Blog Tour Review: The Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater

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Today I have a review of The Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater, along with a tour wide giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book! 

The MesmerizedSource: Received in exchange for an honest review
Publisher: Permuted Press
Series: -
Edition: ebook, 244 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Horror
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world…

Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.

Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her affected family.
Can one woman save her family and the world?

Rhiannon Frater is fast becoming one of my favorite authors because her horror novels are on point. Most of the books I’ve read from her are more gothic in nature, and only a few were purely creepy sci-fi so when the opportunity to read this came I jumped on it. I had a taste of what was to come and I couldn’t wait to devour the whole book (which I did in about two days).

The Mesmerized puts a really interesting spin on a ‘zombie’ idea. Inside of dead walking about trying to eat whatever moves, we are treated to the eerily silent Mesmerized who walk with a purpose toward a mysterious goal that they will do anything to reach. I really love the utterly mindless nature of the mesmerized, and I actually loved the final reveal of why the people are acting the way they are. The pacing is a slow increase while the survivors work to figure out what is going on, and the amount of tension is fantastic! The Mesmerized offer some resistance and add that creep factor but true to a post-apocalyptic situation the people who are the biggest problems are the ones who are still ‘normal’. I loved that Rhiannon doesn’t make you work for the next piece of the puzzle, she gives you enough info

Minji is a true heroine in this story. She’s strong and self reliant without being overly distant, and very protective of her family. I love that her bond with her children is one of the main focuses of this story, and how when things get tough she thinks of them. The side characters are also fantastic, but Minji truly shines in this.

Rhiannon is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to horror. She’s capable of making you cringe and wince, but she’s also capable of giving you that slowly creeping feeling that is worse in some ways. The Mesmerized is one of those books that leave you stunned at the end, and it left me wanting more of Frater’s work.

4 stars

 

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One autographed copy of The Mesmerized

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Review: Four by Veronica Roth

FourSource: Purchased
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Series:
 Divergent #1
Edition: 
Hardcover, 285 pages
Genre: 
YA Dystopian
Purchase: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 3.5/5

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future–and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here–“The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” “The Son,” and “The Traitor”–plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse in to the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

Allegiant left a sour taste in my mouth and I wasn’t in much of a hurry to get back into the world, to be honest. I didn’t have a problem with the way it ended…it’s just that series was a steady decline and I am ready to be done with it. However seeing as I bought this and I did start it, I might as well finish it. However, Four was actually fun to read and a great way to make me loose some of the resentment.

If you haven’t finished the series, it’s in your best interest to stop reading this review. It deals with things that allude to Insurgent and Allegiant (to some extent). 

Four has four stories, and most have little to do with Tris and more with his background. The Transfer deals with his transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless. I really liked seeing why and how he chose to leave Abnegation. The Initiate gives some insight as to how he coped with transferring and how different Dauntless was when he was an Initiate We even get to meet Eric…spoiler alert he’s still a dick. The Son deals with his father and his mother, and just how he came into contact with her  and The Traitor deals with him finding out about the plan to kill the Abnegation. I also have a version with some extra stories in the back that are direct re-writes of scenes from Divergent in Four’s point of view. Of all of the content in the book these felt the most unnecessary and I read them as quickly as I could.

All in all this is a pretty good closer for the series, especially if you’re still a bit irritated at it. It has that same feel as Divergent and none of the slower moments of the latter two. We get to find out more about Four and some more depth added to Divergent. I liked seeing the rivalry between Eric and Four expanded upon, and just why those feelings of hatred go so deeply. I also like seeing the tense relationship between his mother and him, and also how much his father let’s his personal feelings get in the way.

I am glad I read this, but I am also glad that the series is well and truly over. So long Four may you rest peacefully on my shelves until…well probably forever. I don’t lend out books…so you might be there by yourself for a while. Tootles.

3.5 stars