Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared…
In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.
Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the...more
Wranglestone is a beautifully written, atmospheric, creepy, gasp out loud, hide under your duvet, fuzzy warm feelings of love, nerve-wracking, YA gay zombie thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King's best most creepy novels - that intense feeling of impending doom that keeps you awake all night turning the pages. I honestly gasped out loud and jumped at one ...more
I really loved the romance in this, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I was up until like 2 AM finishing this, just because I really really needed to know what was going to happen.
My only issue with this was pacing. While most of the novel was really well-paced, the last 50 or so pages just went way too fast. A lot happened in those pages and we didn't ...more
Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit the mark for me. There was a glaring problematic issue in the book that I think needs rectifying before publication and I have passed this onto the publisher; I believe they need to respond to the issue before consumers pick up on it. The setting is beautifully written but the plot was difficult to follow, and the relationship somewhat problematic and unbelievable. At times, the prose took me away into a ...more
This book manages to be so many things simultaneously.
- A super cute M/M love story that is just immediately accepted as inevitable and lovely by everyone around.
- A suspenseful survival horror in a pretty unique location- think the amazing Tree Houses in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but make it Waterworld...
- A chilly and rugged American National Park wilderness adventure, stuffed full of pine trees, buffalo and MOOSE.
- A thought provoking and oh so relevant commentary on Otherness, ...more
Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to ...more
I couldn't put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would've been great.
The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it ...more
Our focus is on a small community who live on a lake. They look out for those they call The Restless Ones, and the only time they truly fear is winter. Winter is when the ice comes, the lake freezes and the zombies can come.
Peter, our main character, has never felt as if he fits in. Interested in sewing and other activities unsuited to this outdoorsy life, Peter harbours a ...more
An excellent new take on the zombie genre with a haunting beauty to it.
3.5 This was a really interesting concept and I loved the atmosphere created by writing and the situation that the characters are in, there were times that I found pretty creepy (and not just the creepy old men that kept popping up). Would I survive this zombie ridden world? Nope!
It took me awhile to get used to the dialogue at first, some of the characters talked strangely but either they stopped or I just got ...more
The Dead are walking. In post-apocalyptic America a small community manages to survive in a national park surrounded by water. They are safe and protected. That is, until winter comes and the lake freezes over and then there is nothing stopping the Dead from crossing. One day a stranger approaches kind and niave Peter, which puts the community in danger. Peter is then forced to prove his worth to the community. ...more
There were a few things I loved about this book. Firstly, it’s actually a teen book and not MG or YA, and it has LGBTQ+ representation. The main characters, Peter and Cooper, have a very typical teenage relationship. It is intense, loving and they give themselves over to each other entirely. Their ...more
I loved Peter and Cooper’s relationship. It’s great to see a LGBT relationship portrayed in Post Apocalyptic fiction. Often when the genre is focused so much on the plot, relationships between characters get forgetten or seem less important because of the dramatic and often ...more
The plot ...
The writing ...
The characters ...
The spooky atmosphere ...
All 100% amazing. This book was very strong from the get go, and the beginning of the book set a good spooky pace and this continued throughout the book, it was something different something I’ve not read before I think that’s what made this book even better for me because for me it was fresh and new. I didn’t have a clue of this ...more
The opening is frightening and tense, painting the setting for the story to follow. In an isolated community, an underachieving youngster who makes a stupid mistake that could risk everyone in an apocalyptic island setting. But a friendship starting to blossom, shined a ray of hope over the bleak lives of Peter and Cooper. But the Restless Ones ...more
Lake Wranglestone is one of the most isolated refuges built against the invasion of the Restless Ones and only truly safe in the summertime, because when the cold comes, so does the ice and the dead.
There, Peter lives in a tight-knit community with his dad and another small group of survivors, including Connor, the handsome blonde he looks from afar. One honest, yet dangerous mistake, though, forces Peter out of the ...more
I haven't read horror in years, but when I saw the blurb of Wranglestone I was interested and I don't regret requesting it.
Wranglestone is a beautifully crafted story of survival. Set in post Apocalyptic America where the world has gone dead, the coming of winter signifies more the biting cold and the danger that usually come it with — it means death or the Dead.
I loved the concept and plot. I love stories with zombies, ...more