Infection (Zombie Girl 2) by Elle Klass


Infection (Zombie Girl 2)

By: Elle Klass
Series: Zombie Girl #2
Published on: July 2017
Infection (Zombie Girl 2) by Elle Klass

When Maddie and Bryce touch, she knows her zombie dream wasn’t simply a dream but a premonition. It’s up to her and Bryce to save the world from the doomsday sickness that will kill everyone – in a manner of speaking.
They soon learn the zombies aren’t the only horrors that await them in the new fight-or-die world. They battle by each other’s side as the infection spreads globally.

 
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The Zombie Girl series is off to a great start after the first book, Premonition. Infection follows right along and keeps the story going, transitioning one book into the next without hesitation.

 

As you read the Zombie Girl books, it’s a good idea to keep in the back of your mind that Maddie is still only 15 years old. She has limited life experience, so she may not do or know some of the same things adults normally would.

 

One of the things I really like about Infection is how unique it is from other zombie books I’ve read. The zombies themselves and how the infection is spread are slightly different from the typical. It is easy to relate to most of these characters. The scenery is a bit more than I expected, but not in a bad way.

 

Maddie does seem to have some great luck going on, but she also has the advantage of her premonition from the first book and it seems like there are far fewer survivors in many books. Which is fine with me lol.

 

I recommend this book and the Zombie Girl series to anyone who likes a unique zombie story that has teens as main characters. It’s great for high school, college, or those of us who enjoy reading zombie stories of any age group. There is a decent amount of violence due to the zombies, but nothing any more graphic than one would expect from a zombie story.

 

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About Elle Klass

Elle Klass is the author of mystery, suspense, and contemporary fiction. Her works include As Snow Falls, Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy, and the Baby Girl series. Her work Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy is a Reader’s Favorite Fiction-Paranormal Finalist in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite Awards. Baby Girl Box Set received Official Honors in Young Adult through New Apple Indie Ebook Awards. She is a night-owl where her imagination feeds off shadows, and creaks in the attic.

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Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer


Bite Somebody

By: Sara Dobie Bauer
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 272
Publisher: World Weaver
Published on: June 21, 2016
Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer

“Do you want to be perfect?”

That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting, but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.

What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.

When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.

Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

 
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Bite Somebody isn’t your typical paranormal vampire romance. It’s funny as hell and left me cracking up. It’s the type of book that you would think could be a gooey romancey type of read, and in some ways, I suppose it is, but not in a syrupy way.

 

I’m not a fan of romance. At all. I’d rather read about fighting and killing and maiming etc. The romance in Bite Somebody is actually quite entertaining and relatable. The characters all have their own little quirks that gives them a feel of being real.

 

The lead female isn’t some drop dead gorgeous bad ass who has everything figured out. Celia is just an average girl who met a hot guy at a club one night and fell for his lines. Now she’s stuck working at a gas station trying to “live” paycheck to paycheck just like the rest of us. She is essentially described as being quite run of the mill and awkward. It was incredibly easy to relate to Celia’s character. Her awkwardness is part of her charm.

 

Between the hunk next door, Ian, her pain in the ass only friend Imogene, and the nosy neighbor, I loved all of the characters in this book. Except for Danny, Celia’s maker who dipped on her before showing her how to be a vampire. He’s a dick.

 

Bite Somebody really is something worth checking out if you are looking for something a little different, but funny. It moves quickly from the beginning, but not so quickly things are missed. It kept me laughing from the beginning until the very end.

 

Purchase Link

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About Sara Dobie Bauer

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, "Don't Ball the Boss," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she'd really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things.

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The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines


The Girl From Yesterday

By: Kathryn Miller Haines
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 304
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published on: April 17, 2017
The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

In the fast-paced psychological thriller traditions of Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, and Liane Moriarty, Edgar Award nominated-author Kathryn Haines Miller (The Girl Is Murder) spins an engrossing tale of what might be the worst birthday ever.

Helen’s life is simple. She has a job. She has a boyfriend. She has her weekly NA meetings. No drugs, no drinking, no sex, not even any caffeine—not anymore. Because Helen knows this: once you’re an addict, you’re always an addict. There is no such thing as recovered.

And on her thirtieth birthday, the stability she’s cobbled together for herself will vanish. A call from the police, a body found, a dead woman with Helen’s name in her back pocket—it’s all so hard to believe. But then when Helen finds out the victim was her childhood best friend, a girl who went missing in high school, it’s too much.

Helen knows she has to stick to the routine that keeps her in control, and with the way the police are eyeing her for this, she’s worried about looking suspicious. But the unfortunate reemergence of her old friend—and the mysteries that always surrounded her—means Helen can trust no one, not even herself.

 
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The Girl From Yesterday really caught me by surprise. I was hoping it was going to be good, but it’s rare for a book to have surprises quite like this that I don’t predict within the first half of the book.

 

There is a lot of reference to drug use, but mainly because the main character, Helen, is in recovery from Meth. You can tell she has really been through a lot in her life and has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She is most definitely a strong character and it’s obvious that she wants to be a better person despite her past mistakes. The author does a very good job of capturing the emotions and issues someone in recovery can go through without trivializing any of it. It’s obvious she did extensive research on the subject.

