Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.
R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

I was a little sceptical about reading a zombie romance. I first I thought that it was going to be some kind of zombie survivors romance, but no, it’s most definitely a Zombie romance.

R is a fresh zombie (just R because he can’t remember his name. Zombies don’t have great memories, ya know), which means that’s he’s not as ‘rotted’ as most; his flesh isn’t dropping off and his organs aren’t showing. Hot, right? He can speak a few one syllable words if he really, really tries (although practice makes perfect). R’s bestfriend is M. M likes porn and women, only he doesn’t quite remember what to do once he’s naked. None of them do. So he spends a lot of time standing around naked with zombies of the lady variety.

R is more coherent than the average zombie. He gets married and obtains 2 children (this was a shock to me too, and seemed to come from nowhere). He wants the 2.4 children kinda simple zombie life, but then he manages to complicate things by rescuing a young woman and deciding he wants to keep her ‘safe’ in a boeing 747.

Part of the story is told by Perry. This happens every time R nibbles at Perry’s brain; he get visions of perry’s life. I found this a little confusing at first, especially towards to end. I’d be reading then realise I didn’t have a clue what was going on.

There’s also a zombie school where they teach zombie kids how to properly kill a living human. We wouldn’t want them to starve would we! Again, like the marriage, I found this a little left field.

So, in between talking the kids to school and keeping the wife happy, R goes and falls for the stupid human. Taking her on ‘dates’ and entertaining her. Don’t feel too sorry for the wife tho, she’s at the church stepping out with some other rotter. In fact don’t feel too sorry for any of them. Emotions are a distant memory so they’re not really bothered.

Julie, the human, is a tough little cookie and gives off some serious attitude, which gets on my nerves a little (read quite a lot). I don’t know which is worse, romance between 2 zombies, or one between a human and zombie. No, actually I do… :/

However, even though I felt all kinds of icky I wanted to keep reading, I couldn’t stop.

The continuity was a bit baffling. At some point I was told that they don’t have sex because there’s no blood pumping through the body, so you know, it was kinda impossible. And even putting that aside, they can’t remember how to do it anyway. But then he’d wake up to his wife having sex with her ‘boyfriend’. I don’t want to know if he’s limp or that she’s dry. Yeah, I did say icky :s

I was a little confused when R had a vision and was able to talk to both Julie and Perry, and they him. And I was a little EWW when julie asked R if he wanted to sleep in the bed next to her, because, really?! Even when bugs crawl out of his mouth in the morning? Takes morning breath to a whole new level.

I tried but failed to take to julie for the first half of the story. She was just too hard faced for my liking, but she grew on me and by the end, and even though she kissed a zombie, I liked her.

The ick factor kinda faded as the story proceeded, and if you like the sound of the above this book is for you. I couldn’t bring myself to dislike it because of it. Over all it was a quick, fun read. I really did enjoy it.

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Monthly Round Up: November 2011

I was hoping to amaze myself this month and read a heap of books and magically get myself up to date with my reading challenge. I’d also planned for either November or December to be the month I’d finish all the books I abandoned. Sadly I was way too far behind for either 😦 I’d had hoped to sample some Steampunk this year but that hasn’t happened. Maybe I’ll get to it during 2012. Last years failed challenge will at least keep me from making the same mistake with 2012’s reading challenge (I’ll keep my fingers crossed but I’m a glutton).

So, November’s books. I managed six :/ but I’m sure it’s not been my worst month. My favourite has to be The Scoripo Races. I adored it. Close second came Drink Deep. I’m loving the Chicagoland Vampire series. I was disappointed with the emotional connection, or the lack of one, I felt with Voyage of the Snake Lady as I loved and have very fond memories of the first adventure, Moon Riders. I was also disappointed with Crossed mainly because nothing much happened at all. I think that Ally Condie has kept all the action for the trilogy’s 3rd instalment. Well, I certainly hope so!

Magic on the Line, Devon Monk
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Crossed, Ally Condie
Drink Deep, Chloe Neill
Voyage of the Snake Lady Theresa Thomlinson
Carrier of the Mark, Leigh Fallon

Review: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

As with a few of the books I’ve read recently, I was really looking forward to this book. I wasn’t very happy about the price of the kindle version though. £9.36 +_+ almost double the usual price, and a few pounds more than the physical copy. (Edit: the average price of ebooks has now gone up since I wrote this review, a lot of them are now £7+)

Although the price seemed extreme most of the reviews on Goodreads were really good, and even though I was still on my zombiefest I was looking forward to reading it. It was slow to get going, with lots of exposition and I found myself skim reading. Once it hit the halfway mark the info dumps petered out, and the story got going.

Alice is surviving on her own as the story opens. I liked Alice’s independence, the fact that at 16 years old and she survived on her own for over a year, this is thanks mainly to a survival book she had the savvy to pick up along the way. I liked Aiden but I felt that, as with Del and Sammy, he could have had a little more depth. All the face and hair touching was sweet but there needed to be more to him than the fact he liked Alice.

The book felt like a start of a series, and it would be a good book to start one, and although it does stand up on its own as well it definitely felt like it could have been the beginning of something. I really hope there is a second book because I wasn’t satisfied with the epilogue of Ashes, Ashes.

Over all not a bed read at all

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Monthly Round Up: October 2011

89. Spider’s Revenge, Jennifer Estep
90. Nightfall, Ellen Connor
91. The Diviner’s Tale, Bradford Morrow
92. Silence, Becca Fitzpatrick
93. A Touch of Crimson, Sylvia Day
94. Fallen, kristina Douglas
95. Demon, kristina Douglous

So it seems October has been a better month for reading than September was but let’s face it, that wouldn’t take much. I’m still on my TV buzz but not as much as last month. I’m feel quite stressed with a situation I’ve got going on but I really need to focus on reading if I have any chance of successfully completing my 150 book goal this year. I’ve kinda done better than I thought I would if I’m honest. I knew when I set my goal that around half way through I’d begin to flag, and I wasn’t wrong. What surprised me though was that I still kept going. My posting of my review took a hit, and I’ve still have loads I need to write up and get posted but I’ve done okay. I was hoping to use December to finish all the books I abandoned throughout the year but I’m thinking that may not be the best idea at the moment as it might stop me reading altogether.

Anyway…

Best read of October? Well Silence really surprised me. I thought I’d hate it, but even though I really struggled with Crescendo, I actually liked it. It was a really enjoyable read, but it wasn’t my fave. Biggest disappointment was Nightfall. I can’t tell you how bad that let me down. I just expected so much more than it turned out to be. Maybe it was I expected more from Ann Aguirre as I really enjoyed her Corrine Soloman series.

My favourite has to be good ole faithful Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep, followed by either Fallen or Demon but I think Demon has the edge on Fallen.

So on to November. I’m hoping my Situation evens out to enable me to get back into the swing of things ready for the last push. The way it is I doubt it. I’m fighting an ox.