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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (@RickYancey)

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, May 2013 Spotlight Pick
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the excellent Monstrumologist series which I love, but I staved off reading this new series, mostly due to my ‘post-apocalyptic / dystopian books’ fatigue. But the sequel has been released (The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave), so it was time for me to dive in!

The 5th Wave is about a hostile alien invasion of earth, and it starts out really creepy, with a ‘being’ visiting a sleeping pregnant woman and ‘inserting’ an alien consciousness within the fetus. Then, the countdown begins. (cue the music).

The book starts up again after the so-called ‘4th wave’ of the invasion, and is told mostly from the point of view of shell-shocked teenager Cassie (who fears she is the last person on earth). To my surprise, I found that I liked Cassie (I usually don’t like the YA heroines I’ve read so far). She had all the irritating teenage girl qualities (especially her tendency to moon over good-looking boys), but I don’t know – Rick Yancey managed to wrap her up in teflon or something – I was really rooting for her. I liked her sarcasm, guts and never-say-die attitude. I suspect though that part of why she didn’t wear out her welcome was that Rick Yancey, (wisely) chose not to tell the entire story from her POV.

The 5th Wave is also told from the POV of a teenage boy nicknamed Zombie, who has been conscripted into a ‘child army’ – whipped into fighting shape ostensibly to defeat the elements of the ‘4th wave’ – the ‘alien-infested’ humans who are busily wiping out what’s left of humanity after the previous ‘waves’.  Zombie is the leader of a rag-tag squadron, whose littlest member is (coincidentally) Sammy – Cassie’s little brother.

And more coincidence (!), Zombie happens to be Ben Parish – Cassie’s unrequited crush back in her previous life. But the requisite teen romance (because there has to be one – it’s like written in law or something) in The 5th Wave isn’t between Cassie and Zombie. Mysterious good (or bad?) guy Evan rescues a wounded Cassie, and they quickly fall in love while Cassie is recuperating under Evan’s care. Personally, I found Evan to be stalker-ish (even Cassie commented on this), but apparently, all that laser-beam intensity is an irresistible quality in a man. (Example – My girl friends who have read the book are in love with Evan – insert eye-roll here).

The 5th Wave ends strong with good action sequences AND on emotional cliff-hangers (the fate of one main character up in the air, other characters may be mortally wounded), so I’m darn glad that I already own book two!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam Juvenile/Penguin Group) is available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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Bargain Alert! The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson for $1.99! @eccobooks (US)

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (Ecco/HarperCollins) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Jonas Jonasson’s picaresque tale of how one person’s actions can have far-reaching—even global—consequences, written with the same light-hearted satirical voice as his bestselling debut novel, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world’s most secret projects.

Here is where the story merges with, then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile . . . the one that was never supposed to have existed. Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she’s on the run from both the South African justice and the most terrifying secret service in the world. She ends up in Sweden, which has transformed into a nuclear nation, and the fate of the world now lies in Nombeko’s hands.

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Bargain Alert! The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith H. Beer w/ Susan Dworkin for $2.99! @WmMorrowBks (US)

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust by Edith H. Beer w/ Susan Dworkin

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust by Edith H. Beer w/ Susan Dworkin (William Morrow) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith’s protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.

In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells of German officials who casually questioned the lineage of her parents; of how, when giving birth to her daughter, she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and of how, after her husband was captured by the Soviet army, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.

Yet despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document and set of papers issued to her, as well as photographs she managed to take inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust — complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.

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Bargain Alert! The Last Guardian – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer @eoincolfer for $2.25! @DisneyHyperion (US)

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

The Last Guardian - Artemis Fowl Book 8 (Graphic Novel) by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian – Artemis Fowl Book 8 (Graphic Novel) by Eoin Colfer (Disney Hyperion) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.25 on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Age Level: 10 – 14 Grade Level: 5 – 9

Book 8 of 8 in the Artemis Fowl Series

Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi.

In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, Penelope Keith (Narrator) for $2.95! #Audible

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, Penelope Keith (Narrator)

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, Penelope Keith (Narrator) is Audible.Com’s Daily Deal, and is available today for just $2.95! Enjoy!

Product Description:

After years of bullying and cajoling others as a high-flying public relations boss, Agatha Raisin’s early retirement to the picture-postcard village of Carsley in the Cotswolds is a dream come true. And how better to begin making herself a local leading light than by entering the village quiche-making competition? Unburdened by old-fashioned ideas of fair play, the ruthless Agatha decides to ensure she wins by buying her entry from a London delicatessen. Alas, Agatha’s perfect product is soon exposed – as not only store-bought but poisoned. The contest judge succumbs after eating it, and with him go Agatha’s reputation and her chances of rural bliss – unless she can expose the poisoner….

©1992 M. C. Beaton; (P)2012 AudioGO

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Realm Walkers Series Books 1-2 by Donita K. Paul @donitakpaul are $1.99 Each! @Zondervan #Teens Daily Deal

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Teens Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

Realm Walkers Series Books 1-2 by Donita K. Paul

Realm Walkers Series Books 1-2 by Donita K. Paul (Zondervan) are available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 each on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Today only, the Realm Walkers Series Books 1-2 by Donita K. Paul  are $1.99 each

One Realm Beyond (Realm Walkers Book 1)
Two Renegade Realms (Realm Walkers Book 2)

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Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro @danijshapiro for $1.99! @HarperCollins #Kindle Biographies & Memoirs Daily Deal!

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Biographies & Memoirs Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Devotion: A Memoir‘ by Dani Shapiro (HarperCollins) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

Dani Shapiro, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, is back with Devotion: a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, and grapples with the ways faith, prayer, and devotion affect everyday life.

Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called “the afternoon of life.”

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Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon @timlebbon is $0.99! @TitanBooks #Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal! And the new deal is…

Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon

Alien: Out of the Shadows‘ by Tim Lebbon (Titan Books) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

Book 1 of 3 in the Alien Series

HE FIRST IN AN ALL NEW, OFFICIAL TRILOGY SET IN THE ALIEN UNIVERSE!

Featuring the iconic Ellen Ripley in a terrifying new adventure that bridges the gap between Alien and Aliens.

Officially sanctioned and true to the Alien cannon, Alien: Out of the Shadows expands upon the well-loved mythos and is a must for all Alien fans.

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