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Book Review: The Strain

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Book: The Strain

Authors: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

Recommend: If you like horror, vampires and post-apocalyptic fiction, this one is for you. Graphic language and violence warning.

Okay, I have to admit that when I saw that the author of this book was the same guy who directed one of the darkest movies I have ever seen and was the man directing the two Hobbit movies that are coming soon, I was immediately interested. When I realized that it was a vampire book, I simply had to read this one.

A plane lands at JFK international in New York City. Just after it lands, the whole plane goes dark. Every single shade is drawn down. Everyone on board is dead and missing something rather important – their blood. As the CDC frantically tries to figure out what killed them all, darker forces are at work, trying to cover it all up.

Okay, this was a great read after the last book I picked up. It was fast-paced, adrenaline pumping action with absolutely no wasted words. This book was simple straightforward horror in the best sense. It reminded me of ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King but a bit cleaner and with vampires that are more like the ones seen in The Passage by Justin Cronin. It was a fun read, full of gore and suspense.

I would say that the only negative for this book would be the amount of swearing. I’m not a big fan. I don’t think it adds to the story line. I would also say that it is a very violent book (but given the subject matter, that is to be expected). This is definitely not a book for everyone.

I definitely want to get my hands on the next two books in the trilogy but will be reading them during the daylight hours. Vampire books at night are never a good idea (unless of course they are written by Stephenie Meyer).

Final Rating:

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Book Review: A bite with a disapointing aftertaste..

Book: Overbite

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: It was an interesting read but the ending was disappointing…

I went to the library today instead of the bookstore. I’m not sure what prompted me to do so actually but I decided on the library today. Maybe I was on the hunt for something different. I went through their best picks section and picked up a book I had been interested by before but not enough to actually get into. I knew Meg Cabot from her Princess Diaries books which I am sad to say, I did not enjoy very much. So I was a bit skeptical when I started reading this one.

The story centers around a vampire hunter working for a secret organization of the Vatican called the Palatine named Meena who had the unfortunate distinction of falling in love with the Prince of Darkness, Dracula’s son. She was still in love with him and was fighting against him at the same time, convinced that there was still some good in him. I really liked Meena quite a bit and found the fact that she loved Lucien but was fighting it interesting until I reached the last 50 pages or so. This book, the second in a series, was obviously her reaction to Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series and her displeasure with the idea that the female lead character couldn’t seem to fight her love for the vampires she should have stayed away from. I think that is one of the aspects that makes both series so engaging, while Cabot just ruins it with an uninteresting and flat character that basically ruined the book for me. I found nothing original in the work, but found it to a borrowing of many other famous vampire lore so often redone and overdone. She really had nothing new to add which was disappointing because it showed so much promise.

Not one I would bother wasting your time one. I was thoroughly disappointed in it. I have a feeling that many will disagree with me on this one though. Please feel free to share your thoughts if you’ve read this one.

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

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The Passage

Book: The Passage

Author: Justin Cronin

Recommend? Definitely! This book was a very interesting read.

I picked this book up for my nook after a friend from church recommended it to me a few months ago, saying that it was rather intense. I was looking forward to something new and exciting to read. From what the description discussed it seemed like it would be something very fast paced and with a subject like  post-apocalyptic vampires, I was ready to read.

When I got into the book, it was not at all what I had expected. Yes there are vampires, but it is more about a little girl who changes the world.  This book is all about characters in a style reminiscent of Orson Scott Card’s Speaker for the Dead, the second book in the Ender series. This epic journey spans over 100 years and involves a wide cast of very different people.

I can’t say too much without giving the story away but it is definitely a great surprise to read.The only warning I would give is not to expect something like Twilight or the Sookie Stackhouse books because this book is definitely not those. I would relate this to something more like I am Legend or many zombie stories I have read.

The only negative I would have to say about this book is the way it is talked about. It sets you up to expect something very different than what it really is. If you are a teen reader, this book might not be something you are interested in. However, if you like books with in depth characters and deep emotional connection, this book is something you will enjoy.

Final Rating:

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Austen with a bite ;)

Book: Jane Bites Back

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Absolutely- it’s hilarious

This little book cracked me up, repeatedly. I got it last month and have already read it twice, the second time just because I was in need of a good laugh.

The book asks  and answers the following questions:What would happen if Jane Austen were still around? What if she hadn’t died but been turned into a vampire instead? Could she get published?

I don’t want to give too much away with this little gem but Austen isn’t the only author who makes an appearance:)

I definitely recommend this book for any Austen fan who doesn’t take life too seriously. It will make you look at your favorite author in a whole new light 😉

 

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

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A fictional biography- twisted

The front and back cover

Book: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Author: Seth Grahame-Smith

Recommend? Yes if you like vamps and biographies- No if you are into fast paced books

This book was a very interesting read. I enjoy reading biographies when I’m in the mood and was pleasantly surprised that this book was written in a biographical style. I felt like I was reading a traditional Abraham Lincoln biography. Mr. Grahame-Smith seamlessly injects his vampire story line to the life of one of our most famous historical figures.

I was surprised by the very factual style of story telling. While it did add the benefit of remaining in the style, I couldn’t help but feel like it took away from the excitement. Some of the vampire kills could have been very interesting but they author was so rigid in his style that they were less interesting. It was one of the most unique vampire novels I have ever read and I loved the ending.

I will read more by this author but I don’t know that it will be right away due to the writing style. I do have Queen Victoria Demon Slayer but I think it may wait a while.

In the next few days I hope to add in not only reviews of things I am currently reading but to go through and review some of the many books I have read that have made a lasting impression (good and bad).

 

Final Rating:

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