Sunday, June 29, 2014

BZRK (BZRK #1) by Michael Grant: Book Review

cover from Goodreads
Title: BZRK (BZRK #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Publication details: February 28, 2012 by Egmont USA
Copy: eBook (ePub format)

Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.

BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose? How far would you go to win?

I read this because it's Michael Grant's. I've never read any works of him but I've heard really good reviews about his novels, especially the Gone series.

Plot
The story starts with Noah, one of the main characters, visiting his brother in a mental institution. From that scene began all the questions I have about BZRK. I didn't read any synopsis or blurb about this book so it piqued my interest.

The first few chapters gave a brief background. And that's when I learned BZRK is a science fiction. I don't read much sci-fi but this one's very interesting. The use of nanotechnologies to rule the world is a unique concept, as well as the fight between the nanos and the biots, and how these worked. I've never read anything like it before. It was, at the same time, amazing and scary. In our world today, one of the uses of nanotechnology is in medicine, although in the form of nanoparticles like gold or platinum. In BZRK, nanos were first used to cure, only they weren't particles, they're robots. Then the technology became a weapon.

The plot was pretty believable. The technology may not be possible as of the moment, but it is possible, I think. The fight between the two groups, BZRK and the Armstrong Twins or AFGC was also something understandable. The goal of AFGC seems good- unity, equality, universal happiness. But the end does not justify the means. Also, taking people's freedom will not make a person human, yeah?

BZRK fights for the freedom to choose. But they're not like AFGC, or so they say.

The characters were also introduced in the first chapters, saying who is on what side. It was characters-overload as they were being introduced. And I learned as I was reading not to get too attached because you will never know their fate. One scene was a little too gory, a la Final Destination, but it set the mood for some action.

The rest of the chapters were the preparation for the "big fight." A lot was going on so it's a little bit dragging. Just a teeny bit. In the day of that fight, everyone was on the move. It was intense. And I liked it.

Characters
As for the characters, as I've mentioned earlier, there was a number of main characters. I did not have favorites though. I liked them all. They're all equal. And I think they were written that way. Each have a story of his or her own, and I am happy to find out more about them in the next books. I especially liked how they were able to act for their causes despite their differences and yeah, arguments.

Writing
BZRK was narrated in third person. It took me some time to get used to it but it was okay. I think that's one of the reasons why I did not have favorite characters. Because I somehow knew what's going on in their minds.

A lot of nanotechnology terms were used so if you're not the type to remember everything, note-taking will be helpful. And perhaps, notes for the characters will be helpful too.

So yeah, I enjoyed reading this book. It was amazing, mind-boggling and scary. I would totally recommend it especially if you're a fan of sci-fi novels.

This is my first Michael Grant novel but I'm looking forward to reading more of his works. His style of writing in BZRK was great. I liked the flow of the events, how the characters were different but made a good team, how everything was connected and even the weird outcome.



ph source: guardian.co.uk
Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family in the USA, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Even Antarctica. He lives in Marin Country, California, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets (Source: BZRK back cover).

Friday, June 27, 2014

Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline by Andrew Farley: ARC Review

cover from Goodreads
Title: Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline
Author: Andrew Farley
Publication Details: July 1, 2014 by Baker Books
Copy: ARC eBook from NetGalley

Jesus called his followers to exchange the heavy yoke around their necks for his light one. So why are so many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that they are being told from many pulpits across the country what they "should be" doing for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this for what it is--works-based religion--and then shares with readers biblical wisdom on the neglected art of resting in Christ. Anyone longing to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world throws their way will find life and rest in Farley's revolutionary message.

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Relaxing with God is a refreshing read. In a world where religiosity is everywhere, this book presents a pretty radical ideas but nevertheless, Bible-based.

At first, I was having a hard time grasping what the author's trying to say. And I was like, hey so it's okay to sin? But of course, it's not about that. It's all about connecting with Jesus. I think it's more on redirecting our focus on who really matters, resting in Him and trusting His saving grace.

