Snapshot Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Snapshot reviews are a new format I am trying out here at A Kernel of Nonsense that helps both me the reviewer get straight to the point and you the reader find out if a book is for you without having to read a longer review.

Title: Suffer the Children
Author: Craig DiLouie
Series: N/A
Pages: 343
Publisher: Gallery/Permuted Press
Release Date: May 20th 2014

**I received a free copy of this book from the author which does not influence my review**

Trigger Warning: death of children, suicide, and sexual assault.

      “From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.
      Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were…but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?”

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“A massive roar of grief and rage washed over the crowd. One after another, the children went limp in their parents’ arms. The father who’d shouted at the camera howled and tore at his clothes while his wife screamed.”

  • The set-up – Much of Suffer the Children is devoted to getting to know four adult characters and their relationship to their children. There is the devoted stay-at-home mom Joan, her blue-collar-working husband Doug, single-mom Ramona, and pediatrician David, who lost a child years ago.
  • The surprise character arcs – Based on the synopsis, I expected the focus to be on the children and how they change after coming back from the dead, but DiLouie instead stays with the adult characters and takes readers on a journey of grief that ultimately leads in desperation.
  • Aftermath of Herod’s syndrome – The story doesn’t shy away from the devastation that follows: the collecting of bodies, grief that manifests itself in self-destructive behavior, and how easily the characters resort to violence to achieve their goal.
  • The real horror – While children dying all over the world is a horrifying and then them coming back from the dead with a need for blood is terrifying, the real horror of this story are the parents who find out just how far they are willing to go to have a one more day with their children.

  • My own expectations – I went into this thinking it was going to be more about the kids and how creepy it would be for them to be walking around needing blood, so was a tad disappointed that it took so long for this to come about.

  • Craig DiLouie’s Suffer the Children is unlike any vampire novel I’ve come across and the behavior exhibited by the adult characters is as terrifying as it is plausible.

★★★
(3/5)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Spring 2019 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.I try not to make too many TBRs throughout the year, but I usually fail and when I succeed I spend most of my time stressing about said goal. For this week’s list, I am featuring ten highly anticipated spring releases that I will most likely not all get to. This was a hard list to decide on because when I opened Goodreads to check what was coming up, I ended up opening like thirty different tabs. Most of these come out around my birthday, so I am counting on gift cards (crossing fingers). I’m also planning a birthday giveaway on Twitter for most anticipated May releases, so look for that in April. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhouse – Publication Date: April 23rd – Before this sequel comes out, I’m going to make time to reread Trail of Lightning. I can’t even express how excited I am about this book. I’ve never fallen for an author so hard and so quickly before.

2. Nocturna by Maya Motayne – Publication Date: May 7th (my birthday) – This is the Latinx inspired fantasy I’ve been waiting for. Magic. Shapeshifters. Heists. I am ready.

3. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo – Publication Date: May 7th – I am ready to be completely charmed by another Goo novel. She is quickly becoming one of my go-to contemporary authors.

4. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – Publication Date: April 30th (just recently changed) – This much-anticipated sophomore novel by S.K. Ali is almost here. This sounds absolutely adorable and this cover is already making me swoon.

5. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Publication Date: May 7th – This would be high on my list of books I would give my first born for. Acevedo blew me away with The Poet X and I am all kinds of excited for this one. Where are you Rumpelstiltskin when I need you?

6. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – Publication Date: May 14th – Why are so many good books coming out in May? Publishing must know it’s my birthday month, because another Sandhya Menon book is just what I need.

7. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – Publication Date: May 14th – This along with We Set the Dark on Fire is one my most anticipating 2019 debuts. How highly am I anticipating it? I preordered it way back in January.

8. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – Publication Date: May 14th – I need this book and I need it now. Would not be surprised if I dreamt of holding an ARC in my hands between now and its release.

9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Publication Date: June 4th – I loved An Enchantment of Ravens so much and am ready to be swept away with Rogerson’s sophomore novel.

10. All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – Publication Date: June 18th – I love how different this one sounds and the cover for this one is so lovely.

Are you looking forward to any of these releases? Any on my list you are adding to your TBR? Which spring 2019 release is your most anticipated? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Latinx Book Club: Announcement + April’s Book Club Pick

Hello, friends! I’m pleased to officially introduce you to the Latinx Book Club, an online Twitter-based book club, where each month we choose a book by a Latinx author to read together. First, I’d like to introduce you to the fellow members of the Latinx Book Club team: Cande @ Latinx Magic, Carolina @ Santana Reads, Dani @ Metamorphoreader, Jocelyn @ Yogi with a Book, and Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess. I’m so excited to work with these bloggers on this project and already feel like we work well together. Also, special shout out to Isabel Ibañez, who designed our banner and logo.

