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My review of: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 21, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Strain by  Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

***Book description***

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

*****

My review

I gave it 4 stars.

Fun read. I was excited to come across a book that reached back into the past of the vampire. Where vampires are still evil foul creatures who are surrounded by death and corruption. The story behind how vampirism is spread gets a little funky. The cause behind this disease kept flipping between a virus and a parasite. So, if you stopped and thought about it too much you’d find the explanation got somewhat wishy-washy. Enjoyed the pure evilness that was “The Master” who was hellbent on destroying anyone in his path. And can’t forget about the stupid human who decides to make a deal with the source of all evil. There’s no way this deal could ever work out for the human. I can’t wait to read the next installment to find out if that guy gets his wake up call or not. It was a little strange that none of the people the master changed could think for themselves. The vampires suffered from a hive mind mentality and were more zombie like, which left me wondering if any would ever be able to function outside the master’s control.
With the introduction of a group of vampires who appear humanoid and fully functional on their own it’ll be fun to see where that leads to in the rest of this book series. Were there any new groundbreaking ideas in this novel? I’d have to say no not really other than instead of the disease being just a virus it’s a parasite. Could this lead to a way to cure/stop the spread of vampires? Who’s to say seeing as those who know about them are fighting for their lives while others are covering up the existence of vampires. All around fun read for me. There wasn’t any super crazy things going on like there usually is in Del Toro’s movies but that might come in book 2 or 3. Can’t wait to read the next one.

My review of: Run by Charles Findlay

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 16, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Run by Charles Findlay

***Book Description***

When the zombie invasion starts there isn’t time to stop and think.

Amber and River Parker don’t know how they’re going to get out alive with their parents, little brother, or family friend.

They don’t know why the zombies act so differently from each other.

They don’t know why armed gangs have suddenly taken to killing and massacring people.

They’re not sure if they’ll ever make it home.

And they certainly don’t know that they’re the best chance humanity has to stopping civilization from ending.

All they know is if they want to live…

they need to run.

****

My review

Finished on August 16th 2013 and gave it 3 stars.

I found this to be an interesting read up to a point. A zombie outbreak occurs and a family is able to escape from a crowded zombie infested theme park. Of course it appears something/someone was helping them which may have just been their own unconscious or intuition warning them that something was up. The journey the family takes to get home and protect themselves was good and I would have given this books 4 stars if it wasn’t for last section of the book. Yes, perhaps if I continue reading the series things will get explained but I’m not sure I’d buy into it.

Spoiler Alert

I mean really what do the fae have to do with zombie outbreaks and crazy people with guns? I can kind of see where the author might be heading, but for the world of this book I just didn’t buy it. Yeah, the family “gets feelings” and hears or dreams things but I didn’t ever once picture that all that was because the fae were talking to them. Although it’s an interesting setup I’m not sure how well the presence of the fae and wizards will be able to explain the existence of zombies. Or maybe a little more hint at the fae’s presence before just making them “poof” out of the sky.
Would I read the next book? Yeah, I’d give it a shot to see where the story’s going and if the author explains things enough that I can buy into the sudden appearance of the fae.

My review of: 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 12, 2013 by Mordralyn

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17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

***Book description***

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

*****

My review

Finished reading on May 1st 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

A moving story that deals with a couple of topics that don’t get a large amount of attention. There was an amazing twist in the story that I was not expecting. Smooth and easy to read with a haunting presence that left me feeling that not everything happening is just due to Lauren’s “condition.”.

The book wasn’t anything like what I was expecting, but in a good way. I’d definitely read another book by Nova Ren Suma.

My review of: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 11, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

***Book description***

THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased.

Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls.

Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

******

My review

Finished reading on August 11th 2013 and gave it 2 stars.

I found this book only got interesting in the last 50-75 pages. If more attention was focused on the idea behind the ghosts and the conspiracy that was going I believe this would have been a much better book. There was far too much focus on Cesaria’s(Chess) drug use. The drug use was over the top and added nothing to the story. By the first few chapters I was over it and it just made the book drag on and on. I’ve read books in the past where drug use was prominent so my complaint isn’t on the lines of “drugs are bad” but that it wasn’t integrated in a way that benefited/contributed to the book. Since I got to the point where I wanted to throw the book every time Chess used drugs I wasn’t able to form any feelings for the characters so could care less what happened to them. Not to mention just about the time I’d get some sort of feel of a character Chess would cloud that view with her drug hazed thoughts/feelings.