Basically, it tells us this: believers are saved because of Jesus. Because of His love, we are redeemed of our sins. We are of new spirit. Thus, it follows that sin must no longer be in our lives. We must live in union with Jesus Christ.

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Though the subject matter is serious, I liked that the author has injected humor in delivering the topics, making the learning "session" enjoyable and less dragging. He also used some analogy for difficult-to-grasp concepts which is very helpful.

Back-upped with Bible verses, one can easily refer to the Bible and do further understanding. However in reading this book, one has to access all the lessons, teachings, principles, every knowledge one has gained with regards to faith and Christianity. There were a lot of information, so I think note-taking will be helpful.

It also has a chapter about money and tithing which, I think, are important concerns especially in our world today where money doesn't really come that easy. 

I also liked how the different ways of relaxing with God were sectioned. It made my reading organized and the information "downloading" easier. There's also a seven-part study experience at the end of the book which can help if one wishes to study more on the different topics.

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My rating is 0.5 short because it took me a really long time to finish the book. Haha! I guess, there were just too many information, and some were quite radical, that digesting them may require time.

Overall, I recommend this book especially for those finding themselves in the midst of tiring "religiosity" that they lose focus on the true faith that is in Jesus Christ. :)




That's all folks!

PS: I am yet to research about the author. Haha!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jenny Han: Book Signing Event #4

Hi folks!
Last June 21 was Jenny Han's book signing event at National Book Store Glorietta 1.

I woke up really early for this event- 3:15 AM. Lo and behold, I was 7th. Haha! While waiting, I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before and made new friends. :) Also, Jenny Han gave the first 30 participants a cup of hot chocolate. Yay! I was hungry at the time so I was really thankful for the hot choco. Haha!


Yeah, I only bought two books. I have eBooks of The Summer trilogy so I only bought the first book. I don't feel like reading the Burn for Burn series so I didn't buy them. :)




 The new found friends: Abbie and Jerzon! Hi guys! :)


The interview proper. There seemed to be no organization because the interview was kind of jumping from one subject to another. Haha! 

Jenny Han talked about her latest book To All the Boys I've Loved Before. She said that the characters were fictional but Kitty, the youngest Song girl, was based on Jenny's sister, Susan, to whom the book is dedicated to.The letter-writing idea was also based on her own life because she also used to write private letters. She was asked if she already knew who Lara Jean is gonna end up with, and she answered that she is still in the process of writing the second book, titled P.S. I Still Love You, so there's no final guy yet. (Hoping it would be Peter Kavinsky! Haha!)
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About The Summer trilogy, she was also asked if she already knew how it was going to end, like who among the Fisher brothers Belly is going to end up with. Haha! Jenny said that it was hard for her to choose which brother because in Book 2, Jeremiah came in strong and she also fell in love with him. So it was really a difficult to decision for her, and she was going back and forth at the time of her writing.
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Going a bit personal, Jenny was asked if she had a Conrad and Jeremiah in her life. Well, she was not lucky enough to have Jeremiah. But she said she had a Conrad, but thankful that they didn't end up together because her Conrad was a bit of a jerk. Haha!
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Jenny Han went to a graduate school in New York City, where she took up Master of Fine Arts. And folks! Her teacher was David Levithan! How awesome is that!!! Haha! She also met her best friend Siobhan Vivian, the co-author of the Burn for Burn trilogy, in New York. Jenny said that writing with a best friend was fun. They wrote together so they can spend more time with each other. She also elaborated their writing process in the Burn for Burn trilogy, but I wasn't able to pick them up. Teehee! Sorry folks! Then came the discussion of the Burn for Burn series, which is darker compared to the other books of Jenny Han, as it is about revenge. Lucky people were also able to get ARCs of Ashes to Ashes. Haha! :)
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Jenny Han also mentioned that she writes her books first by hand; and that she has so many notebooks where she writes down her ideas. Her favorite books include The Time Traveler's Wife, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. :)
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She also said that she didn't imagine being a writer. It was only until college that she considered it. She used to work in a children's bookstore and in a school library.
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The Summer trilogy was also optioned to be a movie/ TV show. However, Jenny said that just because it was optioned doesn't mean it's really going to be a movie/ TV show because of the long process and strict criteria.
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There were other things discussed and there was a short open forum. But I wasn't able to get them all. :(



