[Quick Reviews] The Zombie Apocalypse

I was on a zombie apocalypse binge a while back and picked up a few zombie books. Some of them were young adult books that were scary but fun to read; then there were adult books that were dark, dangerous and downright terrifying. The following two are apart of the latter.

Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Rise Again - Cover - Review Title: Rise Again: A Zombie Novel
Series: Rise Again
Book one
Author: Ben Tripp
Genre: Zombie, Apocayptic, Survival, Paranormal
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Book Depository]

Summary

A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH. 

And a warning that would come all too late . . . 

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . . 

Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut. 

Review

I wasn’t exactly sure what I expected when I picked up Rise Again, all I knew was that it looked like a good zombie apocalypse book.

The beginning was very interesting, life is normal and Danny is at work handling things. She’s the sheriff in the small town that is packed with visitors due to the Fourth of July parade. Her sister Kelly has taken off with Danny’s mustang which means serious business since Kelly knows that Danny would hunt her down if the mustang was damaged in any way, so Danny realizes that maybe Kelly doesn’t intend to come back. Kelly left her sister a note but Danny hasn’t had time to look at it and is avoiding reading it. Funny things start happening, a dead body is found in the forest at the beginning of the town and no one can figure out how the person died. Suddenly another one is found. And then people are running around screaming and falling down dead for no reason, the whole town gets chaotic and that’s not the worst of it all. A bunch of people are seen to be running up the mountain towards the town while the road is packed with people in cars trying to get through. Soon, everyone realizes it’s thousands upon thousands of people that are running up the mountain, some of them are dying just like some people in town; Danny comes to the conclusion that it’s a wave and once that wave hits it will affect nearly everyone around and they too will start running around and dying. Danny can in no way control it, yet she’s going to try anyway.

Once the dead start to rise I found the book to lose some of its intensity and interest. For some reason I love to read about the fall of humanity more than the actual zombie part, I find it more interesting to see how people try and survive the beginning stages more so than hiding and surviving the middle stage. In Rise Again Danny takes control of the small group of people that weren’t affected, there’s a lot of action, blood and gore in this book except I found that sometimes the action slowed the pace of the story down rather than speeding it up. Plus my favourite character was killed off in the beginning and I found that disconcerting because it felt like he had been set up as a main character yet he had already died. From that point I realized that I wasn’t sure if I liked the tone of the book.

I couldn’t really connect with Danny, maybe it was because she was an older woman? Maybe it was because she had been in a war and from that she was changed and I could hardly relate to something of that size? Maybe it was because she was cold and couldn’t understand other people’s emotions? I just couldn’t connect to her nor like her as much as I wanted to. I felt detached from Danny because of this, I simply could not care what happened to her or if she found her sister.

The story was interesting though, the zombie’s and their evolution was different to what I’ve read before, which I liked. I just felt like Danny’s story wasn’t one that I wanted to read in this world.

Overall, I thought this was one of the better zombie apocalypse books. Even though I didn’t love it I still found it hard to put down, the story dragged me in and I wanted to see how humanity would survive it and if they could.

I recommend this book to people looking for a good gory zombie apocalypse book that aren’t too bothered by no character relationships or developments.

Autumn by David Moody

Autumn by David Moody - Cover - Review

Title: Autumn
Series: Autumn
Book one
Author: David Moody
Genre: Apocalyptic, Survival, Zombies
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Book Depository]

Summary

A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living DeadAutumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by “phase two” of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, quickly the bodies regain their most basic senses and abilities… sight, hearing, locomotion…  As well as the instinct toward aggression and violence.  Held back only by the restraints of their rapidly decomposing flesh, the dead seem to have only one single goal – to lumber forth and destroy the sole remaining attraction in the silent, lifeless world:  those who have survived the plague, who now find themselves outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1…

Without ever using the ‘Z’ word, Autumn offers a new perspective on the traditional zombie story. There’s no flesh eating, no fast-moving corpses, no gore for gore’s sake. Combining the atmosphere and tone of George Romero’s classic living dead films with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days (and Weeks) later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear.

