Saturday, June 22, 2013

[Review] PODs - Michelle Pickett

PODs - Michelle Pickett
PODs by Michelle K. Pickett

PODs was a super fantastical read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as much as I expected I would and then some. I’ve known about this book now for quite some time, and I’ve been sooo excited to read it. As I was at BEA I had literally bumped into Michelle Pickett. I turned around to say I was sorry and I was like, ‘OMG You’re Michelle. I can’t wait to read your book!!’ As most of the authors that I’ve had the pleasure to meet – Michelle was amazing. Not only did she get a copy for me and signed it, but she took a picture with me too! I’m seriously honored by that. I just want to shout out to all the Spencer Hill Press authors, Y’all seriously ROCK. Anyways – I effing loved this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I fell in love with the writing, the characters, the imagery, and well… the entire thing.

PODs brings you a fantastic mix of romance, snark, dystopian apocalypse, excitement and angst. I laughed, cried, gasped and smiled throughout this entire novel. Obviously I fell in love with the “I don’t take shit from anyone” Eva, and the delicious artistic David. The relationship between them really developed through the entire book. I loved all the witty banter and snark between all the POD members, and the fact that everyone there was facing their own demons. Everyone left someone and something behind. I mean that’s what happens when a virus plagues the entire world and scientists just can’t figure it out quick enough, right? I was enthralled about the virus setting because I’ve always had such an interest in The Bubonic Plague. 

Michelle really brought together Zombie and Dystopian. There are quite a few instances in the novel that you don’t see coming and you’re either “Aww” or “WTF!” Whyyyy!? I can’t tell you what they are, cause I would be an asshole for ruining the book! (I need to talk to someone about this book though! – MESSAGE ME!) I enjoyed the support characters in this novel and think they were brilliant. You got to delve into their lives just enough, so that they made an impression on you. I adored the relationships that were built on the side. 

I do have to say that I was put off by the government officials in this book. I never felt so involved with a book. I just wanted to punch them in the face. It saddens me that I feel like this is exactly how it would go down, too. Ugh. *SLAP* Treating people like that, it’s just not humane. But what can they do about it? Nothing. It’s the government. I mean… It’s a brilliant and I understand the thought process behind the raffle - but it is unfair, like life… because we know it’s fixed. It’s always fixed - In real life and in our beloved book realms. 

I absolutely loved this book. I hear rumors that there is to be a second book. I’ll definitely be excited if there will be, but this is a great stand alone as well. I only have one complaint about this book, and its not even really a complaint. I kept getting so frustrated when Eva and David were FINALLY getting alone time together and something interrupted them. ALL. THE. TIME. Cock-blocking to the extreme right here! I did find it humorous but if it were me in that situation, oh yeah… I’d throw a total bitch fit. Other than that, this was well thought out, well executed and I will be cherishing this book for quite a long time to come. 

Michelle, You have re-awakened my interest in YA. For a while now, I’ve been going astray over to new adult, cause I felt like everything was just getting so stereotypical with YA. Boy meets Girl. Girl meets another Boy. Girl can’t decide who to pick. It was so refreshing that for once there wasn’t a love triangle. Don’t get me wrong I’m a total sucker for a good love triangle, but I’m glad this book didn’t have it. 

PODs definitely held my interest from the first page to the last page. If you’re interested in YA then I would seriously pick up this book. Even if you’re not into YA, PICK UP THIS BOOK! I know you’ll fall in love with Michelle Pickett just as I have. I loves her even more so now that I’ve read her book, cause she’s such a sweetheart! Again, I love love loved this book and I really hope that if you’re reading this, you’ve decided to give it a try. PODs is a must read that is totally worth your time.


  1. Wow this is a great review. I've already read and review PODs but your enthusiasm has convinced me to read it again in the very near future.

    1. Kristin, you made me want to keep writing. Sometimes I feel like I just don't give reviews enough justice. I either over think, or just sit there staring. Maybe one day, I'll go from review to book! If the right idea comes to me, anyways. Thank you <333

  2. Hi Beth!

    You are so sweet! Thank you so much for such a great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed PODs! I have our photo in my BEA photo album!!

    I'll see you next year, right?


    Michelle :)
    Author, PODs available June 4th
    Milayna (Milayna #1) available March 11, 2014
    Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2), September 2014
    The Infected, a PODs novel available November 2014
    The Innocent (Milayna #3), April 2015

    1. I totally hope to see you next year! (If not before then at some sort of event!) I have our picture saved to my phone album too! <3

      So there IS gonna be another POD's novel! It sounds like its gonna be an adverse book?! AH! Either way - can't wait.


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