I’ve read better, but still a fresh spin on Romeo & Juliette

Mystic City
Author: Theo Lawrence
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-fi
Rating: 3/5
Content Rating: PG (Some
drug use/make-out scenes)
Cover Love: So in love
Instalove Factor: Not really
Spoiler Alert: None
Publisher’s Summary:
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have
glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
My Review:
 
There were a few pretty impressive things about Mystic City.
  1. This is Theo’s debut novel
  2. It’s a female progtag POV written by a male author
  3. The world was pretty impressive
The idea behind the story, to me, was intriguing. I loved the idea of a Romeo and Juliet-esque story set in a dystopian/sci-fi future Manhattan. I got a very good visual sense of the Waterworld-type setting with the lower half of the city underwater and everything pretty much being built on cat walks.
I loved that Aria woke up one morning, remembering nothing, but being told she was in love with their family’s sworn enemy’s son. I loved that, while she trusted her family and what they told her, she still was unsure of a few things and wanted to pry.
But that’s where the loving stopped and reality busted in.
Do away with the prequel. Just skip it. I got the wrong idea from reading it so had an incorrect mindset while reading the whole rest of the book. It doesn’t have any “need to know” info so just don’t bother.
The MC was pretty weak. She really didn’t take much action at all, just kind of stood there and let life (read: abusive father, overbearing mother, superficial best friend, back stabbing brother, and  lying fiancé) push and pull her around. It wasn’t until the end of the book that she actually started making her own decisions that I really got into it.
More of Tuck. There wasn’t nearly enough page time for this peripheral character. As it stands, I don’t know why he was even in the book except to act as a chauffeur when Aria needed one and no other character was available. I think he would have added A LOT to the story, so I would’ve liked to see more of him. In fact, I would have liked to see all the characters fleshed out more. They were too two dimensional for me.
There were too many times where I got this strong sense of déjà vu about Harry Potter while reading this. (ie – Aria’s looking for an address, but the houses skip over the number she’s looking for. She does something that triggers the “door bell” and the two houses spread apart and there appears her missing house. Order of the Phoenix, anyone?)
Ugh. It’s a series. And it’s a long book. Probably about a quarter of the book didn’t need to be included. Nothing happened. She would be at work. Or out eating with her friends. Or just filling space with text on a page. There really was a lot of filler in here. And I’m sure not invested enough to pick up the second book. Sorry.
I originally wanted to give it a 2.5 but decided to up it to a 3. Don’t ask me why. I guess because it wasn’t entirely bad. But, as always, pick it up and decide for yourself, you may be thoroughly impressed.
Happy Reading!

–Rach

Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tallulah Darling
Genre:YA
Content Rating: R for “strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “’bow chicka wow wow’”
Coffee Beans: 4.5
Favorite Line: Holy crap, there were so many.
Personal Recommendation: Read it. Now
Cover Appeal: So awesome it’s beyond words
Instalove Factor: None
Spoliers: No
Publisher’s Summary:
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.

This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”

My Review:
Holy hell. Was this book funny! I’m not talking, “Yeah, I cracked a smile a few times” funny, but “I laughed out loud and got strange looks from strangers” funny. Like, on every page.  I loved the hilarious banter between Ally and Sam. Their one liners and inside jokes. The scenes and situations that Tallulah wrote I could picture in my head at every second, which made the hilarity of what was going on even more real. I mean, this should be a movie. Granted, it probably wouldn’t be appropriate for the kiddos out there because of all the bow chicka wow wow.
So, here’s my warning to you about this book if you’re thinking about reading it: If you go into this with the mindset that this is supposed to be some serious, profound book, you’re going to be disappointed. Possibly even disgusted. But, if you go into this book with the mindset of “it is what it is”, you’ll appreciate what Ally’s trying to do and Sam’s struggle with turning his best friend into himself. That’s how I was able to enjoy this book as much as I did and read it in less than a day.
The book, obviously, is about sex. And while that’s a vulgar topic for a YA book to be about, Tallulah does it in a way that somehow, is completely un-vulgar. She has mad skill in the dialogue department and the setup of the relationship between Ally and Sam right from the beginning. I think it’s because alternating chapters are told from either Sam or Ally’s POV.
Which coincidentally was also a problem I had with this book.
There were several times I thought I was reading Ally’s POV only to remember it was Sam’s head I was in. Talk about confusing. The only other thing I had an issue with, was when a certain secret was spilled, suddenly everyone knew, but I don’t remember ever reading a scene where the friends were told about said secret. It just all of a sudden, was.
I especially enjoyed the relationship development between Ally and Sam. Given their history and backgrounds, the pace in which the evolution happened was totally believable. Especially the end. Which I won’t spoil for you. But I’ll for sure be on the prowl for more of Tallulah’s books.
Some funny lines:
“Yo, fry Ninja, step down.” –Ally
“Monkey humping credit card baller,” I mutter. “I don’t think so.” –Sam
“Having just gushed like chicks in a tampon commercial, I feel I need to get this speech back on a more manly track. ‘So deal with it.’ There. Balls back.” –Sam
I want you to go and read it for yourself, laugh until your sides hurt and you get cautious looks from strangers, and then pass the book on to a friend.
Now.
Like, seriously.
AND the book trailer is pretty kick ass. 🙂
Happy reading, my friends!

