First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, in fact I was giddy.
I absolutely love Richelle Mead as...moreFirst off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, in fact I was giddy.
I absolutely love Richelle Mead as an author, granted I haven't read her über popular Vampire Academy series, but I've read her adult series, Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan, and loved them. As soon as I heard about this one, I knew I had to have it. So, as I started reading this I noticed that this world was going farther in-depth than I expected, this is a very intricate world with a very in-depth hierarchy and caste system. It took me a while to get through, though honestly it was because finals got in the way, and there were parts that just really dragged out, but those parts are really important. There really isn't anything excess in this book and though I wish there were just a touch more romance, I'm sure there will be more to come. I loved the characters, there is just so much going on with each of them, we're just looking and the surface in this book. There is so much more I want to know, and so much I wish would happen, this whole book is like a massive opener to what looks to be a fantastic whirlwind of a series. At first, or really the majority of the book had a sci-fi feel and in part it is, there is a lot of science going on with the restriction of religion because it just turns out zealots, I don't know how to really describe it without giving plot keys away, so I won't. There's some great mythology built-in and lots of science type stuff and A LOT of background information, but again this is just the first book of the series and this is world is much more massive than her other series, in my opinion, so it's going to take a lot more information. I think Ms. Mead has done a fantastic job weaving a wonderfully intricate futuristic, and different type, of world for us to get lost in, characters for us to root for, and time for us to figure out what could happen next. (less)
First off THANK YOU Harlequin Teen for this advanced copy, I was soo excited to get this book to review.
OMG I literally just finished this book, and I...moreFirst off THANK YOU Harlequin Teen for this advanced copy, I was soo excited to get this book to review.
OMG I literally just finished this book, and I will tell you right now, it's fantastic. Imagine the last book, now think better. It's wonderful, I generally like the second books better anyway because we already know the world the characters are in so we don't have all that world building to deal with, which means that we, as readers, get to dive right in to the meat of the story, which leaves off where the last book ended. Allie is on a hunt to find Kanin, she's having those dreams and a pull to find her creator/sire and she knows she's got a heck of a battle ahead of her. OH goodness, there are so many surprises and twists and turns, which I of course will not spoil for you so I'll not stray beyond the writing and the blurb of a description the publishers provide.
So I've read the Iron Fey series or at least a few of them, and this series far surpasses that one. I think that the author really just puts a grown up spin on this young adult series that isn't all teen angsty and makes you forget the young adult aspect of it. There is some swearing and this is a more violent and bloody series, which is just awesome, there is some great action in this book. Allie is just more bad ass than Meghan and this story just feel like it is more unique and has a little more than you'd expect. I know that vampires are everywhere right now, but this isn't your young adult sparkly vampire story, it feels more honest, grittier with truer emotions. You can see this world as reality instead of some frolicking in the tulips kind of fairy tale with happily ever after, as seen in book one there are heart wrenching moments, and this story just rips you apart. You've got lots of laugh out loud moments, plenty of action, a few lovey dovey moments, great devotion and wonderful character development. You have characters you love to hate but secretly love anyway. The bad guy is unequivocally bad, but there are so many grey areas, so many ways this story can go. This book has yet to be released and I'm waiting already on pins and needles for book 3 to come, because damn, leaving us hanging.(less)
Oh I love zombies, I love delving into a dystopian world even if the world has been the way it is since before anyone in the book can remember. Coming...moreOh I love zombies, I love delving into a dystopian world even if the world has been the way it is since before anyone in the book can remember. Coming into a world is sometimes better than starting off in it. I don't know if that makes sense but I really like this kind of book. Well, kind of . I would have loved more zombies and mayhem, but mostly this book is about Mary, trying to figure out who Mary is and who she loves. This is a love story, kind of. It feels like a teenage angst filled hormonal story, that happens to be surrounded by the dead. Is there action? A little, not too much though, definitely not enough. The world is woven wonderfully, there is some great imagery and Mary is fairly flushed out. Just Mary though, we have multiple other characters, but most of the time those characters are very annoying and unstable. The boys can't make up their minds about who they want. Mary though, she's in a world of her own and she's also very brooding, a bit selfish, with a tad of whine. Torn into grief from the loss of her mother and father, she's cast into the sisterhood where she uncovers a ton of secrets. Then everything just goes from bad to worse. I wasn't expecting this to turn out the way it did. The book didn't end, it just . . . stopped. I will pick up book #2 because it still has zombies, and the book was enjoyable and it's a quick read.(less)