The early birds. I don't think I can ever beat them. They were in line outside NBS on Friday (June 20), 11 PM. Wow! Just wow!


Me with Ms. Jenny Han :)


I also got a free pen! Yay!


Signed copy of The Summer I Turned Pretty


Signed copy of To All the Boys I've Loved Before!

There folks! It was tiring yet fun. I really adore Jenny Han. She is super awesome. And I can't wait for her next book P.S. I Still Love You. Aaaaaah! Haha! The next signing event will be Stephanie Perkins' on July 6th. Expect me to be there! :)

That's all folks!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: Book Review

cover from Goodreads


Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 22, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Copy: Paperback

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.






To All the Boys I've Loved Before was a quick yet fun read. I finished reading this while waiting for Jenny Han at her book signing event. Haha!

At first, I was not sure if I like it because I find the Lara Jean-Josh-Margo thing really weird. However as I read on, it became more enjoyable (at least for me).  :)

The Song sisters are far different from each other but their relationship is something special and valuable. Despite the misunderstandings between them (and they have a lot!), love prevails. I really admire them for that.

Josh is this sweet, nice guy that everybody loves. He is an integral part of the story. However, I wished it didn't have to be so complicated. (No spoilers. Don't worry.) I see him as a brother figure and I really really wish for him to stay that way.

Peter Kavinsky, on the other hand, is very interesting. He has a "reputation" to maintain, being this beautiful guy, a lacrosse player and all. But he is more than that. I think his character development was quite modest?  I feel like I needed to know more. Uhm, yeah. Haha! :)

As for Lara Jean, I think I can somehow relate to her. How she has a poor sense of direction. How she overthinks. And how she values the opinion of others even though oftentimes it doesn't matter. I think her realization at the end of the book is a step towards her development, so I'm looking forward to the second book. :)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about friendship, family, and of course, love. Being inexperienced in the matters of the heart, Lara Jean is in a complicated position as she is trying to understand her feelings. Not to mention the additional responsibility given to her and her adjustments in other aspects of her life.

So as I've said, it was an enjoyable read. I liked the style of writing and how the characters were written and connected to one another without the whole story being too much. It's definitely a must-read. :)

The second book will be out next year! Ugh! I can't wait! :)



That's all folks!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bookshelf Tour June 2014: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

I've decided to give you a little "bookshelf tour" Haha! Last January 2014, I posted my first tour (here). But of course, I have acquired more books since then. I just can't help it, you know. :)

I actually have no idea how to organize my books. I find it difficult to categorize them by genre. But hey, I did my best. Okay? :)

So let's get started!


From left to right:
Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- The Prisoner of Heaven (unread); The Prince of Mist (unread); The Midnight Palace (unread); The Shadow of the Wind; The Angel's Game
(Then my UP CP Centennial Mug)
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (unread)
Sugat ng Alaala by Lazaro Francisco
Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara? by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
One of Our Thursdays is Missing; The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde (both unread)
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (unread)
The Black Isle by Sandi Tan (unread)
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (unread)


From left to right:

Po-on by F. Sionil Jose (unread)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (unread)
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones (unread)
Sherlock Holmes box set (unread)
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (unread)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Persuasion by Jane Austen (unread)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Animal Farm; 1984 by George Orwell
On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Great Political Theories Volume II
The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey (unread)
The Great Awakening by Jim Wallis (unread)
Nelson Mandela: A Biography by Peter Limb


