The creepy-looking cover of this novel proudly boasts the words: Romeo and Juliet meet the li...moreThis review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.
The creepy-looking cover of this novel proudly boasts the words: Romeo and Juliet meet the living dead in The Cellar.
Ughhh… (The above was an exclamation of annoyance, not an attempt to copy the moans of the undead.)
I shall preface this review by saying that yes, I am a huge zombie fan. Zombies are quite possibly the most genius fantastical creatures ever thought up by the human imagination. And despite my grumbling, I really did enjoy Romeo and Juliet. With this uncanny combination of interests, The Cellar must surely be the perfect book for me, right?
Imagine this. You have a dash of zombies are friends with hyenas and a pinch of oh look the lovey-dovey teenagers are off being idiotic again. Stir in the characters’ basically nonexistent personalities, and you’ve got an awkward mix of brown goo that looks and smells suspiciously like a paper copy of Twilight in liquefied form.
Is the plot at least slightly interesting? Well...
First, Boy meets Girl. Both fall in love. But wait, Boy is dangerous, and everyone tells Girl to be careful. Hey, Girl doesn’t care, because love overcomes all obstacles. Yay. And then tons of people die.
Hopefully further elaboration is not needed.
Although The Cellar does not suit my tastes, YA PNR lovers will adore the abundance of true love floating around in this novel. Those particular scenes actually succeeded in making me snort out loud. Twice. I sounded like an irritated bull, and I think I felt rather like one, too.
Book Source: ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley(less)
Infinity started out just like every other paranormal novel, albeit with a slower pacing than...moreThis review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.
Infinity started out just like every other paranormal novel, albeit with a slower pacing than most. Nick Gautier is introduced, his background briefly touched upon, and the paranormal aspect stirred in. I was expecting some sort of yay-let’s-all-go-stake-vampires novel, when WA-BAMMM…
I went back and re-read the part to make sure I got it right. I mean, vampires, werewolves, dark hunters, gods, immortals, AND zombies?!?! (Yeah, I know it’s in the description. I was too lazy to read it, ok? Shush…) Needless to say, I have not read a book with such a bizarre mishmash of PNR creatures before, and Ms. Kenyon handled the integration well. Everything made sense and tied together at the end.
There was a total Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle moment in here, too. Nice way of adding confusion and mystery into the characters, I suppose…
I noticed the repetition of words such as gah and bleh, which I admit to using often in IM’s, emails, and Facebook posts. However, they do not work well in books and end up making the writing seem almost sloppy. I assume Ms. Kenyon was trying to portray the teenage voice through these exclamations of annoyance, but it did not work in her favor.
There was also the reoccurrence of the word goober, and it never fails to conjure up this delightful image in my head. I must say, it’s quite distracting when you’re trying to focus on an intense fight scene while Spongebob's I'm a Goofy Goober song occupies your mind.
Overall, a quirky novel that is more MG than YA. I would not have gone out of my way to procure this book if I didn’t have a contest-won copy lying around.
A little something I learned whilst reading Infinity: Three out of four demons all prefer barbecue sauce over hemoglobin. So kids, remember to bring along some BBQ sauce when you’re walking around alone late at night.
You’re just one of the many 25-year-olds in Manhattan with a monotonous life and equally (if...moreThis review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.
You’re just one of the many 25-year-olds in Manhattan with a monotonous life and equally (if not more) monotonous job. Well, until the day zombies take over. Gruesome killing on every street corner; an unhealthy abundance of blood, gore, guts, and brains. Your survival depends on you -- solely you – and the decisions you make with each turn during your race for victory. Die, become a zombie, or perhaps, stay alive until the very end -- it's all up to you.
Maybe I was deprived as a child, but I was never given any Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) books. Reading through Max Brallier’s Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? turned out to be quite an experience. Peppered with interesting characters that slather raw meat juice on themselves to imitate zombies and others that are just alarmingly trigger-happy with a machine gun, this book was an intense read. That is, if you don’t mind dying and instantaneously resuscitating yourself a couple hundred times.
Of course, the burning question here is: can you survive the zombie apocalypse?