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4 stars to This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Published June 19, 2014 by katheryn13

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Well this was different to what I usually read, but I think that was part of the appeal. I had heard about This Is Not A Test for so long, but when I first opened the book, I had no idea zombies were involved.
Many on reviews say this is not strictly a zombie apocalyptic story, because while they are apart of the plot, they are not CENTRAL. The story is about the teenagers and their survival. They don’t know how long they’ll be alive for before the zombies fight their way through. It was definitely gruesome in parts, but I have read some pretty gruel stories and this was tame in comparison. The characters were intriguing and tough. Some were more central than others, and Sloane was the main character. Since her twin left her to her abusive father, Sloane has just wanted to end her life. But then she runs away when the dead come to life and start attacking, and her reasons to die become less coherent. It’s quite a powerful story, and at times I thought: this is it. She’s going to kill herself. But you gradually see she’s getting stronger and finding a reason to live, even if it takes time.

I’m really glad I picked this up from the library and will look out for more books by this author.

–Kat

!!!TEASER!!! from Runaway by SM Knowles

Published May 9, 2014 by katheryn13

HELLO EVERYONE!

We have a great surprise for all your lovely readers. Anyone a fan of SM Knowles? Well today is your lucky day. Here at Perks, we have a special teaser from her latest novel, Runaway (written as Aubrey Kendall)!Check it out below and then go add this book to your lists on Goodreads and check out the link where you can buy:

EXCERPT:

Another loud bang beats at the door. Her father growling as he begins to speak. “Courtney! You had best get your ass out!” He hits the door just right, it busts open, and catches her ankle…. She looks down, watching a line of blood surge from her opened skin. A tear falls from her face. She knows what’s next. Her father is like clockwork. Immediately, she covers her head as her towel slips down her waist and she leans over trying to get as close to the floor as possible. If she leans into the floor, she won’t have to worry about her face bouncing, causing more bruising.
He begins pushing his way through the door. “God damn it girl! You get out when I tell you to.”
A hard punch to the back of the head. She shivers as she waits for him to hit her again, pushing her way deeper into the back of the toilet. Anything to keep him from hurting her. This time he uses an open hand slap to her lower back. She jumps hugging the toilet. “Please,” she whimpers.
“Please, what? More?” He kicks her rear at that, and her legs are the only thing exposed by this time.
She continues laying down, shoved as far as she can get herself beside the toilet. Waiting for whatever else her dad might throw at her. Courtney is shaking uncontrollably, tears are streaming down her face and mingling with the snot coming out of her nose. More whimpers as she lays, waiting…..

 

Goodreads

Amazon UK – Kindle

Amazon UK – Paperback!

Amazon U.S – Kindle  – There’s also a paperback version for U.S.!

~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.

While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.

At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.

When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.

~*BOOK LIST*~

The Rylee Everley series

Runaway (as Aubrey Kendall)

 

Immortal Sin #1 by Julie Milillo – Blog Tour

Published April 12, 2014 by katheryn13

 

Welcome to the Immortal Sin and Immortal Descent blog tour. We have some fun teasers ready for you today…

Check out these great books:

Immortal Sin #1

Two Worlds.Three Questions.One Girl.

inevitable?What lies beneath the hidden secret?
Can love rise above the

And most importantly, where will her fate lead her?

Amanda Chaste had lived what she considered an average life in New Jersey, looked after and cared for by her grandmother. But when she accidentally meets an enigmatic stranger from out of town, her world is drastically thrown upside down. A hidden secret has been buried in the past and not even Amanda can save herself from her own fate.

Conflicted and tormented within her own flesh, discovering her true identity will prove to be something that will change her life forever.

 

 

Excerpt 1:

It was all happening too fast for Amanda to conjure up any thoughts to try and attempt to fly before gravity let her go.

Panic crawled beneath every inch of her skin as the coaster started to quickly incline up the tracks. She knew that there would be no way that gravity would hold her in her seat throughout the entire loop. Once she would reach the middle, she’d be done for. The upcoming flip looked like the fiery ring of death and Amanda’s eyes grew wide with unbearable fear. The very thought of falling with nothing to hold onto terrified Amanda to the very core of her soul.

