I'm not going to lie, I wanted this book because of two things. Zombies and the fact that it's based around West Virginia my home state.
I had no clueI'm not going to lie, I wanted this book because of two things. Zombies and the fact that it's based around West Virginia my home state.
I had no clue what to think of this book when I first started it. I knew Zombies and government cover up but I didn't know exactly what or how it happened. I just know that the government did something stupid and blocked off the entire state of West Virginia and parts of the other states surrounding it. Anyone in or out was shot, anyone investigating the area known as Area 187 mysteriously disappeared or ended up dead.
We start with Josephine, a reporter who's working on trying to bring light to the plight of those from Area 187. She risks her life to find someone who will take her into the area and get more information about those that are still trying to survive there. She finds the one man who escaped with more than his life and is haunted by what he left behind. And after some 'convincing' Jo is on her way with one time Air Force Search and Rescue agent John Heath as they make their way through the Zombie infested area. All in search of what Heath originally fought for.
I didn't know what to expect from this story really. I didn't expect many of the twists that were in the plot. I also didn't expect to see the human nature portrayed so well and almost realistically to the point I could see myself probably becoming as desperate as those within area Area 187.
I really enjoyed the book from start to finish and I'd really like to read it again. I just really, really liked it!...more
I didn't know what to think when starting this book. Not going to lie. This sort of book isn't my cup of tea. I'm definitely a fantasy, sci-fi sort ofI didn't know what to think when starting this book. Not going to lie. This sort of book isn't my cup of tea. I'm definitely a fantasy, sci-fi sort of girl but this story drew me in.
The poor kid in the beginning getting whisked away by special agents because he hacked into Fort Knox. Thrown into a holding camp meant for mercenaries, terrorists, and high profile criminals. Carl Hobbs didn't know what hit him after that when a high level mercenary who was hired for a hit right there in the prison got out.
I never expected the events to happen at the end of the book. Actually took me by surprise. But I liked it. I did like this book. Well written, plenty of suspense and turns. I'm glad I read it!...more
What in the world did I just read? Really? What in the heck did I just read?
The story starts out moderately ok when you start to get to know the mainWhat in the world did I just read? Really? What in the heck did I just read?
The story starts out moderately ok when you start to get to know the main character by the name of Jenny. We find out that this poor girl was born with the curse of a plague at her touch. Her mother was killed when giving birth to the poor girl, along with the the doctors and nurses that were there at the time. She seems to be cursed by this and can't see a silver lining to anything.
She's spent her whole life trying to protect those around her from her curse by wearing clothing that covers as much of her body as possible, wearing gloves and staying out of the lime light as much as possible while trying to survive high school. But that all changes her senior year when the popular Ashleigh's boyfriend begins to befriend her.
Then we're thrown into a whole wild ride of Jenny learning about Ashleigh's boyfriend's gift and then Ashleigh's. Finding romance with the one person that isn't harmed by her touch sends Jenny into a spiral of events that leaves several of the town girls pregnant and more than half the town dead.
Ashleigh turns out to be one of those sociopathic characters that you love to see get their comeuppance. She deserves every horrible thing thrown at her for every character she manipulated within the story and with how she handled everything. I actually cheered when she got what she deserved.
But after that I was confused. I mean.... what? Again, what did I just read? Past lives? Dead coming back to life? Whaaaat?
All in all it was an ok book. I'm glad I was able to get it borrowed because I don't think I would have wanted to own it. And the rating definitely should have been 18 years or older. Not just classified with a YA. ...more
This book.... This is one weird, slightly scary book. Just so you know.
This story plays on the fear that the government is controlling us in someway aThis book.... This is one weird, slightly scary book. Just so you know.
This story plays on the fear that the government is controlling us in someway and makes those that don't follow the rules disappear. Even those that have a genetic factor that makes it so the mind control doesn't work disappears. And if your parents were 'trouble makers' then it's a good possibility that you'll be thrown somewhere where you have no change to get in the government's way.
Poor Alenna seems to have nothing going for her. At ten her parents are taken by the government and she's put into an orphanage. At sixteen, she and hundreds, nay thousands of teens go through a 'test' to weed out those who'd cause problems in the government that literally has no crime. After a trip to a museum created by the leader of the new government that was created to stop all wars, she sees the Island where all teens who fail the test go. Brutal, she hopes she passes with flying colors.
But Alenna wakes on the Island panicking and not alone. In the few days she's rescued, makes friends, and fights for her life against 'drones' of the cult of the Monk. She and several members of the village that she became part of make a trek to try and make it off the island. But after several deaths, a capture of what's left of their group, and entrance to the restricted 'grey zone' with the Monk himself Alenna finds she's bitten off more than she can chew.
