Friday 22 September 2023

Review of Brainstorm by Nissa Harlow

What's worse than nearly puking in front of a cute guy? Zombies. Definitely zombies.

I’m not feeling so great. I don’t know if it’s something I ate, or if it’s from flipping through one too many teen paranormal romances, trying to find inspiration for an obnoxiously backward creative writing assignment. (Seriously. What kind of teacher asks their students to write a story in their least favourite genre?) But I’m determined not to barf in this stupid vampire book I’m holding, especially not in front of the cute guy who’s checking out the library’s pitiful selection of DVDs. So I make a run for the bathroom… only to have the guy follow me in there. Can you believe it?

But that’s just the first unbelievable thing that happens. When we come out of the bathroom, the library appears to be closed. Weirder still, it’s surrounded by a strange, supernatural storm that definitely wasn’t there a few minutes ago.

Being trapped in a library with a new friend (or enemy—I haven’t decided yet) might not be the worst thing in the world. But it might not be the best thing, either… especially once that weird storm starts spitting out characters that are only supposed to exist in stories, and we find ourselves trying to figure out how to take on a horde of zombies with nothing but our wits, the Dewey Decimal System, and some very strange bookish magic.


My Review:  5 STARS

I picked this up because the cover and blurb sounded interesting, and I was not disappointed. A quick read, but you’re thrown into the action from the first page and you can’t help but get hooked on Sadie’s adventure. From the strange happenings to trying to get out of it unharmed, it’s just a whirlwind of a ride and one that’s pretty easy to get lost in and finish in one session. I’ve got the second book and plan to dive right back in because I want to know all the details, and pick up and spend more time with Sadie and Lincoln. Highly recommended!

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