Posts Categorized: undead

Reboot: review

Reboot: review

As most of you probably know, Wendy is our resident zombie / horror lover, while I’m more likely to be found cowering under the blankets because I saw thirty seconds of a horror movie trailer. Three hours ago. So when I read the summary for Reboot by Amy Tintera, I thought, “sentient zombies? I can totally handle that.” And I was half right. It wasn’t scary at all, but I don’t think my initial assessment was all that accurate. Reboots aren’t zombie-like in the least. Well. At least, not normally. When the KDH virus swept through the population, people began dropping like flies. Except… they didn’t stay dead. Their bodies rebooted (heh, get it?) after death, coming back stronger, faster, healthier–a more perfect version of their previous selves. And, naturally, the government used this to their advantage, rounding up all the Reboots and training them to be super soldiers, keeping… Read more »

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Necromancing the Stone: Review & Giveaway!

Necromancing the Stone: Review & Giveaway!

Necromancing the Stoneby Lish McBride At long last, it’s here! This review contains some spoilers from the first book, so proceed at your own risk. After killing the evil necromancer Douglas Montgomery in last year’s hilarious Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Sam LaCroix has not only inherited Douglas’ seat on their town’s supernatural Council, but he’s inherited his huge house, his shapeshifting cat butler James, and a small army of angry jam-loving gnomes as well. Just as he’s settling into his new position as head of a very unusual household, however, his sister gets a nasty threat delivered to her door, and a sudden death changes everything. One thing a necromancer should always keep in mind, after all, is that just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they stay that way. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this sequel forever, and I’m so pleased to report that catching up with Sam… Read more »

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Blackout (Newsflesh #3): review

Blackout (Newsflesh #3): review

Blackout (Newsflesh #3)by Mira Grant This review is spoiler-free, and safe even for those who haven’t read the first two books in the series. Forget everything you ever assumed about science fiction novels or zombie thrillers: the Newsflesh trilogy defies all expectations. The story that began with a turbulent political campaign in a post-apocalyptic Feed escalates here as the blogger journalists from After the End of Times continue their quest to uncover the truth behind the deadly Kellis-Amberlee virus that has decimated civilization–one that is now mutating and spreading faster than ever before. The breakneck action and intrigue in Blackout is intense as a dangerous rescue mission, disease-carrying mosquitoes, zombie bears, tangled family drama, and a mysterious patient known as Subject 7B all complicate what is already hell on earth. It’s funny that my favorite zombie series actually has the least amount of zombie action in it, but Newsflesh hasn’t… Read more »

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Cold Kiss: review

Cold Kiss: review

Cold Kissby Amy Garvey How far would you go to save the person you loved most in the world? And what if he were already…dead? Wren’s boyfriend Danny died in a car accident before she had a chance to say goodbye. In a moment of grief, she brings him back from the dead with a powerful spell. But she soon realizes that the boy brought back is no longer quite the boy she loved. I was really impressed by many aspects of this novel. From the description, I expected to find a typical YA paranormal romance, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the author spends a great deal of time reflecting on love, loss, grief, and responsibility. She skillfully sketches out the close relationship between Danny and Wren, and specifically shows us what an adorable boyfriend and great person he was. So it’s all too easy to feel sympathy… Read more »

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Ashes: review

Ashes: review

Ashesby Ilsa J. Bick It all starts with a cataclysmic electromagnetic impulse. Dead birds fall from the sky. Deer run off a cliff, maddened for unknown reasons. And people drop dead instantaneously and inexplicably–or they are miraculously, irrevocably changed, some for the better, and some for the worse. The first half of this book is a phenomenal. 17-year-old Alex is transformed by the big event in ways that she can’t understand. She is saddled with an angry 8-year-old and an attractive ex-Army guy who’s hiding secrets, and they all must find safety and shelter from the other survivors who are no longer…human. The prologue is well-written and compelling, and I was drawn to the bleak, lonely mood and stark setting right from the very beginning. I liked the strong but fragile Alex, and I was thoroughly engrossed by the incredible suspense and visceral, shudder-inducing scenes that will be forever seared… Read more »

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Ward Against Death: review

Ward Against Death: review

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)by Melanie Card This book is heaps and heaps of fun! I didn’t know quite what to expect going into it, but I was hooked from the very first page and had a grand old time following Ward on his adventures. There are so many awesome elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. Cool action sequences. People brought back from the dead. “Seeing smoke.” A seductive villain who will steal your soul with a kiss. An assassin who kills someone by throwing a dagger through his throat. Oooo! Just the kind of action I like in a book. Ward himself is also a really interesting hero, in that he’s very sensitive, painfully honorable, and dead set on doing the right thing. He’s also decisive, game for anything, and inconveniently attracted to Celia, the undead girl he’s brought back to… Read more »

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