The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean ♥ | #LoveBooksTours

Happy Sunday! What are you guys up to this weekend? Anything fun? I finished reading The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean so I am putting the proverbial pen and paper to good use and write my thoughts on it.

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Noir
Year Of Publication: 13/04/2018
Pages: 302
My rating: 3.5 stars

Pat O’Hare is the only (living) private detective in Farrelton, a crime-ridden city still recovering from the ravages of an undead uprising. Pat is hired to find the missing granddaughter of a rich industrialist. But, what starts out as simple enough job turns into a fight for survival as he finds himself pulled into a deadly mystery where nobody can be trusted. Helped only by a trigger happy ex-cop and a washed up boxer with a pathological fear of trees, Pat has to use every trick in the book just to stay alive.
Caught between corrupt police, gun-wielding hitmen and a ruthless crime lord, Pat soon learns that the zombies are not the most dangerous creatures in town.

The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean features zombies and detectives which the perfect mesh-up in my opinion. Anyone who knows me can vouch for my love of zombies. The characters are funny and witty even with the zombs within touching distance. I really enjoyed reading about a world where the living are going on with their lives even with zombies.

The zombies adds an interesting backdrop to this detective noir setting and I am so here for it. There characters were hilarious, the twist and turn in this mystery/thriller novel kept on coming and I kept on turning the page because I needed to know and this novel kept me chucking all the way to the end.

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Author bio:

Stuart McLean (aka CS McLean) is a writer currently living in St Albans. He studied Chemistry at the University of Hertfordshire – although, this was back in the days when the Premiership was still called Division One and Hatfield was still a Polytechnic.
He was shortlisted for the first Margery Allingham short story competition, and was twice shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland short story competition.
Stuart was a finalist in the 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition, in which he pitched his brand of zombie noir to a largely bewildered group of panellists. He was also chosen as one of the 2018 Bloody Scotland Crime in the Spotlight authors, a platform to highlight new and emerging crime writers.When not writing, Stuart likes to play various musical instruments, all very badly; guitar, ukulele, trumpet and harmonica. But, not at the same time.

#BookReview: Dawn among the stars by Samantha Hewagen

Hello, fellow bookworms,

I am happy to share with you my thoughts on Dawn among the Stars by Samantha Hewagen who was kind enough to send me a copy of her novel; thank you Sam!

Genre:  Fiction, Sci-Fi
Year Of Publication: May 2018
Publisher: Trifecta Publishing House
Pages: 338
My rating:  4.5 stars

IMG_20180530_111640_781.jpg“Set against the backdrop of intergalactic politics and war, Dawn Among the Stars follows the stories of three Humans as they struggle to understand the universe on a cosmic scale.” [GoodReads blurb]

Dawn among the stars follows the story of three humans after the Shielders, a powerful race of aliens, arrive on Earth not to take over, but to warn and protect us of an imminent attack on our planet. The Thermoshians have long exhausted the natural resources of their planet and have now set their eyes on our planet… or so the Shielders say. Can we trust them or is that just a ploy to take over?

Kayin, her ex-Henry, and best friend Melissa find themselves in the middle of it all have to fight to survive. Kayin suffers from panic attacks which only get worse since the Shielders arrived and tries to cope with her own problems when she hears the distressing news and leaves Michigan in an attempt to reunite with her family before things turn truly sour. However, things turn for the worse as she is travelling to see her family and a chance encounter will change the course of her life forever. She finds herself into the clutches of the Shielders, the aliens she hates for turning the world upside down. Kayin is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand with people that she cannot trust, and far away from what calls home. Will she be able to beat the odds?

Henry, ridden with guilt for abandoning the love of his life for a career, sets off on a journey to find Kayin knowing that she will attempt to reunite with her family. But things are not what they seem and Henry is forced to change course in order to survive the war happening around him.

Melissa and her family are in the refuge and manage to survive through the first attack, but her grandmother dies. When a Shielder offers them help and protection, they reluctantly accept, but will they manage to overcome their hate and survive? Will the odds be in their favour?

