February 26, 2011

ARC Reveiw | The Cellar by A.J. Whitten

The Cellar by A.J. Whitten
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: May 2, 2011
Pages:291 [eARC]
Chapters: 40 [eARC]

Original Language: English
Source: NetGalley* 

Summary 

Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster.

But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?


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This book is contained zombies. Yes, zombies. The thought of it makes me want to read it because I love zombie-inspired stories and movies. So I didn't hesitate to permit a request for a ARC. Well, let's start shall we?

The Plot. It was a great plot. It is not a typical-ordinary-zombies you see on the movies who mindlessly eats whatever that is alive. Well, at first, they were only two, though when the story progresses at the end, obviously, they were a lot! And it has the uniqueness applied to the zombies, they talk, have a unnatural ability something like that, but the best part is... They still eat humans. Nice! :]

I really like the cellar part because this is where Meredith found out something more creepy about the male MC, Adrien St. Germain. To be honest, I don't like cellars at all either, thank God we don't have one here.

Anyway, the story focuses on 3 main characters, and yes you read it right 3 MC's. This includes Meredith, the person tells story in her point of view. Heather, Meredith's sister who happens to have a connection with the third MC, Adrien. The last two only narrates their parts but they are the reason why there is this story.

I am kinda confused who really is the protagonist here, is it either Meredith or her sister. Meredith is the one who discovered about Adrien's identity but her sister is the one who links with him. It is not a same paranormal romance we read that the female MC fell in-love with the male MC. No, this one is different. Meredith fell in-love with a sort-of-minor character here and partly contributes to the story.

The humor never stops me smiling. Thank goodness they always hit books with a bang. If I wanted to smile and laugh, this one is pretty good. Well, technically on this book is on the girls-obsessed-with-the-new-guy kind of humor.

The Characters. It appears I have mentioned their names now. I like Adrien when he is nice to Heather and from everyone else except to Meredith but when he's not. I just don't like him that much. He's selfish and I mean really, really selfish. Though at the end, I was kinda sad about  what happened. [sorry no spoilers here!] Meredith and Heather are sisters. They have a very trauma story when they were little. And that's why the story get's longer, the family problem, and you will know it why when you read this one.

Tiny Flaw. There is a tiny flaw here my fellow readers. The Romeo and Juliet thingy. I was surprised that the book is called with "Romeo and Juliet meets the living dead". I was caught up with it that's why I wanted to read this one. It was just a school play with Heather and Adrien. They relate themselves with Romeo and Juliet. The forbidden love the proposal and such. It's good but I wasn't expecting it to be like that. But it is a great read after all.


I recommend this book of course, for those who love zombies like I do. And you will love the mix up of the unique story. But a precaution for readers. This book contains hard violence and gore. Let's give this at YA to Adults only. :] 

*I received this free eGalley via from publisher  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks guys!^^

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1 comment:

T.B. said...

I don't usually read books with zombies, but this one sounds quite interesting! I'm glad that it didn't seem like the typical teen romance novel. Thanks for your review!

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