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The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey {3 Stars}

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey {3 Stars}

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey (The Girl with all the Gifts #1)
Published by Orbit on June 19th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Page Length: 460 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman.

3 Stars

PSA: Symbiont means organisms that live together, parasites ARE SYMBIONTS, when you say symbiote/symbiont you probably mean mutualist. Symbiote is a Spiderman villain, though some older biology works used it. Symbiont is definitely more correct. Please remember this.

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The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish is the start of a new urban fantasy series featuring a world where everyone knows that the paranormal exists and zombies can be raised for will disputes! I’m always game for another urban fantasy series to get addicted to, so I couldn’t resist this one even though zombies are scary. I’m quite glad I got over my zombie fears since these are nice zombies, its the ghosts you have to watch out for turns out.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Voodoo Killings from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
Narrated by Susannah Jones
(Kincaid Strange #1)
Published by Vintage Canada on May 10th, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...

For starters, she's only 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.

And then she becomes the target...As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

4 Stars

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Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey {4.5 Stars}

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey is a novella about what happens after the zombie plague has been controlled and life needs to start moving on. I love the unique premise and I also love a main character who is a middle-aged veteran of the zombie war, black, and bisexual. Corinne is brave and kind and really tired of dealing with zombies. I’m not normally a fan of zombie stories, so believe it when I say this is a novella not to miss if you are even slightly intrigued ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Moving Forward from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey {4.5 Stars}

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey
Published by Author on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Novella, Post Apocalyptic
Page Length: 70 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Corinne survived the zombie apocalypse 30 years ago. After the dust settled, she got married, had kids, built a life. All of that is gone in an instant when a zombie attacks a city park. Corinne manages to protect her family, but the zombie bites her before it is taken down. She wakes up in one of the infected sanctuaries, where she'll have to build her life over again, knowing that at any moment she, or anyone around her, could become a monster.

4.5 Stars

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Rebel by Amy Tintera eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Rebel by Amy Tintera

Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot and continues Wren’s adventure as a super-strong, fast-healing zombie-ish girl battling against the corrupt organization trying to enslave her and her fellow Reboots. Since Rebel is a sequel, there are spoilers below for Reboot, so maybe check out my review of Reboot instead. However, don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post! This series is an excellent example of how great a duology can be since Rebel manages to stay focused on the main problem of HARC, adding in some more world-building and character development, but not trying to stretch things out to a third book. You definitely don’t have to worry about second-book syndrome here!

Note: I received Rebel through Edelweiss. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Rebel by Amy Tintera eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Rebel by Amy Tintera (Reboot #2)
Published by HarperTeen on May 13th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

4 Stars

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Reboot by Amy Tintera Audiobook {4 Stars}

Reboot by Amy Tintera is a delicious mix of sci-fi, dystopia, and zombies, with a healthy dash of romance. Zombies I say?? Why yes, though not the normal kind of zombies I must admit. I’m not how many people would agree with me on that, since the Reboots are approached from a fairly dystopian angle, but when dead people rise due to a virus, I can’t help but think zombie ;-). I’ve had Reboot sitting on my shelf for about six months, ever since Tintera came through my city on the Dark Days tour! However, I finally downloaded the audiobook version because my favorite narrator (Khristine Hvam) voices Reboot, and I’m so glad I did! It also means my signed copy can sit safe on my shelf forever now :D.

Note: I listened to the audiobook version of Reboot, which definitely colors my opinion of the book.

Reboot by Amy Tintera Audiobook {4 Stars}

Reboot by Amy Tintera
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
(Reboot #1)
Published by HarperCollins on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 365 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I love that Reboot is basically a combination of zombie and super-humans. It’s such a delightful sci-fi take on the normal horror trope, and since it’s sci-fi I wasn’t too scared either :D.
  • Did I mention already that Khristine Hvam is my favorite narrator? Yes? Well I’m gonna say it again! The narration on Reboot was amazing and definitely made the book for me. I cannot recommend listening to Reboot enough if you like audiobooks. (Khristine Hvam also narrated Daughter of Smoke and Bone 1 & 2, check those out!)
  • Ren and Callum are our lead characters and they are pretty freaking cute. Since we’re getting the whole story through Ren’s perspective, it is especially amusing to hear her thoughts of Callum when she first meets him and later on ;-). While I wouldn’t call their relationship slow burn necessarily, it definitely felt well-paced and realistic given the circumstances.
  • Ren has a pretty limited knowledge of her world due to what her life has been like so far, but there have been some interesting hints that all is not as it seems. I’m so excited to see what the next book holds since I’m hopeful and suspicious that our understanding of Reboots is going to completely change *crosses fingers*.

Weaknesses:

  •  So Ren starts off the book claiming to feel no emotions and not really understand human behavior anymore since she was dead for so long. But then she starts feeling emotions and participating in human behavior quite easily. This transition kind of bugged me, since it didn’t seem consistent with her character, though I’m hoping that it is explained later in the series!
  • I’ve seen others point out that the romance is too much in Reboot. I wouldn’t say that exactly, but it definitely plays a bigger role than what really seemed necessary. It worked for me because Ren and Callum worked for me, but if you don’t like one of them, I can see where they would get annoying.
  • I was pretty surprised when Reboot ended. I had definitely expected it to continue for a bit longer. Reboot could almost be a stand alone with how things end (which doesn’t really make sense with my feelings that the ending was abrupt, I’m conflicted!), mostly because I don’t really know what the big conflict of the next book is going to be ya know? I’ve gotten so used to YA cliffhangers that a first book that doesn’t emphasize the problems remaining to be solve in the rest of the series was a bit surprising ;-).

Summary:

I very much enjoyed Reboot, though I think that if I had read it instead of listened, my rating would be a little lower. The narration did a wonderful job of making me really like Ren and Callum as characters. I want to be friends with them! If you listen to audiobooks you should definitely listen to this one, since I think I won’t be the only one that enjoys listening more than reading Reboot. I will test this theory with the second book though!

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 Reboot by Amy Tintera