Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Reports: Girl With all the Gifts and The Quick



Let's start with The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey.  First of all, I don't know if 'all' should be capitalized or not and it's driving me bonkers.  Secondly, I have no idea how this book ended up on my list, but MAN ALIVE am I glad it did. 

My initial review still holds: SO GOOD. I knew NOTHING going into this and it was TOTALLY not at all what I was expecting, but it was perfect and SO GOOD!!! Don't google it, just get the the library, clear your schedule, and READ. 

I gave it five stars, easily. The writing was great, the characters were extremely well thought out and believable, and obviously 



I'M ADDING A SPOILER ALERT HERE IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO THIS WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT'S GOING ON. SERIOUSLY, IT MAKES IT SO AMAZING IF YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING SO SKIP AHEAD UNTIL YOU GET TO THE NEXT BOOK






 obviously it was a different take on SPOILER zombies than I've ever read.  Then again, it's not like I read a lot of SPOILERzombie books...

From the back of the bookMelanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Highly recommend, even if SPOILER zombies isn't your typical type of book.  It's certainly not mine and I loved it. 




OKAY SPOILERS OVER FOR THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.  ALSO, ALL CAPS SOLVES MY PROBLEM OF WONDERING IF ALL SHOULD BE CAPITALIZED IN THE TITLE.



And now for The Quick by Lauren Owen.  My friend Robin mentioned this on Pinterest and I immediately noticed the blurb by my beloved SK- apparently he tweeted “A terrific (and terrifying) novel of the undead in London. Completely involving, impossible to put down.”

I wouldn't say it was terrifying.  Or actually scary at all.  But I will DEFINITELY say that after the initial boring bits in the beginning (um...all of part one?) I literally did not put this book down.  My initial review, I was pretty excited- I'd stayed up RIDICULOUSLY late, considering my alarm goes off at quarter to five, to finish it: FANTASTIC!!! Not sure how I missed that this was about vampires- SK says it pretty clearly in his blurb. But it was a great surprise. Just good old fashioned FUN to read. Only docked half a star bc the beginning, after he moves to London, was SO boring to me. After that, I didn't put it down till I was done.


From the back of the bookYou are about to discover the secrets of 'The Quick' - but first you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, a world of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of 'The Quick' are revealed.


Highly recommend, if you can handle hints (pretty specific hints) about this lunatic Doctor Knife cutting up and torturing his vampires. It wasn't anything life altering, but it was good old fashioned fun and I had a total blast reading it.  After part one ;)


Linking up with Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop with the prompt book review. Obviously.



10 comments:

  1. I picked up "The Girl..." the other day and thought about getting it. Then I came home, read the Amazon write up and thought against it. I think your recommendation to just get it and read it is how I should approach more books, because it sounds like I passed up a good one.

    If you just use "..." in long titles you don't have to worry about which words should be capitalized. I never know what to do there, either. :)

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    1. It's definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

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    1. My list is never ending. #firstworldproblems

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  3. Ahhhh...March break is coming and I need books! These sound great! Thank you!! I love Pinterest for book finds!

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    1. I've never really used Pinterest for books but I definitely will be now!!

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  4. I skipped ahead because you made the The Girl book sound so enticing! The hubs and I are heading to the library this weekend so I'm going to look for it!

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    1. Ugh, I sort of hate the pressure of someone reading a book I recommended!! What if you hate it?!?!

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  5. Oooh fun picks! I love a book that I can't put down and I also hate a book that I can't put down. They drive me crazy with suspense!

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    1. I hate it bc I will literally stay up to finish. And I NEED my sleep.

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