Thursday, September 27, 2012

the Hallows series

The Hallows books 1&2 by Amanda Hocking:

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

    Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

The sequel to Hollowland....

After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren't the worst of her problems.

This is a young adult novel with language, violence, and sexual situations. Not recommended for readers under the age of 17. 

About the author:

Amanda lives in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt. 

 Where to find more info:

My review:

     Amanda does not mess around when writing a zombie book! The main character Remy is at a school safe house when it is attacked by zombies. She learns that her eight year old brother was evacuated to somewhere in the north. She basically loses everyone she knows and has to make a run for it. and that's just chapter one.

    Can I just say I think it is so cool that her main source of protection is a lioness she finds chained to a truck on the side of the road. If I were In the middle of a zombie apocalypse I definitely want a lioness who's willing to eat zombies by my side.

    You can tell that Amanda put alot of thought into this book. From every little detail she describes to every situation they come across. the characters are so well defined and their personalities so their own. It's easy to let your mind slip right into the story and get to know it on a personal level.

     Hollowland is a fast paced book with lots of action, Well duh zombies lol , but it also has very heartbreaking and even tender moments that make it a very well proportioned book.

    This is a great book for those of you who really love the post apocalyptic/dystopian and or zombie genres' as well as anyone else looking for a really good YA book to read. I would also like to mention that this is a free kindle read at

This was an amazing book. Remy proves over and over again that she is a fighter. No matter how close she is to breaking she keeps going. She's being tortured and experimented on for the sake of "finding a cure" when the quarantine gets over run. Once again Remy has to make a run for it but this time her lioness isn't with her and she is stuck with one of her main tormentors and a hand full of people she's is evacuated with.
I've said it before but it's worth repeating Amanda Hocking is a brilliant author! She brings her characters to life so effortlessly. I of  course was sucked into the story from chapter one and caught myself skipping meals and staying up way past my bed time reading this book.
Hallowmen gets a little more mature teen rated at times but I think it was worth it and necessary to have those scenes in the book to complement the story line (even though one of them wasn't very nice).  Like Hallowland it is a very fast paced story with lots of of action.
I think that this book had it's tender moments but it was more about holding on to your humanity and not losing yourself  in grief, sadness, anger, and guilt. Remy has to learn to come to terms with her life and not only let go but learn to be happy again.  If set the end of the world as you know it and the flesh eating zombies aside it's a very heart touching story of a girl trying to find herself and live again.
I guess to sum it up in one sentence it would be: I love, love loved this book!!!!!

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