My Christian/ spiritual books :)
Our Daily Journey and Our Daily Breads
Cross Roads by WM Paul Young (unread)
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
Under Cover by John Bevere (unread)
Hearing God by Dallas Willard (unread)
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
The Compass by Tammy King and John Spencer Ellis (unread)
The Shack by WM Paul Young
Light Moments by Fr. Jerry Orbos
Conversations with God Books 1-3 by Neale Donald Walsch (Books 2 and 3 are unread)
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (signed)
Daily Inspirations for the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
Tomorrow can be Different by Norman Wright (unread)
(Not included in the picture: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom)


No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (unread)
Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn (unread)
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry (unread)
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (unread)
Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty
Can You Keep a Secret; Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
An Honorable German by Charles McCain (unread)
City of Thieves by David Benioff (unread)
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (unread)
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (unread)


Now my YA novels except the first one in the left. :)
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory (unread)
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Fault in our Stars; Paper Towns; Looking for Alaska by John Green
Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah (unread)
Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (signed)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (signed) (unread)
Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Pandemonium (2), Delirium (1), Requiem (3) by Lauren Oliver
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (unread)
Trash by Andy Mulligan- One of my favorites!


More YA novels! I have to stack because I have no more space. :(
Stack 1:
Prodigy (2); Legend (1) by Marie Lu
Allegiant (3), Insurgent (2), Divergent (1) by Veronica Roth
Gone; Plague by Michael Grant
Fuse (2); Pure (1) by Julianna Baggott

Stack 2:
Ignite Me (3); Unravel Me (2); Shatter Me (1) by Tahereh Mafi (signed)
The Death Cure (3) (unread); The Scorch Trials (2); The Maze Runner (1) by James Dashner
The Dark and Hollow Places (3) (unread); The Dead-Tossed Waves (2) (unread); The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Jealousy (unread); Defiance (unread); Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow


Last!
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Bought this for the book signing event)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (unread)
Just One Year (2); Just One Day (1) by Gayle Forman (signed)
Panic by Lauren Oliver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (unread)

Whew! My next bookshelf tour will probably be on November! :)
And hopefully, I will have a new bookshelf by then, and of course more books! Haha!

That's all folks!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly: ARC Review

cover from Goodreads
Title: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Authors: Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
Publication Details: October 21, 2014 (Paperback) by ChiZine Publications; May 27, 2014 (eBook) by ChiTeen
Copy: ARC eBook from NetGalley

Things Mary doesn’t want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother’s life.

Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky.

This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him.

It’s all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . .

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly follows the story of Mary, a 14 year old girl from Ipswich, Massachusetts, who unintentionally strikes a friendship with the "Floating Boy" in a quest to save her little brother Terry. The story started with Mary and a bunch of relatives witnessing a boy climbing up the tree and then floating away. What happens next is a little adventure to find and save Terry, and perhaps, also to find who the Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly are.

I requested for an ARC because it sounded interesting. It didn't quite meet my expectation but it still is a good read. Mary seems like a normal teenager but she is battling anxiety with her "zombie pills." She regards her parents "weird" but the Claremonts are "weirder." She has Liv, her best friend who is loyal but also, well, weird.

Despite Mary's anxiety, she stays strong and she's really funny. I liked how she doesn't allow herself to be consumed by her emotions, and how she stays focused on the important things. I kind of feel sorry for her so I was really happy to know about her resolution. :)

And of course, we have our Floating Boy. It's hard not to feel for him. He's this lost boy craving for human connection. It's really sad, makes me want to give him a hug. And I do wish there's a different ending for him because I want him to be happy. *sigh*

Anyway, this book reminded me that not all normal is good, that just because everyone's doing it doesn't mean you also have to. Moreover, it reminded me that everyone is unique and special in their own way. One should not focus on what he or she cannot do, but on what he/she can do despite the limitations.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit dragging at first, but things got interesting later on.


