Synopsis: Atlanta Realtor Cat Deen’s average life gets axed when she discovers that demons are real— and they know her name. Though some take human fo...more Synopsis: Atlanta Realtor Cat Deen’s average life gets axed when she discovers that demons are real— and they know her name. Though some take human form, they can’t hide their wicked souls (or the nasty things they do) from Cat. One can even turn her insides to mush… but in a good way.
This book has an interesting premise. A curse in Cat Deen's family, affecting the women only, allows her to discern demons. This is her first gift and her calling is to kill them. The catch here is she will have 9 lives, each life she will gain another gift. I have no idea how this is gonna work out as the series progresses. Cat's character is good but I cannot believe how ignorant about the supernatural she is. Either that or the author felt we needed a primer on supernatural beings because as Cat was 'discovering' her gift, she had no idea what a Lycanthrope, golem, and some other creatures. She has to be informed of vampires etc. It's tedious. Cat discovers a gruesome murder in a house she is planning on showing. Then the next three or four houses and all I could think was why the hell didn't the cops go to the homes first and why did she continue working while all this was going on. Not the worst book I've read but I doubt I will pick up the second installment. This does have possabilities and some of you may have more patience with it.(less)
So, here's the thing...Zombies are popular. Tons of movies and books can attest to that. Me, I'm more of a zombie movie ki...more3.5 to 4.0, couldn't decide.
So, here's the thing...Zombies are popular. Tons of movies and books can attest to that. Me, I'm more of a zombie movie kinda girl. There is so much pop culture surrounding zombies. Movies, survival guides, debate on the best type of zombie-apocalypse, etc. You have your alien zombies, demon zombies, slow and stupid zombie, zombies that can think and move fast, and about everything else you can imagine. Zombie stories are usually over-the-top with the gratuitous use of gore to serious gun-toting heroes, and my favorite...dark humor. Feed is none of and yet all of those things. Start with an almost believable and reasonable cause of the virus, Kellis-Amberlee, that infects everyone thus causing them to re-animate when they die. A cure for cancer combines with a cure for the common cold, hijacked from the creator of the cure and aerosolized to make sure 'everyone' will get the vaccine. The combination is the cause of zombification upon death. Everyone is infected, it's just something they live with while the virus is waiting for the death of the host. 20yrs later and the world is a very different place. Two-thirds of the population were killed in the initial outbreak. Once a person dies and the infection goes 'live', all the zombie wants to do is infect more people. An abundance of quarantine laws have been enacted. Large areas still contain zombies and are off-limits. People no longer gather in large crowds, in fact most stay at home period. In this new world the big news organizations report news remotely, avoiding going into the field. Blogging has become a huge source of information and entertainment for the homebound society. Enter our protagonists, Georgia and her brother Shaun. They run a blog site that features hard news, action news and fictional writing. They go out into the field to report all the time which make them popular and reliable. They are selected to follow Senator Ryman's run for The White House. A huge boon for their blog but really bad things happen.... Several attempts at sabotage plague the campaign and our bloggers seem to have picked up a very powerful enemy. The thing I liked most about this novel was the restraint Mira Grant uses. She tells us a scary, gory, zombie story but manages to make it realistic and level-headed. She obviously spent a good deal of time pondering the affect this sort of thing would have on the world. Pop-culture, security, interaction with our fellow man and our over-all fear. This was just so interesting to me. I was pleasantly surprised to pick up a book I expected to be gore-fest and get an insightful essay combined with characters I believed. Parts of the book are a bit rough and there was repetition, which is a pet-peeve, but I loved it. I can't wait to read number two in the trilogy. (less)
Although I expected more from this story in the way of high adventure I still enjoyed it. This is simply a story of a young man and his journey as he g...moreAlthough I expected more from this story in the way of high adventure I still enjoyed it. This is simply a story of a young man and his journey as he goes from hiding into fighting the Kurians who have been ruling Earth for 40 yrs. It reads as a rebel/service primer for wannabe heroes but the details are still interesting. I will probably read #2 in this series in the hopes that the MC creates more inter-personal relationships and has a bit more excitement. (less)
The Boat by Christine Dougherty is definitely not your average zombie story, although it has zombies. It isn't your average Post-Apocalyptic story, ye...moreThe Boat by Christine Dougherty is definitely not your average zombie story, although it has zombies. It isn't your average Post-Apocalyptic story, yet there is a plague that causes death and zombies, creating a Post-Apocalyptic environment. Which also makes a great setting for a Survivalist story, though not your......wait for it....average Survivalist story. See, Christine just doesn't do average, ever, and decided to write a fast-moving, horrific, nail-biting, zombie plague story of survival set two months after the aforementioned apocalyptic event. With a twist. A really bad twist. I am not surprised. I met Christine last year when she asked if I would review her novel The Devil Stood Up. As most of you know, I love me some good Horror and was thrilled to accept a copy for review. I eat Horror and Suspense for breakfast, one awesome reviewer on GoodReads, Stephen, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..., asked me in a round about way, what kind of book would actually scare me. I really didn't have an answer, until Christine Dougherty. Turns out I couldn't finish The Devil Stood Up. It disturbed the hell out of me and I had to put it down. For the first time ever I had to write an author and humbly apologize for being a wimp and not finishing their book. The writing was excellent but you couldn't make me pick it up again. Instead of throwing rocks and laughing at me, Christine apologized and even asked for another review on her Urban Fantasy novel Born Lucky (The JD Chronicles). I loved it. I love the versatility Christine brings to the table. The Boat isn't overwhelmingly scary but it is very good and original and I urge lovers of Horror, Suspense and Urban Fantasy to check out this exciting author!
Book Summary:At the end of the world, the undead aren't the greatest threat to those who have survived.
A deadly plague brought on by an experimental AIDS drug called Lazarus sweeps the country. Lazarus, named so because it brings patients back from the brink of death, has the unfortunate side effect of bringing the dead back to life. A handful of survivors have made their way to water where the walking dead–called 'sinkers'–are less of a threat. These battered and traumatized survivors have colonized a super yacht (Flyboy), a tugboat (Big Daddy), and a weekender yacht (Barbra's Bay Breeze). As they wait for more survivors and organize a voyage south to a warm climate, they unintentionally bring aboard a monster who might be the end to them all.(less)
**spoiler alert** Clever, very clever! Mr. Herbert knocked me out with this one. Read it in my late teens but made my immature mind think. And think.....more**spoiler alert** Clever, very clever! Mr. Herbert knocked me out with this one. Read it in my late teens but made my immature mind think. And think... A young family goes to London to look into a prime career offer for the husband. Wife and daughter get caught in an IRA bombing. Scientist husband takes revenge on Ireland and the world and ends up putting the Earth on the path for extinction.
The clever bit is when he decides to tour Ireland on foot in order to see 'ground zero' first hand. Breathtaking.(less)