May Monster Madness!
I'm so excited to be a part of this monster themed blog hop! As a horror newbie I thought I would give you all a look into my tumultuous relationship with the genre and share my evolution of monster love. For the first three days of the hop, I will chronicle for you my life... in monsters. Let's start with my childhood shall we?
I had a babysitter when I was six who would bring over movies like Child's Play and Tremors, and have me watch them. I can only imagine she got some sick kind of pleasure from traumatizing me, but that's teenagers for you! Because of this I spent the majority of my life being completely frightened of horror movies and avoiding them like the plague. So I diverted my cravings for the strange and fantastic to fantasy. I couldn't get enough of Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L'Engle. When it came to monsters I preferred dragons, evil queens, and ring wraiths.
I also loved movies with strange and wonderful creatures. Some of my fondest memories of being a child stem back to these:
In fact, Labyrinth was the catalyst to my romanticism of villains... and my first, but not last crush on a much older man.
|Can you really blame me? David Bowie was sexy as hell!|
Yes, I have a thing for sexy villains ok? So sue me! Don't forget Tim Curry as the crazy devil guy in Legend.
|How is it I find this sexy? I must have a screw loose...|
I know, this one is a bit disturbing, but its Tim freaking Curry! You'll have to wait for my teen years to see more of my Tim obsession in action... Let's just say I wanted to stay for the night, and maybe a bite... ^_^ I'll give anyone a virtual cookie who can guess what famous cult classic that's from!
Other than these obvious initiations into my perpetual geekdom, and possible mind malfunction, I'm also a huge Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, and Doctor Who fan, but I digress... And there you have it, my childhood in monsters.
Here is what you can expect from me for this hop...
Day 1: Giveaway and My Childhood In Monsters
Day 2: It's A Scream to be a Teen!
Day 3: Zombies: A Love Affair
Day 4: No Post! This day is reserved for the Gabriel book tour.
Day 5: Romancing the Darkside
Day 6: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Review & Tour
Day 7: Tomorrow Land Review
Now, without further ado... The Giveaway!
Wicked Giveaway of...
Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Post-Apocalypse
This has been by far my absolute favorite zombie read. If you are a blogger and enjoy contemplating what a post-apocalyptic future filled with zombies might look like, than this is the book for you. You can read my full, spoiler free, review here.
I highly recommend staying away from descriptions of the last two books in this series or any reviews with spoilers. Don't read the back of the books... just don't! I made this mistake and the big, major, crazy, plot twist at the end was ruined for me. Here is a safe description of Feed from Goodreads.
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.
It raised the dead.
Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.
Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:
When will you rise?