100 Days in Deadland (Deadland Saga #1) by Rachel Aukes

100 Days

100 Days in Deadland is the first book in the Deadland Saga series by Author Rachel Aukes. This book is fashioned to the likes of Dante’s Inferno where each “layer” had a different theme behind it.

The book starts out with Mia Ryan, aka Cash, on her way to a meeting at work. She bumps into a fellow coworker who is out of sorts. It only takes a few minutes before she is fighting for her life against the coworker. She kills said coworker after a good bout in the women’s restroom. She is heading up to her office when she runs into another coworker, Alan. They end up fleeing the office together and try to head to Mia’s place since it’s closer. Only, they get hit on the highway behind a traffic jam. A semi-driver, Clutch, stops and allows them on his rig, only to have Alan turn into a zombie.

Clutch agrees to take Cash, he coined the term based on how she was dressed, on for only a day. That turns into two more and eventually he quits telling her she has so many days left. On their first scouting mission to loot and check out the nearest town, they run into some of Clutch’s neighbors, the parents had both been bitten but the teenage son hadn’t been. He tells Jase that he can come to his farm when he’s ready and they continue on their way.

It doesn’t take long before they are out scouting again and end up threatened by the militia group that was working on securing the area. Since both Clutch and Cash refuse to join up, they start acting against them. They bring by truckloads of zombies and dump them over the farms gate. On the last trip, Tyler Masden from Camp Fox rolls up with his unit of men. They justify the killing of Doyle’s two men and don’t arrest Cash, Clutch or Jase. Clutch and Cash go with Tyler to Doyle’s base where Cash ends up shooting one of their men from a previous altercation. Tyler arrests Cash and takes her back to Camp Fox.

She’s released later and assumed dead in the ensuing chaos that happens while she’s locked in the brig.  After a full day of traveling, she eventually makes it back to the farm to find it in a blaze. Doyle’s men set it on fire. She hunkers down in the bomb shelter and Clutch ends up joining her. Shit hits the fan quicker than expected after this hit.


Rachel Aukes is a new to me author. The cover drew me in but the story kept me glued to the pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was reading this straight through from the moment I started reading it. I liked Clutch from the start as well as Cash and Jase. It took a while for Tyler to grow on me because I thought he was sketchy. He proved me wrong. I was completely wrong on who the traitor ended up being in Camp Fox and honestly didn’t expect it to be who it ended up being.

The story is a steady pace and makes sense with the progression. I like that the book is fashioned in a Dante’s Inferno style. I honestly can’t wait to get the second book in the Deadland Saga to find out what happens to all the survivors and what happens to Cash, Clutch and the others in the new group!

451 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

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Z14 (Zombie Rules #2) by David Achord

Z14

Z14 is the second book in the Zombie Rules series by author David Achord.

Things ramp up a lot in this book. Zack, Macie, Julie and others return in this book. We meet more people, some good and some really bad. Zack ends up in several tights spots but ends up on the winning end each time. Fred leaves the group for over six months to go searching for his daughter in Los Angeles. He eventually returns towards the end of the book.

We learn more about the world and more about the zombies. They are evolving. Bodies aren’t decomposing on some of them and they seem to be functioning on a higher level than normal zombies. A lot of the zombies from the initial outbreak have died off. It was like Zack predicted. They just dropped and didn’t get back up.

There is a functioning military outfit who ends up dropping notes out of a Chinook helicopter. Zack and a few of the group go to the airport and talk with them. They end up making a deal. Zack is going to start a trading post there in the Nashville area. They supply him with 10K rounds of ammo and other things that would be great for trade.

By the end of the book, the group has lost several but gained a lot more. Things were looking up until they realized the zombies were evolving. One of the characters from the first book returns in this one.


This book is better than the first. Once I finished Zombie Rules, I immediately started reading this one. I couldn’t wait to sink my claws into this book and I surely am not disappointed. (I’ll probably have dreams of zombies tonight since I read two books featuring them but hey, it’s something that I dream about even when I don’t read zombie books. LOL)

I like most of the characters that are alive at the end of the book. There are a few I don’t like other than their attitudes. I was saddened by a few peoples deaths in this book and wanted so bad to bring them back.

