Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

Some fabulous dystopian novels have come out this year and ‘Legend’ is another epic addition. ‘Legend’ has everything a good dystopian needs, an overpowering government, a great divide between the wealthy and the poor and a focus on two uniquely driven but deep, well-drawn out characters. The setting was unique, the interplay between characters was excellent and the plot kept the book moving with enough anxiety that I didn’t want to put this book down! Put ‘Legend’ on your TBR list, you won’t be disappointed.

REVIEW:

The world of ‘Legend’ is based in what we know of today as The West Coast. A new country has risen up in the shadow of war, it is called the Republic. Ruled by an overlord and a heavy handed military presence, the Republic treats it’s rich like royalty and the poor like vermin.

Day and June are from two sides of the perspective. Day born poor and from a very low class family has turned to terrorist like activity after he escapes from a work camp, his actions label him as the Republic’s most wanted criminal. June, from the other side of the spectrum has been groomed for the military since she was very young. Her test scores are off the charts and she quickly advances through the military school that she was assigned to. When her brother, her only remaining family member, is killed – all the evidence points to the criminal Day. June’s first task as an officer – hunt down Day if it is the last thing she does. Yet, the closer she gets to him, the more she realizes that somethings are not always so black and white.

Fast-paced and intriguing, ‘Legend’ was compelling, emotional and thought-provoking. I couldn’t get enough of the story of both Day and June, but more so Day. His story was worth it. His character above and beyond. I’ve read a few other dystopians where the characters were helped throughout their plot by other third party characters – but I constantly had to ask myself “why?” Why are they helping this worthless character? Not so with Day, you knew why he invoked loyalty and love from the people around him. His character was well-formed and larger-than-life. On top of the characters, the action and adventure of the novel along with the mystery behind June’s brothers death made the book even more intense.

I’m slavering to get my heads on book 2, but, alas I don’t even think there is a name for it yet…

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for teens and adults alike, fans of the dystopian genre should really enjoy but this would also be a good cross-over novel for general fiction fans that want to give dystopian a try.

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‘Legend’ by Marie Lu ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

Review: Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

The zombie obsession continues with Rhiannon Frater’s second installment in her ‘As The World Dies’ series, ‘Fighting to Survive.’ One of those books that I was hopelessly anticipating, ‘Fighting to Survive’ did not disappoint. There was plenty of action, suitable psychotic moments and a smidge of romance to keep me interested, not to mention zombies galore! If you haven’t read Rhiannon Frater’s first book in the series ‘The First Days’, I highly recommend that you march your petunia to the book store and buy it now. You can read my review of ‘The First Days‘ here. Already read it…well read on my friend.

REVIEW:

The survivors have settled in to their new life, one where they live in tents in the shadow of the construction site with a huge wall separating them from the horde of hungry undead. There are things that they must accomplish but they know that doing so will put themselves at risk. For one, they need more space, so the hotel is the only option right now, but filled with undead hotel staff, it won’t be easy. Then, there are the living, the scum that killed Ralph and are antagonizing the pockets of survivors in the area, these monsters are worse than the zombies and it is only a matter of time before the survivors living in the fort come into contact with them. Yet, as these confrontations loom on the horizon, survivors, Katie, Jenni, Travis and Juan find that they have to stop and live – because you never know when this moment will be your last.

This series is the rock star of zombie novels. It had me literally on the edge of my seat and reading aloud to my husband when a particularly good scene popped up. Frater just has a way with words and crafting scenes. She crafts her sentences choppy and matter-o-fact, telling it like it is with humor and a sick sense of finality. I said it in the last review, but her book is like a zombie movie crafted into a novel, I can literally picture the book in scenes in my head as if it were a movie. Jenni and Katie are both epic characters and will have you laughing and crying and sometimes wincing.

I have to say though that I did have some hang-ups with this second one, but I actually found that it was better put together than the first one, which is something you don’t find that often in series, the second one usually being the one that just carries you to the next one. My few hang-ups revolved around Jenni, I wanted more of her and I found Frater concentrated on Katie a lot, which is understandable with Travis’ leadership role, but I really like Loca and wanted to see a bit more of her. Then there was the vigilante – I thought they would concentrate on the person for awhile then just forget about finding out who it was especially after the Shane incident. I figured it would be easy to figure out who it was after the sabotage but there was no attempt at finding who it was, everything was completely diverted to the Banditos. Which, if the vigilante is a certain person makes sense… oh well I’m rambling. The books are excellent and warrants a discussion. I’ve actually reread the first book and find that it deserves a better rating than the 4 out of 5 that I first gave it.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for zombie fans. If you’ve enjoyed similar apocalypse books where the dead reanimate and began eating people this is the book for you. Mature content of violent, sexual and explicit nature.

