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 th...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 point ...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 com ...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, d ...more
The writing is very atmospheric and there were a lot of moments that were so creepy moments they made my skin crawl! A lot of gasp out load moments and also a lot of really sweet moments!
There were a couple of things that knocked a star off. The pacing was a bit off in places. ...more
***Book given by publisher, Stripes, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***
I hate zombies. Out of all of the well-known supernatural creatures in pop culture at the moment, zombies freak me out the most. Hence why I’ve never read/watched The Walking Dead and it took the Other Half YEARS to make me watch Zombieland (it was in the cinema on our first date but, due to me hating zombies, we watched District Nine instead). There are exceptions to this rule - tho ...more
I was in need for a new zombie book and when I saw this book a few months ago I knew I had to pre-order it. After some issues (Amazon didn't seem to get it in stock, so I turned to BD but that always takes 2 weeks before it arrives) I finally received the book and I could read it. I was immediately sucked in. The setting, the romance, the creepy zombies lurking in the woods, OMG.
Since I am bit tired after ...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
“But you’re coming?”
“I’ll be right behind you.”
“But you’re coming!”
“I ain’t never gonna leave your side.”
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Rep: gay mc & li, side character with epilepsy
Galley provided by publisher
When I was about 13 or 14, I loved zombie stories. Zombie apocalypse books were my favourite sorts of dystopian novels, so when I heard about Wranglestone, I was particularly excited. And, for me, it definitely lived up to that excitement.
Wranglestone opens with Peter, doing chores outside, when someo ...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
But the story didn't grip me. I should have finished this in a sitting, and it took me 3 weeks. I think the general plot of the story was fine—but I'm not ...more
”Winter was one season every lake lander feared. Not because Montana was about to get colder than a bald eagle’s gaze, but because the dead could make it across the lake’s frozen waters...”
I’m trying to find the words to describe what I loved about this novel. All I seem to come up with are: GAY! ZOMBIES, Arrghjid Read ...more
Well, dear friends, here's what I think in a nutshell:
I couldn't have said it better myself. But I'll try anyway:
PLOT: 1.5 / 5
When I first read the synposis of this book, I lost my shit - zombies? National parks? Queer boys fighting the zombie apocalypse? Perfect.
Wranglestone had all the ingredients for what could have been one of my new favorite reads: gay representation, ...more
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This book was such a surprise! It had everything I love in a story. A creepy, Gothic feel, intense atmosphere and a wonderful set of characters. The twists and turns blew me away each time. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed, the author reshaped everything I thought I knew about a Zombie novel.and I lov ...more
Peter's tiny community survives, perched high on stilts above islands in a huge lake. Most of the year they're safe, protected from the Dead by the water. But when winter comes, the lake freezes solid and every villager lives in fear until the next thaw. This year, the freeze exposes secrets that some of his people would kill to protect.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I like th ...more
Peter is sensitive and particular, spending his time mending clothes and making his Dad’s treehouse more homely, a stark contrast to the zombie herding Cooper who he w ...more
The plot is quite predictable though. I had issues with the pacing, and some things aren’t c ...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 ove ...more
The first half of this novel terrified me, I'm such a huge wimp so there's no surprise there really but the scenes introducing the Dead who attack the living were so creepy.
This novel did take me by surprise however, I was fully ex ...more
I read this story in an afternoon, enjoying all the twists and turns along the way, and I can definitely say that it did not end the way I expected!
My only complaint is that the book isnt longer! I would have loved the last 100 or so pages to be developed even more, or for us to get a sequel that delves into what happens next. There's so much potential for what could happen in t ...more
Charlton’s deliciously paced, cinematic writing brings this thrilling YA novel to life, pouring the beauty of wild sweeping landscapes into a narrative thwart with terror and conspiracy. The awkward, tender, yet steamy romance between Peter and Cooper is a welcome glim ...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