Review: Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

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Dr Elliott Drake and a group of his friends have awoken after fifty years to a nightmare.  The world they knew is gone, replaced by an earth devastated by natural disasters, and overrun with horrific monsters.  Elliott has a secret; he’s gained the ability to heal, but doing so passes his patient’s illness or injury to him.  He can pass it on to the next person he touches, but the ability terrifies him.  How can he purposefully make someone else suffer from a broken bone or an infection or a terminal illness?

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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

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What a cool concept!  Cas is a Reckoner trainer-in-training.  She’s been surrounded by the humongous sea monsters since she was a baby.  The Reckoners are commissioned by large corporations to protect ships from the pirates that infest the NeoPacific.  When Cas’ first solo job ends in disaster, she is captured by pirates and forced to train their secret weapon: a stolen baby Reckoner that will help the crew attack bigger, better protected ships. 

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#Zombies Review: Crossbones by John L Campbell

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Review:

I have enjoyed previous installments of the Omega Days series, so I felt a little let down by Crossbones.  Xavier and his ever dwindling band of survivors have made a somewhat comfortable home on the U.S.S. Nimitz , a grounded Navy vessel.  Things are finally looking up, until Evan and a crewman go missing on a helicopter run.  While Xavier is frantically trying to determine their fate, three of the children on board start playing in a forbidden area of the ship.  When one of Calvin’s sons leads a zombie away from the other children, he becomes trapped in an uncleared area of the ship.  To add to Xavier’s headaches, a group of survivors requests sanctuary onboard, and the kind hearted priest feels he has no choice but to let them aboard.  He doesn’t know that they have only their own best interests at heart, and that they are going to instigate a slaughter of his friends.

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#Zombies Review: Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

 

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Polly Parker has things good in deadly chaos after the zombie apocalypse.  She’s snug as a bug in a secure building in Chicago, just waiting for the wakers to die.  She occasionally ventures outside to give herself something to do, and when the mathematician runs into Tye LeBow, she turns her cushy life on end.  Letting Tye into her home, and her life, is a huge risk for Polly, one that she’s very careful about making.  The last time she tried to help someone, she was viciously assaulted, proving that the zombies aren’t the only monsters prowling the streets.

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Mini Review: Nightfall by Ellen Conner

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I loved the action, but struggled with the protagonists. They aren’t particularly likable, or rational, which made me doubt they would, indeed, survive the end of the world.  Jenna, in particular, behaves with extreme immaturity, which both grated and made me wish, even for a moment, that she would be the next victim of the demon dogs.  She is more upset that Mason freezes her out emotionally than she’s mad that he kidnapped her, tying her up and tossing her in the trunk of her car before driving her to his isolated cabin in the woods.  He only does it to “save” her from the end of the world, but since she doesn’t believe that the end of the world is nigh, she should have been a lot more pissed at him than she was about that incident.

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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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#Zombies! Novella Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

 

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Review:

Please Remain Calm picks up right where This is Not a Test left off, but from Rhys’ POV.  At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about that, but I actually liked his narration better than Sloane’s.  Rhys is a straight forward kind of guy, and while he is torn up over what he had to do to his parents on the first awful night of the zombie apocalypse, he has done a fairly good job of moving past the ordeal.  While he does suffer from nightmares, he counts himself lucky to be alive, and he is determined to stay that way, so that his parents’ deaths will mean something.  Unlike Sloane, he is not suicidal, and he strives to find some sort of normal in the new horror of his existence.

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#Zombies! Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

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Review:

I’ve had a copy of This is Not a Test moldering in my TBR for a while.  I had purchased a print copy from Amazon, but since my reading preferences have changed and I prefer reading eBooks now, it just sat in a box.  Then I noticed that the library had acquired a digital copy, I was in the mood for a zombie story, so I hit the Borrow button.

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