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Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I succumb. Zombie Apocalypse Book tag will be dragging me into this book tag nonsense, but look how fun this actually is!! Plus I am a sucker for zombie related material.

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…
  • Tag some more people to join in the fun

My Books:

  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Pyromantic by Lish McBride
  • Trespasser by Tana French
  • Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  • Six of Crows by Leigh B’Adugo

The first person to die: Edward (Breaking Dawn)

How pleasing. This is going well so far.

The first person you trip to escape the zombies: Jacob (Breaking Dawn)

What? That’s my favorite character in Twilight! He’s useful and loyal. I have terrible judgement. Hopefully my devious plan is thwarted and he’s okay.

The first person who trips you to escape the zombies: Bianca (Pyromantic)

I’m not really surprised, but I don’t know why she’d have to trip me. She can just disappear. Maybe she would disappear on me and leave me to get chomped.

The Team Idiot: Ezra (Pyromatic)

Hmmm….Ezra is daring and would take unnecessary risks. But he could be on my team!!

The brains of the group: Steven Moran (Trespasser)

I am not sure if that means we are in trouble or not. Steven is street smart, but I wouldn’t say he’s brilliant. Not sure how’d he do in a zombie apocalypse, but hey maybe have that Rick Grimes thing going on.

The team medic: Aislinn (Trespasser)

Pretty sure we are screwed, she’ll be one of the first to go. She has terrible judgement.

The weapons expert: Ragnar (Morning Star)

This isn’t so bad! Maybe with some training from Ragnar on how to be a general butt kicker we will be okay. Ragnar! He will save the day.

The team brawler: Mustang (Morning Star)

Well that is an interesting turn of events. She’s definitely dangerous, I just can’t see her brawling. Perhaps the zombie apocalypse brings out the worst in people.

The first to turn into a zombie: Jesper (Six of Crows)

I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand-NOOOOOOO. On the other hand- he isn’t the most reliable person. There was the business of revealing secrets, but he is very good with a gun.

The team leader: Nina (Six of Crows)

Can we please nominate Nina to team medic? It’s not that I don’t think that she could do it, it’s just….her witchy powers would be so handy for healing. But could she bring down the zombies from a distance? This would give her a clear advantage. Hmmm….

I am not really sure we will make it for long. It’s not terribly weak. I give us 3 months! Maybe 6 months if I don’t kill Jacob and we can keep our medic alive.

I tag: YOU! Reading this. 

 

 

 

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Pyromantic by Lish McBride

23310689Pyromantic by Lish McBride

Pyromantic is the sequel to Firebug which takes place in the same universe as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and it’s sequel. So if you haven’t read Firebug, don’t start with this.

The short version: I loved it! I ate it right up and couldn’t put it down.

McBride is an excellent weaver of sarcasm and wit. Ava, like last time, is the main character that is full of actual flaws that have real consequences. She isn’t quite the same Ava from Firebug, she’s more mature and has a stronger mindset. A lot of the old crew is back. Lock of course, being his charming self, Sylvie gets to be more fleshed out of a character which is fantastic. Cade is sort of shoved in the corner and standby and watched Ava’s life, I didn’t like it. It seemed really weird, especially for a father. Then there is Ezra…Ezra might have been my biggest disappointment of this book, he didn’t really sparkle like he did in Firebug. He just seemed kind of there because he was expected to be. But then there are some new characters like Bianca and Alistair that were fantastic. Of course, the dialogue is what really propels this novel and I wasn’t disappointed.

The plot of this book has it quirks but where I think it really shines is that the characters spend so much of their time fumbling around. Normally this wouldn’t be a strength but the nature of the problem is really beyond their experience, so there wasn’t this nice yellow brick road that they followed that lead them from plot point to plot point. They spent most of the book just playing catch up to the problem. There is this believable scramble and they don’t have all the answers. It just isn’t a problem they are use to facing, it really makes them come together and grow. It’s very satisfying, and very human.

Overall: 4 out of 5 Whoopie Pies. 😉

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Here is another review I’m moving over here from Blogger!

I loved this book in a way that is pure enjoyment. It was like going to an amusement park, yes there were some cliches but there was also the unexpected and the entertainment was refreshing. I purchased this in actual, page turning book form which I haven’t done in ages but am so glad that I did. It is a quick read, I read it in two nights but could have done it in one if my personal life wasn’t demanding attention.

The plot had a lot of the basics, bad guy that does bad things for power; confused, inexperienced protagonist that turns out to be something special, parental units that hide what is really going on, and a beautiful, strong willed love interest. That being said, the execution was fantastic and I’ve never read about a necromancer before. The plot moved along quickly but without feeling rushed. There was a good balance of world building and action. One that initially bothered me but later did not was the change in POV. This book, while dark at times, actually had a fun feel. I appreciate the optimism and humor found throughout this book. I didn’t have a problem accepting anything but the ending. Actually one specific part of the ending—SPOILER ALERT— the part with detective investigating Brooke showed up and they told him everything. It was obviously a set up for something that comes later and it could have been done better.

The character’s in this were great, they felt like people instead of just roles with names performing. That is really my biggest thing while reading, I want my characters to be human like and not feel fake. This cast of characters was bigger than most, and I loved that too. I hate it when the main character is just an entity without participation in society. Sam was such a great embodiment of this: he lived in his own apartment, had a relationship with his mom that was relevant, had multiple friends that he actually cared about, and wasn’t a stranger to love (I am specifically referring to an emotional capacity.) Ramon, Brooke, and Frank all got varying levels of development depending on their relation to Sam which was totally appropriate but the best part was the relationships changed and grew. They didn’t stay stagnate.

Overall I would recommend this book to 16+ year olds and I give it 4 out of 5 zombies.

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