If you’re one of those people that have still not read any zombie books because “they are just not your thing” well get of your high horse and read Ro...moreIf you’re one of those people that have still not read any zombie books because “they are just not your thing” well get of your high horse and read Rot and Ruin anyway because it’s not about the zombies it’s about a boy and what he has to go through to grow up. Yes! There are zombies in Rot and Ruin and all they want to do is eat your living flesh (insert thriller music). But, for the most part this is a story of awesome characters and I loved reading about their lives. Even after hearing great things about Rot and Ruin I had no idea I would love it this much!
Benny Imura is just an average teenager who happens to be growing up after the world has been changed by the zombie apocalypse. This world that Benny knows is nothing like the one we live in. There is no electricity, and the entire town is fenced and guarded due to the zombies that still roam the outside world which is called the Rot and Ruin. Even though they live in this crazy post-apocalyptic world I liked that Benny and his friends were still worrying about normal teenage things like getting their first job, or whether a friendship could turn into more than that. All this changes when Benny ends up taking a job with his brother. Benny thinks he knows what he’s in for but he has no idea.
Tom Imura, Benny’s brother has looked after Benny since their parents died on first night. (First night is the night the zombie virus broke out.) Tom is nothing like the other Zombie hunters that Benny idolizes, Benny has really always thought his brother was a coward. I loved how Jonathan Maberry takes you to Benny’s very first memory to let you know why he hates Tom so much in the beginning. (No I’m not telling what the memory was.) Then as Tom and Benny have to spend more time together you see walls slowly breaking down between them. Nothing was rushed which was so nice to enjoy watching things unfold little by little between the brothers, even if it was more intense. It was better for it.
Jonathan Maberry, thank you so much for this book! I. Loved. Rot and Ruin.
I can honestly say I never would have imagined that a YA book that I was told was about zombies would have me go through pretty much every emotion. But Rot and Ruin did. I cried in more than one part of this book. And just for the record I’m not a big crier! I want my own pack of zombie cards. Umm not that I want real zombies to go along with that. I am so happy that I get to read Dust and Decay soon because it’s already out. I can’t wait to read what Benny, Tom, and everyone else is up to. In short go read Rot and Ruin—it is made of awesome!
The Near Witch is one of those stories you want to immerse yourself in, then not come up for days to make sure you’re truly saturated in all it’s haun...moreThe Near Witch is one of those stories you want to immerse yourself in, then not come up for days to make sure you’re truly saturated in all it’s haunted beauty.
Victoria Schwab’s lyrical writing style was captivating and it flowed from one scene to the next. Schwab’s imagery of the moor took me back to my own childhood growing up in the country and playing in the pasture land with my own little sisters. Most of all I loved the characters that Schwab created.
Lexi was a perfect lead character and I loved her from the start. Lexi was smart, strong, and protective. She would do anything for those she loved. Lexi knows all the old stories of Near but she can’t bring herself to believe that the council members are right about who is taking the children from their beds at night. I really enjoyed watching Lexi stay one step ahead of the council, especially when it came to her and Cole. Mmm Cole the stranger the wind blew in. Every moment Lexi and Cole were together on the page you could feel the magic.
There is so much more I want to say but I will just start giving one spoiler after another so I will end it at this:
As a big fan of The Darkest Powers Series, I was eager to see if Kelley Armstrong could pull off another great book series within that same world. Aft...moreAs a big fan of The Darkest Powers Series, I was eager to see if Kelley Armstrong could pull off another great book series within that same world. After reading The Gathering, I know there was no need for concern. The characters were fresh, and the world building was amazing.
I really enjoyed reading Maya’s character. Some of my favorite scenes in the book are between she and her dad, they are so much fun. I loved the relationship between Maya and Daniel. There friendship is amazing. Last but not least, (any book I like must have romance in it) any and all interaction with Maya and Rafe. I loved this not so bad boy from the get go.
I will say that my only big complaint with The Gathering is that I have to wait so long for the next book in the Darkness Rising series to come out.(less)
Every now and then you come across a book that is the first in the series and it’s so good you want to kick yourself for reading it. Not because it wa...more
Every now and then you come across a book that is the first in the series and it’s so good you want to kick yourself for reading it. Not because it wasn’t good, because you think to yourself well damn now I have to wait a whole year to read about these characters again. Caressed by Moonlight is one of those books for me.
Amanda J. Greene has created a world in Caressed by Moonlight that you can really sink your teeth into. Set in 1814 England for most of the book, I honestly could envision all of the book. And I don’t generally care for historical romance, but Caressed by Moonlight was just so well done to me. She has also created characters that you want to continue reading about after the last page has been turned.
Speaking of characters I loved Victoria. Victoria has had every obstacle imaginable thrown her way, and every time she picks herself up and continues on. She was not some simple, wimpy girl. Victoria was strong, smart, and tenacious. Then Dorian comes into her life. Oh and talk about a hot vampire, not that she knows what he is at first. The chemistry between these two packed enough power to charge my eReader for eternity.
Caressed by Moonlight has everything! There is action, suspense, lots of sexual tension, family drama, and love. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this read.
I want the next one in this series, which will be out no later February 2012, and will be titled Caressed by Night. So, be on the lookout for that.
For those of you who have no idea what this Psy/changeling series is or who have just never taken the time to try it, well now is your time to get cau...moreFor those of you who have no idea what this Psy/changeling series is or who have just never taken the time to try it, well now is your time to get caught up! You will have ten books to feast on. Trust me they are such a delicious read.
Throughout other books we have gotten a taste of who Hawke is but in this book we find out about his past. I loved reading about why his wolf is so close to the surface and the reason he became alpha at fifteen. Even though the story was sad it was necessary for he and Sienna to fit together. After reading Kiss Of Snow I see Hawke in a whole new light. Is it wrong to be jealous of Sienna when she’s not a real person?
Sienna had for some reason always come across as snotty to me. I could not have been more wrong! Being taken away at five, going silent by age nine, and the things Ming did to her as a child. It made my heart break for her as she finally broke down and told her story. Sienna is an amazing woman, I knew she was an X-Psy but I honestly had no idea what that would mean. How tormented her life was by that designation.
Most of the story is spent with Hawke and Sienna. I was worried at how she would work out the age difference, but it was handled beautifully. Even though Sienna is nineteen she has had to be an adult for some time. After Hawke caught up with reality no one has a problem with the age gap. I really enjoyed the fact that Nalini Singh wrote their love out slowly, allowing Hawke and Sienna to get to know each other on a different level since he has been her alpha for so long. I loved that they played games because Sienna had never played as a child. There dance was beautiful.
There were a few side stories going on as well. Lukas and Sasha have their baby. As the characters from the first book you always want to know what is happening in their world. Also Walker (Sienna’s uncle) and Lauren (the SnowDancer Pack's healer) have a very sweet romance going that end in their own mating Dance.
Through all of this the war that has been brewing between the Changelings and the Psy has begun. Thus the action in this book is high as well. There were just no low points for me.