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Saturday, October 13, 2012

{Review} Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1)

Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1)
by Annie Walls 
Publisher: Self
Released: September 20th 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror, post-apocalyptic, zombies
How it got it: Received from the author via Bookish Brunette Book Tours

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.
 *Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*

Review: All I can say about this book is non-stop action!

Ok that's not all I can say, but it's true from the beginning of Taking on the Dead to the end it's pretty much edge of your seat nail biting action. Kan is a kick butt heroine, who is able to do what needs to be done. After being basically a hermit for four years she's forced to go out into the world. Once out there she doesn't have to just worry about the undead, but crazy cults and werido's with bizarre fetishes... better not thought about. Kan is saved from a car accident by Rudy, enter hunky yet socially inept guy. There's a lot of sexual tension between Kan and Rudy even though no one wants to admit it. I was a little torn by this because she also had really good chemistry with Mac. Since Rudy is holding her at arms length, she hooks up with Mac which I thought was a good pairing... ok truth it had to grow on me because lets face it I was routing for Rudy. Then all heck broke loose and well I wasn't sure who to route for, yet Kan worked through it. I loved her as the main character because she had moments of weakness which made her more real.
The misunderstandings and what not added to the plots appeal. As did the colorful characters my fave being Reece the tattoo artist / motorcycle dude/ possible ex member of ZZTop. I enjoyed his comradery with Kan.  
Being the first book in a trilogy it did leave a lot hanging at the end and I can't wait to see where the author goes with the series.

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