The Dangerous Days Series–Baileigh Higgins

To be honest when I started reading this I thought it would be a cheap rip off of Dawn of the Dead, the first zombie scene with the woman trapped in the bathroom with her zombie husband outside the door wanting her brains for breakfast, I was almost ready to throw it aside within the first few pages but then it really picked up.

Set in South Africa, the three book series and prequel, follows the story of a small group of people who’s lives are changed in moments. This is a high speed, edge of your seat series. Even the inevitable romances are often fraught with danger. Nothing is set in stone in a zombie apocalypse.

I did find it a bit to co-incidental at times, I mean what are the chances of just running into so many people you know, in a large area, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? I mean it could happen, if you had made a plan in advance but to just happen, and not once but quite a number of times? A bit unlikely but possible I suppose. And even with this flaw I found the whole series to be constantly exciting and interesting and I really have to say it, a nice change of scene, you read enough books set in America they start running together. Though to be honest, I expected more lions and wild life but that is just me stereotyping again lol. A zombie lion? hmmm no thanks.

Ok enough of the sidebar, there is a great range of characters here, my own favorite being Logan, the rugged loner more used to dealing with animals than people, who has a secret heart of gold for all his rough and tough manly man ways. He is a complex character with a dark past and very well written. Another unexpected favorite was Michael, but you will need to read the books to find out more about this deep and deadly character. Some of the characters acted in a completely expected way but some were just so surprising that you don’t see it coming. It really does keep the storyline fresh all the way through the series.

There are a wide range of directions taken in the books to, its not all about just surviving the zombies, there has to be other big bads right? so in the true tradition of the Walking Dead (would somebody just kill Negan already, its getting boring!) Our heroes have to face some truly vile people and save some desperate and traumatized people. But goodness should always prevail, it should but it doesn’t always. this is the zompoc in South Africa, anything is possible when so many cultures come together in one place.

I really enjoyed this series, for all its expected moments there are enough unexpected ones to make it a good solid series and you know I only review the books I enjoy and are happy to recommend. So next time your browsing Amazon for something new, look up The Dangerous Days series and let me know what you think.

Happy reading

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Monday Muse on a Tuesday

Once again, well the first time in ages actually I am stealing Monday Muse for the Purple Booker and, since we are a day ahead down here, my Monday muse is on a Tuesday Smile

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Random Question: Why did you become a reader?

How could I resist such a question? Why did I become a reader? I have always been a reader, I learnt to read before I learnt to write my own name. One of my earliest memories is my middle brother, who is 4 1/2 years older than me, sitting me down and showing me his school book. I must have been no more than 3 at the time. The words and the pictures fascinated me and the fascination has never left.

Being a reader is just a part of me, like the freckles and the glasses. I can’t imagine not having a book to snuggle up with when I got to bed.

A better question for me would be why am I still a reader. That’s simple, to escape this hum drum world and have endless adventures. With my ever increasing disabilities and lack of mobility, I will never get the chance to travel and be completely free, so I read, not only is it an awesome distraction from pain but every new book is a chance for a new adventure.

So now I hand the torch, who will next in the Monday Muse challenge. And don’t forget to stop by and see the Purple Booker, she has a fantastic blog.

Happy Reading

RAgirl

Monday Musing on a Tuesday Night

I follow a blog from a blogger that calls herself The Purple Booker and every week she posts a Monday Muse posting that has a set of questions that are basically the same each week,

I’m currently reading…Soft Target – Iain Rob Wright
Up next I think I’ll read…An Assassins Tool – T U Darby
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…None, I’m trying to get through the back log of books on my kindle before I get any more
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…The book I just finished which I will be reviewing on Thursday
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…I don’t get upset about books, annoyed sometimes but not upset
I can’t wait to get a copy of…The latest addition to the Flowers vs Zombies series by Perrin Briar
I wish I could read the new Cassandra Clare book, but…its $12.28 usd, way to much for an ebook if you ask me.
I blogged about  nothing because I am incredibly slack this past week…Sorry, I need to get my act together and stop wasting so much time playing games.

Every week there is a random question, this weeks random question is: What do you do with your non keeper hard copy books?

