The Fountain by Suzy Vadori

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Kindle Price: $4.99

Official Rating: 0.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Careful what you wish for. It just might come true.
Ava Marshall, driven by a desire to learn more about her mother’s past, moved across the country to attend St. Augustus. But her mom’s secrets will have to wait, because she finds herself instantly hated for her family’s connection to her new school and is forced to fight alone against a classmate who is setting Ava up to be expelled.

Fleeing campus, she takes a shortcut to her Gran’s house through the forbidden West Woods and discovers a mysterious fountain that has the power to grant a wish and change it all. But can she live with the consequences? Or will she end up breaking every school rule and risking the love of her life to make it right…”

My Review:

What. Did. I. Just. Read. 

Can anyone tell me? Anyone? What did I just read? Because I have no clue. I just read a terrifying mess and Oh. My. Gosh, run for your lives.

Surprisingly, I don’t hate the characters. There’s definitely no love for them either, but there’s no hatred. Even still, I can’t stand them.

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The Deepest Red by Miriam Bell

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Official Rating: 0.5/5

Synopsis:

“In a destroyed world of abandoned towns and haunted memories, Millie Daniels lives protected behind the constrictive fences of a long forgotten prison. Her entire life she has longed for two things, to discover the truth behind her mother’s death and to understand the mysteries kept shrouded among the surrounding forest. However, she can not do either alone.

Faced with tragic circumstances in the decaying lands of the red zone, Millie must learn to fight for her survival. Along the way, her reality intertwines with cryptic dreams and dangerous obstacles threatening her life and those she loves. Only a skillful outsider, Connor, born deep within the red zone can help her unlock the buried truth and teach her how to stay alive against the oncoming threats.”

My Review:

POP QUIZ!

What is a NECESSITY to survive?

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. All of the above

 

OH, I’m sorry. If you chose 4), that is incorrect. The correct answer was 5) Sex.

Do I have your attention now? Good.

The Deepest Red was awful. I’m talking if I was grading a book on how awful it was, it would get a A++.

First of all, I can’t stand Millie. What was her problem? She was always panicking about something, the word panic was used 19 times to describe how she felt. Millie was always snapping with anger, and it would somehow give her the ability to do the near impossible. If you’re thinking, Paige, adrenaline is an amazing thing! Yes, that is true, but any time it was convenient, suddenly Millie was super angry about something and she’d become some “amazing” whirlwind of power. I call bull. Her bedside manner was atrocious too. Whenever someone died, Millie would go up to another person and just go “Name is dead.” No words to soften the blow, no sympathetic smiles, literally just “Yeah. Your loved one is gone lol.” She even says it to one guy just so that he’ll do a task faster. How rude!

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Hollowland (The Hollows series) by Amanda Hocking

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Price: Free!

Official Rating: 0.5/5

Synopsis:

“”This is the way the world ends — not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”
Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

Note: Spoilers throughout review, highlight the text to read them.

 

My review:

A zombie apocalypse isn’t a new idea, but if you can write a book well enough, you can make it feel new to the reader. I feel that Hocking tried to write it well, with a strong heroine with a dangerous mission, driven by the concern for a younger sibling, the only surviving family she has left…but it just didn’t work. Remy King, the heroine, is on the search for her brother, Max, that was shipped off to another quarantine (where they hold the non-infected humans) somewhere maybe in Wyoming. We have no idea where the girls are though, they might be in Texas, which would be a really long trek.Two other girls, Harlow and Sommer, accompany her on the search, that is until Sommer wrestles with a zombie and she’s not allowed to stay with the party.

Remy tells us about “Lyssavirus genotype 8”, the reason why there are zombies, and we get nine sentences as to what “Lyssavirus genotype 8” is and what it does to the zombies. Nine sentences. Then it isn’t mentioned again nor ever explained. What is lyssavirus genotype 8? Why does it have such a long name? Who started it? Are we talking clumsy scientist(s) that wanted to create a better breakfast meal and accidentally messed things up when he added Kraft’s Mac & Cheese’s cheese mix to the solution? Or mad scientist(s) that wanted to create an unstoppable human but tested it out on a monkey and the monkey went a-wall? How did it get to the public? Is anyone looking for a cure? How long has this zombie apocalypse been going on? Are Remy’s parents dead? Are they zombies? I know this is a ploy to make the reader ask questions so that you’ll want to read the next book to find the answers, but this was delivered poorly. And if I have to read “death groan” one more time, I might die and become a zombie. Zombies groan, I get it.

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