ThrowbackThursday: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my newest favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

Today, I’ll go a little gritty and bloody.

Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

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A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel. 

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. 

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

I think I have fairly mentioned before that I hated zombie flicks/stories. But not entirely. I have read a couple of books featuring zombies and this is by far the most eloquent, if not, vindictive characterization of a zombie I have encountered. And I, surprisingly, loved it.

While I refrained from watching the film adaptation of Warm Bodies, I consider myself lucky to be one of the readers of this Isaac Marion brain-eating macabre masterpiece. The story coming from R was full of passion, as if he really was speaking from his heart, or the lack thereof (initially, that is).

Although I was on the verge of spewing coffee & food all over my Kindle while reading , I managed to control my emotions and soon I developed a love-hate relationship with R. Yes, that gory zombie who had a hole in his stomach and had decaying flesh. That walking-but-no-talking zombie who ate the brain of a certain young man, then soon fell in love with Julie, who happened to be the girlfriend of the said certain young man. Never mind that Julie was alive and kicking, but she did made R felt more human than ever before. Oh yes, what a mouthful, eh?!

The ending of the story was a little rushed, but I am not complaining. Seeing that Julie became an instrument for R to become alive and kicking again, it didn’t bother me anymore if I have stumbled upon a lot of cuss words.

Because seriously, this is one of the best written zombie novel I have ever read. Yes, I repeat, I haven’t watched the movie.. but NO, I have no intention of watching it anytime soon. Because I still want to bask in all those gory details that Isaac Marion had instilled on my mind. He is sick! But he is definitely a great writer.

Review: To Kiss A Werewolf by Molly Snow

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To Kiss a Werewolf
(Werewolf Kisses Book 1)
by Molly Snow

officialsynopAs president of Paranormal Addicts Anonymous, Stella’s got no time for popular guys. Especially the surfers who hang at Shoreline’s beach—they think flashing a sand-sprinkled, tanned chest is enough to get any girl. But when surfer-hunk Damien Capernalli crashes Stella’s PAA field trip to a haunted bed and breakfast, it may be time to rethink her priorities. …And what’s with that wolfish gleam in Damien’s eye?

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Stella was dared to ask Damien Capernalli on a date, but she felt rejected after seeing another girl at Damien’s lap. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, there’s a new group of paranormal addicts, dead set on discovering zombies and werewolves. Stella and her friends stayed in a secluded house along the beach and soon discovered an eerie caretaker.

Before they knew it, said house owner was found dead in the night and she’s got no brains or blood in her. Creepy!!

Somehow, at first, I thought the story was a little cliche, with werewolves transforming and stuffs. Then there was Stella and her band of misfits, or more appropriately known as Paranormal Addicts. Kit, Caleb and Maggie are surprisingly good characters, but Maggie got my full attention because of her compulsive lying. Man, she did have a lot of stories to tell, and she was very convincing. Soon in the end, the zombies appeared and I was surprised. They weren’t the typical zombies I came to know in other books and movies.

To Kiss A Werewolf has the potential of a great series. I hope Molly Snow will get to develop more crazy characters and more endearing story with her Werewolf series.

Okay, now I take back what I said about this book being cliche. I liked the story in the end and it gave me second thoughts about paranormals. I love Stella’s support group, as well as Damien’s roots. His father was cool. Deathheads rule!

Alright, let’s not get carried away.. time to move along to know how to date a werewolf this time. Woot! Woot!

My Rating: 

3.5cups

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Review: Death Row Apocalypse by Darrick Mackey

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by Darrick Mackey

SynopsisLogoOn homeland soil, a terrorist group tears up suburban life as they leave thirteen dismembered girls in their wake, and the CIA employs a vicious serial killer to eliminate the cell as the number of corpses rises.

Trapped in a maze of corridors and hunted like vermin, a small group of visitors desperately seek an exit from a maximum security death row facility. Murderers, rapists, and prison guards alike turn zombie and pursue the desperate group as their small number dwindles.

Double-crossed by the CIA and sentenced to death by lethal injection, Blaine Wilken finds himself exercising his talents as he seeks a way out of the facility. When destiny laughs in the face of horror and forces the group to place their faith and trust in the most lethal serial killer in US history, one has to wonder which predator to fear as they enter the deepest shadows of a Death Row Apocalypse.

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Blaine Wilken, the Blender Butcher, starts this story about his life that started when he was about to die. Oh gosh, that intro really got me. I thought I wouldn’t be able to stand a zombie story, but I was wrong. Blender Butcher’s narration is one kick-ass undead story and you better read it to feel it. You might even think you were the one in prison convicted of murder instead of him.

I have to be honest, I’m really not that cut out for zombie stories. Heck, I haven’t watched any episode of The Walking Dead. Okay sure, I’ve seen Warm Bodies once and it was quite tolerable. But this, Death Row Apocalypse, is beyond my limit. This is gory to the highest level. The word “creepy” would not simply suffice the true meaning of Zombie Apocalypse. Because where Blaine is concerned, one is sure to die of horror and insanity.

The author, Darrick Mackey is able to deliver a knock-out punch novel about zombies that leaves readers shaking and breathless. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book! Great job Mackey for a convincingly great zombie story!

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DARRICK MACKEY

Born in Tallahassee, FL. USA in 66′
From an early age, I loved the classic Horror’s. Couldn’t get enough of Science Fiction, and kinda lived in my own world up until now I guess.

I have an over-active imagination, which lead to suggestions from those closest, to embark on writing my own adventures.

So now I find myself doing exactly that…

Those of you who have an iron cast stomach, whose sanity cannot be swayed, then I am sure you will love my first epic.

For those who are interested, The sequel is underway…

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