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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Notes of Interest (6)

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever. 
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen. 
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's..

Okay, this cover is GORGEOUS! I mean, seriously! You can't look at that cover and say it's ugly! The smoke, the flowing red dress. Just everything about this cover is beautiful and I want it now! 

The summary info is enough to drag me in. It's original, it's distinctive, and it's enticing. Sometimes I wish time could hurry the hell up and make these publication dates comes a teensie-weensie but faster. It's just a request and all I ask.

Though in my head it sounds like another love story, choose between two guys which is a very cliched style because I read about it all the time. Hopefully the storyline will kick ass and make me forget about the double guy showdown I always happen to see in books *coughHouseOfNightseriesCOUGH* haha anwayyyyyyyy....

Tell me what you think! And what are some things that interested you this Wednesday? :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Release Date: October 1, 2007
Publisher: HarperTeen
Stand Alone Novel
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. 
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

I can honestly say that Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite romantic tales. Ever since I watch the Disney movie only months ago and my school doing the musical of Beauty and the Beast, I thought it was fate that Beastly was a book (and becoming a major motion picture at the time).

I fell head over heals for this book! Snotty, cocky bastard Kyle Kingsbury brought down by a spell a la witch. With only a two year time limit, Kyle has to love and be loved in return or he will be beastly forever. Classic Beauty and the Beast.

I'm going to put this out there, when Will came into the story I just couldn't get a picture of Robin Williams out of my head! I've been watching The Dead Poet Society WAY too much! But, I felt like he would have played a great Will in the movie version, not saying Neil Patrick Harris was a bad choice (I love Neil Patrick Harris, by the way). And I love Lindy and Kyle together, so cute!

I will definitely look into more of Alex Flinn's novels, because she has definitely gotten me hooked! 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: April 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Insider #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 315
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

If you've ever watched Pale Cocoon, Inside Out is a lot like that. A world with levels of metal and pipes. One of the big differences between Pale Cocoon and Inside Out is the ideal of information.

Inside Out has two classes: Scrubs are the lower class that is sought to clean and produce more workers. And the Uppers, who are more-so thought of as high-class society and work more with electrics, technology, and all that jazz. But there are two groups that both levels need to look out for: the Pop Cops and the Controllers. If one is out of line, you'd either be punished or fed to the Chomper.

The story line was very interesting and deeply involved. Something I had to calculate since instead of days they go by weeks, always work with tens more than anything else, and calculating age in weeks was hard for me to keep up with but made main character Trella's world different.

The relations between Trella and Riley was overall adorable and whenever they talked or when he told her about Sheepy, I couldn't help but AWW at those moments.

Everything was fast paced and every chapter kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was a huge cliffhanger and waiting for Outside In is going to be a tough one for me! 

First Line: A vibration rippled through my body.

Story: A

Cover: A 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (8): The Digital Escape

In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren to show other bloggers and viewers the books that we've received. It's also a way to expand our book loving with others :)

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Amazon | Goodreads)
My Animal Life by Maggie Gee (Amazon | Goodreads)


The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant (AmazonGoodreads)
Survivors by Sophie Littlefield (Amazon | Goodreads)


The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen (Amazon | Goodreads)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Amazon | Goodreads)
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks (Amazon | Goodreads)

Thank you NetGalley for these books :) 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 452
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her

I'm such a sap for love stories, I really am and sometimes it really creeps me out how much I love them.

Everything about Fallen was beautiful. From the diction and descriptions to the dialogue and characters. Though the beginning was a tad slow for my tastes, by the middle of the book I was reading all the way to the climax and the end hungrily. A very engrossing read once you hit the mark. Unfortunately, it does take quite a bit of time and plenty of Luce's horrid attempts of getting around school to get to that part of the novel where everything starts to roll like a snowball.

Though I enjoyed Luce and Daniel's love story I could really guess at parts and it was a drag waiting for the explanations to finally come in. The use of the prologue destroys the anticipation and unexpected moments the novel fights to set up. I was waiting for explanations to come, but I just kept waiting and as much as the story progression was needed, the waiting game was getting tiring until FINALLY towards the middle-end of the book it's explained. I already knew exactly what was going on and EXACTLY what Daniel was so it was a tireless wait, but at least Lauren Kate made it a beautiful moment.

