April 11, 2014

The Descent : Review

The Descent (The Taker Trilogy #3)
by Alma Katsu
The final installment in the “mesmerizing” (Booklist, starred review) and addictive trilogy—find out who truly holds the key to Lanny’s heart and whether she’ll ever be reunited with her beloved in this gripping supernatural tale of magic, lust, and longing.

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his temper. She betrayed Adair’s trust and imprisoned him behind a stone wall to save Jonathan, the love of her life. When Adair was freed 200 years later, she was sure that he would find her and make her existence a living hell. But things turned out far different than she’d imagined.

Four years later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home, where he has been living in self-imposed exile, to ask for a favor. She wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so she may beg the Queen of the Underworld to release Jonathan, whom she has been keeping as her consort. Will Lanore honor her promise to Adair to return? Or is her intention to reunite with Jonathan at any cost?

Of all the forces of the universe, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love. The epic story of love and loss, magic and destiny that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning comes to a surprising conclusion with The Descent.
My Review
Lanore has spent her life trying to get away from Adair. She has always known of him to be evil and only out for his own gain. Now she needs to track him down because she needs him to help her get Jonathan back. She finds him on a deserted island begins to really understand the man he is. She finds Jonathan is the consort of the Queen of the Underworld. She must go there to get him back and she has to make an agreement with Adair to get him agree to help her. She has to decide how far she will go to save Jonathan and what she really wants.

This is a thrilling conclusion to The Taker series. It has so many twist and turns I did not see coming that it kept me turning the pages to see more of the fantastic characters. Lanore has showed many sides in this series. In this one we see her having many regrets and really wanting to make things right. She faces up to her fear of Adair to get his help. Adair really surprised me in this book as we see a new side of him as well. When you first see him again he seems depressed and really down. He isn't up to his usually tricks and while he has his own agenda he still seems to have a good heart. Adding in a trip to the Underworld and all the new characters make this a whole new world to discover and love. I won't give any spoilers but I will say you are in for lots of shocks and turns. I love how it ended even if I never saw it coming it was a delightful surprise especially for me who would have never thought it. If you haven't ever read this series I highly recommend it.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Indelible : Review

Indelible (The Twixt #1)
by Dawn Metcalf
Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

My Review
Joy gets thrown on to a new world when she sees a stranger with black eyes. He cuts her and she begins to see and hear strange things. She finds out she has to help Indelible Ink a stranger or she will be hurt. She has to deliver messages to Ink. Ink never wanted to drag her into his world as he really doesn't know much about humans. Now that Joy has been marked as the property of ink they have to learn about each other and try to break the bond. Joy pretends to be Ink's to stay safe but soon she begins to care for him for real.

This book was a little different from what I was expecting. It was really good and kept me entertained. I like the idea of the Trixt. Joy has some family issues going on and she would rather ignore them than to face up to them. She is a great character as she learns and grows as you read about her. Ink is such a sweetheart actually. He doesn't like to do harm and only wants Joy to be safe. I also really enjoyed Inq his sister. She knows more about humans than Ink and tries to help him understand what it means to have a human as his property. She also helps Joy at different time.

Twixt is a amazing world to get to know. There is tons of danger and different elements to get to know. There are different kind of paranormal creatures to meet and as always there is some evil in with the good. I did like how Joy learned more about her self in this book and getting to know this world. I do look forward to reading more about this fascinating world and characters.

4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Zombie, Indiana : Review

Zombie, Indiana
by Scott Kenemore    

In the third book of his Zombie series, Scott Kenemore brings the explosive horror thriller of an undead outbreak in the city of Indianapolis. Zombie, Indiana takes place during the same timeline as the outbreaks in his books Zombie, Ohio and Zombie, Illinois, and has the same punch as the previous two.

Zombie, Indiana explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists . . . each of whom have some dark secrets to keep. When the governor’s daughter mysteriously disappears on a field trip, IMPD Special Sergeant James Nolan, scholarship student Kesha Washington, and Governor Hank Burleson must all come together not only to find the governor’s daughter, but also to undertake a quest to redeem the very soul of the state itself . . . all while under constant attack from the living dead.

With humorous, memorable characters, tense action sequences, and brutal zombie violence, Zombie, Indiana will put readers in mind of some of the most compelling works of popular fiction. At once a mystery, a thriller, and a horror novel, Kenemore strikes again with this rollicking tour through America’s heartland that is nothing but a tour de force for zombie fiction fans!
My Review
        The governor's daughter has disappeared and zombies have attacked. Special agent James Nolan is sent to find her. He finds some survivors and they work together to figure out what has happened and where she as gone to. Kesha survived her field trip and is hunting down other survivors. She learns son not t trust some people. The governor knows more than he lets on about the zombie rise and his daughter may be he key to putting a stop to it.

