Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

Synopsis

**A USA Today Recommended Series!**
What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.
"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name--a ticking clock hidden behind a fa├žade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."
Omorose Bouchene has a secret--magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.
But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time--every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn't what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.
*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.


My Thoughts
★★★★ Stars
I received this book via NG in return for an honest review.

BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER! *insert sobbing face here*

No, but really. I liked this book. I thought the writing was really great and the characters were awesome. COLE! *grabby hands* haha
I really enjoyed this story, I won't lie. I loved it! ... but it felt like something was missing. I'm not sure what, but it just felt incomplete. :(
Kaitlyn Davis is doing amazingly with these retellings so far. It's not that easy to retell stories that are popular and well loved. But she is doing awesome. Beauty and the Beast is truly my most favorite of all time, so maybe that's why I feel like it was lacking. Because, nothing could ever really top the original IMO. I think if someone has a all time favorite of anything, they will always want the original and even if they like the remake, they will still find something wrong with it.... because it's not the original. So maybe that's where my "incomplete" feeling is coming from.

But, I wouldn't want this story to change in any way. I love the story line and how everything fell together. That faerie though.... I want to bury my fist in her face. didn't expect her to be such a beeyotch. And that ending about killed me. So not fair to end it like that! GRRR!!!!
At 3am, I'm up, unable to sleep now because I'm wondering what may happen next. I NEED TO KNOW!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse by Stevie Kopas

Synopsis

Family, friends, lovers…
Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together. But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart?
Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse, explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them.
Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don’t break.
Jack: Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack’s sister is mysteriously taken. Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become?
Gordon and Elena: The morning of an estranged couple’s divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey’s end?
Patient 63: After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world’s population. Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good. Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63. But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to its end all over again? (Previously released in At Hell’s Gates, Volume 2: Origins of Evil)
Rosie: A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don’t go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive. The human race may depend on it. 



My Thoughts
★★★★★++ Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Yasssss!!! More zombies from Stevie!!!

THIS IS A ZOMBIE LOVER MUST HAVE!!!!
We have a winner, folks! She has done it again! Stevie Kopas has done it again!
Another kill of be killed, heart stopping, mind numbing, bomb diggity, monster read!!!
You know, I often wonder how. or even if authors can top their previous work and it honestly always amazes me when they do. You think, there is no way they can top what they did, they pulled out all the stops, how can there possibly be more?..... only for you to find out there are about a million more stops that can possibly be pulled.... and that is exactly what Stevie did. Lol.
This book was bloody freaking brilliant and showed a whole NEW side to zombies!
Moooooove over Warm Bodies, Never Say Die is stealing the spot light.
Oh! Oh! Oh! Before you think "Ew, if it's like Warm Bodies, noooo thanks." .....Rethink that thought. Warm Bodies cowers to Never Say Die, Warm Bodies is Never Say Die's bitch!.... and Never Say Die *breathy-in-awe-voice* is the freaking shiznit!
I loved all of these short stories, they really leave you mind boggled.
I can't tell you how many times, all around the house, I had this book in front of my face randomly screaming "No freaking way!" "Oh you gotta be kidding me!" "Oh snap!" "Seriously?!" .... the list goes on and on, so I recommend not reading this in a public library.... You WILL be told to "shhh!"....and possibly asked to leave when you can't possibly keep the outbursts to yourself. Lol

I thought this book was very well written. Like this is the master of all writing, it was that good to me. I loved each and every story because they ALL offered such new, raw stuff! Even when SOME had the same kind of zombie, it was still new! How that was managed, I have no idea, because that is just plain awesome-sauce right there.
The story lines were new and mind blowing.... It always kept you on your toes wondering what would happen and when you guessed what could happen, it turned out wrong.
This book can make you so freaking grossed out to the point of your stomach turning, but wanting more and no possible way for you to put it down!
Oh why did they have to end so short though!? Lol