Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Dead Living by Glenn Bullion

Dead LivingTitle: Dead Living
Author: Glenn Bullion
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publishing Date: January 7th, 2013
Pages: 240
Genre: Young Adult Zombie
Series: Standalone
Source: Book
 

It didn’t take long for the world to die. And it didn’t take long, either, for the dead to rise.
Born on the day everything ended, a world filled with the walking dead is the only one that Aaron knows. Kept in seclusion, his family teaches him the basics. How to read and write. How to survive.
Then Aaron makes a shocking discovery. The undead, who desire nothing but flesh, ignore him. It’s as if he’s invisible to them.
The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They live day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who can face the corpses. They need someone who can live in a city of the dead.
They need Aaron.
Dead Living is about the zombie apocalypse and life after the dead rise. Told from multiple point of views, see how the characters learn to survive 
What made me pick this book up: 
The cover did actually. I love anything zombie and the cover did me in.

What did I like about the cover: 
I love how eerie it looks, with the ominous green smoke, the dripping letters, and the hands. It represents the book well with Aaron in the middle.

What made me read this book: 
Zombies! It was also one I had on my physical TBR shelf for a long time and it wasn't a super long book. Though it took me a lot longer to finish it than I had wanted.

What did I like the most: 
Aaron. I loved his character so much. He was funny and a bit of a smart ass. The story was interesting enough for being a zombie book. I had a love/hate relationship with the writing because it told how everyone was feeling instead of just one character at a time.

What didn't I like: 
Basically what I said about the writing. It was interesting but it almost felt a little like an overload. That and it seemed to take forever to read, like it just kept going on forever.

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
Maybe if there was more to this series, but probably not. It's a good standalone book I think. As far as more from this author? I looked at what other books he's written and I would have to say no.


It took me a bit to get into the story to be honest. For the most part it was good, but I still feel almost like I just finished it to say I did.


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Wee Reads: Shine by Patrick McDonnell

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 


What Finn Reads....  
Shine!
Shine by Patrick McDonnell

  

Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars--and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi's friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within.

What Finn Thinks...
Do you like this book?
Yeah, but not really, because the starfish was sad he didn't shine in the water.

What's your favorite part of the book?
Nothin, I didn't really like that book.

What do you think of the cover?

don't like stars..

Do you want me to read it again?

No, not ever.

What Momma Thinks... 
Finn didn't really care for this book, it doesn't have a lot of bright colors, and I think it might be a little slow and over his head, for a kiddo his age. Momma, however, really enjoyed this book. The colors and the art are beautiful. The story is really great, I love how it teaches them to be happy no matter where they are, and how amazing and beautiful everything is around them. It teaches them to look inside to be happy, and to be happy with who you are, not sad because of who you aren't.

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Patrick McDonnellIn 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children's book career. His first children’s book, which featured the MUTTS characters, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Art (2006), his second release, told the story of a boy named Art who makes art. His next release, Just Like Heaven (2006), heralding the joys of simple blessings, was hailed in a starred review by Kirkus as 'a meditation on the true nature of miracles'. In 2007. McDonnell again returned to the New York Times bestseller list with Hug Time, featuring a kitten named Jules who goes around the world hugging endangered species. His fifth children’s book, South, was released in 2008.
McDonnell’s website, muttscomics.com, promotes his animal and earth friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O’Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with their formerly feral cat MeeMow.



Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are not yet or newly published books that we have discovered recently. 


Jenn: 

The Other Side of Lost
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby



Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in-love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir trail. Mari and her late cousin, Bri, were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri.
With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.






Bring Me Their Hearts
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf 


A lush, unique new fantasy trilogy about a girl tasked with stealing the prince’s heart…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Vicious series.

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.
Literally.



A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland


Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.


As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 


Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.







Ash: 



Fawkes
Fawkes by Nadine Brands

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.But what if death finds him first?Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.




Somebody's Daughter
Somebody's Daughter by David Bell


In the pulse-racing new suspense novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, the life of a little girl rests in the hands of the father who never even knew she existed...
When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica's nine-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.
But finding Felicity comes at a price--the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity's safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.





The Dark Beneath the IceThe Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube
  


Something is wrong with Marianne.
It's not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.
She's losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.
Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it's owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.








Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead GirlTitle: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: September 8th, 2009
Pages: 170 
Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Book
 

The thing is, you can get used to anything. You think you can't, you want to die, but you don't. You won't. You just are.
This is Alice.
She was taken by Ray five years ago.
She thought she knew how her story would end.
She was wrong.
Little Alice was taken from a aquarium when she was 10 years old. 5 years later and she is still being abused by the same man. This man now wants her to find a replacement little girl for Alice.

What made me pick this book up: 
I originally read it almost 10 years ago. So I can't say what made me pick it up then, but I know I had read a few Elizabeth Scott books prior to that, so maybe that's why.

What did I like about the cover: 
I don't care much for the edition I have, but I love the other cover. The dress on the front symbolizes an innocence lost, so perfectly. It's sad and beautiful.

What made me read this book: 
This time around I decided to read it because it was a quick read, and I might as well re-read it and review it. I also remembered how much I liked it the first time around...

What did I like the most: 
Okay so this is where it gets a little confusing. This section and the next are going to sound a bit.. contradictory. But just stay with me...
I loved the writing. It was done in such a way that you can feel everything that the author put into this book, everything that this book was supposed to make you feel. It just makes you so sick to think about what this little girl, and what many other little girls actually have to go through. I think the world needs more books that show the issues the world has. So for me, my favorite part was the writing.
What didn't I like: 
And now comes the contradictory part. I didn't like this book the second time around. It took me a total of an hour and four minutes to read it. But I just... this time around I almost felt nothing reading it. I remember how immersed I was the first time reading it. Now granted, I was much younger then. 
This time reading it I felt like the characters were flat. I understand that Alice went through something traumatizing, but at the same time, I didn't feel any connection to her. Maybe this was done on purpose? Who knows. 
The ending is just kind of blah too. So disappointing. 
I feel like there was so much more that could have gone with this story, and it needed to be more than a simple 170 page book. 
Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I've read a few books by Elizabeth Scott, and I loved them when I was 16. I feel like I've kind of out grown them at this point.

Overall I feel like I shouldn't have read it again. I was so disappointed. 




A Little Snippet:


“I have been smashed and put back together so many times nothing works right. Nothing is where it should be, heavy thumping in my shoulder where my heart now beats.”  Elizabeth Scott, Living Dead Girl
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.
Usually two. (Or more!)
My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com





 
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