Wednesday, September 7, 2011

~Short Reviews~

I'm still here....lots of personal problems right now that seem to be trying to take over my life. I am doing my best to not let them take over. It is exhausting, to say the least.

I have read a couple of books since my last are their short reviews:

The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from a Secret is definitely not the type of book that I would have chosen for myself. I really liked it!! I was so surprised. I think what held my interest most was the main character...a fifteen year old girl named Temple. She was one tough little cookie, and could really kick some zombie ass. Along in her journey from Florida towards the west coast, she meets a variety of non-meatskins (normal people) a colorful cast of characters that are for the most part, likable. If you are a Zombie novel fan, then I recommend this one.

Very Good!!!

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital’s demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it’s an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents’ diner. For the others, it’s a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

My Thoughts:

I wish I could say that I liked this but it was a big disappointment for me. I was prepared to be really spooked by this creepy-sounding novel of 6 teens who spend the night at the old abandoned Danvers Mental Hospital one week before it is to be demolished. The premise of this book definitely did not deliver what I expected. To be fair, it is a YA Novel, so maybe that explains the "teeny-bopperish" atmosphere of the story. Like I said, I was expecting more. If you want to be truly scared....I recommend the movie Session 9. It is also about Danvers, and I promise this movie really delivers. Sorry, Project 17 -

Do Not Recommend


Zibilee said...

I just bought The Reapers are the Angels at the Borders closing sale the other day, so it's great to see such a positive review of it here today.

I am also sorry to hear that you are being put through the wringer right now. I can relate, and my thoughts are with you.

Anna said...

Hope things start looking up for you soon! ((HUGS))

Marce said...

I haven't heard of these 2, i'm still on the fence regarding trying a zombie book and if your not recommending I won't bother with the other.

Hope you are well. Life and issues have came up lots this year for a few bloggers.

I guess we have to try to remember 'this to shall pass' but it surely doesn't feel like it.

Missy B. said...

Zibilee: You will really enjoy it. I did, and I will be one the lookout for other books by this author.

Anna: Thanks so much! I hope things get better soon ~ It's not fun feeling down, as I have been feeling lately.

Marce: I ward off all things Zombie...but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Yes, the other was a let down. If you like scary movies, you should see Session 9.

As always, thanks for your comments!

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear life is crazy. I hope your doing lots of nice things for yourself?

I am so glad you like The Reapers book. I have it on my shelf and keep seeing good reviews on it.


Tales of Whimsy said...

So glad to hear you like Reapers. Have you seen the new cover?


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