Sunday, December 8, 2013

In the After by Demitria Lunetta Review

Title: In the After
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Published: June 25th 2013

Goodreads synopsis:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

My thoughts:

In the After is really fun to read. I love Demitria Lunetta's writing. There is something about it that's raw and enticing. I love Amy's and Baby's relationship. Amy save Baby as a toddler and raise her for years. It's almost like a mother and daughter relationship. The first part of the book was fantastic and the rest of the story is just amazing. I really enjoy the post apocalyptic setting where humans are being killed by crazy aliens and the girls have to live in the world by making as little sound as she can because the aliens will attack you if they hear them make the slightest sound. It's like a zombie movie but replace the zombies with aliens. There's also a growth in Amy's character from a vulnerable teenage girl to a tough butt kicking heroine. She's trying to live her life the best she can with Baby and they would go and salvage any food that's left in the desolated world.

Another cool thing is that the girls are able to communicate to each other through sign language. They were able to adapt to what's left of the world and live on. And then not so good stuff happens that will take them leave their comfort zone. I don't want to spoil the story but a lot of crazy things happen. We'll get to see if Amy's parents are alive or not. We'll get to find out where the aliens came from and why are they killing people and the society that's left after the alien invasion. This series is a duology so there's one more book that will tie up the story together. I'd definitely recommend In the After for people who wanted to read a sci-fi book about surviving post alien invasion world that is griping, fun, and fast pace.

Updates..So What Happened Last Month?


Hi everyone. How are you? It’s a few weeks before Christmas. I think 2013 is just going by so fast. November was a busy month for me. Once again I was having a difficulty finishing NaNoWriMo. I was unable to achieve my NaNoWriMo challenge this year T0T but I learned a lot from it. It’s really hard to write a 50,000 words novel in a month. The story I wanted to write ended up changing each week and the genre I chose to write about got shifted from contemporary YA to sci-fi YA unconsciously >o<. Therefore, I’ll keep the draft I’ve written and work on it in the future. The second and third week was hard because I couldn’t come up with any good ideas. This means I need to read more books and watch more films to get more inspiration. Maybe when I get some editing done, I’ll post a few chapters up for you all to read. Reading-wise.. I finished one book and I started three more. I have that habit of reading multiple books at the same time, which is not good at all. A few reviews will be posted up this month so be sure to look out for them. I also went to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last weekend and the movie was awesome. I love the casts and the story. It was just so good. There were some teary moments for me during the Victory Tour. I did finish reading Catching Fire earlier this year so now I really want to finish reading Mockingjay to see how it all ends.

On other note, I'm planing to finish Insurgent soon since Allegiant came out and I also want to know how it ends. In addition, I got my hands on two novellas: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi and No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige. I’m halfway through both of the novella so their review will pop up in the near future.

Lastly, a lot of my reading time this month got spent on reading lots of manga. I finish reading the last few volumes of Air Gear by Oh Great! which I adored. It's so much fun. I also caught up to Magi:Labyrinthe of Magic. This has become another of my favorite manga. I can talk all day about manga but these were two of the favorite manga I read last month.

If you would like to read more posts about anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture, please feel free to check out my other blog called Inside the Shell. Check it out --> here

I'd totally love to post manga reviews on this blog too but it goes along better with the Inside the Shell blog.

That's it for now and have a happy holidays. Happy Reading.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga Review

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Published: April 3rd 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

My thoughts:

This book is awesome. I really love how Barry Lyga made Jazz's character on the borderline of good and evil. Jazz had an identity crisis and tries really hard to not be like his father, a serial killer. His best friend, Howie, is funny and a hemophiliac who gets to tag along in Jazz's crazy adventure. His girlfriend Connie is a strong female character that complement Jazz really well. The story has Jazz and Howie investigate series of death that is similar to Jazz's father's killings. People close to him are being targeted and the police wouldn't pay attention to Jazz's theory of a copycat killer. Then later the police was able to get him involve and that's where more fun begins. I enjoy the stories and I had a hunch of who the killer was. I'd definitely recommend this book to people who like murder mystery. There may be a few gruesome scenes but not too gory. It's always nice to have a protagonist who is in the grey area between good and evil. Be warn that the end of I Hunt Killers will leave you wanting to find out what happens next. I'd definitely continue reading this series.