Friday, December 23, 2011
“Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin? For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask. Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.”
When I read Beautiful Creatures, I wasn’t too sure about the story of Ethan and Lena. As I read Beautiful Darkness, I got more drawn into the world that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s created. This third book, Beautiful Chaos, was by far the best in the series. “Oh really?” you say? Yes. It is the best.
My main issue with the books have always been that I felt that Ethan was a bit of a whiney girl and depended too much on Lena to define him as a person. In this book, we see Ethan, in a clichéd term, turn into a man. I loved the psychological mind games that Ethan is being forced to face. Since he died and resurrected in the first book, little things about him are slipping away because half his soul is in the afterlife while the other half is stuck in the land of the living. The tricks of the mind that Ethan is experiencing adds a great creepy twist that leaves the reader turning the pages, hoping that the next set of words will reveal what is happening to our hero. But, while all this is going on, he is still some how facing the end of the world from when Lena broke the Order to claim herself. Ethan goes through trials and tribulations, searching for truth that is unsavory and acting bravely to those facts. I loved that Ethan finally took control of his own fate, and didn’t depend on anyone but himself.
Oh! And then there’s Ridley and the mystery of her Casting abilities. We get to see Serafina’s past as she struggles being claimed to the Dark. And we see that there is a deeper side of Link. And then, Amma uses bad juju in an attempt to save Ethan. Action, suspense, doomed love…and not just Ethan and Lena.
Best part of this book? The ending left me screaming for more. Like screaming: “Wait?! What?!” To me, that is a sign of a great book. And I totally know there will be one final book in the series. How do I know? Well, I got a Tweet from Kami Garcia herself telling me there will be one more book.
My oh my. What will Ms. Garcia and Ms. Stohl will have in store for Ethan Wake in the fourth book? I don’t know, but whatever it is, I hope it’s something I don’t see coming.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
But, unlike in the movie, we find out that there is not only did Zeus get jacked, so did Hades. BUM BUM BUM!! That’s right. Hade’s Helm of Darkness (which make the wearer invisible) is stolen, there for allowing the thief to also get away with the stealing from Zeus. The chapters where Percy, Annabeth and Grover were in the Underworld were probably one of my favorite parts of the book. Not just for the plot twists and turns, but also for how the Underworld is described. The toll booths funneling in people to be judged for the kind of life they lived was an interesting take on how the afterlife might look. The guards around Hades’ stronghold were probably my favorite touch, in that they were dead soldiers from throughout time. The darkness that Riordan is able to inject into what is suppose to be a children’s book is the right amount of scare and action.
This is a great book for kids. It introduces Greek mythology to a younger audience without it being well, boring. I know when I was in school, as much as I loved learning about Greek mythology, I always found it kind of dull. But even now, as an adult, I learned so much. I can’t wait till my nephew reads this book. He’s like a sponge and I know he’ll just gobble this story up.
It’s always awesome when you can do a bit of learning while being totally entertained at the same time.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My main issue with the book is the last big action stand-off scene. It’s like a scene from Resident Evil was laid in over David and Sarah. I have found that to be the case with some zombie books I’ve been reading lately that they have this Resident Evil feel to it: Evil Corporation/Mad Scientists, tough slightly snarky female hero, strong males that bend under the will of said tough female. Not that I don’t enjoy the Resident Evil franchise, I’m just always looking for a twist on an old favorite.
Though I found this book a little lacking and not as good as Married with Zombies, I am totally vested in this series and I must know what happens in book three, Eat Slay Love. I still love Sarah and David, but I feel that she may have gone a little off the track with this book. So let’s hope that I get what I want from the next book.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
With the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead…”
So do I suggest this book? Yes. I do. But don’t start reading this book like it’s a tradition zombie book, because it isn’t. But I will say, it is defiantly a new look at what it means to be a zombie. : )
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
“When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?”
So I believe I have found a new book series to add to my “Keeps Getting Better and Better” list. Truly. I believe Jones has developed a character and a series that could go on for a long while, like Kim Harrison’s The Hallows and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Charley is still so much fun to read and she is still always getting her butt kicked in some form or another.
