I was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry Potter...moreI was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry Potter series. And when I say similarities I mean I thought on multiple occasions: 'I'm sure I read that in harry potter'. There are so many elements the same as well; the magical powers, the school, the three friends, the secrets hidden down corridors and caves and one big bad evil person (with a dodgy name, I might add). You may then be wondering why it got four stars? Simply put this book in it's own way managed to twist into it's own original and weird story that I have come to love from both of these authors.
I can't post spoilers and say what made it so different by the end as it will spoil the book, but needed less to say by the end of the book I was asking myself questions about good and evil, the soul and all sorts of other deep things you wouldn't catch me thinking about this early on in the day. Not to mention i'm curious as to what happens to the Callum, Tamara and Aaron next, because this isn't a clear cut good versus evil story. And who is the true enemy in this? I haven't got a clue really but I'm sure going to read the next book because this is bizarre and it made my brain work in a rather complex and good way.
Oh dear Lord, I have never been so apprehensive to read a book in such a long time, especially with Mr Landy's ability to bump off characters like the...moreOh dear Lord, I have never been so apprehensive to read a book in such a long time, especially with Mr Landy's ability to bump off characters like there's no tomorrow. I won't post spoilers in my review but I think the wait was worse than the reading to be honest. This book is amazing! By far my favourite and I was so happy with the ending. thrilled in fact.
I almost choked up at some points and there are some truly sentimental moments, but this installment does not sacrifice on humour by any means. I laughed ridiculously at some points in the book and I think I shall re-read the whole series just for funsies.
Derek is a literary God, and much nicer than the ones depicted in his books (which lets face it, are bloody nuts and insane).
I still have a crush on skulduggery and I totally have a girl crush on Valkyrie and maybe on Tanith too. Hell, I even totally loved Billy-Ray Sanguine by the end of the book and Scapegrace.
Perhaps the most amazing part though is the ending and the way in which there are similarities to the beginning (you'll understand when you read it). I can't wait to read whatever Derek writes next and thank him for getting me out of my reading slump. I needed this book in more ways than one.
Whether you're 7, 17, 27 (like me) or 107, read this series!(less)
Woah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Leg...moreWoah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Legend when I watched an episode of Supernatural and it freaked me out then (I wouldn't look in a mirror properly until the morning)and I've always been curious about the legend.
This pretty much sticks to the bones of the legend but with a modern twist to it with a differing version of the summoning and the way Mary tortured and kills her victims. It's creepy and in some respects has a sense of hopelessness because how an earth can you stop something that is already dead?
The main character, Shauna goes through a lot and I especially felt bad for Kitty as well. I despised Jess by the end of the book and I was glad of the outcome of the book and the way it's been left open for another book. There's quite a few shocks and the plot manages to twist despite the legend being well known.
Ultimately, this is a well told horror story with just the right amount of teen drama, mystery and gore. But I do warn you, unlike some YA horror novels this had hardly any laughs at all. Any more descriptive and gruesome and i feel this would have to be classed as adult. But that's just my opinion. Anyway, A great read. (less)
I got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I w...moreI got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I was really surprised by this book. It was moving and yet oddly thrilling with the mystery of the disappearance of Edie's mother. For the most part though it was more about her journey and about her battle against her past. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this book, not least about facing things, doing the right thing and relationships.
The ending shocked me to the core in the sense i felt my eyes well up, I honestly wasn't expecting the outcome that I got but nevertheless I was satisfied with it. To be honest, I think the author did an amazing job with a sensitive and difficult subject matter.
This isn't as in-depth and as gritty as some books about this subject and to be honest it doesn't need to be. I was drawn in to Edie's tour-de-London and I went along with the ride (including all the difficult bumps). This is an incredible read which tackles multiple difficult subjects, but does so with simplicity and sensitivity so as not to over-complicate things for readers. Sometimes, simple and to the point is best.
This series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, liste...moreThis series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, listening to a zombie horror book in bed is asking for trouble sleeping, what can I say, I'm weird).
