Recently read: I Hunt Killers

Today somebody asked me what I was reading recently. My response?

“OH MY GOSH, YES.” There was also some flailing and jumping involved.

My top favorite book I read recently has been…

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I am not exaggerating when I say I Hunt Killers has been one of my favorite things ever these past two weeks. This book is about Jazz, a high school senior who’s dad is a serial killer. Not just any serial killer either, but pretty much one of the most violent ones (he killed around 120 people if I recall correctly). But everything is okay. Jazz’s dad is in jail. Things aren’t perfect… but they’re okay. No one has forgotten that Jazz is the son of a serial killer (especially not Jazz), but things are okay.

And then the bodies start showing up.

Jazz may be the only one who can solve the mystery of who the killer is, because he is the only person who has the mind of a serial killer. Since he was young his dad has trained/brainwashed him to think like a killer, act like a killer, and be a killer. In order to solve the mystery he HAS to access these memories and these “skills”.

As a result, Jazz’s thoughts can get SUPER disturbing and this book induces a lot of shudders. But they’re the good kind of shudders (if that’s possible– ha!) and they are absolutely necessary to tell Jazz’s full story. Because Jazz’s story is more than just trying to find the serial killer. It’s about a boy trying to make sure his apple falls far from the tree and overcoming years of what he essentially calls brainwashing.

SO.

If you are looking for a book with GREAT characters, this is one you need to pick up.
If you are looking for a book with a little mystery to it, this is one you need to pick up.
If you are looking for a book where YOUNEEDTOKNOWWHATHAPPENSBECAUSEHOLYSMOKES, this is one you need to pick up.

To put it simple: this is one powerful story you need to read.

🙂

Halloween is Nigh

HEY! Halloween is almost upon us!! If you are one of those types of people who love to fully embrace the seasons and/or love to curl up with a good spooky book there are some fannnnntastic recommendations right…..

HERE!

It is a list created by the Online Education Database titled: 
13 Horror Classics That Every Student Should Read

Cool, right? I love the mix of older classics like The Castle of Otranto, which is often considered the first of the gothic genre, to World War Z by Max Brooks. It looks like there is something for everyone!

AND. Frankenstein is on this list! That is totally one of my favorites.

Some other books that I might suggest (although they aren’t necessarily classics) for the Halloween season?

I actually haven’t read this one, but a customer at my workplace recommended this to me months and months ago. She and her husband said it was TERRIFYING. This will mix a little space with your scariness 🙂

I don’t think I ever talked about this book here, but GOSH. Rotters was awesome. It is SO SO SO gross. It’s about grave-robbers. Ummmm… great! There are a couple parts where I got anxious/freaked out, but mostly it was just kind of gross so it mostly relates to Halloween in the whole graveyard aspect. This is a super cool cover too!

This is a graphic novel about a girl who falls down a hole and comes across a SKELETON! And a ghost! Gasp! This had a good twist, and something I enjoyed reading over the summer!

This is another one I didn’t read, but I was in a class where a bunch of my classmates read this and loved it. Also, the copy I had? The type was printed in RED. Like BLOOD. Neat, huh?

I hope between the list and this post you find something good to sink your teeth in! Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Review: This is Not a Test

This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Published June 19, 2012
St. Martin’s Press 

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. 

When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Photo and summary from Goodreads.com

Ugh, guys. Just, UGH. In the best possible way of course. This book has rendered me useless. I read This is Not a Test so fast, because I wanted to know what was going to happen and now I want to read it straightaway again just so I can savor it a little more and pick up everything I may have missed.

1. This was my first zombie novel. While I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead show and random other zombie movies, I never realized I could satisfy my hunger (heh heh heh) for these movies and shows by *reading* zombie books. Courtney Summer’s book pretty much opened my eyes to this genre, and I am so so so so so so so pleased that her book involving zombies was the first one I picked up. Why? Because it was so well done! As it says on the back cover, you have six teens locked up in a high school. Every scene does not involve intense battle and “run away from the zombies!!” because they are locked up inside, but there is this huge foreboding presence that creeps out of the pages. The zombies are THERE. And what’s almost just as bad are the high school kids locked up together stewing in their fear.

2. The pacing of this was excellent. There was enough drama to keep the plot going, and not too much to be overwhelming. At the beginning I had a semi tough time figuring out who the characters were, but that ended quickly after I just kept going. The reason why I had a semi tough time is because you are just thrown completely and totally into Sloane’s mind. It took a few pages for me to get a feel for her and I absolutely love how Courtney Summers introduces Sloane’s world.

3. Speaking of Sloane, she is such an awesome character. I love her strengths and her vulnerabilities. I’m always impressed with Courtney Summers’ ability to breathe life into her main character girls, whether you end up liking them or not. Sloane? I loved. I’m pretty sure she is one of my favorites Ms. Summers has created.

Overall Review: This is Not a Test  is pretty much all I want out of a novel: awesome narrator, emotional intensity, cute boys, and an anxiety producing plot. This is a book WIN! Great for people who like complex emotional story lines and/or horror.
Oh guess what: Sony optioned the book for a TV movie! Hurray! Here’s hoping they go through with it! Here’s Courtney Summers’ blog post about the news: POST!

I do have a favor for YOU! Do you have any other good recommendations for books involving zombies? I just finished the Jonathan Maberry’s books, and I am looking for more!