In this installment, we see Charley trying to locate two bodies: Mimi, Cookies missing friend and Reyes. It should be said, that in the first book I had an issue with Charley allowing herself to fall prey to Reyes sexiness. I mean I get it: Satan’s gift to hotness and well, being the son of Satan, it makes it very difficult to resist. I felt that Jones’ made Charley kind of a slut around Reyes in the first book. But, I have to say I was super pleasantly surprised that Charley held her ground in this book and told him no. Good for you!
The two plots flowed really well, each story getting equal face time for the reader. I felt that Mimi’s story of why she hid was well executed. Kind of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" kind of thing but like 1000 times better written and characters you actually care about. Though honestly, I didn’t see the political intrigue side which was a nice little twist.
The Reyes story, of course, is part of a much bigger plot that is going to carry on through out the series. I can tell. We find out many truths about Reyes growing up, but we also learn more about Charley’s ability as a Grim Reaper that even she didn’t know through her interaction with Reyes and his past. I enjoyed the part at the end of the book where she finds Reyes’ body and to beat off demons she amplifies her aura and burns the demons away. The way it’s written makes it easy to visualize her ghostly side kick, Angel, running so not to be caught in the blast of her light, and the way the demons surround her and then BOOM! They are turned to demon dust, sent back to the depths of Hell. Pretty awesome stuff.
Now, I won’t spoil anything for you fine folks by telling you what happens to Reyes and his body, but lets just say this: poor, poor Charley. She made a choice and now she’s gonna have to live with it.
The end of the book left me screaming, “What? Aggh!” Truly, that is a sign of a good cliffhanger. When trying to find the location of Reyes’ body, Charley and Cookie stumble across a psychic’s website that seems to be a little too interesting if you know what I mean. The psychic is searching for a grim reaper. And wouldn’t you know, Charley is a grim reaper. So trying to figure out what the hell this pyschic’s deal is, Cookie sets up a fake email account for Charley for her to contact the medium. The final scene in the book ends with checking the fake email and we see a response that is (and I’ll sum up here) pretty much telling her about time you sent me an email. And that’s how is ends! Aggh! I love to hate cliffhangers!
This book has left me waiting with baited breath for the third installment Third Grave Dead Ahead because, well, I have to know what happens!!
Darynda Jones: damn you for creating a kick ass story that I am totally addicted to know. You have written a book series that is original and fun and sassy and sexy and all those wonderful adjectives that I can't help but love you're creation, Charley Davidson.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
“A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.”
First let me say: I was looking over some reader reviews and I have to say at first I was kinda put off because most of them seemed to be hung up on R and Julie falling in love. I believe the word one person used was “skeeved out.” But I went ahead and found it at my local library and after reading it, I have to say to those people: get over yourself and your tunnel vision.
That being said, R is a zombie who prefers a different kind of life than the one that was forced upon him. Though he lacks memories of his life when he was alive and some of his basic functions are stunted by being the living dead, he brain functions like that of any deep thinking philosophic character. I think that’s what drew me in from page one, R’s admittance for needing something more than hunting and brains. At first he doesn’t understand the yearning in his gut, but when he eats poor Perry’s brain and gets his memories, he falls in love with Julie, the dead guy’s girlfriend. R saves Julie and through their time spent together at the zombie hive and at her home, they realize that there is more to what the world has become, that it has to get better. Right?
Isaac Marion creates not a zombie novel, but a philosophical romp down the path the of the metaphysical whose protagonist just so happens to be a zombie. I mean, what better example of the modern world? At least here in America. We are slaves to a commercialism and materialism that this country shoves down our throats each and every days. We crave it like zombies crave for brains.
Totally sorry about the soap box rant there. My bad. Back to the book.
Marion’s play of words fits the world he had created. I liked how Marion didn’t bother with back story of how zombies became zombies, because, really, we’ve heard all the stories. The how is not important, it is the characters that are crucial to this story. It’s nice to read from time to time character driven pieces. And R is the kind of character you can’t help but get behind.