The Latinx Book Club is dedicated to reading and boosting Latinx voices. If you haven’t followed us on Twitter yet you can do so here: @Latinxbookclub. We’ve already gotten such a welcoming response from everyone and are so grateful. We hope that you join us this year in reading more Latinx authors. After a Twitter poll asking readers what book they’d like our first book club pick to be, we are happy to announce April’s book club pick is…

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes! I’ve had this MG novel on my TBR since I first heard about it and I’m so glad we get to read this one together. Book info listed below, including a content warning. We will be starting our readalong April 1st. Feel free to read at your own pace. We will be using the hashtag #Latinxbookclub all month long and have plans for some discussion questions along the way. We hope you can join us for our first book club pick readalong and the many more to come. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or on our Twitter account.

Title: The Storm Runner
Author: J.C. Cervantes
Series: The Storm Runner, #1
Pages: 448
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Release Date: September 18th 2018
**Content Warning: ableism (internal ableism and ableist language directed at the MC)**

      “Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.
    A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?
      Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.”

The Friday 56: The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Everything I think is

isn’t.

Friends that are

aren’t.

A boy I like

isn’t mine

but everyone’s

and

no one’s.”

I loved Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within, a MG novel-in-verse that deals with menstruation and finding your ancestral roots. I loved how open and accepting this novel is, and it’s one I wish I could have had as an eleven-year-old girl. Read my ARC review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.
      But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It’s an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?
      A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.”

Can’t-Wait Wednesday – Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply.

I got a taste for short story collections with Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties and have been itching to pick up more, especially ones by authors of color. I’ve been eyeing N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ’til Black Future Month? and this upcoming release, Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajarado-Anstine. Isn’t the cover for this one breathtaking? Cover is linked to Goodreads.

 width=Title: Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Author: Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Series: N/A
Pages: 224
Publisher: One World
Release Date: April 2, 2019

      “A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry that shines a new light on the American West.
      Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado–a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite–these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.
      In ‘Sugar Babies,’ ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In ‘Tomi,’ a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, ‘Sabrina & Corina,’ a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual.
      Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Novels I Wouldn’t Mind Seeing a Sequel For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.” In all honesty, I like a good standalone and I’m perfectly content with these books being standalones, but for the sake of this week’s topic, I’ll list some reasons why it wouldn’t be the most horrible thing in the world to learn any of these were getting sequels. Also, I could only come up with nine. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – I had such a blast getting to know Mila and the girls she brought back from the dead. I wouldn’t mind seeing them try to solve a series of mysteries over many books. I’m also always in the mood for Lily Anderson’s witty characters.

2. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken – This remains the only book by Alexandra Bracken that I love. I tried her The Darkest Powers and Passenger series and they do nothing for me. But her fantasy debut is one of my favorites and I wouldn’t seeing her return to this world.

3. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I love the two leads (and who doesn’t love a novel that focuses on friendship?) in this one so much and the 1919 setting and magical system has me wanting more. I’d love to revisit these characters and see how they are doing.

4. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – The multi-layered world-building in this one makes me feel like their are more stories to be told in this world.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – This is one of the few fae books that I absolutely adore. I know Rogerson is coming out with a new book in a few months which I’m absolutely stoked about, but I also wouldn’t mind seeing some kind of companion novel for this one.

6. Pride by Ibi Zoboi – So my vision for this would be more like a series of companion novels. Wouldn’t it be great if Zoboi wrote retellings of all the Austen books with Afro-Latina leads? I’m smiling so big thinking about it.

7. Rook by Sharon Cameron – You ever read books and understand why someone wouldn’t like it, but it just really works for you? That’s how I feel about Rook. I understand why it’s not rated higher, but I just love it so much.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I think we’ve all been collectively holding our breath for the next Erin Morgenstern novel and I’d by lying if I didn’t say that during this time, I didn’t dream about a sequel to this magical novel.

9. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera – Margot was one of those characters whose growth you felt really invested in and I’d love a sequel where we could continue to see her grow as a person.

What are some of your favorite standalone novels? Any of these you are also a fan of? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.