Review

When I picked up Autumn I was looking for a good zombie apocalypse novel, I wanted something scary as well as interesting. That’s exactly what I got. In the beginning.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, the way everyone died was intensely interesting and scary. I enjoyed reading how the characters that lived dealt with everything at first. Then the dead rose and it just got more intense and more exciting, except that the living characters just got weird and different. They panicked and picked sides, the lay blame and started going crazy, they tossed common sense out of the window and it was incredibly frustrating.

The main problem I had with this book was that the characters all sounded the same, they sounded like one person. When I would be reading any of them they would change drastically, they weren’t consistent and I suddenly found I was thinking of them as one person that had mood swings. I also found that each character became unlikable and annoying, I suddenly hated them all; I couldn’t relate and I couldn’t connect with any of them. They became very unlikable and it ruined the story.

I really enjoyed how the zombies evolved and changed, that was the most exciting part and I found myself thinking of the zombies as a character in their own right. They were way more interesting and I liked them a lot more than I liked the other characters. At least the zombies were consistent throughout the story!

Overall the beginning of this book was intense and exciting, however the end was crazy and weird, and the characters were just stupid, non-relateable, crazy and were just all over the place. I didn’t really like this book as a whole. I will not be reading the next in the series.

I recommend this book to people who are looking for a terrifying zombie read and can excuse character inconsistencies. The world is worth it, the characters and their story however are not.

Jord

Follow Miss Book Reviews on Bloglovin

[Review #94] Messenger in the Mist by Aubrie Dionne

Messenger in the Mist by Aubrie Dionne Cover - Review Title: Messenger in the Mist
Standalone
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Fantasy
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon]

Summary

Two factions on the verge of war…A countryside overrun with beasts…A love tested against duty…

Star, a messenger for the Elite Riders of Evenspark, races through the misted countryside delivering correspondence to the bordering Fortress of Ravencliff. The route is haunted by the mysterious beasts that lurk in the moors. Star risks her life for the hope of relocating her parents, for the glory of her illustrious career, and for an unrequited love.

On one such mission, Star discovers she carries plans for the assassination of Prince Valen of Ravencliff – the man who has captured her heart. Weighing love against livelihood, she must decide what’s more important…the safety of her country or her love for the Prince, who is betrothed to Princess Vespa of Evenspark.

With the mist is rising, enabling the Elyndra to gather and threaten the borders of both kingdoms, Star must unravel the mystery of their existence and forestall a war.

Review

When I picked up Messenger in the Mist I really had no idea what I was about to read, but I’ve liked Aubrie Dionne’s other books so I decided to give this a go. I’m really glad I did because I really enjoyed this book. It was a different type of fantasy, it was sweet and fun but also scary and the world was very interesting.

The mist rules the world, it keeps the kingdoms caged in and frightened of leaving their walls. It has always been like this. The Mist covers the land and in it are terrifying winged beasts that snatch you up and carry you away. All the kingdoms have sent out journeymen to try and discover other lands uninhibited by the mist but they’ve never returned. The kingdoms protect themselves by their own means. Evenspark have caged themselves in with windblowers that blow the mist away from all sides and keep everyone safe from the beasts, Ravencliff has is a fortress surrounded by walls so high the mist cannot reach that far up.

Star is the head of the messengers in Evenspark. She travels through the mist to deliver letters between the two kingdoms. In Ravencliff she is always excited and hoping for letters addressed to the royal family so she can see the prince, never in her wildest dreams would she think her infatuation with him would go anywhere. But then she uncovers a plan of treachery and assassination towards Ravencliff’s royal family and she finds herself thrown into an adventure.

I really liked this story, it was sweet in places, exciting in others. The idea of a mist covering the land with beasts that live in it is such a cool and awesome idea! I almost wanted more of the story with more twists and turns just so I could read more of this world. The idea did remind me of the playstation one game Legend of Legaia, except this was a little different and I still liked how it turned out,

Fallon was my favourite character. I find my favourite characters are always the sarcastic, witty and entertaining ones… Fallon was funny and charming, although I really wanted more of him. I wished he had more page time because I felt like I could have grown to really love him but since he wasn’t in it for a whole lot of time I didn’t get to see him. And the scene where Star first meets him? I just knew he was going to be a main character in this story. I mean he was shirtless and sounded aloof which to me portrays sexy… No point in getting readers excited for nothing.

