Thursday, October 11, 2012

Taking on the Dead Book Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

I'm super excited to be hosting a stop on author Annie Walls' Taking on the Dead Book Tour today! If you're a fan of dark urban fantasy or just a zombie fanatic, you'll want to add this book to your reading list. I hope you enjoy my review, stick around for a chance to win some awesome swag and say hi to Annie!

Title: Taking on the Dead
Author: Annie Walls
Series: Famished Trilogy ~ Book #1
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Annie Walls
Format: ebook, 312 pages
Source: BB Book Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

 In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping. 

 My Romancing Thoughts:

A zombie masterpiece!

After a zombie outbreak changed her life forever, Kansas City Sunshine Moore (what a cool name, right?) has spent four years in solitude and avoiding the living dead in her family home. Her survival depends on keeping a low profile but when she encounters a group being ambushed by zombies, her compassionate nature takes over and she takes them into her safe haven, only to have them turn on her and forced to leave her sanctuary. Soon after leaving her home, Kansas is forced to explore new territory and meets up with Rudy, a ruggedly handsome man who helps her during a zombie attack and takes her under his wing, introducing her to a world she's long forgotten and giving her a new reason to keep on fighting.

I have to say the writing and creativity in this book blew me away! When we meet Kansas she's a young woman in love, without a care in the world, out enjoying herself at a fair with her boyfriend until a zombie plague attacks the population and loses all those she loves. The story then forwards four years later with our heroine all grown up and kicking some zombie a**! Kansas is a stellar heroine, she's got guts, brains (no pun intended!) and plenty of heart. She's faced with a horrific situation and is forced to grow up fast and become a fighter to survive, her will to live is admirable. I'm a fan of a feisty heroine but what makes Kan (that's what she likes to be called) extra special to me is that she's not paranormal, just a regular Midwestern girl turned machete wielding, crossbow shooting powerhouse in a world full of the Famished.

Aside from an outstanding heroine, there are some fantastic supporting characters that you'll love as much as Kan. Rudy, the "chivalrous barbarian" with a heart of gold (yes, I'm TEAM RUDY!), Reece the snarky tattoo artist, Mac, the sexy soldier and the ever sassy Glinda all steal the show at some point with their charismatic personalities and charm (that's all I can say without giving too much away). A subtle romance and great humor throughout the story helps lighten the dark reality of their world, making it believable.

Taking on the Dead is emotional, gritty and hair-raising! The heroine's voice instantly pulls you into her world and has you biting your nails at the heart stopping suspense. Ms. Walls weaves horror, fantasy, romance and humor effortlessly into a vivid post-apocalyptic world you can't get enough of...even when you're a little grossed out...LOL With a superb heroine that's not afraid to get a little dirty, stand up male leads and some supernatural magic, Taking on the Dead is dark urban fantasy at its finest! My praises to Ms. Walls for a spectacular zombie debut that was truly EPIC! (as my Zombie Queen friend would say).

My Rating

About the Author

Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a five year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I’m one crafty bitch.

Giveaway provided by author via BB Book Tours.

 Giveaway Details
  • 2 book swag packs 
  • 1 signed print swag pack 

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  1. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! This book sounds awesome!

  2. It is an awesome book, and will be an awesome series. :)

  3. This series sounds fantastic! I can't wait to jump into the story! :)

    Thank you for sharing and for a great giveaway!

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  4. This series sounds awesome. Ic an't wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  5. Sounds like a great series, I love the covers. Thx for the giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  6. I love Urban fantasy. The book sounds intriguing.

  7. I can't wait to read Kansas' story. Thank you for sharing it with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  8. This book sounds amazing & I love her name!!

    A wonderful giveaway :) thank you for sharing.

  9. I'm kind of over the zombie thing, but this looks pretty cool.

  10. Thanks for the Giveaway. Sounds like an interesting read :)


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