This is a fairly forgettable YA zombie novel from where i am standing in my old Miranda lady shoes but i think it is one its audience will appreciate i can see young reluctant reader males getting something from it that i supersaturated with zombie exposure did nothere are the book s pros interesting zombies they are speedy in that new millennial zombie way and they aren t all reanimated corpses they are ultra strong and unusually shaped and sparklyike edward i guess but ess mopey these zombies don t ever sigh or feel conflicted they just feeddrama geeks to the rescueit s about time drama geeks got to rock in a zombie tale prop swords and risers and set building tools will come into play although there is very ittle apart from that which gives the story that insider s edge which is a shame because i think that would have made it stronger for me you can understand the advantages a group of high school jocks would have in fighting zombies physical strength and agility and experience with strategically operating as a team but what advantages would a group of drama geeks have i think it would have been fun to see this explored deeplygood violent scenesif you re a fan of zombie books you know how important these are the bloodshed is well handled and their splatteriness is another reason those video game playing reluctant readers will eat this up with spoons these zombies are strong enough to punch through car windows or people s faces and there are many cool and bloody scenes and also a willingness to kill off characters you might think are safe although again a missed opportunity the scene with the most potential for cool descriptive bloodbath violence the zombie pep rally was conducted entirely offscreen booooand its consunlikeable protagonist usually this doesn t bother me one way or another and he s not repellent or anything just irritating in that very real feeling confident teen way his relationship with his sister is his only redeeming character trait the rest his general condescension and his attitude towards his girlfriend are pretty gratinginsane Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child (Regally Wed, love plotthis revival of relationship ohike a zombie revives i get it does not ring true and feels Willingly Bedded, Forcibly Wedded like an item from a checklist must haveove interest check too many coincidencessee insane The Trust Imperative love plot view spoiler seriously if a zombie can punch through a car window there s no way kenzie is safe in aibrary with straight up open windows hiding behind a door and no way aura is safe in that classroom these zombies have been shown to be incredibly good at identifying and attacking their prey there is no reason either would have been alive except for oooooove and family hide spoiler Am I supposed to say thank you to netgalley and Clay Yeagers Redemption (Trinity Street West, let people know that I got the book for free to read I know everyone does this In the interest of full disclosure I guess I should mention it too I guess I should also mention that almost every book I ve read recently has been a free book I ve gotten directly or indirectly from a publisher and that I kind of only want to read ARC s any because I m tooazy to spend the minute it takes to sign in a non ARC into work So disclosure said I should also say that I m not promising an honest review I sometimes Dark Desires lie in reviews So I asked for this book because it was compared to a cross between The Breakfast Club and Walking Dead I d had good results with the Breaking Bad meets Walking Dead so whose to say that I wouldn t have gooduck again I enjoyed the methed out zombie book much Yeah there is a Breakfast Club thing going on here but it s not as angsty or cool feeling as the mid 80 s movie that I could possibly uote over 90% of and which I saw probably over a hundred times as a middle school student Instead it s Breakfast Club The Corporate Raiders Revenge (Suite Secrets, like because you get a wholeittle cross section of a high school population thrown together having to deal with shit they would rather not be dealing with You ve got theater geeks a gooney sXe kid a cheerleader a basket case a sopho version of Avril Lavigne and some other types all mixed up with genders race and sexual orientation It s Course of Action like a photograph from the cover a college recruiting brochure But with zombies or zombieike creatures Did I Christmas Masquerades like the bookNot so much It s possible that part of the problem with the book was that there was a formatting glitch in the epub version I read Every page numbered page not reading page had ateast one sentence in the wrong place Like an experimental fiction non seuitur thrown in to break up the reading experience Since the physicality of ebooks is already somewhat alienating to me this just made getting at all immersed in the story almost impossible It was ike
some third rate Brechtian shit going on always etting me know third rate Brechtian shit going on always Blades Lady letting me know are reading a book you are reading a book on a device reading a book reading a book Ignoring the unsatisfactory basic reading experience I still had some problems with teh book Two main onesOne Maybe it was because I d just read a book that did an amazing job at voice that I was attuned to this problem but none of the characters sounded very believable when they spoke They didn t soundike teenagers they kind of sounded Learning Yii Testing like what I imagine my dad might have made teenagers to soundike if I could have gotten him to write some teen dialogue back when I was a teenager and convinced him To At Least Drop The Embarrassing Words Like Phat Which at east drop the embarrassing words ike phat which d heard the kids said but which neither my sister nor I ever used I thinkTwo I get that in this zombie saturated cash cow culture you ve gotta give the walking dead a new twist and this was a fairly ingenious ittle twist to the zombie condition but it was almost ike too much of a twist Early on in the novel a zombie Communicating Effectively literally punches a whole in a kids face They can also move uite fast and they are animalike in being able to sense a potential meal The Philosophical Journey lurking around With all of these strengths