–Me

The Trouble with Cowboys

The Trouble with Cowboys (Catcher Creek, #1)The Trouble with Cowboys by Melissa Cutler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: The Trouble With Cowboys
Author: Melissa Cutler
Publisher: Kensington (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1420130048
ISBN-13: 978-1420130041
Pages: 312

Catcher Creek, New Mexico is home to Amy Sorentino, although she has not lived here from several years she is now committed to creating a life here with her sisters and nephew as she has given up her career and sold her condo to put money in the ranch project.

Unfortunately she has to live down her most humiliating experience, her mental collapse on the reality TV cooking challenge called The Ultimate Chef Showdown. She came close to winning the show but was sabotaged by a chef who dressed like a cowboy (Brock McKenna) and probably never spent any time near a horse. Amy liked Brock and flirted with him throughout the show never knowing that he was trying to ruin her chance at winning. When her meal was ruined and she was voted off the show, she had a meltdown that was filmed and viewed my millions. Rule number one became her top priority – stay away from cowboys.

Amy likes to chop vegetables when she is stressed and coming back home to the stares and whispers of the town has her chopping celery to an extreme, much to the delight of the hogs on the farm. While on a desperate search for celery one day, Kellen Reid comes to her rescue before she makes a scene at the mini-mart in town. Kellen is the owner of Slipping Rock Ranch one of the best ranches around that has quality beef and she needs to talk to him about plans for the ranch.

Her sisters (Rachel and Jenna) along with Amy are transforming their farm into a vacation spot for families, including a restaurant. Her restaurant called The Local Dish will feature locally grown ingredients and she is visiting the local business owners to buy their products. As she talks with Kellen about the future restaurant, she totally forgets rule number one and spends an amazing night with Kellen only to regret it almost immediately no matter how attracted she is to him.

While growing up, responsibilities of the farm were left to Rachel and Amy while their father was always thinking of his next money making scheme. Jenna did not work on the farm much preferring to run a little wild until she found herself pregnant and turned her life around for her son. Although all three sisters have had their priorities changed since Tommy was born, Rachel is still angry the other two left her the responsibility for the farm, and they are constantly bickering about anything and everything. Their father was a dreamer and their mother self medicated her depression to where they could not count on them. Their mother (Bethany) is currently in a facility because she no longer can take care of herself. Amy has always felt she would turn into her mother so was deeply affected when she had the meltdown on TV.

Years ago Amy’s father signed an agreement with Bruce Morton and his company Amarex; he is the uncle of Kellen to be able to purchase the farm in case of foreclosure. He has been trying to get the sister’s land even though it is thought that there is no oil on it. Kellen is at a loss as to why his uncle wants it so badly. Kellen knows that his uncle is an unscrupulous person so never wants to help him when asked. So when Morton contacts him about the Sorentino farm he is determined to finally ruin him and send him to jail. Kellen has been taping conversations for several years to ruin Morton for just this reason.

Kellen also comes from dysfunction; Kellen and his brother raised themselves until their parents went to jail sending them into foster care. His brother Jake rarely speaks to him because he feels betrayed when Kellen turned eighteen. Kellen feels bad about that but at the time he was too messed up. Here in Catcher Creek, he has made a family with his good friends.

While Kellen and Amy sort out their feelings family, business and emotion come into play to make life a bumpy road to happiness.

I loved this book as it is an emotional roller coaster ride from the beginning to the end. The characters are a wonderful collection of quirky and interesting people. I loved the interactions between Kellen and his friends that he has embraced as family. The story was touching, you could tell both Amy and Kellen have issues they must resolve before they can totally commit to each other however the attraction between them keeps them coming back together. The storyline of Kellen’s family is so moving that I needed tissues. What started out as a combustible attraction between them moved to friendship then love – wonderful.

