Zombies. Gotta love 'em. Or I do, anyway. Now if zombies are your thing too, then Mortality isn't a bad choice for a rainy afternoon of readin...more3.5 stars
Zombies. Gotta love 'em. Or I do, anyway. Now if zombies are your thing too, then Mortality isn't a bad choice for a rainy afternoon of reading. Is is groundbreaking? No. There's nothing super-duper different about the walking dead in this one, but it's fast paced and well written enough to keep you flipping the pages. Besides, can you really say no to that cover? Yeah, I didn't think so.
It's told from the POV's of two different girls, Savannah and Zarah. Savannah is the main character, but the reason for Zarah's story doesn't become clear till the end of the book. I will not give spoilers, I will not give spoilers... Anyway. We get introduced to Savannah and her friends, who are living in an abandoned high school with the rest of their small community. Both of Savannah's parents were killed in the Zombie Apocalypse (it's coming, people!), and now her days consist of training to fight the two types of infected. The first are the zombies who were infected when the virus initially hit. These guys are what you've seen in every horror flick. A slow-moving, groaning, mindless corpse that wants to eat you up. Yum. The second type are a bit different. The scientists came up with a 'cure' for the virus, but didn't get a chance to properly test it. You know that can't possibly end well, right? Surprise, surprise, the people who were inoculated after the first wave, and then bitten by an original zombie...turned into Super-Zombies. This second kind of zombie is much faster, stronger, and smarter than the first generation. So, yeah. The vaccine didn't work. Since Savannah is part of the under 18 crowd, the adults have decided to sideline her (and the other kids) for their own protection. Unfortunately, Savannah isn't content to let others do all of the fighting, and while she and her friends are out on a relatively safe medicine run, she talks the boys into attempting something a bit more daring. And it works! Well, sort of. Ok, not at all.Turns out, they're pretty much responsible for the destruction of the community's safety. Kids these days. Tsk. They never listen! I blame the internet. Alrighty. Due to their lack of foresight, zombies overrun the community's compound, and the group is forced to make a run for it. Unfortunately, Savannah and her friends get left behind, and have to try to make it to the designated safe house on their own. *cue ominous music* What about Zarah? Well, her journey is sprinkled throughout the book in a way that keeps you interested, but doesn't really compare to Savannah's. Her story somewhat parallels Savannah's in a What If kind of way, but it soon becomes obvious that she's a secondary character. . Things also get more interesting once Cole is introduced. At first, he seems like a bumbling idiot, but he turns out to have quite a few useful tricks up his sleeve. To top it off, he's got some pretty interesting secrets. I'm not really sure I was feeling the chemistry between him and Savannah, though. It wasn't insta-love, but it kind of felt like they ended up together because there weren't many other choices left.
In the end, I'd say this was a decent zombie book...with an awesome cover. If you're new to the genre, I wouldn't start here, there's better stuff out there to cut your teeth on. However, if you're already addicted to rabid flesh-eaters, then this will probably satisfy your craving for braaaaains!(less)
This is book two in Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, and I'm happy to say it doesn't suffer from the Second...moreThanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.
This is book two in Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, and I'm happy to say it doesn't suffer from the Second Book Syndrome. In fact, I think this one was much better than than the first book, The Immortal Rules.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are an endangered species. Vampires rule the large cities, offering protection to the humans in exchange for blood. These are not benevolent vampires. Protection from what, you ask? Why, from the Rabids, of course! In the first book, you learn that humans were almost wiped out by a disease called Red Lung, and in a failed attempt to cure it...dum, dum, dum...zombies were created. Now, if you want to find out how Allie met Kanin, became a vampire, and fell in love with Zeke, you'll just have to suck it up and read the first book.
The Eternity Cure starts off with Allie on her way to rescue her friend and mentor, Kanin. On the way she runs into Jackal, and the two strike up an uneasy alliance in an effort to find their sire. Jackal is snarky, rude, and basically evil. The book wouldn't have been as good without him tagging along, though. Yes, he's awful, but you can't just have a bunch of good guys running around trying to save the world, can you?! Boring! You need to have at least one character that pulls his pants down in the middle of a sappy moment. And Jackal is definitely the guy who lights a fart at a funeral.
Hey, Zeke, remember that time I fed a bunch of your friends to Rabids? Good times, good times. You know how easy it would be for me to chop your head off while you sleep, Allie? Nighty-nite! Sweet dreams! So, yeah. Jackal was definitely my favorite character.
