This book is just the beginning of a series I fell in love with. I know I shouldn't judge books by their covers, but I saw this at Barnes & NobleThis book is just the beginning of a series I fell in love with. I know I shouldn't judge books by their covers, but I saw this at Barnes & Noble a long time ago. It was sitting out on a table, and I thought it was some sort of crime/mystery novel! I laugh now thinking about my mistake. :) I couldn't have been more wrong! My friend Jill was with me, and she let me know what it was about. I knew then I just had to read it!
I knew I was going to own it and not even bother borrowing it from the library. I had heard so many great things and figured I'll read it over and over again. After reading it, I know I'll definitely read it again in the future!
I was impressed with the way the story was told. I really enjoyed learning about the characters but was so saddened and mortified by the way they have to live. You'd have to be really strong, not just physically, to endure a life of hardship such as they do. It's so hard to imagine a world like that, where basically kids are going to fight to the death. That's pretty extreme; however, I really like dystopian novels such as this one. I like reading novels with plots and themes out of the ordinary. This isn't your average romance or mystery novel.
I highly recommend this book. I'm working on getting my sister to read it once she's finished with the book she's currently reading. And I cannot wait until the movie comes out!!...more
I won a copy of this book (in hardcover!!!) from the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.
Myfawny Thomas wakes up in the rain in a park, surrounded by dI won a copy of this book (in hardcover!!!) from the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.
Myfawny Thomas wakes up in the rain in a park, surrounded by dead bodies, and the book takes off with a bang from there. This book took me a while to read, not because I wasn't enjoying the story but because I needed some time to figure out what was going on in the beginning. The plot is intricate, complicated (only at first), and unlike anything I've ever read.
Once I caught on, this fast paced supernatural thriller hooked me, and I became completely absorbed in Myfawny's world. She has lost her memories of who she is, and with the aid of letters she had written to herself with the knowledge this was going to happen to her, slowly begins to piece together her identity, not knowing who to trust and who has caused her to lose her memories. From her letters, she knows this was no accident.
I was impressed with her character--she does an excellent job of performing the duties expected of her as a Rook in the Supernatural Secret Service and hiding the fact that she's lost her memories. She's braver now than she ever was before--willing to take chances and surprising those around her. The assignments she must go on were so intriguing and thrilling--they kept me glued to the book in anticipation of how she would handle the next situation that she faced.
I loved this book from start to finish! It's the kind of book I'm going to read again and again--I even had my husband read it, and he was impressed as well, asking me to let him know when the author publishes his next book. I'm excited to see more from this author as well--he did a fabulous job with this story! I would love to see more of Myfawny as well, and that's what I'm hoping for. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading the paranormal, horror, and sci-fi genres! ...more
**spoiler alert** I won this book for free from one of the Goodreads giveaways. Here is my honest and unbiased review.
As I began reading, I couldn't**spoiler alert** I won this book for free from one of the Goodreads giveaways. Here is my honest and unbiased review.
As I began reading, I couldn't help but be reminded of the Sookie Stackhouse series. The main character, Evie, and Sookie both work at a diner with bosses who try to look out for them. They're both strong female characters who are immediately likable, and they find themselves suddenly and unwillingly up against supernatural beings such as vampires, demons, etc. I don't mean to imply these books are the same because they aren't at all. I just felt there is a slight similarity between the two character's circumstances.
There were several clever and highly amusing pop culture references in this book. My personal favorite is Evie's reference to Edward Cullen after she is initially attacked by the Unhuman assassins, one of whom is a vampire. The moment and the reference were perfect, and this gave me a glimpse into Evie's personality--she has a lot of spunk, perfect for a girl who has just found out she's the last in a long line of demon slayers!
Lucas became one of my favorite characters from page one. When the other members of the Brotherhood are fighting amongst themselves, showing off their abilities, and just generally acting cartoonish, Lucas is the real deal. He's silent, brooding, mature...and falling in love with the girl he's been ordered to kill, protecting her every time she's in harm's way. There were moments between Evie and Lucas that I had to read over again so I could hold on to the romance of the moment!
