This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (TBR June 2012)
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up.
As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life–and death–inside.
Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Types of Characters.
Why I Love....Strong Characters
Male or Female, I love strong characters. Mentally, physically, strong, especially in paranormal novels. Its just something about the protective male lead characters that I just love. I love the sassy, sarcastic, 'anything he can do I can do better' lead female characters as well, like Rose from Vampire Academy. I love that kick-ass mentality. There must also be a layer of vulnerablity, however, it is only shown in rare, specific situations (usually dealing with the strong male character). As with people (and characters) in general, behind that layer of strength there is more than likely a psychological drama going on with feelings of insecurity or self-doubt or lack of love but those feelings are all on the back burner behind completing the task at hand. I believe this is why I love the BDB series so much. Although the women were lacking, the strong men (ahem, Vampires) were present and on point. Love them!