I really enjoyed seeing the world through these characters. They each had something to fight for and something to lose whilst trying to find themselves in the middle of the war. The main plot deals with a dystopian/apocalyptic world and the struggles humans have to face to survive, but also deals with issues like mental health, friendship, the complexities of family and love. What’s not to love about, right?!

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how I picture the Shielder prince

My favourite POV was Kayin’s… maybe, just maybe because of the sexy prince (a girl can have her favourites, can’t she?!). Initially, I was a little taken aback by the way the different POV’s were organised as it was not something I expected and when I realised I wouldn’t see them again until book 2, my heart was crushed… and quickly went over it because every POV was great and it made more sense!

Would I recommend this book? Hell yeah! This book hooked me in from the start and I loved it so much, I read it in two days. I am so looking forward to reading the sequel!

Have you read it? What did you think?

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Xoxo

Jane

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#Bookreview: Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton.

Hi guys, I’ve been in the mood for some Dystopian this month and this copy of Kill or Cure arrived just in time to satisfy my craving, but without further ado, let’s see what I thought of it!!

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I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Year Of Publication: February 2018

Publisher: Troubadour Publishing

Pages: 178

  My rating: 3.5

 

 

38353476Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

 

THE PLOT…

The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her “family” and their attempt to keep her brother Tommy safe after he seems he may have succumbed to the virus. The plot is paced well enough that I felt a sense of urgency and importance, and also made everything else really. The was a good amount of action scene, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities. The idea was interesting and there are a few plot twists that were done really well, however towards the end it felt like it was a little bit too lucky and convenient the way in which events unfolded so that Alyx could achieve her objectives. I bet she was surprised herself. There were some pacing issues in my opinion once they get into the new camp when the romance seemed to have taken the attention from the main plot. I am hoping that there will be more bloodshed in the sequel.

THE CHARACTERS….

Alyx is a 17 years old girl who in the beginning is trying her best to save her brother who was ill, so she and Will go to collect this supposedly healing plant outside the compound. I really liked her for her selflessness and her ability to keep her shit together when things turned sour and for most of the part did what she was told even when she wanted to rebel. The ability to keep one’s mouth shut is actually, in my book, an incredibly good asset. Throughout the plot, she is trying to keep her family safe and together so when they end up in a worse place from where they left, she has to collect her courage and do her best to save her family. However, after she meets Colt, she seems to go into silly mode giphy.gifaround him; I wanted to shake her a few times and point her towards Will since she was so blind towards him. Like you could see that attraction from a mile away, but she wasn’t having it. Sigh.

I liked Will, he was there for her at all times, he even left his own mother behind to go with them (not that said mother was much of a mother, but still his mother, capisce?). I could see that he had strong feelings for her and he was willing to walk with her to the end of the world to keep her happy and safe, but that did not make him a loser. He was also dead funny and wicked, and I liked him a lot. On the other hand, Colt, besides the fact that he was strong and handsome I do not know more about him and because he kinda forced himself into the story, I did not really like him. Yes, he proves himself to her, but I was just not with him (maybe because I really don’t like love triangles). Team Will!

The villain aka The General wasn’t that terrifying to me and did not care much about him. I would’ve liked his character to be explored a little bit more. We only meet him on a handful of occasions so his motivations for being an assholes felt a little bit meh. I am hoping that in the next instalment we will find out more about what makes him really tick.

THE WRITING…

The writing was in tune with the tone of the book, it was easy to read because the story flowed nicely. There were a few cliches here and there (Eg.: hot girl is hot but doesn’t know she’s hot until she wears tight clothes to show curves she didn’t know she had…), but overall it was a good reading experience.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I really enjoyed this book. I think I read it 2-3 days and I do recommend it especially if you want something dystopian to read quickly, but also with some romance.

