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Review ~ Night of the Loving Dead by Persephone Jones

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by Persephone Jones

Blurb:
Zombie apocalypse survivor Melina Benson is just trying to survive the night when she meets hot, take-charge special-ops soldier Brock Sweet in a cemetery.

Melina Benson is a survivor. She lives in a pawn shop, patrols for zombies at night, and reads romance novels in her downtime. Then she meets Sergeant Brock Sweet. Sweet is bossy, arrogant, and gorgeous. He gets on Melina’s nerves and under her skin. But will she let him into her heart? She’s already caught the eye of local crime lord Edwin Suzerain, who holds her cousin Mario under a powerful spell of influence and charm. She could ask Sergeant Sweet for help, but will she?

Sergeant Brock Sweet is just doing his job when he stumbles upon vigilante zombie killer Melina Benson in a cemetery in the middle of the night. It’s lust at first sight—at least until one of his men accidentally shoots her. Then all bets are off. She’s as stubborn as she is beautiful, and he can tell right away she isn’t going to surrender to just any man. Brock wants Melina to trust him, but the secret of what he really is may sabotage any chance of winning her heart.

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
Got my hands on Persephone Jones’ book, “Night of the Loving Dead,” and finished it in one sitting! I really enjoyed reading Melina’s story, set in a world where a virus decimated the population- and then turned the dead into Zombies. Sergeant Brook Sweet and his Necros soldiers are an awesome idea of fighting fire vs. fire….and I’ll leave it at that!

Melina is a strong kick butt heroine, refusing to live in the “safe” havens available to her- Suzerain’s amoral palace of pleasure, or the government quarantine areas. Instead, she has decided to go her own way, practicing a little bit of vigilantism on the side (which is also illegal). One night out, she runs across the Necros soldiers performing a routine sweep. One chance meeting turns life as she knows it on end!

The books ending also leaves the door wide open for future installments…and I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that subject. The book was incredibly fast paced, and I’m sure some readers may find the abruptness of some choices to be a bit disconcerting, but remember the circumstances that these choices are made under- one must literally seize the moment, because there is an incredible chance you could die in the next. I must admit, that it did bother me somewhat, so I decided to change my rating from 4 stars to 3.5 stars.

So, I would recommend this book to fellow lovers of all things Zombies, with the warning that some may not be happy with the fast changes and choices in the book. In my opinion, it was definitely worth the read.

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Review Tour ~ Gravely Inanimated ~ Esther Wheelmaker

Gravely Inanimated

Gravely Inanimated

Series- Zombiepunk Series # 1
By- Esther Wheelmaker

Genre- YA Horror/ Paranormal
Published By- Third Broom on the Left Press
Publication Date- March 29, 2013

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Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!

It has been thirty years since the Voodoo Queen plagued England with the zombie disease that has since swept the world. Humans have had to learn to function around them while the dead kill innocent people. The government continues its efforts to try to contain and find a cure for the problem.

However, by the cover of night, a man who hunts zombie, known only as Aeron, roams the streets in search of protecting the upright citizens from the flesh eating creatures. One foggy evening Lucille Knight becomes one of these people and Aeron’s interest is instantly peeked. A stubborn, feisty “lady” in this day in age? How challenging.

But Aeron will have a little competition when Miss. Knight meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, the son of Earl Thomas or a man better known as: The Inventor. A man who builds automatons for the direct purpose of killing zombies; mysteriously understanding their blood and the way they sense humans.

Lucy is taken by the masked man known as Aeron and the equally mysterious Lord Garrett. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she doesn’t know which one is less dangerous. What secrets do Aeron and Garrett keep from Lucy? Will Miss. Knight be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?

It is still unclear. And the current edition isn’t spilling the beans just yet…

Links-

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16390149-gravely-inanimated?from_search=true

Kindle- http://amzn.to/YcXpj8

Amazon Paperback- http://www.amazon.com/Gravely-Inanimated-Romance-Zombiepunk-Series/dp/0983449481/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Barnes & Noble Paperback- http://bit.ly/ZFxvL8

Cara’s Review:
While still relatively new to the Steampunk Genre, I am finding myself more and more intrigued with the idea behind it. As a lover of Post-Apocalypse books (especially those including Zombies!) I found the idea of mixing the two genres to be an enticing idea. So, after eagerly assenting to the email to say I would read this book and write a review, I sat down and devoured it.

I didn’t really know what to expect, and was a little put off at first by the heroine only being 16 (the hero is 18). However, though perhaps emotionally immature, Lucy Knight did not act as the teen I expected. I seemed to have forgotten that the teenager of Victorian England were much different from the teens of today! So, at peace with the main characters age, I moved forward quickly. Lucy is a believable heroine, filled with conflict, and as I said before, still somewhat emotionally immature to start. However, we get to see her grow and evolve as a person, which is always awesome to see in a character, and hard for an author to make realistic, in my experience. The hero, Lord Garrett Ashdown and his dark foil, Aeron are kick butt awesome as well. With an inner strength, strong conviction, loyalty, and with lots of cool gadgets, these characters are believable and have their own angst and issues.