I liked the way everything turned out, except I wanted more in the middle of the book, more between Star and Fallon, more tension and interaction, more attraction. I also wanted a little bit more depth and more time for the romance to really grow and develop. For me I kind if knew where the romance was going but then we get to a point in the story and it gets intense too fast and I felt like it hit me over the head with a bat simply because I hadn’t quite put the pieces together. It didn’t quite feel like it had developed enough to get to that stage. The journeying in this story was exciting but I felt like it took no time at all to get anywhere. The sense of time wasn’t quite right. I never felt like it had been days of travelling or waiting, it felt more like an hour of time had passed.

And then it only took Star and Fallon a matter of days to travel to where they were heading yet all of the journeymen the kingdoms had sent out years a go never made it back? Sure those journeymen probably all died and that was the reason why they didn’t return, but I do find it hard for my suspense of belief to stretch so far to believe not a single one was able to return with information. I feel like the travelling needed to be longer, it needed to be weeks of travelling for me to be satisfied and for it to be believable. I also don’t believe no one would have ever dared to travel north, in the direction the mist was coming from, it only makes logical sense to do so earlier. These little things did irk me but it didn’t stop me from really enjoying this book!

Overall Messenger in the Mist was a nice light fantasy read that kept me entertained. I say it was light but it did get me invested in the characters and the storyline, it just felt a little short for me to really love it and for the world or plot to get very complex.

In Summary:
– This story was interesting and I really liked the idea of the mist. I liked the world this story was set in.
– Fallon was my favourite character, he was witty and sarcastic and overall entertaining and attractive. But I really wished he had more page time in the story.
– While I did enjoy this book I did feel like the stretch of my suspense of belief couldn’t quite reach to the places the author intended, making me question a few things.

Miss J

Follow Miss Book Reviews on Bloglovin

[Review #71] All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: All Together Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book seven
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads]

Summary

Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every sort of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.

The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Review

All Together Dead is one hell of an action packed book! Whoa. Just whoa.

So many things happened in this book; so many unrelated things happened in this book. It got a little confusing keeping up with everything but by the end of the book I suddenly felt like this was the book to change the series. I’m a little hesitant to start the next book because I’m afraid I won’t like what happens in the next one. And also I know that if I keep up reading these books this fast then I will get to book 12 before book 13 is published. And I really don’t want to wait to read book 13.

Sookie changes in this book. She’s a lot tougher and seems more heartless in certain situations but I find don’t think she’s heartless, with everything that’s happened so far I think she’s just accepted that things happen, people are murdered and there’s usually nothing you can do about it. Especially when vampires are involved. You tell the police and that’s that. I liked her more because of this. She’s grown and is able to handle herself. If she got weepy eyed over yet another murder she was involved in then I would have rolled my eyes.

I love that Barry is in this book, mainly because I love it when Sookie gets to use her telepathic ability. Barry is the bellboy that Sookie first met in Dallas in the second book, he is the only other telepathic she knows. I find that Barry is rather naive when it comes to vampires which irked me because he worked for them so surely he understood how heartless they can be?

The end of this book made me sad because now it feels like everything will change. It feels like everything is going to be a lot more serious, Sookie won’t get to be the happy, carefree, bubbly and kind person she was in the first few books. I guess it was bound to happen. I just hope the next book takes this sour feeling out of my mouth,

All Together Dead was action packed, exciting and I had my jaw dropping a lot through out the book. 

Miss J

[Review #69] Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Definitely Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book six
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads]

Summary

As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley—a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley’s estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk.

Someone doesn’t want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley’s past—or for that matter, Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the Rogue Weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the Pack to the Vampire Queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject—Sookie’s first love, Bill.

Whoever it is, they’re definitely dangerous—and Sookie’s life is definitely on the line…

Review

Definitely Dead is the sixth Sookie Stackhouse book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have to say that I’m finally getting used Charlaine Harris’ writing style, with the jerky storylines that intertwine somehow yet we don’t figure out till the end.

