Archive for the 'Horror' Category

Review: Sick by Tom Leveen

Genre: YA Horror
Published: October 1, 2013 by ABRAMS
Length: 288 pages
Source: ABRAMS (ARC)

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. ”

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This book was an okay read for me. I think it could have been way better though. Sick is about a disease that is spreading in Brian’s town including his school. It is written in 1st person point of view of Brian. I really wish the story was as kick ass as the book cover. It is said that this book is “The Breakfast Club meets Walking Dead”, but for me it was so-so. The characters wasn’t as hilarious as the characters in the Breakfast Club, and the zombies (a.k.a. monsters in the book) weren’t as scary and gory like the zombies in The Walking Dead.

I really love Brian’s personality though. I love how he always stayed positive, and told his classmates that they are going to make it. He is not a protagonist who easily gives up, and isn’t one of those annoying people during a zombie apocalypse. I also like his relationship with his sister, Mackenzie. He cares about her a lot, and he refuses to leave the school without her. The supporting characters were okay to me. They were ridiculously goofy sometimes that it got a bit annoying. They were trying to be funny, but it was a complete fail.

What I didn’t like about the book was that it is told as a “day-to-day” basis. Actually, it wasn’t day-to-day, it was hour-to-hour. Everything happened in one day which made it a slight boring read. Overall if you are really interested in this book, and want to read it, then go ahead! In my opinion though, it’s not one of the best zombie books out there.

3 of 5

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum Genre: YA Horror
Published: August 20, 2013 by Harper Collins
Length: 320 pages
Source: Harper Collins (ARC)

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

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This book is fantastic; I was hooked on from start to finish! I had the chills and goose bumps while reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux. The author did a great job in scaring me, as a reader. There are some pictures in here, and they are very creepy! This book is told from Dan’s perspective. Dan is a sixteen year old who is staying at a college prep in New Hampshire, but he finds out that the dorm that he is staying in used to be an asylum.

The writing style is really good. The story flowed smoothly and was not choppy. The only thing I kind of did not like are the characters (Dan, Abby and Jordan). They have weird mood swings, and I don’t know why their mood would switch all of a sudden. One day they’re all happy like they won one year pass to Disneyland, and then the next day they’re grumpy like someone just threw their MacBook air out the window. I just didn’t understand why they were acting that way. Are they possessed? Are they homesick? It didn’t really specify. I do like the decisions that they made. If I were on their shoes, I would have done the same thing (except for some of Dan’s decisions). Dan is one of those characters in a scary movie where you’ll just be like “DON’T OPEN THE DOOR! DON’T! ….*Dan opens it* I TOLD YOU NOT TO OPEN THE DOOR!” type of guy.

There wasn’t that much romance in the book which made me very happy. The story is focused on how Dan solves the mystery because something paranormal is happening in their dorm. Also, there weren’t any scenes of Dan attending his classes; the scenes were almost always at the cafeteria, the school hallway, or at his dorm. That sort of bothered me because it would have been more believable if Dan actually attended his classes (LOL). Overall this is a book I wouldn’t pass on. It literally left me at the edge of my seat, and sometimes I just had to stop reading because it was getting scary! It would be a perfect read for October if you’re planning on reading it ;). I just love it and I think the author delivered the story well.

4 of 5

Review: Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1) by Kellie Sheridan

Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain, #1) Genre: YA Horror
Published: March 19, 2013 by Patchwork Press
Series: #1 (The Hitchhiker Strain)
Length: 271 pages
Source: Patchwork Press (ARC)

After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.”

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Mortality was a good read. There’s an alternating viewpoint between our two main characters, Savannah and Zarah. I was really curious whether these two characters are related to one another, and that made me keep on reading. They’re both teenagers trying to survive the zombie craze, and finding out more about the cure being made. They were an “okay” characters. Savannah made some bad decisions, but I love how she actually wants to correct them. She doesn’t just say “sorry”; she finds a way to make them right. I liked Savanna’s character more than Zarah. I couldn’t really connect with Zarah maybe because there were more chapters on Savannah than Zarah’s. I feel like she’s just another character in a book. What I didn’t like about these two characters was that they trust so easily! They meet 2 random guys (Cole & Liam) and they took off with them. The supporting characters were alright. They were relatable at some point, but I hate how Alex (Savanna’s friend/classmate/crush) is such a coward.

What makes Mortality a different zombie book is that we also get to read from a zombie’s perspective. This was also a different read for me because there was hardly any bloody & gory scenes, unfortunately. I love reading zombie books filled with action, excitement, bloody scenes, and characters who are about to flip out & panic because they couldn’t handle the craziness anymore. The characters in this book seems like seeing a zombie is like seeing clouds.. meaning seeing a zombie passing by is normal. The decisions that they made were just bad and it was as if it wasn’t a big deal.

What I didn’t like is that Savannah and Zarah sounded alike and if the chapters didn’t have their name, I wouldn’t know which one was telling the story. I was also a little bit confused about the 1st zombie wave and the 2nd zombie wave. Why are there two waves? What happened between the two waves? There are still unanswered questions since it’s a series. Hopefully some of my questions will be answered in the next book. Overall I still enjoyed reading Mortality. The writing style was smooth and wasn’t choppy. I would recommend this if you want to read a zombie book that doesn’t have a lot of blood in it.

3.5 of 5


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