“It’s a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part…” Dread Nation invites its readers to imagine an alternate history of the United States. During the terrible years of the Civil War the dead began to rise. They feasted upon the living changing them into zombies, or shamblers, as they prefer here. The war was set aside to focus on the more pressing threat. The slaves were set free, but still weren’t given much freedom. Young black men and women were sent to special schools to be trained to fight the undead, as they were thought to have […]
And Then You’re Dead was very appealing to me. Each chapter focuses on a specific way a human can and has died, but it cranks everything up to 11. I learned so many fun facts to tell people when I’m invited to parties. Although the fact that I’m interested in this book is probably why nobody invites me to parties. The chapters detail the many ways you can die, from being sucked out an airplane window (You actually can’t get sucked all the way out, you’d just make it halfway and then flop violently against the plane) to being a […]
“The world is hard and unforgiving, it can change you. Because we’re made up of all the things that happen to us. The good things fill your heart. But the bad things, and what we choose to do with them, really make us who we are…” Okay, so this was a weird one and I’m not sure I grasped everything that went down. I’m not at all familiar with Doom Patrol, so I don’t have any prior knowledge coming into this. I liked My Chemical Romance, so the Gerard Way factor was a positive, and it did look intriguingly weird. […]
“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely…” It’s hard to believe that The Fault in Our Stars came out five years ago! I didn’t even realize how much I missed John Green until I started Turtles All the Way Down. Maybe I never mentioned this before, but I love John Green. All of his books are fantastic, as you can see from my reviews of: The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Paper Towns (I have also read Looking for […]
I loved this book! I was just feeling lost and didn’t connect with any of the books I was trying to read, so I looked at what was available on the library website, and checked this one out. The Solar family was cursed by Death. Every member of the family has one great fear, and that fear will be the thing that kills them. Esther started her Semi-Definitive List of Worst Fears because of the curse. She writes down anything that scares her even a little, avoids that thing, and it can never become her great fear. One day while […]
I managed to make it through the long, but very entertaining, The Diviners. It’s set in the 1920s and follows Evie as she is sent to stay with her Uncle Will in New York. This is meant as punishment, but she’s a girl who loves excitement, so she has no problems trading her small Ohio town for the Big Apple. Unfortunately, there is a series of grisly murders. Uncle Will runs a museum of the paranormal, so the police bring him in to try to catch the killer. Evie ends up helping because of her secret power: she gets visions […]
Things I’m Seeing Without You is about a girl named Tess. When we first see her, she is dropping out of her boarding school to go live with her estranged father. The boy she loved, Jonah, just killed himself, and Tess is (understandably) distraught. Her father has always pursued some outlandish career goal; the current one is funeral planning. Tess decides to help him, and they plan a great memorial for a beloved racehorse. They decide to become partners and form a new, closer bond. Then Tess gets a Facebook message from Jonah, and things get complicated. You can read […]
I was a big fan of Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up, and was excited for her follow up, Eliza and Her Monsters. The book did not disappoint. It’s about Eliza, who is a loner misfit at school but secretly the mastermind behind Monstrous Sea, a phenomenally popular web comic. The trouble starts when she befriends the new boy at school, Wallace. He’s a very active member of her fandom. The closer that they get, the worse it will be when he finds out who she really is. You can read my full review here.