Posts Categorized: dystopian/post-apocalyptic

The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway

The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway

I’ve been meaning to read Charlie Higson The Enemy series for ages because so many of my friends rave about it, so when the opportunity came up to review the books and offer up a giveaway to our readers, I jumped at the opportunity. With the latest book The Fallen out next week, now is the perfect time to check out the series! This post-apocalyptic zombie series is based around the unusual idea that adults that have turned into flesh-eaters, so the kids are left to fend for themselves. I really enjoyed the action sequences in the first book, and there are a lot of scenes that would look great on screen. The gore is handled well; it gets kind of squicky in parts, as you’d expect, but it’s not too over the top or gross. There are some chilling scenes involving a creepy couple, and the story is engaging… Read more »

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Review: The Forever Song

Review: The Forever Song

This review is spoiler free. All spoilers have been hidden behind a spoiler tag. Vampires are my favorite. They have been my favorite since I watched the very first episode of Buffy  premiere  at the tender age of 10. It’s been a lifelong love affair ever since. I don’t care about trends or vampires being played out or whathaveyou. I will always love them and will always want to read books about them. I just loved that the Blood of Eden series was about a kickass vampire girl who was not afraid to feel. I loved that she was so strong yet allowed herself to be so vulnerable. I was a super fan of the romantic element from the beginning and I rooted for Allie and Zeke the entire way. Of course, The Eternity Cure ended in such heartbreak. I knew there were only so many realistic ways the plot… Read more »

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Ruins: Review

Ruins: Review

I really struggled with how I was going to rate this book. Partials and Fragments were two of my favorite reads of 2013. This is also the first series I’ve completed since I’ve started reviewing so there was that component as well. Were my feelings unfairly influenced by how high my expectations were? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, of the 50 or so books I’ve read so far this year, this is one of my favorites, but I wanted more. There was much to love. The strong characterization, complex medical breakdowns, viral thrills, and realistic post-apocalyptic terror are all there. Yet there were some very significant issues that weighed down my enjoyment. For me, one of the main reasons I think this final installment flags some is the large absence of Samm. Ironically, he has more POV chapters in Ruins than in the previous books, but… Read more »

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Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part is a monthly feature in which I use my past life as a costume designer and personal stylist to help the ladies of YA express themselves visually. This month I’m gonna take a look at Davy from Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited, a book about a future world in which we have found a way to test for “the kill gene.” Poor Davy’s cozy upper middle class existence is ripped away from her when she tests positive for the gene, and she pretty quickly loses everything she cares about (her future at Juilliard, her boyfriend, her friendships, etc.). More importantly for our purposes here, she has to get a huge fucking neck tattoo. So Davy gets her neck ink, and a few chapters later she is described as wearing khaki shorts, a bright blue tank top, and tennis shoes. With the ladybug necklace her dad bought her for her… Read more »

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Red Rising: Review

Red Rising: Review

Oh, Red Rising. Where do I even start with you? There were many “What in the world?!?” moments throughout this reading (that’s a good thing). This is essentially “Dystopian, eugenic, Capture the Flag on Mars”. For real. I did a lot of creepy, evil smiling throughout. What can I say? This book served to further chill the cockles of my cold, dark heart, and I just loved it for that. This is a story for readers who, like me, are fascinated by these questions: What happens when your enemy becomes your friend? What happens when you become your enemy? I’ve kept this as free of plot points as possible. The less you know about what is going on and what is going to happen the better. I wouldn’t want to deny you a single one of those jaw dropping moments. I am absolutely horrified by the world of Red Rising… Read more »

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My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

This past weekend I got to do something really cool.  Like, really, really, really cool.  I was invited by Penguin Teen, along with the lovely Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, to have lunch with Marie Lu before her signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.  The Legend Trilogy is one of my favorite YA series from the past few years, so I was really excited, but also kind of nervous and intimidated. We braved the freezing weather (55 degrees) and perilous driving conditions (some rain) to meet up in Redondo Beach and chat over catfish and shrimp.  I was, as I said, nervous, so I arrived over half an hour early (if I hadn’t spilled coffee on myself I’d have been even earlier) and sat in my car texting my sisters.  Gillian was there early, too, so we were standing together talking about how freakishly cold our hands were when Marie strolled… Read more »

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S.A. Bodeen on Surviving the Apocalypse (plus The Compound & The Fallout giveaway!)

S.A. Bodeen on Surviving the Apocalypse (plus The Compound & The Fallout giveaway!)

There’s something about a good survivalist story that really gets to me. I love it when characters have to go foraging for food or have to ration out supplies–and I also like seeing how the aftermath of a major disaster can bring out the best and the worst in people.      When I first read The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, my favorite parts of the book were most definitely how the author thought out how Eli’s family dealt with dwindling supplies, and how paranoia and helplessness make them consider unthinkable solutions. With the sequel releasing tomorrow, we invited the author to join us as part of The Fallout’s official blog tour to tell us what she couldn’t live without when the apocalypse comes. I’m pleased as punch that she mentions one of my favorite series in this post, too!    ~ Wendy ——————————————————————  Survival Should Involve Chocolate  by S.A…. Read more »

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