Saturday, October 27, 2012



For three days, it was dark.
News reporters scrambled.  This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday.  Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.
It was the media's fault.  They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen's throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn't be too hard on them.
They were partially right.
It was terror after all, but a whole new kind.  And when the lights came back on, things had changed.
The dark had brought us visitors.

Author: Beck Sherman

I thought I would never again see a story with thoroughly evil, light-hating, angst-free vampires, and then I read Revamp.  Thank goodness for this book!  The heroes are regular people in extraordinary circumstances who are combating powers and forces that are far older and more sinister than they could have imagined.  While there are some plot holes, the book is well-written, with an engaging storyline, a clear demarcation between good and bad, and enough gore to be satisfying but not over the top, Revamp is an excellent choice.

Micro-spoilers: It's not really a spoiler if I tell you that there is a good deal of blood in this story, is it?  I mean, it's a vampire book...  However, in addition to that, this book does contain significant scenes featuring physical violence, gore, flashbacks of rape while drugged, and (of course) drinking blood.  Not for the squeamish or for children.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Accidental Siren

Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world.  James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.  Set in 1994, "The Accidental Siren" depicts the joys and consequences of young love as Mara and James meet, shoot a movie, fend off bullies, and explore the potential of infinite beauty.

Author: Jake Vander Ark


This book is well written and has very interesting concepts.  It is told from the point of view of the 12-year-old protagonist, yet still poses questions about love and lust, good and evil, responsibility, hope, and what it means to be family.  The author has a great vocabulary and an amazing ability to paint with words in order to show the reader his story.  

Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, and not for children.  Some of the bullying that occurs is violent and there are some bloody scenes.