Personal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts anPersonal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts and feelings about his novel.
Before reading Strigoi: The Blood Bond I honestly had no clue what a "Strigoi" was. I had never really heard the name or looked into the meaning until my Dad decided to write about about one. My initial thought was "Oh great, another Vampire novel", like we don't have enough of those. I myself had tired of reading about Vampires. They are so very much overdone and possess similar stories. Although, I've learned Strigoi is different. They possess all of the traits on a vampire but have the ability to change their form, among other unique differences. With that said, now onto my review.
The story takes place in the present time. In the beginning we meet a very depressed and desperate man named, Alex Regal. Alex is about to commit suicide by blowing his brains out. He's soon to be divorced after finding his Wife in bed with another man. Alex feels killing himself is the only way out or is it? While the gun is literally in his mouth seconds away from firing there comes a knock at the door. A man named Krebs who is about to change Alex's life forever. He's inherited a large estate from a cousin he never knew he had. The home is in a unknown small town named Glade. Not many have ever heard of the town or ever will. With nothing else to lose Alex decided to give it go and check out the home. Little does he know, he may never be leaving again...
The town of Glade and the people in it are hiding a big secret. Nothing is as it seems. Upon visiting his late cousin's home and going over paperwork from the lawyer Alex decided to sell the house and be done with it. Upon leaving, his car mysterious breaks down, and now he's forced to stay. Alex comes to learn his cousin was mostly killed, and now something or someone is hunting him. The inhabitants of Glade will not let Alex leave, no matter what he tries all roads lead back to Glade. Alex is not the only outsider in Glade.
After having a huge fight with her boyfriend Krebs, and knocking him out, Maggie Morton accidentally discovers the town while driving to get away. She ends up hitting a tree and decided to walk to find civilization to call for a tow truck. Maggie ends up meeting Alex who also is new to the town. Soon Maggie is also taken prisoner as Alex is. As they both come learn more about Glade and the people who live here they discover something is definitely not right. Something very evil lives in the town of Glade and Alex and Maggie are about to come face to face with it. After a turn of events, the devilish truth about the town and it's people will soon be revealed.
And the truth.... will shock you!
My first thought after I finishing the book was "HOLY CRAP!, What did I just read?" My second thought was, "Wow, my Dad can really write!" Duh! Even though he has published a number of other novels before this one, I'd never read any of them. (sorry Dad) I don't know how but Ron has renewed my interest in Vampire books again. I was so blown away but how unique and fascinating this story truly was. It has it all; breakneck pacing, mystery, and paranormal horror unlike anything I've ever read. I ended up staying up until 2 AM finishing the book and even then I couldn't fall asleep right away. I was still reeling from what I had just read. The story, the characters, and thrilling mystery of the town were written perfectly crafted. There was never a dull moment. I loved how Ron took the classic tale of Vampires and made it his own.
I have in fact been told there will be sequel to the book. So, YAY! I highly recommend Strigoi: The Blood Bond to everyone. Honestly, I am so very proud of my Dad for writing such an amazing novel. (sorry for not reading your work sooner) *blushes* ...more
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphereMy Review originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphere causing excitement for zombie lovers everywhere. I myself was so very anxious to get my hands on a copy. So when a blog tour offer presented itself to me I jumped at the chance to join in and review Jamie's newest novel. I am a huge fan of the author having read Beautiful Disaster a while back. I knew to expected something fabulous once again. Alas, sadly I was disappointed. I was so hoping for a epic adventure, something new and fresh within the zombie craze. While, I didn't hate RED HILL per say. I didn't love it either.
There was a most definite love hate relationship for me while reading. So let me explain myself, and my reasoning behind these feelings throughout the book.
The Good, The Bad and The Zombies?
First the BAD, I myself am a huge fan of the comics and TV show "The Walking Dead" as I know many of you are as well. Red Hill had way to many similarities throughout the book. Now, I am in no way saying the plot was copied but it gave me the feeling I was reading or watching a episode of the show. The concept felt overdone and was like so many other zombie novels I have read before. It was difficult to find any unique or compelling attributes that set Red Hill apart for other zombie books out there. While I wouldn't say this is necessarily a bad thing, for others, but for me it became more tiresome than anything. I keep hoping for something new and thrilling to happen but I just didn't get that.
Other than my disappointment in concept I found myself being quite upset with another part of the story. ALL MY FAVORITE CHARTERERS DIED!!! All or most. I would get so involved in certain character(s) and their pasts then....BOOM, ....DEAD! I know, I know, some are bound to die at some point in the book. I mean we are dealing with a zombie apocalypse here, right? Jamie knew exactly how to make you fall in love with a character then only to later see him or her get killed in the end. Hmmm... not sure this was such a BAD thing but most definitely very sad for the reader and if your anything like you'll need a box of tissues nearing the end of the book.
The Good, In all honestly there was quite a bit of greatness in Red Hill. One being the main and secondary characters. As the story is being told from multiple POV's the reader actually can see the plot and story unfold from three different characters. Scarlet. Nathan. Miranda. All fighting their way to safely, in pursuit of reaching Red Hill. Each character with their own and unique story to tell. Somewhere in the middle their stories and lives become one. As each of them reach this safe haven, Scarlet, Nathan, Miranda (and of course many secondary characters) are now left to deal with not only the consent fear of approaching zombies but the unknown of what comes next.
Another thing I really loved about Red Hill is the romance between TWO certain characters...I can't say who or I would end up spoiling things but I enjoyed immensely how the Author Jamie McGuire found a way to write such a beautiful love story into such a sad and heartbreaking novel.
Last but not least more than anything the story within Scarlet's POV was for me the most emotional and heartbreaking to read, but in a good way. Scarlet without a doubt was the strongest character in the book and gave such a "NEVER GIVE UP" vive when it came to her lost daughters. Throughout everything her story gave me hope for a happy ending....
Shufflers, zombies, living dead, teds? o_0 Whatever Jamie decided to call them in her novel was perfectly fine with me. There was just the right amount of blood and gore in the book. Not too gruesome or scary, and not a bit anticlimactic in the least. I really enjoyed learning in the beginning how the infective being affected by the virus that pretty much changed the world we know it.
If you're a zombie die-hard fan or a "The Walking Dead" fan I would most definitely Red Hill. ...more