Evie spends much of the book trying to decipher the meaning behind her deceased parents' last message to her. Is she fated to be a Hunter for the rest of her life, or can she choose a different path for herself? I loved it when she found out her name means Giver of Life, which helped her realize her parents wanted her to know she does have a choice--she can choose this different path and try to end the war between the Hunters and the Unhumans with the protection and assistance of Lucas. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!...more
I won my copy of this book from the one of the giveaways here on Goodreads. I'm definitely happy I entered to win--I was rewarded with a well written,I won my copy of this book from the one of the giveaways here on Goodreads. I'm definitely happy I entered to win--I was rewarded with a well written, captivating story!
Both engaging and chilling, this novel pulled me in right away and never let go. I couldn't put it down, but if I absolutely had to, I wanted to get back to it right away! I absolutely had to find out what would happen next, and there were many times where the end of certain chapters had mini cliff-hangers. These uncertainties about what exactly would happen next added to the suspense building throughout the novel. Sometimes, I found myself starting to read a few pages ahead but stopped myself before I actually gave in to that temptation.
I vacillated between feeling empathy for the antagonist since she/he had obviously been abused as a child and feeling anger and disgust for what she/he had done to others. To me, that is the sign of an excellent mystery/suspense novel--when the reader is torn between contradictory emotions for the "bad guy/girl." There are just so many shades of gray when it comes to the decisions and actions people make and why they make them. People are not necessarily all "good" or all "bad" but rather exist on a continuum between the two and have the capacity for both good deeds and evil actions.
This novel will make you think about human behavior and entertain you at the same time. For someone like me who is interested in and studied psychology, what more could I have asked for? ...more
I won this book from a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.
I loved the book from start to finish! The author gives such a realistic portrayal of high scI won this book from a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.
I loved the book from start to finish! The author gives such a realistic portrayal of high school and high school relationships that at times I found myself reliving some of my own moments. The main character, Brenna, "falls in love" with two guys, Saxon and Jake, on her first day back to school in the States. She had spent a year abroad with her parents. Saxon and Jake could not be more different but are both interested in Brenna.
Neither has a stellar reputation when it comes to relationships with girls, and I couldn't help but wonder about their motives in wanting to be with Brenna. Aspects of both Saxon and Jake reminded me of a relationship I had in high school filled with my own teenage angst. Transitioning between childhood and adulthood can't help but be a painful time--you aren't really sure where you fit in and how you should be treated.
As I read, I had a split perspective between a teenager's point of view as well as a mother's point of view. That's what happens when I get old! :D I loved Brenna's mom and stepdad and the warm relationship she has with them. That being said, I was sad when Brenna chose to keep things from her mom, but that's a very normal thing to do at her age. I felt like she could have trusted her mom, but she knows how overprotective her mother is and was worried about her mom freaking out on her, which I can completely relate with Brenna in this!
I love the overall theme of this book--how we all eventually have to let go from our parents, become more independent, and want to start figuring things out for ourselves. Brenna is a mature character for her age; she wants to become her own person and figure out her own identity but doesn't want to hurt her mom in the process. She acts in ways that shows she isn't only thinking about herself.
All of the characters were amazingly well done! Each are flawed in his or her own way, which makes them so real and jump off the page. The dialogue between characters is natural, witty, and made me laugh so many times. There were times I felt anxious and protective of Brenna myself, and then other times when the romance was turned way up, and I swooned right along with her!
I'm really looking forward to reading the next book and am grateful I found out about this book and author through Goodreads! ...more
I entered to win a copy of this book in the Goodreads giveaway. Sadly, I didn't win, but soon after the giveaway ended, the author graciously gave meI entered to win a copy of this book in the Goodreads giveaway. Sadly, I didn't win, but soon after the giveaway ended, the author graciously gave me a copy for my Kindle to honestly review. I was very ecstatic and grateful! :) Below is my review.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. First of all, I enjoyed the fact that the two main characters are twins, each with a different gift. Luke can see the future, and his sister Sera can heal with a touch. I loved the connection they have and how they use their gifts for good. There were so many twists and turns I never saw coming! It's refreshing to read a book when I'm unable to predict what's going to happen next.
