Separated from the rest of the survivors from their high school, Takashi and Rei make their way through town, taking in the full scope of theSynopsis:
Separated from the rest of the survivors from their high school, Takashi and Rei make their way through town, taking in the full scope of the sudden outbreak that's turned most of the residents into undead terrors. Though the immediate threat of attack has subsided, their survival instinct is still on high alert. Among those untouched by the disease, anarchy is the only law, and when anything goes, Takashi and Rei may have to become monsters themselves if they want to stay alive.
Things picked up where the first book ends. Rei and Takashi are on their own trying to meet up with the others on the bus later. They soon start realizing just how much the world has changed in only a few hours. People aren't just killing "them," they're also killing the living if they think they can get something out of it. Some guy even tries to take Rei away from Takashi and Takashi ends up condemning his first human to a gruesome death. They've begun to change, but actions they make at the end of the volume show that this group, at least, hasn't completely fallen into depravity.
The characters could still be fleshed out a little more, but considering the type of series this is, I'm not really counting on it. It's creepy, but still fun to read. I love that I have the color edition. It makes things look so much better. I'm interested in seeing where this goes. Saya and Rei both seem to like Takeshi. That's bound to cause conflict at some point. So far, the group works really well together. I hope they all continue to survive. Especially Saeko. <3...more
A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a plaSynopsis:
A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school - maybe the whole town - is out for their blood?!
The world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Zombies are all over the place and students find themselves having to bash in the heads of friends and teachers. One bite and it's all over for you!
A group of survivors in Fujimi Highschool manage to band together to get out by bus, but can they get out of this alive? Where can they go, anyway? The entire world is fucked up over this outbreak. Can they all even put up with each other long enough to not be eaten? So far, the initial group is working together quite well, but they've got some new additions along, one of which seems like a real asshole.
Now, Takashi and Rei are on their own trying to make their way to the precinct where her father works. The ones on the bus are attempting to meet them their as well. Can the two of them get there in time?...more
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, buSynopsis:
When you're a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god's limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity -- literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
I found this to be quite enjoyable. Not sure if I want to rate it a three or a four, though.
The book starts things off right away which I appreciated. There was no long drawn out intro showing how Arden is mistreated, but we get to see enough of it to know that she is treated badly because of her looks and the magic she wields. In this kingdom, to use magic is to forfeit your life as using magic in Ranella is against the law. Everyone in the little village of Wallus thinks Arden is a witch and have nicknamed the girl Trouble, little do they realize just how well she lives up to that name and just what she is.
Too bad for Dev he gets to find out the hard way why the girl is called Trouble and he doesn't hesitate to call her that despite how many times she tells him she hates it. Unfortunately, they're stuck together and Trouble's life gets complicated from here on out. Turns out that the god of chaos, Loku has decided that Trouble is his new vessel. Weirdly, though, he seems rather protective of her even though he teases her like crazy. I liked him, though. He tells the truth and is pretty funny to boot. I like Dev despite his constant need to push Trouble away. Maybe if he explained, she wouldn't be so willing to fall into Prince Kell's arms.
Granted, even with the way Dev kept his distance, I still found Trouble to be quite fickle. True, you can care for two people in different ways, but she just kept going from one to the other swinging like a pendulum. It was driving me a bit nuts. It was worse because she knew who she really wanted. She knew the whole friggin' time. Maybe she was acting that way because her whole world basically got scraped and nothing would ever be the same again and she needed some kind of companionship. It was still annoying because she'd spent her whole life trying not to end up following her mother's path and she went down sooooo easily. At least she didn't give in completely. I'll give her that.
Prince Kell seems to be a nice enough guy, too. I believe he genuinely did fall for Trouble and wanted her for more than what he could get out of her. I just didn't want her with him, so his pursuit of her annoyed me. At least he isn't completely useless, but I could have done without him.
