Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

Release Date:September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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The Summary: Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

The Review:
I am in love with this book. I finished it in a matter of hours, and it’s still just pulling me in. I want to sit down and read it all over again. Not A Drop to Drink is a really interesting take on a YA post-apocalyptic world. Lynn is a great character, who can and does stand on her own. She’s grown up in a harsh world, where the water supply is strictly controlled by the cities. Raised by her mother, she lives on a piece of land that has a pond. She and her mother defend this land, and live off of it, doing okay for themselves. Lynn continues to grow as the story progresses, suffering loss and coping with it. She has little knowledge of the world outside of what her mother has taught her, and her world expands and grows, she changes along with it.

I really loved the writing in this book. It’s fast paced without being rushed, there are a few points that I would have liked to see expanded, but for the most part the pace is great. The description of the world, and how it’s changed, and the people in it are stellar. It’s the kind of writing that transports you to the setting. You’re there with Lynn and the others, going through what they go through. What I love most about Lynn as a character, and this is something shaped by her world, is she’s a badass simply because she has to be. She hunts, defends herself, and kills without question, because she has to. Otherwise she’ll die. The side characters were really great too. Stebbs was really well written, and I love the mentor/pseudo-father figure he provided. I actually liked Eli and the relationship that he and Lynn were building. It was a cute breath of fresh air, and I really appreciate that Eli didn’t push Lynn into anything at all.

My only complaint about this, is the last few chapters progress really quickly. I appreciate the epilogue and the further development of Lynn and her relationship with Lacey–I just wish there was more to it rather than a large time jump. I would have loved to see how things changed after the last chapter. Overall though, this book blew me away. It’s amazingly written, and just one that I want to throw at people and tell them to read it.

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Review: Tent City by Kelly Van Hull

Tent City by Kelly Van Hull
Release Date: March 10, 2013
Publisher: Self published through Amazon.
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The Summary: After a devastating plague, introverted 17-year-old Dani Campbell and her family find themselves living in a very different America, one run by a cult-like leader, who forces children to move to “safety camps” designed to protect the human race. Encouraged to flee by her parents, Dani and her five-year-old brother seek refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the run with danger around every corner, Dani must fight to ensure their survival in this new world while trying to unmask the mystery of how it all came to be.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book as part of a read and review group. I am not compensated for this review, nor am I influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review This is the second post-apocalyptic, post-government plot story I’ve read in a week or so, and I really enjoyed Tent City. Danni is a seventeen year old girl, who at the beginning of the book leaves home with her five year old brother and her best friend, Kit. They find safety in the mountains when they come across a group of others who have fled their homes. They settle into Tent City, making the best of the situation, the alternate–‘safety camps’, being much worse than what they’ve got.

Danni grows as a main character in leaps and bounds. In the beginning she was a standard teenager, who considered herself burdened by her younger brother, but as the story progresses the reader can see the changes in this character. She trains, becoming physically stronger, learns basic medical care, is able to stand up not only for herself, but her brother and some others that she meets along the way. Kit also changes, growing up and becoming a strong, independent woman on her own.

There’s a hint of romance, but it’s handled in a subtle way. Jack and Bentley both vie for Danni’s attention, and while it’s not resolved in this book, it adds to the story. The twists concerning the two men were a little predictable, but again it didn’t remove from the story and added an extra conflict in the later chapters.

The ties between religion and corruption in the government are really interesting. The Plagues as an apocalyptic tool, outside of a religious setting, are something I hadn’t seen before. The plot is well thought out and it flows nicely. My only complaint is the ending. I felt that it was a little rushed, and a little abrupt, and I want more. I’m looking forward to reading more of this universe.

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Book Review: Wunder .5 by A.R. Von.

Wunder .5 by A.R. Von
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Self Published through Amazon.
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The SummaryWunder may have a normal life now…well, as normal as a freak of nature could have. Half zombie while her job is to hunt bloodthirsty creatures to protect the innocent. It’s the dreams that haunt her and they aren’t nightmares. Wunder dreams of a man, a man made just for her. Is he real, can he be the one she‘s yearned for?