The love story that developed between Julie and R I felt weren’t gross. I mean, wasn’t like they were having sex with each other. They were both searching for something and they ended up finding each other. Julie found someone she could really talk to and be honest with. R found someone who saw more than a zombie. And aren’t we all just trying to connect in this life? I think that’s what Marion was doing with Julie and R. Two complete and total opposites, and yet, they found each other and what was what they needed to move on and live.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Parts were a little slow and I felt that Marion might have made Julie more of a bitch than need me. But I enjoyed turning the pages and reading about R’s self discovery through eating pieces of Perry’s brain. And then I got to the end, and there I simply said, “what the hell is this shit?” Let me explain this statement. The whole book is great combination of action and philosophy of what it means to be alive. Then you get to the end and it’s a slap in the face of supernatural mysticism. The only mention of mystical forces through out the entire book is from a group of zombies that are called Boneys. Hence there name, there is not much left to them but they manage to walk around. So when R and Julie kiss, there is this weird surge of energy exchanged between them and then the Boneys are powerless now? What? I don’t know about you, but to me it seems like Marion might have written himself into some corner. I felt the ending was contrived and a little forces, like maybe it wasn’t the real ending? It was a little too convenient and frou frou happy trails for me.
Maybe I’ve been made jaded by reading just one too many zombie books where it doesn’t go so well…
But I know love and I know what it means to make a deep, spiritual connection with someone. So good job, Isaac Marion. Too bad you're letting Hollywood turn your book into a movie...Le Sigh...
“The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?”
I tried to win a copy of this on GoodReads, but alas, no. So I ended up checking the book out from my wonderful library. Libby Bray needs to thank whoever came up with the cover of this book because it’s clever and smart marketing. A bandolier of lipsticks?! Agh! Brilliant!
But onto the meats and potatoes of the book: The story. I was skeptical of reading this despite its awesome cover. Its been awhile since I’ve read a young adult book that didn’t offer a pallet of spooky supernatural characters and plots. I have to say: totally surprised! Actually, pleasantly surprised!
Let me sum up for you fine folks:
Plan crashes on the way to a beauty pageant run by the Big Brother-esque company called The Corporation. Only a handful of the girl survive and, with no adult supervision, and they are wrangled by an alpha female, Miss Texas, who insists that they continue their beauty pageant routines because they want to look good when they are rescued. The remaining girls discover not only who they are as individuals, but also, a secret Corporation compound and that they do not plan on saving the girls. Then we meet a dictator named Momo B. Chacha, a U.S. presidential candidate and Corporation head honcho Ladybird Hope and a whole slew of Reality TV show pirates.
I think what I loved most about this book was that despite the crazy plot, the characters seemed relatable. Sure, they were all basket cases, but having once been a teenage girl, emotions and hormones are always running on overload. It makes you a little unstable. Ask my folks and my brother. I mean, they had to deal with three teenage girls who are eighteen months apart. I’m surprised there wasn’t some kind of hormonal angst ridden nuclear fallout at my house growing up.
What I think Bray did best was to make this book is make all the main girls have secrets. They range from their past, their true intentions, and who they really are. Not going to give the secrets away though. Because I’ll just ruin the book for you! This is a reflection on all of us always wanting to be accepted, so we cover up who we are and mix with the flow of conformity. But who is to say that people wouldn’t like us for who we are? I think that this is the subtle message that the Bray weaves in her story. And if some people think you’re a freak? Who cares? There is always someone out there who gets you. Nice message in a world where everyone is always lumped into some social group.
Bray’s writing is easy to read and made the book go by really fast. I was kinda bummed when I got to the end and it was, well, done. I liked how she interested little breaks between the chapters: commercial breaks, questionnaire sheets the girls filled out, the “classified files.” There were a couple parts that I had to go back and read because I got confused with the sudden shift in the 3rd person narrative, but that is my only complaint about the entire book. Oh! And a total bonus: This book is so funny. They things that happen to these girls and what they do to in response made me laugh out loud.
I think Libby Bray tricked us in marketing this book as a young adult novel. This is, in fact, a book written for adult females so we can look back on our awkward time as teenagers and say “thank god we made it!”
Friday, October 7, 2011
"Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely."