I read this is paperback first though because I didn't have the patience to sit and listen to a first read like I did with the first book. I couldn't wait to find out what had become of my now favourite characters.
I'm not going to lie, I felt the absence of Smitty for the first half of the book as him and Bobby are my favourite two-some, though admittedly there were enough Alice-isms to make up for it. The best part is the author seems to be able to write funny things without any effort. I haven't laughed so much in since I read 'Undead' with the fuzzy zombie carrot.
It was great to see Bobby really acting on her own in this book and she really is a kick-ass heroine. I love the way she takes no nonsense and yet when it comes to Smitty she can behave pretty girly. The best part? She spends a third of the book running around with no trousers on. It was so funny. But at least it was realistic. I mean you're not gonna refuse to escape a building full of zombies just because you're stuck wearing your knickers!
I will cry if there isn't another book. The ending wasn't like the last where the cliffhanger left you dying inside, but it was enough to make me think about what happens next. I'm begging Kirsty McKay to write another one because I want more Bobby/smitty banter, mire Alice blonde humor and Pete's geekiness! (less)
This was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as t...moreThis was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as to why the women were the key to the curse. I didn't get that part.
What I did like was the horror aspects and the father/son relationship. Cody was a cute character and a very sweet kid and I found myself hoping that he wouldn't be killed so I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
The descriptions of the horrors were well done, and not so graphic as to make anyone throw up (which is good). Sometimes I feel horror writers think the gorier the better but sometimes, subtle is best, as it is in this case.
I would have liked to know what becomes of Bruce and Cody after the events in the manor but In a way the way it's left leaves you to piece it together with your own imagination. I choose to believe there ok. What can I say, I have a twisted sense of optimism.
There's also a valuable lesson to be learned. If a house is struggling to be sold then question it! You never know what ghouls and creeps are lurking in it.(less)
This is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and people...moreThis is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and people behaving like complete tossers because they're panicking (i say this without judgement, I'm sure I'd be a complete tosser in this situation) but mainly this is a book about finding the will and meaning to live.
Sloane has been through a lot and before the end of the world was intent on ending her own world, yet out of all of them she finds the will to fight. I'm not going to lie, some of the characters really grated on me, Trace especially and what happens to him really doesn't surprise me at all.
The whole story of Sloan's' past abuse seemed a lot more central to me than the apocalypse story. To Sloan her world was over before the world actually ended and so for her it was a struggle to survive in a very different way than it was to the others. The conclusion about her relationship with Lily and their father was pretty ironic in my eyes as well as being in some way some twisted sense of justice.
The end was cleverly thought out and though it ends in a way that I'm sure will not provide enough closure for some people, I think it ended the way it needed too; with a revelation about life and why it is so important to keep living even if you think there's nothing to live for.(less)
Wow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very original...moreWow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very original and the fact that all the loose ends aren't tied up just adds to the atmosphere in my opinion.
I loved the main character Jon, mainly because his reactions were so realistic. At the end of the day human instinct is survival but it was nice to have it made obvious that he was mourning those he's lost. The only thing I would have liked to have known was if it was a global event, I assume it was judging by the way it's written, but that's something You never find our for definite.
Are the things aliens that invade? If so where are they from and for how long have they been planning the invasion? I normally hate it when I'm left with so many questions, but in this case this increased the realism. After all, in this sort of circumstance, with people dying (in increasingly gruesome ways) what is the likelihood that you would somehow find out exactly what's going on in the world? Very unlikely. The stark reality of this is what makes this book so plausible and so terrifying.
Cos lets face it, if we were to be invaded, I doubt we would be lucky enough for the aliens to drop dead of their own accord. War of the worlds this book is not. In a good way.(less)
Well. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to...moreWell. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to write about taboo and shocking topics and when done correctly they make a hell of a book. This book? It's doesn't do it right and it also feels like an effort to cram every horror story into a single book.