I would have liked for Sulaino to have been a bit more of a threat. He was creepy, yeah and he was obviously evil, but after the fight at the end, it felt to me that he wasn't really ever that much of a threat. I know why Dev was holding Trouble back from taking him on, but if he had just let her deal with it sooner, they may not have ended up stuck in Ranella for so long.
At least at the end of the book, Dev seems to have finally gotten it through his thick skull that he can't just push Trouble away and wait until they get to Gravaria to try to pursue something. He's basically tossing her into Kell's arms with the way he's acting. It seems like he's made his mind up to do something about it. Guess I'll find out what that is when I read book 2....more
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pillSynopsis:
Angel Crawford is a loser
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.
Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!
Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.
This is a pretty good first book in a series. There's a whole lot of worldbuilding and Angel trying to figure out her way in the world now that she's a zombie, so if you're expecting a lot of action, you will be disappointed. For a lot of people, this will be a slow read. I liked the pacing of it, though. It just made it really feel like I was learning at the same pace that Angel was. It also meant that we didn't have a ton of information being shoved down our throats, though I was getting as frustrated as Angel was with having to learn all of this without any help.
We first meet Angel while she's in the hospital after an apparent overdose. She, however, remembers being in a horrific car accident in which she was severely injured, but the nurse tells her that there isn't a mark on her. When she goes to check out, Angel finds that someone has given her some strange drinks and left a note informing her that she has a job at the morgue waiting for her the next day and that if she doesn't stick with it for a month, she'll be headed back to jail on a probation violation since she had popped some pills. Angel is terrified of going back to jail, so she does go to the job and discovers that she doesn't seem to be nearly as squeamish as she used to be. Not even when bodies are being opened up right in front of her. It actually kind of seems to make her hungry.
I was rooting for Angel all the way, though. She obviously had no clue what she was dealing with. She'd thought she might be a zombie when she finally gave in and ate some brains. For some reason, all of the consumption of brains did not creep me out and make me want to stop reading. Angel is a zombie, but she's just another supernatural character who had some serious issues to deal with. She needed to know what she was supposed to do in order to keep from rotting or turning into a brain craving monster. She actually did pretty well for herself considering she didn't know shit about what was going on. Eventually, she does meet two more zombies. One of which nearly kills her because he was so desperate for brains and the other who seems to be a brain dealer.
Pretty soon, Angel comes to believe that the desperate zombie is killing people for their brains when more and more headless corpses start popping up. She learns, though, that things are quite different. It seems that the headless corpses all have a really big thing in common and once Angel figures that out, along with who actually turned her into a zombie, that the action kicks in. Angel ends up going to her maker's rescue and saving his life. I was proud of her for how she handled that situation.
Heck, I felt proud of Angel a number of times. She's still dealing with self-control issues, only now instead of pills, it's brains. But she is serious about turning her life around. She doesn't want to be a loser. She works hard at her job and not just because she needs it for the brain supply, but because she actually likes it. She even starts thinking that she may want to make a career out of it. I hope she's able to. She dumps her loser boyfriend and even tries helping her dad with turning his own life around. After the way he treats her, I admire her for doing that. She didn't have to, but it was a nice moment. It highlighted that Angel wants to be a better person. I really like her.
I'm hoping that we'll get some more character development for Marcus in the next book which I will definitely be reading. Knowing what we do now, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him. Also, now that worldbuilding is solid, I expect there to be some more plot development. Diana Rowland didn't disappoint with this one. I'm glad that I finally decided to read it....more
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling "alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passionSynopsis:
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling "alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Another great book in this series. I am loving it. The series gets better and better and I never tire of these characters or learning more about this world.
It's been a while since we've had Elena and Raphael as our protagonists and I found that I enjoyed seeing them again. Their relationship is hotter than ever and still just as solid. They had a few fights, mostly due to Elena's temper, but they talk things out and move past it. I'm glad they don't let each other hide from the other. They make the other say what's on their mind that's eating at them. No one gets to fly away angry without facing their emotions and letting it all out. They also work well as a complement to the other. I really loved seeing Elena being strong for the angels under her and Raphael.