That's all folks!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver: Book Review



Title: Rush
Series: The Game #1
Author: Eve Silver
Published: June 11, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Copy: eBook, ePub format

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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It took me some time to write a review. I just couldn't after I finished it. It was.... ugh!

Uhm, okay. As I've mentioned in my previous post, Rush was pretty interesting. I liked the idea of the "game" and a group of teenagers "being pulled" to fulfill a mission. And though I'm not a gamer, I liked that gaming terms and concepts were used. It was new to me.

Also, I liked how the book focuses not only on its sci-fi aspect but also on Miki's struggles with her grief and for always trying to stay in control. And because I am somewhat a control freak myself, I can relate to her. But I liked how in the end Miki's situation taught me how being in control is not always the answer. That sometimes you just have to go with the flow and obey. :)

And of course, there's Jackson. Our typical gorgeous bad boy. From the start it was clear that it'll be Miki-Jackson but their budding romance was not the main focus of the book. I also felt that his character needed more explanation. Sometimes he's annoying but I liked him. Haha! And  I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF HIM.

Anyway, though I liked reading Rush, some things did not click for me. First was the pacing of the story. It was slow at first, with all Miki's questions and Jackson's crypticness. Through the middle part, the game and the identity of the characters were being established. The slow pacing would have been okay had it not changed near the end. I felt like the answers were just dumped. Like, "okay you want answers? Here are the answers." And I didn't even find them "deep" enough for Jackson to be so secretive.

Second was how I did not get some characters. Well, okay. Maybe it's just me. But unnecessary interactions or relationships are just really unnecessary. Anyway, if there are reasons for such things then I'm looking forward to knowing them in the next books.

Last was the cliffhanger ending! CLIFFHANGER! I still do not know when I'll have a copy of Push. And it's killing me not knowing what happened. I was not prepared for that ending. Not at all. And my emotions were just messed up (still are) after I read it. Huhu! :(

And yes, because of the ending I want to read the next book. That and also the fact that I still have unanswered questions about the game.

So, will I recommend this book? Uhm, yes!. It was an enjoyable read and again for the nth time, it was pretty interesting. Haha!




That's all folks!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Book Review

cover from Goodreads
Title: This is Not a Test
Author: Courtney Summers
Published: June 19, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Copy: ePub Format

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?


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The story started with Sloane trying to get through the morning with her father. Her life was hell. Since her sister Lily had gone to who-knows-where and she's left with her abusive father, she's made up her mind to kill herself. Until one morning, when not only her life changes but also is everything else.

When I found out that this book has zombies, I was excited to read it. I was thinking of cool fighting scenes, action-packed, complete with adrenaline rush. But it wasn't like that at all. It's not a bad thing though. In fact, This is Not a Test just made it to my favorites list.

While yes, there are zombies, the main focus of the story is Sloane battling with her feelings. All her life she depended on Lily. She trusted her so much only for her heart to be broken. I was amazed how the momentum of the story never died. 90% of the book happened in Cortege High, with the six survivors interacting, or co-existing, mostly. The only time I got the action I wanted was near the end. But never did my reading experience get dull.

There are six survivors. Every character speaks volume and adds depth to the story. Grace's kindness. Trace's longing. Harrison's fear. Cary's leadership. Rhys' understanding and rationality. Even Mr. Baxter's craziness. And of course there's Sloane. I liked how she is both determined and resigned. Her straightforwardness, her bravery and cowardice. Sloane fights her own emptiness more than the chaos around her. And though resigned as she is, she cares for the people around her.

Of all the characters, I think I ached for Cary more. He wants to survive. He tells others that they can come along with him. Not the other way around. One can say that he has this "air of selfishness" but the shift in his actions made me like him a bit more.

There'll be an e-novella sequel entitled Please Remain Calm. And I'm looking forward to reading it!

Again, this may not be the zombie novel I was hoping for. But nevertheless, I really loved it!




That's all folks!