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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


book coverAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
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Release Date:August 30th 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood #1
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads description:Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised by this book, so excuse me if I gush. I was expecting this book to take itself too seriously or be too ridiculous. Instead, I found it smart and intense. It was thrilling, and I couldn’t wait to finish it but I also wanted to make it last! Plus, the imagery made it very easy for me to picture everything, so I got the thrill of the author’s words and felt almost like I was watching a movie.

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Book Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
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Release Date: July 12th 201
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series:  Kate Grable #1
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads description:Someone’s been a very bad zombie.

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe–not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate!

She’s got to find an antidote–before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.

Wow…I’m so torn about this book. First of all, I’ve loved zombies since I learned about them. I’m always pretty excited to see anything involving zombies, so I was pretty interested to see how this book would go. I wanted to like it, and I guess I went in with high expectations. I didn’t hate it, but I was pretty disappointed.

Kate is brainy and driven, she works as a trainer for the football team because she wants to go to college to be a doctor. And the football team is awful. She finds out that the Coach is being shady and giving the team something, which she suspects are steroids. She also has a huge crush on Aaron, a member of the team. The story happens during homecoming week. She goes to her friend’s house for a party and an already gross boy turns worse and starts showing zombie-like symptoms. It turns out that several boys on the teams have a virus and are acting vicious with a taste for flesh.

I didn’t hate Kate, but sometimes I was close to it. She’s this really smart girl that everyone looks to but she kept doing really stupid things. She had some obstacles with town doctors, but she should have told anyone. She could have told her dad, but she never did. She could have told any number of people who could have called the CDC. Instead, she just handled things by herself. I understand that she probably didn’t think people would listen to her and she was doing the best she could, but I was constantly just annoyed.  She ended up getting lucky.

For the purpose of the book, I can see why it was important for Kate to be able to figure things out and take a stand. But in my opinion, she could have called someone for help and still fought the zombies. She still could have taken serious steps against them and made discoveries. I actually kind of liked Kate’s voice and I really enjoyed her interactions with Aaron (her crush) and Jonah (her brother). I think those relationships helped my opinion from being completely negative. A little more romance would have been nice! I ended up taking a break during this book and reading some romance books because it was driving me crazy. Since the book is about zombies, I knew it would take some “just let it go,” and I can handle the unbelievable fiction aspect but not how she handled a dangerous situation.

Even though I was a little exasperated with this book, it has a lot of really high ratings on Goodreads, so if it sounds like something you might like, you should definitely give it a try!  I didn’t know when I started, but the book is going to be part of a series, and the second book called Bad Hair Day (it’s going to be about werewolves) and is expected to be published in 2012!  You should also check out the author’s website and twitter!

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Book Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

coverA Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
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Release Date: June 21st 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Rating: ★★★☆

Goodreads description:We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be Forgotten…

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.

Charlotte is a foster kid going to a private school with a rich best friend and a drop out boyfriend. Interesting, right? Well, she also has a Need (capital N). It’s basically this feeling that forces her to help people. She can try to resist, but that doesn’t go well. She ends up around people she doesn’t know in places she’s not familiar with, giving someone a hint or life saving advice. At first they resist or deny, then it sets in and they go on with their life but in a different direction. Charlotte doesn’t know where the  Need comes from. She doesn’t even know where she comes from. But what used to happen once a year has become more and more frequent and inescapable.

Charlotte doesn’t like the Need. It takes time away from her boyfriend and best friend. It leads her to shady places. It’s demanding and uncomfortable. Sometimes there’s a Need when she feels she should help her own friends. There are good feelings that come from the Need being finished and it’s nice to help people, but it isn’t enough. She finally learns more from her family friend and doctor, Monroe. He explains more about the Need and tells her about the Forgotten. She also meets another like herself, and discovers that while this was forced upon her, she does have a choice. The Forgotten as angels concept is pretty interesting-that there’s a need and drive to help people and then you’re gone. Also, that a Forgotten can deny the Need  and can choose the alternative which is sort of a fallen angel aspect.

Charlotte was a little annoying about her love for Harlin. It kind of reminded me of when a friend has a boyfriend and won’t shut up about how hot and sweet he is. I GET IT, OKAY. I think that there might actually be a point to how enthusiastic she is, but it was still slightly annoying. However, I really like Harlin and I feel like he really cared about Charlotte. I felt bad for both of them having to deal with problems brought on by her Need. He worried about her and they loved each other, so I wished she would have shared more with him.

I have a lot of feelings about this book that I won’t put in this review because it would probably be ridiculously long. There were good parts and bad parts and then there was the end. The end of the book was pretty intense and left at a cliffhanger. There were some twists, and the big twist and I’m interested to see where the next book goes! Plus the title, A Want So Wicked, is kind of awesome in itself. Sounds like it’ll play into the darker side of Charlotte, and I can’t wait!

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