I’ll admit it – after book two in the Noon Onyx series, I wasn’t super eager to keep reading. However, as soon as the cover to WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE came out, I knew I had to stick with it, logic being that there was no way a cover so pretty could be on a bad book. Luckily, I was rewarded with a well-written world, a maturing heroine, and enough action to keep me entertained the whole book.
The second in The Awakening series, VAMPIRE’S THIRST follows immediately after VAMPIRE’S HUNGER, and I was excited to see what Kimber and Duncan were going to do next. Turns out, it was have a bunch of sex, and fight. A bit more on the erotic side than most books we review here on All Things Urban Fantasy, VAMPIRE’S THIRST could have been so great, but unfortunately it fell flat for me, with characters behaving in a nonsensical manner in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, nearly a complete lack of world building, and a mish-mash of tangents that were frustrating distractions from the main plot.
If you haven’t read any spoilers for THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, it’s hard to know what to expect. The bare-bones description doesn’t give much away, but though the story starts out a bit vague, told through the eyes of a ten year old girl, it soon becomes an engrossing, mind-blowing and genre defying experience that is nearly impossible to put down.
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) felt very reminiscent of The Walking Dead with slow walking zombies, groups of people battling against each other for resources while a zombie horde threatens humanity’s very existence. Except this story revolves around kids with
I’m going to be completely honest here and say what we’re all thinking – a comparison to both George Orwell and Suzanne Collins in the same sentence doesn’t exactly make sense, does it? And while I appreciate the publisher’s desire to pull in THE HUNGER GAMES’ audience, if you go into THE OFFICE OF MERCY looking for another Katniss, you’re going to be disappointed. Not because THE OFFICE OF MERCY is in any way inferior to THE HUNGER GAMES, but it’s a totally different type of book – in the same way that Collins and Orwell wrote very different works, even though they may both have books that take place in dystopian environments.
A gorgeous mix of ghost story and love story, CLOSE TO YOU is Christmas Eve as only Stacia Kane can write it. This glimpse of Chess and Terrible doing what they do best, throwing off sparks and kicking butt, was entertaining from start to finish.
The two books that comprise the For Darkness Shows the Stars series are quickly becoming some of my favorite post-apocalyptic young adult books of all the options in the genre. Peterfreund is a wonderful writer, and ACROSS THE STAR-SWEPT SEA is a spectacular example of her talents. Keeping the reader hooked in a world completely different than ours, explaining back-story without info dumps, and mixing action with a touch of romance, ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA is one of those books you just don’t want to put down, and in my opinion even better than the first.
The opening and closing tableau of POISON PRINCESS was so powerful, it dwarfs the rest of the book in my memory. ENDLESS KNIGHT, to it’s credit, is more about the overall high than any one, single moment. Evie survives danger after danger, interwoven with the strategy necessary to survive the Arcana, and unflinchingly faces the legacy of her card without surrendering agency or control of her current choices.
The Ashes trilogy is better than any summer action flick. Cascading explosions and monsters and dangers fairly leap off the page, as vividly as if they were splashed across the big screen. I gulped down this entire trilogy in a matter of days, and was ever thankful that I could race from one cliffhanger to another until I’d reached book three.
VIRAL NATION is a startling dystopian featuring a protagonist with autism who travels through time. It’s a tantalizing mix of Revolution and Minority Report with writing that makes you understand what it’s like to share Clover’s autism, and a story that sinks into your bones from the very first chilling page.