E-book haul!

Ah…Amazon you lured me in with your bargains and, of course, I couldn’t resist. Buuuuut, everything cost me under £1.20! 😀 😀

Most of them I got in the half terms bargains, but one or two were recommendations, along with 1 pre-order.

Well, let’s get started! \o/

1. Stolen ink by Holly Evans – This was a pre-order for the small price of 99p! It’s urban fantasy and I’m really interested in discovering what exactly a tattoo magician is!

Stolen Ink (Ink Born Book 1) by [Evans, Holly]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

2. Wool by Hugh Howey, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jimmy Broxton – I got this in the sale. It’s a dystopian graphic novel. Apparently, it’s also a novel, but I’ve not read it. Perhaps, I’ll pick it up if enjoy this.

Wool: The Graphic Novel by [Howey, Hugh, Palmiotti, Jimmy, Gray, Justin]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

3. The Person Controller by David Baddiel – Another sale buy. I’d seen this in the bookshop, but never picked it up. I’d say it’s children, fantasy genre. Looks super cool.

The Person Controller by [Baddiel, David]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Ah, this is a rare beast. I don’t tend to be interested in this type of book, particularly not the romance that will most likely happen, but I think many book lovers on social media will read the blurb and think, must read!

Fangirl: Special Edition by [Rowell, Rainbow]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

5. Rotters by Carl R. Cart – Another sale buy. I grabbed this because it’s apocalyptic and that is my weakness. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would’ve got it. This book cover is a bit meh. However, the goodreads one is a bit better.

Rotters: A Zombie Novel by [Cart, Carl R.]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

6. Little dead man by Jake Bible– Another apocalyptic one, (get ready for a few of these). This…has a really out there synopsis. This book will either go really right or really…really wrong.

Little Dead Man by [Bible, Jake]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

7. Threshold by Jeff Olah – Another apocalyptic one in the sale. I’m very excited to read this one.

The Dead Years - THRESHOLD - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

 8. Awakening by Jeff Olah – I actually didn’t notice these were by the same author. I saw post apocalyptic and that was enough for me. I really like the cover for this one.

The Last Outbreak - AWAKENING - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

9. Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love this book and I love the movie too. I actually own a physical copy, but, hey, for 99p, why not?

Howl's Moving Castle by [Jones, Diana Wynne]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

10. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – The cover looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a spooky read.

Frozen Charlotte (Red Eye) by [Bell, Alex]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

Last two, I promise!

OK, next two were brought to my attention by other bloggers and this is the part I admit I lied. Not all the books cost me under £1.20. The next two were under £2.00.

I know, such an ungodly amount. I can hear your gasps of shocks from here, but it isn’t my fault! I shall inform you whose it was!

11. The wizard’s gambit by Kylie Betzner – This seems to be a comedic fantasy, which if anyone knows my love of Terry Pratchett, will know this is right up my street. This buy is all Holly Evans’ fault. She happened to tweet about the 2nd book and it caught my interest. Bad Holly.

The Wizard's Gambit (The Six-Er-Seven Kingdoms Book 1) by [Betzner, Kylie]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

12. The castoffs #1 by Brian Smith, MK Reed and Molly Ostertag – A graphic novel, (comic?), that I discovered through mybookjacket, (and several others books, but I’ve resisted…for now.) So, yeah, it’s Vicky’s fault. Bad Vicky.

The Castoffs #1 by [Smith, Brian, Reed, MK]

Goodreads / Amazon UK


Alright, that’s it! A crazy amount, I know, but it didn’t cost me much in total. I’m really excited to get stuck into all of them.

Have you gotten any bargains lately? Any of these books interest you?

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The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Initial thoughts

This blurb immediately had my attention. Short, sweet and hooked. Along with the fact, that the bookish community loved this book!

Writing

The beginning of the book was crammed with telling me stuff, I remember thinking, “I hope it isn’t like this all the time.”

Thankfully, it wasn’t. The book got into its rhythm and showed instead of told me. I liked the switches of POV between the main characters. Although, I’d preferred more in Melanie’s POV because I believed her to be the MAIN character.

The sciencey bits went over my head and some of the words choices were unnecessarily complicated.

Plot

This book is labelled as a thriller all over the book, but it didn’t read that way to me. It’s a familiar post-apocalyptic plot, told differently. I kind of wanted it to delve further into what was presented at the beginning and tension from the beginning dwindled away by the middle. 

This is most definitely a stand alone, it’s all wrapped up by the end, and it seems unlikely of a sequel, but there are a few plot threads I wanted to learn more about. The ending was excellent though.

