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Two prequels to two zombie series: Changes: A Girl Z prequel by CA Verstraete and Dead and Alive: Outbreak by I J Smith

October 25, 2016 - 8:09 pm 1 Comment

Changes: A Girl Z prequel, A Zombie Story by CA Verstraete

Published 18th May 2015

45 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


This short story is about Spence, who after is given the perfect job working in a lab. Not long into the job he starts to have second thoughts when his work-colleagues start turning into moaning fleshing munching creatures. Like most boys in times of trouble, all he wants to do is get home to his mom.

Spence was a typical teenager without a care in the world until that fatal morning. Escaping the trouble really made him man up. Although a short story this book was full of action and throughout Spencer’s journey I was really willing him to make it home.

I have not read Girl Z, but this has just made me want to read it






Dead and Alive: Outbreak by I J Smith

Published 18th May 2016

23 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

51lv9w3drnl-_sy346_A prequel to the Dead and Alive series, this book tells the story of how it all began. From the moment, the population of Gosport turn you can feel the tension and know that is not going to go away. Introducing us the pompous military characters, you know that they are going to protect themselves no matter what. One character I did like was Raven, a nurse that was there at the start, a strong character who survived the initial outbreak. I have read the first two books and have not come across her again, however it looks like the author has written a short story about her.  This book is a great introduction to the Dead and Alive series. It explains quite a lot

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by CA Verstraete

October 8, 2016 - 9:36 pm 2 Comments

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by CA Verstraete

Published by Imajin Books on 13th September 2016

232 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


We have all heard of Lizzie Borden, the young girl who whacked her parents with an axe and the subsequent trial, but did we know why she did it. Well we do now.

Trying to keep the reason for their deaths a secret, she gets involved with a secret society and with the help of her lawyer John Fremont and his colleagues, she learns how to battle the walking dead and becomes a one woman fighting machine.

The author had definitely done her research on the Lizzie Borden as each chapter opened up with an excerpt of either the trial or a quote of a newspaper article. This made the story more believable. Whilst the trial is mentioned, the majority of the story takes place after the event and we see Lizzie and her sister Emma try to get the bottom of their father’s involvement in the whole thing.

Lizzie was a strong willed girl and I was surprised that she was the younger sister, as she was always making sure that Emma was ok.  Whilst she was a suspect in her parent’s murder, I liked how she took charge of her life, learning how to fight and even starting a love interest with John. Even when she was shunned from people she still held her head up high.

Battling zombies is dirty work and this book does not shy away from this fact. Full of action, blood and gore, made this a well written exciting story. The twist at the end was unexpected but not a complete surprise and the way the book ended gives scope for further books.

If you like history meets fantasy than this is a great book to read. Move over Elizabeth Bennett, there is a new zombie hunter in town.