It's been two years since the Contamination turned ordinary people into violent creatures. Velvet's parents disappeared and ever since she has been trIt's been two years since the Contamination turned ordinary people into violent creatures. Velvet's parents disappeared and ever since she has been trying to take care of her 10-yr-old sister while continuing to go to school. It isn't working very well. Everything is so expensive and she just doesn't have time to keep up with her homework and pay the bills.
The government has developed a way to control the victims or Connies. They are rounded up and placed in rehabilitation centers also known as the Kennels, since they resemble dog pounds, and fitted with shock collars that keep them docile. If the Connies for some reason don't remain calm, the shock collars also have the ability to kill.
One day Velvet gets a call from a Kennel telling her that her mother has been picked up and is now fitted with the collar. She can come and get her to go home as long as she is prepared to keep an eye on her. At first it is very hard for her to restrain her mother when she has to leave the apartment, but she knows it has to be done.
Slowly, but surely, her mother begins to make progress and responds more and more like a normal person. But, when signs of the Contamination start to show up again, the government isn't willing to take any chances. Connies aren't just being rehabilitated any more. This time it is much worse.
CONTAMINATED is a truly unique zombie novel. The idea of the zombies being rehabilitated and able to come back to a normal life is a nice change from the "have to kill them" plot. Garner does a great job of mixing post-apocalyptic, survival, and romance together to make an unputdownable story....more
CURED is the sequel to STUNG and it would be best to read it before you jump into this one. Wiggins has created a complex world where the population hCURED is the sequel to STUNG and it would be best to read it before you jump into this one. Wiggins has created a complex world where the population has been devastated by the chain of events started when the honeybee population collapsed. A worldwide pandemic followed and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. The cure didn't work. In fact, it had even worse consequences. The vaccinations turn the recipients into ferocious, deadly monsters. STUNG follows Fiona as she tries to find her brother and survive in the dangerous world outside the protection of the walled city.
CURED adds a few new characters to the story by introducing Jacqui, a girl who has been masquerading as a boy (Jack) ever since the disaster, and Kevin, a knowledgeable survivor that lends a hand.
Jack is determined to find her brother who has never returned from a trip to a rumored safe zone and enlists Fiona and Bowen to help. Along the way they pick up Kevin, who provides shelter and safety from the dangerous bands of raiders who are always on the look out for women, but will take anything else they find, too. Jack immediately feels an attraction to Kevin, but still maintains her "boy" facade, unwilling to completely trust him with her biggest secret.
Oh goodness, I loved Kevin! I wanted to live in his underground bunker with him forever. But, it was sooooo hard to trust him. Wiggins does a wonderful job of putting the reader in Jack's head. Like her, we want so badly to trust, but some things were just "off." The ending is jam packed with emotion and action. I didn't want it to end....more
Aliera doesn’t really know how she feels about being the Defender of the Faerie world. She does know that she wants Avery to stop following her aroundAliera doesn’t really know how she feels about being the Defender of the Faerie world. She does know that she wants Avery to stop following her around though. She is so sick of him insisting on helping her. She doesn’t want anything to do with that troll.
But, after she and her family are put in grave danger she doesn’t really have a choice. She has to come to terms with her role in the world and start acting like the Defender she is.
Aliera gets some support from her best friend and cousin Caroline, but also suffers a great betrayal from someone she has trusted for years. Even a prophecy from Baba Yaga doesn’t help her guess what’s in store for her in the future. But, one thing is for sure - she’ll have Caroline and Avery by her side for the next battle.
CURSES! FOILED AGAIN isn’t as good as the first one in the series. But, that’s just my opinion. I’ve seen other reviews that said just the opposite. What do you think? ...more
Did you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Well, this is kind of like that, but with a creepy mental asylum turned college dorm insteadDid you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Well, this is kind of like that, but with a creepy mental asylum turned college dorm instead. There are authentic photos scattered throughout the book to go along with story. I read the ARC on Netgalley and all the pictures haven’t been embedded yet, but some were there. The problem with the ones I saw were that the didn’t really match the text exactly. For instance, the main character, Dan, was talking about seeing a surgical amphitheater and what he described wasn’t what was in the picture.
From the synopsis about you can see that Dan meets Abby and Jordan at this college prep program. Something that didn’t jive for me was how close the author made them seem right away. They were immediately considered best friends. Abby and Jordan met on a bus ride to the school and in later scenes you would think they knew each other forever.
