Okay... FIRST, I feel it DETRIMENTAL to my very existence to mention the dedication in this book! (which for the record, I rarely notice- but it appeaOkay... FIRST, I feel it DETRIMENTAL to my very existence to mention the dedication in this book! (which for the record, I rarely notice- but it appears I may have to start paying more attention.)
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Hehe... I feel like this is made of win! I don't know who John is, and I don't know if Kirsty McKay was referring to turkeys or zombies- but I don't care because either way, that's an epic dedication.
Bobby is a super, epic chick of AWESOME... Wrapped in witty sarcastic charm and coated with attitude. I loved her! Can you tell? Is it obvious?
Having recently moved BACK to the UK after spending the last six years in the US, Bobby is feeling very angsty and irritated!
"When we moved to the US six years ago, they thought I sounded as British as the Queen. Now that I'm back in the motherland again, I'm like some weird hybrid, a freako chimera with an ever-changing accent."
It's not helping that she's on the "School Trip from Hell". Which in all reality is a ski trip with all her new classmates before the new school year starts! Yep... That pretty much sounds like the definition of hell to me. But refuge is in sight, as they are FINALLY on their way home!
When the bus stops for lunch at the Cheery Chomper (hehe), Bobby stays on board, unwilling to endure another lunch of solitude and having food tossed at her. Mr. Taylor stays because he's got the flu and Smitty... Because Smitty is trouble. Trouble swathed in leather and complete with a fake ID.
"an ink-haired indie kid in a leather jacket. Rob Smitty: rebel without a pause, freak show, and drop out in the making. But the best snowboarder, definitely. When I first clapped eyes on him, I was convinced he'd be the head of the underage drinking club - and he is - but dude knows how to throw himself down a mountain too. [...] Respect due, in spite of the try-hard guyliner and bad attitude."
See? How freaking E-P-I-C is she? I know right? I LOVED her inner dialog! Smitty gets Mr. Taylor to go get him a sandwich, by cleverly threatening student cruelty and starvation or something... As soon as he's gone Smitty is trying to convince the driver to let them off the bus for some mischief or another when something slaps the windshield... then it comes AGAIN... only this time they see it's unmistakabley a hand- so the bus driver gets out to deal with the teen miscreants messing with his bus!
Then something slams into the back of the bus, dazed and confused- Smitty gets out to see what's going on... What he finds is a puddle of blood and a shrieking figure in a blue coat running toward them!!!!
Alice Hicks BARELY gets on the bus before Smitty locks her out (I'd have locked her out... Not even because she was a hateful witch- but because hands are smacking the windows, bloody streaks marring the snow... Then some crazy, screaming person comes running at me? No thank you. Just sayin.)
"Dead!" she screams. "Everybody's dead!"
HOLY.... OHMYGOD right?!?!
Now, I know I went into a lot of detail there... But I COULDN'T HELP IT! And honestly... I didn't give that much away, according to my kindle- I was only 4% in by this point!
We end up with the new kid, a badboy, a nerd, a pretty princess and a gas station attendant. Quite a band of misfits to survive the apocalypse... But these characters were fantastically portrayed!
While I loved Bobby for her wit, snark and general awesome... I loved Alice's princess-y bi-polar!
"Shanika's [her BFF] got my CoutureCandy bag, the bitch! Drive!" she says to the driver. "Run them over!"
And Pete, the nerd extrordinaire, is convinced they're all being watched and everything that is happening is some elaborate scheme by the government or new world order. Whoever is behind it all has cutoff every means of escape and made it impossible to communicate with the outside world.
Nobody beleives him. They think he's finally cracked.
"This is crazy!" [...] "Of course there are cameras; they're everywhere these days! But it doesn't mean that they've all been planted to spy on us in the even of a zombie apocalypse!"
Undead by Kirsty McKay was freaking AMAZING from BEGINING TO END! The actual plot wasn't something I NORMALLY get into, but the pure EPICNESS of the characters, the way they interacted and the dialog were enough to keep me reading well into the night and scrambling to grab Undead the next morning! Seriously, I'd read this book again today- just because!
With that, I leave you with more quotes...
"If I die right here, right now, I will be ashamed. What a fail. Struck down and eaten by a bus driver, for crap's sake, in Scotland, on a school trip."
"Just because we can't see jack doesn't mean that Undead Jack and Jillaren't lurking in there with all their friends, ready to Cheerily Chomp on us."
"for one horribly, desperately embarrassing moment we fly into eachother's arms like Shaggy and Scooby Don't."
"Manic with a side of Musical Theater." ← and this has become my new tagline... for my LIFE. Just sayin!!!!
*WARNING!! Spoilers for Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy #1)*
At the end of Wither, Rhine and Gabriel escaped the mansion in which they had been held "captive". After escaping, all Rhine wants to do is get back to Manhatten to find her way back to her brother, and show Gabriel there's more to their very short lives than just serving the rich.
