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)
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 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)
This had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept think...moreThis had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinking there should be more. I guess that it was meant to end like that but I didn't like it.
I get that life does go on and it doesn't have a perfect ending but the lack of closure and explanation bugged me. Why were some people topping themselves and others just sitting down and dying peacefully? What caused it in the first place? I just didn't see the point to the story. Maybe I missed something.
However, I can't deny that despite the lack of closure and explanation the author is an exceptional writer. The book read fluently with no hiccups and I loved the atmosphere and descriptions, so I will happily read more of this books just to see what else he's written. I recognise a good writer when I read one, and this guy is talented.(less)
Wow. It's been a while that I've read such an all-consuming thriller. I just kept reading and before I knew it I'd reached the end. I'm more of a fant...moreWow. It's been a while that I've read such an all-consuming thriller. I just kept reading and before I knew it I'd reached the end. I'm more of a fantasy genre girl but this peaked my interest with it's creepy cover. (proof that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover!)
I was enthralled by this from beginning to end, constantly guessing who was responsible for the things happening. Trying to fathom who the guilty party could be. I never suspected it once. That's the mark of a good book.
The events are tragic and not for the faint hearted. I can't write much really because otherwise it will spoil the ending and most of the plot. But needless to say this is a one who loves a good thriller/mystery with a very dark twist.
I was also totally sold on the concept of tagging 100 different places. Genius idea, though after reading this i'm kinda glad I never indulged in graffiti art. Oh well, maybe in another life.
Creepy, intelligent and mindblowing. full marks.(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)
Wow. And wow again! I'll write something coherent in a moment. promise. This was such an engrossing book, so much so I read it all in the time before m...moreWow. And wow again! I'll write something coherent in a moment. promise. This was such an engrossing book, so much so I read it all in the time before my late shift at work today and I was totally impressed.
I don't know why I didn't read this sooner, though it was probably because I didn't get along with The Thin Executioner and so wasn't sure if I'd like this series, but I needn't have worried because this is just as amazing as the Demonata books.
First things first, without spoiling, I was totally surprised by B. I hated and loved in equal measure and ultimately loved by the end. There was a moment of great shock when I realised what B stood for, I won't spoil it though cos I'm pretty sure it's best to figure it out for yourself.
It isn't all gore and guts (though there is quite a bit of it at the beginning and in the last third of the book) but there are some very powerful issues tackled in Racism and domestic violence, topics I think should be included in books more often. This book is far from preachy though, and the hard-hitting subjects are very relevant to the storyline, especially in that last chapter.
Absolutely Love B. Hate B's dad. And I find myself again surprised by how many people Mr Shan can just bump off in a book (he is a legend for bravely risking all the characters, it makes things much more interesting).
Will definitely be reading book 2 and the rest of the series (soon as I'm sure I have the money lol) (less)