I was pondering this question while starring blankly at my bookcase full of hard covered books that haven’t been moved since I moved into the house 3 years ago, except for the occasional dust around of course lol. Sometimes I look at them and think I should hand them on to someone who would appreciate them but then I read through the titles and can’t find a single one I would want to give away. I may be a kindle user now but there is something about holding a well bound hardcover book that just makes me feel happy. To me, each of the books in my collection are part of my journey and are precious. Last time I moved I sorted all the books in my overflowing bookcase and gave away a huge box full to my son’s (now ex) girlfriend, including my Twilight collection (yes I know, disgusting to admit but I really did quite enjoy the books…right up until the movies came out and ruined them lol.) but I would never part with my Raymond E Feist series, I have nearly all his books in hardback, well I did until my darling son started stealing them every time he comes home lol. But at least they are going to a good home so I don’t mind too much. I am giving him a Kindle for Christmas so maybe I will get them back lol.

So what do you do with your non keeper hardbacks? Do you keep them anyway, or do you give them away? Leave me a comment and let me know.

I do have another book review for you. I’ll post it on Thursday if my daughter will give me enough computer time, school holidays again which means a fight to see who can hog the computer the longest. Time she got her own I think, maybe Santa will bring her one, just so I can reclaim mine and get rid of all these dayum games she’s installed. She is a gamer girl and a complete geek, I am so proud of her, now if I could just get her into read more and loving Doctor Who I would be in nerd parent bliss lol.

have a great week one and all and watch for that post on Thursday, I have just finished the most interesting book, you’re going to love it.

thoughts on a Saturday night

This is just a random post, no book review tonight, to tired to think to much tonight but not quite ready to go to bed.

I have been doing a lot of art journaling lately, pretty much its a daily thing and has become a bit of an obsession. There is a lot of mix media art involved and when it comes to mixed media nothing is safe from becoming part of my projects, well at least that what I thought until earlier this week. I decided I need some old book pages on a page I was working on and since I have a book case (and several boxes) of old books that get neglected since I use a kindle now so I pulled out on that is pretty tatty, well loved I call it and I flicked through and thought I could use a few of the lose pages but I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t pull apart the book.

It suddenly dawned on me that I loved that book and if I pulled it apart it would be like ripping up an old friend. The book was written by the late great David Eddings, Book 5 of the Belgariad series which was one of my very favorite series for a long long time. To me there are three great fantasy writers

  1. Raymond E Feist
  2. David Eddings
  3. Anne McCaffrey

you may argue with that and that’s fine, share your favorites with me, theses three have been in my list of favorite authors of all time forever and some of the few writers who I have read everything they have written and loved it all. I still have so many of their books that I can’t bear to part with, though I did hand on my love of books to my middle child and he did steal a few of Feist’s Magician series when he went away to university, the wee thief lol. Actually I didn’t mind at all, its so good to see the next generation develop a love for reading, so few of them have that passion and they don’t know what they are missing. btw my son is 25 and I know some of my followers are in the age group and I say to you…share your love of books, encourage your friends to read, let them escape into the worlds you love.

And now I am burbling so it must be time for bed, but first I need to get the paint off my fingers and put this book back where it belongs, even if I never read it again, its not going anywhere.

Have a fab weekend everyone. Happy reading.

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things – Martina McAtee

17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together. – taken from Amazon

I have to admit to the fact that it was the title of this book that drew me to it, its a fantastic title for a book don’t you think?

but it was the story line that kept me reading. a very unusual book in that the heroine is a supernatural that is normally feared, she is a reaper, a gatherer of souls that can talk to the dead. having spent most of her life in hiding after a mysterious event from her childhood that she cannot remember. living with the father she thought to be an abusive alcoholic and knowing nothing of the magic inside her, Ember has grown up thinking she was weird, she had an affinity with the dead, spending more time in the cemeteries’ of New Orleans than she did in a classroom. she works part time in a funeral home, a strange job for a teenage girl but suitable for Ember.

When her father dies, Ember finds herself suddenly flooded with a strange power that scares her. It is during her fathers funeral she meets a mysterious stranger who at once scares her and attracts her. He has been sent to watch her, though at the time she doesn’t know this, but the boy doesn’t know what to make of this unusual girl.

There are so many twists in the plot of this story that it draws you in, never knowing what will happen next or who the real enemies are. it’s not something I would normally read but I enjoyed it, it was good to read something different and I love unusual storylines.

