I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. Undertow was a fun read about a new kind of alien invader - The Alpha or First Men - or what we would hI didn't expect to love this as much as I did. Undertow was a fun read about a new kind of alien invader - The Alpha or First Men - or what we would have called mermaids. But these aren't the beautiful women with fish tails. They are strong and fierce warriors. And they are on the shores of Coney Island. Thirty thousand of them.
In an attempt to integrate the Alpha with the human population, the Alphas are invited to attend the local high school, much to the chagrin of the humans. In scenes reminiscent of desegregation, the Alpha are brought to school under guard of the police and National Guard. Things don't go well and the governor of New York rallies the humans against the "Fishes".
Throughout all of this nonsense, 17 year old Lyric Walker prevails. She is assigned to the Alpha Prince Fathom and she teaches him to read. Fathom is quite a scary character and I loved how he just didn't understand some of the books Lyric brought to him. Just his comments about One Fish, Two Fish made me laugh.
Undertow is not your usual mermaid story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
About 3.5 stars. In a way, this book kind of reminded me of Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series but instead of vampires, we have zombies and people whAbout 3.5 stars. In a way, this book kind of reminded me of Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series but instead of vampires, we have zombies and people who have tested positive for the zombie virus. Positive is a new spin on the zombie apocalypse story. In Positive, the zombie apocalypse occurred about 20 years earlier. People live in the relative safety of walled cities. Our hero hails from Manhattan, where the subways are flooded and provide some fishing for our hero Finn and his buddy Ike. The zombie virus is also a different take on the old zombie story. Now it can take anywhere from exposure to 20 years for the zombie virus to manifest and turn a person into a snarling flesh-eating killer. When Finn's mother goes zombie, the whole family is tested and Finn is sent to a medical camp in Ohio. He doesn't get there right away because his ride is killed by a very scary lady.
Finn begins his voyage across the US looking for that medical center where all will be good. On his way he learns about the world outside Manhattan. This is a journey story and each step along the way builds Finn's character. From what he sees of the world, he knows what kind of man he doesn't want to become.
I liked Finn's character. For someone with so little life experience, he was a quick learner and even quicker to react to situations. I loved how he treated his "family" and wanted to keep the girls safe, especially Kylie. Kylie was a strong character as well considering what she had gone through with Adare.
Positive kept me reading way into the night. The last part of the book was intense and I couldn't put the book down. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
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Tessa Ever After is a sweet story of a young couple that have known each other since childhood. Tessa is a single mother with a 4 year old. Her brotheTessa Ever After is a sweet story of a young couple that have known each other since childhood. Tessa is a single mother with a 4 year old. Her brother Cade's best friend Jason steps in to help out when Cade moves to Chicago. As Jason spends more time helping out Tessa, he realizes that he is attracted to her. Tessa also feels the attraction but she worries about Jason's reputation as a player.
The story is told in first person alternating points of view so the reader always has a glimpse of what Tessa and Jason are thinking. At times the narration is a little angsty and gives a little too much information. Tessa seems to overthink and Jason keeps waiting for Tessa to tell him what she wants. There is, however, comic relief in the form of the cutest and probably best behaved 4 year old girl Haley. It's fun watching her make Jason dress up for a tea party.
I enjoyed this story, especially when our happy couple got together. Their chemistry was amazing. I'll be on the lookout for more books by this author in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts:Shards of Hope is the 14th book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. Each book keeps getting better than its predecessor. This iInitial Thoughts:Shards of Hope is the 14th book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. Each book keeps getting better than its predecessor. This is a long book and without spoiling the story too much, it focuses on Psys Aden and Zaira. Ms. Singh's excellent world building and story telling skills make this series a must read for paranormal romance fans. Full review to come closer to the publication date.
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A dark young adult book told from the perspective of Billy Zeets. Billy is 14 years old and he comes from a family with financial struggles. Billy takA dark young adult book told from the perspective of Billy Zeets. Billy is 14 years old and he comes from a family with financial struggles. Billy takes on all sorts of odd jobs in order to help his father save the house from repossession. While on a job, Billy makes a discovery that leads him to suspect a local man is responsible for a series of murders of young boys. Instead of contacting the local police (with which he's had a few run-ins himself), Billy decides to try to gather as much information as possible on his own.
I enjoyed this book. Billy is the kind of kid that you may not want to have running around your neighborhood, however, he does have a good heart and he means well. It was interesting watching him put together the clues like pieces of a puzzle. It's not a detective/crime story - it's just a boy taking his observations and trying to make sense of them.
I understand that this book is labelled as Young Adult but be forewarned that the language may be objectionable for some readers. There is also drug use although Billy doesn't partake. The last part of the book may frighten younger readers. I would recommend this book for older young adult readers, perhaps Grade 10 and higher.
Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for a review copy of this book.