There's also romance, but it isn't your stereotypical girl-meets-guy and are instantly together. I won't give away the ending or any other details, however, if you are worried this book is the end...don't worry!! :)
If you didn't read my review of the story "Intuition" that goes along with this book, I highly recommend you check out the author's blog. She's very interesting, approachable, and friendly, and I definitely look forward to reading her next book! ...more
I signed up for a free copy of this book to review honestly through the group We ♥ YA Books on goodreads.
I love the world the author has built as welI signed up for a free copy of this book to review honestly through the group We ♥ YA Books on goodreads.
I love the world the author has built as well as the characters he has created. The main character, Pallas, was easily likable though she can be stubborn at times. I really felt for her since she has lost her mom, was born a slave, and ends up in much danger; however, she is very strong and never feels sorry for herself. She accepts the challenges thrown her way and meets them head on, and I really admired that about her.
There were so many quotes from this book that I found to be so beautiful and poetic and have really stayed with me even after finishing reading. I absolutely flew through this book, hooked on the action and wanting to find out how Pallas gets herself out of the situations she finds herself in.
I was torn between liking and despising the cat she ends up rescuing. It's a mystery as to whether he's helping Pallas stay alive, or if he has devious plans and is secretly plotting against her. Also, it's very nerve wracking to watch Pallas pretend she is a princess and a child of Atlantis. I'm so afraid something is going to go wrong! Especially since I don't believe the cat can be trusted.
After reading this first book in the series, I absolutely have to read the next one. I've just got to find out what happens next! ...more
I won this book for free from the Goodreads giveaway.
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to get my hands on this book and devour it! The main prI won this book for free from the Goodreads giveaway.
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to get my hands on this book and devour it! The main premise of the book--what might happen if the Earth's rotation began to slow down--was so intriguing to me that I was immediately sold, and I just absolutely had to read this. Not only are there repercussions from the slowing rotation of the Earth, but there is Julia, the main character and narrator, growing up against the backdrop of the planet literally and physically changing in ways that are terrifying to think about. This is a perfect combination for a story that really drew me in.
Julia reminded me a lot of myself when I was her age. She goes through losing friends, gaining friends, crushing on a boy, realizing her parents also make mistakes...many things that young people around her age go through and can relate to. I know I definitely was able to relate with her.
In reading this book, it was even better than I thought it was going to be, and I wanted more! I was only disappointed when it ended, and this is definitely a book I will read again and again. ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour, which can be found at Donnie Darko Girl.
WANTED: DEAD ORI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour, which can be found at Donnie Darko Girl.
WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD was a huge surprise for me - it's become one of my favorite reads this year! Zombies and the Wild West? A unique combination that could be all kinds of awesome. Admittedly, I paid the most attention to the zombie aspect of the series and jumped at the chance to read this trilogy. Typically I avoid the Western section of the book store, but Scott gives a unforgettable rendition of the zombie apocalypse that is not only entertaining but tugs at your heartstrings at times as well.
Red has to be one of the most badass heroines I've encountered in an apocalyptic setting in a long time. Not only is she in the Wild West where there's all kinds of dangers such as wanted outlaws and inhospitable terrain, she's also in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. As if living out there wasn't enough to worry about! She handles herself like a pro and is a true survivalist - she knows how to stay one step ahead to stay alive. Already losing so much - her parents and two younger brothers - she decided a long time ago to never become involved with other people. Until Trace comes along.
He doesn't have the purest of intentions in the beginning, but I liked him right from the start. Never giving up on breaking through Red's walls, he does his best to show her she can trust him. I understood the way she felt about wanting to work alone - it's easier to not have to worry about helping out other people and caring about them only to possibly lose them. It's a lonely existence however, so I was thrilled when Red and Trace meet up.
