This was a pretty interesting Zombie novella. I'm curious at a few things that took place but I'm sure these questions will be answered at some pointThis was a pretty interesting Zombie novella. I'm curious at a few things that took place but I'm sure these questions will be answered at some point in the future. I will say that the Zombies are creepy since it seems they've retained intelligience. I'm not sure how the characters will survive facing an adversary like that. Overall, I'd recommend picking this up and giving it a go. Can't wait to read more....more
I came across Cinderella is Evil on a friends Facebook page. Since I'm a complete sucker for Fairy Tale reteReviewed originally @Blood,Sweat and Books
I came across Cinderella is Evil on a friends Facebook page. Since I'm a complete sucker for Fairy Tale retellings and the price being free I didn't hesitate a second to pick this one up. As short stories go this is surprisingly packed with information. Cinderella is Evil if you haven't guessed by now is told from that of the "Evil" stepsister Anna. I love this character. I never thought I could feel sympathy for one of Cinderella's sisters but this Author had me doing so within just a few short pages. Anna in the original tale comes off quite horrid. I think in this tale she comes off more as a bratty step sister who is simply put jealous of pretty and perfect Cinderella. Don't worry though, Anna completely redeems herself by the end.
Another thing I also really liked is that we still see the tale as intended while viewing it from Anna's pov. All my favorite parts of the original tale were included (the ball, the glass slipper & Prince Charming). Thankfully though this Author chose to keep the foot cutting out of it. Smart move indeed.
Overall, I loved this short story. Cinderella is Evil was a satisfying read with great character development and I can't wait to see what this Author does with more Fairy Tales in the future. I highly suggest picking up a copy of this short and giving it a go. With that being said, I will be rating Cinderella is Evil by Jaime Campbell ★★★★....more
After: The Echo picks up six weeks after the solar flare has wiped out the majority of the population. Though scattered the survivors from the first bAfter: The Echo picks up six weeks after the solar flare has wiped out the majority of the population. Though scattered the survivors from the first book are all heading to what they hope is the safety of Franklins compound.
In After: The Echo the Zapheads for me remain the best part of this series. They will kill you in the blink of an eye and do it without feeling any guilt. What I liked this time around is that they have evolved beyond just soulless killing machines. The Zapheads have started to form family units and even seem to feel sorrow when one of their own dies. The now evolved Zapheads have almost reverted back to a childlike state. Like children they are eager to see the world and explore. However don't let that fool you, they will kill you in a heartbeat if they feel threatened. Not that I'm implying Children will kill you but they can throw some pretty awful tantrums. When the Zapheads get riled up it feels like a Child throwing a temper tantrum. However, this temper tantrum won't end in crocodile tears and thrown stuffed animals. No, this will end in your bloody,violent demise.
Since the story is told from multiple POV's we get to follow a variety of personalities and backgrounds. While this worked in the first book, this time around everyone felt stuck. I wanted to see Rachel become this bad ass survivor chick but instead she's still wrestling with keeping the old ways alive. The character Franklin was probably the only one with any sort of real personality change. He went from this hippyish prepper concerned about his Granddaughter to borderline schizophrenic and potential rapist. I didn't like this change in personality one bit. Franklin's personality change felt gimmicky like it was done to give us a potential villain within the group of survivors not because he really might of been a bastard all along. My favorite character in this series remains Campbell but even he let me down as a character this go round.
My biggest pet peeve however is the story itself. I still feel like the Author is holding back information but for what reason I have no clue. I really wanted to learn more about the each character's past and also what is going on in other parts of the country. Does the Government exist anymore? Will another Flare happen? Can the Zapheads be cured? While some small advancements were made in the story it really wasn't enough to warrant a whole book in my opinion. I think most of this could of been tacked onto the first book quite nicely. Let's just say lot's of walking in the woods this go round. I get all the electronics were fried but can't they grab some bikes at least?
Overall, while I did like After: The Echo I was left feeling disappointed. I'm really hoping that the next book ramps up the Action and more information would be nice as well. With that being said I will be rating After: The Echo by Scott Nicholson ★★★....more
The Yellowstone Caldera, the sleeping giant, we've all heard about it before, but not many of us think about it in our daily lives. What if itReview:
The Yellowstone Caldera, the sleeping giant, we've all heard about it before, but not many of us think about it in our daily lives. What if it woke up though? Worse, what if it erupted? Would you be prepared?
15 Year Old Alex is excited to be left alone for the weekend. No parents, no bratty sister, best of all no rules. Not that Alex had plans,the only thing that mattered was he was alone. Soon however, Alex would wish that wasn't the case because something is brewing under Yosemite, something that will change America's landscape for years, possibly decades to come. Now stuck hundreds of miles from his family, choking on the endless shower of ash, Alex alone and afraid must make his way across the ruined ash clogged wilderness in hopes of being reunited with his family.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin has no supernatural monsters, no epic battles of good vs. evil, and the story is far from happy. Then why did I love this book so much? The answers are quite simple:
1. You don't need battles of good vs. evil in cinematic chapter long battles when you have two characters as well written as Alex and Darla.
2. You don't need supernatural monsters when the human ones are terrifying enough. To quote Alex:
“For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own.”
3. Disasters are never happy affairs in real life,so why would should I expect things to be all rainbows and sunshine in a book about one? I wouldn't nor should you.
One thing that kept me grounded in reality was the characters humanity. In the face of such insurmountable odds it would be easy for the characters to give up and lose hope or their morals in the struggle to survive. Yet, Alex's moral compass stays true, his will to live so strong that even in the face of adversity he doesn't falter, spurred on by his need to see his family once more. Then of course you have Darla, she is quite possibly one of my favorite surprises about this book. Darla isn't your average female. She works on cars, gets her hands dirty, and is witty,cunning, and clever. She held her own against Alex and never once apologized for being as strong, if not stronger than him. I could relate to Darla, she worked hard, lived harder, yet when her world crumbles down around her she doesn't breakdown, she plunges on, realizing that she still has a life worth living. Tears will come, grieving to, but not that moment. I really enjoyed her and can't wait to see more from her character in the next book.
