04 April 2014

Review: In the End (Quarantined #2) by Tracey Ward

In the End (Quarantined #2)
Author: Tracey Ward
Pub. Date: January, 2014
Acquired: Amazon

Jordan and Alissa made it out of Portland, away from ground zero where The Fever still rages on. But they couldn't beat the quarantine. Now barriers are being built and the remaining survivors of the outbreak are trapped.

And the undead just keep coming.

The wave of infected is building as city after city is devoured. As they head east into the mountains they will be forced to fight both the dead and the living as they search for a safe place to weather the storm.

But what they believed would be the death of them might actually save them, and in this hell on Earth they'll uncover something even more shocking than the risen dead. Hope.

~My Review~
I know I've said it already, but I LOVE dystopians that feature zombies. I mean, seriously. Can it get any better?
Not only are there undead creature trying to eat the characters' faces off but you also--for the most part--have crazy humans who are trying to kill them, as well. It makes for some crazy suspense.
After reading Until the End, I started this book. Immediately. It was one of those two-in-the-morning-need-to-get-my-fix moments. More than anything I wanted Jordan, Alli to find a place to be safe. A place where they could live the rest of their lives without running.
But, the more I read, the more I realized that this story is so much more complex than that. There are other characters that I grew to care about.

As far as the romance aspect of In the End, there was just enough to keep me happy. It wasn't too sappy and diluted with corny love scenes. However, there was enough that I knew that Jordan and Alli cared about each other.
One part, in particular, made me swoony. When you get to Jordan adding his and Alli's name to the Living List. That. Made my heart swell. So sweet.

Although we see some of the characters featured in this book, in Ms. Ward's spin-off Survival Series, this story comes to a satisfactory conclusion. It leaves you wondering what happened to the characters that survived. But, there's enough of a finish that it's not a cliffhanger.

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Tracey Ward was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied English Literature at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) It was there that she discovered why Latin is a dead language and that being an English teacher was not actually what she wanted to do with her life.

Tracey's husband, son and 80lbs pitbull who thinks he's a lapdog are her world.

03 April 2014

Feature & Follow #1

Welcome to my VERY FIRST Feature & Follow!! I've been following Parajunkee's View for awhile now. But after a year-long break when I didn't have a computer, I've been pretty quiet with blogging up until last week. So, here I am!!! And, I'm LOVING this!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Every week we'll discuss a new topic. This week's topic?
Late April Fools. What was the best prank you’ve played or had played on you?

In answer to that question, I'd have to say it was in sixth grade. A group of about six of us girls thought we'd play a prank on our entire class.
The day before April Fools we started spreading a rumor that there was a cat loose in the building.
That night we made dough into what looked like cat poop. It was brown, all rolled up and disgusting.
Before anyone got there the next morning (thank goodness our teacher had a sense of humor) we placed the poop on some of the desks and chairs... Just waiting for a classmate to see it and freak. We thought it was hilarious!

Thanks for stopping by!

Becasue I Can!

I've decided to start a bi-monthly giveaway. I have quite a few extra books on my shelves and my husband keeps eyeballing them like they're going to take over the house. So, in order to save both my shelf space, my husband's sanity, AND my marriage, I've decided to give them all away.
I'd do it in one big giveaway, but the shipping on 15 books in a one month's time period may end my marriage on its own.
SOOOOOOOO...We're going to do this twice a month until they're all gone! Here and on my Giveaway page you'll find details and pictures on each of the books up for grabs.
Entering will be simple. Easy. Not too involved. Just PLEASE, take my books!!!!! This is a follower giveaway, however, so following my blog--in SOME way--is mandatory.

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02 April 2014

This is What I Feel Like...

Seriously. No joke. My kids all had colds last week. Four kids, four colds. I was BOUND to get it, right?
I had a giveaway and at least two reviews planned for the last three days but instead I'm sitting on the couch, letting my children watch entirely too much TV so that Mommy can get some quiet time. Maybe not my proudest parenting moment.

Anyway, I am still reading so when I kick this cold's rotten butt, I will have plenty to share with everyone.

Until then...
Wash your hands, quarantine your children, and drink your OJ!!!