Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Monday: What are you reading?

It's Monday: What are you reading? is a weekly meme from Book Journey.

What I recently finished:
I just finished reading Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin, the first book in the Benny Imura series (the series will have four books total and book 3, Flesh & Bone, will be published this fall). This story takes place 14 years after First Night - the night when anyone who died turned into a zombie. As the night went on, more and more people died, and thus more and more people became zombies.

I'm not a fan of the zombie genre - or the post-apocalyptic or dystopian genres either - but this was a really good book. It's not just a zombie slasher novel, though there's some of that, too; Maberry looks into the emotions and mind sets of people living years in survival mode and the morality of killing zombies who once were people, too.

Look for my full review in the coming days, but I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good zombie book or movie. I'd also recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games - those who dug into the story of a world-gone-wrong and a teenager's fight to make it a better place.

I also finished Polterguys (Volume 1), a graphic novel by Laurianne Uy. Again, look for the full review in the next few days. But in the meantime, this graphic novel was a quick and cute read. It follows awkward and nerdy Bree, a new college student, who finds herself living alone in an old house. However, she's not as alone as she thinks - she actually has 5 ghostly roommates. This story has the feel of Ouran, though it began without the same depth, with added paranormal elements.

What I'm reading now:
I just picked up The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1), by Kevin Emerson. What I've discovered so far: global warming, and perhaps other ecological and man-made issues, have created some major problems for earth. The ice caps have melted, so earth has lost a lot of it's costal areas, and it's so hot that only a few places are habitable. A lot of the remaining people live in bio-domes, though it seems that those are failing, too. And it turns out that this isn't the first time tech-savvy humans have wreaked havoc on the earth; the Atlanteans did, too. And it seems that our hero, Owen Parker, may be connected to that ancient race, and that connection may be needed to save earth.

I'm only a few pages into this book, but I think (and I'm hoping) that it may have more of a Percy Jackson/adventure story feel, even though it has that post-apocalyptic flavor.

What I'll read next:
Oh goodness, I have no idea. Some of the contenders include Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, or - depending on how quickly it gets cataloged - Soulbound by Heather Brewer (that's the one I really want to get my hands on!).

So, what are YOU reading?


  1. I'm on a big zombie kick right now, I'll definitely have to check out Rot and Ruin :)

  2. I'm reading Rot & Ruin right after I finish Deadline (another really good zombie book) - I've heard so many good things about it, and now from someone who doesn't even like that genre, so I'm even more excited to read it.

    Tanya Patrice

  3. According to my friend (and all the teens at her library), Rot & Ruin isn't just their favorite zombie book - it's their favorite book, right up there with The Hunger Games!