Ooh, this gave me the shivers. What a fantastic concept for a book! I love post-apocalyptic books and this one added an interesting twist that kept myOoh, this gave me the shivers. What a fantastic concept for a book! I love post-apocalyptic books and this one added an interesting twist that kept my nose firmly lodged in the book from start to finish.
Zoo wanted one last adventure before she settled down and started a family. Being a contestant on a hard-core survival reality show was the way to get it, right? This particular TV show is similar to Survivor only kicked up a notch. Actually kicked up about 10 notches. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill survivor show; this one has a mega budget and wicked effects that ensure that the contestants are never sure what’s real and what isn’t. So when the worst happens and the majority of the population is wiped out, Zoo thinks it’s all still part of the game. She wanders for miles to get back home to her husband, believing that she’s still on-camera and that the crew won’t let any real harm come to her. As she journeys, the ‘props’ get more intense and her general well-being begins to deteriorate. She’s tired and she’s hungry but she’s also determined not to let the game get the better of her and she travels on. It very slowly starts to dawn on her that maybe this isn’t a game after all. And if it’s not a game, where is her husband?
I think I felt every emotion when reading this with horror and heartbreak at the top of the list. Getting to know the other contestants of the game made it seem very realistic as their personalities clashed a lot of the time. It was a good portrayal of humanity and how people choose to work together or go it alone in order to survive and it blended well with the theme of the book. And I have to mention Brennan—I wanted to hug him and feed him and make everything okay for him. I would have liked to see Zoo’s story tied up with a neat little bow, but the ending was very satisfying and I felt a warm glow of hope for everyone.
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This book seriously surprised me. I took it for a slightly silly, albeit fun, pseudo-horror story with loads of references to my favourite decade. AsThis book seriously surprised me. I took it for a slightly silly, albeit fun, pseudo-horror story with loads of references to my favourite decade. As far as the 80’s quips it didn’t disappoint and the story WAS fun and even silly at times. But that ending. I never would have guessed that this would end with one of the most poignant portrayals of friendship that I would ever read or that I would end up sitting on my couch and blubbing like a baby during the final chapter.
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since they were 10 when they bonded over a shared love of ET and The Go-Gos. These two are true BFF’s and do absolutely everything together. Fast forward six years and the fateful night that everything changed. The girls and some friends decide to give drugs a try and as they’re waiting around for the drug to take effect, Gretchen wanders off and gets lost in the woods. When she doesn’t come back, Abby frantically searches for her all night. Whilst out traipsing through the trees she finds an abandoned hut type thing that spooks her. She later finds Gretchen there in the morning and though Gretchen isn’t quite herself, they assume it’s just the aftermath of the drug and they head home. But strange things start happening to Gretchen and it’s obvious that something very bad happened to her that night in the woods. She starts on a downward spiral of weird behaviour and alienates everyone except Abby. Abby is the only person that takes these changes in Gretchen seriously and tries everything she can to get her friend help but no one else seems to think there is a problem. Suddenly Gretchen seems to snap out of it—she’s radiant and exciting and now everyone wants to be her friend. But Abby can see through it and knows that the Gretchen she knows and loves is gone. She enlists the help of an exorcist to bring her friend back from wherever she is before it’s too late and she loses her forever.
I highly recommend this to readers that like a quick and fun read, campy horror and are like, totally into gnarly 80’s references. And if you haven’t talked to your best friend today, go and call her immediately.
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I was pretty excited about reading this book. It boasted time travel, a King of Cats and even hinted at a ghost story. I thought it would be right upI was pretty excited about reading this book. It boasted time travel, a King of Cats and even hinted at a ghost story. I thought it would be right up my alley but was left disappointed. It started out quite promising--teenaged Haley gets shipped off to a snobby boarding school after her parents die and her grandparents want to be rid of her. The school sounded amazing and I was actually a bit jealous I didn't go to high school here, especially when I read there was one building that was supposedly haunted by former students. Haley doesn't believe the stories and is dared to spend one night alone in the building. She readily agrees and settles down in a lounge to wait out the night by watching movies and eating junk food. But soon strange things start to happen and things almost got good. And then....well I have no idea what happened. There were mysterious doors that led into different worlds where there were elves and a homicidal troll thing and a dangerous monster. Each door led into another 'story' and none of them made much sense. I really struggled to understand how it all tied together. The characters weren't great either; the only one even slightly likeable was Tom, the King of Cats. The thing that bothered me the most about this book was all of these little storylines that abruptly ended with no explanation whatsoever--is this supposed to be a series? I think this story has a lot of potential but sadly it didn't work for me.
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The apocalypse has arrived in the form of Dragonscale -- black tattoos appear on your skin and begin smoking and smouldeMe whilst reading The Fireman:
The apocalypse has arrived in the form of Dragonscale -- black tattoos appear on your skin and begin smoking and smouldering until you eventually burst into flames and end up as a pile of ashes. If you're standing next to something flammable it will probably burn too. And if it's a person next to you? Yeah, they're toast. There is no cure for Dragonscale; if you get it you're guaranteed to burn alive. But then there's The Fireman who has learned to control the fire burning within him.
This book was awesome. I could write the world's longest review on why I love it, but have decided instead to highlight some of my favourites:
* Dragonscale. Swirly black tattoos with sparkly gold flecks. How badass is that? * JK Rowling being burned alive for the crime of exposing children to witchcraft. I love Jo, but that did make me laugh. * The Bright. Creepy and beautiful. * Smoke coming out of your butt when you fart. * "Men who love the Stones are fixated on cock". * The woman in the fire. * The Portable Mother. I totally want to make one of these for my kid.
And not so much: * Mary Poppins references. It was kinda cute at first but soon went overboard. * Harper's relationship with (view spoiler)[The Fireman. (hide spoiler)] Sorry, but I didn't buy it.
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Of the four of these books, there was only one character that I truly liked as the others were all a bunch of whiny asses. In this last instalment ofOf the four of these books, there was only one character that I truly liked as the others were all a bunch of whiny asses. In this last instalment of the series, they killed that character and there it went for me. This series had such a cool premise and started off strong, but now I'm over it. The end of the world is boring. ...more