I was rather disappointed in this book. I thought it would more adventure and kept you at a similar interest level as the first book. I was wrong, yes...moreI was rather disappointed in this book. I thought it would more adventure and kept you at a similar interest level as the first book. I was wrong, yes I guess there was some adventure, but it was arduous, boring and written beneath the level that it was intended for. I was not entertained much, I was preached to and ready to get on with the book. This book has a blatant message, I do understand that the first book had a message, but it was done a little more slyly, and a lot more enjoyably. This book is very anti-war, and yes this is for a great reason, war destroyed the world people hating destroyed the world, greed, power etc. There is a lesson to be learned there and that is a great moral, but it could have been done SO much better. The author is very talented, but it seems that the entertainment value of the book was sacrificed for the message. The characters were not nearly as likeable, weren't nearly as flushed out, and I felt more and more annoyed as I continued on that I almost couldn't finish. The ending is great though, I will say that, but the meat of the story was just dull. (less)
I have been looking forward to reading this book for some time now, I LOVE zombies, I like campy, serious, scary whatever as long as there is some Zom...moreI have been looking forward to reading this book for some time now, I LOVE zombies, I like campy, serious, scary whatever as long as there is some Zombie action. Also this has some steampunk elements in it as well, granted it didn’t feel as steampunk as some other novels, but it has the Victorian, techy, and a zeppelin stuff, so there is just a lot that made me excited about this book. However the book just missed the mark, it missed it oh so slightly but I wasn’t in love with it as I had hoped.
First off there are multiple points of view, which, done well, can enhance the story, the way the multi-POVs were done in this book just dragged the story down. I think we could have completely wiped out Wolfe’s story line and it would have helped a bunch. The world building was a bit slow as well, but since this is a series, that means the beginning of the next book won’t have that lag time (hopefully). Mostly the big issue was the pacing, it would drag, then get really good, then it would be dull and then interesting. I would rather build and build than ride a pacing roller coaster. The writing is great, the characters are interesting, and fun.
Oh another theme that is becoming popular in the Zombie universe is zombie love. I’ve heard about many books that involve a zombie protagonist, but this is the first I’ve actually read. I must say, it’s weird, I thought I’d get used to it but I just think of dead flesh and all of that and it creeps me out. However if I pretend that the zombies aren’t zombies (which is pretty impossible because they don’t let you forget). The zombie romance is not so bad. Still, I kept thinking about the ickyness of it…
All of that being said, I thought the book was OK, I think there was a lot of potential there and I’m hoping that the next novel doesn’t have the same pacing issues, but I do look forward to picking it up.(less)
I loved this book, and I couldn't put it down. It was pretty much non stop during the whole book. This dystopian novel has a very slight Hollowland f...more I loved this book, and I couldn't put it down. It was pretty much non stop during the whole book. This dystopian novel has a very slight Hollowland feel to it, but Hollowland was about zombies and the end of the world. This book was about demons and the end of the world. Which is unique. A lot of demon books humanize them, this took demons to their scary, biblically apocalyptic, face value, they are evil and are here to wreak havoc, death and destruction on humanity. Those suckers are scary and that's what our heroine (Abby) and her older brother (Carter) and his best friend (Max) are running from and plan on leaving their home to join the resistance and seek safety. Their journey is epic and dangerous and OH SO GOOD! I loved this story LOVED, LOVED, LOVED. It was fairly well written, with some typos thrown in, but so well written the typos didn't bother me. The story took me about 2 (cumulative) hours to go through and this is a 260 page book. Really it's not that long, and it's so captivating you don't even realize that time has passed. I was enthralled in this story.(less)
