Ali/Alley/Gonk (short for Algonquin) is the touch music critic of the high school newspaper. There isn’t anything she loves more than a good song and...moreAli/Alley/Gonk (short for Algonquin) is the touch music critic of the high school newspaper. There isn’t anything she loves more than a good song and there aren’t many people out there her age that appreciate the quality of singers like Cole Porter as she does.
Alley’s latest assignment takes her to one of Cornersville’s local music scenes. A band is set to play a gig that includes a band member from school – oh, he’s also a vampire. Yep, in this world people are aware of the existence of vampires and zombies – and the popular crowd wants to either become one themselves or at the very least date one. Alley doesn’t see the attraction. She is one of the few that has no interest in the supernatural side life.
Alley doesn’t intend to get stuck in her small town for the rest of her life so dating isn’t that important to her. She doesn’t want to get too attached to a guy that will keep her in town. She’s all for having fun and making out, but…that’s about it. Her attitude toward guys changes drastically when she sees Doug sing a few songs during the gig she’s reviewing for the newspaper.
Doug catches Alley’s attention when he sings a Cole Porter song. His interpretation of the classic is unique and sexy. It doesn’t take long for Alley to fall head-over-heels in love with Doug. It doesn’t matter to her that he wears the same suit every time she sees him, can’t talk for very much at a time, or has a strange smell about him (Doug tells her he has a sickness). The way he makes her feel makes up for his strangeness.
When Alley finally puts the pieces together she is forced to make some BIG decisions. Is her love strong enough to overcome the obstacles of their love?
I KISSED A ZOMBIE, AND I LIKED IT is okay. The world Adam Selzer created for the novel is fun and interesting, but Alley is an unlikable character. If you can get over that, then you’ll be okay. In terms of quirky, light, romancy zombie books, here is where it would fall:
NEVER SLOW DANCE WITH A ZOMBIE by E. Van Lowe is worse at 1 glasses.
YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME by Stacey Jay is better at 4 glasses.(less)
If you haven’t read the other books in the series, this review may be spoilerish.
Rachel Caine is shaking things up in this, the 8th installment of the...moreIf you haven’t read the other books in the series, this review may be spoilerish.
Rachel Caine is shaking things up in this, the 8th installment of the Morganville Vampire Series.
After Michael’s outstanding musical performance in FADE OUT, he’s offered a chance to lay down some tracks at a recording studio in Dallas. The problem is getting permission to leave town. Amelie rarely lets people (or vampires) leave.
Michael isn’t the only one needing travel passes. Claire promised Morley she’d get passes for him and his followers within a certain time period. If she doesn’t, Morley will come to call and feed from her, Eve, and Shane. The town council has turned her down every time she’s asked and time is running out.
Out of the blue, the Glass House gets a delivery. Inside an envelope are travel passes. Claire can’t believe her luck, but she soon realizes there are only 4 passes in the envelope. They are meant for her and the gang to go to Dallas for Michael’s recording session. Excited about a road trip, they put Morley in the backs of their minds and hit the open road. The only downside? Oliver is assigned as their escort.
KISS OF DEATH is a fast-paced thrill ride. It is filled with tender moments, heart-pounding suspense, and laugh-out-loud dialogue. Rachel Caine does a great job of weaving in new storyline and, as much as I love Morganville, it was refreshing to “get out of town.” If you are a fan of the series, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, hurry up! Go get GLASS HOUSE today because you do need to read this series in order to fully understand what is happening.(less)
It would be best to read THE IRON KING before you read THE IRON DAUGHTER. Possible SPOILERS – BEWARE.
THE IRON DAUGHTER picks up where THE IRON KING le...moreIt would be best to read THE IRON KING before you read THE IRON DAUGHTER. Possible SPOILERS – BEWARE.
THE IRON DAUGHTER picks up where THE IRON KING leaves off. Meghan Chase, half Summer faery, half human is a “guest” in the Winter Court. Meghan promised Ash, the Winter Prince, that she would go back with him to his court and appear before the Queen in return for his help in rescuing her brother from the Iron Fey. The ice-cold world is difficult for Meghan handle. She feels isolated and alone and unsure of what to expect from the Queen. The only thing that keeps her going is the thought of seeing Ash again. Her feelings for him turned into something strong and unexpected and she is sure he feels the same way, but every time she catches his eye around the palace, he treats her like he can’t stand the sight of her. The others in the palace aren’t much nicer.
