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Fate, by Amanda Hocking (My Blood Approves book #2) book review

Once again the books started a little “off”. I’m finding this is a common trend with this author. She struggles to get the story started. In a rather abrupt manner, the main character’s brother is deathly injured and they decide to turn him into a vampire. To me, this event could have been done in a better way. But whatever, the result of having him turn, instead of Alice (the main character) did create for an entertaining tale.

I would rate this book as better than the first. The tension between picking between the two men is constant. It’s the ultimate book for readers who enjoy a good love triangle.

Now the ending, well, it rather tied up everything nicely. I was almost disappointed. Because it means there won’t be much love triangle in the next book. Or if there is, it won’t be the same. It did seem rushed and more explanation would have been nice, but otherwise I enjoyed it.

I can’t say more, because the spoilers would give away too much. But yes, I’d recommend the book.

Hollowmen, by Amanda Hocking, book review

The first book in this series impressed me. But the second book read like a horror slasher movie. It was all about the guts and gore. Imagine your B rated horror movie–poor acting, cheesy dialogue and unnecessary, exaggerated violence–that’s this book.

I know a person should be lenient when it comes to the “could that really happen” aspects of a book that involves zombies. But this book really didn’t even try.

I was struggling to find a way to believe and understand the book from the start, when the main character is having abdominal surgery, wide awake with no pain killers. They are doing biopsies or something. And I’m sorry, but unless you are cutting a person open, intending to kill them, this isn’t possible. The person would struggle and you’d end up accidently cutting something that you shouldn’t. They claim they’ve done this over and over, for six months. So by now, if somehow she lived, she’d be really messed up, like a vegetable and/or insane.

Then the surgeons abandon her in the middle of surgery, which makes no sense. In the first book, her brother was evacuated first, because he was the cure and important. But now she’s the cure and they just ditch her?

She of course, frees herself and stitches herself up. Then hikes for a few days and does sit-ups, push-ups the next night, oh, and cleans it with river water. Um no, unless this surgery was just a paper cut, me thinks not. If she needs to do all this, then give her a super power or something, so I can believe it.

Then the zombie attacks get ridiculous. One example, a zombie is able to grab hold of an intestine tendril after three bites–within like ten seconds—and yanks it across the room with him when he’s kicked away. I’m not even sure a dog could accomplish that, let alone a zombie with dull human teeth. Lots of muscle and tissue to go through in the abdomen before you’d reach the intestines, ya know? (Starting to see what I mean about horror movie gore?)

Plot wise, I have the same complaints as other reviewers claim. The characters from the first book are all either dead or just briefly mentioned. People, like Lazlo, who claimed he would wait for Remy and never leave her, left on the first evacuation. And more illogical nonsense, they actually connect via CB radio but make zero effort to join up. Excuses like, “we can’t wait for you” and “our group will be too big and attract zombies” are given. Um, they just went super out of their way to get her kid brother who they didn’t even know was alive, so this seems like a much more doable quest than that. And how about you re-split the group up after you meet?

It doesn’t make sense for Remy to put so much effort into finding her brother (2 day hike the wrong direction) but zero into finding the man she loves. Unless she doesn’t love him, in which case, tell me that! Cause from how the book reads, the flame died cause, well, whatever, this CB radio only has a 2 miles radius and I’m tired, but I will hike all day tomorrow, so eh.

If you read the first book, which I still suggest you do, you’ll want to read this book. But I recommend against it. This sequel is a flop.

Hollowland, by Amanda Hocking, book review

This book reads like Hunger Games and Twilight. Its first person with a female main character. Although there are typos, the book is well written in the parts that were actually edited correctly. Normally a book with numerous editing mistakes annoys me, but these mistakes were easy to read around and the story was good enough that I didn’t mind.

As someone who also writes about zombies, I know how hard and rare it is to find a good book about zombies that actually has some originality. In my opinion this book achieves that.

The author also does a good job of hinting at things but not telling you everything up front, so you feel compelled to read on, because you want to know not only what happens next, but the answers to what’s hinted at.

This book is written appropriately for young adults. Although there are zombies, I was never scared, so it’s not a horror book.

I would mark this as a must read for anyone who enjoyed the recent craze of dystopian books. This one is very original and has aspects that keep you wanting to read more.

The only people it’s not for are the realists out there. If you read other reviews on the book you’ll find that’s the biggest complaint. But come on, you’re reading a zombie book… I think when you decided to pick up a zombie book, you should have already realized logic would not be included.

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking