I do apologise in advance as I have to admit my last two books this month were shorter than what I would normally read, but to be fair I didn’t realise how short they were until I started reading the series.
Here is the list 🙂
|18 – Apr 27 – May 4||Sometimes a Rogue||Putney, Mary Jo|
|The Maze Runner||Dashner, James|
|Married with Zombies||Petersen, Jesse|
|22 – May 26 – Jun 1||Craved||Rice, Morgan|
Part of the reason I designed and set this task for myself this year was to force me to read books that I wouldn’t normally read as well as books I keep meaning to read, but somehow never get around to reading. Most of the books I read this month fall into one of these categories.
Sometimes a Rogue – Mary Jo Putney
I’m not going to lie; it took me a while to try a “Romance” novel. Why? Because whenever I have read them in the past it was the same story every time, just in different settings with different names; damsel has bad thing happen to her such as getting kidnapped, often the leading man is the kidnapper, but he is misunderstood, he falls for the captive she gets what I always amounted to be Stockholm syndrome AKA falls in love with him too and somehow everything works out after they almost break up a few times. Oh and sometimes for a plot twist she falls pregnant, but doesn’t tell him for some reason. So as you can imagine I went into this with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised… apparently romance novels sometimes have a damsel who has a spine? The female character Sarah did get kidnapped, but she fought her kidnappers, dressed as a boy to elude them once she had escaped, slept in barns, survived a huge storm at sea during which the boat split into a million pieces, saved the male protagonist and protected his land by shooting invaders. Like I said, pleasantly surprised.
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Finally I got to this book, it has been on my “To Read” list for ages! This novel came out in 2009 and can I just say that it certainly stood up to (and in many cases far exceeded) the quality of YA fiction coming out at that time. I really enjoyed it and will likely see the movie when it comes out later this year, mainly because I am interested to see the Grievers brought to life 🙂 I have already put a hold on the prequel and sequel at the Library, there are a couple of holds on them though so I may be in for a wait 😦
Married with Zombies – Jesse Petersen
If you are looking for a gruesome hard-hitting Zombie novel this is not the book for you. I enjoyed this book, I actually laughed out loud a few times and really liked the chapter titles as you went along which combined surviving the Zombie apocalypse with lessons from their marriage counsellor. I liked the offbeat humour in this novel and particularly enjoyed where they sat down and had a conversation about all the movies they had seen to try and put together a list of how to possibly kill Zombies. I also had to laugh when they were filling up on gas and the husband started stealing all the cigarettes because he thought they could be used to trade for goods later on. It was also nice to have a bit of realism in that the power, water and internet didn’t automatically stop because there were Zombies. Worth a read… I am trying to track down the sequel.
Resurrected & Craved – Morgan Rice
These books are the first two in a YA series by Morgan Rice, they were ok for a Vampire Novel and would likely be snapped up by the target audience, but for someone that grew up on
Anne Rice (quite literally I was reading her novels in my early teens) I was a bit underwhelmed. The characters were pretty well developed for a YA novel and Morgan definitely has the teen-speak down – meaning I have like never seen so many “likes” in one page in like any book in like ever… like.
And so we go into June… so many books… so little time.
June 4th, 2014 at 11:23 pm
So glad you read the Maze Runner (and probably at the exact same time I did!), The Scorch Trials is just as intense. I’m currently on The Death Cure now. Just inhaling them at the moment. I admire your dedication towards this task!
June 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I have been really enjoying it, especially when I am forcing myself to tackle genres I normally steer away from 🙂
June 13th, 2014 at 10:49 pm
My students love The Maze Runner. I’ve read it and liked it ok…I was frustrated because the author didn’t describe the maze monster very well. It was a very intriguing idea, though. I do love dystopian fiction. I love zombie fiction so I may have to try Married with Zombies. 🙂
June 14th, 2014 at 9:39 am
I know what you mean about the grievers, I did wonder if that was done so they could be left to your imagination so you could think of the worst. I am interested to see how they are interpreted on screen when they release the movie.
If you are looking for hard hitting Zombie fiction then you won’t enjoy it, it’s definitely more about the relationship and some of the stuff they did I sat there and thought yup I’d do that hahaha. I hope you enjoy it.
July 8th, 2014 at 12:21 am
This is really interesting!!! I haven’t heard of most of these books and it’s nice you’re giving books you normally wouldn’t pick up a chance 🙂 good luck!
July 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am
Thank you! It started out with me actually wanting to read this year, many people think that being a Librarian means you read books all day, but the truth is last year I read maybe 10 books 😦 Then I decided to try new things as a rule this year and brought that over to my book challenge as well.
Morgan Rice is apparently a best-seller, but I was disappointed in the books.
The Maze Runner series is advertised as being perfect for fans of the Hunger Games. I have just finished reading the rest of the series and it is really, really good!