Yet one thing about this book that thoroughly confused me was that this book referred to a very important storyline about Sookie’s cousin Hadley and the fact that she had been a vampire and had met her true death recently. Yet I did not remember reading this storyline anywhere. It confused me so much that I stopped reading this book and flipped through the last book just to see if I had missed it. Which is silly because I started this book the same day I finished the last book so I was sure I hadn’t read about it.

I then chanced it and googled it and found out that the very important storyline that this whole book refers to actually happened in a short story that was written and released before this book… Talk about annoying. It only annoyed me because there was no indication in the book I was reading that there was a short story that I should read before it.

But once I figured that out I was able to settle in to read Definitely Dead. I didn’t go back and read the short story, I was able to get the gist of it from the recap in this book. I didn’t know the details and some details were confusing as they weren’t described in detail in this book but I was able to follow along for the most part.

This book is once again exciting, intriguing and had me trying to figure what was going on the whole way through. In this book Sookie starts up dating a new guy named Quinn. She met Quinn at the were pack’s ceremony in the last book where Alcide’s father and another were competed to become the packmaster. Quinn was the organiser of the event. He is also a were-tiger. Exciting much?!

At the very beginning of this book Quinn asks Sookie out. On the first date Sookie is attacked buy were’s and Quinn ends up taking her to a were only bar and challenges the pack by letting them know that their were’s attacked an innocent unprovoked. Alcide happens to be in this bar with his new girlfriend. My heart broke again haha. This challenge lets every wear know that Sookie is under Quinn’s protection as well as in enforces them to do something about it.

This date starts up a sudden dating relationship for the whole book, except after the first date Quinn kind of disappears as Sookie is suddenly picked up to be taken to her cousin’s apartment by orders of the vampire Queen of Louisiana to sort out her final affairs. I thought this was rather sudden as we don’t hear about Quinn for half of the book. Then I remembered that it’s only been a couple of days for that half of the book so it wasn’t surprising.

While at Hadley’s old apartment Sookie is dragged into affairs of the Queen and her new marriage, as well as unfinished business that Hadley had left behind. I found there were so many things going on in this book that I couldn’t help but wonder how Harris managed to keep track of it all. But by the end of the book I found everything tied up in some way, and the things that didn’t I knew would carry on to the next book.

I loved that this book was so involved, there was something going on at every moment. I was hooked.

Overall this book made me need to pick up the next book. Regardless of any library books I have. It was such an exciting book that I swear I practically held my breath the whole time I read it.

Miss J

[Review #68] Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Dead as a Doornail
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book five
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 1st January, 2005
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Whitcoulls NZ]

Summary

Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural—but now it’s really hitting close to home.

When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time—a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter.

Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks—unless the killer decides to find her first…

Review

Once again I could not put this Sookie Stackhouse book down. These books are getting seriously addictive! I find I read one then I read the next one straight away, but because I feel guilty since I have library books out I read a different book but then I’m straight back to the next Sookie book…

Dead as a Doornail is just as thrilling as the previous book. Someone is shooting and trying to kill all of the shifters in the Bon Temps and Shreveport areas. This worries Sookie because her boss and close friend Sam get’s shot and she worries about Alcide being around as well as her brother since he has just been turned into a were-panther. Because of this Sam asks Sookie to go to Shreveport and ask Eric if they can borrow a bartender. Reason being that he doesn’t want to hire another shifter while he’s off healing since shifters are in danger. Eric ends up loaning his new bartender who happens to be a vampire from the era where there were pirates.

In this book the suspense of trying to figure out who the killer is is exciting, while Sookie is trying to keep her secret about Debbie from Alcide and keep tabs on her bestie Tara whom seems to be mixed up with a controlling vampire.

Ironically Sookie doesn’t have a man in this book. She kind bounces between heated conversations with Eric, heated and painful conversations with Alcide, warm but a little awkward conversations with Calvin (The head of the were-panther pack) and Bill. Yet she doesn’t have a relationship with any of these men in this book.

My heart broke for Alcide and Sookies relationship in this book, I was on the Alcide bandwagon for the past few books but in this book things seemed to flip 180. It hurt.