Characters

The characters are the best thing about the novel. They are incredibly well-rounded. A few started almost like ‘cliche’ characters, but were revealed not to be. (Their story arcs were predictable though.)

By far, my favourite character was Parks. 

Overall thoughts

*Sigh* Me and Standalone’s have a love/hate relationship. I wanted MOAR. But, I find standalone’s always tell a story in a unique way with a message that always has me quiet and thinking when I finished it. 

I was disappointed that a few things were never addressed or used after being introduced, but I enjoyed the plot, the ending and the characters.


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey


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The fireman by Joe Hill discussion post

Note: This post has spoilers. If you want a spoiler free review, go here.

This is a little bit of a different post than usual. I felt the need to discuss the book and I may not make much sense because it was spur of the moment kind of thing. Let me know if it’s a post that interests you and I may continue doing this kind of thing as well as the usual spoiler free reviews. 

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It’s been a day since I’ve finished The fireman and I’ve had time to digest it, mull over the book. I still maintain I enjoyed it, BUT, it’s slowly sinking in that I was underwhelmed by the plot itself. Everything seemed to be too shallow, skipping the surface instead of diving deep. (Look at me, getting all poetic.)

So, let’s discuss.


Viewpoint

I felt like we were missing a viewpoint. We had Harper, showing the side of infection. I think we needed Jakob’s too.

There was obviously still some form of government. The radio still worked, so someone must’ve keeping stuff working. (<-Clearly know what I’m talking about.) It would have really interesting to see how their world was, what had changed. And I was interested in Jakob’s character progression too.


Camp Wyndham

Camp Wyndham is where Harper ends up after he husband reveals himself to be the cliche douche that we all knew he was going to end up as. It’s obviously supposed to be an important part of the story. A lot of it takes place there, but…it was pretty forgettable. 

There are supposed to be over 160 (?) people in this camp. And, yes, I understand that you can’t meet every single one of them, but I never got that impression of scale from the descriptions. It felt more like…16 people. 

And I didn’t get to see much of the daily life of the Camp, what people’s day to day life was. The most I saw was that they had lookouts, (rarely mentioned), and they slept in the day and came out at night. VAMPIRES! They even glitter like the modern ones.

(Makes no sense really because you’d have to use torches, fires ect. Wouldn’t that bring MORE attention to you?)


The fireman

The fireman was another supposed to be important, but wasn’t anything special really, kind of things.

I think the only reason I took any notice of him was because the book is named The fireman, which was basically, LOOK, THIS CHARACTER HERE? HE’S IMPORTANT. 

He spends all his time in that little cabin and usually completely delirious because he’s broken the million and one bones in his body.


The lady of flame

After hearing Sarah’s story. I knew immediately what was cracking off. (Everything in this book just seems really unsurprising?) I’m disappointed by the lack of use this plot point got. I mean, she knocked off Jakob at the end with a big thwack of a fiery hatchet, but I felt she had more potential, that she should have been a bigger plot point. 


The flame itself

It turns out that people are able to manipulate the flame. Mainly Nick and The fireman, (I’ve forgot his name! OMG.) I like the reason they learnt this quicker than others, because Nick’s deaf, but it sounded a little far-fetched the way it was described and weaved into the plot. It wasn’t used much either. I feel like it should’ve had consequences. It just seemed too easy.


Dragonscale

The ‘scale sounded super scary at the start, then Harper arrived at the Camp and she pretty much learnt to control it. She called it the social network hormone (AKA the peer pressure hormone.)

It wasn’t scary after that, not even a big deal. It happened. Now we deal with the aftermath. I think it would’ve been cool for it to still be a big deal. (It does sound really pretty. I want a tattoo of those swirls with gold flecks up my arm.)


Cliche

It wasn’t so cliche that I was rolling my eyes, but the progression and the characters themselves fit into their roles nice and snug.A few examples:

Carol: She’s your typical found relgion, but goes cuckoo and twists it a little too much. I was fine with her character, but I think it was underused. The whole Camp Wyndham section was underused.

Allie: The typical rebellious teenager who’s told not to do something so, of course does it. She was really into her Aunt’s religious stuff. I was surprised how quick she turned from it. I think this is because it isn’t really shown beside the whole rock section. I didn’t read her struggle with what was going wrong. 

Harper: I like Harper. She starts off as an almost meek character who has a strength underneath, shown by the way she cares for the people in the hospital at the start. I felt like she dealt with the realization her husband was batty and moving into Camp Wyndham a little too smoothly though. The main thing that gets your eyeballs rolling is, of course, the husband thing. I saw that coming from the start. 

