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Zurvival Saturday (94) Review: Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds by Rhiannon Frater

This week I'll be reviewing one of my most anticipated Zombie books of the year, Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds by Rhiannon Frater. I've been looking forward to another Rhiannon Frater novel for quite some time and this one surely didn't disappoint once I had the chance to read it!! Not that I ever doubted it would of course...
Author: Rhiannon Frater Genre: Zombies, Horror, Anthology Published: May 22, 2014

Zombie Tales from Undead Worlds contains three exhilarating short stories and three white-knuckle novelettes set in alternate versions of an Earth inhabited with frightening variants of zombies to haunt your waking hours and fill your nightmares. 

In The Blanket, a little boy hides as the end of the world enters his home…
In The Scavengers, two unique survivors struggle to carve out a life for themselves while being threatened by the most frightful beings of all: humanity…
In The Building, a teenage girl lives in a walled-…

Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

Author: Josin L. McQuein
Series: Arclight #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013


No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her b…

Review: Hungry by H.A. Swain

Author: H.A. Swain
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Publication: June 3, 2014

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that's what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

ReviewHungry by H.A. Swain follows the story of a girl named Thalia Apple who no longer can be sustained by being f…

Movie Recommendation Monday (5) The Memorial Day Edition

Today in the U.S. were celebrating Memorial Day so naturally that means it is time yet again for another Movie Recommendation Monday! This week all my recommendations will be focused on the men and women who have bravely fought and sometimes sadly even lost their lives defending this great nation of ours. This week the movies range mostly in the serious range as war is very rarely a pleasant experience but for those of you wanted some more lighthearted fare I threw in a couple for you as well.

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 Action Thriller starring James Gandolfini and Kyle Chandler. Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. This search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan, and the military raid on it that resulted in his death on May 2, 2011.

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The Hurt Locker is a 2008 War Film starring Jeremy Renner and Ral…

Weekly Wrap Up (80)

Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!! Each week I share My Weekly Wrap Up of everything Book related (reviews,books purchased,won etc..). Each picture is linked for your convenience. All you need do is click on the cover and it will take you to the appropriate page! I'll also be linking my post up to Stacking The Shelves & The Sunday Post.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone. I hope the long weekend is treating you well!

Posts From This Past Week
Monday: Cover Reveal & Giveaway! Reign Of Shadows by Melissa Wright
Tuesday: Book Trailer Tuesday (88) Half Bad by Sally Green & City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Review: One Man's Island by Thomas Wolfenden
Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday (96) Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither
Thursday: Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Friday: Cover Reveal! Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch
Saturday: Zurvival Saturday (93) Short Story Recommendations

Books Received For Review
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini Carrier by Anne Tibbet…

Zurvival Saturday (93) Short Story Recommendations

This week I want to recommend a couple of Zombie related short stories and novellas to you all. Lately I've been breezing through a bunch of short stories and novellas as little refreshing late night reads before bed rather than start a full length novel and stay up all night finishing it. While some of these stories will probably never turn into a series or standalone the others, well, here's hoping they do. All those mentioned below were rated 4 stars or above by me and ones I recommend reading. 
In no particular order, here they are:
The Hospital by Keith C. Blackmore (Mountain Man 0.5)
"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice... until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. 

Death Walk by Micah…

Cover Reveal! Madly,Deeply by Erica Crouch

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea...

Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together.

With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.

About the Author Erica Crouch is a young adult author from the colorful city of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she is studying English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the cofounder and head of editorial services and design at Patchwork Press.
Erica’s debut novel, Ignite, was published June 2013. The e-novella sequel, Entice, was rele…

Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Author: Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: GreenWillow
Publication Date: October 2, 2012

The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can't? And what if you think everything could be different?

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina's a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn's a Premium who's never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who's never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

ReviewBreathe by Sarah Crossan is a split narrative book that follows the lives of three teenagers living in a world with limited oxygen after a combination of Global Warming and human carelessness devasta…

Waiting On Wednesday (96) Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers showcase which books they are highly anticipating. For this weeks Waiting on Wednesday, I chose Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither.

Expected Publication:
September 16, 2014 from Simon and Schuster

When Cate Benson was twelve, her sister died. 

Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to grant their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth. So this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced. 

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school. 

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and crazy anti-cloning protesters want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, thou…

Review: One Man's Island by Thomas Wolfenden

Author: Thomas Wolfenden
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Contemporary
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication Date: March 12, 2014

Be very careful about what you wish for…Sergeant Major Tim Flannery’s personal life is in shambles. Just home from his sixth combat tour in Afghanistan, His wife has left him, his house is in foreclosure, and he feels like his entire world has disintegrated. With almost thirty years’ military and civilian police experience, he’s always been able to make the right decisions in tight spots, but waking to find he’s the sole survivor, after the entire Earth’s population is dead from an unknown calamity from the cosmos, he’s at a loss. Or is he? Follow him across a Continent, and then an Ocean, to find his fate, to see if one man can change the world, make a difference, make the hardest decision of his life, and save humanity once and for all…
Review"Life is never fair. 
We just have to take what we can get out of it, 
and try to make every day just a little bit bette…

Book Trailer Tuesday (88) Half Bad by Sally Green & City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Book Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released. This week I focus my spotlight on Half Bad by Sally Green & City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare.

Available Now:
Half Bad by Sally GreenHalf Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.


Expected Publication: May 27, 2014
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra ClareΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HA…

Cover Reveal & Giveaway!! Reign of Shadows (Descendants #3) by Melissa Wright

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for the third book 
in the YA/NA Urban Fantasy Descendants Series:

Reign of Shadows
By Melissa Wright

Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.
Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they've so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they've set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?
The other books in the Descendants Series

Shifting Fate (Descendants #2) by Melissa Wright
According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. The trouble is, she doesn't have the slightest idea how. Her visions shoul…