Elena actually grew a little in this book after realizing some truths about her father Jeffrey. It seems he doesn't hate her the way she thought he did. It turns out that he's just awkwardly overprotective. He expresses it in entirely the wrong way, but he does love his daughters. It turns out that he was keeping something from his family they likely would have never known about it had he not nearly taken drastic measures with Eve and Elena went there to tell him off. I understand his trauma, but he needs to find a better way of expressing his love and fear.
I really liked Raphael in this book. He was so playful sometimes and told jokes and was just a happier guy all around. I seeing him like that. He was also sexual as all hell. Not to mention supremely alpha. He was a great leader and it's no wonder why his people follow him. He continues to grow in power and it's clear that other archangels feel like they need to take him out first before striking out at the rest. The attacks on New York are awful, but thanks to Raphael, Elena and his Seven, the bad guys don't get to gain a strong foothold before truly attacking the city. Raphael even manages to form some true alliances in this book. Loved that.
I was surprised by who it turned out it was that threw their lot in with Lijuan. That was shocking. I wonder if Michaela will end up on that side eventually as well. She still wants Raphael for her own, so who knows wtf she will do. I am still wondering why it is she tried to gain sanctuary in Raphael's territory the way that she did. What, exactly, was the point of that?
Of course, though, some of my most favorite parts were whenever Illium was around. His power is clearly growing and he showcased his brutality a couple of times when it was needed. He also spoke about his past concerning what happened that had caused him to get his feathers taken by Raphael when Elena asked him about it. That was SO long ago, but he still carries that pain within him. And yet, he can still be fun-loving and play jokes on his friends and do things like playing catch above the Hudson River with other angels in order to keep humans from panicking over really strange shit going on in their city. I love you, Bluebell.
I also really enjoyed seeing Aodhan coming out of his shell more. We also get to see what his power is like during the big battle at the end. He really begins to open up. That scene on the balcony just before the battle that he and Illium shared was such a beautiful moment. So glad Nalini gave us that.
And, of course, I really enjoyed getting to see more of Naasir. It's still not clear exactly what he really is, but he is damned interesting and damned sneaky. Hope to be seeing more of him.
It was good seeing Dmitri, Honor and Jason again. As well as seeing Elena working with Ransom and Deacon. I missed the hell out of Venom, though.
The storyline was awesome. War has finally broken out, but not completely on the large scale, yet. However, we definitely got the true opening battle in this book courtesy of Lijuan. And because of this battle, the title of the book became plain. I can't wait to see the further developments of THAT. I'm really wondering what the next strike will be. And now that Nalini has been contracted for more than just the original two books that were left in the series, I'm hoping like hell Illium, Aodhan, Venom and Naasir will have their stories told. I also really want to see what Raphael ends up as in the power game. Elena so far has been able to keep him from falling into that coldness, but can she continue to do so? There's still so much more to happen in this world and I'm scared of losing a beloved character. Fall 2015 cannot get here fast enough. ...more
There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - eveSynopsis:
There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.
Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry's not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, there's a department that's been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with "strange" cases: the Special Investigations department.
Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry's. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it - but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time - and six necromancers - to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
Harry Dresden is always saving the world. He gets some breathing room between these insane life and death situations, but when one comes up, it's always a doozy.
This time around, all he's setting out to do is to find some book in order to keep Mavra from releasing photos of Murphy taking out a Renfield and ruining her life and career. Things quickly become more complicated when he realizes other people want the book. The Medical Examiner Waldo Butters even gets completely pulled into the mess when one of the bad guys goes after him to get him to examine a corpse for him. That's when the zombies start attacking and Harry knows he's dealing with necromancers.
Every single one of them it a nutcase and Harry is strong, magic-wise, but these guys are stronger. Many, many times he barely escapes with his life. The only help he has comes in the form of Thomas, his dog Mouse and Butters the terrified ME. Murphy is out of town vacationing in Hawaii with Kincaid (seriously?! She's been sleeping with that guy?) and Harry doesn't like that one bit. Still, he continues to ignore the fact that he wants Murphy. And Murphy dates Kincaid instead of hooking up with Harry. They just keep circling around their attraction to each other.