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Rescue My Heart – An enjoyable addition to the Animal Magnetism series.

Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism, #3)Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism #3)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley (November 6, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0425255816
ISBN-13: 978-0425255810
Pages: 304

Adam Connelly has PTSD and although has been in therapy for two years he does not believe he is dealing with it well. Two years ago he came home from a mission in Afghanistan and has battled his nightmares ever since. He makes a living teaching and training search and rescue personnel and dogs and is very accredited; however he had not been involved in an active rescue in two years, not since Afghanistan when he and his unit had been called to rescue a group of British soldiers stuck on the side of a mountain. His group rappelled from helicopters into enemy fire and were stuck in caves for several days, half his unit was killed in that rescue attempt and he has not gotten over it.

Holly Reid is the daughter of one of Adam’s clients and what others do not realize is that twelve years ago, before he went into the army she was much more to him. Holly’s father, Donald Reid is a very wealthy business man who has bought several failing ranches and turned them around. Holly is handling the business side of the ranching conglomerate. Her father and Adam work together as Donald fosters several search and rescue puppies while Adam trains them until they were ready to go to work.

Adam had been Holly’s first everything until he left for the army breaking her heart. She got married quickly when she left town much to the dismay of her father and brother. It turned out to be a miserable marriage when she caught him cheating so she left him and when Derek did not show up at court, was granted a divorce. Her pride has prevented her from saying anything to her family, as she did not want to hear the “I told you so” speech.

Holly has only ever asked Adam for one thing, that when he went into the army he kept her in his heart, however he didn’t and left without looking back. And now unfortunately she is back seeking him out to ask him for another favor. Her father is missing and she feels something bad has happened. As they race to find her father in the Idaho wilderness, they relive old hurts. Holly realizes she still has strong feelings for Adam and yet Adam feels his current state of mind is dangerous and does not feel he is stable enough to take on more than he is doing now. Even though he has strong feelings for Holly, he is one very scared man.

I think this was my favorite out of the series so far. I love the damaged hero and Adam was the perfect fit. They complemented each other nicely and I loved how Holly helped him deal with his issues without making him feel worse. Holly so protected her feelings from everyone that when she did let them show it was unforgettable. I enjoyed seeing Adam’s brothers as they tried to help him yet realizing that Holly was so good for him. All in all a wonderful story full of hope.

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No PSA here, just a great book about a real topic

Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: NA (New Adult)
Content Rating: R for, you know…
Coffee Beans: 4
Favorite Line:
Personal Recommendation:
Read it. Now
Cover Appeal: Awesome sauce
Instalove Factor: None present
Spoliers: Yes, sort of. But I warn you when
Publisher’s Summary:
A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be
broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies
can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each
other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to
the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months
into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality:
she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory,
ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time
in her life.Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by
her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place
at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that
night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching
in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a
choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but
he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and
knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

My Review:
Easy is a very convoluted, detailed book. And not in a bad
way. I tried explaining it to my friend when she asked what it was about, and I
realized, at the end of my sloppy description, that there is A LOT going on in
the story. Let’s see if I can make it better this time around.
Mostly, this book is about Jacqueline’s journey through
coping with the fact that she was assaulted and almost raped by someone she
knew, and then her relationship with Lucas. But mostly her relationship with
Lucas and him helping her and her being empowered to deal with what happened to
her.
See? Even that was messy.
*sigh*
Let’s get out of the way what I didn’t like (and this is a
bit of a spoiler, so skip a head if you don’t want to read this). There were
two things.
1.
She has this attraction to Lucas, a guy in her
econ class. He’s super cute, a bad boy, and according to her friends–the perfect
rebound guy from her recent break-up. So, she toys with him. He plays along.
They make out and then at class the next day, they completely ignore each other
like nothing ever happened. Like the hadn’t even met!! That, to me, was
frustrating and a tad unbelievable. But not a deal breaker.
2.
Because of said break-up, (and the assault) she’s
in a hot, emotional mess, and skips two weeks of her econ class because her ex
is taking it, too. The teacher says she can take up tutoring with the TA (who
she’s never met) to catch up on what she missed and then get a project
assignment to make up for her midterm. His name is Landon.
Landon.
Lucas.
Lucas.
Landon.
Anyone else seeing what’s being set up here? To me, it was completely obvious that they were the
same guy. Like, 100%, no bones about it. I can’t believe Jacqueline didn’t pick
up on it.
So those were the only two issues I had. The rest is all
good.
The writing of Tammara is very, very good. It seems, with
these types of books (I don’t know if they have an official genre or not. But
you know the ones; Beautiful Disaster, Crash/Clash, 50 Shades), writing seems
to come secondary to all the other “stuff”. But with Tammara, writing and
telling the story comes first. And it’s soooo
well done. All of it.
I enjoyed the characters immensely. Jacqueline was a real
person with believable actions and thoughts, her friend Erin was saucy and
offered strength, wisdom, and comedic relief. And Lucas was actually a strong
male character in this book. And not just physically strong (cuz he was that,
too), but he was mature and reasonable and was kinda just a normal guy (thank
you, Tammara. There aren’t enough Lucas’ in YA/NA/Crossover books).
I LOVED how
Tammara talked about the importance of a female knowing that being raped isn’t
their fault. That it’s not something to be ashamed of, and it’s okay to get
help. She delivered all the important information and the truth of the
situation in a natural way and at no time did I feel like I was reading a PSA
(public service announcement).
I’ll tell you this, I’m signing up for a self-defense class
after reading this book.
One thing I do wish, that she added a little more to the
stalker element of the story. I think that would have added a bit more depth to
the plot, given it a bit more to sink my teeth into.
And I loved that this was a standalone book. Can you tell
that I’m not really into books that are setting up a series?
Happy reading, my friends!

