Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

photo 1About the Author

Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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Book Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) written by Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Ficton, YA Paranormal
Published by Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Page count: 376
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD+)
Rating: 5/5 – this book was so good it hurts
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #12

Clary and her fellow Nephilim are back in the third book in the Mortal Instuments series. This third installation picks up exactly where the second one left us with Clary preparing to journey through a portal with the Lightwoods to Alicante in Idris a.k.a The City of Glass in order to meet a warlock who can help her awaken her mother from her potion induced coma. The City of Glass is the Shadowhunter hometown and is called the City of Glass because of the warded glass towers whose powerful wards have been spelled to keep demons out. Downworlders and really anybody that is not formally welcomed by the Clave is strictly forbidden from entering. Through a turn of events, The Lightwoods along with Jace and a pretty badly hurt Simon journey through the portal without Clary. Angry about being left behind, Clary creates her own portal to Alicante and accidentally takes Luke (a downworlder) with her. Little does Clary know 1) how much trouble she is going to be in with literally everyone and 2) what a ticking time bomb she is walking into.

As Valentine’s plans come to fruition and he gathers the Mortal Instruments and his demon army to wreak havoc upon the City of Glass new alliances are forged, relationships shatter while others gain strength, secrets are revealed, loved ones are lost and difficult choices are made. What will happen next?

I gave City of Glass a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating. Wow, Cassandra Clare, just wow. This book really was everything I was hoping for and much more. I love the way this story picks right up after the second book. Even though I read more than a few books between them I still feel like there was no pause, it was just a seamless transition from the second book to this one, I love that. The writing of course, is beautiful…I loved discovering the City of Glass through Clary’s eyes and the descriptions that Clare has masterfully woven together for us.

I think my love for this series grows with each book I read of it. I felt like there was so much more action, so much more peril, and so much more feeling in this book than in the first two but that’s to be expected as the story grows as well as our relationship with the characters. One thing I really loved about this book was that a lot of my questions regarding the characters and their histories/relationships were answered. The only things that left me with questions were the whole thing with Clary and the Seelie Queen at the end and the whole thing with Simon and the Mark of Cain . Those are going to be two very interesting things to see develop in the next book (hopefully?!) I liked getting to see more of the other Shadowhunters and their politics within the Clave as well. I had also really wondered about Hodge and Raphael so it was great to see them in this story and sort of have those characters wrapped up a little.

One thing I especially liked was that we get to see angels in this book (Raziel and Ithuriel) and Clary actually interacts with both of them. How amazing was it to see Raziel, from whose blood the Nephilims were born) wreak divine justice on Valentine? Ugh and that moment when Clary opens her eyes and Jace is standing before her in all his splendor after having just been dead a few moments before! How happy are we that Clary and Jace are NOT, I repeat NOT brother and sister?! It was a little obvious towards the middle of the book but the ride was that much more intense knowing that there was a possibility that they weren’t! This book was too good! As you can see I definitely loved it. I can’t even handle the fact that there’s more of this series lol but I’m really glad because I can’t part with the characters just yet. I know I’m coming really late to these books and this series but I am actually kind of glad since I don’t have to wait to read them if I don’t want to. Also I feel I must mention the cover of this book which is once again jaw dropping. All the book covers in this series are absolutely gorgeous! This review definitely contained a few spoilers so if you haven’t read these books sorry for that, but you should still read them because they are really really good. I stayed up until four in the morning to finish this one and it was well worth it!

I haven’t yet decided which book I am reading next but stay tuned! I have fallen a book behind because of my school work but I am hoping to have that rectified this week. Happy reading everyone!

Book Review: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) written by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: YA Fiction, YA Horror
Published by Hyperion
Page Count: 219
Format: Ebook (read on B&N Nook)
Rating: 5/5,  it was amazing! Couldn’t put it down! I want to shout it from the top of a mountain!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #6

The story is given to us from a few different perspectives but the main character is Schuyler Van Alen. She is fifteen and attends a pretty prestigious private school in New York. The sons and daughters of senators, celebrities, mayors and just really wealthy families in New York attend this school. Schuyler’s family is of old money, although in recent years their financial state has taken a turn for the worse her family is still one of the oldest families in New York whose lines can be traced back to the Mayflower families. She is about to tumble headfirst into a secret that involves not only her family but also the history of the United States. A secret that also involves the men and women settlers who boarded the Mayflower and founded the first colonies in the new world but finds its roots in the the angel Lucifer being cast of out heaven.

Schuyler, and a few others we encounter the story from, start to undergo memory relapses and blackouts that can only be described as a certain sense of deja vu in which they feel as though they are reliving moments in past lives like dancing a waltz at a ball or standing in the desert in Egypt in front of a temple. Little do they know that they are REALLY reliving moments of their past lives that are stored within their blood. They receive invitations to join the Committee where they learn that they are blue bloods, or vampires. They are fallen angels that were cast of heaven with Lucifer and cursed to live their immortal lives on earth among the red bloods, or humans going through cycles of existence until they are worthy to go back to heaven with God again. But something strange starts happening and blue bloods are being found drained of blood…dead, not just merely sleeping until their next cycle of life. Someone, or something is killing them. Schuyler finds out about the existence of CROATAN which is a being that harassed that the original colonies as well and was the cause for the utter disappearance of the Roanoke colony.The Croatan is the term they use for the group of angels that rebelled against God with Lucifer and who feed off of other blue bloods in order to gain power through the life force and memories of the blue bloods. The Croatan are actually silver bloods. The difference between the blue bloods and the silver bloods so far is that the blue bloods feed off humans and undergo their cycles of existence in order to be one with God again but the silver bloods are the exact opposite and no longer strive to be one with God but want to rule over mankind. Blue bloods = Good…Silver bloods = Bad.

My reaction? Wow! I had no idea what to expect from this book and I went into it pretty blindly. I absolutely loved it. I think the story is fresh and original. I love the way it’s written and the story itself is super exciting. I am also really happy that this book is part of a series! I love series! Add this to the list of series I’m obsessed with!  I can’t wait to see what happens next. We don’t get ANY resolution in this book regarding the silver bloods which is great because we have to read the next book and who knows possibly the next and the next which I have no qualms about doing. I loved loved loved the way that the author has worked in the Mayflower landing and the fall of the angels, I think it’s brilliant! I truly could not put this book down because it was just so interesting. I started yesterday afternoon and finished early this morning! I must say I am super excited to see what happens with Schuyler in the next book, she is my favorite and we find out in this book that she is pretty special and will be instrumental in the silver bloods’ demise and also that she is the daughter of Gabrielle (or the angel Gabriel!) It’s a pretty short read especially since you won’t be able to put it down. It’s definitely a treat and just really exciting as there is alot of conflict, mystery, some romance that will make your heart skip a beat and it’s really suspenseful. If you want a fun, fresh read about Vamps, this is for you!!