One Second After by William R. Forstchen

5 Blings for One Second After!

Goodreads Says: New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.

Wow! No, really…WOW!

One Second After was awesome!

I am quite addicted to dystopia and apocalypse reads lately. There are just so many awesome titles! And, quite frankly, I was getting a vampired out! (OMG, but I still love them…just need a break! I’ll never have a crush on a zombie, I swear!). I love disaster movies like Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow. So, when I read about the book on Parajunkee’s awesome blog, Parajunkee’s View, and just had to read it. Click here for her review! 

One Second After is (gasp) not YA. It is a real grow-up book. But, it was still awesome! The book focuses on a family in a small town & their struggles after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse–super scary stuff) blanks out all electronics. Image it…everything with a computerized or electrical component instantly gone! Freaky stuff! Freaky FOR REAL LIFE stuff!

This book was awesome. I loved the characters, even the ones I didn’t like, and I got pretty attached to their stories. I could easily imagine myself being forced to rethink how to live without all of my gadgets and luxuries that I generally take for granted (especially my iPhone & iPad, hot showers, and-OMG-my Keurig!). My head was spinning throughout the book as new problems arose…like lack of critical medication for diabetics and those with mental illnesses. When things get bad, they really get bad.

I loved how Forstchen brought me in to the lives of those in his small mountain college town, made me experience all of their fears, losses, and small triumphs. It was tense at times…really tense. There were heart wrenching decisions that had to be made, lives that were lost, and total shockers that really made my mouth drop open.  A few times I felt like I knew something awful would happen, and I would silently beg to be wrong.  That wasn’t always the case in One Second After! Forstchen did what needed to be done for the sake of the story, even when the outcome was dire or severe. That’s dedication!

The threat of an EMP attack is real. The world post EMP created by Forstchen is entirely possible. I sure as heck hope it never comes to that!

Read One Second After!  It is an awesome, terrifying, & realistic look at a future I  never want to see! 

The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill or Why Heather Brewer ROCKS!

5 Blings for First Kill!

I’m a huge Vlad fan! I totally LOVED all of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books! It was super sad to read the last in the series.

But, as usual, Heather Brewer doesn’t disappoint her minions!

In The Slayer Chronicles, she tells the story from Joss McMillian & the Slayers’ point of view.

It doesn’t just work–it ROCKS!

So many times while reading First Kill I was like, “Oh, oh, I know…this is xyz from Vlad! Awesome!” And it was awesome! And the coolest thing is that you could start with Vlad or Joss and be equally as hooked! Have I mentioned how freaking cool this is? I mean, really, it is total author genius here! For real life! 

OK, but what’s the big deal? Well, Joss is a regular kid who is about to go hang out with his awesome cousin for the summer. Then his sister gets killed. In the middle of the night. By a vampire! At the funeral, his creepy uncle tells him to swear that he’ll avenge her death. He swears. Fast forward a few years and we learn that, understandably, Joss and his parents have never recovered from the loss. Joss is ignored by his parents, who have just been coasting on auto-pilot since his sister’s murder. So when that creepy Uncle Abraham asks for Joss to spend the summer with him doing wilderness survival training, the whole McMillan family goes for it. It is in the mountains that he learns the truth behind the Slayer Society and begins his crazy & often cruel training. Through Joss, we learn the flip side. Not as  much vampires are so awesome, but more of a awww, poor Slayers kind of sympathy. But the way that Joss looks at the world with compassion, empathy, and hatred totally works. Come on, how many people can pull that off? 

Bottom line: If you loved Vlad, you’ll love First Kill. If you haven’t met Vlad yet, then you can start with either series (but if you are impatient like me, go for Vlad first because that series has more books!).

 

 

Shipping Notice & Decision Time! 1Q84, The Night Circus, A Million Suns, & Cinder

How in the world

am I EVER going to decide

which one to read first? 

I love these kinds of difficult decisions!

Shipping Notice & Decision Time!

Challenge Time: Chick Loves Lit’s Completely Contemp Challenge 2012 #CCC

I’m totally into Reading Challenges this year! I think you should be, too!

I’ve signed up for the AWESOME Chick Loves Lit’s Completely Contemp Challenge 2012.

The challenge is to read books from 2010, 2011, & 2012.  It will help cut down my TBR piles from past years a bit & still read all of the exciting books being released in 2012!

I’m planning to read 25 books towards this challenge, but I bet I will end up reading more.

My personal goal for 2012 is to read 112 books! (1oo+the current year=math even I can handle!).

This is a total Book-Win-Win Situation!