David Achord was a new to me author when I picked up the first book over a year ago. I am so glad I happened across it and read it. The writing style is consistent, the story flows and you can’t help but love most of the characters and the story itself. There are a few editing errors (punctuation and wording) in this book but nothing major and nothing that interrupts the flow of the book.

$4.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

378 pages

The Infected: Nightfall (The Infected Book #3) by Joseph Zuko

The Infected Nightfall

This is the third book in the Infected series by author Joseph Zuko. Jim is trying to fight his way to his mother-in-law’s house. He now knows that’s where his wife and girls were heading with her brother, Troy. They make a run to get supplies to stabilize Devon, nearly getting themselves killed by a mad man in the process.

There are so many close calls in this book that I thought we were going to lose many main characters. Unfortunately, we lost several characters and it saddens me on who they were. I’m liking some characters more and more as the series goes, Leon being one of them. Although, I’m not sure I like where Leon’s thoughts are heading in the book and I can see some SERIOUS trouble brewing in the group if he remains with them.

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This was a good read. The author knows how to write to keep you captivated and glued to the pages. I read this in one day because I was entranced with the words on the pages. The images I was able to build because of the author’s descriptions were like watching a movie.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free Kindle Unlimited

$9.99 Paperback

214 pages

***I purchased this book for 99 cents using promotional credits.***

Karen’s First Day (The Infected #2) by Joseph Zuko

Karen's First Day

This is the second book in the Infected series by author Joseph Zuko. In this book we follow Karen, Jim’s wife.  Karen is at home with the girls when she gets freaked out. She ends up leaving the apartment after a hellish day with her brother, Troy. They end up at a police station with one officer and one convict inside. They end up releasing the convict, Leon, in exchange for his help.

He’s more of a help than they had planned on. He ends up getting them a car and helping with the girls. Then when Troy is taken out of commission, he helps to save him, Karen and the girls. He’s really starting to fall for Karen which could be an issue if her husband ends up being alive but he’ll worry about that later. They make it to her mothers house to find her mother dead in the back yard. A salesman had killed her.

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This was a good sequel to go along with the first book. I like that this book follows Karen and now we’re on even footing with knowing how Jim and Karen’s first days went. This book was easy to read and had me enthralled while reading it.

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$3.99 Kindle

Free Kindle Unlimited

$9.99 Paperback

210 pages

***Purchased using promotional credits***

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

Monsterland

This book was ah-freaking-mazing. The way it ends, it leaves it open to make it into a series and I really wish the author would! There are so many unanswered questions and not enough answers! This book contains action, adventure, horror, zombies, vampires and werewolves. A great read for sure.

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Description on back of book:

The Scariest Place on Earth

All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt, Melvin and Howard, three unpopular high school friends are stuck in Copper Valley, California. Nerdy Howard is oblivious to social cues, Melvin is an oddball outcast, and Wyatt is in love with the unattainable Jade- the most popular girl in school.

Due to a fortuitous circumstance, they are invited tot he star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

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The answer to the question posed in the description is A LOT. And I mean a lot. I started reading this book last night and made it to chapter 19 before crashing and finished the rest today. I just can’t even process what I’ve just read! lol. I wish it was longer. I felt it was too short and could have been longer.

I do like this author. I hadn’t read his works before but I was given this book and since it’s one of my favorite genres, I decided to give it a chance. I am glad I did. Vampires, zombies and werewolves in one book! My dream come true! The characters are likable (most of them anyways). The author uses such descriptive details that you can actually image everything happening as you’re reading.

Dead is All You Get (Tell Me When I’m Dead #2) by Steven Ramirez

Dead is All You Get

Dave, Holly, Warnick, Springer and more return in the second book of the Tell Me When I’m Dead series by author Steven Ramirez. Dave, Holly and others are able to get a hold of the reporter that’s been covering everything happening in Tres Marias. She and her cameraman are locked up somewhere but they’ve been doing extensive research. Before they flee the building, she writes down the name of a company that is somehow involved and flashes it to the video monitor before fleeing herself. This sets Dave and the others out and on a mission. While fleeing from their location, they are overrun by zombies or draggers as they are called in this series.