So this is what I was doing for a majority of the time while I was reading this book: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, this book was so much fun to read. I have added Charley Davidson to my list of awesome characters I wish I thought of (yes, Harry Dresden and Rachel Morgan are on that list). Darynda Jones gave the basic requirements for Charley in the paranormal urban fantasy heroine: sassy, smart, strong, supernatural ability, and sexy. But Jones has managed to give Charley such a unique voice that is so hilarious and nerdy and sarcastic that it helped set Charley apart from the other fantasy heroines. Charley doesn't take herself seriously, knows her flaws and accepts them, and is loyal to all her friends, coporeal and non-coporeal. She's the girl that I would want backing me up in a bar fight because I know she's have my back no matter what, even if we were getting our asses kicked. But at least we'd have fun.
Oh, and she’s a grim reaper. Damn that’s brilliant. But she’s not so much a collecting souls to deliver kind of grim reaper, she is a portal for souls who are still on Earth for some reason on another that helps them cross over to the other side. They can see her from any where in the world. They are drawn to her. I think my favorite scenes in the book is when Charley is describing the experience of a soul crossing through her, and how each soul has their own unique smell.
I enjoyed the multiple plots and who they intertwine with each other though they have nothing to do with each other. Three dead attorneys from the same practice is the first plot, and the second plot is the mysterious Reyes Alexander Farrow (he’s very dreamy and the son of Satan. Yay!). I enjoyed the tale of the attorneys helping Charley solve their murder. I did feel that the Reyes’ plot overshadowed really good story just a bit, but after reading the second book, Second Grave on the Left (review coming soon darlings!) it makes sense of why the Reyes’ plot gets a little more attention.
I loved this book and I think any nerdy sarcastic girl will get so absorbed into this book and get a kick out of knowing that not only are her boobs named “Danger” and “Will Robinson,” but she took the time out to name her ovaries “Beam Me Up” and “Scotty.”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
“Bobby Gold is a lovable criminal. After nearly ten years in prison, he's no sooner out than he's back to work breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant business. It's not that he enjoys the job-Bobby has real heart-but he's good at it, and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most definitely not in his territory. Smitten, he can't stay away. Bobby Gold has known trouble before, but with Nikki the sauté bitch in his life, things take a turn for life or death.”
I love Anthony Bourdain. Almost addicted to him really. I love how snarky he is. I’m a huge obsessed fan of his show, No Reservations. When I read A Cook’s Tour, I loved him more. His writing voice, is just like how he speaks. There’s no pretense with the guy. Imagine my glee when I found that he wrote a fiction book.
That being said, I have to say this book was just okay. Not great. Not bad. Just middle of the road. I have never really read a “tough guy”/mafia book before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I enjoyed how each chapter started with a description of what his main character (not hero. Not even anti-hero. That’s being generous) Bobby Gold is wearing and he is doing at that moment. It gave the different parts of the book a time frame and also a peek into who Bobby is. I know absolutely nothing about the restaurant/chef scene but to me, some of the happenings seemed a little blown out of proportion. But then again, this is a novel about tough guys doing tough guy things like breaking his uncle’s arm for not paying up, or beating a guy up for his boss who felt got robbed on a carburetor for his Jag.
To me, Bourdain’s fiction writing structure differs from his non-fiction (duh, of course) with short to the point sentences and images. It reminded me of some early Ernest Hemingway. No, I’m not saying Bourdain is the next Hemingway. I’m just saying that the structure is the same. However, Bourdian's writing voice is still the same. Honest and to the point. But, this kind of writing has its short comings. I felt that there was no emotional connection. I liked reading it, but I just couldn’t connect with Bobby Gold. I mean, he’s a thug, true, but I should still be able to get behind him or even Nikki (who, by the way, is a total bitch). I really wanted to root for him. And I almost did when he found out his best friend and boss, the man he’s been beating and killing people for, was the one who turned him into the cops for transporting drugs, which got Bobby his 10 year prison sentence. I was hoping Bobby was going to kill the little prick, but alas no. Damn.
