Book One is apparently volumes 1 & 2, but even though I've already read and reviewed the first one, I still ended up reading most* of it again asBook One is apparently volumes 1 & 2, but even though I've already read and reviewed the first one, I still ended up reading most* of it again as a refresher.
*In other words, I skimmed the first few pages, realized I'd forgotten all of the plot details, and started reading in earnest immediately.
Stop judging me, Rick!
Since I'm somewhat late to The Walking Dead phenomenon (Kelly has theorized that I'm some sort of ALIEN goddess from the stars), I'm going to try not to spoil anything for the other people from my planet. Planet Anne! I like the sound of that! It can be a safe haven for all the sad little geriatric aliens in the multiverse. You know, the ones who don't get pop culture references, and still need help figuring out the difference between Twitter and Tumbler. Wait. It's Tumblr?! So they spelled it wrong on purpose? Whyyyyyyyy?! Why do you people wanna screw with me like this? I've only recently mastered the art of LOLing properly! For years, I thought it was some odd sound people made when they laughed. Yes. Really. I mean, I have an obnoxious laugh, so I just assumed others did as well... Whatever, I can now LOL at things just like the kids! Unfortunately, I still can't Twit, and I have no idea how to Tumble. Baby steps, baby steps...
Um, ok. What was my original point? Crap. No idea. Oh, yes! The Walking Dead!
Now, I've mentioned this before, but I simply LOVE that the zombies in this series are of the shuffle-shuffle variety, and not the zoom-zoom class. You have to be totally surprised by one of these suckers in order for it to get it's undead jaws on you. All that's required of these characters to survive is to avoid dark alleys, creepy basements, thickly wooded areas, and nutters who keep pet zombies in their barns hoarder-style. I firmly believe that if the Zombie Apocalypse happens, and these are what I'm faced with, I could speed-walk my way to safety.
Me + Snazzy Shorts = Escaping Like A Boss!
The point is ( there really is a point this time!), the real monsters in The Walking Dead aren't the zombies. The surviving humans are far more monstrous than any of the rotting corpses. You would think that if humanity was on the brink of extinction, we'd all band together like extras in a Coca Cola commercial, right?
(view spoiler)[Of course, you do realize that pop-pop-fizz-fizz sound that it makes when you open it, is indicative to what it does to your insides... Ahhhh! Refreshing!
But instead of putting aside our difference to avoid being eaten, we'd probably act like the fools in this story. I guess that makes sense, because nice people will be all self-sacrificing, and then...dead. So, guess who inherits the earth? The rest of us greasy bastards! Assholes, FTW! I'm counting myself in that group, by the way. Along with my speed-walking skills, I'm also the bitch who'd trip a child, in order to give the zombies a snack-like distraction to chew on, while I made my fleet-footed escape. Ok, ok! In all honesty, I'd never trip a kid. (view spoiler)[I wouldn't need to. Their stride would be tiny compared to mine, and it I'd quickly outpace them without even resorting to trickery.
Back to the point. Did I have a point? No, apparently not. I just scrolled up, and this review makes no sense whatsoever. Christ, do I really ramble like this? No wonder my husband's eyes glaze over when I start talking. Ugh. I should retype this. Hell with it. I'm pressing onward!
After much deep pondering (view spoiler)[Hahahahahahaha! If you believe that, you haven't been paying attention to me at all! (hide spoiler)], my conclusion is that this is quite an interesting look at ethics vs survival. Except much cooler than your average book about humanity going to hell in a hand-basket. Because 1) Zombies & 2) Comic Book. And when you look at it like that, then you can puff out your chest and feel superior to your peers! Who needs to read artsy-fartsy novels with nothing but words? Not you! You can learn the same moral lessons, and look at pictures while you do it! It's a win-win situation any way you look at it.
So what did I learn? 1) If you have dirty hobo-sex on the side of the road with your comatose husband's BFF, it will result in illegitimate pregnancy. Always. 2)If you have dirty hobo-sex on the side of the road with your comatose BFF's wife, it will result in death via BFF's legitimate child. Always. 3) My husband deserves a medal for not suffocating me in my sleep, after all these years. After re-reading this again, I realize that listening to me must be akin to hearing a 4 year old ramble about their day. Always. Awww. But I'm sure he doesn't mind, because we've built such a beautiful life together! I'm irreplaceable to him!
I really enjoyed Hill's novel The Book of Bart, but this one just didn't do it for me. It's not that is was badly written, it was just missin2.5 stars
I really enjoyed Hill's novel The Book of Bart, but this one just didn't do it for me. It's not that is was badly written, it was just missing all of the humor and irreverence that was tossed around in the other book. And maybe it's only because I expected the same sort of tongue-in-cheek romp that I got from TBoB, that I was so disappointed? I'm not sure. This, to me, was just...depressing. And not in the 'I had a good cry after reading this' kind of way. More like the 'why did I bother reading this' way. I felt blah afterwards.
