Grownups Must Die, by D.F. Noble

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A review by Terri Kinckner

 

I love when I’m reading a book and I forget that I’m reading. This book did that! I was both horrified and intrigued the entire time I was reading. This is definitely worth reading if you like horror.

Imagine a world where grown ups have gone insane. This is what happened to Jake, Dean and Alex. All three boys were struggling with personal issues. Jake’s father was deployed overseas and his mother was abusing prescription pills and sleeping around on his dad. To make matters worse, his best friend, Ronnie, was killed by a neighborhood thug. Dean was dealing with an abusive stepfather and a mother who was too weak to protect her son. Alex was a bit of a nerd and never really fit in with other black kids, or any of the kids at school. The three found friendship in each other and it’s a good thing, because they really needed each other when their world turned upside down.

The day after a signal from outer space was heard, electronic devices started going haywire. The static sound transformed adults into absolute monsters. They tore their own eyes out and attacked their own children. After saving a group of kids on the school bus from the deranged driver, Jake headed back to school to look for Dean and Alex, both of whom were still at school. Meanwhile, Dean had managed to save several kids in his detention and rescued Alex from the library. Jake came to the rescue in town, where Dean and Alex were being attacked by the grownups.

This book had me repeating to myself in my head “this is only fiction” the entire time. The author did a wonderful job creating these middle school characters. This is NOT a book for children, though! The absolute nightmare world they now faced would drive most adults insane. The action in this book was intense and graphic… a perfect combination! The great thing about D.F. Noble’s books is that even with all of the terror, there is always some humor. This is also true with this book. I found myself terrified one minute and laughing the next!

I give this book 5 terrifying stars out of 5!

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Shine Not Burn, by Elle Casey

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A review by:  Terri Kinckner

I will start out by saying that yes, Elle Casey is my favorite author. She writes amazing YA books and although I’m almost 40 years old, I will buy and devour each book the day it is released. That being said, I usually HATE romance books! I’m not sure why, except that maybe they gave me unrealistic expectations of what love was when I read them as a teenager. I now know that romance novel-type love is possible (although not nearly as perfect), but I still can’t bring myself to read romances…until now.

Elle has a knack for creating strong female characters with just enough flaws to make them endearing and believable. Andie is no exception! I loved her from the very start! I could relate with her childhood, and I even understood her need to create a life plan and stick to the script. I was absolutely shocked when she went to Las Vegas and threw that plan out of the window, if only for one night. I actually high-fived my kindle for that one! Of course, if I ever came across a Mack in real life, I’d certainly put my life plan on hold, too!

Speaking of Mack… I just ignored the last three letters of his name and named him Mmmm. It fits! I love nothing more than a sweet, honest and HOT country boy (I’ve got one myself). Mack is the kind of man that loves completely, hurts deeply, and knows exactly what he’s doing under the sheets. For a country boy, he’s also well-educated, which surprised Andie. The personalities of these two characters fit each other like a glove! It was a perfect balance of strengths and weaknesses.

I absolutely adored Mack’s family. I wanted to find them and invite myself to dinner! The love in that household, and the way Maeve kept all of those men in line and managed to do it so gracefully, made me smile. Even Boog, the “man bear pig” brought a smile to my face. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, just because Elle wrote a romance book does NOT mean that she isn’t going to fill it with her wonderful colorful banter and unique expression. This book has Elle written all over it and there were moments that had me laughing out loud, grabbing for tissues and sobbing, and even fanning myself while debating whether I should put the book on hold and go spend time with my “Mack” or not.

I read this book in almost one setting. I would have, had I not brought a bottle of wine out to my deck with me to read under the stars. That book was distracting… I kept refilling that glass until the bottle was empty! Although I usually am not a fan of romances, I will not hesitate to read more of this genre…as long as Elle writes it!

I give this book 5 holy hot wow stars out of 5!

Devoured by Jason Brant

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A review by:  Terri Kinckner

 

Lance, by his own admission, was a loser.  Stuck in a failed marriage and unable to keep a job, he had succumbed to depression and had pretty much given up.  While walking down the street talking to an old coworker that he hadn’t seen in years, he noticed an incoherent woman stumbling toward an intersection and certain death.  He was struck by a car when he pushed the woman to safety, but the insanity was just beginning.  While in the hospital, he learned that the woman was infected with a virus that had turned her into a cannibalistic monster.  She wasn’t the only infected;  it seemed the entire city of Pittsburgh was under attack, and the military closed in to quarantine the hospital.  With the help of a doctor and a staff sergeant with a conscious, Lance was able to get his soon-to-be ex wife and her boyfriend (his old coworker), to safety and to escape the hospital.  His journey to safety, however, was far from over!

 

Jason Brant has made me afraid of the dark once again!  His rendering of these “Vladdies” was horrifying.  They’re a terrifying cross between demons, zombies and vampires, and the true stuff of nightmares!  Lance and his travelling companion Cass were quite a pair.  The banter made me smile even while my heart was pounding and I was struggling to remind myself that it was okay to exhale!  These two “failures” came into their own and proved their own opinions of themselves wrong.  They managed to be stronger than they thought, while still keeping their insecurities.  This made them completely believable characters that I rooted for with a vengeance!  I try to imagine myself stuck in a situation like this, and I hope to be 1/10th of the person that Cass was.

 

This book was so fast paced that there was absolutely never a dull moment.  It held my attention from the first page to the last, and I darn-near threw my kindle when the battery died.  This is also a book that I thought about even when I wasn’t reading it… very few books affect me like that.  I am both nervous about and looking forward to the next book in the series.  Jason has a way of making even the bizarre terrifyingly real, and this book was no exception.  As a Pennsylvania girl, the location of the book hit me a little hard.  My home was being invaded!  Seriously, five stars doesn’t do this book justice.  Elevendy seven will have to do!

I give this book elevendy-seven stars out of five!