Take a few minutes and vote for your favorite books. There are some great titles to choose from! I thought I read a lot of books, but looking at these lists made me feel like I hardly read at all!
If only there were more hours in the day!
With a fresh take on zombies, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is proof that vampires aren’t the only ones who can go mainstream.
Angel Crawford is a loser.
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!
Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat.
This was a really fun read! What an awesome cover! A new spin on zombies – mainstreaming. Angel is so likable. Her southern voice and the fact that she is so flawed make her hopelessly endearing. She has some hilarious moments and some rough one’s too. Life as a new zombie can be pretty intense! But Angel can handle it.
Unbeknownst to her, Angel has traded in her drug addiction for a brain addiction. She wakes up in the ER unable to remember the previous nights events. She soon learns that if she doesn’t give in to her new cravings, death will become a reality.
She’s lucky. She has some friends, known and not known, who help her along the way. She’s set up with a job at a morgue which gains her access to brains. But all is not well and she has to turn zombie sleuth to solve the mystery of who’s decapitating locals.
This isn’t a slice and dice zombie story. In this one, they walk among us. We do get a little gore with the decapitations, death scenes and autopsies. Angel’s personality is what shines in this book. The murder mystery is the outlet in which the author reveals who changed Angel into a zombie.
All in all a fresh take with a great main character. It’s a fun, light whodunit and would be a great starter if you want to try a fresh zombie story and skip the usual.
Soaked in drama and steeped in history, My Enemy’s Tears is historical fiction at its best.
In the 1630s two young girls fresh from England settle with their families in the Connecticut River Valley. There, on the frontier of a terrifying wilderness surrounded by warring natives, they must face the rigors of life among the Puritans — a people steeped in superstition and piety. Based on the lives of Mary Bliss Parsons and Sarah Lyman Bridgeman and the men they loved, this fictional account of a true story transports us to a land founded on a dream, where life was uncertain, and where fear and jealousy would lead to ruin.
Well written and well researched, this book is equal parts history lesson and family drama. Based on a true story and set in Puritan New England circa mid 1600’s, we’re introduced to Mary Bliss as she and her family flee religious prosecution in England. Growing up in the New World is a harsh reality for Mary. This was a harsh time period all around. If I could travel back in time, this century would be far, far down on my list of times to visit. Religion is at the heart of these hard times creating poor living conditions (bathing is frowned upon), strict rules (especially for women) and harsh consequences.
We see Mary transform from child to young woman. Sent to serve in a more prominent household by her parents who view her as willful and outspoken, she befriends the young mistress of the house, Sarah. Eventually, circumstances make it impossible for Mary to remain in service and the girls part with Sarah blaming Mary for their parting.
Mary and Sarah’s adult lives are lived throughout the pages that follow. We are privy to marriages, alliances, many births and deaths. There’s plenty here to keep the drama going. Sex, lies, jealously and hatred run wild through Northampton. There’s plenty of action as Indians are an ever increasing threat and wars loom.
At the core of this story are women who gossip away the unexplained and accuse those they don’t like at the time. Fear of witches and the Devil work to weave doubt about even the most upstanding citizens. Women, and even some men, who deal in herbal remedies or have birthmarks are prime suspects of witchcraft.
I appreciate that the author used wording of the time but was careful not to make so much use of it that it made the book hard to read. The backdrop was so well thought out and the descriptives really put the town into focus.
I was delighted with this gem and would like to thank the author and PR by the Book for providing me with a copy to review. Hopefully, this author has other interesting ancestors that we can look forward to reading about!
You can read the first chapter of the book on the author’s website, myenemystears.com.
A drama played out from childhood to adulthood, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter shows us two men who have to accept their past in order to face their future.
In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.
More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.
I’m kinda on the fence about this one. Well written with an interesting premiss, this book definitely has that 70’s feel. This book excels at taking you back to 1970’s small town Mississippi as the author paints pictures with words in regards to location and feeling. Unfortunately though, to me, it felt stifling and depressing.
This book teeters between childhood and adulthood and is told from the perspective of Larry and Silas, two childhood friends who grow apart due to circumstances beyond their control. Although the synopsis indicates a strong friendship, I had a hard time making this connection. Yes, they spent time together, but not enough to make me feel like they really liked each other or were best friends.
Larry’s whole life just made me sad. “Scary Larry” is constantly ill-treated and outcast by townspeople and harassed by authorities in his adult life even though he was never convicted of the murder they thought he committed.
For Silas, adulthood seemed kinder. Moving away after high school and returning to a job as constable, he ignores Larry until circumstances reunite them and they are forced to reconcile.
There’s a little mystery going on as to who recently killed another teenage girl and Larry is again a prime suspect. The mystery really isn’t the main focus and the outcome and the question of who did it are predictable.
Although information comes out that links Larry and Silas in more ways than one, there was no shocking moment of truth.
It’s a drama, and a good one, but not a feel good one. There’s no real mystery or life changing revelations, but it’s a good drama about how confronting your past can be painful but necessary.
A non stop roller coaster of emotion, Monsters of Men is a worthy ending to a remarkable series.
“War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge – the electrifying finale to the award-winning “Chaos Walking” trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.
I have to confess, I put off reading this book because I didn’t want to think about this series ending. Throughout the series I’ve grown so attached to Todd and Viola and their goal of peace. This series has some of the most remarkable young characters who are unique, who don’t fit into a tidy, ready-made package of persona, and who make mistakes, have regrets, but ultimately learn from them. They are great role models. I love the incorporation of animals, who I have such a soft spot for.
Monsters of Men picks up where The Ask and the Answer left off. I really like how the author doesn’t spend time reiterating what happened in the last book. It starts right in the thick of it. In this book, we are treated to a third narrative. I don’t want to give a way who it is, but I’ll just say that this character’s representation allows so many questions to be answered and for the story to come full circle.
This book is action packed! Never slowing down, it’s a constant roller coaster between war and peace. It muddies the waters of who’s good and who’s evil and to what end. Through it all Todd and Viola’s commitment to each other is unwavering and stays true. Death comes for many in this installment, some of which are surprising.
The one thing that didn’t satisfy me was the ending. I wanted more. I wanted things tidied up more. I wanted a glimpse in to the future to see if what all these characters went through was worth it.
This is my favorite YA series. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out in movie form and will be anxious to see if they can recreate the emotion that is captured in the book.
See my review of The Ask and the Answer.