Pages of Bookish Love: Swapping Blogs

Pages of Bookish Love Pages of Bookish Love: Swapping Blogs

Pages of Bookish Love is a new feature that Ashley and I (Alexa) are doing on our blogs. We each recommend one book to the other and then review the book on each other’s blog. For instance, Ashley recommended I read The First Days, as you can see my review is posted on her blog. In turn I recommended she read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which she will review on my blog. Basically we are exchanging pages of bookish love. We both hope you love this new monthly feature!

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Title: The First Days
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: July 2011
Classification: Adult Horror Novel
Challenge: None
Summary from Goodreads:
The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.
Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.
Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.

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Alexa’s Thoughts

I admit that I was a little afraid to start this one because, lets face it, horror is really really not my thing. I shy away from every horror movie out there and I do not do well at all with zombies. However, Ashley and I started exchanging books for this new feature so I decided to suck it up and let her have me read something that included zombies. I never expected she would go all world is ending due to zombies on me but, I went with it.

So when I started this novel I was a bit afraid, I thought I would be scared to turn every page and read the horror. I think I’m starting to become immune to some darker, more gore filled stories because this one didn’t really bother me with that aspect. Then again maybe most would consider this one pretty light in horror so who knows, I’m just glad that I could actually go to bed each night with no dreams of zombies having my brains for breakfast!

Once my fears started to go away I started to bond with our main characters, Katie and Jenni. Katie was a lawyer who went to work everyday to a high career and came home every night to her beautiful wife. Jenni lived in a hell-hole where her abusive husband would beat her and sometimes her kids, on the rare occasion where she couldn’t get there to stop his fist with her own face in time. On the day that the normal world ends Katie saves Jenni so this instantly makes these two bond. From here they have to try to find a way to live and it isn’t until they find a little hunting store in the middle of a small Texas hick town that they are able to get a little help. However, they must soon leave in order to get Jenni’s step son and battle their way through hordes of zombies to get to a camp in another small hick town that has been set up by some construction workers and their families.

Now for me the novel didn’t really get that interesting until Katie and Jenni were at the camp/wall/fortress that was created to help protect the small population of the town from the dead, glazed over, half eaten zombies, out in the world. One bite could make you into a zombie within minutes or days depending on the number of bites. This is where the book gets interesting and almost like a movie where the world ends. These people need to come together in order to create a new world, it will not be easy but they have no choice. They can either accept defeat and become mindless zombies themselves with just one bite or they can fight for their life, fight for the right to be among the living! Of course it is not easy to be among the living when family is on the other side of those walls, staring at you with their cold, dead eyes!

Overall, I did find some parts of the novel to be rather slow, not a lot is happening and it can grate on your nerves to just sit and twiddle your thumbs while these guys try to figure out living with zombies. Other times I was engrossed in the zombies who were trying to eat each character that I had started to feel for. I certainly felt for Katie, Jenni, Travis, and Juan. I felt their pain and I loved towards the end of the novel when they could finally find some things to joke about again, find some way to possibly live life, or so you think, never know really since more zombies are just around the corner. I did enjoy watching the camp come into being and the characters who lived there, never wanted to watch one of them get taken by the massive amounts of reanimated dead flesh, that was once their loved ones. So I do like the scary new world that Frater managed to create and I do admit that I feel for some of her characters. At the end of the day is this my kind of book? Well sadly, I would say it isn’t but it was still a good read, something to break up my string of YA romance! This book gets 4 hearts from me for a good look into the world of the unknown.


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20 Responses to Pages of Bookish Love: Swapping Blogs

  1. Wicked happy that Ashley got your to read this book and I’m glad you ended up enjoying it. I hope you will continue series. It is definitely all about the characters! Zombies are the force behind the story, but the characters steal the show!

    • Alexa says:

      Smash- I’m happy she got me to try something new. I often read a ton of YA books and forget about adult fiction unless there is romance involved so this was certainly something new for me.

      I do love the characters and want the best for them so maybe now that the world is explained book two would hold my interest even more. SHH don’t tell Ashley though, she will force book two on me in a heartbeat lol.

  2. Felicia the Geeky Blogger says:

    Way to go out of your comfort zone! I really loved the characters in this series and to me book 2 was just beyond stellar int he character development part! Great Review!

    • Alexa says:

      Sounds like I need to read book two because I do love the characters. I got The First Days from my library so I shall have to see if I can find a copy of book two. I’m sure this will have Ashley screaming in joy :)

  3. I really like this idea of swapping books. A lot actually.

    And I have been dying to read this book. I hear so many good things about it.

    • Alexa says:

      Swapping books was just something we came up with together. Ashley was having Johnny and I read a few older review books for her blog and sadly they were not clicking with us so I offered to post reviews for her on other books instead but she decided to join me and now we swap books we loved to each other.

      I would certainly say give this one a try :)

  4. This is a really cool post. I try to go out of my comfort zone sometimes, and what better way to do it. I like the idea of this. I still need to read The First Days. I bought it and plan to get to it super soon.

    • Alexa says:

      Lol the instant Ashley and I decided to do this feature she asked if zombie recommendations were allowed. I’m pretty sure she knew she wanted me to read this one from the very first moment!

      Zombies are still not my ultimate love, like they are for Ash but she might just bring me around to them with time. :)

  5. Alexa says:

    Thanks so much for having me on Ashley! I loved doing this feature with you, can’t wait for next months read.

    Hope you enjoy your adventure into historical! :)

  6. Jenny says:

    This is such a great idea you two! I know how much Ashley loves her zombies, but they’ve always terrified me so I’ve stayed away from this series, so I’m glad to see you weren’t scarred for life by reading this one Alexa! Maybe I’ll suck it up and face my fears at some point..

  7. I am excited to read this one~ Ashley recommended me as well!
    Great review. Nice new feature.

  8. Mariana says:

    Great idea this swap. Is fun to read other out of your confort zone once in awhile! Great review!

  9. Giselle says:

    Never heard of this book before!

  10. I like the idea of “blog swapping” … great idea! And I’m glad Alexa liked The First Days … I’ve only read the supplement books, but thought they were great. I can’t wait to read the trilogy itself!

  11. I have this one on my tbr and can’t wait to get to it. I am even more hyped up to start it since you enjoyed it. It’s nice to see someone who doesn’t usually read these types of books enjoy it.

  12. Great review. I think I would have the same reservations.

  13. candace says:

    I love this idea!
    Now horror is not really my thing either. Sometimes I do find one that’s not too bad but I really don’t think I could handle this one. Glad you liked it still Alexa!

  14. I saw Giselle at Xpressoreads raving about this book and other works by this author! Since then, I’ve been meaning to get a copy for myself!
    I’m so glad you overcame your fear of horror to finally read this book, Alexa!
    Glad you enjoyed it too!
    Awesome review! :)

  15. Tina says:

    What a great idea and fun new feature girls…;) I tried to read this one and guess what…it kind of freaked me out, Im not sure if I can finish it but maybe someday…….

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