 

Helen has become caught up in the mysterious death of a girl who appears to be her best friend from childhood that she hasn’t seen since 11th grade. The girl is found with only Helen’s number in her back pocket and that is it. As the story goes on, things get weirder and weirder. There are so many strange circumstantial situations that I’m not sure I could have gotten through as well as Helen has.

 

The Girl From Yesterday really is a thriller (I was going to say addicting but thought that would be too corny). It kept me guessing until the very end and I wish I could say more, but I’m afraid I will give something important away. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book full of intrigue and very relatable characters.

 

 

Purchase Link

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About Kathryn Miller Haines

Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received her BA in English and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She's a member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and has been a board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America. In addition to writing the Rosie Winter mystery series for HarperCollins, she's also written a young adult mystery series for Roaring Brook Press, a division of MacMillan, the first of which, The Girl is Murder, was nominated for 2012 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. In April 2017 she will publish her first standalone contemporary thriller, The Girl From Yesterday (Simon and Schuster). Kathryn is an adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill's MFA in writing popular fiction.

She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter, and their two dogs.

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The Lightning Progeny by Emily Cyr


The Lightning Progeny

By: Emily Cyr
Genres: urban fantasy
Pages: 202
Published on: June 14, 2017
The Lightning Progeny by Emily Cyr

Delaney Hagen’s life has spiraled into complete pandemonium. After killing the monster who turned her, she thought she’d finally escaped … only to find herself trapped with new enemies. Worse, these enemies are among the Coven – one of whom she thought she could trust.

Reid Jamison refuses to rest until his beloved mate is back in his arms. If that means organizing wolf packs around the globe and taking on the Coven, so be it. But doing so means achieving the impossible task of finding the oldest living wolf – and Reid is running out of time.

The fight to find one another reveals even greater dangers, ones that threaten the future of werewolves and witches alike. The stake of her people rests solely on Delaney’s shoulders. Reid must convince his kind to forgive a centuries-old grudge. Or there will never be peace among the chaos.

War has come to their world. Will Delaney and Reid reunite amidst the bloodshed, or will the fight for freedom send them into ruins?

Also by this author: The Lightning Prophecy, The Lightning Legacy, Push and Pull
 
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When one starts reading a trilogy, you go into it knowing there will only be 3 books. That’s what a trilogy is. The thing is, knowing it’s a trilogy still doesn’t make it hurt less when it’s over. As a reader, I’ve become attached to these characters. I’m happy to know how things end for them right now, but I still want to know their lives. I’m not a stalker, I swear.

 

The Lightning Progeny is the third and final book in The Lightning Witch Trilogy. Each book as been a roller coaster of emotions, and Progeny is no different. I’ll admit, I may have had a little something in my eye causing a tear-like substance to leak from my eye near the end.

 

Our usual cast of characters is still around, but I did enjoy the amount of time Troy spent in the spotlight (as I’m sure he also would). Cyr’s sense of humor shows through the entire series, not just one or two books, which I can appreciate. Everything is so serious and life or death all the time, it’s nice to have a little funny here and there.

 

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the other books in the series as well, but knowing that I would find out how everything ends, no matter how much I didn’t want it to, has a sort of satisfying quality to it. Everything is wrapped up in a shredded and singed little bow. If nothing else, now I can recommend this series to someone new and they won’t have to suffer in between books.

 

 

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About Emily Cyr

Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction.
Emily and her family currently reside in San Antonio, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband, who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 5, and 15 months. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to three little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Currently, Emily has two urban fantasy series out, but stay tuned via her web-site, www.EmilyCyr.com, for more!

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Movie Review: The Forsaken

 

This movie is a little old, from 2001, but it is my favorite vampire movie of all time.  It hasn’t received the attention I feel that it should have, but I will give it at least some attention.

 

The Forsaken starts with a young man who is just driving across the country on a job when he stays the night at a hotel.  In the hotel parking lot there is an old car and what sounds like a massive orgy occurring in a room next to his.  Not thinking that much of it, he went to sleep and the next morning the car was gone and yet there appeared to be something that happened next door.  When he meets a young woman who appears to be intoxicated, he meets another man who knows what is going on with her, and it isn’t drugs, but the bite of a vampire.  Following the trail of vampires is not easy, but the two men and the young lady must, if they have any hope of curing whatever is wrong with them.

 

One of the reasons why I like this movie so much is the story about vampirism.  It isn’t the same in every movie, but the plot and reason behind the bite is unique.  Not only that but for whatever reason this movie calls to me.  I don’t remember when I first saw it, but it was on Video Tape, and now I own the Bluray I believe, if not then the normal DVD.  I have probably seen it more than 40 times.  I think one of the reasons why I like it is because it is not just a unique story but a unique filming as well.

 

If you are a true blooded vampire movie lover and your favorite is Nasfatru, then this may not be the movie for you, but if you love everything that is fanged, then watch it, it will give you a different perspective and a unique look at vampires.

 

 

 

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