Posts Tagged ‘undead delight’

Blood Therapy

February 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm No Comments

Blood Therapy
Author Lynda Hilburn
Publisher Jo Fletcher Books
Pages/size 400pp
Release Date: 4th July 2012
Reviewer: Kate Middleton

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her patients, but when it comes to her love-life, she’s on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist – he also convinced her to start dating him. Kismet’s still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a schizophrenic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating – but she’s constantly terrified. And Dev’s become obsessed with finding Lucifer – before he comes after Kismet again. So much for her nice, ordinary life…

I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it, although I hadn’t read the vampire shrink I felt that I picked up enough of what happened in it to not be confused or missing something big. I felt the fear that kismet had and the terror that Lucifer was constantly putting her through. I really enjoyed the humour within the story and the characters backgrounds and connections. I can’t wait for the rest of Kismet’s story.

More White Trash Zombies

August 12, 2012 - 3:04 pm No Comments

Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues
Author: Diana Rowland
Publisher: DAW Books, Inc.
Page count/Size: 312pp
Release date: 3rd July 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

“Hello my name is Angel, and I’ll be your zombie day.”
If that doesn’t set the tone for what’s to come, I don’t know what will.

Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues is the sequel to Rowland’s earlier offering My Life as a White Trash Zombie. In the first novel, young drop out Angel Crawford is attacked by a random stranger and to save her life, fellow zombie and cop Marcus saves her ‘life’ by turning her into a zombie. He makes this life easier by leaving her with a short supply of brain smoothies and a job at the morgue.

The sequel starts with life a little bit better for Angel, with a steady boyfriend and her job as a van driver and morgue assistant. At leas things start okay, but isn’t long before trouble finds Angel. Zombie hunter Ed turns up at Angel’s door with a gun, having apparently killed his girlfriend. Garza, her Probation Officer turns up, demanding to know she is getting on with her high school qualification and someone is experimenting on zombies in a mysterious lab. Add to that, the fact someone has stolen one of her bodies and she has the blame, and she has to meet Marcus’ uncle Pietro who runs what appears to be the zombie mafia, and you know she’s not in for fun.

But the reader is. Filled with mystery, horror, humour and at times pathos, this second outing for Angel is even better than the first. As well as dealing with all of the ongoing shenanigans, Angel is emerging as a new person whilst she tries to overthrow the preconceptions and prejudices surrounding her, to prove she is worth something. She is also trying to rebuild her relationship with her alcoholic father who is also trying to come off the booze.

This novel is funny, often in an un-PC way, it is moving and it has some great gruesome bits for gore hounds. Overall a great achievement.

Review: Undead Delight

May 19, 2011 - 10:44 pm No Comments

The Unwashed Dead Author:  Ian Woodhead

Price: From £2.06 (Kindle)

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Immediate vicious attacks on the population of a Northern town by ‘Deadies’, aka zombies leaves the town occupied by the rather dislikeable undead and a number of less than savoury survivors. The plot isn’t of importance here. It is Woodhead’s playful use of a myriad of British recognisable stereotypes that makes The Unwashed Dead extremely good fun.  Like an old pair of socks or PJs, the novel is instantly recognisable and insanely comfortable as Woodhead pits the unlikeliest ‘heroes’ against the undead.

From teenager Kevin, to Ashton who kicks off the novel and ‘wholesome’ upstanding citizens Denis and Ernest, these characters are incredibly realistic, though they do represent the least favourable of British society. With a good use of ‘voice’ the dialogue is a brilliantly accurate representation of what ‘us Brits’ refer to as ‘The Unwashed Masses’; hence the ironic title. 

Woodhead knows his genre, offers plenty of gore and character interaction gives the reader a fun ride. It’s really, rather Chavtastic!