Would I recommend this book? Only to hardcore Anthony Bourdain fans and those who like novels about “tough guys.” Will I read another Anthony Bourdain novel? More than likely, because well, like I said, I love Anthony Bourdain.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Dresden’s emotions are just as raw in his ghostly form as they were when he was alive. Rushing head long into a situation without all the facts and thinking he is helping when he is actually making it kind of worse is still what Harry Dresden does best. His reflections of the life he lived and the people he left behind is striking and sad to read. All the supporting cast of the books, Sgt. Karrin Murphy, Billy and the werewolves, Waldo Butters, and Molly, are changed in drastic ways. Butters, however is a positive change. He’s grown a bit of a back bone with the help of Bob, the skull. Which is nice, I like the lil’ Medical Examiner. As for the others, they are harden and paranoid. Molly especially. She carries the secret of how and who killed Harry Dresden. It is driving her crazy with guilt. Literally. She’s now homeless and those who once called her friend, are afraid of the loose cannon she has become. He only figures his death out when he has to save her soul from a bad to the bone necromancer named Corpsetaker. Which, was kind of a cool scene in the book because it’s all Star Trek. Trust me. Read the book. It will make sense.
Speaking of Corpsetaker, I’m a little surprised that she appeared in the book, along with Evil Bob. Corpsetaker disappeared at the end of Dead Beat as did Evil Bob (Evil Bob is a piece of Good Bob’s spirit brain that held all the knowledge of Kemmler, a really, really bad necromancer), so, why re-introduce them as the bad guys? I guess Dresden needs another arch nemesis since he destroyed the Red Court Vampires in the previous book, Changes.
So, Mr. Butcher. Jim. You’re book, hell you entire collection of works, is amazing. I loved every bit of Ghost Story, even the parts that I didn’t get and the parts that I wasn’t too sure about. Though I said I had a slight problem with the end, I have to say, I cannot wait for your next Dresden Files book. And I know it will totally be worth the year-year and a half I’ll have to wait for it to reach my greedy little hands.
Guess I’ll just have to re-read all thirteen books. : )
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
“A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat. Meet the Zombies. Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.”
Okay, so we are this couple without being on the verge of divorce. Like so many zombie books that I have been reading lately, I have Jenn to thank for this little nugget. So. Thanks Jenn! And I really, really enjoyed it. Hell, I loved it. Its always nice when you can love the characters while at the same time yell and laugh at the sometimes dumb things they do or how they react to on coming zombies.
What I got me really pulled into the book is the fact that Sarah and David find out that zombie apocalypse is upon them is when Sarah barges into their marriage councilor’s office and sees her devouring the couple before them. Of course, action and confusion ensues and the zombie councilor goes down: death by stiletto thanks to Sarah. I loved the snipping and bantering that went on back and forth between this couple. It seemed real and genuine. What better way to test your relationship than the end of the world? One of the funniest parts in the book for me is when Sarah goes into their bathroom to find their neighbor a zombie stuck in the bathtub, and she hits him in the head a book by Dr. Phil then finishes him off with the lid to the tank of the toilet. Then having to go out to the living room and tell David what happened. Of course, it was sad for David. The neighbor was kind of his friend. That part was kind of a bummer. And my heart strings got tugged on when they had to shot Amanda (while in the backseat of their crappy compact car) and David’s sister Gina because they were attacked by zombies and rather than deal with the change, they beg to have our heroes kill them.
The narration flowed naturally for the most part. Petersen made you not really care about how the zombies came into the world, only that they are there and an obsticle for Sarah and David. My only issue was the gratuitous cursing through out Sarah’s narration. Don’t get me wrong, I have a potty mouth myself. I am trying to work on because I have a one year old and she’s smart and I have no idea when she’ll start picking up on things. Last thing I need is for karma taking revenge on me for teaching my nephew to say “shit.” Anyway. Sorry. Tangent. As an amateur writer, I feel that things like cursing should be saved for dialogue and big impact moments. But that’s just me.
So normal ridiculously funny married couple with issues+zombies+a random encounter with a crazy religious group (totally didn’t mention that! Well, read the book. Trust me. Good stuff)= a total laugh out loud read. One of the funnier books I’ve read in a while. If zombies start shuffling around, I wanna be with Sarah and David. They are a pretty good with a shotgun, and they’ll make you laugh.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Let me tell you, I love this book.
“Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead. Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.”
This is the second book in the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant and I have to say, it is great! There are a few flaws here and there, but I’ll get to that. Let’s talk about why it’s so awesome.
