Category: Contemporary

Stacking The Shelves [27]

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

Fall is here with a vengeance. The last three days, I’ve woken up to 61 degrees in the house. It’s official, I’m a wimp. I turned on the heat. Though Hubby grumbled that it was too early, he let me have my way. Smart man! *wink*

 

My vow to stay away from Amazon this week was an epic fail.

Once again, I got sucked in by the lovely sales. :) What I purchased this week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. *squee*

 

I found one book in NetGalley that I just couldn’t pass up. Monsters, pirates and monster trainers, how could I resist? I hope it lives up to the awesome blurb:

 

I did grab a few free books as well:

 

I managed to pick up a little bit of everything this week—from zombies to contemporary romance to paranormal. What books did you get this week? Have you read any of these?

 

Kindle & Nook Freebies

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #101.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I grabbed Demons at Deadnight (because of all the great reviews) and The Last Woman (because I like dystopian novels).

 

I found two cheap reads this week. Ghost Bird: The Academy Omnibus Part 1: Books One – Four by C. L. Stone and Dante’s Circle Box Set (Books 1-3) by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

 

What are you reading this week?

 

Kindle & Nook Freebies

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #99.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel) by Shannon Mayer a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. I looked at a few other books, but nothing really caught my attention.

 

I found three cheap reads this week:

 

 

What are you reading?

 

Kindle & Nook Freebies

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #97.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them. One was just so short that I didn’t bother. Another ended on a cliffhanger. No thanks. I did find two that caught my interest: Her Guardians by Jaimie Roberts & The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

 

I found a cheap read that is getting rave reviews (The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen), and an author that is offering all her backlist for a great price. The first book is even free! I read the first book last year and enjoyed it. Did you read anything interesting lately?

 

 

 

Review: Death's Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1) by Sarra Cannon

I stumbled across this book by accident, but I found myself curious after reading the blurb. Young Adult + Dystopian + Zombies = a must read for me!

 

 

Title: Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1)

Author: Sarra Cannon

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Dead River Books via NetGalley

Release date: January 2014

Pages: 252

ASBN: B00DSKUMU2

Rating:

 

DESCRIPTION:

For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

 

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

 

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

 

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

 

 

REVIEW:

I’ll start off saying that the opening really threw me. I had to read the blurb again to make sure I had the right story. Nothing made sense (until I read further into the book). So I’m going to start my review where the book begins for me. . .Parrish. She’s the school loner and likes it that way. She sees the world without the tint of trying to conform to peer pressure, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Not to mention she has some kick-ass moves when dealing with school bullies!

 

When the world around her breaks down, she panics, but manages to pull herself together. She forms a bond with a few other survivors, which happens to be the hot kid at school she’s been crushing on for weeks. Together, they work out a plan to find a safe haven. Only, things don’t go right from the start. As their newly discovered powers develop, they must learn to trust one another or become fodder for the zombies.

 

I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each chapter switched off to another character, giving us a little peek into their lives. And for me, it worked. I’m not saying I liked all the characters, but each remained true to themselves. All but the witch. I wasn’t able to connect with her at all. Why did she act evil when she hated herself for it? Then we have the story itself. . .I loved it! The only gripe I had was the span of time seemed to stretch a bit where nothing happened but them trying to survive. I’m not sure I would’ve noticed if it hadn’t been for the ending. . .or should I say the lack of ending. This was not a complete book. It ended on a cliffhanger where we don’t discover what happens to the characters or if they save the world. So very disappointing. While I enjoyed the writing and the story, I won’t be picking up the second book unless I know it will be a complete story. Bummer. . .