Pretty, but could've used better story telling . . . two targets.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada

Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada

Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Kondansha Comics USA
Series: Cage of Eden #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Format: Paperback
Buy This At: Amazon

Danger and action abound after Akira Sengoku and his classmates crash-land on a deserted island while flying home from a class trip. The island doesn't exist on any maps but that's not even the strangest part: the animals they find on the island are prehistoric beasts that are supposed to have been extinct for thousands of years! Now Akira and his friends are in danger as the island's residents start eyeing the humans for their next meal. Will they ever solve the mystery of the island and find their way home?

This manga is a mix of high school life meet a Jurassic Park kinda swing. It's really interesting and crazy to read.

Coming back from Guam, a plane with over 300 passengers crash lands on a mysterious island stationed in the Pacific Ocean. The only thing is that the island isn't on any map. One other thing... There are extinct animals running wild and they're hungry. 

Cage of Eden is such a strange, interesting read especially since all the characters are enjoyable and I'm eager to see their reactions or how they're going to jump at tasks or fights. Since it's survival of the fittest it's impressive to see how high school students are acting in a world where everyone is your enemy. You can't trust anyone on that rule-less island because you could wind up killed. 

The one thing that I was glad I predicted right was the attempt to establish a society. Something that creates common ground and keeps those in line. Though the students are in a difficult situation where wild beasts are feasting on them, they're trying to maintain order with a sound environment for the most part.

I'm itching to read more from this manga :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cover v. Cover (Round 4)

Cover v. Cover Round 4

A battle of the ages. The upbeat hit novel The Hunger Games is going at it from two different nations. Let's give them a round of applause!

      The US Cover                                                       The Chinese Cover


Right off the bat. The Chinese cover is beautiful.The dark and light contrast, the two characters (obv. Peeta and Katniss) who are running but it makes you question why they're running and who or what are they running from. The US cover, I'm sorry, but it's just so bland. If I hadn't heard the great reviews about the book I would have just passed by it on a shelf because the cover is just extremely boring and doesn't do anything for me. 


The Chinese Cover

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Notes of Interest (5)

Notes of Interest is a mix of Books to Pine for by Kristi from The Story Siren, Waiting on Wednesday by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and Peek at my TBR by Jen from Makeshift Bookmark. Basically it's books that I have or don't and i'm waiting to read. These are books that have caught my eye or are from authors that have made me coming back for more.

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Publication Date: February 14, 2012

I'm excited to read the one since I have the galley on my Kindle! I'm big on murder stories so this one is right up my alley and I'm sure many others as well. It's a new edition to my TBR list and has a long wait for me to read it since there are hoards of books literally throwing themselves off the shelf for me to finally break them in. Don't worry The Butterfly Clues you're time to shine won't be long, I promise.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 27, 2007

Another TBR that I own and is waiting for me to read. It's far back on my alphabetized shelf so it doesn't have a chance to jump off the shelf to get to me yet. Soon Jace, I will read and fall in love with you! It will happen, oh, it will happen (;

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Publication Date: September 14, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic 
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Young Adult
Pages: 374
Genre: Action, Dystopian, Science Fiction
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I can say that I absolutely adored The Hunger Games, every single moment, every single word. I was lingering on every move that Katniss made. I'm all for action and this book really fed me with the dosage that I needed. Some of the fluff leading up to the Games did make me wonder what I was actually reading, the whole glam and glory for the tributes, but I went with it and I was glad that Suzanne Collins put it in there because I adored Cinna, a real favorite of mine in the novel and I wish he could make my outfits.

When I first heard about The Hunger Games I had already finished Battle Royale and was indeed hooked on that book. I was weary of reading this book for I would have seen it as a copy of Battle Royale but after giving it a chance, it most certainly is not a copy but a wonder in its own way. Sure the fighting is fluffed down to what Battle Royale gives you and the concepts of installing fear into the hearts of people is on the same page, The Hunger Games does resemble a take on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery if you've ever read that short story. All three are horrid in their own way.

I love dystopian novels and The Hunger Games is up there. It hasn't beaten out Battle Royale, I hold that one close to my heart, but it's still up in my top favorites. Suspenseful, thought-provoking, and enticing, this novel was well paced and always made me hungry for more action and dished out in large engrossing portions. Bravo, Hunger Games you have me revving up for Catching Fire!

First Line: When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
Story: XS
Cover: C

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Release Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Mercury Ink
Series: Michael Vey #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 326
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Format: Online
Source: Pulse It
Buy This At: Amazon

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story. To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

Oh man! Everything, just everything about this has me tingling up and down from excitement. The Michael Vey series is one of my favorite summer reads and I'm so upset that I have to wait for the sequel. But hey, the wait is worth it!

