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Review of Dying to Live and Fighting to Live (Zombie Overload Series 1 & 2) by C.M. Wright
Ok so zombie stories/films before go along the lines of this - a virus, dead people eating other people, people start coming together to fight the zombies off with the main character(s) being men. Yes? Think this one will be the same? Wrong!!
The main character in these stories is a sassy, funny, and brave woman with so much attitude in her, eventually, battered body!
These lines from the book made me laugh out loud -
“I go into the kitchen and grab my pretty pink hammer from the junk drawer. Yeah. Pink. Gotta problem with that? If so, bite me!”
“we had agreed before saying " I do," that the only way out of this marriage would be death...and I haven't killed him yet.”
“Fine. I'll freaking go. But if anything happens to me, I'm going to kill you both after I turn into a zombie bitch." Jake grins at me. Apparently, the dumb-ass thinks I'm kidding!”
It follows the same idea as a lot of zombie stories - the virus strikes in a small town and the heroine, Canada, starts getting her family together to leave. Her only thought is to get every family member together and to safety. She starts by getting her immediate family out, then heads to her mothers house.
On their travels the group meet Jake, who saves them from a group of zombies. Jake, and eventually his brother, join forces with the growing family group.
The group have quite a few encounters with zombies as they try to find weapons, food and shelter. More than a few of their party are lost on the way. Canada finds herself bruised and battered by the end of the story, physically as well as emotionally.
The story has humour, bravery, and a bit of a love interest as well. The author has mixed just the right amount of each to make the story believable. The reader ends up rooting for the characters to win through, to survive and move on.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes zombies, blood and guts, and strong female characters!
Review of Learning To Live (Zombie Overload Series 3) by C.M. Wright
OMG the ending!! The author leaves us with a huge cliffhanger and so many unanswered questions! I am hooked on this series big time!
Starting a review with the ending? Not a good thing, so lets start again......
This book follows on immediately from where Fighting To Live (Zombie Overload Series 2) finished. Having arrived at her sisters, Canada manages to take stock of what her life has become, and assess her injuries, for at least a short amount of time, before all hell breaks loose again!
Receiving a call, from a friend of her husband, Canada and Jake set out on another rescue mission. This leads to a very emotional reunion, along with a lot of dead zombies.
After reading the first 2 books I assumed the author would give Canada a bit of a break. Boy was that a huge mistake to make. If anything Canada comes out of this book far more worse for wear!
Throughout everything, though, she never loses her attitude. If anything she comes out the other end even stronger if that is possible, given that she ends up even more battered and bruised than before. The following extracts show, yet again, the kind of sassy woman Canada is -
“Shut up, Jake, and put your big girl panties on. Let's kill some of these bitches.”
“Unfortunately, she's still unturned. That's really too bad. I have a gun ready and everything!”
“I violently push Jake away from me and all the best of my bipolar rage comes out in one solid punch to Jake's face. Blood sprays the window beside him as his nose explodes and his head jerks to the side. Jake brings his hand up to his nose and his already shocked look gets even more so when he sees the blood smeared across the back of his hand."
I just stare at him for a few moments, not joining in his laughter. "No. Because I haven't killed you...yet. But give it time.”
However this next extract actually had me in tears, so funny -
“Ah think Duzzin give me zum good sheet!" "What do you mean?" "Ahm high az hell. I zee two lep-ra-conz sitt'n up front witchu. Don't let dem take all da gold!" I giggle, and as I'm falling back into unconsciousness again, I hear three different men laugh.”
Yet again the author has mixed the right amounts of humour, bravery and zombies to make this such a good read. In fact this is my favourite book so far in the series.
The author throws a few curveballs in - amnesia for one - which I loved. But the main one is just one word - Sara! Thus we get to the cliffhanger ending. I for one cannot wait to see what the author brings in her next book. What lies ahead for Canada, Sara, Jake and everyone else along the way?