Here is the beautiful challenge Banner! I hope you join me in this super cool Contemp Challenge!!

Completely Contemp Challenge 2012

Ordered Cinder by Marissa Meyer! Thank you @Parajunkee!

Today I am IMPATIENT!

I can’t wait to read Melissa Meyer’s Cinder.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’ve been on the waiting list at the public library for a while. I’m trying to be patient!

Alas, Patience and Mandee just don’t mix!

Today I read the super awesome review by  Parajunkee’s (read it here) and decided that I just cannot wait another second (well, maybe a day or two until the box arrives!).

Also, if you aren’t reading Parajunkee’s blog…well, start right now-I’ll wait!

You can read the first 5 chapters here free  (but don’t do it if you have no patience!)

So excited for some awesome Cinder Bling!

Maybe we will just file this under Don’t Tell Schmoopy! 

Follow Friday from @parajunkee & @alisoncanread

I have found so many awesome blogs and added some AMAZING books to my (ginormous) TBR pile by participating in Follow My Book Blog Friday! Parajunkee & Alison Can Read totally ROCK for hosting!

This week’s question is:

Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

My answer: UGH! Too many. I’d have to go into my super secret hiding places & really fess up if I were to give an accurate number. Let’s just say Schmoopy would not be amused! And I’m not even going to think about the huge number of books on my iPad or audio books that I’ve got or the number of books that I’ve requested from the library! OMG, or the number of to-read books on Goodreads! Double UGH!

I’m going with over 100 and just leaving it at that! (I know I kinda cheated!!)

Follow My Book Blog Friday by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read

Don’t forget to check out Parajunkee, Alison Can Read, and the two featured bloggers Book Den and Pawing Through Books!

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I finished listening to Lucy Christopher’s Stolen today on my way into work.

5 Blings for Stolen!

It was a bittersweet ending for me. Actually, the whole book felt that way.

A young girl is, as the title eerily states, stolen from her family and taken far away. Really far…we’re talking  to Australia far.

The whole idea terrified me. Thinking of being in an airport (I travel quite a bit) with family one minute and drugged and stolen the next…OMG! That totally freaks me out. The simplicity of the act really scared me.

I talked about this for days and had to stop reading before bed one night. Schmoopy was not happy that I got myself into such a tizzy right before bed. I switched to the audio book so I could keep reading!

How AWESOME is it when a book can do this?!?!?!?

Pretty freaking awesome-that’s how awesome! 

Stolen really grabbed me (dare I say my thoughts were stolen by this book…maybe my sense of security was stolen…ok, I’ll quit!) right from the start. It was so REAL! It could happen, just like that. You, me, anyone. So easily and seemingly effortlessly (even though it was planned out quite carefully by Ty). Gemma was with her family in an airport, in a coffee shop,drugged, then just taken. UGH!

The story is told by Gemma as a letter to her kidnapper, Ty. We get that firsthand knowledge of Gemma’s thoughts of her capture. All of Gemma’s fears so vivid & realistic! It is really creepy. But, at the same time, you feel compassion for Ty. I think that was part of what raised the creepy factor of this book for me. I kept thinking: OMG, OMG, OMG!

I don’t want to give the story away. Plus, I would not be able to do Lucy Christopher’s writing justice! It is just a must read book!

Have you read Stolen? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts!

If not, go for it-but only during the day in a super safe place if the thought of being stolen really freaks you out!

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Loving this creepy book by Ilsa J. Bick!
I keep yelling EWWWW! Gross! while I’m reading!

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In other news, I love exclamation points!! 2012…the year of !!

Follow My Book Blog Friday by @parajunkee & @alisoncanread

Last week I had so much fun with this! I read so many great book-loving-blogs!

Yay for Parajunkee & Alison Can Read!

Now I’m back for more Follow Friday fun!

This week’s question is a tough one for me!

Q: If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

Wow! Just one? Boo!

My first two thoughts were Harry Potter & the world of Mortal Instruments! Both are amazing worlds full of endless depth & magic! Oh, how I long to be magical…for as long as I can remember, actually!

But to choose Harry or Jace…hmmmm. Tough call!

Both are magical, mysterious, and super awesome!

I may need to think on this for a while longer!

What book world would you choose?

2012 YA Contemporary Challenge! @katiesbookblog

I’m joining the 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge on Katie’s Book Blog!

I will be picking my books soon & updating this post.
I can’t wait to read new YA in 2012! I’m going for Level 3, which is 15+.
I hope you join me!
Check it out here: http://www.katiesbookblog.com/2011/11/2012-ya-contemporary-challenge.html