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‘Fighting to Survive’ by Rhiannon Frater in paperback was provided by the publisher {TOR} in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber

Review: Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber

PJ’s QUICKIE REVIEW:

If you ask me today what monster lurks in my closet and scares the crap out of me, it will always be the same. Aliens. The reason for my fear: Whitley Strieber. I have never experienced such a strong reaction than when I read Streiber’s books. Streiber’s account of his true life experience involving alien abductions had me sleeping with the lights on for a month and literally coming to realize what it means to be terrified all the while engrossed and riveted by his words. Believe his account or not, but you have to read his story and judge for yourself.

Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber is the tale of one man’s struggle with what he terms “The Visitors”, the things they do to him and his family and how he deals with the sudden realization that he is an alien abductee. This is a story of discovery, fear and strength and you shouldn’t pass this one up. This is probably the only non-fiction book that I will ever recommend but I highly urge you to read it.
Recommended for people with open minds. Go in with your eyes open! I read this as a young adult for the first time, it’s scary and real but there is nothing lewd or over the heads of a mature teen.

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Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World by J. Corsentino

Time of the Faeries: Afterlight, End of the World by J. Corsentino

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

Stunning is the first thing that comes to mind when I looked through this book. I was blow away by the visual explosion of the imagery. Often in fantasy art the imaginary will have a cheesy feel about it, all starbursts and unicorns with rainbows is the only way I can describe it. The type of artwork you pick up at the dollar store and see on the wall of 12 year olds or trailer parks (still have nothing wrong with trailers!). But, Corsentino’s work I am drooling over. I can’t believe he attained such realism with his shots. And I have to be honest, I had a very hard time actually reading the text because my eyes kept being drawn to the artwork. The story was just a little bit of bonus.

Review:

Afterlight, End of the World is the story of the Angels, which is dubbed the Angel Apocalypse. The world is ravaged by war and with the coming of the angels a renaissance period begins, but at the cost of our free will. A few humans revolt and the angels turn against the humans…it was quite a riveting story. Not quite as riviting as the imagery, but still something that held my attention. I would highly recommend this book for fantasy lovers – I want a big pretty book to sit on my coffee table and be able to flip through constantly. It is so very pretty. If you have the chance, check out ‘Afterlight, End of the World’ and here, love on some images to get your motivated.


 

 

 

The First Days: As The World Dies by Rhiannon Frater

The First Days: As The World Dies by Rhiannon Frater

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

I have something for Zombies. It’s this little problem I have, kind of an obsession. There is something about the entire human race turning into mad, flesh eating monsters that just scares the pants off me. So, now that you know my zombie junkee status, the book that recently fueled my addiction is THE FIRST DAYS which starts out with a bang and soon degrades into zombie lunacy. I was scared, I was disgusted, I was biting my nails, turning page after page. It was a zombie movie in book form, with the same terror inducing action but at the same time it invoked the same thin plot sequences that are rampant in zombie movies and sometimes cheesy interaction of characters. Yet, we always look past that, right? Directly into the chomping jaws of the fast approaching zombie…

REVIEW:

This little poignant number opens with a woman in a pink bathrobe, standing on her lawn. She is staring at her front door as tiny fingers are shoving themselves under the crack trying to get at her. The fingers of her three year old son that she had found her husband chomping on not a few minutes ago. She has locked her husband, their twelve year old and their three year old in her house. She’s had a terrible night. But, her savior pulls up on her lawn in a beat up white pick-up and so begins the journey of their first days in a new world. One where the dead reanimate and try to eat you. Where they don’t slow down like the zombie movies, but will run until their knee caps explode. Where if given enough time – they begin to problem solve.

Chicks can kick zombie butt too…experience it first hand with THE FIRST DAYS. This is not for the feint of heart. There is ripping flesh and gun shots and cursing and just mayhem. If you like zombies, pick this one up!

There are a few drawbacks to the tale, a bit of plot slippage and parts that didn’t add together. Some character slippage – minor flaws that you would expect of a zombie movie, gore goes up, plot and dialogue doesn’t always add up. I mean, it was a zombie movie rewritten into a book form, instead of the usual book into movie. There were a lot of references to Romero and zombie movies, which I thought was hoaky, you could tell the author had seen a few zombie apocalypse movies herself. But, don’t pay attention to those flaws and just experience the horror and the fun that was two chicks just tearing it up.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for zombie fans. If you’ve enjoyed similar apocalypse books where the dead reanimate and began eating people this is the book for you. Mature content of violent, sexual and explicit nature.


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