–Me

Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel epic fantasy with magic, danger and mystery

Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-FelWarrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel by Sandra A. Kopp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel
Author: Sandra A. Kopp
Publisher: Tate Publishing (July 24, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1618627341
ISBN-13: 978-1618627346
ASIN: B0091JBTWE
Pages: 384

Merewyn Havalseth leads a quiet life in the city of Atwall where her father, Jonah is their leader. That is until the nephew Jonah raised, Lucius Mordarius, overtakes the city and kills Jonah, his wife and casts Merewyn aside to become a slave for a stable owner. The city of Atwall becomes a nightmare for all except those that now follow Lucius.

For two years Merewyn just survives working in the stables waiting until she is able to escape or die. When she feels she is unable to stand her existence any longer she grabs a horse and makes a break toward the forest surrounding the city. The owners of the horse chase after her and threaten to punish her when caught until they realize she is a girl and she tells them her story. Arris and his brother Davon are from Nimbia, a city that is peaceful and usually does not engage in conflict, many from the area are healers and although they do not reveal their secrets they help those in need. The brothers left their city without their father’s blessing however their King does wish them well and if and when they return the king guarantees they will have their commission back. During their journey Arris and Davon meet up with Charles Bordner and Hans, traders from Nimbia and realize they are on a similar mission, a quest to kill the Baugonril, a demon who is terrorizing the lands. Baugonril are created by a sorcerer named Ryadok who they believe is also behind the rise of Lucius’ power.

Charles knew and liked Merewyn’s father so vows to help Merewyn escape her current way of life while on their way to kill the Baugonril. The group knows they cannot take Merewyn into battle even though she desperately wants to avenge her parent’s murder so they part ways by sending her off to a small village where they hope she will live a long and happy life. Merewyn however, has other plans and makes her way to Ha-Ran-Fel, where the legendary warriors the Horse Lord’s live to see if they are willing to help in her pursuit. The travel is treacherous and after leaving a small village she is overcome with illness and a Baugonril crosses her path on his way to destroy and plunder, in her delusionary state, she distracts the Baugonril and saves many lives. She is badly injured and is taken to Tagenryd, a city where Ruelon, the King of the Horse Lord’s lives and they treat her. The King is very grateful for what she did and agrees to help her with her quest of revenge and trains her to be a warrior.

Meanwhile, while she is being trained, her four previous companions travel on to destroy the Baugonril and Ryadok, the sorcerer that created them. They come across many others fighting the same fight and band together to continue their journey. Arris believes Ryadok can sense him and leaves the warriors thinking he will have a better chance of killing him if he goes off by himself. He does not realize that the gift of healing he posses is very close to the darkness that has claim Ryadok and he must be careful.

Merewyn trains fast and becomes a great fighter, and the King grows fond of her. Before they go off to war he wants to marry her and make sure she is set for life if anything happens to him. She becomes Queen of Ha-Ran- Fel as they go off to war against the Baugonril, Ryadok and Lucius. During a heated battle, the King is gravely injured and dies; Merewyn does not want the kingdom but wants to remain Queen until her revenge is complete, so they ride to Valhalea, the country where her beloved city, Atwell is located. Merewyn’s warriors meet up with a large army of Nimbians (who decided to join the fight) and descend on Atwall. As she turns to thank those that helped she sees her old friends Charles, Han, Arris and Devon and is overjoyed that they are all well and safe.

