Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Girl's Guide To Falling In Love With A Zombie


A Girl's Guide to Falling In Love With A Zombie
Richard Denney
Paperback/e-Book
Expected publication: March 22nd 2011 by RD
Free until March 22nd @ GoodReads

Rebecca Willis is a 17 year old survivor of a zombie pandemic who’s still in love with her high school crush Lance Tanner, who just happens to be be a zombie. But when things begin to threaten her ties with Lance she must choose over saving her own life & the lives of her friends or saving her zombie.(With a pop of comedy, horror, romance & suspense! Debut Author Richard Denney takes you to a new zombie-level with the first book in the two part series!)

I have never read anything like this and I am quite impressed! I love zombie movies and zombie video games and have heard the zombie premise twisted and spun in every way possible, but not this way! The idea is definitely unique. 

Rebecca is having a hard time letting go of her crush Lance who is now a zombie and I felt sad along beside her. I felt like Lance was more than just a crush to Rebecca, but also a reminder of how life used to be before the zombie pandemic. It's almost like she feels she will let go of any hope that life will go back to the way it used to be if she lets go of Lance. I don't know if that is how we are meant to perceive Rebecca's relationship or lack thereof with Lance, but I know that if I were in that situation I would want to keep something around to remind me of my old life. It's like the question we ask our friends, "Would you shoot your mom if she turned into a zombie?" It's a hard decision.  

There are bits of humor here and there which brings a bit of fun to the whole ordeal. One of my favorite funny passages from the book is:

“ Mee uhh graantttmm,” he says. I smile. That’s the first time he’s ever spoken to me as a zombie.



I just imagined this in my head and laughed. Poor Rebecca! I don't want to give away anything else, so good read it! It's definitely worth it. The sequel, A Girl's Guide To Breaking Up With A Zombie will be out in the Fall of 2011. 


Richard Denny is a debut author and can be found on YouTube @ Devvour Book Reviews and his blog at Devvour Book Reviews & More. Download the e-book of A Girl's Guide to Falling In Love With A Zombie on GoodReads. The book will be published and available for purchase on March 22nd. 


I give this book 5 out of 5 book geeks.

Monday, January 24, 2011

No Name-Calling Week (January 24th - 28th)


I learned from Jessica over at Confessions of a Bookaholic  that today marks the beginning of No Name-Calling week. I visited www.nonamecallingweek.org and read more about this cause and it is something that I absolutely have to support. The following information is located in the FAQ section on nonamecallingweek.org.

WHAT IS NO NAME-CALLING WEEK?


No Name-Calling Week (NNCW) is an annual opportunity for students to discuss their experiences and feelings towards name-calling and bullying in schools. No Name-Calling Week 2011 will be held from January 24-28. Every year thousands of educators conduct NNCW activities in the classroom. Visit www.nonamecallingweek.org for more information or to get activity ideas for your school. 



THE HISTORY OF THE NO NAME-CALLING WEEK PROJECT

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits" by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the "Gang of Five" (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. Though they lose the election, they win the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a "No Name-Calling Day" at school.


Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during the week of March 1-5, 2004. This year, No Name-Calling Week will take place the week of January 24-28, 2011. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.


HOW CAN WE HELP!?



It's easy! Grab a button to put on your blog or site or create your own blog post about this great cause. We must spread awareness of bullying to prevent it. It existed when my parents were in school, it existed when I was in school, and it still exists today. I have nieces and nephew still in middle school/high school and I am going to forward the lesson plan information to their schools in hopes to at least educate the schools that there are resources for anti-bullying. I can't control if they don't do anything with the information, but we have to at least try and spread the word.

Aces Up


Aces Up
Lauren Barnholdt
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers August, 2010



Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.
 
When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
 
Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?
 
This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
 
This is the first title I have read from author Lauren Barnholdt from an ARC Tour over at Good Golly Miss Molly. The story could've really gone anywhere given the title and summary on the back of the book. We have all been under the weight of financial turmoil at some point in our lives. Many of us are right now. I personally stay in financial turmoil, being that I'm a college student and would have no problem playing poker if it involved winning money. Except for the fact I don't know squat about poker. It's certainly not hard to imagine what it would feel like to suddenly have the opportunity to do something about not having money. When Shannon is pulled into a trap and asked if she'd like to join Aces Up, an underground poker playing network, I rooted for Shannon to get as far away from the tangles of lies that she had built. I just knew that Cole was going to eventually kill her and we'd find Shannon in a garbage can somewhere. It looked like disaster waiting to happen, but instead of turning into a true crime or murder mystery, the author Lauren let us into a sexy and playful world of gambling but also taught us the dangers. I'm going to stick to eating ramen noodles.


I give this book four out of five book geeks.



The Demon Girl


The Demon Girl 
Penelope Fletcher
ebook, Smashwords, 191 pages
Published October 7th 2010
Free on Smashwords 




Rae Wilder has problems. Plunged into a world of dark magic, fierce creatures and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. Rae finds herself beaten up, repeatedly, and forced to make a choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control. 

The Demon Girl is worth your time. I'll come right out and say the flaws now. The editing in this read is not very good. There are misspellings, grammar mistakes, and the like but not to the point where it takes away from the story. I believe that the editing is so poor because of the fact that it is an ebook on smashwords and just needs to be put into the hands of someone to do the work. When I read I get caught up in the characters so its not something I linger on. What really made this story work is how interesting the mix is between fairy, demon, witch, and vampire. The connection that Rae has with both her newly founded fairy companion and a vampire kept me reading past all the editing issues. I enjoyed Rae as a strong female character and had no problem relating to her. I will be looking forward to Penelope Fletcher's next installment in this series which should be out around September of this year.

I give this book 3 out of 5 book geeks.



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! This is just a quick update. I am still around and still reading! I have tons of books to review and I am going to begin posting YouTube videos again as well. My main PC is down and I haven't been really able to do much, but it should be repaired within the next two weeks. I have had some personal things come up - my own illness and a death in the family, but it is a new year and I am working on getting back on track! Thank you to everyone who continues to come to this page, I will be posting again soon!