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.
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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.
With this sequel to THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK, Mur Lafferty returns her readers to a world of vampires, zombies, dragons, and gods, most of whom are just looking for ways to pass their lengthy, or even immortal, lives. The pressure’s on Zoe Norris in GHOST TRAIN TO NEW ORLEANS, as the urban jungle she’s scouting for her next supernatural travel guide recognizes her as a rare citytalker, and doesn’t want to let her go – especially when she’s determined to go straight into danger. GHOST TRAIN is a fun urban fantasy, with some clever ideas in a rich setting, but it’s tripped up by repetition, a few too many characters, and some flaws in the internal logic of the universe.
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.
Today’s Deadly Destination is from Em Garner‘s Velvet Ellis on Lebanon, PA from CONTAMINATED (published on July 23, 2013 by Egmont). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Velvet’s Tips for Surviving the Contamination Run. No, really — you can almost always outrun a Connie. They’re angry, and they won’t hesitate to come after you, but they’re also usually clumsy and slow and easily distracted. If you can outrun them, you should be okay. Hide. Out of sight, out of mind, for most of them. But it’s not just the Connies you need to hide from. The soldiers and… Read more »
I wasn’t always a zombie fan. It’s taken shows like The Walking Dead and emotionally intelligent books like Sophie Littlefield’s Aftermath series to bring me around to the reality that zombies don’t have to just be about gore and horror (two things that don’t especially appeal to me). CONTAMINATED is a book about tragedy, determination, and devotion in the wake of an epidemic that just happened to turn a large portion of the population into zombies.
The H&W Investigations series has evolved over the past five books. In a way it’s become lighter, more wacky. The focus in FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS is less on the relationships and mythology, and more on the mystery of a black mage raising zombies in LA.
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY has something for everybody, with brain eating action, mysterious constructs á la Frankenstein’s monster, and even a touch of very human romance. Some things didn’t exactly do it for me- zombies, for example, aren’t really up my alley- but overall, THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY is a lovely dive into Lafferty’s world of monsters, or as they call themselves, coterie.
OUTPOST is a very different book from ENCLAVE. Instead of a group of teens governing themselves a la THE LORD OF THE FLIES, Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan find themselves literally adopted into the town of Salvation. Instead of focusing primarily on hunting Freaks and surviving, Deuce has to learn gender roles, attend school, and accept parental affection…yeah. It’s a big change. Aguirre still writes well and the characters have maintained believable consistency in their new circumstances, but the dramatic departure from the debut was jarring to say the least.
Another reviewer described Isaac Marion’s writing as “gruesome yet poetic.” That is the absolute perfect description for THE NEW HUNGER, the prequel novella to WARM BODIES (the hits theaters on February 1st). In it we follow R from the moment he becomes a zombie, a sixteen year old Nora trying to stay alive with her six year old brother, and a twelve year old Julie traveling on the literal road trip from hell with her increasingly hostile parents.