The undead hoards overran the world, but everybody was so busy trying to not get eaten, that nobody bothered to find out what started it all. Or so the story goes... A cult leader called Reverend (who can control zombies) is out to destroy what's left of humanity. Hot & his BFF Ambrose (who gets turned into a zombie hybrid in the 1st few pages) are the two heroes who aim to stop him! They're both in the military, and end up going on a looooong road trip into enemy territory to rescue Holt's true love, Nancy. Helicopters blow up, kids get dead, Ambrose gets superpowers, traitors are revealed, and Holt learns that people are fairly unscrupulous. This makes him disappointed and sad...
The ending didn't feel a stand-alone, however, I'm unaware if this is a series. But it doesn't matter, because I won't be coming back for more. It's not bad, it's just not my cuppa. I'm still planning on keeping Hill on my Authors-To-Watch list, though. I know he has talent, because I would definitely read another book like his first one. Dead New World may be more of a case of it's not you, it's me. So, if you aren't burned out on zombies yet, perhaps this will be right up your alley.
I'm still enjoying this, but the new car smell is starting to wear off just a bit. However, since there's a possible tv show pending for iZombie, I'm interested in seeing how the comics play out. 'Cause nothing is more irritating than that person who continually says, "But that's not how it was in the boooook...". My husband finds it exceptionally annoying. So, naturally, I must be that person. It's the little things that keep a marriage spicy!
I will say volume 3 has the forward moving plot that the last volume was missing. It starts off with the gang having already solved a Scooby-Doo-like mystery, and patting themselves on the back for a job well done. Gwen runs off to see Horatio (who still has no idea he's in love with a zombie), and lovey-dovey stuff happens.
I liked the introduction of the Dead Presidents, a group of monster hunting government agents...made up of monsters, and led by Abe Lincoln. The lead agent is a zombie, so it looks like Gwen isn't the only undead chick that isn't a shambling wreck. Guess we'll have to wait for the next volume to see how all that plays out, though.
The main plot revolves around the sudden appearance of hundreds of mindless zombies, who have apparently been trapped in a cavern underground. Poor Scott is actually the one who discovers them when he accidentally falls into a sinkhole. And being trapped with a group of hungry corpses makes him think...and the first person he thinks of is Gwen's hot brother. Hmmm. Is he potentially a gay were-terrier? Gwen and Horatio rush to his rescue, and in the aftermath, there's a battle between the Foundation's monster hunters and the Dead President's monster monster hunters. And uneasy truce gets called so that they can both fight the zombies, but during the confrontation Gwen gets outed as a zombie. Will Horatio be able to look past her undead status?
Galaeta, the Paintball Vampires, and Scott's grandpa (Mr. Chimp) all show up again, which was nice. I was excited that Amon played a significant role in this volume. His past is more heavily entwined with Gwen's than previously thought. The BIG REVEAL at the end was quite a shocker, and makes me curious to find out what happens next.
My biggest problem with this? There are about 500 hanging plot threads, and nothing resembling a resolution for any of them. I usually love the introduction of new mysteries, but not when the old ones are still sitting there unsolved. Something, anything, needs to get tied up. I'm not really known for my patience, and it's starting to wear a little thin with iZombie. ...more
Volume 2 seems to be a bit more full of catch-up information than actual plot, but I still had a good time with it. You find out the origin stories of Scott (or Spot) the were-terrier, and also Gwen's ghostly BFF, Ellie. It even has a tidbit or two about Gwen's family...but still no info on how she ended up eating cold brains to survive. As the title suggests, the fem-vamps make another appearance, and their origin story is revealed as well. Remember the evil vampire who had impulse control issues? Well, it looks like getting staked by the Hunters last time around didn't quite put her out of commission. She ends up getting revived by... *thunder rumbles* The Bride of Frankenstein! And now she's Frankie's drug mule. Just roll with it, it sort of makes sense later on. Oh, and her real name is Galatea, but that just doesn't sound as cool as... *thunder rumbles* The Bride of Frankenstein!
In a twist of fate, Gwen's monthly brain ends up belonging to an old childhood friend's mother. And mama had some issues with her daughter that she needs Gwen's help with. Also, since Gwen can see her younger self in some of this lady's memories, it brings up some serious questions about how much Gwen is starting to forget about her own past. Dun, Dun, Duuuun!
Which brings us to Amon. He's got a fix for Gwen's dwindling memories, but she thinks the cure may be worse than the disease. Although, she might have no choice but to cross that line in the sand, in order to keep herself from turning into the classic mindless zombie. Besides trying to recruit Gwen to the Dark side of the Force (if in fact, that's what he actually trying to do), Amon is also helping Ellie learn to become a better ghost. With a little help, she's now able to posses bodies, and travel farther than she ever dreamed possible. And that's like, her biggest dream...evah! But you must read the above mentioned Ellie Origin Story for the full details.
