Showing posts from March, 2014

132. Blake 187: A Zombie Revolution by Aiden James & Michelle Wright

Blake 187: A Zombie Revolution by Aiden James & Michelle Wright.  (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

Jan 13, 2014; Curiosity Quills Press, 191 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"By the twenty-seventh century, eons of war, disease, and climate change have diminished the earth’s population. Those who remain must struggle to survive.

Towns worldwide have sunk into coastal waters. Deadly viruses kill thousands each day, and a dangerous man with a bad past—Pye Peters—wields an iron grip on the ‘zones’ that have survived nature’s purge. Severance, Peters’ radical new order, likes it simple: Exploit the ‘breathers’, and use advanced medical techniques to revive the newly deceased.

Thousands are brought back from the dead, kept animated and docile by use of medication that prevents the typical rabidness of zombies. To ensure the changes take, these modern versions of the undead are forced into a harsh rehabilitation program. Blake 187 is one such rehabilitee."

Received an ecopy from the publisher.

This is an enti…

130. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

1989; Dell/Doubleday, 137 pgs

Ages: (10+)

"As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war."

Purchased a copy from a used book sale.

I've read this 1990 Newbery Medal winner a few times now and always find it a well-written light WWII story, yet one that still packs a punch at the impact Nazi occupation and persecution of Jews had upon the everyday citizens.  This is a good first book to read regarding WWII as it does not contain any descriptions o…

126. Last Message by Shane Peacock

Last Message by Shane Peacock.  (buy)
Seven, the series

Rating: (4/5)

Oct 10, 2012; Orca Books, 256 pgs

Ages: (10+)

"Adam has a good life in Buffalo: great parents, a cute girlfriend, adequate grades. He's not the best at anything, but he's not the worst either. He secretly lusts after Vanessa, the hottest girl in school, and when his dead grandfather's will stipulates that he go on a mission to France, Adam figures he might just have a chance to impress Vanessa and change his life from good to great. When he gets to France, he discovers he has not one but three near-impossible tasks before him. He also discovers a dark and shameful episode from his grandfather's past, something Adam is supposed to make amends for. But how can he do that when he barely speaks the language and his tasks become more and more dangerous? Despite the odds, Adam finds a way to fulfill his grandfather's wishes and, in the process, become worthy of bearing his name."

Borrowed a co…

121. Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose

Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose (buy)

Rating: (5/5)

June 17, 2013; Hydra/Random House, 86 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"William Todd Rose reinvents the zombie story with a thrilling novella of a post-apocalyptic America where saviors are heroes … and heroes are killers.

A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the once-mighty United States to a smattering of tribes duelling for survival in the lawless wilderness. The disease-free folk known as Settlers barricade themselves in small villages, determined to keep out the highly contagious Spewers—infected humans who cannot die from the virus but spread the seeds of death from the festering blisters that cover their bodies.

Tanner Kline is a trained Sweeper, sworn to exterminate Spewers roaming the no-man’s-land surrounding his frightened community. As all Settlers do, Tanner dismisses them as little more than savages—until he meets his match in Spewer protector Lila. But when hunter and hu…

49. BOOK TOUR: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story by Freddie Owens

BOOK TOUR: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Storyby Freddie Owens (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

Nov 15 2012, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 315 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"Nine-year-old Orbie has his cross to bear. After the death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Now, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; a fact that lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky. 

Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers. And, when he meets the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of powers that might uncover the true cause of his father's death. As a storm of unusual mag…

DC Super Heroes Chapterbooks: Batman vs Catwoman, Superman vs Bizarro

118. Superman vs Bizarro by John Sazaklis. Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio (buy)
DC Super Heroes
Superman & Family

Rating: (3/5)

Jul 1 2013; DC/Capstone, 56 pgs

Ages: (8+)

"Bizarro is back! This backward version of Superman has plans to remake the Earth in his own image, and he's not taking No--or, is that Yes?--for an answer. Can the Man of Steel save the day before this evil opposite turns Earth into an alternate reality?"

Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing..
I'm a big fan of this easy chapter book series featuring DC superheroes and villains.  Full of action, fun to read and use of colour and crazy fonts on sound affect words give these chapter books a comics feel.  The title is a bit off on this one.  Bizarro is treated like the mentally challenged relative in this story and that doesn't quite rub me the right way. The real villain here and the "vs" of the title is really Metallo, a giant robot who is always after Superman and when he…

117. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (buy)
Flavia de Luce, #6

Rating: (3/5)

Jan 14 2014; Doubleday Canada, 160 pgs

Ages: (18+) (YA Crossover)

"Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process, she comes closer than ever to solving her life's greatest mystery--her mother's disappearance. . ."

Received a review copy from Random House Canada & an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

I have read every book in this series and have loved each of them.  So it is with a heavy heart I must say, this was not up to par with the others at all.  Reasons I like these novels: the quaint British village murder mysteries, Fla…

107. Going Home by A. American

Going Home by A. American (buy)
The Survivalist Series: 1

Rating: (4/5)

Jun 25, 2013; Plume/Penguin Group, 404 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.

During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters—and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. "

Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Whoa, just going to azon to check the pubdate on this and wow, what a diverse reaction in the reviews!  It's got a strong 4 star rating with clo…

Three Cam Jansen Mystery Stories: The Girl with a Photographic Memory by David A. Adler

102. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Susanna Natti (buy)
Cam Jansen, #1

Rating: (4/5)

1980; Puffin Books, 58 pgs

Ages: (7+)

"Fifth-grade sleuth Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to catch a jewel thief."

Bookmooched a copy.
I first met Cam Jansen a few years back when my son read a couple aloud to me as his reader, so I picked up a few more for him.  I was impressed with the quality of the mystery for this level of reading.  Starting here with the first book in the series, I'm again impressed with this mystery series for first chapter book readers.  Cam (aka Jennifer) and Eric are two interesting and curious children with a lot of smarts.  Cam's photographic memory is an unusual device and makes for a fun element to these mysteries.  The children do some daring things but ultimately are clever and responsible enough not to go too far.  They may wait before calling the police but call the police they always do in…

7th Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge 2014 - FINISHED

MARCH 8, 2014 - FINISHED 52/52 (but I will continue to add books all year long.)

I'll be joining this challenge again as I'm addicting to this format and well ... I'm the host!  For all the details  you can find them here and sign-up as well.

I will be joining the top level and listing my books below:

Post reviews here:

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 (2014) Goal: 52 books
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year

1. Button Man: Get Harry Ex by John Wagner
2. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 1 by Konami Kanata
3. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 2 by Konami Kanata
4. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 3 by Konami Kanata
5. Judge Dredd: Mutants in Mega-City One by John Wagner
6. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Vol. 3 by Raven Gregory
7. Vinland Saga: Book One by Makoto Yukimura
8. One Piece, Vol. 4 by Eiichiro Oda
9. One Piece, Vol. 5 by Eiichiro Oda
10. One Piece, Vol. 6 by Eiichiro Oda
11. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 06 by John Wagner & Allan Grant
12. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. …