Book Recommendations?

Hello, everyone!  I am in the process of compiling a list of various book recommendations according to genres.  However, I have one section dedicated to my follower’s recommendations, so I need your help.  If you have any recommendations, whether it is an adult thriller, new adult romance, or young adult dystopian, all are accepted!  Of course, you will get credit (I’ll link your blog within the rec, as you deserve it!)  Please send as many as you desire!  I greatly appreciate all of your help!

Happy reading!

Katie 🙂

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Book Review: The End Games

It’s Saturday!  Time for a book review!  Saturday Book Reviews are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here.

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It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.-Goodreads summary

Judge the Book by its Cover:

  • In real life, the book cover is much darker, which makes the images extremely hard to see.  However, I quite enjoy the use of the dark reds and blacks.  These colors play an integral role in the overall plot, and I would like to think  that the cover artist did it on purpose.  Besides the coloring, the images of the two brothers and bellows are okay-not necessarily my favorites, but they, again, relate to the plot.

Things that Made Me Happy:

  • The book immediately jumps into the plot.  Quickly, I was swept into the apocalyptic world overrun by zombies that Martin created.  While he did instantly begin the plot, Martin provided ample “flashbacks,” which provided answers that readers may have concerning the world-building.  These moments never distracted from the main plot but provided ample explanations for the brothers’ current situation.  Overall, I enjoy this plot format that Martin exercised.
  • This book truly had some fantastic character development; I especially enjoyed the character development of Michael and Holly.  Throughout a majority of the book, I became increasingly annoyed with Michael.  I found him to be close-minded and never willing to accept the help from others.  Likewise, I felt pity for Holly.  She was a quiet girl, who I so desperately wanted to speak her mind because I sensed her potential as a character.  Simultaneously, these characters both realized their faults and attempted to work with them in order to create some goodness in this world.  Rarely, do readers see this kind of genuine character development.  I really enjoyed it. 
  • There were some hilarious pop culture references in this book.  The world that Martin created was bleak and depressing, so the little details of the boys sleeping in Pokemon sleeping bags and pretending like the war against the zombies was a Call of Duty game were lighthearted and deduced a lot of the book’s melancholy.

Things that Made Me Unhappy:

  • Within the first 100 pages there is a totally unsuspecting plot twist that completely destroyed the book for me.  Prior to this destructive plot twist, I enjoyed Martin’s concept; I found it to be unique and possessing an abundance of potential, which made me want to keep reading.  However, this plot twist shattered the unprecedented elements of this story and turned it into a typical “apocalyptic zombie story.”  Additionally, I felt that adding this twist was a last minute decision made my Martin and his publishing company because I found latter parts of this book to be full of inconsistencies as if that plot twist did not exist, which made the novel that much more frustrating.  Therefore, I found the rest of the book to be extremely dull, and completing the book was a huge struggle for me.  
  • In addition to the plot twist and the subsequent actions boring me, I had an inability to relate to any of characters.  While they did have some amazing development, I just could not connect with the characters and did not find myself really caring how their story ended.

My Rating:

★★★ 3/5 stars!

Recommendations:

I’d recommend this book to those who like young adult fiction, science fiction/apocalyptic, action, and horror novels.

Friday Reads (7/5/13)

Happy Friday!  Woohoo you successfully got through another week!  Friday Reads, a popular query that originated on Twitter, enables me to share what I plan on reading this weekend.  As I do not post on Sundays, it allows you to be updated and know what I hope to accomplish in my reading endeavors.  Additionally, Friday Reads is a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began withThe Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?-Goodreads summary

It has taken me nearly a week to read this book-something very atypical of me during summertime.  However, with work, the Fourth of July, and helping my family, I have been quite busy!  In the moments that I do get to read this book, I thoroughly enjoy it.  As this is the second book in the Marbury Lens series/trilogy/no idea, I actually prefer it to its predecessor.  The world building is fantastic; the plot is enigmatic and intriguing.  I simply can’t wait to finish this.  I have nearly 100 pages left and should finish it later tonight.  I want to review it immediately so anticipate a thorough book review on this book tomorrow! 

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It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.-Goodreads summary

I just discovered that there are zombies in this novel!  This will be my first “zombie book,” and I’m very excited.  Overall, I have not heard too much about this novel, but it is a very popular novel in my library.  

I’m going to be honest.  I’m a little hesitant about reading this book immediately after Passenger.  As stated Smith has done a fantastic job with the descriptions and world building.  Therefore, I’m nervous that this book, my first zombie book, will simply be average for me because this author may not compare to Smith’s world.  Who knows?!  I plan on going in with an open mind and hopefully will be blown away!

*What are the books you plan on reading this weekend?  Comment below!*