Pete’s world is a lonely one as he wrestles with the reality of being part zombie. His hatred for the creatures that killed his parents drives him to patrol the streets and wipe them all out. His life would be stark, but for the dreams he’s been having; of a woman, so sensuous, so sexy. These alluring visions have become erotic and consuming. He feels as if he made her up to keep from going crazy. Is this life of hunting the walking dead, all there is? Or is she out there, waiting…just for him?

The Review: Plagued (haha see what I did there? Sorry, it won’t happen again) by dreams featuring a smokin’ hot mystery man, Wunder has to balance her day to day zombie hunting life and deal with her own demons of being half zombie–all the while thinking about her nightly escapades with tall dark and handsome.

This is a prequel of sorts to Wunder, which I’ve also reviewed and will link further down, and it goes deeper into Wunder’s history and her daily life. I liked getting to read more about Wunder’s team and more about her day to day life. We’re also given more of an introduction to Pete, who is Wunder’s love interest. Their chemistry is scorching hot, and well written. I can’t get enough of Wunder and the world that Ms. Von has built. I’m really looking forward to book two, or really anything that I can sink my teeth into. (Sorry.)

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Review: Wunder by A.R. Von


Wunder A.R.Von
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Self Published through Amazon.
Length: 18 pages
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The Summary: Wunder isn’t your average girl, in fact, she isn’t even an average human. In a world once ravaged by Zombies, she was born amidst the chaos.

Where can a girl like her find the man of her delicious dreams? She has an idea and it leads her to the hottest new club in town, where she finds what’s been missing in her life.

Pete has his own secrets to tell, and when they come together, another story unfolds while the sparks fly.

The Review: First off this is a short story–extremely short. However, despite the length, there’s a lot going on. Wunder is a human/zombie hybrid, and in this post-zombie world it’s something that she keeps hidden. A tough as nails zombie hunter, who has an incredibly sensual side. Pete is tall dark and handsome and hiding something from Wunder and the world. When the two come together sparks fly and the chemistry is off the charts.

I really enjoyed this short, and was pleasantly surprised by it. I went way out of my comfort zone, both with zombies, and erotica and the blending of the two. Don’t think that this is a mash up of Romero’s zombies getting together. It’s not. There’s a lot to this story and it packs a punch. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Wunder goes next, and more of her interactions with Pete.

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Review: Perifdy by Dori Klaproth

Perdify by Dori Klaproth
Release Date:July 23, 2013
Publisher: Self published through Amazon.
Pages: 90 pages.
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The Summary: Quick witted teen Trina must find a way to fight for her life the government has unleashed a genetically altered millennia old virus on an unsuspecting populace. To top it off she must keep her 4 year old half-sister as well as a couple of spoiled rich boys. Then finds Love right in the middle of it all.

The Review: This book was a serious let down. I really wanted to like it, I’ve read a short by this author and enjoyed it. However, Perfidy is just something that didn’t live up to it’s potential. Trina is a teenage girl who falls ill in the first few pages of the book. She’s taken to a mobile hospital (think like a M*A*S*H or field hospital) where she learns that she’s going to be executed–even after surviving a round with this mysterious illness.

Sounds interesting?

It has the chance to be. But that chance goes away, and everything is handed to Trina on a platter of convenience. She escapes into the woods, and works her way back to the family home. Once there she finds that her escape has been noticed, and now people are hunting her down. Trina’s mother sends the four year old sister out to join Trina in the wilderness to hopefully live in secrecy. Trina’s father spent lots of time teaching her how to survive off the land, and she has a few supplies. But once again, the opportunity to show some conflict and struggle is overshadowed. The supplies that they need are always within reach, they find a cave system which they turn into a home–and they don’t want for anything. Two boys join the girls, and again, things just seem to fall into place.

I would have really loved to see more struggle, more drama with this book. The whole man vs nature, man vs government is something that appeals to me in books. There were times where I could see where this was going, but then it turned sharply into the world of easily accessible. I think that rather than the young adult/teen age group this book would be more suited for a younger crowd. I wanted to like this, and I did finish because there were a few good points and the potential is there–but I can’t recommend it really. It is a series, and I’m strongly considering the second book but I probably won’t get it.

I bought this when it was .99, and the price has been raised to 4.99 which I think is incredibly high. If you wish to purchase it, go for it, but wait and watch if the price goes down.

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