Among the shocking horrific things I read, this book includes:(view spoiler)[male rape, cheating, blatant murder and cruelty, a man showing no remorse over his wife being torn apart, same bloke hinting that if he had to chose between his daughter and his lover he'd chose his lover (hide spoiler)] and a whole host of other things!
The main characters were selfish d***s (excuse my starred out swear word) I mean if Bastian loved Tressa so much he should have had the spine to stand up for himself instead of thinking with his manhood and a woman's lady cushions!
The plot was full of holes and the world building was sketchy at best. It's a shame because I read Anathema by the same author and I liked that. This book was needlessly graphic and poorly written and full of mistakes. Will not be reading the sequel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a good book, but the problem I have with anything that is hyped up is that it rarely meets the mind blowing expectations of the masses, and t...moreThis was a good book, but the problem I have with anything that is hyped up is that it rarely meets the mind blowing expectations of the masses, and this is what I found here. Don't get me wrong. The story is original and the chaotic nature of the plot reflects the nature of the main character, which I loved.
My problem was it didn't blow me away. I liked it and I will read the next in the series but I felt there was a lot of back and forth and nothing much happening towards the middle and end of the book. The ending left me feeling like there was something missing and I really wish there had been more info on Nathan's father (something I hope will happen in the second book)
Overall, it was a good fantasy novel. But a word of caution to other readers. This is written in the present tense, a writing style I don't always get on with, so maybe this affected my opinion. I felt in this book, especially at the beginning where it flashes back to the past, the present tense became confusing. It's a unique and rarely used writing style and I found it difficult to read. So maybe it's just me. Either way I'm invested enough in the well fleshed out characters to read the next in the series. I want to know what happens to Nathan. (less)
hmmmm well. I don't have any particular strong feelings towards this book as it left me feeing rather blah. I found it difficult to relate to any of t...morehmmmm well. I don't have any particular strong feelings towards this book as it left me feeing rather blah. I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters and the storyline seemed a bit undeveloped to me.
There were some opportunities for some good ideas here but in most cases they never went anywhere. For example, We learn there was a war and they had blackouts...but why???? There's no explanation. I hate that.
It's a shame because I usually love this author. I love the Magic Under series and she is a brilliant writer. I just felt this story fell flat, as did the love story. The connection between Thea and Freddy felt tangible at best and I'm sorry but a little unrealistic.
Why the three stars? Like I said, some amazing ideas the quality of writing is amazing as is most of the world building and imagery. The story though, sorry, not for me. (less)
Wow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means ori...moreWow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means original but this has a twist...the majority of the fearless are like zombies with brains and on steroids (super strong).
I haven't read such pure dystopian escapism in a while and the two main characters; Cass and Myo were amazing and it was easy relate to them especially with the view point alteration.
I was left stunned by Sol's character though. I did not see that twist regarding him coming at all. Talk about a dark horse. Hats off to Emma for writing such a twisted and convoluted character, and boy was he dark. I was reading this on the train back from Sunderland and I have to admit I exclaimed rather loudly near the end of the book. Got a few odd looks im sure.
The ending was brilliant. Yes, I'm sure some people will hate it. But I think it's sudden abruptness was perfect for the harsh uncertain landscape the book is set in. A picture perfect ending would have sucked. Anyway amazing, amazing book.(less)
It's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executione...moreIt's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioner. I've yet to read the zombie ones, but I've been looking for this little gem for a while, which I finally found hidden in the adorable book palace store in the famous crooked house in Canterbury! Couldn't have been a more perfect place to find it :) Anyways....
I loved this! It was such a scary, creepy story yet with some valuable morals, great lessons on bravery and family ties and such a wonderful ending. I guess I was expecting something blunt at the end, but this was perfect. I loved Koyasan, and such a beautiful name! Would totally call my kid that if I had one lol
I'm totally going out of my way to read one of Darren's zombie books now. I've missed his writing. I know this is 8 years after it's release, but well played Mr Shan, well played!(less)