Title: Dead Over Heels
Author: Alison Kemper
Publisher: Enatngled teen
Publication Date: September 29th, 2014
Genre: YA, Zombies
My rating : 5/5 stars (A)
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The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…
Glenview, North Carolina. Also known―at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg―as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.
I received an eARC copy of Dead Over Heels from the author in exchange with an honest review.
Dead over Heels is a companion to Donna of the Dead, so you don't have to read the first book to read this one. But then, you will be missing all the awesomeness of the first book.
In the contrary with the first novel, Dead Over Heels has much more romance than the first book.It is mostly based on two main characters, Eva and Cole, rather than a bigger group of friends/classmates. Which was really interesting because the author was able to share the story with the readers using both perspectives.
The setting was in the woods, which makes running away from zombies a bit more difficult because there is no safe place to hide that is anywhere near!\
Speaking of zombies, there are not actually dead. However, their brains are. It caused by some kind of new flew spreading all around the world.
Is there any humor in it at all ? YES, there were times were I could not stop laughing!
Opps I did again, reread few parts when I finished the book :)
Back to the Romance, it was one of my favorite types! You know, when two people can barely stand each other and as time flies they fall in love!
I think the events of Dead Over Heals occurs somewhere either at the same time or somehow before the events of Donna of the Dead. I believe in the third and last book would somehow come together to fight this flu??? I am not sure, but that would totally kick ass !
This is such a great read if you are going through a reading slump, or if you want something packed with adventure, humor, and romance, something that you would get into so easily.
So basically Dead Over Heals is a great read with zombie frosting and romance topping!
I give this book 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
About the Author
Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. Now that she’s grown up, she lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.
Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, was published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and is followed by two companion books in the series. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Alison_Kemper ) and Instagram.
Title:The Scorch Trails ( The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2010
Genre: Dystopian, Sci Fi, YA
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A)
Blurb: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
The sequel of The Maze Runner keeps up with the level of mystery and thrill, but in a different way.
It picks up right from where The Maze Runner ended, which is great.
I Found it much easier to get into because I was already invested in the story and I was trying to figure out Wicked and all the crazy things that were happening.
Not only that the element of love is added in the second book, but also it is a Love triangle.
This story is about extreme manipulation with emotions and believes, and James Dashner was able to involve me with what Thomas went through.
It might not be highly action packed like The Maze Runner, oh man, but the feels it gives you is phenomenal !
Every couple chapters left me humming the intro of Macklemores' Thrift Shop, which goes something like What What What , What What What?
The Only thing that kind of annoyed me was how much Thomas passed out and slept in this book, probably about 20 times !
I really enjoyed the Scorch Trails and I gave it 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
Title: The Selection #1
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Love
Edition : Paperback
My Rating: 5/5 stars (A)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
A great enjoyable read , even though it was not what I expected it to be.
I really admired how the author designed the status scale, from 1 to 8, where what you work , how much you get paid, and your social status were all decided by the government.
However , this is not a book about a corrupted government, but a contest that is held when the prince is looking for a bride,and this is where the story begins.
I did not know what exactly what would the Selection would be, perhaps a hand to hand combat between princesses, or something :D
Although the concept of the Selection itself in kind of plain and not that creative, the way the characters were described and the conversations made me finish the book in less than day.
The book is mostly character based and although there is not much of action or fighting going on, I still found myself strongly invested in the story.
An applause for Kiera Cass for making me like both boys in this love triangle, but it is still Team Maxon :)
I can't wait to have the second book in the series " The Elite" between my hands and read it.
I gave this book 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
Author: Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication Date: Nov 6th, 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Abuse,Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A)
MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.
Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul
I received Melt from Last Syllable Books via NetGalley in exchange with an honest review.
No, this isn't a plot twist of The Wizard of Oz, but the author finds a way to revive some sub meanings in her story. Does that even make sense ???
Melt is a tale that will give you knots and butterflies in your stomach, yes both at once ! You are going to MELT on these pages.
This is such a captivating read from the start. I got so involved with the characters that I was afraid to leave them, afraid that I might miss out on something big if I stop reading.
The abusive scenes and acts are truly brutal and anyone who has gone through similar things would strongly relate to it.
I loved Doll, I mean Dorthy :) I liked how she doesn't care about what people say, how she gives people a chance to switch into their better side .She sees the good in those who were forced to undergo metamorphosis to withstand this harsh life.
It was very interesting for the characters to share their point of views in the same chapter. That way you get a good sense on what each character feels at that specific moment.
I did not like they way it was written at first, then I got used to it, then, I guess I understood why it was written in that way. I believe it was written in a way that the reader would catch what the character is saying or thinking in the same rate as the characters says or thinks it. And I ended up liking it.
Since I dive into stories without reading the entire blurb, I was surprised at the end when the author said that it was based on a true story. I was mind blown by that fact. It also gave me that feeling of , although there is lots of evil in this world, there is also good!
I am looking forward to read more of Selene's work.
I am giving MELT 5/5 stars and an A according to my rating scale
Author: Holly Black
Title: The Coldest Girl in ColdTown
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication Date : September 3rd 2013
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Vampires,Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 stars (A)
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
This is not " another vampire book ", the tale is captivating , dark, and embraces the Vampire Cult perfectly. The Coldest Girl in ColdTown reminded me of my favorite vampire book, A Darker Dream by Amanda Ashley, which i have reread it about 4 times because I could not find something as awesome as it. I guess it is Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in ColdTown turn for a future of multiple rereads !
I love how each chapter is marked with a dark quote from many writers, a few of which are my all time favorite. This book being my first read to any of Holly's books, she gained my respect just with the mention of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily and Charlotte Bronte , Emily Dickinson ,and Charles Dickens . Although the those quotes where written in cursive, which i struggle to read, I still loved the concept of it.
The chapters are sometimes told from different point of views, but it does not have a specific pattern. The story is mainly told from Tana's point of view, but sometimes other characters get to show us flashbacks or something else in the story.
There are a few of Holly's quotes that I don't agree with, so that is just an opinion ,but I loved most of the quotes.
I was really engaged with what you call a story within a story, it is full of symbolism and the beauty of creativity, all of which were drowning in the element of darkness.
I wanted more, i was really sad when I saw that the book was about to end. I wish there was an extra chapter or that maybe in the future we would get a Novella with more flashbacks and perhaps a few more chapters :)
Although I had a kind of a slow start, I end up loving the story as well as the style of writing. Holly Black is officially one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to read more of her books. I also liked how she stated the vampire books she read that she read and kind of inspired her to write this book, so now I have a couple of book recommendations to add to my TBR.
If you like Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Edgar Allan Poe, then I highly recommend that you read The Coldest Girl in ColdTown.
I give this book 5/5 stars and according to my own rating scale an A.