Out of all those books, there's been one author in particular who I've really come to respect.
Prior to BEA, I'd heard of Jonathan Maberry (obviously), but I'd never read any of his books. They looked really interesting, don't get me wrong, but I had a long list already that I had to get through. But when I saw him there, you better believe I picked up one of his books.
Somehow I ended up with three, actually. :o
Well, they sat there on my shelf as I read through six other books I'd decided I wanted to get through first.
And then one day I picked up Rot & Ruin.
I inhaled it, dear readers. Inhaled it. One day, done. And I immediately picked up the second in the series, Dust & Decay. Again, I devoured that thing like my life literally depended on it. It is about zombies, so maybe my life was in jeopardy.
Finished with those two, I didn't know what to do. Do I start Patient Zero? Will it be just as amazing?
I really didn't know. You see, I've been into anything and everything YA for so long that I didn't know if my taste for Adult had fizzled.
So I read some other books first.
Patient Zero stared at me, begging to be consumed.
And I did. And oh it was wonderful, readers. Like you wouldn't believe. Other than the fact it nearly killed my eyes with its super tiny print (though that could just be me--staring at a computer screen all day has destroyed my vision) , it was just about the best thing I'd ever read.
I may have somehow gotten away with three free copies of your books, Mr. Maberry, but you better believe I'm buying every single book you ever write from now on.
And if any of you, dear readers, have not read one of his books, I suggest you rectify that situation today. I've rarely read plots so engaging, scenes so well written, and characters so immediately lovable, so pop-out-of-the-page real. I'm kind of (as in, REALLY) sad I don't have anything else of his to read right now.