Demon Emberby M.J. Haag, Becca Vincenza, Melissa Haag
Mya's world is falling apart. After a series of earthquakes, deadly animals with glowing red eyes begin attacking people and start the spread of a zombie-like plague. Safety is just a memory as she tries to make her way home. When a different creature attacks the people helping her reach Oklahoma City, Mya is sure she'll never see the light of another day.
Despite his eerie green eyes and very sharp teeth, the grey-skinned creature is more intelligent and humanlike than he first appears. He's determined to keep Mya by his side and protect her from the new world's dangers. When his path starts taking her further away from home, she must choose between safety and her family.
**Recommended for adult readers
***Part 1 of 3
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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! I won a copy of this book in a giveaway, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! This is the first book in this series, and my first time reading anything by M.J. or Becca. I do own several of Melissa’s books, and I just bought one of Becca’s because I loved this book so much! This book was an unexpected delight to read! I should warn you though that it ends in a cliffhanger way which is killing me because I want more and to know what happens next. I’d say this classifies as a New Adult as the main character Mya is in college. There is lots of violence not making it appropriate from younger readers. When I started reading this book, I never read the blurb. Sometimes, I like to be surprised, and I definitely was because I didn’t know this was a post-apocalyptic zombie type of book. The book starts with Mya and her roommate studying in their dorm room, but they are watching the news. I was pulled into the story and didn’t even realize it. Mya and Drav are quite the pair, and Drav is very protective of Mya. He is learning English as Mya talks to him. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just tell you that this book is amazing and has tons of action. I highly recommend this book to any reader who like post-apocalyptic books of survival mixed with fantasy and zombies, and if cliffhangers both you, you may want to wait until the series finishes and read them at that time. I hate waiting, but I will because this book was fantastic! For now, I’m not so patiently waiting for the next book!
This is an on the edge of your seat keep you guessing kind of book. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next you don't. By the time I reached chapter 3 my heart was racing and I was living it, breathing it, and feeling the emotions. It sucked me into the pages and books like that are hard to come by. I am recommending this book to everyone I know who lives to read. And I will be purchasing a hard copy for my library. It is phenomenal and the best part is that it's not over...
I normally don't like to read dystopian type books, and never ever zombie books or movies- definitely not before this book anyway. But I absolutely love this book, it's my favorite book by MJ Haag/Melissa Haag to date. I'm a huge fan of this author. The events that take place in the story don't seem so far fetched as to be unbelievable. There's something about the interactions between Drav & Mya that just pulled me in, made me sigh & wish for a Drav of my own (without a zombie apocolypse though!). Mya seems to be a typical college student, but there's really so much more to her than a typical college student. Drav, some sort of Demon creature-man, is absolutely endearing with his relationship with Mya (not so much with the rest of the humans he interacts with in this book though). There's so much still to learn about everything going on in the next 2 books in this series & wondering if Mya will ever be able to reach her family or if Drav will actually leave Mya if she actually does reach her family. The humor in this book is outstanding for lightening up the mood & the seriousness of the events. I was constantly laughing out loud. Also, even though this was written as a collaboration between 2 authors, I could not see who contributed what to the story, it was seamless, though I haven't read anything from Becca Vincenza for comparison, I've read/own all MJ Haag/Melissa Haag's books. The flow was smooth & fast, the leading characters are very likable, & has you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering -oh my, what's going to happen next?! You can see the main characters evolving, slowly becoming friends (maybe even on the verge of more?). When you hit the end of the book, you'll be mad because you'll want to keep reading to see what happens next. It is a big cliff-hanger, but the kind that's worth it, that makes you really want the next book to see where this is going because your hooked & invested in these characters. I totally can't wait for the next book in this series!
Having read everything by Melissa Haag and Becca Vincenza, I have to admit that this has got to be one of my favorites and on of the best dystopian novels I've read of late. Mya and Drav meet during an apocalyptic nightmare, she being human and he being...other. They set about to find her family and make the world right again, running into situations along the way that are devastating and dangerous. They find themselves on the run and not necessarily from the menacing forces that have been unleash on the world. Sometimes, the monsters come from within. This is a collaboration that was meant to be. The writing styles melded into something fantastic and exciting. It is unlike other zombie apocalypse books I've read, and the unusual relationship between the characters is fascinating and mesmerizing. Each of these authors has wonderful works in her own right, and putting them together gives us the beginning to a powerful series. The beginning is nail biting, the middle is spine-chilling, and the end is a surprise that leaves us wanting more. I can't wait for the next one in the series.