Taking it Back, book 2 in The White Flag series

Author: Joseph Talluto

Rating: ☠☠☠

Review:

“Around every corner, they are waiting. In every dark alley, they are lurking. Behind every door, they are hiding. For each survivor of the Upheaval, every day brings the same grim reality: the dead are coming. For every community that managed to survive, for every band that came together, questions nag their minds. Are they alone? Are they the last ones left? Does humanity die with them? As the dead roam the abandoned highways and walk among the ruins of the living, one group will make a stand to halt the tide and take it back.”

Taking it Back is the second book in The White Flag series. I can’t deny the fact that I expected more from this book. In book one, we start out when the outbreak occurs to how do we find stability and some normalcy in the new world. John Talon is able to provide this for his son, and many other grateful survivors. Together they work to make this new place a home. In this new world, we know there are people out there who will destroy everything in their path to get what they need, including John Talon’s sanctuary.

Flash forward book 2. Here we are, stuck with John Talon again as he goes on wild hunt to expand what he’s grown. This. Is. All. This. Book. Offers. I was extremely disappointed and quite frankly, could not find the motivation to want to read this book. Honestly, it’s stopped me from picking up America the Dead..even though I know I will…eventually.

Talluto gives us repetitive writing with no action to even make it bearable. The only time I was zooming through pages was during the huge zombie fight. I wanted and hoped for more gore and more war. During the new world it caaaannnnot be as easy as it has been for John Talon. There has to be other groups out there who want to take what they’ve created. There have to be hoards of zombies where near-death and death occurs cutting the characters so deep that they adapt wise and cold to the dead world. I’m holding on hope to find this in book 3, America the Dead.

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The Husband’s Secret

Author: Liane Moriarty

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Review:

“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”

Holy hell. Liane continues to just wow me. This woman writes all these separate storylines that intertwine with each other it’s a miracle that her readers can stay on track nevermind writing them all. Once you get a hitch onto what life belong to who, Liane’s books will take you on a damn ride. And then you’ll keep going back for more.

In The Husband’s Secret we have multiple POV. Cecilia Fitzpatrick and her husband John-Paul, Tess O’Leary and her husband Will and cousin Felicity, Conor Whitby and Rachel Crowly. Are you with me still?

Cecilia lives the life. Three beautiful children, an insanely gorgeous husband, and a beautiful home. Tess O’Leary cannot imagine a time when her and her cousin Felicity were not attached at the hip. The realization sets in deep when Felecity and Will confront her about their feelings for each other. Rachel Rowley, the old woman has never forgotten about her teenage daughter–Janie, who was strangled to death in a nearby park. She’s always had her eyes on that Conor Whitby.

While Cecelia’s husband is away for work, she’s up in the attic and finds a letter addressed to her from John-Paul, in the event of his death. After weighing all the options, when she finally reads the letter her life will never be the same. The box is opened, shit hits the fan and guess what? It affects all of these characters.

Pandora’s box is surely wide open in this book. If you love a humour thriller look no further than The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

The Opportunist

Happy FriYAY!! I hope our weekend doesn’t slip away too fast like always. I’m sure you (like me) are very excited for Sunday but also extremely sad. We have to keep in mind we have done this haul 6 times already. If you’re sitting there scratching your head, you are no Game of Thrones fan.

Anywho! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Olivia from The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. I remember when I first read this book and how deeply I fell in love with it. I had dreams about it (weird I know judge me) but lately I’ve been experiencing those same feelings, when I finished this book. Maybe it’s a higher beings way shouting at me to finally read Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. Okay, universe you win!

I was also tagged by the beauty @ozysbooknook to complete #7bookishsins so here we go.

•Gluttony – Book you devoured: This! The Love Me With Lies series.

•Greed – Book you refuse to lend: LOL probably The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

•Sloth – Book sitting on your shelf unread: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Guys, for like 2 years now. Someone give me the motivation to read it.

•Lust – Boxed set: I’m currently lusting after a beautiful $250 Game of Thrones box set..(birthday is March 7 for anyone who loves me)

•Wrath – Disappointing read: The Fault in Our Stars. Always? Always.

