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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey #review

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Title : The Girl with All the Gifts
Author: M.R. Carey
Published: 2014
Pages:: 460
Format:: Print

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

 

This book had quite a bit of hype around it and after having read it I can see why. An intelligent zombie novel that takes a different approach from many others. I love a good zombie read but often they are a variation of each other but this one with Melanie, her teacher and some military guys gives a look at a different zombie world.

With well developed characters, excellent world building and a great story its hard to not like this one. Its a hard one to review and not spoil for others so I’ll sum up by saying if you’ve not read this one I do recommend it highly.

 

I’m moving, so I’m having a giveaway!

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I’m moving and not just down the road or another state or the opposite side of the country even nope I like to create a big fuss and I’m moving to the other side of the planet. Australia here I come! Home is where the heart is and I’ve been wanting to move back for ages. I miss it and the excitement has built so what better way to say goodbye and I’ll see you all again as soon as I set up internet access than a book giveaway.

 

English: Orthographic map of Australia centere...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Melbourne's CBD from Docklands at twilight

Melbourne’s CBD from Docklands at twilight (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s US only I know I know but once over there pretty much all giveaways will be publisher sponsored or book depository so international giveaways are coming but this one I’m sending myself.

Fill in the rafflecopter form and the winner shall be mailed the two books before I leave. One of the last things I’ll do in fact.

Dead Tosses Waves is hardback, the first in the trilogy The Forest of Hands and Teeth is paperback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monique Morgan’s Rise Of The Infected Cover Reveal

Releases October 31st

 

River Black lives in a world where only the strong survive.
The earth has changed to a brutal climate and the survivors will do anything to
live. The eastern continents unleash a biochemical weapon on their enemies, and
directly onto River’s world. She will have to leave her quiet existence in the
forest and venture to the slaver fortress and further beyond, into the deepest
part of the surviving cities. If she doesn’t die first, or rise infected…


Excerpt:

Aspen was the first to speak, all
of us still slightly in shock at what we had just witnessed.

“We have to clear out the house.
I don’t know if all of them left, or if some of them got in, but we have to
know for sure,” he said, the urgency in his voice clear.

“I’ll take upstairs,” I responded
immediately, wanting to get a familiar perch from above, and recalculate our
current situation.

The fire still burned in the pit
in the entryway, illuminating the three of us as I walked up the curved stairs.
I quickly lost sight of them, the wall turning smoothly into a hall. The
hallway was covered in shadows, the dying embers of fire pits casting light through
the open doors of the rooms.

“Hello,” I called out weakly.

I didn’t like the idea of going blindly
into each room, possibly ambushed at any moment. It would be better to draw
them out into the hall, and cut them down as they ran towards me.

I waited, my body tense and fluid
at the same time, ready to spring if needed. But nothing came. I spoke louder a
second time, my ears straining as my voice traveled down the hall. Once again
nothing came out of the rooms and I walked forward, entering each one and
searching every corner, my rifle always ready.

A few were bedrooms, which I
frowned upon. It was a bad omen to have bedrooms aboveground. It was obvious
that the townspeople had become lazy. I entered one more room that was a study,
a desk crammed into the corner, covered in books. Even in the most stressful
situation, I found myself becoming excited at the plethora of reading material
that was before me. It was rare to see one
book, let alone dozens.

The last thing in the hallway was
the stairs leading to the final floor. Once again I walked the smooth curve of
the stairwell, the stone giving off a sense of protection, although it would do
nothing to help me if I was attacked by the infected.

It was dark down the long
hallway, only one room at the far end giving any light, the rest of the doors closed.
Once again I called out and waited, keeping my eyes on the farthest room. I was
greeted only by the sound of my own voice.

Taking a breath, I pushed open
the closest door, holding my gun out in front of me. I knew the moment I
stepped in the room that I was not alone, there was a presence in the room, a
presence in turmoil. I could almost hear the chaotic thoughts, trapped and
angry. I knew when I heard the low animalistic growl, that I had walked into
the room of one of the infected.

My shoes slipped on the floor as
I walked towards the sound, a trail of blood beneath me, as though someone had
dragged themselves to the door and shut it. I walked around the bed towards the
continued hissing, expecting the creature to come sprinting at me. But it remained
in the corner. I walked closer, and finally saw white gleaming eyes as it
stared at me, a hideous grin on its face.

It was a woman, or what was left
of a woman.

These rooms were bare compared to
the extravagant rooms below. I could only imagine the ones belowground. Logic
would say that they belonged to servants, possibly even slaves. It was clear
that even with the thick window covering the rooms would quickly get hot during
the extreme heat. It would be torturous to be forced to live up here. On a
beautiful day like this, they had all probably had their windows open, the
first to succumb to the plague that had been dropped upon us.

