To Read or Not to Read … Read! – April 2019

Posted April 24, 2019 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 32 Comments

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Sophia's To Read or Not

Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

Urban Fantasy is where it’s at this month and we are hitting the Sophomore books of their respective series.  

Candidate #1

 

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
#2 White Trash Zombie

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.

Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

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Candidate #2

 

The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
#2 Graveyard Queen

Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town.

My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I’ve been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I’m coming to think I have another purpose here.

Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I’ve discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town, this withering kingdom, and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Angie Elle
1 year ago

I voted for EWTZGtB. That way we can discuss! I thought this was a good follow up to the first book, and I also wish this series was on more people’s radar.

I hope you enjoy whatever gets picked. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

I read book one last year and am hoping to keep going with the rest this year. It took me a bit to try it, but it really wasn’t that squeamy. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

I’m picking the white zombie trash one because a year or so ago a friend (who really wants me to read this seres) gifted me a digital copy and even though I’ve been tempted a few times to try it, I just don’t like brain eating icky beings. LOL

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Haha! I’ve gotten a few nudges like that now and then. Usually, they’re right. Happy to be your test pilot for the zoms, Debbie. 🙂

Tracy Terry
1 year ago

Ooh! I do like the sound of The Kingdom but, without so much as a second thought, with a title and cover like this how could my vote go to anything other than Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues?

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Tracy Terry

What a hoot, right Tracy! 🙂

Melliane
1 year ago

I have the first zombie book but I haven’t tried but. However I loved the books by Amanda Steven, like love love love.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

I’ve read both first books and they were great. I am open to reading either of these now. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I voted for The Kingdom. It has a creepy feel to the description. I hope you enjoy whatever you end up reading.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

If it’s anything like the first one, it is definitely creepy. 🙂 Thanks, Mary!

Karen
1 year ago

I’ve only read the first White Trash Zombie book but it was a lot of fun.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

It really was. Angel is great. 🙂

Lola
1 year ago

I voted for Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues because I’ve read some books by this author before, although I haven’t checked out this series yet.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

I’ve read the first and last books in this series. I enjoy her books, too. I’ll have to try one of her other series.

Sharonda
Sharonda
1 year ago

I voted for the white trash zombie one…looking forward to your review 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharonda

The titles and covers alone are a hoot. LOL Hope you’re having a great birthday, Sharonda. 🙂

Sam@WLABB
1 year ago

I have never read any of those Zombie books, but I have seen other bloggers saying great things about them.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

Oh my glands! Your comment just popped up Sam. Sorry to seem like I was neglecting it. 🙂

Yes! This series is definitely addicting. I’ve already read this one and had a blast.

Carole rae
1 year ago

2!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole rae

And, thank you, 2, Carole! 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I’m voting for the Zobie book, because I love Zombies! The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows!!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

And, this zombie is the coroner’s assistant, LOL! Brainzzz!

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

They are both second books – so that makes it tough. I voted for Zombies because I have heard that is an awesome series. I’m not really familiar with the other. Enjoy!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

Yep! Headed into the sophomore books. Word of mouth recommendation totally works, Jen. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Id go for the white trash zombies book. But I am collecting those on audio as I have heard they are great that way.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Definitely a good call. I’ve listened to the last one and now I’m going back for the others. She did a great job narrating. My library only has them in print, but I’d have opted for audio if it were available.

Lorna
1 year ago

White Trash Zombie! I loved the first one, bought the second and promptly lost it in my wasteland of a tbr pile. I look forward to seeing what you think!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

I had fun with that one, too. Uh oh! Hopefully you’ll unearth book two eventually. 🙂

Liz @ Bent Bookworm
1 year ago

I think The Kingdom sounds fascinating! I’m not much for zombies, hehe. I’m going to have to go look up the first one in this series now…

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh super! Glad to put you onto a new book to try, Liz. Don’t blame you about the zombies. I’m pretty select there, but still manage to get skeeved out. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I haven’t read either of these, but I’ve seen loads of great reviews of the White Trash Zombie series so I’ve voted for that one. I hope you enjoy it!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

It really has gotten a lot of good press with readers. Both have which is why it was tough for me to decide. In the end, maybe I’ll end up reading both. LOL Thanks, Stephanie!