Excerpt 2:

The murky clouds hung low in the sky, threatening to down pour at any moment. The air was brisk for a spring day and a light breeze tossed around some strands of her layered, blonde hair. Amanda crossed her arms over her tee shirt, trying to retain some of her body heat as she made her way through the grass. The thought of looking into those eyes made her both nervous and anxious.

A shiver ran down the back of her spine, but she couldn’t determine if it was her nerves or the chill of the air. It urged her to get as close to him as she could, just to obtain that feverish temperature he exuded. She stopped and stood a couple feet away from him, not knowing what to expect next. She watched as he lifted his eyes to face hers.

“Were you followed?” Mitch broke the silence and looked toward the direction in which she came.

“No, I don’t think so, it’s just me.” Amanda said, looking at him awkwardly and unsure.


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Also, if you read Immortal Sin, try out book 2 of the series:

The Immortal Sin Trilogy-

Book 2: Immortal Descent 

How far would you fall for answers?

Amanda has accepted her new life and the darkness has become more appealing than ever before because of Mitch. But when her world is thrown into a drastic downward spiral, she is left questioning everything. Amanda embarks on a nightmarish adventure and her faith is put to the ultimate test as she journeys onward to discover the true meaning behind family, love and her destiny between good and evil.

 

 

 

Why not visit the other blogs in the Tour? 

 April 7th

Infinite House Of Books

Word To Dreams

April 8th

The Passionate Bookworms

Crazy Beautiful Reviews

Here is Some of What I Read

 April 9th

The Girl Bookaholic

Rebecca Whited

 April 10th

Suzy Turner, YA Author

Mythical Books

 April 11th

Beneath The Jacker

Books, Authors, Blogs

 April 12th

Perks of Being a Booknerd

Deal Sharing Aunt

Got Books?

 April 13th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves

World of Words

Addicted to Books

 

Check out the author:

Website  Facebook Twitter

Julie Milillo has and always will be a true Jersey girl from the shore. Acting, singing, writing and drawing were always her hobbies

from the beginning. Julie has always been involved in the arts and loves to express her creative streak in any way she can.

She Graduated from Brookdale Community College with her Associates Degree in Theater and Liberal Arts. Soon after, she discovered her passion for reading an thus fell in love with the paranormal fiction genre. After reading and collecting a number of books, she decided it was time to create her own stories and characters. After having the opportunity to meet one of her favorite authors, she was determined to take writing seriously. Julie Applies her knowledge of acting and character development in creating her stories. Her goal is to simply express the genuine qualities in her stories and the characters she creates in hopes of capturing the hearts of readers who also love this genre.

Julie currently resides in Maryland with her husband and her French Bulldog, Goober. Julie loves dogs, movies, music, and anything fantasy related. In her free time, she loves to bake and perform whenever she can.

4 stars to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published March 12, 2014 by katheryn13

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose.

It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words

…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Review:

Smart, witty, charming…this is just what I needed. Something fun. Although the main character, Cath, reminds me too much of myself. (minus the looking cute and getting boys attention and being young) I had heard such good things about Fangirl and so many people had said I should read it. I did and I loved it. Made me cry, though, and it was so romantic…Damn you Levi.

He wasn’t even good looking, well, not in the conventional sense. He was the great example for personality being more important than looks.

I liked the relationship between Cath and her twin Wren. Although I don’t have sisters, I think their behaviour is closer to real sister sister relationships than what you see in other books or TV shows.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary. It was refreshing.

The hype regarding Fangirl has not disappointed me and it surely won’t disappoint you. It’s a highly recommended story with a rush of emotional value. (Does that even  make sense? Probably not.)

Go read it! :D

 

Kat

5 stars to Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Published February 19, 2014 by katheryn13

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam – was wrong.

There may be spoilers, so beware.

Review:

You’re all expecting some deep and profound review, I bet.

But all I want to do is cry and sob and heave and cry and stamp my feet and cry. Because this series is over and  I honestly feel so lost.  I reread all the books prior to reading this, because I wanted to put it off as long as possible. Unfortunately, unless I stopped reading it altogether, it was bound to happen. And when it did, I felt shattered into tiny pieces. I really don’t know how I’m going to cope knowing there’s no more Juliette, no more Warner, no more Kenji, and even…no more Adam or James. Despite how irritating I found him in Ignite Me.