Jakob: The beginning of Jakob was so obvious, but, by the end, he was really creepy and scary. I will never get over Mr. Truffles. #devestated. He just seemed dead inside. I would have LOVED to have seen his progression into that. 

Father Storey: The typical kind man that doesn’t see the crap fest until it’s too late and someone’s bonked him off. (And yeah, it was obvious that it was Michael.)

Bits I loved

All things Renee: Renee may be cliche as they come, the kindly, sort of old, lady, but I loved her to pieces. Cliches are cliches for a reason.

Glibert: I think Gilbert was in it all of ten pages, but his death was one of the worst because POOR RENEE! He seemed like such a sweetheart too.

Captain America and Tony the tiger: Allie and Nick turn up randomly up at Harper’s door, all mysterious like, with pregger vitamins. Amused me highly.

Democracy: The whole, we’re taking the cat with us, which ended with Renee mentioning to Harper, “You know, I don’t think this is my cat.” Oh, Renee, you wonderful woman, you.

The sass: Harper is so sassy! It’s my favourite thing about her.

The potato and the parsnip, (radish?): The most powerful of all medical tools.

J K Rowling’s cameo: We all knew she’d be badass in the apocalypse, this proves it.

Martha Quinn island: Not the island itself, because it was obvious it was a set up. It was the journey to it, where they walked through towns, were given, food medication, kindness. I was almost convinced that the place was real and not a trap, which was impressive because I 100% knew it was a trap. I would’ve bet a ton of money on that.


Disclaimer: These are all my opinions. There may be many you disagree with, that’s cool. In fact, the whole point of this post is to open up a discussion! Leave a comment about your thoughts and opinions. I enjoyed the book, but there was just a few niggles and I felt like talking about them.

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The last star by Rick Yancey book review

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They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

1. IT

I was curious to see how this series will end, but I didn’t feel much excitement in the run up to its release. This is because the second book was such a disappointment to me. The blurb isn’t very thrilling either. In fact, it’s confusing, but maybe this is because of my impressions from the last book.

1. writing

While well written, I didn’t like the style of the writing. It’s so…flowery? Lyrical? I can’t find the right word. But there was a point where I had to look a word up because I’d never seen, let alone heard it, before.

I was constantly wondering why a simpler language, like in the first book, couldn’t have been used.

1. Plot

I’m wondering whether it needed three books to tell this story. I’m not very good at subtext, which the last two books had a lot of, so besides the basics I didn’t really feel much was going on.

The ending, if you enjoy this series, will blow you away. It’s a good, solid ending.

1. char

I’m going to admit that I don’t think I like any of the characters. Maybe this is down to the lyrical prose, (that I seem to have a major bee in my bonnet about), but they didn’t seem real and I was incredibly detached from all of them.

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I’m not sure I ever got over the sudden switch of style from book one, (which I liked), to book two and three. It’s written well, but it was difficult to finish. If you are attached to the characters and like how the second book was written, then you’ll enjoy this and the ending will be so worth it for you.

If you prefer a more simple, literal, apocalypse action story that the first book had lead me to expect then you may not enjoy it. It all comes down to taste. There was nothing wrong with this series. It’s just not suited to me. So, for me, this series was not worth reading.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 2 grey

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This is not a test by Courtney Summers book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

1. IT

I was recommended this book by @Kat_thebooknerd after I professed my love of zombies. After reading the blurb, I was incredibly excited to read this. Although, it took me ages to realize that was a person with their hair across their face on the book cover.

1. writing

It’s in first person, present tense, (I.E I walk over to the zombie.) I think it helps set the tone for this book. It’s written well and what I consider an easy read, meaning I could just relax into the words.

1. Plot

I’m gonna say this right now,the plot is not where it’s at. It’s a very basic plot, focusing more on characters. This is not a zombie book, rather it’s a book with zombies in it.

The plot, while good, I wanted a little more from it. The build up was the tiniest bit too slow and then the climax happened to quickly. I did like that the author didn’t pull any punches. It’s brutal in a way a lot of YA isn’t. (I don’t mean in an explicit sense.)

1. char

Now this is where the book is made good in my eyes. The plot, the zombies, were a backdrop for the characters.

It is in first person, but I became attached to every characters, even the ones you’d usually love to hate. (And I’m the kind of person who picks a side and wishes the others DIE. *Cough* I don’t have problems.)

Courtney Summers made me care about these characters. They become so real in my mind that I was worried with each page turn about what would happen to them.