Things really get going when Zeke shows up in Allie's old stomping grounds, the Fringe. There are some tense moments when they first meet, but Zeke is still in love with Allie and wants to find a way to make it work. His only request is that if something happens, she won't Turn him. Reluctantly, she agrees to let him go forever if he's mortally wounded. They're still in pursuit of Kanin and the cure for Rabidism, when a new strain of Red Lung crops up in the Fringe. It's all connected to Sarren, the brilliantly unhinged vampire from the last book. When it's revealed what he's up to, it puts their group of mismatched heroes in a race against time to save everyone and everything they care about. And when it's all over with, nothing will ever be the same.
Oh, and the ending? Oh. My. God. *screaming and sobbing* How could you leave me hanging like that, Kagawa?! Oh, fine. It was brilliant. Brilliant!
So, even if you weren't impressed with the first book, I'd recommend you go ahead and check this one out. I think you'll be surprised.
Hmmm. From the tile and cover, I thought this was going to be a much darker story. I also thought the zombies would be a little scarier. See, in this...moreHmmm. From the tile and cover, I thought this was going to be a much darker story. I also thought the zombies would be a little scarier. See, in this story, the zombies are controlled by a necromancer, and you don't get infected or anything when they bite you. You just lose a hunk of skin, which admittedly, does not sound appealing, but... (view spoiler)[ Kudos to the author, by the way, for having Eleanor lose a hand at the end of a book. It takes some balls to turn the main female character into an amputee. (hide spoiler)]
At any rate, I still flew the book. I'm not really sure what I liked about it, but the fact that I finished it with no problem makes me feel like it's at least worth 3 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It's a campy zombie-comedy. If you know that going into it, then you will probably enjoy the book. There are pretty massive plot holes, and none of t...more It's a campy zombie-comedy. If you know that going into it, then you will probably enjoy the book. There are pretty massive plot holes, and none of the characters are very fleshed-out, but the story is still fun in a silly sort of way. It's also pretty short, which may explain some of the above mentioned problems. Bottom line: I wouldn't mind reading something by this author again.(less)
I've been hearing about Amanda Hocking for over a year now, but since I didn't own an e Reader...sob Well, that changed this Christmas, when Santa left...moreI've been hearing about Amanda Hocking for over a year now, but since I didn't own an e Reader...sob Well, that changed this Christmas, when Santa left a Nook under the tree for me. God bless that fat bastard! (view spoiler)[Psst. Santa isn't real, so I'm guessing my husband got it for me.(hide spoiler)] Anyway, if you haven't heard of Ms. Hocking yet, I highly suggest you go look her up. It's pretty amazing how well she did without a publisher.
Ok. On to the review. This is a YAish book about zombies. I say ish, because there is one fairly tame (by my standards) sex scene in it. Also, for those of you who care, the main character is 19 years old. So, it's not like she's underage or anything. 'Cause I wasn't underage or anything my first time... Ahem. Anyway, it's about a young lady on a quest to find her little brother, and the rag-tag group of friends she acquires along the way. Their goal is to get to this quarantine facility where they will supposedly be safe from the zombie hordes who are out for BRAAAAINS! M'kay, maybe they don't really care if it's your brains, but they will eat you like a crunchy human taco.
I don't want to ruin anything, because I went into this story knowing nothing about the plot, and it worked out well for me. I will say that it is fast paced, highly entertaining, and devoid of romance (by YA standards, at least). So, if you're thinking about reading this to get your weekly quota of love triangles in, pick a different book.
