Monthly Archives: October 2012

Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter

Alice In Zombieland
By Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently. I’d tell my sister no. I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad. I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time. I’d tell them I love them. I wish… Yeah, I wish

This Blonde’s Review
I never realized how much I didn’t like Alice until I read Alice in Zombieland. The original Alice always struck me as spoiled, uninterested in anyone but herself, and rather unlikeable. I liked the adventure perhaps, but not Alice. Our Alice is nothing like that.

Ali grew up with a drunken father she knows is crazy. He’s so distracted by the monsters he sees that he can’t seem to care about anyone else. His desire to protect them outweighs his ability to be there for them. Ali’s mother makes excuses for him so is little help in their daughter’s attempts to have a real life. For Ali’s birthday she talks her parents into something they’ve never agreed to before & that changes everything.

In a blink Ali loses everything that matters to her. She didn’t bounce back like nothing is wrong, because no one really could. But she isn’t going to give up forever. Soon she’ll fight. Because now she knows her dad wasn’t crazy.

She moves to a new house to live with her grandparents, had to go to a new school, make new friends. Ali gets lucky by making the best type of friend (who I loved) early. Life gets complicated as soon a she makes eye contact with the most dangerous guy in school. Because we can’t have a story without a love interest and our Alice can’t have a study boy. Especially as she gets herself into more scrapes and shows us how tough she really is.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this I’m since I’m not fully into the zombie trend. Ali won me over though. She’s obviously had a hard time and can’t even think of certain things at first. Despite that she’s stronger than she seems. She will avenge her family, even when life takes a turn for the unexpected. I can’t help but respect a girl who will fight for what she believes, even if it’s easier to retreat.

If you enjoy strong characters who wrong let their baggage defeat them, dangerous boys who are more than they seem, & zombies that aren’t your typical zombies then you’ll love this one.


Lucid – Adrienne Stoltz

Lucid coverLucid
By Adrienne Stoltz
Available Now

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This Blonde’s Review:
Have you ever had a dream that felt real? For Maggie and Sloane it’s more than just a dream that feels real. For them, they share their lives through their dreams. When Maggie is asleep she can dream of Sloane’s life as if she’s living it, and when Sloan is asleep she dreams of Maggie’s life.

As their lives start to change and they each find a guy worth keeping around, they start to struggle with their shared lives. They know this isn’t a normal way to live and they know that no one else would believe it. That if they were believed the people around them would think they were crazy. As they start to open up about their unusual dream connection the people in each life insist that she is the real one and that the other girl is just a very realistic dream. They can let go of each other, but what will be left when that happens?

This book was rather interesting, but it’s one that makes you wonder since the author doesn’t make it obvious who is real. The way they both have the same name makes it clear that they aren’t two different people with a strange connection. Reading their story we can see reasons why both would want to escape their lives. As their lives start to overlap and each girl sees something from the other one’s life we have to watch and hope she’ll get everything straightened out before it’s too late.

The idea of someone creating such an involved double life is interesting. It’s not quite a split personality since it all takes place in dreams, so it’s not anything I had ever thought much about. I’m not sure it was the best time for me to read this one since I was a little distracted, making it hard for me to get lost in the story. But even with the distractions and having to reread certain parts of it I still enjoyed it.

If you enjoy books where you aren’t sure what’s real and what’s all in the character’s heads then you’ll enjoy this one.


When We Wake – Karen Healey

When We Wake coverWhen We Wake
By Karen Healey
Available March 2013

My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

This Blonde’s Review:
Our lives can change in an instant. For Teagan that’s exactly what happened on what she thought was one of the best days of her life. She finds herself waking up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. Teagan had died and somehow been brought back to life.

Being brought back doesn’t feel like a new start for Teagan. It’s the end. Everyone she has ever known or loved is gone. The people who loved her lost her and some of their lives were changed forever because of it. She doesn’t know why she was brought back but she knows that nothing is what it should be.

Teagan was the kind of girl you can like, but not everyone would understand. She wanted to change the world and was willing to go do what she could to make it happen. Waking up in the future was nothing like she expected. Some of the laws are things she thinks are fantastic (humanure) but others leave her struggling to understand how they came to be. To make things harder for her, she’s a teenager who is more outdated than many of the adults in it.

Teagan is a passionate, stubborn, and determined girl. She manages to make a few friends and won’t give up on herself. When she stumbles into information she shouldn’t have about why she’s there, Teagan will do whatever it takes to bring it to light.

I enjoyed Karen Healey’s vision of a futuristic Australia. Some of the concepts that are introduced are things I had never thought of before but would be great for people to consider. It makes me wonder why I’d never heard of some of those ideas before. Other things aren’t so great, but I can also easily see how some of them can play out.

Teagan’s journey isn’t one that we can look at and figure it has to have a good ending. There is no way for her to ever go home, so going forward is all that’s left. With the information she has and the people who don’t want her to have it after her, there are only so many options left for her. I admit that I’m torn on the ending but with that information I have to say I think it was done very well.


If We Kiss – Rachel Vail

If We Kiss coverIf We Kiss
By Rachel Vail
If We Kiss – Book 1
Available Now

What would happen if we kiss?

Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. “Wha . . . what did . . .”

And then he kissed me.

If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can’t help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?

This Blonde Reads
This one was rather hard to review since I didn’t care for it, yet it was hard to say exactly why. Charlie makes some bad choices but nothing that has prevented me from liking characters in other books.

Charlie is basically just your average good girl. She’s not too experienced with boys yet lets a guy lead her outside to make out with her against a building, then acts like it never happened. Then the obvious thing would be for her friend to start dating him and her not to admit what she feels for him or what happened between them. Even better is when they start spending time together and she gets to see that she really does like him like she thought. Throughout it all Charlie listening to her friend fall harder for Kevin.

Then we have Kevin. There have been books where I’m torn on whether I can like our lead girl or not but the guy is the one who wins me over. This is not Kevin. I don’t actually see what’s so great about Kevin, since he is the very picture of a guy who doesn’t care what girl he has as long as he has one to make out with. Clearly a winner.

I wanted to like this one, but I found myself irritated and not caring about any of the characters. Not caring about anyone involved made it pretty hard for me to enjoy their story. I hate to make it about the author and the book, since there wasn’t necessarily anything to set this book apart from the others I’ve read that are similar, so perhaps I wasn’t in the right mindset for this one.

If it sounds good to you then you really should give it a try. You may connect with Charlie and find yourself really loving her story.