Monday, February 10, 2014

Review Tour - Undying, by Valerie Grosjean

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 I didn't need to know much more once I saw zombies in the description of this book. Bring it! 

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this tour and read this novel. 

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Displaying Undying.jpgTitle: Undying
Series:  Undying #1
Author: Valerie Grosjean
Release Date: September 29, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Zombies

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This is a story of love . . . and zombies.

When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.

Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.

Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.

Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.
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I will read anything with zombies in it. Bottom line.

Really excited to read this short novel, I had high expectations. And it's always refreshing to see female writers entering the zombie genre scene. 

It takes only a couple of pages for the outbreak to happen around Christian. In his dorm, no less. Stunned and bewildered, both his roommate and Christian think they are witnessing one of their dorm mates going through a possible bad acid trip. But they quickly realize that something is terribly wrong.  Because the dead are rising and attacking panicked students wandering the halls.

The beginnings of a great zombie novel.

I knew this would be a short novel at about 200 pages, but it ended a bit abruptly.  I also understand that it is part of a series, but I was disappointed on how it was ended nonetheless. 

The beginning kept me captivated, and Christian's race to save Iris was interesting, and at times heartbreaking because of some of the losses throughout the story.  Yet, I found the climax to be somewhat rushed when there was so much time spent building up to it.

Though Christian's feelings were believable, certain events throughout the story made Iris cold and distant. Understandably so. But as far as the romantic aspect, this novel was lacking it. 

I loved the outbreak scene. It was gory and disturbing, but also emotional because Christian knew a lot of these people, and his anguish at the losses was touching.  He was amazingly brave and willing to help others, when I am sure every fiber of his being was screaming at him to flee and save himself. 

The suspense was intense and well built.  Though there wasn't a lot of 'brain bashing', I was still captivated and anxious for the next scene. The author also wasn't shy about being a bit realistic.  Kids are going to be bitten. Zombies don't give preferential treatment to adults.  It sucks to think about, but it would be realistic that if there was such an outbreak with such dire results, there would be kid zombies running around looking to attack.  I was revolted to read of a couple of children roaming the streets, but strangely pleasantly surprised, because it made the story more believable. It added an extra shudder factor that I wasn't expecting.

Good story, and a fast read. As far as zombies are concerned, not the most disturbing or action packed novel that I have read. Which I think is a plus, as it opens this novel up to a much wider audience.  Those readers looking to sample the zombie genre, but not sure about the blood, gore and guts, may enjoy this novel. And for the hard core fan like myself, this was a good read that satisfied my craving for brains... errr a good zombie story.

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Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.

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  1. Dude, fellow zombie fan FTW! I will also read anything with zombies - though I'm less a fan of those who romanticize them because.. ewww! But this one def. sounds right up my alley with the horror and suspense! And the more disturbing the better, no? :D

    1. Disturbing is a must in any zombie novel. I have read some surprising novels like the Barely Alive series that kind of romanticizes it, but it was actually pretty good. But for the most part, I want to feel my heart pounding out of my chest while reading these stories. I want to be scared. I want to be revolted. So adding in a couple of zombie kids gets a thumbs up in this novel. It was sad, and pretty damn scary. But most importantly, it was a great detail that added to the believability of this story.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting Giselle!



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