's because you are uncomfortable with a non-chef person making your food or because of food allergies. I love the fact that Paster is just so up front and honest about something she's obviously so passionate about.
The food is filled with gorgeous photos and tales of how much fun food swapping can be, and explains that it's also a social event and a great opportunity to learn new things - by talking to a canner, for example, you realize that water bath canning isn't as scary as you once thought.
Most of the book talks about starting your own swap, but various food swaps throughout the country are also highlighted throughout the book, including my somewhat-local Boston food swap.
The last section of the book includes many recipes, which includes suggested portion sizes for swapping. There's a variety of recipes here, from savory to sweet, and include easy ideas for beginner swappers to make like flavored salts and sugars....more
I've made soap a few times over the years, as a result of my "have to try every craft ever" scatter-brained mind, but am definitely not an expert by aI've made soap a few times over the years, as a result of my "have to try every craft ever" scatter-brained mind, but am definitely not an expert by any means. This book is written for beginner soap makers, but I think it would be a handy guide for any soapmaker.
The book includes:
Soapmaking Process and Equipment Step by Step Cold Process Soapmaking All about Oils and Using Herbs Scenting Your Soap Making your Own Recipes The book talks about the science behind soap making - which the geek in me enjoyed - and talks about safety. Using lye can be dangerous and deadly, so the author spends some time talking about this.
There are tons of photographs throughout, making me want to start making soap right this instant.
Not only are there a ton of practical recipes included, but there are a ton of simply gorgeous ideas as well, perfect for gift gifting.
A must have for anyone serious about making soap....more