I enjoyed this fantasy story immensely. The characters were interesting with just the right amount of good and evil. I liked Merewyn, as she is a strong woman who takes things into her own hands and creates what she wants in life. I really liked Charles; he is a very good-natured person and a great leader for the group. Arris battled some inner demons and came through as a hero. The world was interesting, very medieval with magic and mystery. There was a lot of traveling and fighting while following the four companions in the middle of the story that dragged a bit, however when the battles were happening the pace picked up. All in all an enjoyable epic fantasy that pulls you in and does not let you go until the end.

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A decent (read gory) zombie-A-pocolypse book

The Infects

By: Sean Beaudoin
Genre: YA Zombie-A-pocilypse
Pub Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Rating: PG-13 for all sorts of awesome,
I won’t be able to eat for a week, gore
Coffee Beans: A solid 3.5
Spoilers: No
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of
this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review
(Oh, and don’t read this book while eating. Trust me.)
First Line: “The neighborhood was
trashed, funeral pyres in the distance burning against a raw pink sky.”
Favorite Line: “Duff was an ancient
janitor who had been at Rebozzo’s since before the Romans invented aqueducts.
He’d probably ridden out the Flood in his mop bucket.” (ebook, pf 32)
Cover Appeal: I like it
Instalove Factor: None present
Personal Recommendation: Worth the
read. If you’re into zombies and gore
Publisher’s Summary:
A feast for the brain, this gory and
genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute
to, and elevates the horror genre.

Seventeen-year-old
Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on
an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have
turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow
miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful
carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of
“infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids
have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as
quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.
Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected
villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a
delight to read — whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an
incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

My Review:
 
So, I just finished reading this book, and while it was
good, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. From the description from the
publisher, I was expecting something more like the movie Zombieland. And while
there were some chuckle-worthy parts, it was, in the end, just okay.
I enjoyed the voice of the MC, Nero/Nick, and I know that it
will appeal to a lot of the male readers out there—especially with the addition
of the flesh-eating zombies. I enjoyed the two punch-in-the-face twists at the
beginning of the book (totally didn’t see those coming), and the interesting
turn of events during the middle. I enjoyed the grisly DISGUSTING details Sean
goes into when the kids are being attacked by the undead. Seriously. I was
eating dinner. And then I wasn’t. It happened just like that. I think I lost my
appetite for about 3 days after reading those scenes. But that’s something that
Sean rocks at: painting an “I’m so there” scene in a surprising limited amount
of words.
There was a lot about this book that was jarring for me. The
introduction of left-field elements half-way through the book, that for me,
didn’t need to be there. The writing style at times, etc. And I have to say, that
towards the end, I got a little muddled with what was going on and confused
about how everything was going to be pulled together. There seemed like there
were a lot of loose ends that didn’t need to be there in the first place
because they didn’t add anything to the story (ie – The Dude and his
involvement with Fresh Bucket. It played no part what-so-ever in the
progression of the plot. Yeah, his initial involvement with the company, that
happened way off stage, years ago, did, but the rest of his role in the book
was obsolete).  I’m thinking they’re
going to try to push this into a series…
There were only a few other things that I felt meh about: I got the epub from the
publisher, and the formatting was all weird. Half the letters were missing,
there was some weird code in place of a certain sequence of letters (06 = ff,
__ = fl, etc) I felt like a spy with a secret decoder ring. And to go along
with that, the “rules” were all messed up, too. For me, to make that kind of
thing work, there needed to be more of them and they needed to be more
entertaining.  Also, a the story moves
on, you find out that (little spoiler here) Nero hears the voice of The Rock in
his head. Which doesn’t pop up as much as it should in order for it to have
worked for me. I also got confused as to the tense of the story. It’s written
in 3rd person, but when the voice popped up, I always got the
impression it was in 1st. Then I was ripped out of the story as it
jogged back to 3rd. I would’ve liked to have seen the entire story
written in 1st.
Okay, so it may sound like I didn’t like this book, but I
did! It’s definitely for a certain crowd (mainly boys who like zombies), but
for anyone else out there who just likes a good book, it’s for them, too. So
pick it up, it’s worth your time.
Happy reading, my friends!

–Me