So I have a feeling most people were probably shocked by the level of action from the first book, Feed. And to that I say, well duh! What did you expect? The first book was told from Georgia Mason’s point of view, while this book is told by Shaun. I like the differences. It makes sense. Georgia was a Newsie, so everything was to the point and factual and she tried to make us see the truth of her words. With Shaun, well he’s an Irwin, so of course there’s going to be zombie hordes and bombs and such things! Would you expect anything less?
The back and forth of Shaun teetering on the edge of sanity was a nice insight into Shaun as a person. From Georgia’s POV, we see him as a little naïve; always the follower and never the leader, always the Irwin, ready to be the first one to die. But, when Georgia is murdered, Shaun’s world crashes and all he has left is a raiment of her. Her voice speaks to him and guides him. His coping mechanism shows the depth of grief and loss on reality. Without Georgia telling him what to do, he seems lost in the world. We see how she was all he had, and he was all she had. They were as close as any siblings could be. It was a nice change of pace from the first book. I enjoyed Georgia’s wise cracking and intellectual voice, but I felt that Shaun’s was more raw and emotional.
But, when the End of Times blog new site gets a surprise visit from a CDC agent on the run and then gets firebombed by the CDC for a zombie outbreak, Shaun gets fired up and somewhat takes control of the situation around him. There are mentions in the book of how all he wants to do is cut and run, but knows deep down that by doing that he would not only let his staff of bloggers down, but that he would never find out who murdered his sister.
I enjoyed the idea of how our society has broken down under the fear of infection, though in the end, when we die, we just get back. So we are already infected, it’s just a matter of time. I mean, it kinda is already happening if you think about it. The fear breaking down our society, not a super mutant zombie virus infection.
I am also pleased to find that a little bit of the conspiracy is revealed. People who have conditions like Georgia, where her eyes had the live infected zombie cells without her being a zombie (they are called reservoir conditions), could actually get better, but this news is being withheld by the (dum dum dum!!) CDC! However, we don’t get to see the whole big picture, only some of it. Because, well….
***IT’S SPOILER TIME!***
Shaun gets attacked by a zombie. That’s right. Big chunk taken out of his arm. Oh! Twist! He gets better. Yeah. Totally. I won’t tell you the super big spoiler that I feel really is a twist that should have been saved for the beginning of the third book, Deadline.
Monday, September 26, 2011
"YOUR BOOKS, MUSIC, AND ART—BANNED BY THE NEW ORDER!
Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and this is the astonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared—for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic . . . and the pursuit of being a normal teenager."
So I was kind of excited about getting a chance to read this book. I was. And when I started it, I really wanted to like it. It's always been one I thought about reading but never did. Well, I checked it out from the library. It started off pretty good. Starting with the characters current situation and then taking us back to when it all started.
The idea of the story is good. The writing is awful. Not good. I don’t know about you, but I like to read descriptions and see what makes the characters tick. Patterson and his little writing buddy didnt provide this at all. All the chapters were only a couple pages long of some rambling and dialogue and provided nothing for me to grab on to. The new Harry Potter? Yeah right. Don't think so. Like I said, I’ve never read a James Patterson book, but this little nugget makes me wonder if all his books are written in this half assed way of nothing but shifting points of view and on going dialogue that I feel doesn't present any kind of plot development.
Probably one the worst books I’ve ever read. Yeah. Sorry Mr. Patterson.
Friday, September 23, 2011
“Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.”
So yeah, not the best book blurb, but to the point. Sort of. The book opens up with Rhine in a van with a bunch of other girls, who are then paraded in front of a rich young who picks our heroine and two other girls. We follow Rhine and her sister wives through their different adjusting mechanisms. For Rhine, she plans to not accept her new luxurious captive life, but fights to escape.
DeStefano’s writing if easy to read and flows very nicely. Her descriptions are nice and Rhine’s POV is well written, I just couldn’t feel to sorry for her. I felt that, though she was taken against her will, that there wasn’t enough struggle. I felt her defiance but that was it. The two action-type sequences of her escape didn’t pull me in. I just read the words and turned the pages.
