Archive | May 2012

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It (Paperback)

Paperback
177 pages
Published  January 26th 2010
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
(first published January 20th 2010)

Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”
When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. .

Book Contains:  Zombies, Vampires and Romance.

My thoughts:

First off let me say that I thought that this book was incredible slow for a book that is less than 200 pages.  I would have thought that the author would have made and effort to move this story along because of the shortness of the book.

Secondly, I just could not get past the fact that this guy was a zombie. I just kept thinking how gross it was to kiss one.  I kept thinking of his flesh and how it was starting to rot yuck! Also, Alley talks about kissing him and how the taste of the medicine was strong, gross!! I know that I don’t want to taste anything weird when kissing my boyfriend.  All through this book I kept thinking why doesn’t she just go for the vampire boy.  I realize that I  am prejudice against zombies there I have said but now that it is out in the open I feel better getting it off my chest.  Needless to say this was not a book for me.  I discovered that I like books about killing zombies but not dating them.

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Dust & Decay (Benny Imura, #2) by Jonathan Maberry

Dust & Decay (Benny Imura, #2)

Hardcover
1st Edition, 519 pages
Published  August 30th 2011
by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
In post-apocalyptic America, 15-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.

This Book Contains:  Violence, Child Abuse, Romance and Death.

This was the second installment to the Benny Imura series.  I will say that this book was a lot better than the first.  It moved at a very fast pace and kept my interest all the way through. In this Benny and the gang want to leave town to go find where the jet came from.  They also want to find out what is still out there and if they can reclaim it.  Gameland is back in business and someone is trying to kill the Imura brothers along with their friends.  In this one the zombies are changing by moving faster and starting to leave areas they have always occupied to swarm new ones.  Also some of the dead are actually staying that way.  So what does this mean and could this plague be coming to an end?

I just finished this book and I have to say that I knew it was coming but, why?  I know there are things authors have to do in order to add eliminate  of suspense to a story and sometimes people have to die in order to do that.  I just think that just like in Harry Potter sometimes enough is enough.  You don’t always have to kill off everyone someone loves to add drama or to give the characters something to fight for.  I really did enjoy this book even though it broke my heart.  I will read the next book in the series to see what happens to the remaining characters but I will be sad about it.

    

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by Rachel Higginson

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed, #1)

Kindle Edition
327 pages
Published  March 14th 2011
  16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she’s unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran’s life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.        

This Book Contains: Romance, Mystery, Love, Magic and Family.

I was doing the plot on my reviews but I think since the plot is in the synopsis I will just write my thoughts.

   My girlfriend recommended this book to me and I was so happy that she did.  First off, this book was just a fast pace thrill ride.  I can’t believe that a publisher has not picked this series up and ran with it.   This book is a fresh take on magic and where it comes from.  I love the mix of mythology and paranormal.  This book takes several twist, some you see coming and some you don’t.   I found myself  looking at the clock saying I would read one more chapter and then go to bed and before I knew it I was done with the book.  After I finished this book I wanted to go back and read it all over again just so that I could relieve the amazing feelings I got while reading it.

This book has already had so may amazing reviews on goodreads, I think right now its rating is 4.5 stars.  Which if you know about the goodreads ratings than you know that is darn near perfect.   I think everyone should check this book out,  It is free on Barnes and Nobles right now. 

I just loved the first book so much that I read it in like less that two days.   It just completely consumed me from the begin and could not put it down.   I may have to hire someone to clean, cook and take care of my kids so that I can finish the series.   Because once I start the next book I don’t think I will be able to do anything else until I finish it!  I am so sorry kids!!!!!!

Reckoning (Strange Angels #5)

Reckoning (Strange Angels, #5)

Paperback
 307 pages
Published November 1st 2011
by Razorbill  (first published October 27th 2011)

The electric finale in New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow’s Strange Angels series!
Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha – rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires – the worst is yet to come.
Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?
DRU ANDERSON’S NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK. BUT SHE SHOULD BE.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS ALL OF LILI ST. CROW AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!

First off let me start by saying that I loved this book.  I was never disappointed in this series!  I know people wanted a more conclusive ending but I thought it was awesome.  The ending leaves the books open for a spin-off series.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I won’t go into detail but I will say if you are a fan of this series you don’t want to miss this epic conclusion.  I find that so many authors cop-out at the last-minute and end a series according to pressure from fans or publishers. For instance I felt the fourth book in the Twilight series was just a complete cop-out.  Then you have the epilogue for Harry Potter series and to me why was that even necessary? I found this to be a fitting end and am hoping for more books with these characters in them.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Hardcover
279 pages
Published  April 1st 2006
by Disney Hyperion Books   
 
 After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.   
 

This Book Contains:  Loyalty, Fighting, Violence and Adventure.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy reading books by Rick Riordan.  I love his Percy Jackson series and I thought that since I am reading mythology books this month it would be a good time to revisit some of his books that I haven’t read in a long time.   I listened to this on audio and I think I enjoyed it more this time around than I did the first.   I still feel that the second book lacked the excitement of the first but it did have a lot of very sweet moments.  Some of which are my favorite in the series.  I just enjoy the way Rick puts life lessons in  his books without trying to shove them down your throat.  I love that Percy discovered that he had a brother and that he was able to accept him even though he was part monster. 

 I know that most people know who Rick Riordan because of the Percy Jackson movie.  I also know that you have all heard that  books are always better than the movie and in this case it is true.  I encourage people to try his books if they haven’t because you are in for an awesome ride.  I also would suggest that if you know someone one who is a reluctant reader or who doesn’t care for middle grade give them these books.  I am sure that they will help change their minds and open up new options for them.  I have suggested and given this series to many adult along with younger children  to read.   Almost all of them have loved this series and the ones who didn’t really didn’t even start them.   So I highly recommend reading these book and giving them to someone who may be struggling or just needs to see what middle grade has to offer.