The Burn is a dystopian young adult novel that takes place about 100 years after World War III which follows not long after the Iraq events of today....moreThe Burn is a dystopian young adult novel that takes place about 100 years after World War III which follows not long after the Iraq events of today. A bunch of scientist figured the world would destroy themselves, so they built secret shelters that no new people are allowed into, just those born into them. This world is a prison for Terra who has rose-colored goggles for Earth, or as they call it 'The Burn. Her life is dedicated to leaving her colony and finding land, only it's not what she expects. The Burn is quiet lovely, it is so well written that you get a sense of absolutely everything, from the dangers of the burn to the clinical feel of the colony. You can understand the sacrifice that Terra makes and all of the characters were just so well done. You feel every feeling and emotion that's played out amongst the characters. This books ends in a way that is somewhat satisfying, but leaves you wanting more. So I checked out the author's website and she's planning a sequel. I think this book is definitely worth picking up and on the Kindle it's a great price. I could gush on this book longer but I won't. There's no swearing and the teens aren't sexualized, like in a lot of young adult/teen books, so the only thing is that's it's a dark subject matter, the end of the world and survival at all costs. Again this is so worth the time!(less)
I loved Hollowland (the first in this series) and I really enjoy Amanda Hocking as a writer. This book did have a few typos but I've seen worse. I hav...moreI loved Hollowland (the first in this series) and I really enjoy Amanda Hocking as a writer. This book did have a few typos but I've seen worse. I have also seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. It has been a few months since I read the first book so the only 2 characters I was attached to were Remy (our heroine) and Ripley (The Lioness). They are both in this book so I was happy. We start out with Remy 6 months after she helped her little brother Max escape from the medical lab at the quarantine and she is weak, depleted and cut up. She was a living lab rat with worse treatment than any animal. When all of a sudden she is thrust back into the world fighting for her life and again searching for Max and trying to find a safe place with the few survivors she made it out with. Remy is a tough chick, she grew up quickly and it shows, she's hard and doesn't want to let anyone in. I thought this book was very entertaining and had a few funny moments. Was it as good as Hollowland? No, but hopefully there will be more to come and some character issues will resolve and maybe the Zombies will be gone by the end...or everyone else.(less)
First I must say that I am surprised that this is a debut novel. It won many awards or nominations when it came out in 2003 and a few since then. This...moreFirst I must say that I am surprised that this is a debut novel. It won many awards or nominations when it came out in 2003 and a few since then. This is considered a children’s or young reader’s book, aimed at the middle school aged kiddos. It does have something in it that speaks to adults as well, of course most well written books do. I will say that I hadn’t heard of this book until there was a movie in 2008. My family watched and enjoyed the movie, (love Bill Murray) it was an interesting concept. A seemingly dystopian city aptly named Ember several generations after some unknown disaster. No one knows what the sky is or the sun or what’s beyond the darkness. The darkness is a big theme it seems. Not only the darkness that threatens Ember as the lights begin to fade, or the darkness in the ‘unknown region’ but also the darkness within and realizing that it is there. It always seems that children are the best at seeing these things, seeing corruption or the good or a different way of looking at the world. Adults are just so….clouded, which is true we are. Anyway, I thought this was a great book it was such a fast read and easy, and full of great quotes. Much better than the movie, though the movie was still enjoyable.(less)
I read “The First Days” as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.
“The First Days” is a zombie book that follows two women as the world begins to...moreI read “The First Days” as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.
“The First Days” is a zombie book that follows two women as the world begins to die. It goes places that I’ve often wondered about, like zombie babies, but I haven’t seen much of. It kind of starts out with a nightmare that I’ve often had and goes through a fast paced ride of survival.
I loved this book, it started out intense and was pretty intense for the majority of the story, it lulls in much needed place and ends at a slow pace, but it is in gear to pick up the next part of the story in the following books. I must say that I like when a book gets right to the point, we start in a frenzied chaos and we don’t have to wait chapters upon chapters to get into the story. This story is kind of like a real world approach to zombies, they are a myth and people think it’s crazy, until they realize it happens. If we did have a zombie apocalypse, I could see it going down like this. Also, I like that it’s set in Texas and I can picture hill country and the settings of rural Texas, mostly because I have lived all over the state, it also makes it a bit more eerie in a way. This is a 4.5 star (out of 5) book, for me at least. It is a zombie book so if you can’t stand, death, gore, swearing and intense situations then this book probably won’t be for you. However, I assume that if you’re looking into this than you’ll just need to know it’s fun and one of the best reads I’ve had in a while. (less)