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Alice in Deadland

Alice in Deadland written by Mainak Dhar took me by total surprise.  Yes this is another Alice in wonderland style of book.  But they are so good! As you can tell this year has been all about going down the rabbit hole, in many different ways and styles.  So without further ado, here is my review.

Alice is a 15-year-old girl that grows up in the Zombie Apocalypse in India near Delhi.  She sees a biter and follows him down a hole in the ground, only to discover a who new world, oh and the zombie is wearing bunny ears.  After being captured by the biter, she is taken to the Queen of the Biters, Dr. Protima who after being bitten herself takes one of the only vaccines and becomes a half-breed.  Alice doesn’t believe what she is seeing or hearing, as the Queen tells her that she will be the one to bring peace to both sides.  We find out that the biters can actually co-exist with humans.  that they are more like animals than mindless cannibals.

“Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as its legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.” (Good Reads)

This one was a little hard for me to get into in the beginning, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down.  This is the first book in the trilogy, although Mainak Dhar’s website shows many many more than just three.  Any who.  I really like this.  It was similar to the others that I had read, but different in so many ways.  The other books are all about destruction of the zombies and this is about co-existing with them.  There are a lot of political ties to the issues we are currently having (China wanting to take over the world, terrorist groups, cults, etc.), which I think for a book that is geared towards young adults and teens is a good thing because I think everyone needs to be aware of what is happening around the world.

Some of my favorite quotes from this novel include:

“She looked back at the child again, and this time his eyes met hers.  There was no innocence, no love, just the blank, hate-filled expression that was characteristic of biters….”

“When people are scared enough, they begin to accept any form on tyranny because unquestioning obedience to unknown masters is better than facing known dangers.”

I really liked this book, not just because it was Alice in Wonderland styled, but because it was different, way different from all of the other books that I have read.  I would like to give this book four stars of five.  And I starting the next one as soon as this goes live.


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Be sure to check out Mainak Dhar’s website here, for other titles and updates!  If you have read this book, let me know what your thoughts were on it.  Did you like it or not?  Why, and what were your favorite parts.  I think after I finish this trilogy I am reading The Cubicle Manifesto….It just sounds so good!

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ OR FINISHED THE MAZE RUNNER PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER.

I have finally finished the second book in The Maze Runner Series.  And OMG!!!!!!  Totally amazing.

This book picks up where the first left off with the Gladers out of the maze and sleeping in a bunker with a bunch of people who have just rescued them.  What they don’t know is that all of this is planned.  The people who rescued them, as we later find out are working with WICKED and this is just the next part of this whole test.  So the Gladers wake up to a bunch of racket in the middle of the night and discover that there are a bunch of people trying to fight their way into the building.  These people we later find out are infected with The Flare.  The Flare is a disease that was left over from the solar flare that killed most of the population of earth.  When you get it you basically go insane.  There is a cure but only the most powerful and rich people can afford to get it and so those that are without either of those they are sent to what is called the scorch, an abandoned city.

This is where the Gladers and Group B come in.  They are given a two-week deadline to get to the safe haven in the scorch in order to receive the cure for the flare.  Our favorite people are put to the test again and again.  We meet new people who turn out to be promising characters as other characters are betrayed by those closest to them.

The book once again ends of a cliff hanger with an internal memo from the head of WICKED about what is to come.

This series so far is riveting.  I am hooked within the first page and find that I have a hard time putting it down.  It is well written and keep the audience occupied and captured in the stories.  At times I can put myself into the body of the character and go what he goes through.  Like when they are hurt or truly feeling betrayed.

I recommend that if you have not yet read this book or series that you do so.  It is a good read and one that I throughly enjoyed reading…my next book is The Death Cure, the next book in the series.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

If you haven’t already guessed it, this book review is about Cassandra Clare’s World of Mortal Instruments, particularly Book One: City of Bones.  I have already read all of the five books in the series thus far, but because of the upcoming movie, I thought I would reread them and wrote a book review for all of you.  So without further ado, let get into it! Oh, by the way, the picture on top is what the original cover looks like, and the one at the end is what the movie copy looks like!

So yeah. Taken from the back of the book, this is a little about the book:

“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.

But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….”

So this book is amazing.  It has action, love, friendship, betrayal, and of course everyone’s favorite the paranormal side of life, meaning everything from vampires to fare folk.

I first picked up this book right around the time that the first Twilight Movie came out and I could not for the life of me put it down.  I think I finished it in about a day and a half over Thanksgiving Break.  I absolutely fell in love with it in the first chapter.

So basically the story revolves around a teenage girl named Clarissa Fray or Clary.  She and her best friend Simon go to this club in NYC called Pandemonium and are forever changed.  It is there that she meets her future, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood and Jace Wayland.  Clary discovers that she is of another world, she is a Shadowhunter, keeper of the accords and protector of the human race.  Her mother is taken captive by a father she never knew existed.  Her Uncle Luke is a Werewolf.  She is thrust into the care of Jace and his family in order to save her mother.

The more time she spends with Jace, the more she falls in love with him.  But the more she falls for him, the more Simons heart breaks.

This is a book that I highly recommend this book for those that are looking for a little excitement and want a jaw dropping  on the edge of your seat experience.

You can pick it up just about anywhere at this point.  Have fun, and let me know in the comments below if you read it and what are your thoughts on it!

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The Night Circus

I have never really read anything by Erin Morgenstern, so this is my first review of this particular author.  I picked this book up back in January and I have recently finished it.  It usually doesn’t take me five months to finish a book, but with my busy schedule, it has been almost impossible to do any kind of recreational reading.  And now that the summer is here, there is no stopping me!!! 🙂

So The Night Circus is set it the late 1800s early 1900s.  It is about a Circus, It is called Le Cirque des Rêves.  Or the Circus of Dreams.  There you will find a world of colorless wonderment.  The circus is entirely clad in black and white.  There are so many different tents and performers that are in the circus.  It comes and goes unannounced, and the best part is that it is only open at night.

This story is about two young people unknowingly bound to one another, their job is simple.  Win the Challenge.  Celia and Marco are the two main characters in the story.  They are both illusionists, so to speak.

The review:  This is an amazing book.  I absolutely love the plot and the style of writing.  I found my self immersed in each and every character.  The ending was not what I had expected to happen.  An unusual twist, but a good and welcomed one at that.

I actually had this book on my list.  The saying that “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” is one that I live my life by.  Especially when it comes to books, and this one is no exception.  Generally when I am shopping for books to read, I like to read the first few pages to see if it will catch my attention and it really is something that I want to read.  This one caught my attention right away.  Why you ask.  Well it is really simple, there are several chapters in which if you read like I do, then you are “magically” transformed into the book.  Erin Morgenstern wrote several chapters that are talking to the reader. An Example?

“You are amongst them, of course.  Your curiosity got the better of you, as curiosity is wont to do.  You stand in the fading light, the scarf around your neck pulled up against the chilly evening breeze, waiting to see for yourself exactly what kind of circus only opens once the sun set.” (Erin Morgenstern Pages 3-4)

Now seriously, how awesome is that, I don’t know that I have really ever read a book like this.  And to be honest with you, it is now on my favorites list.  This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone.  I don’t know that I would really classify it as a book for young adult audiences, simple because it is a book that a lot of my friends have found and loved.  So I definitely recommend this book to everyone