I know people are saying that this book could be the next "Harry Potter" but I think it shouldn't be compared to Harry Potter, not dissing Michael Vey but this story and Harry Potter are great in their own way, why compare it with Harry Potter when it can just be Michael Vey, simple as that.

I just finished this so I'm jumping up and down with so many emotions. So many questions. You just can't even understand. Well, reading is one of my favorite ways of getting out of my AP summer assignments and Michael Vey definitely kept me preoccupied for two sittings. Characters = funny, quirky, and they grow on you. Villians = wanna shove my feet up their asses and all the way to next Tuesday. Anticipation = ALL THE TIME DURING THIS NOVEL. I just couldn't put it down and when I did I had to restrict myself from jumping back on my bed to read more.
So the moral of this review is: GO BUY IT ALREADY! BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ELECTROCLAN! A cult just for you :3 

First Line: "Have you found the last two?"

Story: XS

Cover: S

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox (7): The Tie

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren 

Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast (Amazon | Goodreads)

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (Amazon | Goodreads)

The Leftovers by Ben Perrotta (Amazon | Goodreads)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

B&N Adventures Episode 1: It's Not the Same!!!!

The first episode of the B&N Adventures which breaks my heart because Borders Adventures was one of a kind and now its over because my second home is going out of business :( /forever sad 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki

Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki

Alternate Title: Karin
Release Date: April 29, 2006
Publisher: Tokyo Pop
Series: Chibi Vampire #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon

Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire...with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose--we're talking gushers! In other words, she's a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the "victim" as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!

I adored this manga, it was sweet with a vampire twist that was fun to read. Chibi Vampire I happened to start reading back in eighth grade and fell out of contact with it after failing to purchase incoming volumes. With 14 volumes published, I decided to get back into the series and pick up where I left Karin and Kenta.

Karin's story is different from most vampire tale that I happened to come across. She is a blood producer rather than a blood sucker. Usually once a month her blood level rises and she produces an obnoxious amount of blood in her body, and if she has no one to release the blood into it comes out as a nose bleed. So basically is like a vampire period for her. That sucks, I feel for you Karin. Poor girl.

Her story resolves around why she is the only vampire who can produce blood and her relationship with Kenta Usui, a human. Honestly, there was no surprise there. A vampire falling in love with a human, and vice-versa, but it was cute and they were an adorable couple becuase Kenta was so innocent and kind to her and always had good intentions towards her. He was a wonderful boyfriend to Karin and it was just so precious to read.

Story: S

Artwork: S

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cover v. Cover (Round 3)

A meme hosted by As These Pages Fly

*Ding Ding*  "The Competitors have entered the ring!"

                 US  Covers                                                                           UK  Covers


Oh goodness these are both beautiful covers. Both full of meaning from the story and yet here they are, fighting to reign supreme! The US cover has a deep dark feeling, the grass burnt and black and in the middle is a girl who has taken the form of ash. Really deep. The UK cover gives us the tingle of our Cinderella in Disney-like form, holding the glass slipper. And the text on the UK version is, well i think it fits better than the US version, I don't like its placement on the cover nor do I really like the font of the color.

UK Cover

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Notes of Interest (4)

Notes of Interest is a mix of Books to Pine for by Kristi from The Story Siren, Waiting on Wednesday by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and Peek at my TBR by Jen from Makeshift Bookmark. Basically it's books that I have or don't and i'm waiting to read. These are books that have caught my eye or are from authors that have made me coming back for more.

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Me and the beautiful covers! I just can't resist! A spin on a tale of Vampires. Though I was trying to get out of the Vampire Phase, I'm willing to read this books because me + vampire mutiny = hell of a good time, if I do say so myself :)
TBR list-- check!

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Publication Date: February 16, 2012 

I have yet to read Anna and the French Kiss, or  Lola and the Boy Next Door, or Pretty in Pink, but I hear that this book is in there with the mix as a cute romantic comedy. The cover is adorable no doubt so I'm hoping the book is as well! I guess I should get a head start on these Stephanie Perkins novels to wind myself up for this one coming out next year :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed

Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: None
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Format: Online
Source: Pulse It
Buy This At: Amazon

Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down.

So much raw emotion drawn out in this realistic tale. 

Clean focuses on five drug addicted teenagers sent into rehab whether by family or their own accord. You peer into the thoughts and personalities of Olivia, Kelly, Jason, Eva, and Christopher who unravel their tales and their lives while fighting to stay sober and sane during their rehabilitation.

