List Week: Quickie Reviews!
Tuesday July 3, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 14, 2010
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 458
Form: Hardback
Series: Benny Imura (1)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
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In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teenagers must work once they turn fifteen–or they’ll lose there food rations.  Benny isn’t interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom.  He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash.  What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

As his worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, Benny is forced to confront another horrifying reality:  Sometimes the most terrible monsters are human.

Quickie Thoughts:

I have to extend a HUGE thank you to M. Christine Weber whose review of Rot and Ruin is what prompted me to snatch it up when I saw it at Ollie’s for 3.99.  I haven’t gotten into the whole zombie craze, so I wasn’t sure how I would do with it, but I LOVED this book from start to finish.  And I will go so far as to say that it’s one of the best I’ve read all year thus far.  The focus of the book is not even really about the zombies although they play a big part in the Rot & Ruin.  But Benny’s relationship and understanding of his brother, his friends, and himself come heavily into play.  He begins to learn that things aren’t always as they seem, and that his brother is a much different person than what he always believed him to be.  WONDERFULLY AWESOME story and I can’t wait to get my hands on Dust & Decay.


Publisher: Harcourt
Published: October 1, 2008
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 471
Form: Hardback
Series: Graceling Realm(1)
Author: Kristin Cashore
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In a world where people born with an extreme skill-called a Grace-are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.  She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Quickie Thoughts:

Another EXCELLENT pick for me.  And another I can count among my favorites of the year so far.  Katsa was amazing and I was so intrigued by her gift.  And though she more considered it a curse, I thought it spoke to her humanity and heart.  Prince Po was also amazing and the pair together was a force to be reckoned with.  I loved the duo and the adventure they endured together, and apart, was heart-stopping, gut wrenching, and such an adrenaline rush.  Although I understand the author’s next two books in this series doesn’t directly relate to Graceling or it’s characters, I will definitely be picking them up and reading them.  Katsa and Po rocked my world.


Publisher: MacMillan
Published: January 3, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Form: Audio Book
Series: Lunar Chronicles (1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Quickie Thoughts:

This was my first audiobook ever!  Well at least since I was a wee kid or something like that.  And I have to say I enjoyed it.  I loved Cinder and my heart went out to her and her reality.  She’s such a sweet girl so it was hard to see her family treat her so bad.  And Prince Kai was a sweetheart.  I felt bad for him and his situation and only hoped he’d find his way out of the sticky situation that his father’s death left him in.  I liked the narrator’s voice and cadence for this one.  I especially liked her voice for the doctor as it was the only distinctly different one.  I enjoyed this story and of course will continue the series.  And I liked listening to this and being able to take care of other things in the process.  The great thing about this audio book is it allowed me to multitask, so I’ll have to listen to books more often.


Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: August 4, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 372
Form: Paperback
Author: Stephanie Perkins
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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta.  She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection.  So she’s not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.  But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend.  Unfortunately he’s taken–and Anna might be, too.  Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Quickie Thoughts:

First I have to say that, yes I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was a great story.  With that said, I have to be honest and say I don’t get the hype about it.  It’s a perfectly good story, but nothing to really rave about.  Anna and Etienne worked my nerves more than a little bit with their back and forth business, but overall I enjoyed their journey.  I would have liked to have a better understanding of Etienne’s family life.  I did love that they got to know each other so well and were able to be what each other needed in their lives.  And though they were both attracted to each other off gate, I’m glad that they took time to be friends.


Publisher: Bantam Books
Published: March 22, 2011
Copyright: 1996
Pages: 835
Form: Paperback
Series: Game of Thrones (1)
Author: George R.R. Martin
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In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing.  The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall.  At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to.  Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.  Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Quickie Thoughts:

I decided to start reading these books because I love the HBO series so much.  I have to say I’m AMAZED at how closely the series follows the books.  I guess when you have a whole season to work with, it’s easier to incorporate more and get the details right.  The only GLARING difference is the characters ages.  They have clearly aged the kids up several years to make it more appropriate for tv.  I loved the book just as much as the series.  I couldn’t put it down and read it as if I had no idea what was going to happen next.  I even went back and watched the first season as I read the book, which made it even more enjoyable.  This is one of those epic stories in the vein of Lord of the Rings that will live on for a good while   The characters are so well written, and the drama, mystery, and intrigue of it all has me hooked!  I adore John and Rob.  And Tyrion and Arya are among my faves.  I can’t wait to get into the next book and the next season!  2013 can’t come fast enough!