This story honestly kept me guessing to the very end where I paused with a twitch and thought, "What the heck did I just read?" It was different, eye opening to the point where you had to think that the events really had a possibility of happening at one point. And it also got the conspiracy theorist in my thinking. So many what ifs tumbling about my head that it had me thinking long after I put the book down.
I honestly can't wait to read the second one!...more
This was one twisted tale that I couldn't put down. I almost finished it in one day but I had to stop and actually sleep! I'm glad I read it because iThis was one twisted tale that I couldn't put down. I almost finished it in one day but I had to stop and actually sleep! I'm glad I read it because it was so different from every story I've ever read that dealt with the story of Cinderella.
First off, a cyborg Cinderella? Didn't expect that at all and I wasn't sure how it was going to work either. But some how it works amazingly well. How she sorta fits into the world she's lived in but yet how she is still pushed to the edges of society.
Her semi normal life drastically changes after she's asked by the Prince to help fix an android, then as she's trying to fix her 'stepmother's' vehicle for little to nothing her sister becomes sick with a disease that's threatening all of Earth. She's then rushed off to 'help' with finding an antidote to help with saving not only her sister but helping the Emperor and the rest of the world. Then when she thought things couldn't get any worse they do when the Lunar kingdom's queen comes sniffing around the palace and she gets caught up in the middle of it.
With all the twists and turns through this story, I couldn't wait to see what the next chapter brought. My only problem with this story was that I knew exactly who Cinder was early in the story and I had a feeling about how the story might turn. But I still loved this book! I would definitely read it again! ...more
I am ashamed to admit that I did not remember much from the first time I read this one! I reread it though because I just can't get enough of the authI am ashamed to admit that I did not remember much from the first time I read this one! I reread it though because I just can't get enough of the author's stories.
Bella is a very strong female character who keeps surprising you around every turn. She knows how to run a home and unlike other fairy tells where the stepmother is wicked her's is quite tolerable and just a little silly. There's no bad blood between her or her step sisters either! But things go south for her when a visit to Granny turns into something she didn't expect. She handles everything in turn though and handles herself well and without the hysterics her step mother or sisters would show.
Even though I remember reading this story I was still surprised in the end. Honestly, reading through you probably wouldn't have suspected the person who practically caused this whole mess to begin with. But now that I've had a little time to think things through, it makes a lot of sense and I can see the small hints here and there that pointed the way.
And like most of Mercedes Lackey's books I'd be willing to reread this one again. This newest series of the Five Hundred Kingdoms is a brilliant twist on the classic fairy tells that we're almost always used to! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!...more
This book was definitely different from the usual books I've enjoyed in the past. I enjoyed it because it was a different take on the magical world.
MaThis book was definitely different from the usual books I've enjoyed in the past. I enjoyed it because it was a different take on the magical world.
Mackie's character was honestly one of the best I've seen for a while. The conflicting emotions he deals with and the uncertainty of who he is during the story was fairly real. It made me think of the problems most boys his age would have. That is, if most boys his age where left behind and couldn't handle anything that had Iron. His development through the book makes his character stronger and my attachment to him even more so that it was at the beginning.
The connection to the magical world and the human world was an interesting, yet believable (in my opinion). One needing the other to survive and with such guidelines. You actually feel a little bad for some of the magical characters as you get further into the story line.
I couldn't get to this book fast enough to see what would happen. So many changes, so much that actually was confusing because we'd been told one thinI couldn't get to this book fast enough to see what would happen. So many changes, so much that actually was confusing because we'd been told one thing in the first book and now we're finding out something completely different. The dynamic of the characters was different but not is a bad way. It showed the desperation that some of us face when we lose a part of ourselves that had always been there. The betrayal of those that were closest to us. And the determination that comes with the fight for freedom....more
Well, what can I say about this book. First off, I really did like this book. It was different than other Wolf books out there. Twists, turns, and theWell, what can I say about this book. First off, I really did like this book. It was different than other Wolf books out there. Twists, turns, and the totally obvious ending that would happen. But even with the obvious ending it was worth the read! And I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book. Good thing my sister gave it to me as a gift then!...more
I tried, I really really tried to read this book. But barely a third of the way through and I threw in the towel. There is no way I'm picking it up agI tried, I really really tried to read this book. But barely a third of the way through and I threw in the towel. There is no way I'm picking it up again because of the poor writing, horrible topic and character portrayal. "Oh, but it gets better!" Bull. I refuse to even try. I'm glad I borrowed it instead of buying it because I'd be horribly depressed I wasted money on this. If I could give it negative stars I would! But I can't! So you survive this time horrible book. You survive this time....more
In a world where the virtual reality is more common place than reality itself, there's another game that's being played. One that's a giant riddle inIn a world where the virtual reality is more common place than reality itself, there's another game that's being played. One that's a giant riddle in a realm that's immense and its winner takes all.