7/10 only because there was a few twists that where a bit obvious.

happy reading

The Omega Protocol- Courtney McPhail

In 2017, the course of human history was forever altered. A cataclysmic event, which would come to be known simply as The Infection, swept across the globe. The world population was decimated and civilization as it was known came to an end.
All Malcolm Evans wants is to find his sister and her kids and get them some place safe. As an ex-CIA agent, he finds himself in the role of leader of a ragtag group of survivors heading to a promised sanctuary in the Great Lakes.
Veronica Alpert spent her childhood preparing for the end of the world, thanks to her paranoid survivalist father. Little did she know that decades later, her father’s eccentricities would prepare her and her siblings to survive in this new world…especially when tragic circumstances tear the family apart.
Jackson Webber had always been seen as no good white trash. Good people crossed the road when they saw him coming. So, how he ended up saddled with the care of two orphaned girls, he had no damn clue. Last things these little girls need is a screw-up like him looking out for them. Course, at the end of the world, it ain’t like they got many other choices. (taken from Amazon)

A group of unlikely heroes find themselves thrown together and fighting to survive. They have a place to go, a sanctuary set up by the CIA on an island in the Great Lakes. It’s a long way through dangerous territory where rabid freaks aren’t the only thing they have to worry about. If they make it there is no guarantee that the sanctuary will even be there and if it is, there is no guarantee that they will be welcome but its all they have and for the sake of human survival they have to try because the alternative is death and they have seen that and its not a choice they are willing to take.

A very diverse cast of characters that become an unexpected family, they fight for each other and protect one an other and struggle to hold on to what is good and right, while on a journey from your worst nightmares. If you think your summer road trips are bad, try throwing in the apocalypse, killer soldiers, crazed freaks that want to eat you and general bad guys who want to rob, rape and kill you.

These are just good people trying to survive and if Malcom Evans has anything to do with it, that’s exactly what they will do.

The first two books in what looks to be an enthralling series, I was sick over the weekend and managed to polish off both books in two days, looks like I will be having to wait again now for the rest of the series to be released but in the mean time the author has a vampire series that I have added to my TBR and looks really good. Its been awhile since I sunk my teeth into a good vampire series.

8/10

About the Author

Growing up in a tiny Canadian town, Courtney McPhail learned from an early age that her imagination was the best, and sometimes only, source of entertainment. Eventually her active imagination led to her writing down the adventures she created in her mind, leading to a copious amount of dog-eared spiral notebooks that are still in a box in her parent’s basement. She left that tiny town behind to pursue a degree in Literature and History at the University of Toronto. There she developed a love for the classics while supplementing with romance and fantasy novels between classes.
Writing had always been something she had done for her own personal enjoyment. It wasn’t until she hit the big 3-0 and went through an existential crisis that she realized writing could be a career. She began a series of paranormal romance novels that follow the lives and loves of a clan of supernatural beings living in Toronto, and a series of post-apocalyptic romance novels about a group of survivors searching for sanctuary when a plague sweeps across the world.
She currently resides in Toronto, enjoying the big city life while still maintaining her small town girl charm. When she isn’t working on her latest novel, she can be found enjoying a hike through the Don Valley Hills near her home. More recently, since discovering Netflix, she can usually be found on her couch, binge watching various television shows. (taken from Amazon)

serenity house Series–A W Exley

From the very first chapter you know that you have stumbled across something special, Serenity House is Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen and George Romero’s lovechild with a bit of Stephen King thrown in just to scare the pants right off you.

Set in Somerset, England shortly after world war one, the Spanish flu has taken its toll on a small English village but they have come out the other side and are trying to rebuild. What nobody knows is that there is another war brewing and this will be more devastating than anything they had been through before.

During the flu epidemic mass graves were needed to bury the dead but something got out of one of those graves, something that was not alive but walking all the same and when it came across two servant girls it attacked. It was 18 year old Ella, daughter of a minor lord, who swung her fathers sword and took the head of the beasts.

When more of the dead begin to rise the village turn to Ella to send them back to their maker, she doesn’t relish the job but someone has to do it and the locals didn’t want to risk their own immortal souls by killing the undead so it fell to her to do what they could not

While out doing her duty she stumbles across Seth deMage, Duke of Leithfield and owner of Serenity House, the biggest estate in the region. There is an instant attraction and before long the two are working together to bring an end to the vermin once and for all.

Part horror story, part love story, I fell in love with this series right from the start. The setting is beautiful, the action constant and the characters are interesting. The story arc is unpredictable and exciting. Usually I don’t like too much of the mushy stuff in zombie books but the way the writer has written it, the mush stuff (I know, I’m such a romantic lol) fits in seamlessly and doesn’t distract from the base of the story, the zombies. These aren’t any ordinary zombies either, there is a bigger supernatural thread running through the storyline that isn’t obvious straight away, but I don’t want to give out any spoilers so if you want to know more, get over to Amazon and read the series for yourself.

About the Author

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of Anita’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes fantasy historical novels with heart from her home in rural New Zealand.
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I love that she is a Kiwi writer, we have so few good writers in this genre. I look forward to reading more of her books.

9/10