Gwen still has it bad for Horatio (the sexy monster hunter), and she succumbs to his charms after dinner and some putt-putt golf. After all, what girl can resist a man after he takes her on the Mini-Golf Date?! Seriously. Is there some handbook out there that claims tiny windmills will make our panties fall off? It's hot, sticky, and you end up hunched over a stick. All while trying to get a neon pink ball into a insane-looking clown's mouth. Not. Sexy. But this doesn't deter Gwen in the slightest. She's finally ready to get her undead groove on, and the fact that Horatio does't realize that she's a zombie is only a slight kink in the plan.
I'm still liking this one quite a bit. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and there's enough mysteries playing in the background to keep me interested in seeing where this goes. ...more
This was fluffy for a story about a zombie. Really fluffy. So if you don't think fluffy and zombie belong in the saAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
This was fluffy for a story about a zombie. Really fluffy. So if you don't think fluffy and zombie belong in the same sentence together...move on. I am personally a big fan of Fluff. I wallow in the shallow and the silly. And if it's fun, I'll willingly accept plot holes and inconsistencies. What can I say, it's part of my charm?
Gwen is a zombie. But she's a cute zombie, not to be confused with the nasty rotting corpses that you see shambling around on tv. The only catch to her immortality is that she has to eat a brain once a month. Now, in order to do that she's taken up a job as a gravedigger. Who digs graves with SHOVELS anymore? I mean, don't they have backhoes or something that do that? What year is this set in anyway? See? This a plot hole that others might complain about. Not me...OTHERS. Unfortunately, once she chows down on their braaaaains Gwen get stuck with that person's memories for a while. And the last guy she ate was done in by a serial killer. Gwen the Avenging Zombie! With the help of her BFF the ghost and a Were-Terrier who has a crush on her, she sets out to find out what happened to the nice man that she ate.
But that's not all! There's also a group of hot vampire chicks that run a late-nite paintball service, and a smexy monster hunter who thinks Gwen is awfully sweet. Does he not notice that she's got a blue tinge to her skin? How does a Monster Hunter miss that little tidbit, I wonder? Again, OTHERS might point that out as a inconsistency in the story...but not me. I just roll with that shit, baby! So the fem-vamps inadvertently attracted the attention of this ancient group of Hunters. These gals as a whole seem pretty benign, because they only take little sips of of their paint-balling clients. And really, if someone deserves to bleed, it's grown men shooting themselves with paint...don'tcha think? Unfortunately, there was this one rogue diva who decided to go all Suck 'em Dry!...totally against the advice of the leader. Tsk. There's always that one Creature of the Night that won't get in line! Cute-Hunter-Guy and Gwen literally bump into each other outside a dinner, and the sparks start flying. Until she figures out what he does for a living, at least. At that point, she thinks it may be time to reevaluate her priorities when it comes to relationships. For example, survival is good. And dating someone sworn to snuff out your existence may not be the right path to choose.
The main story, however, is about finding the serial killer. It was surprisingly different than I imagined, and I'm looking forward to reading volume 2! ...more
I'm going to warn you right off the bat that this review is probably biased and emotionally skewed. And it's all because of my youngest daughter. Why wI'm going to warn you right off the bat that this review is probably biased and emotionally skewed. And it's all because of my youngest daughter. Why would a book about teenagers running around during the Zombie Apocalypse have anything to do with my 5 year old? I'll get to it...
So this kid Brian is sort of a slacker, but not in a bad way. Just, you know, in the regular loveable slacker kind of way. He's recently broken up with his longtime girlfriend, mainly because she's got some issues that he's, quite frankly, tired of dealing with. Her phobias (large crowds being one) bring on panic attacks, and the medication to stop them leaves her (no pun intended) a sort of sexual zombie. Ok. That sounds like a sucky reason for a guy to break up with the girl he loves, but I can totally see a teenage boy doing that. He's not a dick, though, and the two remain friends. Even if it is a bit awkward for him. After all, he still loves her, but he's...you know...an idiot.
The story begins with him feeling kind of proud of her for facing her fear of crowds, and going to a school pep rally with his sister. He also feels a bit guilty, because instead of going and supporting her, he and his buddies are sneaking off campus to go hang out at one of their houses. 'Cause they wanna do...slacker stuff. Enter the zombies! After a confusing encounter with a friend (and a weird news report), they realize something is potentially very wrong with some of the people in their area. It appears there is some kind of contagion spreading through the community. Spreading, um, fairly quickly. Naturally, they head back to school where it's safe. The original goal is to try to check up on Brian's little sister and their other friends. And then everything goes to shit. They end up trapped in the theater building with a bunch of kids that they normally wouldn't have much of anything to do with. Which (ta-da!) is where you get the 'Breakfast Club' reference from the blurb. At this point, you've got all your stereotypes lined up and ready to learn an all-important lesson. Underneath everything, we're all exactly alike! Don't expect to be blown away by this new and different idea, and you'll probably enjoy the book a lot more.