Clean is a definite must read for Ellen Hopkins fans or those of Go Ask Alice, because this book is filled with those raw realistic moments that are hard to soak in but haunt you on every word written. It is such a sad, riveting tale that comes out with a happy ending. You follow them on a journey to fight, question, and realize mistakes and actions that were made.

I was rooting for every character in that book to get healthy, to realize that there are ways to get better and life a happy life. I just wanted to jump in that book and scream "I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND!" to those who lost friends or never truly had one. I'm not one to judge. I'm one who will stick with those through thick and think no matter what they're going through. And that's what I wanted to do with those five. I rooted for them until the very end. And I'm glad I did. 

First Line: My skin looks disgusting.

Story: S

Cover: A

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Impulse #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 622
Genre: Drama, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Format: Advanced Reader Copy
Source: Giveaway
Buy This At: Amazon

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.
Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

Ellen Hopkins never lets her readers down, instead she soars above as we watched the stars she forms. Perfect is another star that she has created for her readers to enjoy. Perfect shows the effects of what the word "perfect" has on everyday teens.

"Perfect" is, as Hopkins tells us, a word that is defined differently for different people. There is no set in stone definition of Perfect. To reach perfection is impossible because perfection doesn't exist, and Hopkins shows what happens to these teens who try to strive to reach such a perfection.

Perfect is the sequel to Impusle, a favorite of mine I might add, the story takes place while Conner Skyes had attempted suicide and is rehabilitating at Aspen Springs. The lives portrayed in Perfect are his twin sister Cara, his ex-girlfriend Kendra and her sister Jenna, Sean who is Cara's boyfriend, and Andre who becomes Jenna's boyfriend. As in all of Hopkins books, each reality begins to encompass another until they all intertwine. Ellen Hopkins always manages to bring each one of there lives together in such realistic fashion.

The one thing that you can always expect from Ellen Hopkins (beside the amazing poetic prose that she writes) is the realism that is portrayed in every character that she creates. She grows actual people, allowing the words to lift them off the pages and form actual beings. Hopkins is a genius when it comes of characterization because all of her faulting characters make them so enjoyable to read, the drama that we use to suffice instead of 

our own. It's sheer brilliance!

First Line: Perfect? How do you define a word without concrete meaning?

Story: XS

Cover: XS

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (6): The White Nights

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren 

Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory (Amazon | Goodreads)

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris (Amazon | Goodreads)
City of Bones by Cassandra Claire (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Amazon | Goodreads)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski (Amazon | Goodreads)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Borders Adventures Episode 2: Closing!? Is this the end...?

Borders Adventures Episode 2: Closing!? Is this the end...?

Shortskie and Johnboy are back and Borders is closing! Is this the end of the wonderful Adventures for our two heroes? Say it isn't so! They'll have to begin... Barnes & Nobles Adventures... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! There's just no ring in that name!!! Borders!!!! WHYYY!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Highschool of the Dead by Daisuke Sato

Highschool of the Dead by Daisuke Sato

Release Date: August 20, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Series: Highschool of the Dead #1
Age Group: Age 17+
Author: Daisuke Sato
Artist: Shouji Sato
Genre: Horror
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon

A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school - maybe the whole town - is out for their blood?!

Zombie apocalypses are one of my favorite things to read or watch (That's why I love Zombieland so much, well, that and Jessie Eisenberg) and Highschool of the Dead really set the bar with that. I'm a big horror reader. So anything that's gory or disturbing I'm up for the read. This manga was a sure fire hit on gore.

The only thing that was difficult to get past in this manga was the Echi, or the perverted messes that that that happens every so often. And since all of the protag girls are big breasted women, there are bound to be close-ups of that and the common head-between-the-boobs moments. It's just stuff like that, you know what audience is targeted for this manga.

But looking past those things, the story concept is good. Japanese teenage students trying to survive the ever-growing apocalypse that has not only infested Japan but the whole world. The dystopian manga really shows how crazy the world and people can get when fear takes over (and zombies, don't forget the zombies). 

Another thing that I should mention that was rock solid in this manga: the weapons. Baseball bats, swords, poles, nail guns, actual guns (and a whole freaking artillery at that!) It was really cool to see how the teenagers used each one to stay alive and how they had to think before they used most of them to avoid death. Even though I'm a girl, I find weapons extremely cool and interesting in these kinds of situations.

Story: S

Art: S