Rhine felt a little forced in an attempt to be made set apart from her sister wives. The oldest is distant and depressed, the youngest eager to please. Rhine is given the condition heterochromia iridis, where she has one blue eye and one brown eye, and her name sets her apart. In the book, she discovers that once upon a time in a land called Germany, there was river called the Rhine and imagines that it is probably underwater and the river is free of its confines of land. This drives Rhine even more to escape. I can understand DeStefano’s choice to make her hero standout, to not blend in, but I felt that the use of heterochromia iridis and the imagery of her name might have been a bit much.
Ah! But then she must chose between her handsome kind and clueless husband or the handsome kind and a little less clueless servant. Of course a love triangle has to be put in place. It’s young adult fiction law. At least I didn’t revert to an angst ridden teenager reading about her mixed emotions.
For all of these slightly negative things, I thought book read nice. It’s a unique story to tell and I enjoyed reading it, but I felt the world DeStefano came up with just sort of gave up. We tampered in God’s domain and now we are paying for it. Let’s lay down and die. I guess if the world is going to end, I say bring on the zombies.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Vignette-Death Masks and Blood Rites
Something Borrowed-from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty
It’s My Birthday Too- from Many Bloody Returns, between White Night and Small Favor
Heorot-from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, between White Night and Small Favor
Day Off-from Blood Lite, between Small Favor and Turn Coat
Backup-from Thomas’ point of view between Small Favor and Turn Coat
The Warrior-from Mean Street, between Small Favor and Turn Coat
Last Call-from Strange Brew, between Small Favor and Turn Coat
Love Hurts-from Songs of Love and Death, between Turn Coat and Changes
Aftermath-from Sgt. Karrin Murphy’s point of view, after Changes
Friday, September 16, 2011
There. That said…
Something Deadly This Way Comes is the third installment of the Madison Avery series. Madison is indeed sassy and smart, like most young adult heroine are, but she is also slightly reckless, a wee bit headstrong, and more than slightly determined to prove that given a chance and choice, a soul bound for fallen from grace can be saved, sparing the life and the soul.
In this edition, Harrison thrusts Madison further than the previous books. Madison discovers more of her powers as the Dark Timekeeper, such as being able to stop time, her relationship with Josh grows, and her band of renegade angels are beginning to understand what she is attempting to do.
But when Madison attempts to rekindle the love of life in an issued laden teen named Tammy, she fumbles and makes things even worse for the girl. Now Madison must attempt to fix the mess she’s in while fighting off a Light and Dark Reaper and her own self-doubt.
Harrison is so good with creating specific phrases that her characters say. For her Hollow series, her protagonist constantly says “Crap on toast” while her side kick pixy is always saying some a little dirty about dear ol’ Tinkerbelle. Madison’s phrase is “puppies presents.” A cute little euphemism. Don’t get me wrong…I have the mouth of a pirate, but there is such a thing as too much. It makes the characters unique and it gives them the alternative to cursing.
The plot moves along at the pace it should and then BAM! Surprise! Harrison lets Madison find her body. Finally! I was starting to wonder if poor Madison would ever be able to eat French fries again. I loved how Madison’s body is in the same condition it was when she died the night of prom in a car crash: the torn, tattered, and blood stained dress, dried blood on her arms, a bruise across her chest from the seat belt. With all the beautiful imagery Harrison uses to describe the joy of getting her body back, she punches it with humor with the poor gal dancing around needing to use the bathroom.
The action scenes were well written, showing the passion of angels and how out of place Madison is. My favorite scene, however, is after the battle for Tammy in an empty bus station. Paul, the rising Light Timekeeper, and Tammy are walking out and they are stepping over bits of debris and destruction talking about what just happened and how Tammy can save her soul. The imagery matches the despair, I feel, that Tammy feels. And then with a little guidance, walking away and leaving it all behind.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I feel like I have said this before but for the 2 people who might be readingmy blog let me apologize for lack of postings. No internet + 10 hour work day + being a mom and wife x no internet = no blog posts. But I promise: a post is coming very soon! In fact losts of posts are on the horizon!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS.
THIS FOLLOWING SECTION CONTAINS SPOILERS. STOP IF YOU DON’T WISH TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END.