Saturday, May 23, 2009

Review: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

From Barnes and Noble: A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.
Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .

First of all I have to say that I really adore Scott Westerfeld. All of his books are a little bit dark and twisty and involve plots where the main characters find out that the "good guys" aren't always good. However, this is one thing that makes his books remarkable. Peeps is a new take on vampirism. Instead of people running around biting other people, vampirism is a disease that is spread through saliva and other bodily fluids. The parasite that cause vampirism causes the people who are infected to hate everything they once loved and to go a little crazy. Cal is lucky enough to only be a carrier. He works for an agency that tracks down people who are "parasite positive" aka Peeps. As far as heroes go, Cal is decent. The reader doesn't really get to know him, the story and his search for every girl he has come in contact with since his infection is where the story focuses. One unique element in this book was that every other chapter is devoted to a different parasite. As you read these chapters about real life parasites that humans come in contact with every day and how they manifest and mutate, your skin will crawl. However, these chapters really do add to the story. The parasite chapters help you understand the parasite that turns humans into vampires. I really enjoyed Peeps. The ending is a little strange, but that is because there is a sequel. Many questions are left unanswered that are hopefully dealt with in The Last Days. I would recommend Peeps to anyone who enjoyed Twilight, Anne Rice, or any other vampire book. Scott Westerfeld has an incredible ability to weave a story. I have enjoyed everything of his that I have read, but Peeps is my favorite so far.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Chelle's Life According To...The Beatles

Okay, so most people know that I have a sick obsession with The Beatles. Basically, I don't think that there is any situation that their music won't help. So, here is my life according to The Beatles. We will have "Ally's Life According To..."next Friday. Feel free to link your meme in the comments section!

The Rules: Pick an artist, and using ONLY SONG TITLES from only that artist, cleverly (preferably) answer these questions. This is harder than it seems! ADDITIONAL RULE: You cannot use the same artist I did, or duplicate song titles even if they were performed by another artist.

1. Are you a male or female?
Lady Madonna

2. Describe yourself.

3. How do you feel about yourself?
I Feel Fine

4. Describe your EX.
The End

5. Describe your CURRENT significant other.
If I Fell

6. Describe your current location.
Octopus's Garden

7. Describe where you want to be.
Penny Lane

8. Your best friend?
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

9. Your favorite color is?
Mean Mr. Mustard

10. You know that...
Can't Buy Me Love

11. What's the weather like?
Here Comes The Sun

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called?

13. What is life to you?
The Long and Winding Road

14. What is the best advice you have to give?
All You Need Is Love

15. If you could change your name what would it be?
Sexy Sadie

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: May 5, 2009

Today's Teaser comes from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

"How dare you approach me! How I wish I could kill you with one blow and bring back to life the two people you have cruelly murdered."