I looked forward to reading this as I love zombie books. Set in Indiana I looked forward to some people who know how to take care of there selves. I really liked Kesha as she was tough and used her head. While I wouldn't call her an outcast she isn't one of the popular kids. Madison is the popular girl who everyone circles around. I figured she would be a snob being the governor's daughter but she actual surprised me. She has a mind of her own and is willing to do the right thing. The zombies for me really weren't a huge part of the book. It is a mystery and a danger all around. You keep reading to see who is behind it and how it will end. It has a few surprises I did not see coming and I enjoyed that.
3 out of 5 Bats~Pam 

April 02, 2014

The Zombie Playground : Review

The Zombie Playground (Grisly High #2)
by Brian Rowe
Brin Skar has had a rough couple of weeks. She barely survived the grisly vampire attack in Bodie Ghost Town, the mysterious Paul is now a guest in her own home, and her dad Kristopher, dead for over a year, has emerged from the grave to try to kill his only daughter. After two somber funerals and the baffling disappearance of her Film teacher, Brin decides she needs a break from all the pain and heartache. And what’s a better escape than a round of golf at the brand new Macabre Golf Course? But as soon as Brin and her friends hit the links, strange noises and bizarre sightings begin to occur. And unfortunately for the group, the vampire encounter is going to seem like child’s play… especially when the zombies come out to play!
My Review
Brin is trying to deal with a lot that has happened to her and while things should be getting back to normal anything but that happens. Her dad tries to eat her and the worse part is he has been dead for a year. Two kids are dead and her teacher is missing. It seems zombies have arrived and Brin struggles to stop them. Having a vampire in love with her should make matter easy but they are anything but that.

I haven't read the first book in this series so I was a little confused at first. I like Brin as she seems to have a bunch of stuff going on but she continues to try and make things better. Ash isn't a normal vampire to me as he seems scared of the zombies and other things. I did like how he jumped at the chance t go into a portal to save someone. It seemed he got a little courage there. While I usually love any book with zombies I couldn't get into this book. I think it's because I haven't read the first book. It's an ok book to me that I am sure other readers will like it just wasn't for me.
3 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Back Before Dawn : Review

Back Before Dark (Code of Silence #2)
by Tim Shoemaker
A detour through the park leads Cooper, Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk straight into a trap, and Gordy is abducted! For the kidnapper, it's all a game, a way to settle an old score, with no one getting hurt. But evil has a way of escalating, and once his identity is discovered, the rules change. Despite the best of police efforts, the hours tick by without a clue or a ransom call, leaving everyone to their own fears. Gordy is gone. Cooper descends deeper into a living nightmare, imagining the worst for his best friend and cousin. Hours stretch into days, and talks of a memorial service begin to surface. But Cooper still feels his cousin is alive and develops a reckless plan, changing all the rules. Now the one who set out to rescue his friend needs to be rescued himself. Sometimes rescuing a friend from darkness means going in after them.
My Review
Trying to get home before dark Gordy, Cooper, Hiro and Lunk take a detour through the park. That is when the bad happens. Gordy is kidnapped by a madman out for revenge. While the days pass and others give up hope, Cooper never gives up that Gordy is alive. He will stop at nothing to save him and get him home.

The kids n this book are very resourceful. They are smart and never give up. While Lunk hasn't been their friend for very long he shows how much he wants to be part and help out. Along with Hiro and Cooper they work together to track down Gordy and put a stop to the madman. Cooper feels guilty even when it's not his fault and has to deal with that. The kidnapper wants to show the cops how smart he is and how much he can et away with. Gordy is just in the wrong place wrong time. They all find out secrets about others in their town as they hunt for Gordy. This is a good action book with some remarkable kids who show just what friendship means to them.
3 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Til Death : Review

 Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
by Kate Evangelista
Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
My Review
Selena has always had visions and other than her grandparents and best friend no one knows it. She has always tried to live a normal life and had no problems doing so until Dillan comes to town. Dillan messed up an assignment and has been sent off. He doesn't know why but something is different about Selena and he is determined to find out. They don't get along and more and more odd things begin to happen in their small town. While they can't seem to get along they have to work together to protect Selena.

This was an enjoyable book that had a few surprises. Some of them you could see coming some you couldn't. Selena when faced with a zombie pretty much holds it together and you see she is a strong smart girl. She is used to add things she just didn't know how strange or how much weird stuff was out there in the world. I think it helps her when she is faced with finding everything out. I liked her. Dillan bad to say I didn't care for. He was a jerk and at times to me conceited. He was a big shot but now he isn't and sometimes it seems he forgot that. I did like how they worked together at the end to solve things. I love this author and I really enjoy seeing what new things she comes up with. If you like YA paranormal and a bad boy this book may be for you.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Hidden Wings : Review

Hidden Wings (Hidden Wings #1)
by Cameo Renae
Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn't even know who or what she is.

A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday... things will change.
My Review
Emma Wise has lost her family and is the only survivor. As she lays in the hospital she finds she is being moved to Alaska to live with her aunt. As she begins her journey she starts to notice odd things. Once there she finds she is the heart of an old prophecy and she has to make it to her eighteenth. She is guarded by her aunt and six guardians. As she tries to adjust to this she also has to deal with secrets from her past and also falling for one of the guardians even when it can never happen.

This was a quick read as the book moved at a good pace. Emma is an ok character who at times did get on my nerves. I felt sorry for her as she had lost her family and was getting thrown into a whole new life. She is young and I did take that into consideration. I felt she didn't really mourn her family much. She was worried about the hot guy more than that. I was worried what kind of story it would turn out to be. However I loved when the paranormal stuff got going. It was awesome to see the angels, guardians and more coming to the surface and it had a good plot. There where secrets that came out and made it an entertaining read. If you like angel stories with some twist and turns you may enjoy this one.
3 out of 5 Bats~Pam