Genre: Post-Apocalyptic


Jun 17
Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts might be my favorite book of 2014 (so far).  It’s certainly in my top 5.  Before I discuss the book, I have to discuss the synopsis.  I feel like I’ve been complaining about synopses a lot recently, usually because they don’t reflect the tone of the book.  This is probably the most egregious example.  The synopsis is written as though a very young child with a very limited vocabulary is speaking.  You would rightfully… Read more »


Apr 09
Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Let’s start off by talking about the ending of The Forever Song, the last book in the Blood of Eden trilogy.  It ended perfectly, without an ounce of surprise, with every character’s fate wrapped up exactly as you’d expect.  That’s not a complaint, because it was all immensely satisfying.  Less satisfying, however, was the middle section of this book, which felt bloated and repetitive. OK, now let’s back up to the beginning.  Allie is in just as much shock as… Read more »


Mar 30
Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One of my favorite things about the post-apocalyptic genre is learning about the events that caused the apocalypse.  That never happens in The Rule of Three.  Of course, there are valid reasons why we may never receive that information. (Call me a greedy reader for wanting it anyway.)  In The Rule of Three, some unknown catastrophe causes all computers and electronic equipment to shut down.  This affects expected devices like cell phones and water pumps, but also modern cars that… Read more »


Dec 04
Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

I have not yet read For Darkness Shows the Stars, the first book in this series, but since Across a Star-Swept Sea was described as a companion novel rather than a sequel, I decided to dive in.  Perhaps this resulted in some details that I didn’t fully appreciate, but I never felt lost.  A big factor in this was that there was a great deal of repetition, particularly around the genetic engineering elements of the plot.  Although I didn’t love this… Read more »


Nov 07
Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Note: This review will contain spoilers from Poison Princess, the first book in the series. The Arcana Chronicles series reads like a mystical version of The Hunger Games.  That’s not a bad thing here.  Usually when I compare a book to The Hunger Games, it doesn’t fare well in comparison.  But Kresley Cole manages to keep the whole teenagers-out-to-slaughter-each-other thing fresh by having them embody the characters on Tarot cards. Evie is the Empress, and she is completely transformed from… Read more »


Oct 06
Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

I had very high expectations for Frozen.  I love Las Vegas, and I love post-apocalyptic stories, and the combination of the two was irresistible.  I’ve already had a great experience with the video game,  Fallout: New Vegas, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic (you guessed it) Las Vegas.  But the story in Frozen couldn’t even measure up to the story in the video game. My first inkling that I might be in for some trouble came right at the outset… Read more »


Sep 27
Fun With Limericks: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Fun With Limericks: Inhuman by Kat Falls

This is my third round of “Fun With Limericks,” a (hopefully) fun way of dealing with books I didn’t finish, or I finished, but for whatever reason, I felt I could not write a proper review.  In the first go-round, I had a little fun with The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.  Next up was Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. Today, I bring you a limerick for Inhuman by Kat Falls.  I actually did finish… Read more »


Sep 16
Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Kira and Rogan are strangers forcibly thrown into a deadly “game” called Countdown.  They must complete a series of tasks, each within a pre-determined time limit.  Complete the task and move on, or fail it and be killed.  Some of the tasks are puzzle-like, and others are designed to test their morality.  It sounds like an interesting premise, but everything fell apart quickly. Kira is informed that Rogan murdered and dismembered nine young women.  Any reader will know that this… Read more »