The setting made for one of the most interesting aspects about battling the hordes of zombies - in a genre that's been done over and over again, it was refreshing this was set back in time of the Wild West. Even if you aren't a fan of the Western genre, I glowingly recommend you read WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD and give this novel five stars. I wish I could give it more! I'm looking forward to the next two installments to see what's next for these characters I've fallen in love with. ...more
The author graciously gave me a free copy of her book for my Kindle for review. I was pleasantly surprised by the story--after so many books have comeThe author graciously gave me a free copy of her book for my Kindle for review. I was pleasantly surprised by the story--after so many books have come out lately where the main character possesses some type of supernatural power, I was excited to read about a girl who can control the element of water. This was something different and fresh for me to read.
The main character, Aileen Donovan, is an elemental with control over water. There are other people who also can control water as well as people who have control over earth, wind, or fire. This story pulled me in right away, and there are so many twists and turns throughout that I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. Just when I thought of a potential direction the story was going to head in, I'd find out I was wrong, which is a good thing! I love a story that keeps me guessing!
Kudos to the author for weaving a suspenseful, intricate supernatural mystery! I will definitely be reading the sequel, and as a matter of fact, I already have it downloaded to my Kindle! ...more
I received this book for free from an ARR (author requesting review) in the We ♥ YA Books group on Goodreads.
From the very first page when the main cI received this book for free from an ARR (author requesting review) in the We ♥ YA Books group on Goodreads.
From the very first page when the main character Meghan Elam is introduced, I was immediately pulled into her story, and that doesn't always happen so fast when I begin reading a book! She's an interesting, complex character with a very intriguing backstory that is slowly revealed as the book progresses.
At the age of two, she was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles in an extremely dangerous section of the city. I empathized with her right away, wondering what kind of parents she had who would lose their toddler in such a large city! She is found and later adopted. Her parents have five boys after adopting her, and Meghan never feels like she truly fits in anywhere. She loves her parents and her brothers but feels a bit out of place because she doesn't look like them.
I liked that conventional methods (numerous psychiatrists and medications) were attempted to relieve her nightmares, visions, hallucinations, and voices she hears. This made her situation realistic to me, and for a while, those all went away. Meghan's backstory is unique and different from other books I've read, which made the entire book so interesting and hooked me right away.
I loved Meghan and her friends! They were cool together, loyal to each other, stood up for each other against the bullies of their school, and had a lot of fun together. Meghan is strong, brave, and a loyal friend. She's very likable. The way Meghan and her friends were harassed by the bullies of their school was just appalling! I can totally relate with Meghan and her friends and kept hoping that those vicious characters would get what should be coming to them!
I liked Cade, the character who saves Meghan from several life threatening situations, somewhat. I couldn't help but think there's something shady about him, and he should have told Meghan a lot more than he did. If he had, it would've saved a lot of hardship for Meghan as well as himself. I wished he could tell her more about her parents, but I'm sure more will be revealed in the next book.
Overall, I really loved this book and flew through it. I hated having to put it down, and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy! I care about these characters and want to find out what happens next, especially that Meghan knows more about who she is and where she is from. Very exciting!
My thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review.
Wow, I don't want to sound cliche, but I absolutely and positively could not puMy thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review.
Wow, I don't want to sound cliche, but I absolutely and positively could not put this book down! I read it in one night and thought about the messages within the story with a smile for a long time afterward.
I knew the book was going to deal with politics and the environment but wasn't entirely sure what the plot of the book was going to be like. The ambiguity of the plot really intrigued me from the start. Once I finished reading, I thought the way Mr. Bischke told this entertaining story to get important points about serious issues across to the reader was purely clever. There were even parts where I found myself laughing.
Both children and adults can read and enjoy this book. Some of the subtleties might be lost on younger readers, but this would be a great tool to open up discussion with them about the effects human beings are having on the environment and the ways in which politics are involved in the environmental issues we as an entire planet are facing.
I know I'm definitely going to have my daughter, who's nine, read this book, and I think this will be of great value in having a way to help expand on what she already knows about the environment.