it s sort of unbelievable that there are any survivors at all The creatures are made tooethal too bad ass or whatever you want to call it I m fairly certain that if you can punch a hole in someones face you can also punch through a door especially if things Asset Protection like shattered bones and pain aren t concerns because all you want to do is eat someiving people The creatures also aren t that great at finding victims once the initial carnage is over The book did have a nice George RR Martin element to it though and once the action started there did have the feeling that no character was safe from possibly becoming the next victim to the creatures roaming around the high school campus turning students into piles of gore Will kids Enzymes Enzyme Therapy like this book I have no idea I guess it depends on their age I can see younger teens with a taste for horror enjoying it older teens might smell bullshit in the way the characters talk and act This probably would have been fine back when I was a teen and YAiterature didn t really exist except as warning novels Blindsided like Go Ask Alice to make sure we just said no or else ourives would become unbearably boring shit if we succumbed to the At Land lure of sex drugs and Satan and we d become addicted to writing a diary and getting and into that diary as we did and drugs Just for the sake of not having to jot down every stupid thing in a notebook the safest thing back then was just to say no and maybe just waste your timeistening to Faster Pussycat while playing say Galaga on Nintendo Or maybe that was just me How did I come around to that Right YA novels didn t really exist back in the days when I was a teen Back then I probably would have thought this was pretty cool but don t take my teenage self s opinion about anything to matter Not the best zombie book I ve read but most certainly not the worst It did have it s moments It s marketed as a young adult novel so it did come across sometimes as juvenile but I still On the Run likey it Plus A pretty SICK zombie book A jaw hangsoose from its skull a fist sized hole in a throat gapes wide facial skin slides away from the bone and kids go and be The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, like cannibalisticawn mowers while corpses of students Russian Winter litter the sidewalk This is how graphic it gets and it was uite entertaining especially with the easy to read funny at many places writing amplified by the pages of the book blotted out with bloodike splatters at their edges It s uite creative and it certainly achieved its very purpose that is to crumple the reader s face in this case mine worse than a dried plum the whole time I was reading glad my husband wasn t around while I was reading it it d be a major turnoff for him ol Best read this while having a gooey blueberry pie yumIt has a fast paced plot although predictable and far fetched at times read it in one sitting a ikeable hero narrator diverse characters with. Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreakBrian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd They’re the misfits and the troublemakers the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly So when a deadly virus breaks out they’r.
free download Sick author Tom LeveenBecause of what she and their family had been through they were especially close Not only that but his sister had the same form of Pregnant Man leukemia that my daughter hassorry had See myittle girl just finished her ast chemotherapy treatment yesterday Ah Now you see where the zombies and the 5 year old are starting to make sense huhOk So my first thought after reading thatI will totally 1 star this book if his sister survived cancer and then gets eaten by zombiesI know I know That wouldn t really be fair of me Guess what Life s not fairMwahahahahaAnyway the rest of the book was a nail biter for me Nobody was off imits when it came to getting eaten and there were uite a few characters that I just knew were going to make it out that didn t There was one in particular that I was really sad to see goTo me this was a good ya zombie novel No it s not high Kawaii Manga literature but I think it would be a good book for teenagers Or maybe even an adultooking for Zombie LiteAt any rate to all the kids The House Girl like mine who managed to outrun the zombiesYou guys are tougher cooler and beautiful than anyone else in the world You rockAnd to all the kids who are still runningThere s aot of people smarter than me The Accursed looking really hard for a cure for zombieism But in the meantime you just gotta hang in thereFuck zombies They suckThis review can also be seen at Addicted2Heroines Check out Scott Reads It for reviews giveaways I had beenonging to read Sick ever since I saw that it was being marketed as Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead Sick was even one of my Waiting On Wednesday picks in July and I was dying to read it Sick just might be my most disappointing book of 2013 by a Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! long shot Don t believe Sick s description at all the marketing for this book is built on false pretenses When I read Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead I should have known it was a gimmick because that comparison is too good to be true Sick is nothingike The Breakfast Club at all and doesn t deserve to be compared to such a classic movie The only element of Sick that remotely resembles The Breakfast Club is the fact that kids from different cliues and walks of ife are stuck in the same room That s where the similarities to The Breakfast Club start and end Sick is NOT a coming of age story despite the comparison and the characters don t progress morally at all to justify the comparisonI can definitely understand the comparisons to The Walking Dead and it s a pretty accurate comparison There is a ot of survival aspects of this story and there are a ton of gory zombie moments in this book I Swing Sideways love gore in books but Sick felt excessively gore to the point where I didn t feel so well The zombie aspects of Sick are executed well for the most part Leveen has created a new type of zombie these buggers are hunched and have crystalline features At one point in the story the zombies were described as sparkling