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Book Review: Rise of Chaos by Griffin Smith

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More 3.5 stars, this season starts out in what appears to be a typical story line for a zombie novel but quickly turns into a unique story of survival.

If I could sum this season up in one word it would be “exciting”. It’s action packed from beginning to end and has all the elements that make a zombie story so much fun. The protagonists are going from one disaster to the next with barely any down time which made this book a breeze to get through.

The unique storyline, pitting world powers against each other, made for an entertaining and well thought out novel. The introduction of “super” zombies was a great addition.

What would have made this story even better for me would have been more character development. I didn’t have any feelings one way or the other for any of the group characters. Their interactions seemed forced and they often said things that seemed off base, especially the main female character. She wasn’t relatable at all. However, the military interaction and dialog was dead on. I actually liked those parts a lot more than I thought I would.

If you’re a zombie fan, this is one worth adding to your TBR list.

I want to thank Griffin Smith for providing me a copy of this book for review – I’m looking forward to what you have in store next!

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A Year of Reading Recap – 2012

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What would the New Year be without a look back at the old one? Here’s a recap of my year of reading 2012.

I’ve had the opportunity to read so many wonderful books this year. I surpassed my reading goal of 75 and reached an all time high of 117. 1Q84 was the longest book I read, 945 pages. I think that made the all-time high also. I gave mostly 3 and 4 stars with only 14 making the 5 star distinction, which makes me think I’m a bit too picky and hard to please. I had two books that were so terrible I couldn’t finish them and I’m still cursing about wasting my time on them.

I read more memoirs this year than ever. People are truly interesting and in some cases their stories are stranger than fiction. I cried more this year than ever too. Some of the stories were just so heartbreaking. I’m pretty sure I blubbered through more of The Art of Racing in the Rain than I’m willing to fess up to. Dogs dying in books seemed to be a common theme this year. I seriously cannot take anymore of that!

I had a zombie run and it was a great one. Zombies are the new vampires. Super cool! If I were giving an award for best cover it would go to My Life as a White Trash Zombie. As Steven Martin said in Father of the Bride, “Bitchin!” That cover earns the Bitchin award. (if there were such a thing) Patrick Ness is my favorite author of 2012. Reading his book has inspired both my children and me.

Historical fiction is still my favorite genre. Mixing fiction in with a history lesson makes learning fun even at my age.

Out of the 117 books I’ve read this year, here’s my top 10 favorites:

1. Wilderness: A Novel by Lance Weller
2. Chaos Walking: A Trilogy by Patrick Ness
3. The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
4. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
5. Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
9. The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by by Michelle Moran
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My goals for 2013 are much the same. I’m upping my reading goal to 100. I think I can manage it without feeling too pressured. I’m going to do my best not to purchase books this year. I have probably 75 on my bookshelf waiting to be read and they deserve my love and attention. “Try” is the main word here.

I’m going to give a State Challenge a go and will be book blogging my way through the US. I hope you’ll join me along the way! Every book is an adventure and it’s so much more fun when you’re along!

I wish each of you a New Year filled with joy, happiness and many, many great books!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


Book Review: Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo

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Mark Tufo hit a home run with this novel full of Walking Dead-esque zombie mayhem.

Mike Talbot and his family fight for their lives after a virus turns deadly and the human race is reduced to flesh-eating, bug infested, grotesque versions of themselves.

Mike Talbot’s ex-military, a regular guy whose job and financial situation has changed drastically due to the recession. One day he comes home from work wanting to take a nice hot shower and next thing you know zombie’s are trying to knock down his door. He and his family join forces with neighbors in their townhouse complex and try to create a safe haven within the gates. But, the zombies aren’t as mindless as the movies portray and safety is a luxury they no longer have.

I loved the writing style of this book. Mark Tufo successfully created a world we can all imagine. Real people trying to survive. He give’s the main character Mike, a sarcastic humor which has probably gotten him through the changes in his life so far and which helps him deal with the responsibility of keeping his family alive. Mike is instantly likable and relatable. He’s got great instincts.

There’s tons of action! Although the characters don’t roam far from the complex they don’t need to. Zombie’s in their backyard provide more than enough action sequences to fill the pages. There’s no shying away from the realities of what zombies are or what they do to their prey and what should be disgusting often comes across as hilarious.

Let’s face it, zombies or hot right now! Zombies are the “new” vampires. It’s a great book like this one that puts them at the forefront of this genre. Thank goodness there are plenty of books in this series. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Warm Bodies Official Trailer Released

The first trailer for the Warm Bodies movie has been released. The movie is based on the book Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The book is told from the perspective of M, a zombie who becomes infatuated with Julie, a human girl. It follows M through his struggle to become something more than an escalator riding, brain eating monster.

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I read this book at the beginning of the year. I gave it 3 stars. The story was good and original. I would have liked more action but hopefully Hollywood will take care of that! The trailer gives a good overview of the story with most of the scenes being instantly recognizable.

Did you read Warm Bodies? What did you think of the trailer?


Book Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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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.

From Goodreads:
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.

Literally.

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.

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Book Review: The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

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Gory and sarcastic, The Infects has a slew of teenage zombie mayhem.

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

I’m going to start off this review my mentioning the cover which is awesome! It really grabs your attention. Love it!

The story itself is a fairly simple one with a few new twists on the zombies we all know and love. The first third of this book was a little slow going as we get to know the main character, Nick, aka Nero. It picks up though and gets some action packed fun when the zombies take center stage. The group of teenagers Nick finds himself with are very diversified. The humor is sarcastic with plays well the the teenage theme. Think zombie fighting Breakfast Club. There’s lots of great music, tv and movie references, some of which, are extremely funny. I loved the Silence of the Lambs reference. Some of the phrased used are inventive and funny as well – teen boys hoping to be “cougared to death”.

I would have liked the back story and reasoning behind the zombie infestation to have more depth. A little more thought to how it began and ended would have made a big difference. I didn’t really care for all the character nicknames as some were beyond a little cheesy.

All in all a good teen zombie read if you like to be a little grossed out and get a good chuckle or two.

This book was provided for review by Netgalley.

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