Book Review: World After

I haven’t done any book reviews for the blog yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to read (I do, I really really do. I practically inhale books). I’m always on the lookout for something new, great and attention grabbing. I found that last year when I read Susan Ee’s book Angelfall.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

You know those books you read, only to immediately wish you could keep on reading and are supremely bummed out when you can’t? Well, this is one of those books. It was made even worse when I realized I had to wait so long for the second installment. I’ve been practically chomping on the bit for World After. And finally it is here. And it is good.

Good is an understatement, obviously. I’ve almost lost the ability to properly critique because I just want more. What I love most about this series is the unique take on Angels. They’re not the typical good guys. In fact, in Susan Ee’s world, they’re the bad guys. Their morality is questionable at best, and with World After we start to see their motivations and get a look at what is really happening with this Angel Apocalypse.

Penryn is an amazing protagonist. She’s tough ( I mean, she kicks some serious butt) but still vulernable. She has this dry sense of humor that I just love. There’s just something about the way she thinks, this sometimes blunt but totally honest and endearing, way about her.

I’m a sucker for romance, I’ll admit. World After has it. But it’s not the driving force behind Penryn and her actions. It’s just an added bonus (honestly, Raffe isn’t even in most of this book. At least, not in the literal sense where he’s interacting with her). And Raffe, well, is one hell of a bonus. I like him. Kind of a lot. Kind of a whole lot.

I will warn here and now, that World After is pretty gruesome. There are bits of horror mixed in with all the post-apocalyptic, end of the world ish feels. If you’re squeamish at all, tread lightly. It’s not too detailed, but…yeah. The horror bits only serve to make everything much more real, in my opinion.

There is so much left to resolve between the Angels, the horrible Scorpion monsters that the Angels call Locusts, Penryn’s mother and sister, and the world in general. It excites me for more. I just hate to wait.

If you’re a fan of dystopian, post-apocalyptic books, I highly recommend this book. I cannot say enough good things. In fact, you’re more than welcome to comment away, ask me some questions or share the love if you’ve read the book already. And then we can commiserate over waiting for the next installment.

-Stephanie

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AniMonday: Free!

Gou starts a countdown until the Prefectural Tournament. The boys decide what they’re swimming: Mako is doing back, Nagisa is doing breast, Rei is doing butterfly and Haru ONLY SWIMS FREE!

To get the boys motivated and training harder, Gou discovers an old flyer for training camp where the swimmers swim in the ocean between oceans. So the summer is dedicated to camping out on a “deserted island.”

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The Walking Dead Review

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THIS STUPID SHOW!

The thing I get when I combine this episode with the last is MY TIME HAS BEEN WASTED! Who here is shocked at how things turned out?

*crickets*

That’s what I thought.

These two episodes were not needed at all. Why? Bc Phillip could have rolled up to the prison w/a group of followers and there would be no back story needed. OF COURSE he would be able to find a group of weak minded people to lie to and manipulate.  This isn’t news. It’s like being shocked Voldemort was able to find more death eaters.

I think these two episodes would have been GREAT webisodes.  It would have allowed people the choice to find out more about the Governor if they wanted to; an extra if you will. However, in the plot and over all arch of the show, it does nothing to move it along.  I’m not here for him. I want to know about my bb Glenn.  I want to know about how Daryl is going to take Carol’s banishment. What about Tyreese? Or all those sick folks? Hmmmm?

I think ultimately why these last two episodes are such a waste of time is bc they set Phillip up for possible redemption and did absolutely NOTHING with it. The writers like to boast about taking a different path from the comics but when given a chance like this one to take it, they don’t. They kept Shane around for two seasons; Would it really have been that big of a stretch to have the Governor look at the prison and then walk away?

I’m sure there are a people out there who are genuinely interested in the Governor. I am not one of them.

What do you think?

-Mel

Cosplay With Me: Makeup

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Hey Everyone, Mel here!  So a couple months back I did a write up for the Keysmash Blog on cosplay. It was more of an into into the world and I had a bunch of fun sharing my take on it. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about all the the things I left out or should have said. (Other people do that too right?) Anywho, I realized I could totally do that here! (I’m slow on up take ok?)

Why makeup? Why not?! I have to start somewhere and why not with something I kind of know about. I am in no way a guru or an expert but I’m gonna share what I know. See if it works you. 🙂

Alright, first things first: Why wear makeup at all?

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TV Round Up: The Walking Dead, Almost Human

To sum up the episode:  I DON’T CARE.

I don’t care that he lost the will to live for a while.

I don’t care that he  almost died.

I don’t care that he found new people to lie to and hurt.

I DON’T CARE!

You know who I care about who’s not part of the main group?

Morgan

Carol

That family from season one who left after the attack on the camp.

Anyone who isn’t the Governor.

I get the writers wanted to take a risk with this story line. I do. But here’s the thing, there has to be a reason to care about the character in the first place. Morgan’s episode was so moving bc we cared about him from day one. Phillip is just the dick who killed people I loved. Who had fish tanks full of people. Who MURDERED countless people. Remember those soldiers? I don’t care about him unless he’s getting his junk power drilled to a 2×4.

Moving on

This show was SO refreshing! Karl Urban in the house!! Who wouldn’t watch? Plus  Michael Ealy has be a fave of mine since his Barber Shop days. I was able to see the pilot at Comic Con this past year. I knew in the first  5 min I’d love the show!

This week picks up where the pilot left off. There’s a lot of sassing between the two main Cops and I love it. Plus these two being cute with a kid? Forget about it! There were some tense parts that I may have covered my eyes…  But over all I really enjoyed the show and I can’t wait to see more!

Lets hope this show can beat the “new show” curse!

-Mel

AniMonday: Free!

I feel like I should take this time to express how much I love the opening and ending credits. The songs are super catchy (even if they’re not in English) I hope they don’t change them. Seriously. I find myself already humming the songs at random points during the day.

Anyway, on with the show.

Gou has found her brother’s old swimming regimen and is using it to coach the boys. Of course, all the training is hard to focus on when you have this:

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TV Round Up: The Walking Dead

WHAT IS THIS SHOW DOING TO ME?! Only a handful of people know what happened to Carol, the meds barely got there in time, and the wannabe Pirate showed up at the end.

THE FEELS! The last 20 min of the show I looked like this. Between Maggie’s sharp shooting and Rick’s pain I didn’t know how to feel. I wonder if the person I’m calling “Pirate wannabe” is the one who’s been feeding the walkers at the fence… I mean he would be able to see where they get in and out and just wait until nightfall. THINK ABOUT IT!

NO! WHAT IF THE PIRATE IS TRYING TO GUIDE THE MEGA HERD TO THE PRISONS?

Also Hershel needs all the speghetti left in this world. He was kind and worked so hard to try and keep everyone alive! He needs to get a vacation or a new leg made of gold or something. I don’t know but he needs something awesome.

How do you see the next episode going down? Do you think Daryl is going to throw some punches?

-Mel

AniMonday: Free!

Unsurprisingly, Haru’s swim in the too cold water leads to a cold. Mako and Nagisa are there to help comfort him, those total cuties, and are all excited about entering tournaments and swimming relays. but HARU ONLY SWIMS FREE, OKAY GUYS? Plus, they still need to find a fourth member of the team.

We saw him last episode, but in this one we’re more formally introduced to Rei (who, going by the opening credits, joins).

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