 Overall, Dead as a Doornail kept up the excitement, tension and intrigue. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Miss J

[Review #67] Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Dead to the World
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book four
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 1st January, 2004
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Whitcoulls NZ]

Summary

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s pretty. She does her job well. But she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the way home from work, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as he did the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

Sookie’s investigation into what’s going on leads her into a battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger – to Sookie’s heart – because this kinder, gentler Eric is proving very hard to resist.

Review

On to the fourth book already!

Dead to the World was an easy read. This book featured Eric more prominently after he gains amnesia caused by a curse that a witches coven has placed on him.

There are just so many supernatural beings in Sookies world! Vampires, Maenads, Werewolves, Were-creatures (Including but not limited to were-owl’s, were-lynx’s, and were-panthers) and now we’re introduced to witches and fairy’s. A fairy named Claudine make’s an appearance claiming that she is drawn to Bon Temps because there has been a lot of unusual supernatural activity lately. I like to wonder what’s not possible in the world of Sookie Stackhouse.

Sookie has made it clear to Bill that their relationship is pretty much over because she can’t handle the way that he continuously hurts her. Bill doesn’t like this but respects her wishes. For most of the book he is absent because he has been ordered to go to Peru to continue researching for his vampire database this does cause Sookie to feel lonely since it is really her first time being completely alone, even her first time having an ex-boyfriend.

Eric isn’t cocky in this book which I admit is refreshing, this is because when he loses his memory he also loses everything that he is meaning his personality. How could someone be the same after having lost all of their memories that shaped them to be who they are? I loved that Charlaine Harris captured this. This appeals to Sookie because he is much nicer and she can actually stand being around him as a person.

I liked Eric in this book but at the same time I didn’t like him as much as I liked the arrogant, strong minded, I-don’t-give-a-flying-#@*& Eric. I think this has to do more with the ‘bad boy’ factor… Oddly enough I’m still on the Alcide band wagon at the moment even though he’s not on the cards right now. Ironically Alcide is not a bad boy and I prefer him that way. There’s just so many attractive qualities about Alcide. Sookie has so many men that she’s attracted to, I’m only on the fourth book so I’m trying to figure out how many she will have by the tenth book haha.

Jason was in this storyline more than he has been in any of the other books so far so that was nice to get to see Sookie actually communicate with her brother.

I found I really enjoyed this book, I liked it a lot more than the last one; it just held my interest more than the last book. And Eric is sexy. So very sexy. When it comes to Eric I do have to admit I picture Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Eric in True Blood.

Overall I can’t wait to read the next Sookie Stackhouse book! Everytime I finish one of these books I’m just dying to pick up the next one. Thinking about getting all the way to the last book in the series makes me feel extremely sad. I wish it wouldn’t happen! Luckily for me I’ve still got more than a few books to get through till that happens.

Miss J

[Review #62] Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Club Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book three
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 6th May , 2006
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Whitcoulls NZ]

Summary

Sookie Stackhouse always found it difficult to date – she’s cute, but not many guys are comfortable with her mind-reading abilities. But vampires have no problems with Sookie’s talent – she can’t pick up much of anything form the undead.

But there’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – right now, and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows, she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O – but when Sookie finally finds Bill, he’s not only in trouble, but caught in an act of serious betrayal. Should she save him, or sharpen some stakes?

Review

Club Dead is the third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this one introduces werewolves. Properly. They were mentioned in Living Dead in Dallas but we didn’t really get to learn anything about them.

Bill has been assigned a top secret mission for the Queen of Louisiana, to Sookie’s disappointment he can’t tell her anything about it. In fact he even lies to her about where he’s been sent for it. While on this mission he disappears in the territory of the King of Mississippi. Eric need’s Sookie’s help to find Bill as Eric can’t roam freely in Mississippi without letting the King know, and that could cause war between the two ‘Kingdoms’. So Sookie heads off to Jackson with a werewolf named Alcide, who owes Eric a favour.

I have to be honest that this book took quite a while to start I feel. To me the beginning was a tad boring, Sookie moped around the whole time and nothing much else happened. I got tired of hearing how much she missed Bill even though she was upset and angry at him. To be honest I would have been just as pissed, Bill up and left telling her barely anything then he lied to her along the way. I get it was a secret mission but if he really cared for Sookie he wouldn’t have been so distant about it all.

