Tuesday, October 23, 2012

RAK Thank You!

I got a RAK today, but there was no packing slip so I have no idea who sent it. It was a copy of DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini and a copy of THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin. I screamed like a lot and with the crappy week I've had, it was extra special. So whoever it was THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rot & Ruin

  • Hardcover: 464 pages (Review of an ARC copy)
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)
  • ISBN-10:1442402326 
  • Author: Jonathan Maberry
  • Cover art: It creeps me out.
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars.
  • Obtained: Won an ARC from Bewitched Bookworms Thanks Ladies!

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I've never really liked the idea of  "traditional" zombie books. I started to watch the t.v. show The walking dead and realized something. Zombies are AWESOME! I went over to my vast TBR pile and picked up this book, I've had it for nearly two years just sitting waiting to be picked up and read. I was about twenty pages in when I was asking myself, "Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this?"
  I was fifty pages in when I rushed out to buy book two. That hasn't happened since I was in 6th grade and started reading Harry Potter!

I loved this book! Maberry is an amazing author! He made me want a fake katana, after all if it's good enough for Tom (my favorite character in the book!) why shouldn't I want one? This book has characters from different cultures, Benny is Japanese and  Irish, while Nix (Love her!) is Irish. Tom is Benny's half brother and he is Japanese.

For me, this was the type of book where you know you need to sleep but it's so good and you just have to know what happens next, that you don't want to stop reading!

Maberry will have you laughing on one page then the next page he has you freaking out over the safety of the characters. The first line of the book has an amazing hook as well: "Benny Imura couldn't hold a job so he took to killing." Um, how great is that? It makes the reader go wait, what? And you just have to know more don't you?

If you are a zombie lover or even if you're a skeptic, you should pick this one up and give it a try, I've already ordered the first book in another series by Maberry as well. I loved this book as much as I loved Die for Me by Amy Plum, and if you follow my reviews, you know much I love her books!

What are you waiting for go read Rot & Ruin!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Life after Death by Damien Echols

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0399160205
  • Author: Damien Echols
  • Cover art: I like the color contrast and how the tattoos sand out.
  •  Over all rating: *****
  • Obtained: My personal book shelf.

Life after death by Damien Echols
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three—were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the “ringleader,” was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011.
Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature.(Synopsis taken from goodreads)

Where to start? First off memoirs are very difficult to review as you are reviewing a persons life in a way and it can feel as if you are passing judgment on someone else life and experiences.  
Over all, I did enjoy reading this, and that in of it's self sounds morbid. It should be stated that I have always been a supporter of Damien, Jason and Jessie ever since I first found out about the case. If you have read Echols' first book Almost Home then you will be very familiar with some of the stories in this first part of this book. Which isn't a big deal and is to be expected since the only outside life he had was up until the age of eighteen.

There was a lot in this book that was hard to read, some of the stories he shares from his time on Death Row are too horrible to imagine. I read a lot of fiction and have never come across anything so sickening and I read a lot of horror. It just goes to show how real life can be worse then fiction. 

I do wish that there was more of an explanation on the Alford plea, but Echols explains how much of a shock it was, so it's understandable why there wasn't a lot of explanation on  it.
The one thing that did bother me a little was how there were a few times when he would repeat a story or a small part of it in different chapters, but at the same time, it flowed so I guess that was why it was in there twice or he needed to drive a point home.

I did learn a lot more in this one then in his first book though, the documentaries and other books on the case do leave a lot of information about how the WMPD treated Echols long before the case and how he was always harassed by them.

The best parts of the book are the parts where he talks about his wife Lorri. Just reading it you can tell just how much he loves her and how deep that love is. It truly is the only beautiful thing in a very sad and depressing book. If you are thinking about reading this book or if you are a supporter of Damien, Jason and Jessie or even if you're just curious about Death Row in Arkansas then I would highly recommend this book. 

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