Meghan and Ash are forced to work together again when a VERY important item is stolen from the Winter Court. Thinking the Summer Court is responsible, the Winter Queen declares war. Meghan and Ash must retrieve the stolen item in order to save the Faery Realm, and quite possibly, the human world as well. Meghan and Ash are, once again, joined by Grimalkin and Puck on this dangerous mission. With the help of a very unlikely ally, the group must travel deep into the world of the Iron Fey.
THE IRON DAUGHTER is filled with action, adventure, betrayal, and romance. From the minute I opened the book I couldn’t put it down. Your heart will ache for Meghan as she attempts to deal with her feelings for Ash. Julie Kagawa creates a wonderful fantasy world by blending traditional Faery lore with the new and unique Iron Fey. Fans of the first novel, THE IRON KING, will not be disappointed in this installment of the series. In fact, they’ll be begging for more. The ending leaves room for this amazing story to continue. I can’t wait to see what happens next.(less)
This is a companion book to I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. There is no need to read one before the other, but if you e...moreSimon and Schuster - January 5, 2010
This is a companion book to I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. There is no need to read one before the other, but if you enjoy reading one, you'll like the other just as much.
There has been a lot of death at Brooklyn's high school. First, there was Jackson after a terrible diving accident. Then, a year ago, Brooklyn's boyfriend, Lucca, died in a terrible car accident, and most recently, Gabe, Lucca's best friend and driver of the car at the time of the accident, killed himself after he couldn't take the guilt of Lucca's death for another day.
Brooklyn is having trouble getting over Lucca's death and Gabe's suicide only makes it worse. Soon after Gabe's death, Brooklyn begins having terrible nightmares where Gabe chases and torments her. She soon realizes Gabe doesn't just visit when she is asleep, but makes his presence known during her waking hours as well. He moves things and writes messages to her in an attempt to tell her something. She just can't figure out what he wants and the dreams are becoming more horrific as the days go by.
Nico, Lucca's brother, is being visited by a ghostly spirit as well - Lucca's. Nico receives the same message over and over again - day after day. "Help Brooklyn." Nico doesn't know what to do and has no idea what Brooklyn needs. He decides to ask her to join him in his training for an upcoming triathlon, hoping to get closer to her and give her something to focus on besides Lucca's death.
CHASING BROOKLYN is a fast-paced novel-in-verse. It is a story of friendship, love, and healing. The book alternates points-of-view between Brooklyn and Nico which gives the reader a great look at all sides of the story. Lisa Schroeder continues to provide thought-provoking and heart-felt stories for her readers.
If you enjoy I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and CHASING BROOKLYN, be sure to check out Lisa's other novel-in-verse, FAR FROM YOU. (less)
NOTHING by Janne Teller is a dark and disturbing story of a group of Danish seventh graders who are forced to define “meaning.” When one of their clas...moreNOTHING by Janne Teller is a dark and disturbing story of a group of Danish seventh graders who are forced to define “meaning.” When one of their classmates leaves school one day after he announces, “Nothing matters,” they pull together to find a way to prove he is wrong.
The class decides to use an abandoned sawmill to organize their project. At first, they add simple things to the Pile of Meaning by volunteering items, but soon the stakes are raised and people start choosing who goes next and what they have to put on top of the pile. It is frightening how quickly things escalate.
As the school year progresses and the Pile of Meaning grows higher, Pierre Anthon, the boy who started it all, continues to taunt the class. Soon, there is no going back and the worst possible thing happens.
NOTHING is grim. It is depressing and creepy. You definitely have to be in the right mood to read this story. At times, the translation seems a little awkward, but it doesn’t really take away from the book. I felt the need to read it, but not out of enjoyment. I felt the need to read so I could see how gruesome the sacrifices would get. At 240 pages, this is a quick read; so, if you don’t mind totally depressing stories, give it a try.(less)
It’s the kids against the grownups – literally. A virus has crippled England. Everyone 14-years-old and older is effected. The lucky ones die. The oth...moreIt’s the kids against the grownups – literally. A virus has crippled England. Everyone 14-years-old and older is effected. The lucky ones die. The others become crazed, confused monsters that chase, attack and eat anyone they can catch. Kids are left to fend for themselves.