1. ot

I have a few niggles from this book. I see what it was trying to do and that’s why there isn’t a massive plot arc, some people will be fine with that because of the message it brings. Personally, I wanted a bit more plot.

It was an enjoyable, quick read with some fascinating characters. I liked it enough that I’ll be checking out other works by the author.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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I am legend by Richard Matheson book review

Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!

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Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

Besides being a SF masterworks novel, I was interested in this book because the film of the same name, staring Will Smith, was based on it, except in the book there was vampire. In the film zombies.

I can tell you that they are two completely different entities. The films entirely misses the message of the book, but that’s fine, I still like the film. You just have to pretend neither have a connection.

Wow, this book…I don’t even know where to start. I didn’t fall in love with it, but it impressed the heck out of me and will certainly be rememberable to me.

It certainly packs a punch and it has the most brilliant, most rememberable endings to read. It was worth reading just for that. The kind of ending where, after finishing, you close the book and just stare unseeingly for a few minutes as if a minute part of you sees the world a little differently after reading it. .

My only issue was the passage of time wasn’t conveyed to the best. It was a little, but not good enough for maximum effect of the story.

The reason I didn’t fall in love with it, is because it has a very specific story. And it isn’t a kind of book that you really get to know the characters and fall in love with them.

Plot > Characters.

There’s really only one character in the book and he’s very well written, complex and very human.

There are a few scenes that just sucker punch you right in the feels. It did indeed make me cry at one specific point. (You’ll know when you read it.) Days after finishing this, one of them would pop randomly into my thoughts and I would stop and go, WOW…

To sum up, Very plot specific, Thought provoking, Complex character

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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The fifth wave film review

UK release date: 22/1/16

Runtime: 112 minutes

Directed by: J Blakeson

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

First off, I want to inform you all that I have read the book and obviously my viewing experience is going to be affected by that.

I’m going to try and look at it as someone who hasn’t read the book…but first you’re getting a rant about it from someone who has read the book. You’re welcome.

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This is pretty apt description of this particular book/film combo. (Not all because I do believe you can make films worthy of books and even some can be better.)

I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed the book until I saw the film. They managed to take a solid, complex plot with lots of mysterious tension and fantastic characters with great personalities and make a flimsy, un-complex plot with no mysterious tension and pretty boring characters.

I feel as if they took the basic plot and most important scenes and rushed through them, even completely changing things or not even including things. It felt like they took the easiest way to make this film and did that.

The scenes from the book which I remember most strongly and I felt were important to revealing things about our main characters were pretty much absent. Film makers should have had faith in those movie goers who haven’t read the book to have gotten it, and loved it, because I feel it’s been dumbed down.

Also, where the heck were Evan’s brown eyes?!! I know not a major thing in the long run, but Cassie made a point of mentioning chocolate eyes. Put some coloured contacts in man!!

Another thing missing was the tension. The book excelled at this managing to make me believe things even after certain events, but things were pretty obvious in the film.

To be fair, it’s a better book to film adaptation than most and is entertaining enough. I mean, my Dad stayed awake through the whole thing so it had to be good.

Evan walker, one of my favourite character’s in the book, is also my favourite character on screen. I think Alex Roe was the one who portrayed the book character the closest.

Chloë Grace Moretz the second closest, although still not quite Cassie to me. She still did a brilliant job. Liev Schreiber is pretty decent Vosch too.

And while the other characters acted well, they were not given nearly enough screen time for the character’s I know and love to shine through.

To people who haven’t read the book, it’ll most likely be an enjoyable sci fi watch. It isn’t anything special.

To those that have, it may make you grind your teeth a little, but it follows the book better than The scorch trails film did.

To sum up, Not book compliant, but not too bad on that front, good acting, no chocolate eyes 😥

Dad’s opinion: Not having read the book, I’ve seen worse. I didn’t think they made enough tension on the difference’s between the alien and humans. It was entertaining enough.

Was it worth the watch? Yes, but it didn’t have a big screen impact. I could’ve watched it at home.

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6

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The fifth wave by Rick Yancey book review

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The 1st wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd wave lasted a little longer, twelve weeks…four billion dead.

In the 4th wave you can’t trust that people are still people.

And the 5th wave? No one knows. But it’s coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

This book is mostly written in first person. Cassie is who we meet first and is our narrator for the majority of times.

Now, Cassie and I didn’t get off to a great start which, when you’re reading a novel in a 1st person perspective, is a pretty bad thing.

I can’t pinpoint why I didn’t like her. Perhaps her almost flippant narration at the start which had me wondering this was going to be a serious read like I got the sense it should be.

