Many of us already know how we'd react if the zombie apocalypse struck, but what would you do if the zombies that came for you didn't eat you? What if all they were instructed to do was bite you, so you'd be infected and added to the horde? Uh, if you caught on to my wording, you'd have noticed, I said instructed. Yup, these Z's are mind controlled!
Perrin Briar, the author of Swiss Family RobinZOM and other stories has brought readers, Blood Memory, In this 4-book season, a handful of people are floating aboard the Hope Tomorrow, a sailboat. They're doing their best to avoid the coastlines, since they're covered in zombies but visit land whenever they need supplies.
When they come across a body floating in the water, they hoist it in, checking if he's alive, because they're do-gooders in the land of dead things. And guess what? He is! And he's got amnesia! Though he can't remember much, he is an asset to the crew, in fighting skills and bravery. Sadly that's not all he's got.
Though the crew have the Suez Canal at their bow, their stern's being followed by a madman. A man who can control zombies and able to telekinetically battle with people called Overlords, like himself. And he knows the amnesiac onboard the Hope Tomorrow. And he wants revenge!
Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro is from a novella series. I was given this book with no knowledge of it belonging to a series, so I was unaware of the situation. It felt off at first, but I can adapt, adjust and move on like any Reading Soldier!
This story is about a few people in the 1600-1700's. A set of sisters, Rebecca and Melissa, have evidently walked into a time portal and found themselves here. They've met men, explained their pasts- er, futures and chose to stay behind. Rebecca has a daughter, Felicity who's caught smallpox, a deadly virus that turned plague in those days. Her husband is also ill. So Melissa's family and a few others set out to find cures.
Shenandoah Family Christmas was lovely. The base message was to lean on God, no matter what is going wrong, or right in life. Find appreciation for the good that's been given, and leave the rest for God to fix. The theme was very strong and sure to make those who love The Lord proud, but for those who are offended by any form of faith or religion, they'd be put off by it. For me, it was perfectly fine but I didn't like a few things.
One, I like the cover. I understand the red mittens and the ship is nice, set against a stormy sky. I would have loved more details on the ship, but that's neither here nor there. I also loved the story itself. It's a sweet story, and I guess back in those days, constant praying was THE thing, especially during a crisis. Sadly, they prayed way too much for my dose of fiction. For me, the best parts were of Jonah, and his 'white lie' to stay with the one who stole his heart!
All in all, the story was nice and I was happy it was a novella. I don't know if I could have handled a full novel like this. I'm off to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓.5 /5 specs
* Blood Memory, Season 2: Volumes 1-4 is next.
**eBook provided by Celebrate Lit Bloggers, for an honest review.
You know it's a serious book when it starts off asking if: Today is a good day to die?
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is about Finch and Violet, two people who started off, to me, as two losers! One constantly contemplated killing himself and the other just wished she was dead. They were contemptuous and so heavy on life, it was almost depressing... but not for long.
If I really wanted to, I know I could have contacted Ms. Niven and asked about Finch and Violent and their relationship, but the best part of a book is being able to come to my own conclusion. Yes, it's about depression, dealing with the loss of a loved one and suicidal tendencies. It's also about being a teenager, not knowing what's ahead and how to deal with what life gives you. Or not.
Before purchasing All The Bright Places, I read what others thought of the tale. They were so busy commenting on mental issues, they lost sight of the story. Yeah, Finch attempted to recreate himself numerous times but who didn't as a teen?! I still go out and about from time to time and use a British accent while shopping for the heck of it! I don't suffer multiple personalities! None I'm aware of anyway. The thing is, it was
Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of this lovely book. The Paper magician attracted me so, with it's fusion of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, with just a teaspoon of Harry Potter! Sadly, the pages within are not as classy or as enchanting.
A young, obstinate apprentice of paper magic sets herself onto a quest to save her master, Magician Thane from death. He was attacked by a women, his heart stolen before his apprentice's eyes! So young Ceony sets out to save him and stop the evil woman who used blood magic called Excision. Deadly...
Don't get me wrong, the story was entertaining. I loved envisioning the origami birds and I especially love Fennel- the paper pooch, but it wasn't enough. The story was boring, the characters were one-dimensional, and it all felt forcefully fast. The admiration that developed between the two was barely there- for her to run off that way, to exact her revenge was off to me. And let's not forget, Lira was one of the most powerful magicians ever. Crony managed to accomplish what the council hadn't even started to investigate, concerning Mg. (short for magician) Thane's attack! A green-horn, barely experienced took off and took on a blood magician.
Now here's a book for children of all ages! It's the story of Santa, from a normal point of view: parents had a kid an discover the child's personality as they grow up. simple, right? Not for these parents!
From the very beginning, they know little Santa is different. He's always happy, hates the cold, love to laugh in a particular fashion...
This book is so cute, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to give it to my Ewoks or not! I initially bought it for them, but the bright colors, the Norman Rockwell-like illustrations; it's got everything I love in a children's book. My babies are so lucky I love them so!
Grab When Santa Was A Baby by Linda Baily and Genevieve Godbout. You'll love it!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Paper Magician is next.
**Book is from my personal library..
There's something seriously demented when you get a book that posts three warnings! If you look carefully, there's one that states: WARNING: Contains cases of extreme gore and brutality! The other is below the author's name which lists the book as 'macabre, surreal fiction'. The last one is on Amazon, where I purchased the book which tells readers: MOUTHFUL OF CARRION is an EXTREME horror tale. Please do not purchase this book if you are easily shocked, disgusted or offended. I was well-warned, yeah? I still wasn't ready for this book and I like B-movies. That's how I read this book, like one of those movies on Chiller that I love to hate so much. It worked.
Mouthful of Carrion, by Ian Woodhead, is about Colin and Danielle- well it about Colin, looking for Danielle. Colin is a Hunter (half human/half zombie) and Danielle is his sister and his only hold on humanity. Someone's taken her and he's gone all ZomBo to get her back. Oh... what is a Hunter? Well, twenty years after the plague hit, there are three races left: humans, zombies and Hunters, who can think, speak and function but are deterioriating and need flesh like a zombie. A hunter can semi-control the need to feed, but they only eat humans. BUT humans have some sort of poison in their blood that
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