In my review for Living Dead in Dallas I said I was on the Eric bandwagon. Yeahh, Club Dead has put me on the Alcide band wagon. Seriously, such a sexy, well mannered man! How I wish I knew such a man… As soon as Alcide entered the scene the book picked up and I started to really enjoy it. The tension between him and Sookie was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I actually liked that they both new this, it didn’t make things awkward, it made things a whole lot more interesting. I wanted them to get together! Scandal.

I liked Bill even less in this book. Well, he was hardly in this book because of his disappearance but I am astonished at the way he acted. I’m annoyed that Sookie wasn’t angrier about it. ‘It’ being something that you need to read the book to find out.

While I am enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse books I am starting to think that these books are all over the place in terms of writing style, plot and characters. The plot in this book didn’t feel smooth, when I felt like it was the end things were still happening but they hardly felt like they were connected to the main plot. Even though they were. It felt jerky and I found myself getting confused at times.

Overall, I did enjoy Club Dead but it didn’t quite reach my expectations. The ending left me wondering where life will take Sookie next and what decisions she will be faced with which has made me really want to read the fourth book! Harris has a way of making you want to pick up the next book.

Miss J

Previous books in the series:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas

[Review #55] Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne

Tundra 37 Title: Tundra 37
Series: A New Dawn
Book two
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Published: 7th February, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
New Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Whitcoulls NZ]

Summary

Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she’s shocked that he’s the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood—a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer’s memory.

Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever.

With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.

Review

The storyline:
I loved that Tundra 37 wasn’t based on the romance, I love that the actual plotline was based on the survival of the lifers aboard The Expedition. It made this book very addicting to read. I really enjoyed it.

Gemme is the matchmaker aboard The Expedition. She accepts or denies the matches that the computer pairs life mates, she makes sure they are far apart in the family tree and that their genetics would be good together. Another part of her job is to search for a special gene, a gene that is kept a secret, only the matchmakers are to know of this job.

One morning as she’s working she discovers the computer has finally matched her to her life mate; Lieutenant Miles Brentwood. The one and only man that the seers trust communicating with, the man that many woman wish to be matched to. Gemme panics and decline’s the match thinking that everyone will assume that she hacked the system and chose her life mate herself.

Soon after a shocking event happens that changes the lives of everyone aboard The Expedition. Their ship is caught in the middle of a meteor shower and is pummelled to the point that if it were to continue flying towards their destination planet Paradise 18 then they would never survive. So the seer’s that control the ship through their minds divert the ship to land on the nearest hospitable planet; Tundra 37.

On Tundra 37 Gemme is assigned a new job to the team that will explore the planet for the fuel that will keep their ship running for them to live on, while they build their new lives on the planet. The team just so happens to be lead by Lieutenant Miles Brentwood. Tundra 37 holds many mysteries. And Gemme starts to discover the answers to the questions she never thought to ask.

The Romance:
The romance wasn’t the forefront of this book which was great, but it did have a bigger stage rather than just being on the side. It mixed well with the plot and I liked that it wasn’t driving the plot yet it was still a huge part. I usually get bored when the romance is the only plot line but I’m glad to say that this story has a lot more going on.

In saying that though the romance definitely had my own stomach in butterflies, the whole book I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for it to explode. In my opinion that is exactly what romance should be in a book!

Points of Views:
There were four different point of views in this book, as first I thought that this was a lot of people to get your head around, but the way that Dionne integrated each character actually made it work really well.

I thoroughly enjoyed each character’s point of view and even though they weren’t all in the same situation when we flicked to another person I never felt like I was being wrenched out of the story and placed into another one. I liked how every character was related to the main storyline in some way, they weren’t off having their own little adventure.

Overall, this book was very entertaining. The four different points of views worked in this book, they were integrated well and I found I was interested in all of the characters. I was on the edge of my seat flicking through the pages as fast as I could just waiting to see what happened next.

Tundra 37 is an enjoyable and exciting romantic science fiction that pulls you in to the world of the characters and has you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole way. 

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy Science Fiction! Paradise 21 is the first book in the series.

You might also like –
Space-y Science Fiction books:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Aliens:
Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh

Miss J

P.s. Check out my giveaway if you haven’t already :)