and I couldn t help but be reminded of Twilight I appreciate Leveen s efforts to create a new type of zombie but we have enough sparkling paranormal creatures thank you very much Zombies don t need to sparkle it s unnecessary and I m not ready for zombies to be ruined for me Vampires were taboo for me for aong period of time and I refuse to The Secret of the Great Pyramid let that happen to zombiesSick has some of theeast intelligent characters I ve read about ever and they frustrated me to no end In addition to this some of the characters also enjoy racist jokes Here are some Dancing with Mr. Darcy lovely uotes from this glorious book Exhibition A Let s be offensive and racist I didn t know being a bigot was in seasonI didn t know a black kid could be pale but Hollis is Maybe they re bustin him for somethin Like what Bein black Good pointAre youike one of those high functioning retards he asksBecause I Lesca ll kick your Mexican ass suare into next week eseThis is the United States of America Kat says pretty calm under the circumstances We re not in Rwanda here you guys Someonel show up we ve just got to sit tightExhibition B Let the idiocy begin What the snap crackle fuck you talkin aboutLet s go fuck this monkeySay the world and we re off ike a prom dressIt s Chad o clock motherfuckersJust out of curiousity is there a Spanish word for zombie Jamie considers this a second before suggesting Zombrero I wish I could say that these uotes made sense when in context but that s not the case This book gives teenagers a bad image and makes all teens ook brain dead I kid you not my e ARC was filled with random uotes that made me want to weep for humanity None of the are ikeable at all and the MC never ceased to irritate me with characters are at all and the MC never ceased to irritate me with constant need to judge everyone If you re uestioning whether to read Sick or not it really depends if you l be offended by racism prejudice and mindlessnessI wish I could say the plot makes up for the horrendous dialogue and frighteningly unlikable characters The plot is nothing special at all and is an average zombie story There is a His To Protect lot of running around panicking planning to escape and people trying to figure out how the zombies were created Sick stoopsower and ower as the book goes on and even manages to use a bunch of cliches The characters even made a Lord Of The Flies joke how clever Not to mention that I ve seen this story countless times and I just couldn t really immerse myself in this book Luckily I read Sick pretty uickly considering how much I hated it The plot is extremely fast paced and it always seems ike there is something going on I may not have enjoyed Sick but I give credit to Leveen for making sure there is never a ull in the plot Sick by Tom but I give credit to Leveen for making sure there is never a ull in the plot Sick by Tom is definitely one of the worst books I ve read all year I honestly couldn t handle the excessive racism offensive humor and goriness I m not sure if I would recommend this one to anyone at all I m still not sure who the target audience for this one is because it manages to offend people from many different walks of Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? life Sick never ceases to be crude at all and I m still uestioning why this book is going to be published Yikes Review first appeared on my blog Book Addict 24 7 I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Sick by Tom Leveen is an unconventional zombie read that is getting some backlash on Goodreads for a few of the characters comments and behaviors I m going to state this from the get go just so my opinion is clear I do not think Leveen s intent was to be unknowingly racist or for his writing to be portrayed as one of a bigot His book s heroes are in fact anti heroes which aren t your conventional heroes that shineike the sun and crap rainbows They are imperfect characters teenagers which is even important to note that grow throughout the novel They are offered the ultimate redemption as the apocalypse strips and of Catwoman life s normality from them Also they re kids in an affluent community with a sudden influx ofower class students Come on And I will mention this as well Protagonists aren t always made for a reader to Baby Legacy (So Many Babies love them this notion is both incorrect and highly na veNot every hero is perfect so to expect as such in a character is ridiculous Authors don t write a hero for your benefit but for the benefit of the story If the story begs for a character to be redeemed then it will happen but the character will not be a white toothed perfect citizen to begin with And if peopleooked beyond the so called racism that allowed for this fun book to be rated ower all due respect to people and their opinions they would see that these horrendous characters were either redeemed or were given a heavy dose of humanity when the time called for it Also may I mention that there are instances where these bigoted characters showcased their change in attitude These changes are visible in the small moments of interactions between these kids As for the whole The Breakfast Club relation it is ike the film because it showcases kids from different social statuses coming together as one to solve one common problem how to escape It doesn t have to be exactly ike the iconic 1980s film for it to share several aspectsIt s so easy to classify a book one way or another from the first glimpse from the first racial or sexual orientation related slur but if given the chance books ike Sick can offer so much insight into humanity especially when it is at an imminent end The pacing in this book is uick the action addicting and the friendships are touching The kids are realistic because they are imperfect There is a glimpse at the possibility of romance and there is a heck of a ot of redemption Leveen is actually pretty genius for including so many different kinds of kids who by the way face exactly what normal teenagers face in high schoolAt first I was going to talk about how fun the story was and. With a panic attack problem Laura Brian and Chad along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater But it won’t be easy and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. .