What can I say? Tahereh Mafi shoots and she scores. I can’t find a fault. Okay, so If I’m really picky? The ending… If you call that “closure” I think you need a dictionary. That was by far the most open ended ending to a series since Requiem. I’M NOT KIDDING!

I felt like there could have been at least another 100 pages or so, just to tighten it up, to give some hint as to what happens next. No epilogue needed, just some guidance. Now I feel like there needs to be a spin-off series. Hint Hint double Hint triple HINT!

Anyway, *breathes* My love for Warner. Will it ever stop growing? I don’t think I can contain it all in one tiny heart. I liked him in Shatter Me, Loved him in Unravel Me and my god…

Kenji, man, you rule! I felt so bad for him, but also he really brings life to this story. I realise he was trying hard to keep spirits lifted because what happened to Omega Point not only destroyed him, it almost killed Castle, who he considers a father. Or  near enough.

Juliette, she really grew in this. She changed from a shy, unimpressive, scared girl to someone who can become proud of herself, take charge of her powers and not have to answer to anyone. I really, truly wish I had her guts. I found at times her attitude was so inspiring, I was nearly in tears with jealousy. Adam constantly telling her she had changed for the worse, and basically calling her stupid for it, was wrong, and for that I just got so annoyed with him. Yes, so what, she broke up with him, but that doesn’t mean you go around being a dick over it and insulting her. She broke up with him for HIS OWN GOOD, and the fact he couldn’t appreciate that, rather than shoving it in her face, was just beyond a joke. Warner was always going to be the better choice, because as much as he was callous and cruel, he believed in her, he loved her, and he wanted her to become herself,  the truth inside of her. Wow that sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean? He didn’t underestimate her.

For the other characters, Sara and Sonya, Lily, Alia, Brendan, Winston, even Ian, I  mean these people…they made the book. They each brought their own quarter and stopped it from being entirely ‘the Adam and Juliette soap drama’ because that’s what it would have been.

As for Anderson, have fun in hell, you bastard!

There are a couple of…rather steamy chapters that I will not spoil, but just be warned. Oh my. Near the 50’s. Just saying. *winks* and these are beyond anything I ever imagined. Tahereh, you kinky sod! :P Love ya.

I am so so so SO deeply sorry to see this series end, and it has by far been one of the best, if not THE best ever in my life and I just can’t deal with the parting. It hurts. I’ve invested so much time and emotion into these beautiful characters, I can only imagine how painful it is for Tahereh to stop, to leave them. Unless there is a spin off in which case….*throws tiny hearts your way*

Good bye my loves, I’ll miss you. *sobs*

Kat

4.5 stars to Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Published February 6, 2014 by katheryn13

Battling against a society in which love has been declared a disease, Lena now finds herself at the centre of a fierce revolution. But the Wilds are no longer the haven they once were as the government seeks to stamp out the rebels. And Lena’s emotions are in turmoil following the dramatic return of someone she thought was lost forever…

Review:

Why WHY WHY did I wait so long to read this? WHY did I let other peoples ridiculous complaints about the ending put me off for a YEAR? I’m stupid. Really damned stupid.

If I’m brutally honest, I loved this more than the first two books. Now, doesn’t it just SUCK when that happens? Not that I didn’t enjoy the first two. I mean, I would have given up if I didn’t. Y’know?

Sadly, everyone who read Requiem did nothing but complain about the ending. How bad it was, blablabla. I don’t know what book they were reading, but i thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.

The problem is, essentially, that because it wasn’t a neat and tidy, everyone lives happily ever after, lovey dovey ending, people seemed to think the author deserved hate, or that it was a damned awful ending. Eh…what now?

I personally don’t mind endings that don’t wrap up nicely. Some books call for that, right. Some do, and if they’re not, we’re left thinking…what the hell? But dystopians in particular, they have a different kind of…sound, I suppose, about them, and it’s all about the wonder of the future. This left me feeling wistful and thoughtful. It’s definitely philosophical in its tie up.

Okay so the plot: Lena is well and truly deep in the wilds, and guess who’s back? Yeah, Alex. We thought he’d died. So did Lena. But now she’s got Julian, who I didn’t like at first in Pandemonium, but he grew on me and now I’m tied. Alex has changed, a lot. He’s angry at Lena. Apparently she was supposed to, what? Not care about anyone else? Go rescue him? He’s the one that told her to run in the first place! Jeez.

