Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm BodiesWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t think I could ask for more out of a book. Inner turmoil, deep life philosophies, romance, and oh… did I mention zombies.

Imagine that you have joined the legends of undead. Your thought processes are slower, you are able to grunt out a few syllables, and you struggle to move. You have forgotten everything about your previous life: who you are, what you did, where you live, and what your name was. But through the grisly process of eating a living human’s brain, you take on all of their memories and thought process. You get the first row ticket to their lives, dreams, ambitions, goals, and loves. You are trapped in your body, unable to communicate effectively, and only want to tell the world that you are changing somehow.

This story is narrated by a young zombie known only by “R” (because he cannot remember his name). R consumes the brain of another young man named Perry. Amongst the battle to feed, R sees the love that the man had for a girl named Julie, and when he snaps out of his dream-like state, he finds Julie huddled in a corner, terrified.

You would think that once a zombie, always a zombie, and that this is the end of our terrified girl. But that is where this zombie story is different from every other one you have read. R knows that something is different about him, and something is changing, and he disguises Julie to get her past the other dead. In this post-apocalyptic world, the toppling on one strange domino sets off a frenzy of others down a path of the unknown.

I think this whole story could be summed up in one line from the book:

                                               I’m just a corpse who wants not to be.

So if you’re into zombies, you might want to check out this book. It may make you think again when you look at the rotted walking dead. You might ask yourself, I wonder what that zombie is thinking.

R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

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Have pleasant vampire, werewolf, and zombie dreams.

Book Review: Temptation by Tina deCoux

Temptation (The Soul Collection, #1)Temptation by Tina deCoux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

REVIEW: This story is based around a demon, Temptation, and his job is to do exactly what his name states. He roams earth, trying to tempt humans into sin. If a human gives in to the sin, their soul is marked for the Collector, another demon. But Temptation has grown jaded about his job, and forces sin on humans instead of letting them choose. An angel of war visits him, and informs him that he has to right his wrongs or the ultimate war will wage, bring an end to everything, including Temptation. Why would Temptation need to exist if there are no humans left to tempt?

I’ll have to admit, I was going to pass on this book. The cover was intriguing, and as I read through the reviews I was accosted with a spoil sport review. You know, someone didn’t like the book so they left a spoiler review without a warning.

I’m glad that I decided to read it even after the spoiler. The book was a little choppy for me, and the dialog seemed forced in some areas, but over all I thought it was a decent story. It was something different, and that is what I’m always looking for. The book is written from first person POV with chapters alternating between Sunset, a bar owner, and Temptation (Sam), a demon. I think I would have like it better if it would have been completely written from Temptation’s POV; he had a child-like quality to his personality as he struggled with new emotions.

This book was the first of a series called The Soul Collection Series, I will be looking for the next one.

ABOUT: Times are tough for the demon, Temptation. Once he enjoyed his work enticing humans to sin so their souls could be marked for collection. Now no one needs inducement from him. Lying, stealing, and cheating, has become the mortal's way. 

This tiny gold-mining town in northern California and the bar he has just entered appear as corrupt as all the other places he has visited. However, he senses purity amongst the squalor, and he knows he has found the one soul he must tempt. Sunset. She is as decent as he is corrupt. As good as he is evil. And more hopeful about life than any human he has encountered. He must have her. 

But he soon learns he has overstepped his bounds and must now find a way to free the souls of the wrongfully damned.

His long-time enemy, the Collector, has other plans. Here to chastise him, he takes great pleasure in announcing Temptation's punishment. He must pursue his quest, in human form, with human emotions. Emotions that lead him straight to Sunset.

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Have pleasant vampire, werewolf, and zombie dreams.

Book Review: Succumbing to Gravity by Richard Farnsworth

Succumbing to GravitySuccumbing to Gravity by Richard Farnsworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REVIEW: We have all made sacrifices in our lives, but none of them could compare to ones that Greg presents the reader.

The internal conflict that our protagonist struggles with every day is beyond human comprehension. He knew heaven once, and it was taken from him as a penitence for his sins. But how far can you fall as an angel? A lot farther than you think.

Wandering the earth for centuries of time, burdened with the guilt of his own damnation, he self- medicates his pain with heroine. Even though his wings have been shorn, he is left with residual gifts from his celestial life. He uses his ability to see ones soul to pull a small fortune telling gig. This in return keeps him fed - on his favorite diet of pancakes - and enough funds to buy more smack. This parlor tick of his eventually led him to reading for someone that compromises his self-absorbed existence.

Now his time has come to fight his own inner demons, and the real demons trying to claw their way back from the abyss below.

It’s been a long time since I read a book, and ran around shoving it in everyone’s face telling them they have to read it. So if you haven’t read this, you need to, and let’s see if you read the last line of the book and yell: “F#@k Yeah!” like I did.

ABOUT: Greg used to be an angel, but that was an eternity ago. Back when he was Araqiel, part of the celestial chorus. Back before he gave in to his temptations. Before he fell. Now he roams the wet streets of a hopeless city, feeding his addictions and punishing himself for sins that cannot be forgiven. But when a desperate girl and a host of vengeful demons cross his path, Greg must choose between redemption and damnation. For him, the two may not be so different.

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Have pleasant vampire, werewolf, and zombie dreams.