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

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dEaDINBURGH-Mark Wilson

Edinburgh, 1645:
The bubonic plague rages. In a desperate attempt to quarantine the infected, the city leaders seal the residents of Mary King’s Close in their underground homes.

2015:
Mary King’s Close is reopened, unleashing a mutated plague upon the city residents.
The UK government seals the entire city. Declaring it a dead zone they seal the survivors inside alongside the infected. dEaDINBURGH is declared a no man’s land, its residents left for dead and to the dead.
2050:
Joseph MacLeod, born onto the cobbles of the Royal Mile and stolen from the clutches of the infected is determined to escape the quarantined city. Under the guidance of former marine Padre Jock, he leaves the confines of the city centre and hones his archery and free-running skills.
Alys Shephard, born into an all-women farming community believes a cure lies in the south of the quarantined zone. The finest combatant in the dead city, Alys burns with anger. The anger of an abandoned child.
Something much worse than the infected waits for them in the south, in the form of a religious cult led by a madman named Somna who collects gruesome trophies and worships the dead body of a former celebrity. Added to this the enigmatic Bracha, a supreme survivalist and sadistic former Royal with his own agenda, stalks the teenagers.
A self-contained story, dEaDINBURGH is a character-driven Young Adult/Horror/Dystopian novel exploring the human capacity for good, evil and for survival (taken from Goodreads)

Imagine growing up in an isolated community, spending your entire life fighting the dead and simply trying to stay alive. For Joey and Alys that is all they have ever known. Joey grew up amongst the monks who live underground and worship the undead until Padre Jock takes him under his wing and teaches him to be a warrior.

Alys grows up in a woman only community with a mother who’s idea of love is to make Alys become the best fighter she possibly can be. Her mother expects her to be the very best but Alys very best is never enough.

when the two unite they become an unstoppable team but life within the fences of Edinburgh is not all it seems and when the pair find out the truth it becomes even more dangerous than before.

A tale with so many levels, just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, a new subplot jumps up at you. from silent monks who believe the dead are a gift from god to a sociopath who stalks the young fighters and is intent on killing them, on to a complete nutter and his cult, who believe the dead body of a former celebrity talks through him, though not all of his followers are as loyal as they seem.

There are a great deal of mysteries and unexpected turn of events within these pages. A very enjoyable read that runs at a high pace throughout. I look forward to reading more from this author. Although this is a self-contained novel there is a second book in the series and once I have read it I will let you know my thoughts on it.

8/10

Happy reading everyone and I hope all those south of the equator are staying warm now that winter has well and truly kicked in. Its freezing here in New Zealand tonight with snow all around the place, expect in my wee corner of the coastline, it always passes us by which is a shame, I love a good snow fall.

Please leave a comment if you have enjoyed reading this post. Take care one and all.

After Everyone Died–Sean Little

After Everyone Died–Sean Little

The Flu, that’s what everyone called it, culled the primate population of the planet. It struck hard and fast, wiping out the whole of humanity. For reasons he can’t understand, Twist is left alive to face the apocalypse alone. Well, not entirely alone-his neighbor’s gassy Labrador, Rowdy, tags along for the ride. Twist and Rowdy are forced to face the new post-apocalypse world together, holing up in the local library and scavenging supplies to outlast a long, cold Wisconsin winter. Twist has to adapt to the emptiness and isolation of an empty world and come to terms with the fact that he might be the only person left alive in the entire world. In a world where boredom and loneliness are the greatest threat, Twist must survive, keeping the hope that others might be alive, as well.

Taken from Goodreads

 A touching story of a young man finding his way in an empty world. Twist is almost 18 when he loses everyone he has ever known, alone and grieving, he soon realizes that the only one that can help him is himself. The hard Wisconsin winter is coming and he knows if he doesn’t prepare now he won’t survive.

It is amazing how strong someone can become when they have no choice. This novel is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Told through Twist’s journal, we get, not only his actions, but his emotions, the suffering of a person truly alone.  We take the journey with him while he searches for other survivors and prepares for the long winter ahead with just an elderly dog for company. The story is well written, the character growth very realistic, and the fact that the author hasn’t down played  the physical and mental affect of an apocalypse would have on a person makes for an engrossing story. A lot of writers don’t venture into the emotional damage losing everyone you love would cause, but Sean Little has jumped into it with both feet, not holding back on the feelings of lose or the suicidal thoughts that Twist is forced to deal with. He has told an amazing story of a boy thrust into manhood, with everything he has ever known striped away.

I read this book in just a few days, it was such an intriguing storyline it captured my imagination.

9/10