Tag: Horror

Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Posted October 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Mockingbird

Author: Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Miriam Black is back!
I wasn’t shy about my love for Blackbirds, book one of this series and lucky for me, book two does not disappoint.

Miriam is desperately trying to settle down with Louis, but he’s on the road most of the time. And alone and bored, Miriam is not one to hang around waiting for life to happen to her. But one day, Miriam stumbles upon a nightmare she can’t ignore. Someone is killing school girls from the all girls academy.

I love Miriam’s bite. She has one, with sharp teeth and a hard edge. Her wicked sense of humor is in full force in this second novel, brough to a sharp point because of her boredom and her relationship problems. Her and Louis aren’t getting along so well right now, and maybe most of it stems from her being left alone in a trailer park. Or maybe it’s from fighting her urge to leave, explore, be on her own. Either way, Miriam is fighting the good fight, but losing.

I loved the mystery in this book. An all girls’ academy and the missing girls are being murdered? Sign me up! A creepy setting is just one part of this crazy story. The deaths are scary and Miriam’s visions are even scarier. The visions are truly terrifying and they allow the reader to see how this gift really affects Miriam’s personality. The dark humor is abundant and the gore and horror is there. But this story really seems to be about Miriam and fighting her own personal demons. I realized I was holding my breath a lot during this book, eating it up as quickly as I could.

And by the end, Miriam is transformed. For better or worse, you don’t know. Not yet anyway.
Pick up this book, buckle up and set some time aside. You’re going to need it.

I look forward to more adventures with Miriam Black.

Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy!

Posted October 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Posted October 8, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 16 Comments

Title: This Is Not A Test

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: June 2012

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
Library copy.

Shhh, wait., What was that? Did you hear that? I thought I heard something.

Meet Sloane, a depressed teenager abused by her father, abandoned by her sister, and ready to plunge into an abyss where there is no turning back. Now, imagine her father answers the door one morning, only to come back in, screaming, with blood all over him. And Sloane enters into a nightmare.

Zombies have taken over and after many false starts, she flees with a group of kids and barricade themselves in the school. But how long can they last, not only from the outside but from each other?

Dirty, gritty and uncomfortable, This Is Not A Test is a rare book that kept me up, late into the night. Which is seriously impressive. Because I AM SCARED OF ZOMBIES. Like, seriously. Scared. Like ever since I watched 28 Days Later, I am terrified of lightening fast zombies. See, zombies should be slow. Sssslooow. And in my head, for some reason, I think they’re less frightening. But crazy fast zombies that want to eat my brains? Terrifying.

So Summers’s fast zombies made me put the book down a couple of times to remind myself it’s only a book. It’s only a book.

….What was that sound?….

Sloane is a complicated character. I can’t say I liked her, but I enjoyed the raw and truthful feelings she was experiencing. And how can you really blame her? Already depressed before the world ended, the few lights in her life now shattered, Sloane isn’t trying to survive. But she’s not trying to get the others around her killed either. As the zombies tap at the school doors, I couldn’t help but feel for Sloane and crew. Some are born fighters, like Cary. Some are lost and misguided, like Harrison. Every kid in that school has their own agenda. The vast spectrum of emotions that swell and dissipate between each teenager is real, haunting and bitter.

Sloane’s thoughts on suicide, the grim and hopeless world surrounding them, and the man eat man attitude within the school were all well developed, creating a very stressful and well written read.

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it did end abruptly and left me hanging. Usually, I don’t mind that in most books. But I felt such perpetual motion, such a forward sprint to the end, I was a little disappointed. That doesn’t mean that dear Sloane doesn’t have her epiphany, her cause, her realization. It just means, even if she does have it, does she know what to do with it.

That’s the beauty of the ending.
You just don’t know.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check my barricades.

Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted October 8, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 16 Comments