•Envy – Prettiest book you own: All my @amyharmon books, hands dowwwwn.

•Pride – A book you would like to live in: ALICE. ALICE. ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Duh!

Today’s biker chic look was so not planned. We are starting to head into the days where the weather is cool in the morning but scorching hot by the afternoon. So this time of the year certainly isn’t my favorite to dress for; wanting fall but still experiencing summer.

I knew I wanted to wear my new M1858 boyfriend jeans from Macy’s because they are incredible. I started out with my white tank bodysuit and my white sneaker wedges. I knew I would be cold all morning and throughout the day in my office so I kicked off the shoes and searched for a different look.

I came across these black pointed toe ankle boots with black metal buckles along the side. These are from Journey’s! I snatched these babies up during one of their sales.

I threw on a black choker and a silver chain to add to the look. In the back of my mind I knew I would grab my old faithful American Rag cropped leather jacket from Macy’s, close to 8 years ago. Those rips? I keep telling myself it adds the distressed worn look but in reality I know I’m making all the excuses in the world to keep it.

ZOMBIE NATION

I am so, so, SO, SO into this series and I’m only 50pgs in to book 1; White Flag of the Dead. Where in God’s name has Joseph Talluto’s books been hiding?! He gets it guys. Just like Robert Kirkman, I can tell. Zombie fans want all the gore and these authors do not hold back. It’s fantastic! Where The Walking Dead are comics, Zombie Wars are novels. Looking for your zombie fix before TWD premier in October? Look no further, I have the answer. I know I’m looking forward to my lunch break to open this baby again!

ASIDE FROM BOOKS

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday and when I came to the realization it was Wednesday I almost cried. Having a bad week when it’s only mid-week is making me pine for the weekend that much more. Renee Carlino released Wish You Were Here and it arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I forgot I even preordered it so the excitement was real. I can not waaaait to read this beauty! I’m still suffering from a Before We Were Strangers hangover so there’s nothing like the same author to cure it.

I was tagged yesterday by @booksandtattoos to do #asidefrombooks so here we go.

Favorite Hobby: I’m a bibliophile for a reason.

Favorite color: When the sky is so clearly blue it almost looks white–that’s the color.

Dream Home: A quiet area with no neighbors in sight, but no woods either. One story and enough room for 2 children. Do I have to mention a library?

Favorite accessories: Necklaces! They can make or break and outfit.

Favorite TV Show: I’ll say it over and over, Game of Thrones is the greatest TV show ever created. EVER.

Last Movie Watched in Theaters: Lol back in 2011? I’m not a movie go-er. I’ll wait to rent it!

Current Read: Taking it Back-book 2 of the White Flag series, by Joseph Talluto. I loooove me a good zombie fix.

This beautiful boho dress is from (obviously) @tjmaxx. One I laid my eyes on it, I knew it was a must have! This is perfect with my gold ankle boots but today I matched it with these heels from Cohoes. Secret: they’re a half size too big, I just loved them so much I didn’t even care!

White Flag of the Dead

Author: Joseph Talluto

Rating: ☠☠☠☠☠

Review:

The Enillo Virus hit hard. It hit fast and spread wildly. People are rising after death but that’s not all, no. They are attacking the living, tearing their flesh from their bones. Grabbing and scratching until they can latch onto something, anything to suppress their longing, their hunger…YOU.

White Flag of the Dead is not what I was expecting. Since watching The Walking Dead, I have looked for zombie apocalyptic novels to quench my thirst. Joseph Talluto was the first to do so for me. He understands what it takes when it comes to writing about zombies. ‘So what does it take?‘ you might ask. Weeeelll, lots of gore and blood and descriptive writing, what else? As zombie lovers we want the violence and the survival and we want it from the second we open those books!