Last but not least, anyone of any political stripe can (and in my opinion will) enjoy this book. There are no leanings to one side of the political spectrum or the other, and the reader is not hit over the head with some hidden political agenda. The humorous parts of the book are poking some fun at political viewpoints, but those viewpoints are from all sides. I am confident no matter the reader's political affiliation is, he or she will love this book. I know I did! This is definitely worth reading. ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was so thrilled to read this book!! The synopsis made this a must rI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was so thrilled to read this book!! The synopsis made this a must read for me, and I love the concept of the story. Aidan is a phoenix--a mythological creature that lives, dies, and rises from the ashes to be reborn into a new life. She meets a firefighter named Trent, and after much hesitation on her part, they begin dating. It's difficult for her to get close to people when she knows she'll keep on living after they die. I found it interesting that a woman who bursts into flame then is reborn from the ashes has fallen for a firefighter. :)
The pace at which their relationship grew was perfect--it wasn't too fast nor was it too slow. They complemented one another, and it seemed like this was the most genuine relationship Aidan has had throughout her many lives. I cared about these characters and absolutely adored them together. And what a stand up guy Trent is! He's there for Aidan when she needs him most, even when he didn't know her that well. Phoebe and Chris are twins and Aidan's best friends. Trent is immediately accepted by Phoebe and Chris and fits right in with them. I really liked the dynamics between the four of them. Trent is definitely swoon worthy, and they all cared about each other so much, they were like their own little family.
Trent's brother, Bryan, who's a cop, begins investigating a string of murders where the victims are all red heads. The killer is searching for the phoenix. A few times in the book, you're inside the mind of the killer. I wanted to know a little more about him, not to the point where he would become a main character, just more behind his motivations and knowledge.
This book explores life and death, and I like books that have me thinking beyond the story itself. I think that though it would be tempting to experience historical events and not have to worry about death being permanent, there are too many cons for me.
As a phoenix, Aidan deals with loneliness and fear of becoming close to people because she knows she'll die and come back, but they won't be here any longer. She's had to watch so many of her loved ones die--that would be too high of a price to pay for me. No more coming back to start a new life--I couldn't take all the grief and continually starting over. I wouldn't want to become attached to people only to miss them when they die and have to come back without them.
This was a beautifully told story that really tugged on my heartstrings and will tug on yours, too. There's mystery, action, and romance--something for everyone. I loved these characters so much, I felt like they were my family as well. I'm left wanting more! ...more
I received this book in exchange for a review after signing up for the ARR (authors requesting reviews) program through the We ♥ YA Books group.
FromI received this book in exchange for a review after signing up for the ARR (authors requesting reviews) program through the We ♥ YA Books group.
From page one, this book was on fire!! Very quickly after I began reading, I felt a strong emotional tie to the main character, Heather. I cared about what was happening to her, empathized with her situation, and wanted a happy ending for her. In the beginning, Heather is leaving to go to college, and the action takes off from there.
Ms. Roberts told this story with natural and flowing dialogue, well fleshed out characters, excellent descriptions, and a captivating plot. I was completely immersed in trying to figure out the mystery and thought the story was written in an interesting and unique way--it alternated between Heather narrating and the author narrating for Heather. The more I read, the more I became drawn into the story.
This book really spoke to me about life, death, and the inbetween. I haven't been this moved by a story in thinking about life and death in quite a while. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know and will be reading this again and again. I love books that explore the human psyche and musings of life and death and between the two.
I won't give away the ending at all but will say that with the way the book ends, Ms. Roberts has set up for the next book perfectly. I wanted more and don't know how I'm going to wait until the fall when the next book, Reaction, comes out! ...more
I signed up for a free copy of this book to review through the Goodreads group We ♥ YA Books.
Right away from page one, I was drawn into the thick ofI signed up for a free copy of this book to review through the Goodreads group We ♥ YA Books.
Right away from page one, I was drawn into the thick of this story. The main character, Lucy, believes she has seen the dead body of a little boy in the river near the camp where she is going to be a counselor for the summer, and the mystery begins. I love it when a book begins with a bang where the plot just takes off, and this was exactly that kind of book.
I alternated between feeling empathy and annoyance toward Lucy. She's in the U.S. and away from her mom who's back at their home in London; she was abandoned by her father; she's socially awkward; and she is too strict with rules when sometimes you have to be flexible, especially when dealing with young kids. There was also something odd to me about how much Lucy mentions her parents yet they aren't directly introduced. I just have a strange feeling that there's more to her parents than has been revealed so far.
