8619943Long time since I read a zombie book, and I kinda missed them.

I think what drew me to this book is the fact that the main character works in a bookstore and is trapped in the storeroom with some coworkers and customers when the zombie apocalypse hit.

I work in a bookstore as well, so I had to read it.  And I must admit I think this would really be a lot like what would happen to me if zombie started attacking when I’m at work.

Only I’d be screwed because we can’t lock my backroom like Allison can at her store.

But anyways, the story is about a woman by the name of Allison Hewitt who gets trapped in her store when the apocalypse hits, and somehow manages to find an internet connection and starts blogging about her adventures trying to survive in this new world.

And a lot of interesting things happen to Miss Hewitt.  Turns out she’s a scrappy little survivor willing to do most things it takes to stay alive, and is often morally ambiguous.  I mean, she chops off the feet of one guy who steals food from her group and leaves him screaming in pain attracting all sorts of the wrong kind of attention.

That’s pretty hardcore.

It’s an interesting way to write a book.  It’s kind of a framed narration where the book opens up with one professor who had come across Allison’s blog writing to a publisher who’s putting together a book about survival stories, and the professor suggests adding Allison’s story.  And the book moves on from there in first person narration as if you were reading Allison’s blog yourself.

Not a bad read, it was quick, easy, and interesting, but it’s not going to win any awards either.  I am however looking forward to see if Madeline Roux puts out anything else.

Enjoy folks.

Coming up: Naamah’s Blessing by Jaqueline Carey

9519912Returning to Terre d’Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three year old Desirée is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely, and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances.

As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desirée’s oath-sworn protector. Navigating the intricate political landscape of the Court proves a difficult challenge, and when dire news arrives from overseas, the spirit of Queen Jehanne visits Moirin in a dream and bids her undertake an impossible quest.

Another specter from the past also haunts Moirin. Travelling with Thierry in the New World is Raphael de Mereliot, her manipulative former lover. Years ago, Raphael forced her to help him summon fallen angels in the hopes of acquiring mystical gifts and knowledge. It was a disastrous effort that nearly killed them, and Moirin must finally bear the costs of those bitter mistakes.