Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Man Made Boy
Have you ever heard the phrase: “Verbal Diarrhea?”  Well I think I will say this book reminded me of “Idea Diarrhea.”  There was so much going on in this book it felt both too short for the information and too long for the story, does that make sense?  I want to start off saying that I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  It is by far one of the best books written on a dare/fun request, frankly I think it is sad that when we drink we end up with dumb YouTube videos, but when people got drunk centuries ago they wrote masterpieces… unfreakenbelivable.  So anyway, back to John Skovron’s Man Made Boy.

Boy is the son of Monster and Bride (the originals of Dr. Frankenstein).  They work in a theater, think of carnivals and attractions like “the bearded lady.”  Boy just wants to get out, he wants to continue to learn and expand as a regular person, but he is always reminded of what a monster he is.  Lonely, the only way he communicates with the outside world is through the internet with other hackers.  Boy creates a virus… and the vicious circle of monster/creator continues.  This novel follows Boy as he runs away with the girl he loves, realizes the grass isn’t always greener, tries to control a computer virus that now is out to get him, and meets Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s granddaughter Claire/Sophie. 

The book was entertaining and never stopped, but again I cannot stress how much was going on in this book.  You think it’s a love story, and then it switches to an “I hate my creator” story to going away to college story.  There were great characters in the novel from the Invisible Man to the Bride of Frankenstein.  It was fun to see all these legends tied into one story.


Thank You Edelweiss! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Resist by Sarah Crossan

Resist (Breathe, #2)
Resist by Sarah Crossan is the sequel to Breathe. We meet up with our heroes where we last left them, escaping from the riots. Alina and the gang are off to look for the other resistance cell, while Quinn, Bea, and Jazz are on their way to find the group. This book was cut into 4 perspectives: Quinn, Alina, Bea, and Ronan (the leader’s son). I would have to say that it is full of surprises, secrets, and redemption. Characters that were terrible in the first book look different in this novel, and characters that you do not expect to lose will go. Was I terribly please by this book? No, sometimes Bea was too annoying: I get it, you lost your family… but so did everyone else within a 40 mile radius. And if people didn’t die off in the first book, just wait because there is enough time in the second book for that to happen. Ronan was a nice change of pace, I forget if there was fourth person’s POV in the first book, but even so it was good to see the perspective of one of the elites during this revolution, and he working along with Quinn’s father makes things interesting.

Thank You Edelweiss! 3/5 stars.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)

Kami Garcia has been riding the train of awesome now that Beautiful Creatures is a major motion picture.  So needless to say, I was highly anticipating her individual project, Unbreakable (The Legion #1).  I won’t say I was blown away, but I will say that I felt the same safe familiarity of Beautiful Creatures.  What I mean to say is that it was a decadent tale of mythology and legacies. 

One night Kennedy’s cat runs out of the house, leading Kennedy on a chase into a small Jesuit cemetery.  At the cemetery Kennedy sees a woman, floating.  Nothing seems out of the ordinary after that, except her cat is acting weird.  Then one night Kennedy gets home to her mother dead.  And then her cat attacks her, trying to steal her breath.  When it almost seems like our heroine is about to be killed off, the Lockhart twins come galloping to the rescue.  Jared and Lukas confirm that there is a dark world out there, and it is controlling their lives.  They confirm this by letting Kennedy know that her mother was a descendant of a secret society in charge of keeping the world safe from a vengeful demon.  She, along with 4 others, protects and guards the world from the dark spirit world threatening to escape into reality.  Those 5 members have been killed; all that is left are their children (those who have been selected to up hold a spot in the Legion).  Kennedy must take her mother’s place and help the new Legion members combat an evil that should have never been stirred. 

I really like the characters, especially Priest (I mean he’s a genius with an awesome music taste.)  The twins are also a good ying-yang team, with clear dysfunction in the family.  Yes, there is the inevitable love triangle, but it’s so minimal I don’t hate it.  The end left me thinking, I have no clue what will happen in the next installment because the characters are left with unanswered questions and Kennedy is more or less right back where she started after her mother initially dies.  What I do know is that I will be eagerly awaiting the next part of this fantastically dark urban series.


Thank You Edelweiss

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #4)

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima is the 4th book in her The Heir Chronicles series. Usually each book introduces a new character with their own set of problems, and then these characters are thrust into the life of the previous books’ characters. For this particular installment Chima introduces Jonah Kinlock and Emma Greenwood. Both have a connection to Thorn Hill, a commune that existed when they were really young. Both also have ties to the infamous Thorn Hill Massacre. The basic concept is that in this commune some experiments were done on the children there, which caused ridiculous reactions: i.e. Jonah’s brother Kenzie becomes a human fireball and this messes up with his ability to lead a normal life. The other children have extreme issues like this.

One night, when Jonah was 7, all the adults died and some of the children did too. Those that survived were rescued by Gabriel Mandrake, a sorcerer, and placed in a school in Anchorage. Here is where Jonah has strived with his unique gift, as an assassin. On the other hand we have Emma, who doesn’t even know that she might be a sorcerer or wizard or healer or warrior or enchanter, leaving a normal life in Memphis. After she finds her grandfather dead in his own shop, she travels to meet the father she never knew and finds out that there is a terrible secret. She was at Thorn Hill, her mother was involved, and DeVries (super bad guy) is hunting Emma and her father.

With secrets, half truths, small connections, and a whole lot of awkward love this installment had me speed reading like it was my job. As a major fan of Chima’s Seven Realms series I have fallen for this series.

Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

Eat, Brains, Love

“Of course now I know for sure that test was total bullshit… of the fifty possible career recommendations, none of them were ‘undead fugitive’.”

Jake Stephens is your average senior trying to get through senior year, struggling to make time for more video games, and forgetting how to breathe at the sight of extremely hot girls. Amanda Blake is your average hot senior girl, until one day she locks eyes across the cafeteria with Jake and everything goes red! Jake and Amanda have become zombies and they have eaten a good portion of the student body. They go on the lamb together, avoiding the federal agents looking for them, while trying to figure out the warm and fuzzy feelings they are getting about each other.

Cass is one of those agents. Often referred to as “Psychic Friend” she is none other than the psychic hired to find rogue zombies. Apparently the government has been hiding the fact that zombies exist, and they have a hit squad just for this. Cass is able to go into the zombies minds and figure out their location, based on imprints that they leave. With Jake it is different; he seems more human, more like an average boy she wouldn’t mind getting to know.

This story is full of gross, flesh eating, vomit inducing scenes; I love it! But I do not appreciate the ending. Is it going to be a series? If not, what kind of ending was that? I wouldn’t say it was amazing but it was fun and zombies are my favorite.

3/5 stars. Thank You Edelweiss.