I really wanted to like this book. The core idea was interesting but got lost behind the drug use and the fact that the would be ghost hunter freaked out every time she encountered a ghost. I hate to say it but the only way I’d continue this series is if I got it for free and I might not waste my time even then.

My notes while reading…

Page 147/339

Having difficulty reading this one. Not sure if it’s because Chess always seems more concerned about her next fix, or that she’s a ghost hunter who freaks out when one appears.

Page 196/339

Oh, hey I think I might have hit a little bit of action.
Previous to this all I’ve read has been…..

Any possible excuse Chess can find to do drugs.

Oh, and can’t forget if she sees a ghost freak out and run. I mean wouldn’t a trained ghost hunter always have their ghost busting kit with them?

— Turns out that I was wrong about the book picking up at 196…

My review of: The Sinners by Elizabeth Flaherty

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 8, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Sinners by  Elizabeth Flaherty

***Book Description***

In a desolate section of the Arizona desert, a hotel rises from the arid earth, created by the infinite hate of a young woman who has reached out from beyond the grave to avenge her ruined life. Amy Light chooses seven sinners for the hotel. The seven have only one thing in common: they each bear some responsibility for the young woman’s death. Now she will do whatever it takes to see that they join her in Hell. As night falls on the first night in the hotel, a sudden storm brings flooding rains, violent thunder and lightning. Within the protection of the storm, Amy awaits her chance at the ultimate revenge.

****

My review

Finished on November 7th 2012 and gave it 3 stars

This book brings a whole new level to the idea of Karma. If it doesn’t catch up to you fast enough the dead may help it along.
Believing her life has been ruined by seven individuals, Amy Light makes a wager with Hell to exact her revenge. The book pieces together how each person’s involvement impacted Amy’s life. The book presents different perspectives of events and just how warped they can get. It begs the question does this person really deserve eternal damnation?

My review of: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 8, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Reanimation of Edward Schuett  by Derek J. Goodman

***Book description as appears on Goodreads***

Fifty years have passed since the so-called Zombie Uprising. The coasts of the United States have recovered to become thriving metropolises while the interior still struggles with the day to day zombie problem.

The last thing Edward Schuett remembers was a zombie attack on his family on the Fourth of July. When he wakes up, things are different. He is different. He can once again think and talk, but he still carries the zombie virus in his system. While some react to him with curiosity, the rest act with hostility.

Now Edward is on the run across the country, searching for his answers with a series of unlikely allies. His journey will take him from futuristic scientific labs to the burned-out ruins of small-town America, looking for the people who can tell him why he is different. But there are those who will not stop until he is destroyed—especially when it is discovered that Edward possesses a unique ability that may just make him the most powerful biological weapon in history.

*****

My review

Finished reading on May 20th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

I found this book to be a refreshing take on the zombie genre. And a truly terrifying concept if you really stop and think of someone having that kind of control over a group of people/zombies. Although Edward was once a mindless zombie it provided a fascinating thought to consider if a zombie were to regain consciousness and how they might go about handling what they had done as a zombie and how others react to you. If Edward wasn’t the man he was would he have handled things differently?

My review of: Vaporware

Posted in Book Reviews on August 5, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Vaporware by Richard Dansky

***Book description as appears on Goodreads***

Video game projects get shut down all the time, but when the one Ryan Colter and his team have poured their hearts into gets cut, something different happens: the game refuses to go away. Now Blue Lightning is alive, and it wants something from Ryan – something only he can give it.

And everybody knows how addictive video games can be…*****

My review

Finished reading on April 18th 2013 and gave it 3 stars.

The description of this book had me excited to read it. However very little focused on a game refusing to be canceled. Most of the book was about the relationships amongst a group and game designers and the main characters wife. The character development was okay, but as I continued reading the book all I was wondering was when is this run away game going to make it’s presence known? The book as a whole was alright but I felt there could have been a better story if more focus was put into the rogue game.