Wade's only way out of a world that seems to be slowly dying because of pollution and economic downfall is the OASIS system created by James Halliday. The same James Halliday that hid an Easter Egg (something hidden in the game where clues are given as to where it is) in the system that could make the dreams of the finder come true. Millions of people were searching for it and Wade was one of those who searched for it for five years. Then it happened, he figured out the first clue. Everything changed after that.
I adored this book. It was new and something completely different. I loved the references from all fandoms. Throughout the whole book I was thinking, I know that one and that one and that one! The twists and turns of it all kept me riveted to the story and I just had to know what happened in the end. And I wasn't disappointed.
I would definitely recommend this story to others....more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this story. Interesting concept. One I've never read before so I thought I'd give it a try.
I've never really bI wasn't sure what to expect when I got this story. Interesting concept. One I've never read before so I thought I'd give it a try.
I've never really been one for angels but this was something new. It started out slow, almost boring to me. I had to force myself to finish part of it though. I just wasn't so interested in it as much as some other stories I've had a hand in reading. I must say though I honestly didn't mind the end. The thought of love that strong. Wow.
I did like that the story wasn't a religious book in a sense. Eternals, Angels, Seraphs, and Cherubs. The First and the Second. Interesting concepts but not preachy.
All in all it's interesting. Not very spectacular or worth a five star. But three is good. Three is very good when I just wanted to read it to get through it....more
Fascinating is all I can really say. I wasn't into the story at first, but I soon got into it. I enjoyed the characters though they seemed flat to begFascinating is all I can really say. I wasn't into the story at first, but I soon got into it. I enjoyed the characters though they seemed flat to begin with.
I was honestly a bit ashamed of Alise at the beginning because she just giving into what others wanted her to do. She was so very unhappy with everything that she had decided at the beginning. Though toward the end she was starting to gain confidence about herself though I hope in the next book she does something completely different.
I liked Thymara as well. She knew what she wanted and wasn't ashamed of what she was. Though I could see she still was iffy at the end of the story of what was going to happen to her and the others.
I felt kinda bad for the dragon Sintara. They were supposed to be the last of the dragons to come into being and they are. But they are mistakes of time whether it was too much as the water serpents or not enough in the casings before they became Dragons. I didn't feel so bad part of the time because she was kinda cruel and full of herself.
One of the things I could really have done without though, is at the end of the chapters were the missives between towns and bird keepers. I honestly didn't know exactly what the point of the notes were because it just dealt with messenger birds mostly. I dunno.
I did enjoy the book though and by the end I was upset that I didn't have more to read! I can't wait to read the second one to figure out if they ever find the dragon city. ...more
As endings go, this was an epic ending. While some may have thought Hellboy did not possess his charm in this volume, I have to say it's not that it wAs endings go, this was an epic ending. While some may have thought Hellboy did not possess his charm in this volume, I have to say it's not that it was flat. He had so much weighing on his shoulders that you could almost feel it throughout. When all else fails, go with your gut.
I couldn't put this down. Though I had to take a small break to give my eyes a rest from the horrible pixel rendering of the digital copies I received from Netgalley. But I regret nothing. I do feel a loss at finishing this volume. But the artwork and the story just drew me in.
I admire the artists and can't wait to read what they come up with next....more
Well blessed be. What can I say? I'm only slightly lost because like a fool I haven't read the one before but heck if I didn't enjoy this one! I belieWell blessed be. What can I say? I'm only slightly lost because like a fool I haven't read the one before but heck if I didn't enjoy this one! I believe Abe and Liz are two of my favorite characters. And I was quite pleased with the story lines and the art work. And even though I wasn't sure what had happened before in the previous works, I was about to continue reading through this volume and get a picture of what had happened.
Poor Abe, is all I can say without letting too much go. I must say though, makes me want to get the next one just to know what's going to happen to him! As I said, he's one of my favorite characters and I'd hate that this would happen to him.
And Liz. Well, dang, I would not want to be on her bad side. Her whole story arc in the volume was intense. She doesn't take any crap and knows how to kick butt well enough to keep her head up. Though life isn't on her side, she's done as well for herself as she can while laying low.
Definitely need to pick of a hard copy at some point. And the next one as well! I just can't wait to read and find out what happens next....more
Unbelievable.... I must say I was excited when I was able to get this on Netgalley. I stopped reading everything else to read this! I must stay I wasnUnbelievable.... I must say I was excited when I was able to get this on Netgalley. I stopped reading everything else to read this! I must stay I wasn't disappointed.
I was enthralled with all of the stories in this volume and couldn't put it down, at all. Each was engaging and dynamic with the action. Abe's cool demeanor though is refreshing. He is wonderfully logical and though he may lose it every once in a while it's well deserved.
I love the artwork though children creep me out a little and the last story make me shudder. The monsters really weirded me out and honestly that doesn't happen often. I believe I may just have to start purchases all of these because I just want to reread them over and over and get a much better look at the artwork within the volumes.