Ok. Now what Brian should do is hunker down in this fairly protected area, and wait for the calvary. But. His little sister is out there somewhere (hopefully) with his ex-girlfriend (that he still loves), and he's not going to let them get chomped on by these new sparkly zombies. Sparkly? Yes. They sparkle because the UZA (United Zombie Association) was getting a little pissed that the vampires were the only ones being portrayed as 'glittering in the sun'. They also sparkle because this virus has gout-like qualities that causes the skin to crystallize. This makes me really nervous, because my husband has gout in his big toe. And now I'm worried that he's going to turn into an undead diamond and rip my throat out in my sleep. Seriously. Last night he started snoring, and instead of whacking him with a pillow (like I normally do), I just curled up into the fetal position and prayed that he wasn't growling... So, Brian starts making plans to rescue the girls. Now, I know what you're thinking. Is a teenage boy really going to take on a zombie horde for his annoying little sister? Evidently, yes. And here's where I got the emotional sucker-punch from this book. See, Brian's sister was a childhood cancer survivor, and because of what she and their family had been through, they were especially close. Not only that, but his sister had the same form of leukemia that my daughter has...sorry, had. See, my little girl just finished her last chemotherapy treatment yesterday. Ah. Now you see where the zombies and the 5 year old are starting to make sense, huh? Ok. So my first thought after reading that? I will totally 1 star this book if his sister survived cancer and then gets eaten by zombies! I know, I know. That wouldn't really be fair of me. Guess, what? Life's not fair. Mwahahahaha! Anyway, the rest of the book was a nail-biter for me. Nobody was off limits when it came to getting eaten, and there were quite a few characters that I just knew were going to make it out that didn't. There was one in particular that I was really sad to see go...
To me, this was a good ya zombie novel. No, it's not high literature, but I think it would be a good book for teenagers. Or maybe even an adult looking for Zombie-Lite?
At any rate, to all the kids (like mine!) who managed to outrun the zombies? You guys are tougher, cooler, and more beautiful than anyone else in the world. You rock! And to all the kids who are still running? There's a lot of people smarter than me looking really hard for a cure for zombieism. But in the meantime, you just gotta hang in there. Fuck zombies. They suck.
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 readin3.5 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!...more
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,Thanks you NetGalley!
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 thisHmmm. 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"]>...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 t 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....more
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 leftI'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"]>...more
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 f3.5 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"]>...more
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 tiFirst, 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....more
Kudos to Image Comics for saving all that money on a colorist (better, Erica?)!
I get it, I get it! I'm frugal, too. In fact, (view spoiler)[ We just gKudos to Image Comics for saving all that money on a colorist (better, Erica?)!
I get it, I get it! I'm frugal, too. In fact, (view spoiler)[ We just got back from a family vacation. And the entire time, I couldn't get my youngest to eat anything they served for breakfast at the place we were staying. And they had EVERYTHING there! Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream...yum. But she's 6, and none of it tasted like Mommy's food. On day 3, I spied their stash of Froot Loops. Yes! We're SAVED! Or not. 'Cause she spit 'em right out. Ewwww. These taste funny. At that point, my husband was giving me one of his classic, What the hell is wrong with your kid looks, and I realized that the Froot Loops tasted funny to her because they weren't the generic Bag 'O Artificially Colored Rings that I normally buy. Well, shit. (hide spoiler)]
I've never seen the show (Yes. Really.), so I don't know how this compares to it. Seemed like a fine start for a story about the zombie apocalypse, though. Personally,I liked that the undead hordes were all pokey and sluggish. It was a nice switch-up from the new Turbo-Zombies that seem to be zipping around here nowadays. I mean, come on! I can't be the only person who wants to believe that I'd survive the inevitable End of the World, simply because I can shuffle faster than a corpse!
There's a lot of meaningful things that Days Gone Bye explores. Life lessons, morality lessons, blah, blah, blah. But what struck me as amazing, didn't have anything to do with the real-life metaphors that Kirkman played with in this thing. What really impressed me, was that a seven year old kid made a NECK Shot! Seriously?! Do you have any idea how hard that would be? Especially from his lower vantage point! So. The real moral of the story is that you need to teach your kids how to handle guns. Preferably, as soon as they can toddle. Someday, it might just save your life. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 IWhen 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....more
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 towFor 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"]>...more