A new battalion of Black Dragons show up and rescue them along with Evie. Her cameraman, Jeff, had put himself in danger to allow Evie to get away. When they get back to the high school which is where Black Dragon was hosting their operations and survivors of the outbreak, they are all tested for the virus as Dr Isaac Fallow (from the first book) had been able to find a test with help from his immunologist friends he mentioned before. They all tested negative and they were assigned housing.

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What did I just read? I have been engrossed in this book most of the day, taking occassional breaks for snackage and giving my eyes a break from my computer screen. The first book had me in love with the series. This book evokes so many emotions that I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I have laughed, been mad, been upset and I have even CRIED while reading this book. I just…..UGH! Why did the author do this?! Lol. I, in no way, mean that in a bad way. I just can’t fathom WHY he would do what he did in this second book. I definitely have to read the third book in this series now to get closure!

Let’s just say, there’s a lot of fighting, action, adventure and suspense in this book. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Like from the first page to the last. I think we can all agree from the types of book reviews I’ve posted that I’m a fan of anything paranormal really. This series, and I’ve only read the first two books of the trilogy, is awesome. These books have more depth to them than most other books I’ve read regarding zombies. The characters are very well developed and you either instantly like or hate them. Some you aren’t so sure about and flip back and forth between. The description of some of the places and scenes are so real that I felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading.

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$3.99 on Kindle

296 pages

(Purchased for 99 cents on promo 9/15/15)

Zombie King (Shifter Squad #2) by J.C. Diem

Zombie King

This is the second book in the Shifter Squad series by J.C. Diem. The first book is Seven Psychics.

Lexi Levine is eighteen years old. She was bitten by a dog when she was a baby and then she was bitten by Agent Reese Garrett who is a werewolf. This infects her with the werewolf virus and she’s already turned once. Her father knows of the news and isn’t happy that her boss, Mark, let her get “injured” while on the job and when he was supposed to be protecting her.

Her father left the mission he was on and was going to her. She went by herself to pick him up from the airport in Denver and takes him back to their compound in the mountains. Things are tense. She doesn’t scan her hand until her father promises not to kill anyone. He begrudgingly agrees with a nonexistent but known “yet” at the end of his promise. He goes inside and punches Mark which sends all of them into motion. The other three agents: Reece, Kala and Flynn all wanting her father’s head and her pulling her gun and pointing it directly at Reece’s face since he was closest. Mark calls them off and they all back down.

Flynn and Kala are dismissed and the other four talk. Reece states he can rectify the situation by marrying Lexi. This sets Lexi off and she takes off to the outdoor gun range where she sits in turmoil and despair. Her father offers to kill Reece but she states that if she wanted him dead that she’d kill him herself. She takes her father back to the airport a few days later and then it’s off to New Orleans to kill the Zombie King.

There’s a man running around New Orleans raising corpses from the dead. The team received a call from a voodoo priestess who knew about the PSI. She only talks to Lexi when they go to her shop. The Zombie King gets more desperate as time goes on. Is the team able to contain him? Can they contain all the corpses he’s raised and stop a massive takeover of New Orleans? Or will they fail?

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I’m loving author J.C. Diem. I love the writing style, the characters, the world this book is set in. I love that the characters are normal people who have a “condition” but they’re all a family. The first book was a great read and this book was as well. Definitely worth the $3.99 paid for it! Now to get the third book in the series!!

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304 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

Praying for Grace (Grace #5) by M Lauryl Lewis

Praying for Grace

This is the fifth book in the Grace series by author M. Lauryl Lewis. This book was just as good as the rest but filled with TONS of surprises. This book shocked me from the beginning to the end. We gained some people but more was lost than gained. I like how the series ends but am hoping for another series. One that follows the baby, perhaps?

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Gus is back. He’s not dead like we all assumed he was. He was rescued by others who are infected and when he get’s stronger, they go to rescue Zoe and the others. Boggs and two others go on a scouting trip to get more supplies, especially for Emmett, the baby they found. Zoe stays in the lighthouse on the island with Emmett. Gus goes and saves them and takes them his new home. Zoe learns that he has a connection with a lady that lives there, one of the ones that picked her up actually. At first she’s jealous but then realizes Gus only wants her.