Small bands of children gather in abandoned houses and stores – anywhere they can make a stand against the Grown-ups.
One group survives in a grocery store. They’ve secured the place with barricades and other safety measures hoping to stay alive. The problem comes when they have to leave the store. Everyday they have to send out a party to scavenge for food. Some places are safer than others, but there are dangers lurking everywhere.
The kids are forced to expand their searches farther from the store as supplies are depleted, presenting new dangers everyday. Imagine their surprise when a stranger shows up and tells there is a safe place – free of Grown-ups with plenty of food. Buckingham Palace is a safe haven. Should they trust the stranger?
After taking a vote, they decide to leave the safety of the grocery store and begin to navigate the treacherous route to Buckingham Palace. Danger is around every corner and not everybody makes it alive. Will the journey be worth the risk?
THE ENEMY is an action-packed novel filled with friendship, death, and power struggles. Think LORD OF THE FLIES with zombies! Charlie Higson keeps the reader on the edge of their seat right to the last page. You’ll be dying to read the sequel.(less)
Unlike the previous two books in this trilogy, this story takes place in the city where people have been eeking out a living ever since the Return. Ev...moreUnlike the previous two books in this trilogy, this story takes place in the city where people have been eeking out a living ever since the Return. Even though life is dangerous and difficult - the people have been relatively safe from the Unconsecrated. While there are some wandering around, someone who knows how to fight can take care of them.
Annah's life is full of regret. She regrets leaving her sister behind in the forest. She regrets the event that left her scarred for life. She especially regrets allowing Elias to leave.
Annah has had to manage life on her own for over three years - ever since Elias left to join the Recruiters. Everyday she hopes he'll show up and she can feel complete again - maybe even relax a little since she won't have to survive alone.
Eventually, Annah gives up and decides to leave the City, but on her way out she glimpses someone that looks just like her - her sister. She made the immediate decision to turn around and find her. Annah lost Abigail once - she wasn't going to do it again.
The Horde is forcing people to the City to look for safety. The City with its walls and bridges and guards have been relatively safe for years, but it has never been assaulted by the number of Unconsecrated that have awakened and are on their way to the City.
Annah searches the City high and low looking for Abigail only to discover she has been taken to the Recruiters' island headquarters. After running into Catcher and reuniting with Elias, they make their way to the island to get Abigail - but mostly for safety since the Horde has breached the City walls.
Instead of being a safe haven, the island turns out to be a prison as they are held against their will. They come face-to-face with nightmares that shouldn't be possible with the humans around them. Annah especially sees the monster in the Recruiters and devotes her time to finding a way off of the island. She convinces her sister, Elias, and Catcher that life can continue away from the City.
THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES is a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. Annah's point of view is fascinating. Life has never been easy for her, yet she is able to maintain hope and instill that hope in others. The damage she has (inside and out) really makes it difficult for her to feel wanted and loved by others. Her insecurities cause her to put up walls, making her seem tough on the outside. It is heartbreaking to read her inner thoughts - to see what she really thinks about herself and her scars.
As for readers that are new to this trilogy, I highly recommend you read all three of the book in order. THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES, and THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES. This way you'll have a full understanding of the world you are reading about. I feel THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH gives the best descriptions of the Unconsecrated whereas in THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES we need to use what we already know to help us complete the picture of the Horde breaking into the City.