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16 Responses to “List Week: Quickie Reviews!”

  1. Yay for loving the Cinder audio!! Whoot whoot! I hope you get drawn into more audios.

  2. You’re getting so much reading done! I have yet to read Game of Thrones, but I REALLY want to. I adored Anna and the French Kiss more than I thought I would. I remember starting it on the plane on my way to visit with family and after I arrived, I kept disappearing with my kindle every chance I got so I could read “just one more chapter.”

    • Jade Jade says:

      That was probably the only bright spot on being sick. I could still read my books and keep myself entertained. I was blasting through book until I got my 3DS. Now I’m splitting my time as I’m addicted to playing it.

  3. Wow wow wow, Jade!! This looks like such a huge collection of awesomeness, and I’m really happy that you loved so many of them! I read Cinder as a book and thought it was SO brilliant, but I’m super curious to how it’d be different as an audiobook! I’ve never listened to one either, but they’ll definitely be good for going on walks or something while listening LOL x)

    And Graceling is one of my favourites too! (Katsa! Po! <3) Out of the three, that one was my favourite, although my friend thought the opposite so you shouldn't listen to me :') But most of all, I have a Game of Thrones marathon set up for this summer because of how much you love it, so I'm really excited! Awesome quickie reviews, Jade! Loving this list week so far ;)<3

    • Jade Jade says:

      I actually wonder if I would have liked Cinder even better as a book and may go ahead and read it someday even though I listened to the audio.

      Glad I’m not alone on Graceling…how awesome were those two? And I’m so excited for you GOT marathon set up. I hope you love it as much as I do…and feel free to ask me about anything you may not understand. Although it’s pretty straight forward even though there are so many characters.

  4. I really enjoyed Cinder! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Anna and the French Kiss was a favorite as well.

  5. Wow Jade! You’ve been busy reading! I really want to try Cinder on audiobook. For it being your first one in a while, I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I loved PO, I just wasn’t a Katsa fan. 🙁

    I’m glad to know the show if following the books pretty closely because I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading the books.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’d love to know why you didn’t care for Katsa? And yes Po stole my heart!

      And Missie I had to pick up the books. When I enjoy a series otr movie based n a book so much, I start having questions that I only assume can be answered with the book. You get so much more details.

      Watching the majority of the HP films and all the raves about the series from you is what finally made me give in and read them last year. I just knew there was information that was missing and I wanted to know what it was. SOOOOOOOOO Glad I did that.

  6. No way!!! Your first audiobook! Really? I love them. Since I am in the car for two hours a day.

  7. Oh I’m adding 2 of these on my wish list as we speak (the first two). I’m also watching The Game of Thrones because of you. My parents have HBO and I “borrow” their HBO on the go when I am in the bathtub. It’s slow going because of the bar but I can’t wait to finish the series and start the book.

    I’m so glad you are feeling better Jade. I really missed you while you were gone.

    • Jade Jade says:

      OMG you’re going to LOVE them! I am already thinking about re-reading them. And I’m so excited you’re watching GOT! I just bought the second book and can’t wait to get into it! 2013 can’t come soon enough because I’m beyond ready for the 3rd season!

      And thanks so much. I miss my blog and interacting with you all when I’m feeling crappy. I always feel boosted when I’m able to get back to it, and thankful for such good online friends!

      Hope the studying isn’t too stressful! Try to break when you can so you don’t burn out.

  8. Ack! I’m so sorry it took me so long to get over and comment! I read (and retweeted) the post, but alas…time got away. Anyhow, thank you a million times over for mentioning me! I love that you loved ROT & RUIN!!!! Seriously…that makes me super happy. :0)

    • Jade Jade says:

      I KNOW how that can be o no problem, and you’re most welcome! THANK YOU for your review because that’s what made me get it and I’m so glad b/c it’s a fave of mine for the year so far.

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