So Harry is running around risking his life and having no clue as to what's really going on. He gets some help in the form of a bookshop worker who seems to want him. She even asks him out on a date. He later learns something about her that throws him for a loop. And realizes why some of his friends seem to think he's losing his sanity. People are becoming afraid both for him and of him. Harry thinks he's fine, until he realizes that isn't quite as fine as he thought. He knew that Lasciel the fallen angel was still trying to get him to use her power, but he hadn't expected that. Neither had I. Next thing you know, his subconscious is telling him that he should use it, too. Harry doesn't like it, but backed into a corner, he puts it to use. He's still his own man, but he's terrified of what he could become. With good reason. Harry isn't completely good, but he's not a bad guy. I'm rooting for him.
Harry gets some other nasty surprises in this book. Someone I'm sure he never expected to encounter again and they are out for blood. Lucky for Harry, Mouse and Butters are able to save him. Of course, he nearly dies. While he's out, he gets some advice and an idea. Next thing you know, Harry and Butters are riding a zombie Tyrannosaur through the city.
This book was fun, but still intense. I'm always so afraid for Harry and what might happen to him. We learn a lot about the way a wizard's body works thanks to Butters, but Harry is always so banged up and close to death. How much longer can he go on like this? So many powerful beings either want him working for them or want to kill him. The Red Court is ramping up their attacks on the White Council. So many wizards have died and some of them are betraying them. Some of them are even being taken and turned into vampires. The amount of Wardens is now so low that (view spoiler)[they've made Harry into a regional commander for the Chicago area. (hide spoiler)] I didn't see that coming.
I can only imagine things will get more intense. And there is still something we do not know. We know why the necromancers wanted the book Mavra made Harry look for, but why did she want it? She wasn't a part of all of the other mess with those necromancers. So why did she want the Word? I have a really bad feeling about this... Harry did what he did with good reason, but I have a feeling it's going to come back and haunt him. Even with the threat Harry gave her, Mavra will be back. Or something of her making will......more
When I first started reading this, I was unsure of what to think. I thought I might struggle through it, but that was because of all of the worldbuildWhen I first started reading this, I was unsure of what to think. I thought I might struggle through it, but that was because of all of the worldbuilding. For a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series like this one, that was necessary. It reminded me of the first books in the Kate Daniels and Hollows series. Their worlds weren't really dystopian, but they had major changes to their worlds that significantly changed things. This book was like that and since you have to set up the rules for the new world as well as make sure it's revealed to the reader (and in this case, some of the main characters) what caused this change and how people are now forced to live, that can be difficult to slog through.
However, the characters were interesting. Especially Elliott and his crew. Why did they survive 50 years in a cave without aging and emerge with odd powers when the apocalypse came through? Like Jade mused, maybe it's because they're needed now. So far, we know that Elliott and Quent have powers. I wonder if powers will be revealed to the rest of them as well? I kind of hope so. It seems the thing with Theo looking the way he does was revealed, but I wonder if there is more to it?
I enjoyed the character interaction. Both Jade and Elliott are so stubborn, but they worked it out. That scene in the hotel room after (view spoiler)[Elliott healed Mayor Rogan and went off to his room to die alone (hide spoiler)] was heart-wrenching. I really felt for Elliott. I don't know if I could have handled waking up in such a strange world near as well as he and his friends did. I liked Jade as a heroine, too. Her determination not to be bossed around or explain herself to people was understandable considering everything she went through. She was a strong female lead. None of that whiny mess. And when she tried to comfort both of the times she nearly lost him, she handled herself and the situation so well. The solution she came up with was quick thinking on her part. Glad things worked out for them. Plus, she kicked butt near the end there.
Looks like Simon's story is next with Sage as his heroine. I can't wait to see how that plays out since Theo seems to be smitten with Sage himself....more