What I’m Reading: Scott Sigler, Fern Michaels, & Maggie Stiefvater

I’m starting a new feature here at my blog: what I’m reading.  Since I’m almost always reading something, I think it would be fun to talk about books I’m currently reading.  I’ll tell you what I think, and maybe turn you on to some new authors.

So, to start off I’ve like to talk about 4 books: Infected and Contagious by Scott Sigler (horror/sci-fi), For All Their Lives by Fern Michaels (romance), and the long-awaited conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy, Forever (paranormal/werewolf).

I looked up Scott Sigler on a recommendation on a forum I frequent.  I’ve been looking for good horror, which I love, and for research purposes (my next book, Darklight, is horror).  His book Infected sounded really good, so I downloaded it on the spot.

Infected was really, really good.  Not a dull moment, great characters, great premise.  Just all around great.  I totally fell in love with the two main characters and was rooting for them the entire time.

Infected crosses a bit into sci-fi because it’s about an organism from somewhere (we’re never told where, ironically) that plans on infecting humanity and eventually ruling the world.  It’s an interesting take on pandemic-type horror because it’s not a virus or anything.  They’re little seedlings that infect, grow, change, and eventually control the poor victim.  It’s scary as hell, especially what the poor humans do to themselves to cope and get rid of the infection.  I don’t get squicked out very easily, but one scene did it for me.  But, I liked it because it showed just how desparate this poor character was to be free of the infection.

So…it gets worse.  People are brought in (including the President of the United States).  Measures are taken to contain and keep it hush-hush.  The scientists involved have to capture it live which poses a problem.  Meanwhile, the organism is growing and evolving and planning.  It’s really out there, but in a good way.

So I loved this book so much that I bought the sequel without even blinking an eye.  I remember thinking, I have to know what happens to Perry.  I’m going to die if I don’t find out.  Which I know is the point, but still.

Poor Perry is all I have to say.

Contagious was just as good and just as scary as Infected.  Things get more complicated and dire.  I couldn’t read fast enough.  It kept me totally in its thrall.  And the twists?  Out of this world.

In the center of all this is a little girl who’s been infected and sort of becomes a messiah to the others.  Talk about creepy.  That’s all I’m going to say.

Contagious was a thrill-ride and did not disappoint.  The only thing that bothered me was the ending. These poor people take extraordinary measures to destroy the organisms, and they do… or do they?  That’s the big question, and the answer to that is downright terrifying.

I love me some horror. If you’re a fan of creepy, twisted horror, these two books are for you.

Next up is For All Their Lives by Fern Michaels.  Let me preface this by saying that with a few exceptions, I no longer read straight romance.  I discovered fantasy and paranormal and sci-fi some time ago, and haven’t looked back.  But occasionally, at the insistance of my Mom, I will pick up a romance novel and read it.  Take Debbie Macomber, for instance.  I read one of her books — I can’t remember the name, it’s an address actually — and I did enjoy it.  Didn’t rock my world, but it was an easy read and a good story.  No big deal.  Well, Mom just finished For All Their Lives and told me I should read it because it’s really good.  I’ve learned years ago never to ignore my Mom’s recommendations, so I started it last night.

Wow.  I’m only 40 pages in but I’m already hooked.  She does a good job of setting up the characters and situations very quickly without info-dumping or boring the reader.  It’s solid.  I really want to know what happens, so I’ll be finishing this one for sure.

Maggie Stiefvater.  This writer is nothing short of amazing.  When I read Shiver, the first book in the trilogy, I was stunned and hooked.  She has a different, very cool take on werewolves.  Shiver is a love story about a boy werewolf who is going to become a wolf for good (and not shift) and the girl who loves him and tries to keep him human.  Oh my God, this book will amaze you, bewitch you, and hurt you.  It is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read.

So, I read the 2nd book, Linger, in the middle of a move, and it too was nothing short of amazing.

Did I mention that both books made me cry like a baby?

So I started Forever a few nights ago.  I am on page 127 and I have cried 4 times.  Seriously.  I just can’t believe how much Stiefvater can tug at my heartstrings.  I’m not that far into it.  And yet, I cried 4 times already. I also had a migraine starting but kept going until I couldn’t take it anymore.  That’s when you know a book is good, when you’re in pain and emotionally overwrought and you just keep on going because you can’t friggin stop.

Stay tuned.  I’ll let you know the verdict after I finish these two.  By the way, I can read up to 4 books at the same time without getting confused.  It’s a gift.  Sometimes I hate deciding what to start next so I…don’t.  I read ’em at the same time.  I don’t recommend this unless you’re a die-hard or a masochist.

So, what are you currently reading?  Anything to recommend?

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