A rich cast of supporting characters, including Lord and Lady Ashdown: the eccentric Inventor and the ex-Zombie slayer, a true sister-friend in Emily, and a distant Father figure, Julian Knight, round out the story, with soirees and parties to attend, zombies to slay, and shopping to be done! It is fascinating how insular the characters are, with different goals, ideals, and expectations. Yet, they work so well as teams.

I would strongly recommend this book to fans of both Steampunk and Zombies, you definitely won’t be disappointed (how do authors come up with idea for all the cool inventions and gadgets?). I greatly anticipate the next book in the series, and can’t wait to get a hold of a copy!

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Gravely Inanimated authorAbout the Author-

Her name is Esther Wheelmaker and she is the author of the new, Zombiepunk Series. With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is pounding away on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily distracted by sparkly things.

Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs, corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart….

…Let’s face it…Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.

Links-

Website- http://www.zombiepunkseries.com/

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/estherwheelmake

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6689699.Esther_Wheelmaker

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/esther.wheelmaker?fref=ts

SSLY recommended read

Review ~ Only Love Survives by Renee Charles

Only love survivesBook Title: Only Love Survives by Renee Charles
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Reviewer: ReadingRN
Heart Rating: 5

Blurb:
Amidst an epidemic ravaging the world, all Megan Fletcher’s hopes for the future lie in getting to Las Vegas where newscasts reported scientists were gathering to search for a cure for the modern plague. After rescuing her from a rooftop surrounded by Zombies, Sam Woods appoints himself her escort. While he knows she is determined to get to Vegas no matter the cost, he doesn’t know her secret. And with his hatred of all things Zombie, she doesn’t dare tell him the truth. The more he kisses her, the harder it is for Megan to hide her growing feelings…and the bite-shaped scar. But Vegas is not the haven it was promised to be, and when Megan’s immunity to the disease is discovered, she realizes her future and her heart belong to Sam, if he will trust her.

An idealistic school teacher and ex-corporate mogul manage to find love despite a looming worldwide catastrophe. Can their love survive while everything around them is dying? Will they learn that when facing the end of the world, Only Love Survives?

Available at The Wild Rose Press

Cara’s Review:
Warning: this is kick butt book! Take romance, add a pinch of apocalypse, a dash of misunderstanding, family, debts to society, oh, and a horde of flesh eating zombies and you get the reading pleasure that is Only Love Survives. What a story!!!!

Megan is, well, was a teacher and Sam a billionaire mogul prior to the epidemic that struck giving people a bad case of the flu…and the desire to eat human flesh as their bodies rotted and decomposed. Ms. Charles offers a nice scientific rationale without going into crazy detail, as well as the memories of Sam and Megan pre-epidemic, so we can see the descent of the modern world. After a last minute, super lucky rescue, Sam and Megan band together, with very different goals in minds, but ones that will lead them to the same location.

After reading, and enjoying, the book Apocalipstick by Lisa Acerbo, I have become quite enamored with zombie books. Only Love Survives, is a well written, exciting read, and I can’t wait for more books in the series to come out. You know a book is good when you actually begin to care about the characters, and I am desperate to know how things will turn out. After all, there are still many, many obstacles before a HAE is even remotely possible.

It is amazing to read about what the author believes people would be capable of if the world we all know fell apart. What would you do? Band together with others, share resources, use the opportunity to act on your most depraved fantasies, exploit those weaker than you? As a student of science, it always gives me a kick to see how evil scientists can be portrayed…so caught up in their studies, they forget their subjects are human beings. I guess after the modern world ends, no one is too worried about research passing through an ethics committee!

I have nothing but praises to sing for this book…I would strongly recommend it, and hope more stories are forthcoming. I can’t wait to see what their future holds.
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Review ~ Apocalipstick by Lisa Acerbo

apocalipstickApocalipstick
by Lisa Acerbo
Publisher: Eternal Press

Blurb:
Life is bad after the apocalypse…the undead just made it worse.

Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of survivors, the goal is to reach the High Point Inn. At the inn, Jenna develops feelings for Caleb, who, while exotic and intoxicating, is not quite human. Will this new utopia last?

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
I choose this book on a whim, horror novels not usually my genre of choice, but I love post-apocalyptic books and movies, so I wanted to give it a try and all I can say is: this book is AWESOME! I loved the premise, I loved the characters, I loved the story…I just loved it! I can’t sing it’s praises enough. With some of the traditional components typical of the zombie apocalypse, there are also unique ideas and actions that keeps this book interesting and unique.

There is a super strong core of characters in the book, who work well together as a team both in terms of story line as well as actual teamwork. The main character, Jenna, is an awkward outsider, surviving in a group where playing well with others means the difference between life and death. Yet, we see peeks of a gentler and kinder Jenna, the one that was present prior to the outbreak. We are able to follow the characters in their attempt to attain the promised land, with plenty of action and devastation along the way. Jenna, Caleb, and Quentin form an interesting love triangle, between the old and new ways of life, with Jenna in the middle. I was very pleased with the way that it resolved, and really look forward to reading the next book in the series!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book a bit different than the normal urban fantasy/post apocalypse novel. It is a unique and enjoyable read.

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SSLY recommended read