There are a couple of points that irritate me with Lena, she does nothing but believe people, especially those she loves. If Alex says he doesn’t love her anymore, she believes it, right off the hat. She’s all “No, he told me face to face. He doesn’t love me. So it must be true.” bla bla bla. Dude! Boys lie. Even people we love. Everyone lies at some stage, especially if it’s to protect our own feelings.

Poor Julian, though. He’s in love with Lena. And this reminds me a lot of the whole Peeta/Gale/ Katniss problem in yknow, Hunger Games. Both guys love her but she’s too confused, too torn and okay so Katniss had other reasons to be troubled. I’m digressing.

Now there’s a revolution on the horizon, and as the group move from settlement to settlement, they are being hunted by the regulators. The people of Portland (Maine, not Oregon. It took me a while and a search on google maps to figure this out >_<) are on the rampage. They want rid of every Invalid, every uncured who has the disease called L.O.V.E. I mean, it’s beyond ridiculous.

Requiem is split into two POV’s, Lena and Hana. They both share their own experiences, inside the city and outside in the wild. There’s deaths, action, bombs, romance, not much humour, but still…there’s Lena’s sarcasm which I love. It’s rare, but it’s there. It’s interesting to get a view of how Hana lives now because we didn’t see her in book 2. She’s cured, and snobbish like the others, but she’s also paired with Fred Hargrove’s, up and coming Mayor, to replace his father who was killed. He’s a…how do I put this? … a complete bastard. Cruel, manipulative and two faced, and he expects everyone to obey him. Hana starts to crack through the facade of being Cured. Things change, she dreams, and new discoveries make her question her loyalty to Fred.

There was definitely conflict between Julian and Alex, and plenty of other characters that added something. Raven especially was one I liked. Strong and a leader, she inspired. As they gained forces with other groups, there was a sense of unity. Lena meets a familiar face from her past, and struggles to regain a relationship with her.

A weird comment, but I noticed there’s a lot more swearing in this than usual. Which is fine, it shows they’re growing up a lot faster. I just thought I’d point that out. :P

I’m really sad this is over now, because to be honest I felt like the story was just getting started. Sure, I’d have liked to know what happened to Lena after…stuff, (trying to remain spoiler free. ugh) but obviously the author thought it wasn’t necessary, and we need to respect that. As it is, I thought it ended on a sweet note. It lets you use your imagination. Create your own scenario.

Great work Lauren Oliver. :)

Kat

3 stars to Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

Published January 16, 2014 by katheryn13

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

 

Review:

Having been recommended this book several times, I had to give it a go. I started it a few months ago, and thought the characters were interesting, the story somewhat different to what I’m used to, but at least it was fun.

I mean, Zombies? That’s not an everyday occurrence for me. :P I liked Alice. I thought she was strong, brave, and rather funny. Kat was what a best friend should be; trusting, fun, loyal…and then there’s Cole. The bad boy. Yeah he might have helped me like the book.

I had thought there might be a love triangle with Justin and Cole wanting Ali, but turns out Justin wasn’t really a strong contender. Cole I found pushy, rather hot and cold, and a little annoying. I mean, you can’t go around beating people up for just looking at the girl you sorta like but don’t like but do…you know? It doesn’t make sense. He either wants to be with Ali, or he doesn’t. It’s not rocket science. And what’s more is Ali is only 16 and thinking of all these things that to be honest should not be going through a 16 year old girls head! Or am I just a fuddy-duddy? Who knows.

I liked the premise that zombies were spirits and the zombie hunters could part with their bodies and fight in the spirit world, or whatever it was. Although in some cases I think my nonreligious self found it cheesy.

Now, I did get 3 quarters a way through this in a steady time, but then I had to stop. Not because of the story itself, but in honesty, I found some of the bits too…cheesy. I mean, if you’re in the middle of a fight with zombies, you’re injured and tired, you would hardly have the time to recognise a smell of the guy you like. I mean, who smells sandalwood in among rot and blood?

That is pretty much what made me stop reading. Until a couple days ago when I decided to tackle it again and I finished, but it wasn’t really up there in my top books. I wanted to love it, but despite the action, the hot romance and the zombies, there were just too many “ugh, really?” moments for me to give this more than a 3 star.

Kat