A girl ends up sick and turns. She kills her mother. Zoe and Gus are in the same bunker with Emmett. Zoe hears it first before waking Gus up. The lady Gus has the connection with ends up down there with them. When they emerge from their rooms, Gus gets Zoe and Emmett from the bunker. The girl runs through the bunker and there’s too many places to hide while it’s dark. Zoe runs and gets some other guards but not before hearing they were from the evacuation center and that they were after Zoe and the baby she was pregnant with. (Yes, you read that right. Our Zoe is pregnant with baby number two.)

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$6.99 on Kindle

279 pages

Dead Drunk II: Dawn of the Deadbeats (Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse… One Beer at a Time Book 2) by Richard Johnson

Dead Drunk 2

 

Dead Drunk 2: Dawn of the Deadbeats is the second book in the Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series by Richard Johnson. The first book was a great read with all the twists and turns in it. I couldn’t wait to get this book.

Charlie, Smokey, Big Rob, Trent, Left-Nut and more return in the second installment. This book not only follows the guys from the first book, but we also get a look at what happened to their counterparts during the bachelorette party and afterwards. New people join up with them.

There are a lot of shenanigans in this book that go beyond the ones in the first book. Trent and Russ end up in a lot of different predicaments that had me laughing through the book. Charlie was caught up in just as many. I did more laughing with this book than I did the first one.  We know that from the first book, the Chinese have invaded America and are systematically killing zombies and living people as well. They aren’t discriminating.

Charlie and company save two of the Chinese soldiers from being murdered by their own captain and they join Charlie. They both prove to be great additions. They don’t speak English just like the others don’t speak Korean. Yes, Korean. It comes out that they are Korean soldiers made to work under the Chinese so it does make sense. 😉 (No, I’m not losing my mind.) They name the soldiers Ping and Pong because it’s easier to remember.

During the course of their journey, a disfigured nun joins them and she proves to be an okay addition to the group. Also, the man who took out Big Rob in a rigged match joins the group against Rob’s judgement. But, he proves himself in a big way. We lost several of the members of the group along the way and there were some other sad points, especially for Charlie and Big Rob.

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This is a good book. I especially liked reading about the girls and their misgivings and their journey and how they eventually connect up with part of the group. This book has more characters to follow but it flows nicely from one group to another. The girls are pretty badass and I really wasn’t expecting that. I thought the author was going to make them “soft” and they would die quickly but they didn’t, which I enjoyed. A great book if you want a zombie story.

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222 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

(Read using KU subscription)

 

Within These Walls (Box Set) by Tracey Ward

Within These Walls

This box set includes both books from the Quarantined series and then the three books from the sister series, Survival.

I previously had the first book in the Quarantined series, Until the End. I read it and fell in love with this series. Alissa and Jordan are at ground zero when the Fever hits. Ground Zero is Portland. Alissa has some major mental health issues but it’s explained in the book and I would have been more concerned has she not had any. Lol Alissa and Jordan go through a lot before meeting up with her uncle in a different part of the state.

The second book, In The End, finds Alissa, Jordan and Sid all trying to survive together. Sid and Jordan really don’t like each other and Alissa tries to play the peacekeeper through most of the book. They end up at a camp after Jordan is bit. He is the first person to EVER survive a Risen bite. Only because he cuts his hand off which tells the doctors quite a bit of information.

This ends the Quarantined series and then it moves on to the sister series Survival.

This series takes place nine years after the Quarantined series and follows Jocelyn or Joss as she likes to be called. A zombie killed her mother and father when she was eight years old on Christmas day. She hid behind the tree until it wandered on and then bolted. She drifted from place to place but each time the people she was with died. So she decided to go out on her own. She’s been on her own for six years and is not a people person at all. The only person she gets on with is Crenshaw, a semi-crazy man who lives in the woods. Things get a LOT worse for the Vashons (the survivors of the original outbreak), the colonies (people who follow a crazy man who survived the original outbreak), the gangs and the cannibals before they get any better.

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This was an AMAZING and AWESOME series to read. I read it every chance I got since I purchased the box set back on the 17th. There are some sad moments in the books but that’s to be expected. I almost cried a few times. This box set was $3.99 and is well worth it to buy the box set versus each book individually.

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1357 pages

$3.99 on Amazon Kindle

$3.99 I purchased for

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