Book Review: Zero Day (Ezekiel Boone) @AtriaMysteryBus @ezekiel_boone @SimonSchusterCA

Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 8.37.02 PMYES! YES! YES! I had been eagerly awaiting the third instalment of The Hatching series since last year when I read Skitter last year.  Seeing the spiders hatch, take over and seeing the apocalypse on the horizon, I couldn’t wait to watch the United States go to war against the queen spiders; Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone had arrived!! Truthfully, if anyone had told me that I would be anticipating a book about killer spiders, I would have looked at them like they were crazy. But, alas, here we are!

One of my favourite things about the writing style of Boone is his ability to take tons of characters, both major and minor, and blend them effortlessly together.   All characters are fully developed and each with their own POV. This could end up being confusing the Boone’s execution is brilliant and it ends up adding continuous layers to the plot.

Another fast paced, action packed novel that had me up late into the night and my eyes glued to the pages, but, I have to say, I feel like the ending was a little lacklustre for me. I think I wanted a big SHABANG at the end and it turned out to be a little bit meh. Mind you, this was a trilogy, so I knew it had to come to an end but I wish there would have been a bit more development so the ending could have been drawn out a little more.

I know I will read anything that Boone publishes in the future and cannot wait to see what he will come up with next!

4.5 stars.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Of course, Chandra and Jessica gave this one a read with me!  In fact, the first book in this series, The Hatching, was one of the first books that Chandra and I read together!

Keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one!

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Book Review: The Wolves of Winter (Tyrell Johnson) @tjohnso14 @SimonSchusterCA

Wolves of Winter.pngI am such a sucker for any sort of dystopian novel or any novel with a dystopian landscape. Usually, anything that has a Hunger Games vibe gets me; I just love it. So, when I stumbled upon The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson.

The novel sort of has a young adult vibe with the perfect blend of a young, coming of age vibe and dark, disturbing plotlines. I find this so rare when an author can accomplish this balance (especially since I struggle with any novel that feels too YA). The story opens with a society that has collapsed after facing nuclear war and spread of disease. Lynn McBride and her family are some of the only ones left. Living in the Canadian Yukon, she has learned how to hunt and trap to survive this landscape of ice and snow. However, when a stranger stumbles upon their camp setting in motion a chain of events that leads Lynn away from the life she has come to know and into great danger, she must face challenges she has never dreamed of and fulfil a destiny she never imagined.

So let’s break this book down.

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Book Review: Before This Is Over (Amanda Hickie) @AmandaHickie @littlebrown

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 9.08.01 PMBefore This Is Over by Amanda Hickie, which is out TODAY,  was a book I was incredibly excited to read. I have always been a fan of apocalyptic and pandemic stories, so when I read the synopsis for this novel, I was more than thrilled.   Upon further investigation, I found out that the premise for this novel was inspired by the events of the SARS outbreak in Toronto when the author was living in Canada with her family. I thought that was incredibly interesting, not only because I am Canadian, but also because I can remember this event and the hysteria during this time.   Hickie does a brilliant job at capturing this feeling throughout the pages of her novel.

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Book Review: Skitter (Ezekiel Boone) @ezekiel_boone @RandomHouseCA

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The second wave is coming…..

After reading, The Hatching (the first in this trilogy by Ezekiel Boone- you read my review for that one here),  I was  beyond excited when I was approved for Skitter.  I could not wait to read it!! I actually was lucky enough to read this book as a buddy read last NOVEMBER because I needed someone to share my thoughts with while I was reading!  I read the book, wrote the review and then waited.  I didn’t want to talk about this one too early, but I cannot hold it in anymore! This one is a seriously intense read!

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Book Review: Feral (James DeMonaco) @VintageAnchor

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Allie was still in high school when a fire at a research facility releases an airborne infection that spreads to every male on the planet; although killing most, the surviving men become consumed by symptoms like uncontrollable violence, strength and ferociousness. They are feral.   As the world crumbles around them, the unaffected survivors (all women) ban together. As Allie scavenges for supplies for the group, she begins to notice strange patterns with the ferals. Something is brewing. And time is running out….

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Book Review: Missing Pieces (Heather Gudenkauf)

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Jack and Sarah Quinlan have been happily married for 20 years; they know each other inside and out.   One morning, tragedy strikes, as Jack’s aunt is involved in an accident and hospitalized, forcing Jack and Sarah back to Penny Gate, Iowa; the place of Jack’s childhood. Haunted by memories of his parent’s death, Jack has avoided returning home until now. Once they arrive, Sarah realizes that maybe what she knew about her husband is not true at all. His parents were not in a car crash; his mother was murdered and his father was the key suspect. As Sarah begins to dive deeper and deeper for the truth, things begin to surface; things that Sarah is not prepared to hear; perhaps sometimes the truth is better off buried….

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Book Review: The Hatching (Ezekiel Boone)

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The Hatching, by Canadian author Ezekiel Boone, follows groups of people, throughout the world, as they begin to make a gruesome discovery.   An ancient species, which has been dormant for thousands of years, is now awake. And it is hungry. Hungry for flesh…

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