The name is Lauren, but you can call me Ren. I'm 27 years old and I live in New Jersey with my husband and wonderful 3 year old son. I am what you would consider a workaholic...since that is all I ever do :-) I am a newbie to blogging. I love to read! YA & Adult paranormal romance is my go-to genre, but I love YA and Adult contemporary romance as well. I am also a member of The Young Adult Library Services Association and the American Library Association.
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Smashwords book reviews by Lauren Reidy
on May 24, 2012
Since this was a novella, I'm going to make this short and sweet! I don't want to give too much away.
David is the narrator in the story. The story begins with him explaining the strange influx in Emergency Room patients. As far as the news tells them, it's the result of terrorist attacks. The news is on in David's office building, informing all that the situation is getting worse. People are dying in the ER and coming back to life. The video shows children attacking each other. The disturbing part is that they are eating people's flesh. David leaves the office to get home to his family. After leaving the office, panic ensues as zombies appear in the city. David overcomes many obstacles in order to reach his family.
Will David reach his family before it's too late?
I'm going to stop there so I don't give anything away.
I've seen plenty of zombie movies, but this is my very first zombie book!! I didn't know what to expect from this novella and I was pleasantly surprised. The visualizations I had while reading this book were quite creepy. There was a bit of gore, which I'm totally cool with. The events in the book kind of reminded me of Murphy's Law, what can go wrong, will go wrong. It was one thing after another, he could not catch a break! I kept wondering why this was a novella, why the author couldn't just put all of the parts into one novel. I didn't want to read the blurbs for the other books and potentially spoil this one. Now I know why! That ending was BRILLIANT! I was not expecting it and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Does that make sense to you? cause' it makes perfect sense to me :-) Keep a look out in the future for my reviews of the next 3 novellas in the series!
- Blood Thirst
on Oct. 21, 2012
I will try to make this a spoiler free as possible, but no promises. This story is about Angela's transition as a newborn vampire. She was attacked one evening and left for dead. A vampire named Elijah came to her to offer her eternal life. She vows to find the vampire that did this to her and make him pay. With Elijah's help, she learns the ways of her new existence. Everything she knows is about to change. Matthew, the vampire that attacked her may not be the monster she originally believed him to be.
Take a trip into this fantastic macabre work of fiction. I absolutely loved reading about Angela's transition into a vampire. I have never read a book quite like this one. You really feel like you know what she's feeling through her change. It's definitely not for the squeamish considering some details are very vivid. I prefer the gore. My favorite character would have to be Bong, Angela's new dog. I can't tell you much about Bong without spoiling the story, but I love that damn dog! I didn't know what to expect with this book. It was going in one direction and just wen you think you get it, the story changes. The author has this great way of leaving breadcrumbs. Just enough to hold your interest and keep you yearning for more. The relationship between Angela and Matthew is fully explained in the end. I had a hard time identifying with their relationship and I hope the next book will answer some of my lingering questions. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a darker read. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series.
- Thundering Luv
on May 06, 2013
I'm kind of on the fence when it comes to short stories. I always wind up wanting more that what is given. This short was very satisfying. It has such raw emotion that you will definitely feel. The characters reactions were written perfectly for a teenager. Teens don't usually wait for you to explain, they just react when hurtful things happen to them. The relationship between Jewel and Colin has its ups and downs but is beautiful nonetheless. It's a nice, quick read for anyone that enjoys YA.