Contagious Reads Book Report

December 7, 2014 Book Report, Feature, Lindsay's reviews 1

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment

Lindsay’s Books

This is two + weeks worth of non-review books. I finally got to catch up with some of the books I’ve been dying to read! Only another 200 books to go…

chewChew Vol 3: Just Desserts
by  John Layman, Rob Guillory (Illustrator)
Published December 7th 2010
5 GORY SQUISHY SKULLS!

Goodreads | Amazon

Things are looking up for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. He’s got a girlfriend. He’s got a partner he trusts. He even seems to be getting along with his jerk boss. But his ruthless ex-partner is still out there, operating outside of the law, intending to make good on his threats against Tony and everybody Tony cares about. It’s just a matter of time before their investigations collide, blood spills and, inevitably, body parts are eaten

Collects CHEW issues #11-15

Okay, so graphic novels are awesome… when done properly. And this series is always done just right. Obviously, the subject matter won’t be for everyone. Tony Chu is a cibopath. That means that he can get psychic reading from anything he eats. He can eat a piece of broccoli and see where it was harvest, and all the pesticides that were used on it. Obviously, this can make for some bizarre eating habits.

Tony works for the FDA and is often forced to eat some… interesting things in the line of duty. Can you imagine having to solve a murder, and the amount of evidence that can be gleaned from the body? Ew.

Anyway, this volume was just as epic as the two before it. I highly recommend this for readers who love dark and unique plots, with illustrations to match.

infiniteseaThe Infinite Sea
(The Fifth Wave #2)
by Rick Yancey
published on September 16, 2014
4.5 SKULLS

Goodreads | Amazon

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I read the 5th Wave when it first came out and I figured it was so memorable that I wouldn’t have any issues jumping into the second book without a refresher.

Uhhhhh… I have never been so wrong in my entire life. I ended up with mostly vague imaginings of what happened before and I was still mostly lost by the end of The Infinite Sea. So why am I giving it 4 1/2 skulls? Because it was still amazingly written and I loved every minute of my confused reading.

 

one past midnightOne Past Midnight
by Jessica Shirvington
published on July 22, 2014
4 SKULLS

Goodreads | Amazon

Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is…

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

I hate to say this, but I was comparing this to Shirvington’s Violet Eden series (which was completely amazeballs!) and I really shouldn’t have done that. On its own, One Past Midnight (aka Between The Lives) is a solid love story, with perfect chemistry between Sabine and Ethan. In one life, anyway. In the other life, Sabine’s boyfriend is perfect on paper but the chemistry is non existent. She tries her best not to kiss him for too long, and distracts him from anything physical. I couldn’t wrap my head around why she would want to be with him. She kept saying that she would learn to love him, but it hasn’t changed in the years they’ve been together.

There was also a major hole, by never explaining why the rules of her two lives are suddenly changing. I wanted to have more answers and fewer plot gaps. Otherwise, still a great read with the strong writing style that I come to expect from Shirvington.

 

bitter coldBitter Cold
by Katina French
published November 2014
4 SKULLS

Amazon | Goodreads

In 1886, North America is a contentious confederation of independent republics vying for economic and political dominance. Christopher “Kit” Merryweather and Greta Singleton are childhood friends in St. Louis, a city powered by alchemical magic and mechanical wonders. When Kit is captured by wealthy industrialist Evelyn DeWinter, whom the papers call the Snow Queen, Greta knows she must do whatever it takes to find him.

Evelyn is determined to build a machine that will grant her endless youth and absolute power, while plunging the world into a new ice age: the Eternity Engine. She wants Kit’s remarkable tinkering ability to make it work. Told to abandon all hope, Greta refuses to give up on Kit.

Using her own alchemical talents to discover the few clues left behind, Greta follows their trail from the Steam Gardens of Arkansas, to the gypsy caravans of Tennessee, to a final confrontation with the Snow Queen herself in her flying airship fortress above the coal mines of Kentucky. Can a stubborn young lady take on the most powerful woman in the world, with the help of a few friends and a clockwork reindeer?

If you enjoyed Disney’s FROZEN, this imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of loyalty, disillusionment and tenacious love is sure to please.

Lucky for me I only have sons, so I was never subjected to watching Frozen on repeat for weeks on end. Also, no musical renditions of Let It Go. I did enjoy the movie the one time I forced my kids to watch it though. 😛 When I decided to read Bitter Cold, I realized that Frozen was my only real experience with the Snow Queen. I went straight out and borrowed a copy from the library. Bitter Cold is much closer to the original story, but with a steampunk twist.

I absolutely adored Katina’s take of the classic story, with the steampunk gadgets being my favorite addition! Not many authors can claim to have clockwork reindeer in their books! It’s definitely a fun read, but I wish that I could have seen more interaction between Greta and Kit before their separation. Although… I get the impression there could be more books to follow, so maybe I’ll get my chance to see more of them yet. 😉

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

maybe notMaybe Not
(Maybe #1.5)
by Colleen Hoover
published on November 24th 2014
10 FREAKING SKULLS! (Can I do that? I just did that.)

Goodreads | Amazon

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

This book was the best surprise ever. I don’t mean that I was surprised that it was good (because there was never any doubt in my mind), but I just mean that Colleen kept this novella under wraps until the last second. SURPRISE!

Okay. Where do I start? It goes without saying that you need to read Maybe Someday first. Just… do it. You won’t regret it. Then you need to immediately read this one. It adds a whole different perspective to some of the scenes from Maybe Someday that you never would’ve guessed. You’ll fall in love with Warren (but you can’t have him, because he’s mine) and have a whole new level of understanding for Bridgette.

Colleen has a way of writing a story (as authors are wont to do) that can squeeze tears out of a rock. I wish it had been longer…

This is NOT YA! There is a lot of sex in this story, so be warned!

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Lindsay

One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3