2017 Book #70 – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

51an6r+508L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Title: The Girl With All the Gifts
Author: M.R. Carey
Date finished: 8/20/17
Genre: Fiction, dystopian, zombie
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Pages in book: 403
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: I think I bought this during one of my Book Outlet spending sprees last year

Blurb from the cover:

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

My rating:  3.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I read this book for the Terryville Library’s Fiction Lover’s Book Discussion group discussion for this month (August). This book has been on my “to read” list for a little while now so I was glad that someone else in the group picked it. However, I was (somehow) unaware that it was a book about zombies. I’m all for a good dystopian novel but zombies aren’t usually my thing. That being said, I thought this book was pretty good. I honestly didn’t expect to like it after about the first 50 pages but Melanie’s character is so human-like (despite her being a zombie) that I ended up liking the book. There were a lot of interesting pieces of this book, including the creative approach to the zombie infection and how it was developed through the course of the book. I didn’t expect to like this book nearly as much as I did, I would actually recommend giving it a try!

The bottom line: This book was pretty good, better than I expected it to be. Zombie stories aren’t usually appealing to me but I would recommend giving this one a try.

Link to author website

Click on the cover to go to the book’s Amazon page

ARC August 2017 – Check in #3 – 8/14-8/20


Wow this week just flew by! Busy week at work and on Friday I spent the day with my mom and mother-in-law going to wineries and that was really fun. Not a lot of time left (again) for reading though. Plus I had to read the book for my Book Club over the weekend which took up a few days of non-ARC time. Anyways, so here’s where I stand right now:


-Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber – Read and reviewed (Week 2)
-Emerald Coast by Anita Hughes – Read and reviewed (Week 1)
-Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham – Read and reviewed (Week 1)
-If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss – Just starting today!
-Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews
-Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
-Seeing Red by Sandra Brown – Read and reviewed
-13 Dates by Matt Dunn
-The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
-Ready to Run by Lauren Layne – Read and reviewed
-The Uncertain Season by Ann Howard Creel
-Pretend You’re Safe by Alexandra Ivy

Books Read August 14th – 20th

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown – 3.75 stars
Ready to Run by Lauren Layne – 3.75 stars

Plan for Upcoming Week

This week is going to be a little nuts. Work is really picking up for me now and I”m gearing up for almost two weeks off so I have a lot to do before my vacation starts. And for my vacation time, The Terryville Fair is coming up this weekend and that’s always a busy weekend for my family and I since we work pretty much the whole weekend. And then late afternoon Sunday I leave for Maine, where I will hopefully be able to get more reading done than I have for most of August so far! Even though this week will be busy, it will also be extremely fun and I’m looking forward to starting the festivities! I’m sure I’ll find time to read when I can but I’m not going to stress too much about it for now! Happy reading everyone!!