As the book continues, I began wondering if Lucy really saw a body in the river, or if she just thought she had. She becomes obsessed with finding out about the little boy from the river, and though she's described as being extremely responsible, she keeps leaving the three young girls she's in charge of alone. I don't believe she's thinking clearly, and there's something strange about her, too.
I won't give away anything, but there are some shocking revelations. Even with those, I was left with such a cliffhanger that I've got to get my hands on the next book! It's out as well as the third one, so the great news is--no waiting to find out what happens next! ...more
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I really loved this book! I lov**spoiler alert** I signed up to receive a free copy of this book to review through the We Love YA group on Goodreads.
I really loved this book! I loved the steampunk elements mixed in with the mystery, romance, and fantasy aspects. The book begins with the main character Chloe and her dad traveling all over to perform magic shows. While they're in Paris, they are chased by a mysterious and dangerous man in black, and they must escape right away. Due to this situation, Chloe finds out from her dad that she along with the rest of her family have true magical abilities. Her father tells her he was a member of the Doorknob Society--a group of people who have the ability to use doorknobs to travel between dimensions.
Chloe will begin attending the Paladin Academy to learn how to use her abilities and depending on how her abilities manifest themselves, she will "declare" herself to one of the five groups--the Doorknob Society, the Skeleton Key Guild, the Mapmakers Union, the Impossible Engineers, or the Honorable and Venerable Order of Detective Inspectors.
For ten years, Chloe's mother hasn't been around. Many times I wondered if she simply walked away from her family as Chloe has always believed, or if something happened to her, causing her to leave against her will. There's definitely a mystery there that kept the book interesting and a must read for me as well as the mystery surrounding the man in black.
The characters are well developed with each having their own distinct personality. Chloe is one of my favorites--she's a multilayered character who is brave, strong, intelligent, and very spirited. She isn't afraid to speak her mind, quickly adapting to her new reality and the new revelations concerning her family history she's just now learning about. She deals with her mom's abandonment (or disappearance?) with maturity in sorting out her mixed emotions. She has a positive relationship with her father and has him for support at least.
Chloe's friend, Valerie (nicknamed Val), annoyed me a lot in the beginning because she annoyed Chloe, but she turned out to be a loyal and true friend and grows to learn that Chloe needs quiet at times to think. Val really grew on me, and I ended up liking her by the end of the book.
Chloe's other friend, Edgar, was a good friend to her, and I always liked his character. He wasn't involved in the heavy action much, but he helped out a lot behind the scenes. He'd be an awesome guy to hang out with. :)
Slade, Chloe's potential love interest, was kind of bland for me. He definitely has courage and was willing to fight side by side with Chloe, but he doesn't really stand out to me as much as the other characters did. I still liked him however.
Nightshade is snarky, arrogant, and loves to get under Chloe's skin. It's obvious to me how attracted he is to Chloe and possibly even has feelings for her, which is why he loves to get a rise out of her. It's easy for him to get to her because she has an attraction to him, no matter how much she tries to deny it to herself. There's also an element of danger to him, which makes him interesting and attractive. I didn't like him, but by the end of the book, I ended up becoming fond of his character.
A love triangle slowly develops between Slade, Chloe, and Nightshade. There's definite chemistry between Chloe and each guy. This triangle is done subtly and just right. It doesn't overwhelm the plot and has been written so well, I'm at a loss as to which guy I'd rather see Chloe become involved with.
I highly recommend this book and will be reading the next one, The Impossible Engineers....more
Mind. Is. Blown. I mean, really, what more could I have asked for with Stitch? Nothing, there is absolutely nothing more I could've wanted from a bookMind. Is. Blown. I mean, really, what more could I have asked for with Stitch? Nothing, there is absolutely nothing more I could've wanted from a book. Stitch starts out seemingly as a ghost story with time travel. Then you find out that the main character, Alessa's life isn't at all what you or she thought it was. She isn't a college student whose parents died in an accident - she's really a prisoner whose memory has been tampered with or "stitched." The "ghost" that she's been seeing isn't a ghost at all - he's a real person she knows and loves. I was completely taken by surprise (I didn't read the synopsis anywhere close to the time I began reading) and could not believe how the this plot went from great to freaking awesome!