No sooner than they land safely ashore, away from Linden and his psycho father- they're attacked by a crazy wanna-be French lady and her band of rejects.
"I ran from the mansion because I wanted to be free. But there's no such thing as free. There are only different and more horrible ways to be enslaved."
The events following their "arrival" at the Carnival are too much to get into if you haven't read Wither, but... Wow. People are insane.
Fever is slower paced than I remember Wither being... But no less tragic. In the last half of the book, Lauren DeStefano grips you in a vice of depression and devastation alongside Rhine, Gabriel and a cast of characters long dead or that we've never technically met.
If you liked Wither, you need to read Fever, then like me- you'll be almost desperately anticipating the release of Sever. ;)
Why "almost" you ask? Because I can foresee no happy ending for these young people who have had to endure the horrors they have and are destined to die at such a young age.
I do not know HOW he does it- time and time again I am BLOWN AWAY by his ability to freaking ROCK MY FACE OFF with awesome. Is it apparent to everyoneI do not know HOW he does it- time and time again I am BLOWN AWAY by his ability to freaking ROCK MY FACE OFF with awesome. Is it apparent to everyone that I’m INDEED a SUPER FAN of Rusty Fischer? I know right?
In true Rusty Fischer style, he’s created something uber unique and wicked fun!
Vampires hunting vampires for the good of mankind… the the PLAN anyway.
Lily, Alice and Cara are ‘Sisters’… HOPING to become Saviors someday! Saviors are the END all- BE ALL of vampy badass. Vamp infestation? Who ya gonna call? The SAVIORS baby! Where as Sisters go in and try to STOP an infestation BEFORE it happens!
“Like some kind of vampire superheroes on steroids, they swoop into town wearing their red leather jumpsuits and sleek motorcycle boots, wielding their monogrammed stakes and personal-sized crossbows, cutting down vampires left and right.” (The Saviors)
Lily, Alice and Cara are sent on a new assignment in Raven’s Roost where they believe a Vamplayer is stalking the students of the very exclusive Nightshade high.
“It’s a lot of pressure being one of the only three girls responsible for nearly two thousand mortals and stopping a Vampire Armageddon,” ~Lily
One of my favorite things about Rusty Fischer’s books are all his little extras!! I realize a lot of authors strive to set their mythological creatures apart from the ‘pack’ so to speak, but no one quite accomplishes it like Rusty Fischer!!
“It’s a little known fact that vampires are absolute sugar fiends. Like, crack addict-style sugar fiends.”
This makes me SUPER happy… Not even joking a little bit. There’s an ongoing joke that I could never be a vamp because of my candy addiction! Can we just say: Skittle Vampiress FTW!
Okay, moving on…
I totally loved our sarcastic and super fabulous heroine Lily, but I had a major soft spot for her ‘promiscuous’ BFF, Alice!! (I know right?)
“See if they have any photo galleries of the sports team,” she [Alice] says. “I need to know if I should pack slutty or, you know, extra slutty.”
“I know where you’ll fit best,” she [Cara] says to Alice … “Right in some jock’s arms.” “Or two,” I [Lily] say, “if he has a friend.”
If you hadn’t noticed, my reviews for Rusty Fischer books tend to run a bit heavy on the quotes… oh believe me, I could’ve added MORE!! I literally fight the urge to quote about every other paragraph for some sort of AWESOME!
I realize this review is getting a tad lengthy… but I must sat a few more things: Grover and Zander … EPIC FREAKING WIN! Two Star-Wars geek guys that totally stole my heart! Not an easy feat either, considering when anything remotely resembling ‘Deep Space Nine’ (is this a correct reference even? Lol) usually has me running the other way!
Tristan. Yeah… you’re totally just going to LOVE (to hate) him!!
Vamplayers has everything I’ve come to expect from reading one of Rusty Fischer’s books; snarky humor, witty characters, fast-paced plot and above all- complete and utter AWESOME!!!
Vamplayers has secured it place indefinitely on my favorites shelf, right next to Zombies Don’t Cry!
*Just a quick note… Goodreads says Vamplayers is ‘Book Two in A Living Dead Love Story’ I do not believe this is correct. Zombies Don’t Cry (also one of MY SUPER FAVS EVER was ‘Book ONE in A Living Dead Love Story’ and IF I’m recalling correctly- which I totally might not be, Rusty had said the something about there being a Living Dead Love Story sequel… but he didn’t mention Vamplayers being it!*...more
Aria lives in a world of realms, where virtual realities are the norm, parties are thrown ‘under water’ and they attend as mermaids. All via the SmartAria lives in a world of realms, where virtual realities are the norm, parties are thrown ‘under water’ and they attend as mermaids. All via the Smarteye they wear over their eye to transport them to whatever reality they wish to be in.
Honestly, I was a bit worried when I first started Under the Never Sky. Aria and her ‘friends’ break into one of the service domes that has been damaged by a recent storm, and things get out of control when Soren (a golden boy, who’s Daddy would have their necks on a block for breaking the rules) gets all out of control- Lord of the Flies style.