In White Flag of the Dead Book 1: Surrender of the Living, John Talon will do whatever it takes to keep his infant son Jake alive. He promised Ellie, and he promised himself. He has one job; make sure Jakey survives. When it comes to survival, what would you do to protect the ones you love? John has been named leader of his group. Being leader comes with responsibility he never dreamed of asking for, he just takes it head on. The fight is not easy, it never is and it never will be. Not only do they have to fear the dead walking among them, but the real monsters in this new world; they’re the living. And they won’t back down without a fight…

Without doubt, if you love zombies and apocalypses, gore and survival, you’ll love this book. Are you a Walking Dead fan looking for a new group to follow until the next release? Look no further than Joseph Talluto and White Flag of the Dead.

The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Review:

When they say the heart wants what it wants, they’re talking about the poetic heart–the heart of love songs and soliloquies, the one that can break as if were just-formed glass. They’re not talking about the real heart, the one that only needs healthy foods and aerobic exercise. But the poetic heart is not to be trusted. It is fickle and will lead you astray. It will tell you that all you need is love and dreams. It will say nothing about food and water and shelter and money. It will tell you that this person, the one in front of you, the one who caught your eye for whatever reason, is the One. And he is. And she is. The One–for right now, until his heart or her heart decides on someone else or something else. The poetic heart is not to be trusted with long-term decision-making.

Natasha Kingsley is a realist. A scientist. She looks at the world as it is, because who has time for dreams and fantasy? Her father has spent his entire life ‘chasing his dreams’ and look where it’s leaded them. It has handed them deportation–tonight at 10PM in fact. Natasha has no recollection of her former life in Jamaica. All she has even known is America. Between re-making of friends and the uncomfortable cultural change, she’s done it once before and is not ready to do it again. As Natasha tries with her entire being to get her family to stay, it shouldn’t be her job to fix her father’s mistakes. She does anyway though, resentment full intact.

Daniel Jae Ho Bae is a dreamer. A poet. He looks at the world for what it could be, because who wouldn’t want to see all the good in the world? He’s Korean American. Daniel was born in America but the life his parents suffered in Korea only made it hard on him here in America. The pressure has always weighed heavy on both his brother and him. Daniel is stuck at a crossroad in life at the moment. His asshole of a brother (the golden child) just got suspended from Harvard University (yes, the #1 school in America), So now the pressure is all on him. With Daniel’s interview for Yale University (yes, the second best school) only hours away, he’s fighting a war with himself. Does he live his own dreams of being a poet, or live parents forceful dream of becoming a doctor.

When Natasha and Daniel have their first encounter the differences in them hold strong and true. Daniel is determined to get Natasha to fall in love with him (because fate brought them together) and Natasha is determined to show him, love is scientific–there is no such thing as fate. As we are taken through Daniel and Natasha’s day, we can see just how easily one interaction can affect the chain of events in a single day. The choices we make spiral into others lives affecting it in ways we couldn’t imagine. Nicola Yoon shows us that simple decisions can change an entire course of not only our lives, but others as well. Will Natasha be able to see that life can’t always be scientifically explained? Will she be able succeed in keeping her family here in America? Will Daniel ultimately become the doctor his parents always pushed him towards, or is his passion for words strong enough to take the riskier path?

I LOVED this book! I want everyone to read this book. This is the kind of read to make you think. Make you think long and hard about your life and how grateful you should be. My stance on immigration has always been the same–I love America and it’s melting pot, it makes us who we are. However, I believe it should be done legally. Not for any other purpose than to NEVER experience what Natasha and her family have to. And my belief still stands, however I can acknowledge and sympathize for anyone who has to go through this extreme suffering. There is the other side of what Daniel has to work through. He is a legal citizen but his parents culture is still Korean. Do as they say and that is all–that is the Korean way. I am extremely lucky to have never had my parents forcefully push me in one direction because they deemed it the right path–the only path. A lot of children, especially from different cultures feel they have no say in their lives. But if you’re in America you do. That is the beauty of this country. You are free to say and do as you please. My heart goes out to anyone who feels stuck in the same predicament as Daniel is. Be free, because you are.

I would recommend this book to literally everyone. I think it would serve a lesson for a lot of people. The domino affect may make you re-think choices or it may not. Can you challenge all your beliefs? Are you on sciences side–or the dreamers?