Eventually, I warmed up to her. She became a little more serious and, by the end, I loved her. She’s most likely my favourite character and I liked all the characters in the novel.

Each character, no matter how minor or major their role in their story, were solid and well developed.

I was very impressed with the quality of the writing. Rick Yancey is an excellent story teller, description, dialogue = brilliant.

At times, I was impatient, desperate to find out what happened which was a positive and negative in its favour.

Rick Yancey is excellent at building tension. Let me tell you, the ending of this book had my heart pounding, fingers digging into the pages. My eyes sometimes got ahead of me in my haste to find out what happened.

But! The book is way too long. Some scenes are way too drawn out which led me to feeling frustrated. The only thing that tempered this was excellent writing, but for awhile I felt the story wasn’t moving forward even though lots of things were happening.

This is the first book in a trilogy. I mulled over whether I wanted to read the second. I liked the book, but I didn’t want to read something dragged out again, no matter how excellent the plot, writing and characters are.

However, on checking the second book out on goodreads, I noticed that it’s 320 pages long almost 200 pages less than this one, so, yes, I’m going to read it. I have hope.

To sum up, brilliant writing, solid characters, too drawn out

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Stars: 4/6

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A broken race by Jean Davis book review

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The fortress is home to the last remnants of civilization. The few remaining women live in a vault far below the gardens, while the men stand watch and maintain the walls that protect them all. A virus from long ago, and generations of inbreeding since, has left average men severely outnumbered by Simples. Humanity, as it once was, is broken.

Outside those walls live the Wildmen–starving, poor and desperate for the treasures of the fortress. Seeking women to once again fill their own ranks with healthy children, and something other than rats to fill their stomachs, the Wildmen launch one last raid.

One-fifty-two is a Simple man. The raid disrupts his calm and orderly world with smoke and fear, the need for the comfort of his mother and the promises of a lone Wildman captive. With his eyes open to the secrets behind the order he had always known, One-fifty-two must find the courage to stop being a cog and take hold of the wheel–or the fortress may be the end of them all.

I discovered this novel through the NaNoWriMo forums and the blurb interested me enough to give it a chance. Yet, while it was a great blurb, I didn’t have high expectations.

I was pleasantly surprised. In this book, I discovered wonderfully original characters, original and very well though out world and plot.

I loved the premise and I loved the characters, even the ones I was supposed to hate because everyone had genuine reasons for their actions.

I worried over them and the choices they making. I worried if they were going to be alright, particularly our Main character 152. Although, I felt some characters could’ve been used better as they were really good ones.

This is a very short, very quick read. It can be easily read in a day. And this is the books downfall. It felt like a beginning. Everything is set up wonderfully, but it isn’t taken advantage of. Everything is resolved too quickly. It left me disappointed.

I would’ve loved to have seen the tension built up much more before things were set in motion and I would’ve liked things to have been more difficult. If the author ever decided to expand this novel then I would be so excited to read it again. In fact, I think it would have great potential as a series.

I liked this book, but it just needs more to it. It moves much too quick.

Jean Davis has an excellent style of writing that really appeals to me and I will be watching out for future work by her.

To sum up, great writing, too short, great characters, original plot

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? If revised and made longer then yes!

Would I read this Author again? Yes, great writing style

Stars: 3/6

Scout’s guide to the zombie apocalypse film review

UK release date: 6/11/15

Runtime: 93 minutes

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Halston Sage, Cloris Leachman, Niki Koss, Hiram A. Murray, Lukas Gage, Drew Droege, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Blake Anderson, Elle Evans , Cameron Elmore

The trailers of this film had put me off it before I’d even watched it. I walked into this thinking I was going to completely hated. My expectations of this film were really low.

Well, I’m going to tell you something that completely shocked me. I actually liked it.

It’s a horror comedy aimed at teenage boys, (and upwards), but, I was surprised to find out that it didn’t go overboard on the gore or the lewdness. I say horror, but it isn’t scary. The jump scares don’t work, but it isn’t that kind of film so I wasn’t fussed.

There were quite a few scenes that made me chuckle and I smiled all the way throughout. This was mainly do to the scout trio, Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan).They were really amazing and made this film!

And, of course, there was Denise (Sarah Dumont), the hot chick. Usually, I hate these girls on sight and gleefully hope they’ll get eaten by a zombie, but I actually liked her. I liked her role in the film.

It’s never going to be a film I love or buy the DVD of, but this is because this isn’t my kind of genre. It’s a shocker that I actually like it. So if you do like this sort of film then I recommend watching it.

To sum up, great actors, not scary, good balance on horror/lewdness, funny moments

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6