Warning: I've seen it mentioned in other reviews, but there are typos in this book. There weren't enough to distract or annoy me, but I know that it is a pet peeve of some people, so I thought I'd mention it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
3.5 stars Looking at some of the other reviews that have been posted, it seems like Die For Me is either a love-it or hate-it kind of book. I guess I f...more3.5 stars Looking at some of the other reviews that have been posted, it seems like Die For Me is either a love-it or hate-it kind of book. I guess I fall somewhere in the middle of that. While I didn't find the romance to be particularly inspiring, I did think that Plum's take on zombies was interesting. (view spoiler)[ In Plum's version, revenants are people who have died while trying to save someone's life. If the circumstances are right (no one is really sure why some and not others), this person is re-animated three days later as an immortal who acts like a guardian angel for the rest of us. They continue to save people, and if they are killed in the attempt, they come back to life three days later. When they die, they are always resurrected at the same age as they were when they originally died, even though they age at a normal rate otherwise. They only way that they can be truly killed if if their body is burned after death. Also, once a month their bodies go dormant for three days. The body goes into a death-like coma, but the mind is free to wander around like a spirit. When one of them is in this state they have the ability to see a few minutes into the future. They use this skill to communicate with other non-dormant revenants, and to let them know when people are in danger. They also feel a compulsion to save people, so it is very hard for one of them to go for more than a few years without dying for someone else. This last part plays heavily into the plot of the romance, for several reasons. The first (and most obvious) problem is, that at some point Kate will look old while Vincent will still look about eighteen. Kinda yucky. The second problem? Kate's parents were recently killed in a car crash, so she doesn't think she can handle seeing Vincent die over and over again. I thought this was kind of melodramatic. Personally, I would be more concerned about looking like a cradle-robber in twenty years. (hide spoiler)] I also liked that the book was set in Paris, but that Plum didn't insist on using French in every other sentence. If I wanted to read a book in French, I would buy a book that was written in that language. I've noticed this happens quite a bit with books that are set in New Orleans for some reason. I especially love it when the author puts a modified French/English dictionary in the back of the book. That way you can take the time to flip to the back to figure out what the @$*k the person just said...only to find out that it was nothing important! Sorry. I'm done ranting now.
Ok. So if you love books set in Paris, YA romance, and zombieish creatures that resemble guardian angels...you might want to check this one out. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First, let me say that I really loved the first book in this series, The Iron Duke, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for quite some ti...moreFirst, let me say that I really loved the first book in this series, The Iron Duke, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for quite some time. Alas, my love affair with Iron Seas is officially over. This was just...not good.
It started off all right, but as the novel wore on, the charm of the first book wore off. In the beginning everyone is out for vengeance!, or trying to start a rebellion!, or trying to avoid assassins!...'n stuff. At the end? Nothing happened. Talk about anti-climactic! It. Sucked. Ass. Even the bad guys turned out to be not very scary. I mean, the bodyguard to Whats-His-Name was supposed to be a super-duper bad ass, right? For the majority of the book, everyone is trying to stay out of her sights to avoid some kind of a horrible death. But even she turned out to be a big softy! You wanna know the worst part? She had mechanical hands that shot out like grappling hooks. Naturally, this meant I had the theme song from Inspector Gadget running in head for a week afterward. Go, Gadget! Go!
So. The plot was vague. The back stories for the characters were vague. The world building was vague. I kept hanging on in the high hopes that everything would somehow come together at the end, but it just didn't happen.
P.S. If you're hoping that the juicy romance will make up for what the plot lacks...think again. Weirdest. Couple. Ever.(less)
When I first saw this book I thought it looked cool, but figured that it would just be another fluffyish Paranormal Romance kind of read. Whoa, was I...moreWhen I first saw this book I thought it looked cool, but figured that it would just be another fluffyish Paranormal Romance kind of read. Whoa, was I ever wrong! I doubt that I can even do an adequate job describing this book. It was great on so many levels that I really wouldn't know where to start, so I'm not going to bother trying. I will say that the description on the back of the book did nothing to prepare me for all of the juicy awesomeness that was inside.(less)
For the most part, I really enjoyed Graveminder. The plot was pretty cool. I don't want to give too much away, but it involves zombies and a small tow...moreFor the most part, I really enjoyed Graveminder. The plot was pretty cool. I don't want to give too much away, but it involves zombies and a small town that made a deal with the devil...or so it seems. My only complaint was that I didn't really like the main character very much. She was pretty annoying for the first half of the book, with her commitment issues and guilt. (view spoiler)[I also wish there had been more of a discussion between her an Byron when she found out that Ella didn't kill herself because of them. If it was such a big deal to her for years and years, then why didn't she have more of a reaction to the news? (hide spoiler)] Still, she redeemed herself toward the end of the book by really stepping up to the plate.
The book has a nice tidy ending, so there's none of that Gotcha!-It-Ended-On-A-Cliffhanger-Now-You-Have-To-Buy-My-Next-Book-Mwahahaha! feeling to it. However, there are enough questions left unanswered to make me look forward to the next installment!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)