Books from January Week One
This week I am reviewing:
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The Boat: A Novella (In Caves and Catacombs Book 1) by Elle Otero
Mini Tales Fairies Key to a Journey A Retelling of a Classic by Havelah McLat
The Death Doll
Let me start off by saying, I am a sucker for zombie books, even the overly done cliché ones. However, this book brought around some new concepts and I loved it!
A small group of survivors stumble upon DiDi's larger group. Their way of life is insanely sustainable. The author has definitely doom's day prepped before. How they generate power is borderline genius!
Now I thought DiDi's big secret was just that she was a porn star before the world ended. I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is so much more than that.
Of course, in zombie apocalypses, the biggest threat is never the zombies, it's the people. The other group opposing DiDi's is a big deal and 100% raises the stakes.
My one critique for the book is that I was a little overwhelmed with characters. Of course with zombie books there has to be a lot of characters because a lot usually die. With this book, characters die, but there's still a lot of characters. Only a few had me confused who they were, but still.
Also, I am not a Rachelle fan. She's painted as a brave, smart, and all around badass character, but she still has some growing up to do. (small spoiler) Toward the end of the book she was tasked with watching the women and children in the school area and she left them because she wanted more action, then the school area gets overrun by some zombies. Perhaps this was done by choice because characters should definitely have flaws like humans, but just know I'm not her fan.
I am, however, a fan of this book! 4.5/5 stars from me and I will be reading more from this author!
This is an interesting read. The cover didn't attract me based on the genre being SFF. I think with a stronger cover, this book would do great. But for being only a $0.99 novella, it's well worth the read.
The story centers around Lindsey who is on a small sail boat floating in the sea while the world is being ravaged by a deadly virus and quickly becoming a nuclear wasteland from the government's attempt to stop the spread. She started her journey with her lover, but he contracts the virus, dies, and leaves her on her own.
At its core, this is an emotional story of survival. Lindsey must learn how to man the boat on her own, create clean water, catch food, and withstand the storms. But the water can play tricks, and the solidarity can lead to insanity.
How long can she survive?
The story is engaging. I was left turning pages until I finished because I just needed to know what would happen next. I only wish the book had been a little bit longer. Lindsey's character though was well developed in the short time we have with her and the world building isn't bad. There is much potential for this author to grow, some of the dialogue tags were a bit repetitive, however, I will be reading more form this author and I recommend this book with a 4/5 star rating.
Mini Tales Fairies
This book is cute. There that's my review.
But honestly, I think the story is very on point for the age group it is targeting. The dialogue, prose, and plot would definitely keep middle grade readers engaged. I honestly enjoyed the story myself.
The story follows, Anastasia, a fairy who lost her memory of what happened to her village. She joins up with some others and heads to Paris in search of answers.
The author does well with imagery and pacing.
There are a few formatting errors throughout the book but the overall grammar is good. The cover appears hand drawn which adds to the cuteness but gives the book a less professional look. This works since the book is offered for free so it's worth the read if you're wanting something light.
I give the book a 3.5/5 stars and I will be checking out the author's other books.
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