The way THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES ends is great. Very hopeful! I can see another off-shoot series developing with the way things are at the end. I'd love to read the novels that could follow this trilogy. Let's just hope Carrie Ryan isn't sick of the world she has created. Even if she is, maybe she'll come back to it one day and let us know how everything turns out.(less)
Beatrice Prior lives with her family in (dystopian) Chicago where people are grouped into factions based on personal beliefs and values. Her and her f...moreBeatrice Prior lives with her family in (dystopian) Chicago where people are grouped into factions based on personal beliefs and values. Her and her family are Abnegation in which people consider selflessness and moderation the most important qualities for a successful society. The other factions are Candor (Truth and Honesty), Amity (Friendship, Peace, Harmony), Erudite (Scholars, Knowledge), and Dauntless (Fearless, Bravery). Those who doesn’t belong to a faction are considered factionless and live a very difficult life. They are the ones who do the jobs no one else wants to do and often struggle for food and shelter.
Beatrice is at the age where she is going to have to choose what faction she will align herself with for the rest of her life. Even though she was born into Abnegation, she doesn’t have to stay there. In order to help the young people choose, they are given an Aptitude Test, a virtual simulation that takes them through several scenarios to show their true nature. Beatrice’s test wasn’t very helpful. Instead of revealing one clear faction to join, it only rules out two – leaving her three factions to choose from. She is Divergent and is warned to keep her results a secret. Being Divergent is dangerous.
Beatrice must decide between Abnegation, Dauntless, or Erudite. Can she leave her family and join another faction, never to see them again? What is so dangerous about being Divergent? She has never felt like she belonged in Abnegation and has always secretly envied the Dauntless. Needless to say, the night before the choosing ceremony is a stressful one.
Beatrice takes the name of Tris when she plunges into Dauntless initiate training. A new life deserves a new name. Struggling with feelings of guilt for leaving her parents, Tris throws herself into training and experiences things she never thought possible. Getting to know people from the other factions provides some challenges, but the physical and mental trials are even more trying. Life becomes a little more complicated when she begins to have feelings for one of her trainers, Four. Tris comes alive in the Dauntless faction, in more ways than one.
Tris’ world is turned upside down when she learns of a possible conspiracy involving two of the factions. Will she be able to uncover the truth and keep the fact that she is Divergent a secret at the same time? Will she have to do it alone or will Four be able to help?
DIVERGENT is a thrill ride. There isn’t a moment when the story doesn’t hold tight to the reader. The mixture of drama, mystery, suspense, and romance is perfect. I can’t wait for the sequel, INSURGENT, due out May 2012.
Visit the Facebook page to take the faction quiz. Where would you belong? (less)
In this dystopian world life is hard - especially for young women. Unknown complications with genetic engineering has left the offspring of one genera...moreIn this dystopian world life is hard - especially for young women. Unknown complications with genetic engineering has left the offspring of one generation, and consequently, all future generations with one major problem - a drastically reduced life span. Men die at twenty-five and women at twenty. Death isn't easy either. The person suffers from symptoms like coughing and vomiting blood.
Young girls are at risk in this dark and dangerous world. They are abducted and taken to be sold to brothels or sometimes to wealthy men in need of heirs. Polygamy has become commonplace and it is uncommon to find a wealthy man with less than three wives.
Rhine is in this exact position. Thrown into the back of a dark truck, she is driven far away from home only to be pulled out and forced to stand in a line up. Her and two other girls are chosen - for what she doesn't know. She considers herself lucky after hearing the gun shots ring out from the truck where the girls not chosen were taken.
Rhine and the other two girls are taken to a wealthy estate and forced to become brides. Rhine fluctuates between being disgusted at the life she is forced to live and grateful that she has a kind husband and all the comforts a woman could want. What keeps Rhine determined to find a way out though is her brother. She has a twin and he is all alone - forced to survive on his own.
Rhine must decide whether it is better to live a life of luxury even though she is forced to live as a prisoner so she can't escape or if she'd rather live and die on her own terms away from the mansion.
DeStefano has created an interesting world. I enjoyed WITHER, but I wanted it to be better. For a dark dystopian world, we didn't get to see much of it. The beginning when Rhine was in the line up and a few of her flashbacks to being at home with her brother barely scraping by is all we see. Basically the entire novel takes place in the mansion where she lives with her new husband and two sister wives - Oh, and her CREEPY father-in-law (one of the genetically engineered generation that started the life span problem to begin with).
As a friend said to me, it reminded her of a mix between THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams and THE COMPOUND by S.A. Bodeen. I completely agree with this comparison.(less)