Emphasis on human relationship and amusing references to the classic novel The Lord of the Flies which had me feeling all smug and earning me a well deserved fist pump since I have just recently read the said classic novel I was ike Ha I know that conch shell reference I was just really bummed out by the death of a favorite character and a bit bothered by the boys obsession on wanting to use their male parts as weapons of destruction Gross Anyway it s kind of a blend between World War Z and Lord of the Flies so yeah it s pretty cool My awesome friend Ate Shelbs read the novel too and iked it enough Do check out her short but convincing review When my Aryan Idols little sister got her new books including thisshe said this one s about zombiesand I wasikeYay I want thatI want that I m gonna read that And seeing the title made me excited to read this bookwondering how sick this could beespecially when this is my first of Tom LeveenSo yesthis is a story of teenagers who got stuck in their school in a zombie apocalypseIf you want to know how and when it startedyou ve got to read this book The strange thing is thatthey re not deadthey re just really sick with sparklingskinfaces that meltand with distorted bent backs how could they even move and run fast Wellaren t they so gruesomely horrifyingshuddersWhat I iked here were the charactersparticularly the secondary charactersbecause they re interestingstarting with Jaime the Latino kid who is the smartest and the coolest and who practically ead his group Drama department in protecting themThen there s Travis who wanted to prove to his father that he is a brave mansomething to make his dad proud of Cammy the kick ass cheer Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus leaderHollis girlfriendwho I wished showed up already during the first Kenzie and Laura search mission And of coursethere s Chad the hot temperedand the meanest bestfriend of Brianthe MC herewho I adoredaterduring the search mission So yesthe secondary characters did most of the zombie combat actionYet at Something in Return leastBrian did something heroic at theast part of the storyThe only reason why I m giving this a rating of 4 is becausethe story ended abruptlyhope there s a seuel Overall I Byzantium loved how the author originally created his zombieshow the plot went along reasonably fairthe setting was great and the story was intense I alsoiked that the author added a uniue and touching story of Contacts Desired lovefriendship andoyalty into the story So to those who are zombie fansthis book s for you Thanks to my dearest sis who Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, lent this book to me Love yougirl makes you scared to go to school kinda wanna know how other people got throught that crapand how did it all startwould really read a seuelpreuel if there ever came one 35 StarsSick by Tom Leveen is one hell of a seething drooling bone crunching tale packed with suspense A uick jolt to the system with humor action and gore I had to keep reading Had to know had to find out Readers are introduced to a small band of kids and friends that roam the hallways of Phoenix Metro High School The typical jocks rule the school attitude prevails with a few side pockets of fun and mischief But our story focuses around Brian and his best friend Chad who appear to be the troublemakers at firstook All that changes in a flash as the horrors kick off and escalate though From ditching class one minute to bloodbath pep rallies the next Ah high school One day can change everything As the chapters tick by readers feel the tension and violence get closer and closer from sounds of far off gunshots and helicopters to blood splatter across the window panes The sickness and violence sweep through the halls in terrifying and gruesome ways forcing our heroes to hole up in the theater department until help arrives Will help arrive And of course things get even complicated as the day goes on Rescue attempts bites rivalries and panic make this fight for survival a true test of strength patience and friendship Mr Leveen captures the speed fear and tensions perfectly on the page with time checks and The Oracles Golem (The Oracle lightening uick pace and banter Oh the banter The wicked wit oneiners and Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations language were the highlight of this show for me The way these kids communicated joked and jabbed at each other was hilarious and realistic The constant hand slapping punches and jokes early on with the guys not only made meaugh but also showed how much they cared about each other Chad and Brian especially I could feel their friendship and history in everything they said or didn t say to each other Chad Boris was the strong Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, loud heart pumping hero of this story for me Yes I admit it I m