Also, the synopsis mentions that there is no coincidence that the three of them ended up at the summer program. There is a connection with the asylum for two of them, but one - not that I can see. Maybe I missed it.
There were definitely some creepy moments in the book, but there weren’t enough to outweigh the things that irritated me about the book. I had to force myself not to skim several times.
What do you think? Anyone else already read this on Netgalley? ...more
Jane Yolen is great. I think it is wonderful that she came up with this wonderfully strong heroine whose power comes from her fencing helmet and foil.Jane Yolen is great. I think it is wonderful that she came up with this wonderfully strong heroine whose power comes from her fencing helmet and foil.
Colorblind Aliera has only seen the world in black, white, and grays until events cause her to look for head protection and she puts on her fencing helmet in Grand Central Station. Once in place, the world is an entirely different place for her. Faeries, dragons, demons, trolls, and other scary things surround her (all in bright and beautiful color) and the other unsuspecting people in the station.
Trouble is afoot and it is up to her to save the world. Her $2.00 practice foil is her weapon and the cutest guy she’s ever seen is her backup (even though he is a bit of a troll.)
I’m looking forward to diving into the the see what happens next. CURSES, FOILED AGAIN is already available....more
Welcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over.Welcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over. Radley, a seventeen-year-old, was sent by her parents to Haiti to volunteer in an orphanage, but when she hears about the turmoil in America she is determined to get home to her parents. She jumps on the first plane she can with the hopes that the man who runs the orphanage can get a call through to her parents by the time she lands.
After waiting at the airport for hours it is clear to Radley her parents aren’t coming. She gets a ride to the bus station so she can get home on her own, but when she arrives she finds out that strict travel restrictions have been put in place that will prevent her from purchasing a ticket without approval signed by the government allowing her to cross state lines. Even worse, the APP has declared Martial Law and is putting anyone who even seems to be a problem in jail. Exhausted, with no cash, worthless credit cards, and a dead cell phone, Radley does the only thing she can – walk.
Radley walks until she can’t take another step, rests in as much safety as she can find, and eats whatever she can get in her hands. When she finally gets to her neighborhood and sees her parents’ cars in the driveway she feels an amazing amount of relief – that is, until she realizes that no one is home and that the police keep knocking at her door. Finally, after she’s eaten everything in the house that wasn’t spoiled, Radley decides to go North and attempt to cross into Canada to avoid the APP and hopes she'll find her parents eventually.
Safekeeping is told in first person and a lot of it is Radley’s thoughts and observations of the world around her. Karen Hesse does a fabulous job showing Radley’s character development. She changes from a very sheltered and taken care of kind of girl to someone able to survive on her own. This is a frightening look at something that could easily happen in our world and I think that is why this story is so compelling. ...more
The synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspirThe synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspiration from his own childhood to write this book. The scenes he creates in FALLOUT are eye-opening. The situation is dire. The possibility of this happening is frightening.
FALLOUT is a quick read. It is so impressive that Strasser can write a novel with such a small setting and make it so compelling. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until you get to the end. ...more
This is a great book. I love both Jake and Cass. This book has a great mix of humor and gore and the author leaves it open for the sequel. I can’t waiThis is a great book. I love both Jake and Cass. This book has a great mix of humor and gore and the author leaves it open for the sequel. I can’t wait to see what happens next. ...more
The synopsis really says it all. So, here is my take on it. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the cover. I couldn’t wait to pick this one up and read it. BUT, I HATThe synopsis really says it all. So, here is my take on it. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the cover. I couldn’t wait to pick this one up and read it. BUT, I HATED HATED HATED the main character.
Here we have a girl who is changing schools and leaving her best friend behind. Sure, she’s nervous. I get that. Also, what do a lot of people do when they move to a different place where no one knows them? They reinvent themselves. It’s been done many times in books and movies. Also, I get that. But, Sadie goes one step farther and also invents a deadly peanut allergy. Why??? For attention I guess. For sympathy? To give her something to talk about? I don’t know. Whatever the reason I didn’t like it. The poor girl needs some counseling. Her boyfriend though! Top notch!!! Though he has a weird quirk, too.
Has anyone else read this one yet? Am I being too hard on it?...more