3-5-stars

Here are the links to her website / social media/amazon:
https://pixiebritton.com/about/
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Cure-Pixie-Britton-ebook/dp/B079L7822J

#BookReview: Kings of this world by Peter Bailey

AirBrush_20180417202751.jpg“Matthew is just trying to hold the wreckage of his life together after his girlfriend left him for another woman. A chance to review a West End play seems like a lucky break, until it turns into an X-rated nightmare. The next day London tears itself apart, people make love in the streets and kill each other over a dirty sandwich. Overnight everything changes, the city is very quiet, people smile and nod, but what they smile and nod at is only visible to them. The only other normal person is Jeremy, sarcastic, intelligent and frequently wrong. Together they form an uneasy alliance that lasts until cone shaped aliens land and begin harvesting people like wheat. The last two survivors in London begin a desperate search for a way to stop the aliens before it’s their turn, unaware that millions of people have already killed themselves to give them the perfect weapon. Will Matthew and Jeremy realize the weapon they have been given before its too late?”

This book was sent to be by Peter Bailey for review consideration. As always, my honest opinion!

If you want to read a sci-fi/dystopian novel that follows non of the usual tropes, whilst also being insightful into the human nature and funny. I definitely didn’t know what to expect, but the dystopian/apocalyptic vibe sold me. I was a bit confused to begin with and wasn’t sure of what was going on and everything seemed a bit weird especially as it did not follow the usual tropes or conventions of the genre, but I LOVED this book. It’s the kind of book that made me think of philosophical issues, whilst also being extremely fun.tumblr_osqpq9pD6Q1vl1izjo1_500

The characters…

Witnessing the end of the world through the eyes of Matthew, a character intrinsically flawed, was insanely fun, but I do not start to appreciate the beauty of this novel until Jeremy takes scene, and I am sold! The dynamic of these very different male characters forced by circumstances to live together in hopes of surviving the invasion was exquisitely crafted. These characters should not work on paper, but in the hands of their master, they bloody do and I loved them even when I wanted to shake them, I still loved them because it all made sense. There is always a motivation for everything, all written in the character gene and beautifully carried out by plot and writing.

The plot & Writing…

The plot in itself is quite simple, however the beauty of these characters, in my opinion, giphy.giflikes in it’s power to allow the characters to shine and dig deep into the complexity of human nature and philosophy rather than relying on cheap tricks. No, this book is clever, it speaks to you and then it stays with you as it makes you wonder about the questions that it tries to answer; and for this, I salute you Peter!

My only problem was that it felt too slow to start and took a while for the story to grip me and I struggled to understand some concepts regarding the aliens (although that would be more my fault than his).

I absolutely loved this book and Peter has much talent in breathing form to his characters, and I am looking forward to his next works!

4-5-star

Xoxo

Jane

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#WhatToRead: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

“Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.”

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I read this book last year for my Spooky October TBR in 2017. I did not have the chance to write a review for it, but I knew I wanted to write it eventually because I freakin’ loved this book! I bought it about a long time ago and to be honest I was not convinced when I picked it up, but Oh-My-God!

the characters

I don’t tend to read a lot of suspense/ fiction/thrillers, but I really liked Malorie, the main character and it was an absolute page-turner. Malorie is such a flawed, but strong character. The story is written in different time lies and we get to know Malorie before the creatures appeared so we get a deep sense of who Malorie was before and what she is now after 5 years of living in the dark.

Malorie was pregnant when the creatures appeared, although whoever saw them, soon after would become terribly violent and kill themselves or others. After she discovers the body of her sister in the bathroom upstairs, she jumps in the car to find a group of survivors. From that moment on a lot of good and bad things happen and choices that will shape Malorie and her future. These moments are alternating with the present when Malorie wants to take the children and move away from the house.

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The plot is interesting and I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. I usually do not like alternative timelines, for this story it worked perfectly and it really told the story well. I found myself intrigued and involved in this world and caring about all of the characters in it. I found really interesting the premise of not being able to look at the creatures roaming outside – those who looked usually ended up killing themselves and/or others. Although the plot feels slower because the premise doesn’t really allow for fast-paced action, the anxiety of those creatures and the imminent danger everyone was in was perfect to creep me out. The tension was very well maintained through the story as well.

the writingWhat a stunning apocalyptic fiction thriller! The writing was very good and I felt that characters had their own distinct voice. The choices the characters made felt like choices that people would do in real life.

I really enjoyed this novel and it would be one of those that I would love to watch as a movie as I think it would translate well.

Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Xoxo

Jane

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