crushing a bit on the big blue Mohawkedeather clad smartass He ruled every scene he was in owned the page At times the action felt a bit overloaded with kids and names but several of the side characters stood out with The Solitary Self leadership and humor as well And as for the zombiesZombies creatures or monstersdoes it really matter what you call them when they are barreling down on you ready to rip your throat out D I m a zombie fan so I ve read a couple coughots and The Ornaments of Life lots of zombie studded tales So I appreciated Mr Leveen s attempt to shake up theook and feel of his zombies Some of it worked some not so much view spoiler The hunched over curled backs gallop on all fours attack mode was AWESOME HahaBrilliant and creepy The crystallized skin One Wish (Thunder Point, look not so much Monsters all done up in pretty pretty sparkles does nothing for my shiver bone D hide spoiler I m going to warn you right off the bat that this review is probably biased and emotionally skewed And it s all because of my youngest daughter Why would a book about teenagers running around during the Zombie Apocalypse have anything to do with my 5 year oldIl get to itSo this kid Brian is sort of a slacker but not in a bad way Just you know in the regular La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi loveable slacker kind of way He s recently broken up with hisongtime girlfriend mainly because she s got some issues that he s uite frankly tired of dealing withHer phobias Remembering and Repeating large crowds being one bring on panic attacks and the medication to stop themeaves her no pun intended a sort of sexual zombie Ok That sounds Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story like a sucky reason for a guy to break up with the girl heoves but I can totally see a teenage boy doing that He s not a dick though and the two remain friends Even if it is a bit awkward for himAfter all he still Mona Lisa loves her but he syou knowan idiotThe story begins with him feeling kind of proud of her for facing her fear of crowds and going to a school pep rally with his sister He also feels a bit guilty because instead of going and supporting her he and his buddies are sneaking off campus to go hang out at one of their houses Cause they wanna doslacker stuffEnter the zombiesAfter a confusing encounter with a friend and a weird news report they realize something is potentially very wrong with some of the people in their area It appears there is some kind of contagion spreading through the community Spreading um fairly uickly Naturally they head back to school where it s safe The original goal is to try to check up on Brian sittle sister and their other friendsAnd then everything goes to shitThey end up trapped in the theater building with a bunch of kids that they normally wouldn t have much of anything to do with Which ta da is where you get the Breakfast Club reference from the blurbAt this point you ve got all your stereotypes Fly Away Home (South Africa Series, lined up and ready toearn an all important esson your stereotypes ined up and ready to Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution learn an all importantesson everything we re all exactly alikeDon t expect to be blown away by this new and different idea and you Keeping Secrets ll probably enjoy the book aot Ok Now what Brian should do is hunker down in this fairly protected area and wait for the cavalryButHis A Ranchers Dangerous Affair little sister is out there somewhere hopefully with his ex girlfriend that he stilloves and he s not going to et them get chomped on by
These New Sparkly Zombies SparklyYes They Sparklenew sparkly zombies SparklyYes They sparkle the UZA United Zombie Association was getting a ittle pissed that the vampires were the only ones being portrayed as glittering in the sun They also sparkle because this virus has gout The Sunshine Coast News like ualities that cause the skin to crystallize This makes me really nervous because my husband has gout in his big toe And now I m worried that he s going to turn into an undead diamond and rip my throat out in my sleep Seriously Last night he started snoring and instead of whacking him with a pillowike I normally do I just curled up into the fetal position and prayed that he wasn t growlingSo Brian starts making plans to rescue the girls Now I know what you re thinking Is a teenage boy really going to take on a zombie horde for his annoying ittle sisterEvidently yes And here s where I got the emotional sucker punch from this book See Brian s sister was a childhood cancer survivor and. E the only ones with a chance of survivingThe virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily The whole school goes on ockdown but Brian and his best friend Chad are safe and stuck in the theater department far from Brian’s sister Kenzie and his ex girlfriend.