I have only a few small gripes concerning Ashfall and I'll list those below.
1. Jack, enough said :( I can't help but think this was done out of pure maliciousness rather than a real threat.
2. Some scenes felt unnecessarily long. Yes, I get that the Author wanted to show the realism of the post eruption world but that doesn't change the fact that pages upon pages of them just slogging through ash is sorta boring to read about. In those moments I almost, let me stress ALMOST, felt compelled to skim ahead.
Overall Ashfall was a great read. Would I recommend it? Yes. However I also feel that this book isn't for everyone. Ashfall is brutal in parts, yet restrains from showing intimate moments, it is depressing, yet hopeful, it has action, then nothing but slow and steady dialogue for pages. All together it might frustrate some readers. Let's get this straight, I am not trying to dissuade any of you from reading this book, I am just merely stating the things I noticed that others might find frustrating as well. In the end the fantastic writing, combined with complex yet sympathetic characters leaves me rating Ashfall by Mike Mullin ★★★★.
*I purchased this book for my own collection. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them....more
I bought this book back in October on a whim one day. I had no clue who the Author was at the time and just thought the plot appealed to my love of PlI bought this book back in October on a whim one day. I had no clue who the Author was at the time and just thought the plot appealed to my love of Plague stories. For whatever reason I never did get around to reading it until Yesterday but boy am I so glad that I did.
This book had it all romance,mystery,danger and of course action. The final scene was one I feel would translate so well to screen. Yes a lot of people die but to be fair to Jenny they were trying to kill her. I loved the romance that bloomed between her and Seth. The romance didn't overpower the paranormal elements of this story which was a relief. There were some questions left unanswered at the end and I'm hoping some are resolved in further books.
Overall I loved this book and would highly recommend. The only reason I am giving it Four not Five stars is the beginning of the book. While it moved the plot along some of the school scenes were I felt unnecessarily long and brought the pace of the story down. Otherwise it was a great read and I look forward to more from the Author in the future. ...more
I picked up this book a few months back based on the cover. I was immediately intrigued by it and once I read the description I knew it was a book thaI picked up this book a few months back based on the cover. I was immediately intrigued by it and once I read the description I knew it was a book that I'd want to read. The Author Cameron Stracher has created a plausible and at a time frightening glimpse of what might happen in a world with limited water.
The story opens with 15 year Old Vera who lives in one of the six Republics what used to be the former United States Midwest. The Lack of Fresh water dominates her life and those all around her. Everything from what they drink to what they wear is dictated by the corporations based on how little water it is used to produce. The landscape is painted in a way that it is rather clear that rain has stopped falling. How this happened is briefly mentioned in the book but never fully explained.
On a seemingly normal morning on the way to school Vera meets a boy named Kai. Kai doesn't go to school instead he mentions that he helps his father a Driller search for water. Kai is also in fear for his life because of this. Water in this world is precious and those who control it have power and riches and those who don't want that power for themselves. Vera and Kai begin a budding friendship with a light hint of budding romance beneath the surface. We also meet Will Veras older brother. He is quite sure the desalinated Government rationed water is what is making everyone including their own mother sick and he doesn't believe the Government when they said no more fresh, clean supplies exists.
When Kai doesn't show up to meet Will and Vera one day the pair become suspicious. They sneak into his apartment past the guards and notice the place has been torn apart, a dead guard on the floor and no sign of Kai anywhere. Before they are caught they sneak away and that is where the adventure begins. From this point on it's a roller coaster ride of non stop action in the search for Kai.
The Action in this book was good. The pacing throughout pulled the story along nicely without to many slow parts. At times the book does get a bit preachy with how people waste water. I think the message is good though. The only read downside to the book was the end. Yes they succeeded in their goal but it also ended abruptly without any real satisfying conclusion. Overall am I happy I bought the book yes. Would I read it again though probably not. ...more
Wow is all I can say about this book. The story was such a refreshing take on your standard zombie fare. Alice in Wonderland is certainly one of the mWow is all I can say about this book. The story was such a refreshing take on your standard zombie fare. Alice in Wonderland is certainly one of the most recognizable books in the world and this is why the title originally caught my eye. I thought I misread at first until a second glance told meI had seen it right. From the very first page I was hooked into Alice's world. The Author blends iconic characters from the original book into this post apocalyptic world seamlessly. It doesn't follow Alice in Wonderland exactly (which is good)but blends the best parts with the sadness and sorrow of living in a world destroyed by a Zombie Apocalypse,fallout from Nuclear attacks and the crumbled remains of a once civilized Democratic society.
Alice our Heroin is a girl who was born months following The Rising all she has ever known is Biters bad (Zombies are called Biters), survival Good. While most little girls grow up playing with dolls,skipping rope and fantasizing about finding a prince to sweep her away all Alice has ever known is Guns,tactics and surviving above all else. She lives in a small FREE community with her father,mother and sister (who is 10 years older). One day on a routine sweep she spots a biter wearing rabbit ears who vanishes from her sight in the blink of an eye. Ever curious Alice follows him down the "rabbit" hole and this is where the story takes off. Alice is thrust into a world where up is down and what was once right might be wrong. The Author paints the Biters in such a way that by the end your rooting for them as well as the surviving humans. I sincerely hope the author chooses to make a follow up book. I want to see what happens. Overall I really did enjoy this book. I'm giving it 4 ★★★★...more