You know just by the name of my blog how much I love the movie Donnie Darko. Stitch reminds me of that movie when they talked about time travel, wormholes, time folding over time, alternate realities, and just when I thought there would never be something so original as the plot of Donnie Darko, Stitch comes along and proves me wrong. Never have I been so happy to be wrong!
But it wasn't just the talk of alternate realities and time travel - the layers of Stitch's characters, the complexity of the plot, and the richness in detail all gave me the reading experience I crave - to open up new ideas and expand my thinking about the nature of reality, our existence as human beings, and the ultimate question, why are we here (I don't think there's just one neat, pat answer). Which is exactly what seeing Donnie Darko did for me, too.
I love books like this that make me think about both the good and evil humanity is capable of. I like to imagine what I would do if I were in the situation, how would other people handle the devastation of the outbreak, and if a group of people would try to start society over again only to let power go to their heads and cloud their vision to where they're controlling others. Incidentally, I believe whether a catastrophe struck or not, there will always be people trying to control other people. This isn't to say I'd want to experience any of this - I'd rather devour this trilogy and keep it all in my imagination! I don't want to think about losing anyone or the world as I know it coming to an end.
Stitch has romance, action, and plenty of plot twists that will keep you turning the pages. You'll be conflicted like me as to whether you want to read faster to find out what happens next or slower to savor every word. This book will make you think about the nature of reality, something I personally have wondered about many times in my life. To be entertained and given much to think about - you can't ask for more than that from a book!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, also posted on my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.
Holy shit balls!! This is sI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, also posted on my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.
Holy shit balls!! This is so much more than a zombie book. I was completely excited and happy to read this book 'cause I. Love. Zombies. I love dystopian, post apocalyptic stories - I can't get enough. If this had simply been a book about the world ending as we know it due to an outbreak turning millions of people into the undead, I would have been thrilled. But this story went way beyond that, and I was left with a dropped jaw. The characters! The plot! The writing! Read on, and you'll see what I mean.
First of all, just look at that cover! If I had an ass like that, I wouldn't care if the world had ended!!! ;D The dreads are so awesome, too. I'd stop brushing my hair just like Kansas. Those kinds of details we learn about the characters make them and the story so much more real. I really want to BE Kansas.
The story starts off with Kansas and her boyfriend encountering the outbreak at the carnival. I think this was the perfect place to make an eerie beginning even more horrifying. Kansas seemed to know right away what was happening while Malachi was in denial. I'd probably be in denial, too, more out of panic than anything. Maybe not now. Like if this happened tomorrow, I'd probably say, "Oh god, zombies," right away due to all the zombie movies I've seen and books I've read, not to mention my Walking Dead obsession. I'd know right away to shoot zombies in the head.
Kansas might seem to be weak having lived alone for so long without venturing too far from home, but I don't think this could be any farther from the truth. How did she not go crazy all of that time without anyone to talk to? Shit obviously went down, too, because from the synopsis you already know she's lost her loved ones. She had to be strong to survive not only emotionally but also physically. She has shelter, food, and clothing. She can kill the famished to protect herself. She seems to have it all handled.
Once she does leave and meets Rudy, it comes as a shock to her that people are doing the best they can to keep on living. It was a shock for me, too, because it was the last thing I had ever expected. I think that's one of the aspects that makes Kansas's story so compelling. I felt like the true nature of human beings didn't change even after something so catastrophic as the outbreak of undead.
It's so eerie, and I had so many feelings of horror and unease about some of the things Kansas sees. Annie Walls does a perfect job of making you feel the horror, and she does it in a subtle way that struck me much harder and was much more effective than if she had just come out and been explicit.
Throughout Taking on the Dead, the question of where humanity goes from here haunted me. Can you truly live again after surviving something like the zombie apocalypse? Just when Kansas believes life can get better, and she can live, too, something even worse than zombies happens...you'll have to grab a copy of this book to find out! ...more