Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: Mr. Monster

Mr. Monster
Dan Wells
Tor Books
From Goodreads : In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon---the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster"---might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares. 
My Review : I must admit that the first book was not what I expected  but in the end I did enjoy it. With this book I went in knowing it was demons John was fighting and I enjoyed it just as much. From page one this book like the last just draws you in. John is a character you feel for and cheer for even when he is conflicted. This book shows him grow as a person and also a demon hunter, people dying around him and he is trying to think like a killer to prevent the next murder and not be a suspect as he tries to work with the police.
      Dan Wells created a character that is both creepy and heartwarming a hard combination to pull off but in these books it is done wonderfully. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I hope it does not end soon.


Review : Croak

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Gina Damico
Graphia Books

From Goodreads : Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?
My Review: I  loved this book. So much so that I have bought the next two books and devoured them too. Lex is a teen that is hard to relate too because of the uncontrollable violence streak in the beginning of the story, as you read on she seems to become the every teen. Sarcastic and sassy. Her rebellious spirit propels the story and you end up loving her. With writing that just flows so perfectly you do not realize your at the end of the first book till it is closed and your begging for more. With well developed supporting characters this book was a fun and fast read for me and I look forward to more by Gina Damico    

Review:Bloodsucking Fiends

Bloodsucking Fiend
Christopher Moore
Harper Collins
From Goodreads :Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching neck, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.

Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that's where C. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy (to his friends) is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door ... and proceeds to rock Tommy's life -- and afterlife -- in ways he never imagined possible.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. Such a unique take on a vampire tale. Dark and romantic at time but keeps you laughing too. Strange and Quirky characters fill this book and made it a pleasure to read. Wonderful and clever writing keeps you reading  and then wanting more and I do want more I am going to continue this series because of Christopher Moore's amazing writing and story I need to see what happens to theses characters .  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Dutton Books
From Goodreads:Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
My Review: Okay, this book was amazing I must admit. Yes, I cried. I can not imagine anyone who would not. Such a wonderful love story and tragic ending . I am ashamed to think it took me this long to read this heart wrenching, emotional rollercoaster of a story, but I am glad I did. I will also re-read it, and that is something I do not do often . John Green, this book made me feel like no other book has and I promptly bought the movie. I am also going to read Paper Towns  and going to see the movie too.

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Holly Black
Little Brown Books for  Young Readers             

From Goodreads: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

My Review :  This book was good but I was not blown away by it. I must admit the story was different than other vampire stories I have read and I did enjoy parts of it. I could not understand why Tana would risk her life for her ex-boyfriend and a stranger she finds chained up. If I was surrounded by corpses I would get the He** out of there not look for survivors. So I had a hard time connecting to the main character. The description of the Coldtown was unique and enthralling. I really liked that aspect of the book and vampires and human interaction was interesting. I will read more of Holly Blacks work but this book left me glad I got it from the library and did not believe all the hype around it.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice
Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press
From Goodreads: Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.
My Review:   I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.
    This book was WOW.  That is the only word I could think of  when writing this review. Eye-opening and riveting. I thought this book was well written and powerful. This book exposes the aftermath of lies, gossip and bullying. Powerful book and a wonderful read.  There are several reasons I think this book is so good.
    First, the different perspectives. This story is told by four different people and you get to explore there reasoning and get to know each one of them giving the story more depth.
  Second, the realism of this book. I felt like I was in this school, we have all been there. Hearing the rumors about one class mate or another. Never knowing the real story and getting swept up in all the talk. This book makes you remember the cliques in high school and perspective from all sides.
Third, Alice herself, she stays silent in most of the book. Just going about her life or what is left of it as the rumors fly and name calling ensues. We do hear her story and the last chapter is moving and wonderful.
 Lastly, I was shocked to find out this is Jennifer Mathieu first book so powerful and well written. I am looking forward to see what else se writes. I love finding new authors to read and this author now has a fan for life. 

Review : Blood Orange Soda

Blood Orange Soda
James Michael Larranaga

From Goodreads : Darius Hunter is a bullied high school freshman. When he drinks Blood Orange Soda to transform into a Vampire and earn respect, he soon learns life as a Vampire has its own challenges.

Set in the future on the rural landscape of St. Cloud, Minnesota where pre-Vampire teens are required by the government to take a daily Red pill to prevent their urge to bite, Blood Orange Soda is a coming of age story of love, life and death.
My Review:  I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.
         I enjoyed this book. It was quite interesting to see such an unusual take on the whole vampire story. The main character Darius is half vampire half human and is trying to decide if he want to become a vampire or stay human. Society has a ne drug called "Reds" that stops the transformation. Blood Orange Soda that speeds up the transformation.
  Darius is your typical teen boy, bullied at school for his Goth appearance. Dealing with the illness of his mother and going through life without his father. He struggles and grows with each new experience. I would have liked to see more development with the supporting characters of this book to enrich the story, but this reads more like a diary of Darius's experiences and that was an intriguing story in itself.