Audio Review: ZOM-B Mission by Darren Shan


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I started listening to this on audio, and yet again, reached a point where I switched over to the ebook. I have been incredibly fortunate that the library has had the volumes when I needed them, and I started borrowing several volumes at a time. ZOM-B is a fun series with quick episodes, so it pays to have several of them on hand.

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Audio Review: ZOMB-B Baby by Darren Shan


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I didn’t enjoy ZOM-B Baby as much as previous volumes. It seemed really, really short, or maybe I was just getting fed up with B. She carries such a massive chip on her shoulder, it’s a wonder she is mobile at all. She has what I call a piss poor attitude, and maybe after listening to two volumes in a row of her snapping, growling, and barking at everyone around her, I was wondering why anyone is friendly with her at all.

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Audio Review: ZOM-B Angels by Darren Shan


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This series! It’s so addicting, but aggravating at the same time. ZOM-B is a 12 book series, and each volume is about 160 pages. They all have ended on cliffhangers, and when I was first reading the series, a majority of the books weren’t out. Now that the series has been released in its entirety, I decided to give the audio books a listen. I am enjoying them so much!

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Review: Daisy and the Dead by Sarah Bale

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When I saw this on Netgalley, I started salivating.  I LOVE zombie stories!  All of the running and fighting and trying to survive – I find zombie stories irresistible.   What I didn’t realize before I hit the request button is that Sarah Bale writes erotica.  That’s not a deal killer for me, but when I read books with zombies, I want ZOMBIES.  Not spankings and heroines who defiantly proclaim they won’t be sleeping with the big bad leader of the gang who saved her – and promptly jumps into bed with him. Without protection (which the hero claimed to always use, until sleeping with our heroine) during a zombie apocalypse, where an unplanned pregnancy would certainly spell disaster. Not to mention STDs. It’s not like there’s a doctor on every corner anymore. Smh.

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Mini Review: The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

 

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The Rains is a cross between Charlie Higson’s The Enemy and War of the Worlds. It was not quite the “zombie” tale I was expecting, but the engaging narrative did drag me into the story. It’s a creepy, fast-paced horror story with emotionless monsters whose highest directive is to capture any kids who have escaped their evil clutches.

After an asteroid crashes into Chance and Patrick’s small farming community, it’s the adults against the kids as anyone over 18 is turned into a mindless drone. Overall a fun, but ultimately forgettable, read, barring the annoying cliffhanger.

Grade: C+

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book

The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz
In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.
Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.
Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites–and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul V2 by Sui Ishida

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Review:

I am trying to get back into the swing of reading multi volume manga series again.  It has definitely gotten more difficult for me to maintain any level of enthusiasm when there is a wait of months, sometimes many, many months, between volumes.  When my favorite series go on hiatus, or get canceled by the US publisher, it breaks my heart.  I love comics, I get all caught up in the stories and the characters, and when all of that grinds to a premature halt, it stings.  I’m not a happy camper, and I’m reluctant to become invested in other series.  That’s one of the reasons I enjoy the Harlequin manga adaptations so much; it’s usually only volume and you’re done.  I was also burnt out on all of the series I had been following.  Now, though, I feel the urge to dip a toe back into the manga waters. I’d like to finish up some series that have concluded, and maybe test drive a few new ones.  Tokyo Ghoul looked interesting, so I decided to give it a spin.

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Micro Reviews: Pop Stars, Cowgirls, Zombies, and Beasties!

 

I have been reading up a storm, but I’ve been lax on writing reviews.  Here’s a quick catch up post with short reviews.

Hello, I Love You by Katie M Stout

C-

This dragged for me, and I didn’t think there was any chemistry between Grace and Jason. I read this mainly for the setting, but the school might as well have been anywhere, which was a big disappointment. Cultural details were sparse and shallow.  I didn’t get a feeling that Grace was in a foreign country, and the fact that everyone she interacted with spoke English didn’t help make this unique or different. It also bugged me that Jason and his sister were the only Koreans to use Korean names.

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Mini Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

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Review:

I read Rot & Ruin last year and loved it.  It was one of my top 10 reads for the year.  I loved how Benny and Tom’s relationship changed as they faced one life-threatening adventure after another, and how Benny grew from an angry, petulant teen in to a courageous young man.  When he learned the truth about First Night, when the zombie plague wiped out most of human population, he finally saw his brother in a new light and forgave him for abandoning his mother.  It’s one best bonding moments in young adult fiction, but really, the whole book is about Benny learning how to come to terms with his feelings for his brother.

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