Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (2nd in the Ashfall Series)
If you were caught up in the non-stop action of the first book Ashfall, you will not be disappointed by the second book Ashen Winter. I had a very difficult time putting this book down. It was disturbing, and gruesome and disheartening, and yet I was cheering for Alex the whole time! Every-time I thought it couldn’t get any worse, somehow it did. It starts with Alex and Darla at his Aunt and Uncle’s farm, but when a lead arises they quickly go on the hunt for Alex’s parents. And it’s all downhill from there. I’ve said it before, but the author does a great job showing it, disasters, whether it’s war or famine or earthquakes or volcano eruptions, are awful and awful events change people. Not always for the better. My heart tells me, that humans would bond together in a time of need, but unfortunately as we’ve seen many times in reality, it comes down to survival of the fittest. If you enjoy a good dystopian series, you will enjoy the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.
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What is the world’s most notorious serial killer… was your DAD?
That’s the tagline from the cover of this book, and probably the reason I checked it out from my library. And boy, it didn’t disappoint one bit!
Jazz is the son of the world’s most recent- and probably worst- serial killer, Dear Old Dad. Everyone thought they lived a normal life in a small town, but once Dear Old Dad got a little sloppy with his killings-which number in the triple digits- the police catch him.
Jazz has spent the past few years living with his senile grandmother, albeit attempts by his social worker to remove him from her care. But that is the least of Jazz’s problems, he constantly struggles internally with himself. You see, his dad brought him up teaching him to kill, making him witness these terrible events in hopes that Jazz would carry on the “family business”. But Jazz doesn’t want to be a bad guy, he wants to live a normal life but his dad’s teachings constantly haunt him
“Fear is okay. Fear can keep you alive. The trick is not to let it overwhelm you. Not to let it rule you. If you’re afraid, that’s the universe trying to tell you something. Get away. Don’t run; don’t panic. Just pick up and walk out, calm as you please. Panic makes you stupid.”
His whole world gets turned upside down as soon as a body turns up in a field. The police are in denial that another serial killer could target such a small town, but Jazz immediately recognizes the signs his dad has taught him to look for. He tries and tries, but the police just won’t believe him, and then things really begin to go downhill.
One of his dad’s victim’s fathers turn up in town and begin pestering Jazz for some closure, something Jazz doesn’t think he could give. But that’s not all- the bodies begin to pile up and Jazz realizes something even more terrifying- the new killer is recreating his own father’s kills.
This book is just absolutely terrifying- but very well written. You can tell that Lyga spent his fair share of time getting into the minds of killers, because he creates some very realistic killers for this novel.
I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, but beware, you will be scared.
review curtesy of Eric – Lawrenceburg Public Library TAG member
Posted 1 year, 12 months ago at 10:19 am. Add a comment
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown ( released June 12, 2012)
Forget everything Disney taught you about mermaids! These mermaids survive by absorbing the energy given off by humans, and in doing so kill the humans. Taking place in the Apostle Islands, in the clear waters of Lake Superior, it is a long and sordid tale of revenge. Calder and his sisters are intent on killing the human who they blame for their mother’s death, Jason Hancock. They have waited many years for the chance to carry out their plan, but Calder is having problems following through. Why, you ask? Two words: a girl. I loved that the story was set in the Great Lakes and not in some tropical location. We have visited the Great Lakes on numerous vacations, but you can bet that I will be much more cautious swimming the next time!
Posted 2 years ago at 2:41 pm. Add a comment
Burn Mark by Laura Powell ( released June 7, 2012)
Wow, I loved the premise of this story: It’s 2012 and witches exist, but the Government has total control over them. They must make themselves known, so that they can be “bridled”. If caught using their powers for illegal purposes, they will be burned at the stake.
The story follows two teens, Glory, who comes from a long line of witches and is eagerly awaiting her Fae to develop, and Lucas, who comes from 7 generations of Inquisitors, who, to the horror of his family, also develops the Seventh Sense. The witch covens are run much like the mafia ,with Coven Bosses and Boss Wives. It includes all the usual trappings of a MOB story; politics, pay-offs, bribery, and of course a jewelry heist. Lucas and Glory come from very different sides of the tracks, yet become friends when Lucas goes undercover into the Wednesday Coven, to break up a crime syndicate. You meet a lot of characters very quickly, which was slightly confusing until Lucas and Glory meet, and then everything falls quickly into place. The Author does a great job of making you want more even though the story concluded nicely. I can’t wait to see what adventures the two get into in the next book and if perhaps what was a spark might become a fire?
“Fae runs thicker than bloood, quicker’n water, and wild as wind”
Posted 2 years ago at 11:49 am. Add a comment
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (available in audio book/cd)
“At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut– part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.”
Posted 2 years, 4 months ago at 8:00 pm. Add a comment