When Perry (an outsider who breaks into the dome when the alarms were turned off) comes into the picture, just in time to save Aria from the creeptastic Soren and essentially, her LIFE- THEN I am glued to the pages. That was only page 15… So… *grins*
While this book is categorized as a dystopian I think it’s also definitely paranormal because some of the members of Perry’s clan are Marked with a special Sense. Perry himself is extra special being Marked as a Seer (having uncommon sight) and also a Scire, having the ability to scent things like emotion and sickness…
Anyway, upon Perry’s return to his village, we find that there has been much strife between him and his brother about the future of their people. Perry’s brother is the Blood Lord, which seems to be much like the ‘king’ or ruler. Lately the call to fight his brother for the position of ruler has been much greater, as the only way to win is to kill your opponent. Epic fail right?
Meanwhile, Aria’s been EXILED or you know… THROWN OUT of her safe little bubble inside the fortress, by none other than Soren’s father! Now she’s scared and alone on the outside (what they refer to as the Death Shop) for the first time in her ENTIRE life…
Perry finds her just as the Aether is about to unleash a storm of terror upon her. Now don’t ask me what the Aether is… Because I’m not too terribly positive. It’s like the sun or clouds or some sort of SOMETHING to do with the weather. It all makes sense IN the book- but trying to explain it… Meh. Not so easy!
Aria and Perry don’t mesh very well… But he needs her to help him get back something the guardians (dwellers) took from him.
“A world of nevers under a never sky.”
Aria is at first amazed at the outside world… Picking up rocks, asking questions… As the newness wears off and the more she’s exposed to Perry’s world, I feel more desperate and sympathetic for Aria than I have throughout the entire book!
“Even tired she had a face made to be looked at. Finespun. Delicate. Beautiful. Perry shook his head, surprised by his own thoughts.”
One thing I loved about Under the Never Sky was the relationship between Aria and Perry. The distaste they have for one another in the beginning is TRULY that. It’s not the old, “I pretend to hate you because I really think you’re hot” kind of thing. There is no hate- just GENUINE nothing except a means to an end. THEN… Awww… ♥♥!!! And for me, this is very rare to find!
I’m surprised at how much I LOVED this book. Under the Never Sky kind of creeped up on me and when I’m thinking it’s somewhere between “meh and awesomeness” it completely ended up rocking my face off! I had heard this was a slow build book, and I don’t think I’ve ever fully appreciated one until now. There is just SOOO much more to this book than I can possibly try to explain here and hope to keep you interested!
Perry and Aria now top the charts among my FAVORITE couples in Young Adult fiction! Under the Never Sky is achingly beautiful, I was completely devastated when this book ENDED- not to say it had a devastating ending, I just didn’t want it to END.
Imagine if you will, waking up with no memories… I’m talking NONE. Zero, zilch, nada. You cant even remember your own NAME! Much less the guy’s name wImagine if you will, waking up with no memories… I’m talking NONE. Zero, zilch, nada. You cant even remember your own NAME! Much less the guy’s name who happens to be laying next to you… NAKED.What would your first thought be? I know what MINE would be… HOLY %&*#!!! To say the very least.
“This is the place where I’m going to die too. I know this, but I am not afraid.”
Marshall and Elyse have NO IDEA how they ended up NAKED and in bed together… They don’t remember ANYTHING at all. Not even their own names! HIM AND HER… this is how the first few chapters of Glimmer are titled. Alternating POV’s between Marshall (HIM or Dark-eyed boy) and Elyse (HER).
After an ‘escape’ from the house they woke up in, a strange encounter with a “crazy” lady, an invisible woman and a weird blue light… they finally make it into town. The hospital personnel (I’d have slapped her!) calls the POLICE and reports them for truancy! Oh NEVERMIND the fact that they CAN’T remember anything lady!!!!
Upon escorting Elyse home, I’m certain the police officer is freaking CRAZY! As is her MOTHER… they all want to act like the fact that Elyse NOT remember anything is “fine” and insist that shes having an “episode”. What type of episode? Uuuum hello? Which is pretty much what Elyse says to her and the reason I stayed up until 3:30 am to finish this book after starting it at 10pm.
“I look like a pissed off Disney Princess. Adorable… and harmless.”
What’s more is everyone seems to have these “memory lapses” and it’s all just a part of the town’s charm!!! They even use it as an added selling point for bringing the tourists in! These bouts of amnesia are referred to as “heat naps” and you’ll never believe how Glimmer pans out!
Glimmer was nothing like I EXPECTED… which is pretty freaking perfect considering I LOVED IT! Full of twists and turns, this Brunette recommends you order Pheobe Kitandis’ debut ASAP! From beginning to end, Glimmer was completely mesmerizing! I stayed up all night to watch this mystery unfold!...more