n#BookReview: Z-Minus Book 1 by Perrin Briar 2/5 Stars

Overview: Alcoholic, family abusing Chris has come home from the pub to find his oldest daughter and wife zombies. His eight year old daughter, hiding, follows him outside to find out about the apocalypse from a neighbor. In an effort to ditch his youngest, he pays for a sports car and starts their journey to granny’s house in the country. Along the way they find trouble, doge many hungry zombies and have a spot of health issues. In the end they are still looking for a safe haven and a toll of Zombies killed: too many to count. Humans murdered: 1 and Human Mercy Killings: 2.

Opinion: For my second zombie book it was…just below ok. At first I wasn’t sure of the surroundings because the description starts off as nice houses and become not so nice houses, like he goes from living in middle-class housing to ghetto housing. There were other inconsistencies and some poorly researched references. Unless the UK is father behind the times than the US, I could be wrong, but don’t think so. Then there is the character himself, Chris. In the very beginning you think of him as the hero, you know he is the main character so he is supposed to be the good guy right? You learn very quickly he is nothing but an asshole who kind of deserves to be turned. It is an ok read but for the most part, just not my cup of tea.

Recommend: No.

May #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.

May books:

Night School: Resistance

Pines non-CLTBR

Wayward non-CLTBR

The Last Town non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR

My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!

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I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!

As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.

April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

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March #WrapUp

First, a quick breakdown of books I’ve read for my Goodreads and CLTBRChallenge15 book reading challenges. Both goals are set for 65 books by the end of December.

January-Roots

Beauty and the Beast

Highland Blessings

Blockade Billy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Earth Angel

February- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3

March- The Time Machine

3 AM Non-TBR Challenge

To the Gallows Non-TBR Challenge

The Glass House

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy Vol 2

            Chosen

Started an editing company, Sanctuary Edits, and landed my first client. I also started classes for my bachelor’s degree and will finish my first two classes sometime in April. I have prepped for my Camp NaNoWriMo session, and announced the name of the book I’m working on. Author Spotlight Interviews are still open and looking for authors. Musical Mondays will continue until I am out of them.

Quick Post

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Walking Dead Update

So I am all caught up! At least until the next episode. Last post I had only made it through season two, so I’ll glaze over and hit certain points.

Yay, Lori had the baby! Yay Lori died, lol. Sorry didn’t like her so I’m glad she’s gone but that was a pretty brutal death. Not only did she know she was going to die so her girl could live, but knew the son was going to stop her from turning. That has got to suck.

Andrea, the rip that just won’t die! First we think the Walkers got her, and she lived. Then she is really sick and attacked by walkers, enter Michonne, and she lives. Merle finds her, and she lives. The Governor has her, and she lives. Locked in a room, tied to a chair with a Walker and….SHE FINALLY DIES. Andrea, personally, deserved everything she got. I know she tried to broker peace between Rick and the Governor but she was blind to everything Gov did and was still harboring anger from everything she’s been through. Can’t blame her there, but seriously? Side with someone you just met or someone who has helped you survive for a long time? No brainer there.

I don’t remember if I had made it to Dale’s death, but if I did I would like to restate, he shouldn’t have died. I liked him.

Hershel, was on the fence about him as he was obviously living in a blissful state of ignorance but in the end I liked him. Sucked he died, but for a one legged man he was certainly getting around pretty well there towards the end. Why does the show kill off the only people who seem to have morality?

Beth, wasn’t much of a character. I think she was mainly just there to help care for the baby and once she started getting her own storyline, she dies. The only teenager that seems to still be unfazed with the state of the world, and hoping for better, is killed. Daryl was teaching her to track, we were starting to see the world through her eyes, and she dies. I agree that killing her off sucked, but she didn’t bring much to the table before so it’s not that big of a loss and she can’t be brought back. You can’t come back from a head shot like that.

Mica, and Lizzie. This is what happens when you pick favorites and one is unstable. Carol always pushed Lizzie to be strong, fearless and not afraid of anything. Told poor Mica she was soft, needed to toughen up or she wouldn’t survive. Guess what? Mica knew she wasn’t like that and she was fine with it, but she did toughen up and tried to take care of her sister. Lizzie went off the deep end. She took everything Carol told her and applied it to small animals and the Walkers. I was not surprised at all that she killed Mica and wanted to kill Judith by the end of the episode. Lizzie was delusional and a product of Carol’s stupidity.

Carol, I was giving her lee-way because she had just lost a daughter and knew she would toughen up a bit, but she went too far. It’s like she took all her pain and anger from being beat for years, and losing her child and channeled it into surviving. Normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but when you go around teaching young children to wield weapons and kill people because they are sick, you have issues. She wanted to stop the spread of the illness, how well did that work out? Not well. How well did it work teaching kids how to use knives and guns? She had to shoot her favorite. Yes, she gets a few brownie points for saving Ty and Judith (and the sisters) but still don’t like her.

Governor, was a jerk but charismatic psycho’s usually are. I think I stopped watching the show last time, after the destruction of Woodbury and we were following him around. I just didn’t care for his storyline afterwards, I would have preferred he died. He does eventually die but not before destroying the prison and Hershel. Had his friend killed him instead of taking him in, everyone would be much better off.

Terminus was interesting, and I knew it wouldn’t last long. I did not expect cannibals though. I always wondered if someone or a group of people would resort to eating each other, never thought a whole community would do so or that they would put up signs. I hope Alexandria is a place where they can settle down for a good long while.

Rick was out in the world a little too long. All of the stuff he’s been through, I can’t blame him for being as hard and almost evil but he needs to be in a safe place so he can return to a human state. This is why they need a moral compass, so Rick doesn’t go psycho and turn into someone like the Governor, but they are already setting the story arc for something like that to happen. Yum after he shaved and before the haircut!

Carl, is a douche-bag. Even with Shane out of the picture, he is turning into Shane and it ticks me off. Season 5 we are not seeing/focusing much on him though and while I enjoy not putting up with his pre/teen angst and griping, I find it odd after 4 seasons of him being the rebellious pain in the arse.

Abraham, love him. Gorgeous military redhead, what’s not to love? I pegged Eugene as a liar from the beginning. One it was just too good to be true and two he didn’t look like a scientist. If he had been any type of nerd before the breakout it would have been a video game geek, not scientist. Rosita is cool, again side character that doesn’t play much of a part except to cling to Abraham. I had high hopes for Tara and her girlfriend, but the girlfriend died. Now there is Eric and….I forgot his name, but they would make a good couple to become regulars. They will probably die when Rick decides to take over though.

Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next.