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[Review] Birdbox by Josh Malerman

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24 October
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After two thoroughly disappointing ‘suspense’ novels, Birdbox was a welcome surprise that thoroughly delivered on the genre. This book was a thriller! Birdbox begins with scattered reports of unusual incidents, where people are reported to have ‘seen something’, then suddenly fly into a mania where they kill themselves, and anyone else around them. Something out there, is causing these people to go mad, and once they have seen it, there is no going back. When the reports started, no one could have any idea that it would turn into such a pandemic, but soon, people everywhere are committing heinous acts of violence and mass suicides…… Read more »

[Collective Perspective] San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant

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22 October
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Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss a novella of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats B: SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) 2014. Okay, its bad enough that I read this series this summer while the books are claiming the Rising would come in the ‘hot July of 2014’, but this novella topped everything off when I finished it just days before the real SDCC 2014 was to commence. Talk about anxiety! F: Yeah, I’m glad I… Read more »

The Troop by Nick Cutter

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17 October
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The Troop was everything I want in a horror book. It was disgusting, shocking, horrifying, and yet completely enticing. This book came to me by way of a recommendation from a friend, Jericka, who told me she couldn’t stop thinking about it months later. A quick search on Goodreads revealed a snippet from Stephen King: “The Troop scared the hell out of me.” Ding ding! Jackpot! I really do go for the extreme of horror, and so I couldn’t wait to read. Right away, the book hooks you with the premise: Tapeworms. Giant, genetically modified, horrific, devour-you-from-the-inside tape worms. Patient zero is being… Read more »

[Collective Perspective Review] Blackout by Mira Grant

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15 October
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Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss the conclusion of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, Blackout F: Blackout is the thrilling conclusion to Mira Grant’s (penname for Seanan McGuire) series of bloggers in a post apocalyptic world. The insect vector for Kellis-Amberlee has caused Florida to be deemed a disaster area, shutting it off from the rest of the United States. Alaric Kwong’s sister is still stuck in Florida, and Dr. Abbey tasks Shaun with both the task of fetching the girl, but… Read more »

[Review] Fed by Mira Grant

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13 October
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Fed is the alternate ending for Mira Grant’s first Newflesh Novel, Feed. (Click to see Feed Review) After reading Feed, I was a raw emotional mess. As my first foray into Mira Grant’s writing, I could not have been prepared for the way things ended, or the bravery of the author to follow through with such a drastic outcome. It was an ending stayed true to the characters, and what they believed in. It broke my heart, and yet it also gave me a tremendous appreciation for what I could expect from this author: unapologetic hard lines. For that reason, I… Read more »

[Review] Deadline by Mira Grant

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10 October
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I jumped directly into this book after reading Feed, still reeling from its tragic outcome. I’m going to try hard to avoid a lot of the spoilers, but I recommend if you haven’t yet read Feed, you skip this review until you have! After such a strong first book, it would be natural to expect a sequel like this to fall flat, or not live up to the story. However, it does the complete opposite, and continues to build the intensity that made the first so compelling. Deadline rubs salt into the wounds from Feed, and creates new ones you couldn’t possibly anticipate,… Read more »

[Review] Feed by Mira Grant

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03 October
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Although I am a huge fan of supernatural lore and paranormal creatures, I have never been inclined towards zombies. However, after reading The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, that suddenly changed. Moved by its concept, I let go of my zombie hesitation, and was open to suggestion.Because of this, Fry put this book in my sights without hesitation, praising the Mira Grant series in a way we reserve for the absolute best of the best. Trusting her judgement, I dove in, and swiftly found myself devouring Feed with the zealous gusto of the freshly-undead. Not only did this book cement my interest in… Read more »

[ARC Review] Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

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26 September
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I have really strong feelings about Shakespeare. Really, not doing right by Shakespeare, or rendering Shakespeare poorly is sort of like insulting my mother – it is going to provoke a reaction, and you’re going to be on my shit list. So when requesting this book I was wary, knowing I was either going to be very pleased, or raging. Turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Romeo and Juliet is unquestionably my least favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, this book helped to situate and ground the flighty characters in an engaging and gratifying POV, contributing to, rather than taking from, my enjoyment…. Read more »

[ARC Review] The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee

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19 September
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The legendary Queen of Sheba is intensely fascinating, but perplexing in the total lack of what we can know about her, or if she truly even existed as suggested. Throughout the ages, this legend has taken on many names and been believed to hail from so many places, with no further understanding of the truth. The Legend of Sheba became particularly popular ‘mythology’ during the Renaissance, when biblical and quar’anic renditions resurfaced to inspire popular storytelling and artistic influence. This why Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba was so appealing to me – the art and culture which I spend my life studying was… Read more »

[ARC Review] How to Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman

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12 September
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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace is an extremely fascinating historical scandal that, given its exceptionally ill timing in the critical climate of 18th century France, had profound, far reaching consequences. The conspiracy surrounding a diamond necklace estimated to be worth approximately 2 million livre, and the subsequent fallout of public trials ultimately galvanized the incensed citizens of France, and can arguably be identified as one of the final catalysts for the subsequent coup and regicide of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. If you’re not familiar with the bizarre scandal, have a wiki link. If I get into a full… Read more »