It is a no-brainer (pun intended) that a zombie book made it onto my list of books to read. I won’t lie, my parents made fun of me when they saw me reIt is a no-brainer (pun intended) that a zombie book made it onto my list of books to read. I won’t lie, my parents made fun of me when they saw me reading this, but I didn’t care. I’ve accepted the fact that I am one of the few in my group of acquaintances who has a well thought-out plan in my mind of what I would do if the Zombie Apocalypse happened. This book is considered a humor book, but as you read it, there are extremely detailed descriptions on everything you would possibly want to know about how to fight against the living dead. It would be amazing if I could manage to write such a great survival guide like this. The writing is just so cut-and-dry that it is easy to forget that the book is supposed to be humorous. ...more
Even though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel unEven though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel unsure about. Then I found this book. Yes, it’s called “How to Walk in High Heels,” which my dad definitely didn’t teach me how to do, but it also covers basically everything a girl might have to do while on her own. Changing a tire, hanging a picture, eating lobster, getting out of the car in a miniskirt, and so many other things. Overall, this book is really written in a very conversational way. It made me feel like I was reading a chick lit book, which I guess it technically could be considered that. And, overall, I liked the book. I did learn some things.
But, there were some other parts that I found a little insulting. For the section on changing a tire, it was divided into two parts. Part one tells you to call your road side assistance and play the “damsel in distress card.” Then, part two starts out by saying “Okay, we were trying to avoid this…” Why? I want to know how to change a tire, not how to rely on a guy to do it for me. I thought that was what the whole book was supposed to be about. How to do things yourself. ...more
Being a huge fan of the BBC Torchwood TV series, I was really interested in reading the books that were written based on the characters of the series.Being a huge fan of the BBC Torchwood TV series, I was really interested in reading the books that were written based on the characters of the series. In this book, the city of Cardiff is falling apart. Dark clouds are blacking out the sky, the homeless are being killed and their bodies are being left on the streets, two feet of rain falls in 24 hours, and the drainage system collapses. Torchwood hunts down the killer they believe is responsible for the deaths, but the killer jumps off the 8th floor…and the killings don’t stop. Now Torchwood must figure out and stop what is happening.
I was a little iffy at first, when I realized that the series itself is written by multiple people. But, then I discovered that the books are really more for character development than the overall plot line. This book did not disappoint. I loved it and I really hope to be able to use the techniques Peter Anghelides used in this book to give the characters of my stories more substance and development throughout my stories. ...more
Book 2 of the Guardians of Time Trilogy continues to follow the time traveling lives of the 4 main characters you meet in the first book: Isabel, ArkaBook 2 of the Guardians of Time Trilogy continues to follow the time traveling lives of the 4 main characters you meet in the first book: Isabel, Arkarian, Ethan, and Matt. In this book, Arkarian has been captured by the Goddess of Chaos and has been taken to the Underworld. Isabel, Ethan, and Matt must now face the darkness down there, to rescue him, before he is gone forever.
Just like the first book, the chapters alternate between two of the main characters. In this book, however, you are given the story through the point-of-views of Arkarian and Isabel. I really like this because you found out important information about Arkarian in the first book, so you are able to actually see his thoughts and feelings, without having to see it through the point-of-view of another character, and this makes the story move along at a quicker pace, it seems. It also really helps with knowing what the other three characters are going up against, during their rescue mission, when we can see it from Arkarian’s point-of-view. It makes the story a little more suspenseful because we know what’s going on, but Isabel, Ethan, and Matt do not. ...more
This has been one of my favorite books by this author for a long time. I’ve been waiting for years for her to come out with a new book. But, The NamedThis has been one of my favorite books by this author for a long time. I’ve been waiting for years for her to come out with a new book. But, The Named is part one of the Guardians of Time Trilogy. In The Named, we are introduced to the concept that this series is centered around. A group of people with extraordinary powers travel through time and make sure history continues the way it was supposed to, all while being opposed by a dark group known as the Order. In this book, we are introduced to the main characters, but the book’s chapters alternate between the characters of Isabel and Ethan. I was a little unsure about that chapter structure, when I first started reading, but as I got into the book, I really thought it was a good way to go. You’re not stuck in one point-of-view, but you also don’t know what everyone is thinking. So, you get the information you need, but there is still a little bit of mystery left. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will keep patiently waiting for Curley to come out with another one....more
I was excited when this series first started. The story follows a group of six kids who are products of an experiment. They can fly. Yes, you read thaI was excited when this series first started. The story follows a group of six kids who are products of an experiment. They can fly. Yes, you read that right. They have wings attached to their backs, like angels. In The Angel Experiment, the kids have escaped their “prison” at the lab and they are now searching for their real families and answers for why this happened in the first place.
As I said before, I was excited when the series first started. This book is really well written and it keeps your interest throughout the book. But, the series as a whole seems to be lacking. I lost interest after the 5th book. So, The Angel Experiment, as a book alone is a great one. There’s suspense, action, and fantasy. But, the series as a whole feels a little too long. So, I guess I could take away from this series the idea that sometimes it’s not a good idea to spread a story out too much, if you can fit the story into two or three books. Quality over quantity. ...more
My parents always read me Grimm’s Fairytales when I was younger and I just recently bought the complete collection at Barnes and Noble. It only took mMy parents always read me Grimm’s Fairytales when I was younger and I just recently bought the complete collection at Barnes and Noble. It only took me a couple days to make it through the entire collection, while I relived my childhood. Now, as a writer, I really enjoy the stories because I think it’s great that it is possible to make a compelling and interesting story in a couple paragraphs, sometimes. That’s not easy and I would love to be able to learn how to do that. I also enjoyed this book because it was fun to read the original stories, instead of the adaptations that have been made over the years....more