I almost tripped over the two
severed legs that were littered on the floor. It looked like someone had taken
an axe to them, and the brutality of the scene shocked me. Instead of dying,
the woman’s wounds had almost healed, the blood stopping its flow.

The growling increased as the
woman dragged herself by her arms towards me. Her mouth had started the rabid
chomping that seemed a telltale trait of the infected. Bloody fingers reached
for me, just as I lifted the rifle once again and placed it to the woman’s
temple, pulling the trigger with a quickly flick of my finger.

I took a closer look at the
carnage around me, the bloody legs and the limp body of the infected woman.
“Yup, looks like a Zombie to me.”

I wiped the blood from my boots
in the hallway, leaving a creepy trail of red footprints. There was one more
room before the open one at the end, and my hairs rose as I pushed open the
next door. I was greeted by silence, the room empty. Even the shutters were
closed, and from the dust on the furniture I could tell it had been some time
since anyone had been here.

I moved back out into the hall
and walked towards the last room, the light was not coming from a burning pit
but from an open window, the sun shining into the room. My trigger finger
tensed once again, concentrating on everything in front of me. The first thing
I saw was the bed, covered in blood. Another servant was there, axe marks
evident on her body.

But this one was clearly dead,
its head lying a few feet from the body.

“I doubt you will be getting up,”
I said, and that’s when I realized there was someone else in the room.

It was another woman, her hair
dark and her clothes fine. She was not some servant, but a mistress of the
house. She was young, not much older than I was, and she carried an axe that
dripped blood onto the floor as she stared at me.

 

 

Look for Rise of the
Infected


October 31st
2012


 

To learn more about
the author visit moniquemorgan.com
Welcome to the
reality of River Black

 

River Black lives in a world where only the strong survive.
The earth has changed to a brutal climate and the survivors will do anything to
live. The eastern continents unleash a biochemical weapon on their enemies, and
directly onto River’s world. She will have to leave her quiet existence in the
forest and venture to the slaver fortress and further beyond, into the deepest
part of the surviving cities. If she doesn’t die first, or rise infected…

 

Here is a chance to win signed swag and a free e-copy of
Rise of the Infected. A special thank you goes out to all the blogs
participating in the Cover Reveal Blog Tour. Rise will be released October 31st
2012.
 
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Win signed cover
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And as if that wasn’t enough here is a quick guest post by Monique on strong female characters. A topic I love!

Devil’s Wake review

It isn’t easy to review a book when you have mixed feelings about it. I am not sure how best to describe it. I prefer in my reviews to describe how a book made me feel. What it is that hooked me, the story, the characters etc.

This one took forever to grab me. I will say that part of that is my fault I have a big event in my life coming up soon and that is distracting me like crazy. Quite frustrating and hard to focus though I didn’t really feel invested in the book till about page 100 it was about half way through that I finally got into it.

It is about a group of young people who band together after a major event that turns most people into “zombies” No death and reanimation just sleep and waking to a desire to bite and eat others. Those bitten get infected and spread the virus.

I like the writing style of the husband and wife team. I think they do a great job and have a nice flow. I felt the start to be a bit boring to me and the reason for that being that zombies have been done. A lot! I read what I would consider to be the best and my most favorite zombie read this year so while it’s not fair to compare it’s also hard not to. That one hooked me from the start and freaked me the hell out this one is what I would refer to as a soft zombie read. The scare isn’t there and the characters are teens and so it was more YA and how do the kids feel not OMG RUN! It was slow to build and not original I think the start was more a get to know the characters and the zombies outbreak was used to help that along but I just wanted them to get to the action and banding together and going off and doing their thing.

I liked that the group is a bunch of delinquents who meet up with a girl who is the “nice” one. The delinquents appealed in their not being cookie cutter. I liked it wasn’t endless oh he’s so beautiful comments which really drags in YA seriously frustrating and not all pretty white boys either. Omg variety! I liked that.

Once the road trip started after everyone met up there was more action and that was when I got going in the book. The other problem I had is is the end just didn’t go anywhere. There actually was no real end. I’m not sure if a sequel is planned but I’d have liked some kind of conclusion.

It was a good read but I felt it lacked a bit. I can see it being appealing to many YA readers though so I would recommend it to a lot of people I just am one it missed on targeting.

Would I recommend it. Yes but not to hardcore zombie fans. Those who like YA and read it a lot however I think will enjoy this one.

 

What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

The last thing we talked about on the way to Portland was how pretty it is in springtime, Kendra would write in her journal later. Spring was just another season in the world’s long list of wonders I was foolish enough to take for granted.

 

What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse?
But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.