Thursday, May 26, 2011

Follow the Zombie Friday

Happy Follow Friday!

Q. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?


I read at least five books a week usually. Some weeks vary, depending on my new job as a music reviewer on I listen to them on audio, read physical books and love e-books. If I don't have a book clutched in my hand, it is rare. Not to fall asleep clutching my Nookcolor or my iPad is also rare. I hate letting it out of my hands to even charge the thing. Love=iPad. Just sayin. I get all of my music with me, my writing projects and my e-books. Awesome.

Netgalley is something I want to mention too. I get tons of galleys from there and they are amazing. If you are a blogger, check them out, Zombie Horde.

Thanks for stopping by on the hop!


Dana's YA Bookpile: Die For Me

Dana's YA Bookpile: Die For Me: "My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, a..."

Good evening Zombie Horde. I just had to bring you this awesome book, also posted on Dana's YA Bookpile. Check it out! You will love it. Hot zombies everywhere!


The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.


This book was incredible. From the first page, it had me hooked. Melissa Marr has outdone herself with this new universe of putting the dead to rest so they don't rise again and start chomping on people. I can not recommend this book more highly. It has every element for the reader to love. Romance, sentient and drone zombies, land of the dead and a murder mystery. Thumbs up to Marr for moving steadily from the land of the fae into the land of the undead.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Warm Bodies Giveaway Winner!

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Our giveaway winner!!!!

The Dark and Hollow Places Review

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters. 

Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

Greetings Zombie Horde. This trilogy, if you haven't read it, is very worth your time. I was very sad to know this is the last book but happy that I was able to read it. The publisher sent it to me for a fair and honest review.

5/5 stars. Carrie Ryan does such a wonderful job of making you feel the desperation of Annah and Catcher (hunky half zombie). I could read these books for the rest of my life and be happy. In fact, I will most likely go back and with a tear in my eye, re-read The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Check out some of my earlier posts for some YouTube film footage.

Until biting!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Cellar- Review

Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster.

But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?

My thoughts:

I was initially thrilled to find the galley for this book on Netgalley. For anyone who is a blogger, Netgalley is the next best thing to sliced bread. (or a fresh kidney, zombie horde!) I liked the interplay between the sisters, Heather and Meredith. The death of their father haunts the whole family, but is hardest on Heather, as it was her fault because she was playing with her cell phone and caused the accident that killed him. She sinks further into depression and only snaps out of it when she meets Adrien, the new charismatic guy that just moved in next door.

Meredith is also haunted by her father's death, and feels guilt because of an optical problem that made Heather have to drive on that fateful day. She meets the new guy Adrien and gets the creeps. Out of the corner of her eye, she keeps seeing weird things whenever Adrien is around.

Things are not as they would seem and as Meredith comes closer to the truth about why Adrien and his mother are there, the more she and her family are in danger. This is the part that kind of pushed the scale to a 3 out of 5.

Zombies. I love them or I wouldn't have this blog, right? I think if you are going to put a zombie as a bad guy with sentient thought, there has to be some layering going on to make it believable. I found the "classic villan" flavor of bad guy to be a little disappointing in this scenario. I did not altogether find Heather's reaction to Adrien believable either.

While the interplay between the sisters was good and the plot tension flowed, I wanted to see a bit more depth to the zombie family's motives and inner thoughts beyond the munching sounds of the neighbor being fileted.