Book Review: Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

namelessTitle: Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) written by Mercedes M. Yardley
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
Page count: 227
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App) Rating – 4/5

 

Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end. (Goodreads)

I received Nameless from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Nameless was definitely a different spin on a young adult fantasy than I have ever read so it was a great change of pace for me. It was very dark, a little gritty and sometimes downright spooky. Like most books there were small things about the main character and the story I could pick out that I didn’t like (like Luna falling in love with Reed so fast although I guess when you know you just really do know maybe?). For some reason that really bothered me. Otherwise I thought this book was great…it was a really interesting and fast paced read. I especially enjoyed the action scenes where Luna has to battle some of the demons she sees, let’s just say I really wouldn’t want to be her.

I really love Luna as a character. I feel like she’s a pretty strong female character (except for when it comes to Reed) and I love that she seems like more of a tragic hero. She’s definitely very flawed but has this amazing compassion and loyalty to her family, seems to draw strength from inside herself and just doesn’t give up no matter how hard the going gets…and for her it seems to be plenty hard. She also has this pretty awesome ability to see and interact with demons…which is kind of freaky but equally cool. It’s always interesting to think that there may be some sort of different plane of existence where beings of some kind are walking amongst us and other similar theories. I think this book did such a great job of making a world like that seem possible.

I would love to read more from this series and I am hoping that we get to learn more about Luna and her family background…maybe see if there is any particular reason that this ability seems to be genetic. I loved the ending to this book, although I was hoping that the book had a different ending for Reed…it really makes me think that there could be some sort of tragic romance brewing between Mouth and Luna. I’m very interested in continuing to read this trilogy…if you are a fan of paranormal fantasy I would definitely recommend this book!!

Lastly, how cool is the book cover? It’s definitely fitting and what I would imagine Luna looking like!

Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Title: Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) written by Isaac Marion
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Horror
Published by Atria Books
Page count: 256
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD+)
Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved this book!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #10
2013 Movie to Book Challenge #1

I’ve read a few Zombie novels in my day and I am very happy to say that Isaac Marion has succeeded in creating a profoundly different Zombie novel than has previously existed (at least of the ones I’ve read so far.)

Warm Bodies is a unique story in that our narrative is not given from the usual survivor trying to adjust and survive in the world during/after the Zombie Apocalypse but our narrator is actually one of the living dead. This book actually make me feel pretty bad for the Zombies, especially for R who is our main character along with Julie who is his human – yes I said human! – love interest. The story begins with R and his daily life (i.e. his though processes and his daily actions) as a member of the community of Zombies inhabiting an airport in which a large group of Zombies have made a sort of home for themselves. On one of their intermittent forays into the city to hunt for prey, after killing her boyfriend and eating some of his brain, R stumbles upon Julie huddled in a corner of the room they have just attacked and he begins to look at her a bit differently than he has ever looked at a human before and ends up taking her back to the airport with him to as he points out several times, keep her safe. The big thing here is that when a Zombie eats a humans brain it sort of connects with the humans life force and relives moments of the humans life through their memories. For me this kind of humanized the R and the rest of the Zombie community which was really interesting. It just made me think that as humans we are always searching for some kind of connection with people and it is no different for the Zombies in this book, this is their way of seeking their connection but it’s only momentary which is one of the reasons they keep searching for the next brain. Exciting stuff! We always just think of them as monsters but R still has his thought processes and seems to gain more and more of his moral compass back every day. As R spends more time with Julie and starts getting random flashbacks from Perry’s life he starts to fall in love with Julie and this starts to change him on the inside as well as on the outside. His skin starts getting less gray, he is able to speak in sentences again, is able to read and able to feel things he couldn’t when he was err, more zombified, I guess.They begin to realize that they may have stumbled onto a cure and you’ll just have to go read this book for all the details!

Needless to say I found Warm Bodies to be fresh and fun. It was a really light read and really entertaining and interesting. It really had everything in it. It was comical at times and heartwarming at others. It was romantic comedy laced with the unmistakable horror genre element which made an utterly surprising treat! I loved getting a glimpse into the (possible) inner workings of a young Zombie boy!  I loved this book! ( Sidenote: I love the original book cover which is the first image above. I love the contrast of the blood red and the rest of the gray of the cover. I also included a movie poster. There were many to choose from but I particularly liked this one. I love that they use the color red as the main color of all the movie posters and I especially love that he is holding a daisy! Did you guys and gals who read the book catch this and love it just as much???)

I was happy that this was the first book I read for the 2013 Book to Movie challenge. I wanted the book to be fresh in my mind when I watched the movie so my husband and I went on a date to go see this movie tonight, the day after I finished reading the book!

Overall I think that the book translated pretty well onto the big screen. The humor was definitely captured but I do feel like there was a chunk of the story that lost its meaning and/or was left out or changed. Obviously this is going to happen, as it almost always does but I was really happy with the movie. I think Julie was just about what I imagined. I imagined R to be a little more decayed and I sort of pictured it a bit gorier when he takes the “sludge” from his wounds and wiped it onto her face to give her his scent. I loved the music they used for the movie even though it was different from what I imagined in the book. I don’t know why but I sort of pictured M as a meat head since he was supposed to be like a pretty muscular ladies’ man type guy, which is what I got from his character details but I may be wrong. I thought it was really cute. I think it’s a little more believable in the book especially when he begins to speak and then starts to talk more and more. I guess it’s more believable in the book because we get to see the evolution of it and the thoughts that occur behind the evolution rather than just seeing it happen. In the book he reflects upon the change which causes us to take notice and we have time to experience the changes occurring within R and the other Zombies. I did like the scene where Julie tells him that he is a good person and that he tries more than all the humans and also the scenes in the 747 where they get to do all sorts of fun activities together those were really funny. I did also like what they did with the Boneys, the thing with him bleeding towards the end and how they show the Zombies being assimilated back into normal life. It definitely gives us some closure as to what happens next. I definitely recommend reading the book AND seeing the movie. They both will not disappoint, although the book was obviously the better format in this instance. There’s really only one movie I thought was better than the book but that’s a conversation for another day. This is definitely worth it and the movie definitely had its fair share of laughs and awwwws.

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!!