Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Darkness

Why have I not been posting as often?  Reading as often?  Well my friends, I have developed a bit of an obsession that has consumed all my time lately.  If it is not sitting at home watching all the DVDs then it is spending hours on Pinterest in the Geek category looking for pictures and videos of it.  Yep, that's right, I have become a Whovian!

Sadly though, I am all caught up and have no more episodes to watch :(  Boo for me but I bet my books are glad because that means I finally have time for them!  I was finally able to finish Beautiful Darkness, the sequel to Beautiful Creatures.  Started it forever ago, but as I have already said, the Doctor became numero uno for a while ;)

I liked this book a lot but felt it lacked some of the fascination that was present in the first book.  I think that's why it was so easy to set aside and become obsessed with the Doctor.  I found it wasn't holding my interest as much as the first book.  It could be that this book was so predictable!  Almost everything that should have been an OMG moment I had already figured out chapters sooner.  It is still a really good series and I will definitely continue to read it, I just hope the third book is better than the second.

I guess I should stop there and actually give you some more details about the story.  Obviously I can't tell you too much, SPOILERS!  Okay I just cracked myself up at that but unless you are a Whovian then I just look like a crazy person.  Bad Mindy!  No more Doctor Who references!  Back to the story.  In this book Lena has started to distance herself from Ethan.  He is just too much of a painful reminder of what happened in book one.  Even though the story is from Ethan's point of view, we spent so much of book one reading dialogue between him and Lena that it felt she was very much part of the story.  Since they are apart most of the second book, it is difficult to even remember Lena.  This book is so much more about Ethan and his role in the caster world.  Which is awesome, but we have no flippin clue what is going on with Lena.  I guess it makes sense though.  Ethan feels the same way so why shouldn't we be lost as well?  The thing I did really like about this book is you get even more into how bad-ass Amma is!  Definitely one you want on your side.  I do wish the book had more Marian.  She became one of my favorite characters in the first book and I missed her in this one.  At the end of the book, and the way it ended, I almost told myself, "Well that could have happened at the end of the first book so why didn't they just do it then?"  I guess we will see if it all picks up in book three.  Unfortunately I have some other books I really want to get to now, so book three will have to wait.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alice in Zombieland

Have you ever had that one author that you loved and you had to get every book they wrote?  Gena Showalter is one of this authors.  So of course when I saw Alice in Zombieland at Target I just had to pick it up.  Perfect too because it got me through a scary-ass plane ride!  I hate flying and usually take my nook with me.  Problem with that, you have to turn it off before the plane takes off and can't turn it back on until the plane reaches a certain altitude.  I was at LAX and already had to change planes thanks to a mechanical error and was delayed thanks to the lightning hitting the runway.  The minute I got on the new plane I buried my nose in this book and did not look up until we landed.  Focusing on it made me not think about how much I hate flying or about the turbulence we went through.

With that being said, talk about an awesome story!  My zombie love hasn't really expanded past the movie Zombieland and I don't watch The Walking Dead, so I was worried a zombie book would keep me up at night (I sometimes have zombie dreams for no reason at all).  Thank goodness this book was a lot of plot and background and not so much zombies.  Since it follows the storyline of Alice in Wonderland, I kept waiting for her to fall down a hole and end up in a world overrun by zombies.  I kept waiting for Zombieland meets The White Rabbit.  It didn't happen this way but I liked the way it did play out.  For example, Alice meets a girl names Kat.  Hello!  Cheshire Cat alert!  Little things like that would happen and I would try to figure out the connection.  Sadly, at the beginning of the story, Alice does not believe in the monsters her father always warns her about (zombies).  In fact, she doesn't even find out until half way through the book that they are zombies.  Fine by me, because that means not very many descriptions of rotting flesh until that point.  A certain tragedy leaves Alice all alone and she must go through life trying to figure out if the monsters she saw are real or is she as crazy as her dad?  Eventually she finds others like her and we get the zombie 101 story.  It is really interesting how everything pans out and eventually I stopped trying to compare it to a Wonderland
 story line and enjoyed it for what it was.  Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.