Monday, October 15, 2012

Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls {review-giveaway}

Today I am proud to be sharing a review of Taking on the Dead with Bookish Brunette's Blog Tours:


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Taking on the Dead
by Annie Walls
Series: The Famished Trilogy #1
Publication date: September 20, 2012
Genre: New Adult Post Apocalyptic
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


*Contains mature content and it not suitable for readers under 17 yrs of age. 
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.
When I saw the cover of Taking on the Dead, I was immediately drawn to it. The chick is walking down a rural road carrying a huge knife and I immediately had to read the synopsis. Its book one of the Famished Trilogy and I got goosebumps! Throw in the living dead, a quest for answers and a mysterious guy and I was totally sold. I am delighted to inform you that Taking on the Dead delivered an action packed post-apocalyptic tale that has left me anxious for book two. Walls paints a beautiful picture of both the horrors and pleasures in a zombie infested world. Her characters came to life, and I found myself invested in their stories.

Kansas City Sunshine Moore (yep that is the protagonist name and I love it..she goes by Kan) has been on her own for over four years, living in a shelter below her old homestead. She is a survivalist, thanks to skills her father taught her, and old books from his library. When she encounters a set of humans being attacked her life changes. Determined to find answers she begins a journey towards one of the military compounds. On the way she is attacked by a horde of zombies and saved by a guitar playing, muscle ripped smexy man named Rudy. *swoons* They share stories and begin traveling together. The tale that unfolds was horrifying, suspenseful, and filled with twists. It kept me turning the pages late into the night.

I love the characters Walls introduces us to; each is unique and at times mysterious but so fleshed out that you immediately find yourself connected to them. Kan is tough as nails, fearless, brave, snarky and totally kick-ass in the zombie killing department. She moves like a stealth ninja in her torn jeans, boots and dreadlocks. There is also a vulnerable side to her. She has been alone for years, and the first humans she has contact with betray her. Despite this she is eager for companionship and thirsty for knowledge. She is independent, sensitive and wants to make a difference. I adored her! Rudy *swoons*He is hot, funny, shy, eye candy to the ladies and feared and respected by the men. He has secrets, and you just want to pry his soul open and expose them. He is sexy and has heart of gold. He does the right thing, the noble thing, even when every instinct in him is screaming crush and destroy. The secondary characters are developed, original and fascinating. While I did not adore them all, I was certainly invested in all of them. There is an underlying romance, that is not fully developed. There is also a secondary romance where the gentlemen really knows he does not stand a chance, but cannot help caring anyway. While it reeks of a triangle, take heart it really isn’t the battle was won long ago..but living gets in the way and who really knows what will go down in the end..GRR! The good news is that whatever happens romantically will develop slowly and naturally. Well as natural as it can in a zombie infested post-apocalyptic world. One thing I liked was that the romance was really a side story to Kan’s quest for answers and the mission they decide to undertake. 

This is a dark, gritty new world and the world building was superb. While, we did not completely get a sense of the why the living dead took over, we do know who is responsible. There is so much going on in this novel, as we travel with Kan and learn new pieces of information about what’s happened over the past four years. The tiny cities, scavengers, and the strange government compounds that seem to be controlling zombies all created suspense. Eep! The zombies are teeth-gnashing, flesh-dropping and hungry!!! I loved all the dark, gory details Walls provided. As Kan, Rudy and their friends join together to uncover secrets I found myself completely immersed in the tale. The lines of reality blurred and this world and its characters became real to me. I laughed, I cried, I yelled, and caught that high that only a good tale can bring. Just when I thought they were safe, something else would happen! The non-stop action had my heart racing. I cannot wait for the next installment in this trilogy.

For Zombie and post-apocalyptic fans, Taking on the Dead is a must read. Not sure if you love the dead? Then consider reading this for the characters, the suspense and the mystery. This is a perfect fall read, and the perfect cleansing from all those zombie impostor books you read this summer!! Controlling the Dead is the next book in this trilogy and Living with the Dead is the final book. At this time there is no information on their release dates.

I was provided a copy of this novel from B&B Book tours in exchange for my unbiased review. *Purchases made through buy links on this site result in a small commission which funds our giveaways.

I gave this novel 5 zombielious coffee cups of 5
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73 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM , Anonymous NovaReylin said...

Ohhh!!! Another zombie book! /swoon! <3 Love this review. I'm adding this to my christmas/birthday list for my hubby! LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous sstogner1 said...

I've been wanting to try this book! thanks :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:33 PM , Anonymous Donna @ The Happy Booker said...

I've really been enjoying zombie books recently for some reason. Normally I shy away from anything too gory but I'm very drawn to the post-apocalyptic, survival-at-all-cost storyline in most zombie books. This one definitely sounds like one I'd enjoy and with your recommendation, I have no doubt I'll love it! Awesome review, as ever Kim

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

Oooooh, another zombie book that sounds awesome!! I'm currently reading Rhiannon Frater's zombie series, and it is revived my interest in zombies!! I'm definitely adding this one to my Wishlist, thanks!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh do and I will tell you this made my top 10 list for adult fiction for 2012!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o kinda but better :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM , Anonymous Brandy Corona said...

Very cool! Sounds kinda like a Walking Dead sub plot LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Do add it, this totally rocked!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM , Anonymous ♔ ⓚ ⓘ ⓚ ⓘ ♔ said...

thanks for the giveaway irreplaceablehunny@hotmail.com

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o this was good, I hope you decide to read it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This rocked and I hope you get a chance to read it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Julie H. said...

Great Review! I've been hearing a lot good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Kristilyn Robertson said...

This book looks sooooo good! Everyone is talking about it!! Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It is fantastic Kristilyn..i loved it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehehe..me too!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:53 AM , Anonymous Heather (ShoesBooks) said...

LOVED this book! Read it a couple weeks ago, & can't wait for book 2!!!!! Oh, and I'm #TeamRudy! ;)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sweet...i look forward to reading your thoughts on it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:53 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I have this one coming up next week! Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this rocked the Zombies!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Traci said...

ohhh looks awesome.. im loving all these books.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

If you love post-apocalyptic and dystopian worlds you will eat this up, yes there are zombies but the book is so much more..eep!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM , Anonymous Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said...

I've definitely been looking for more zombie books lately. Especially with the Halloween season and all. It has a great cover too!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This completely rocked and I hope you get to read it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o agreed!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Sounds interesting....though the cover reminds me of the movie THE HITCHER. Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are very welcome :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous carey sabala said...

Great review, thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks and good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous bn100 said...

Very nice review. Sounds like an interesting book.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was a surprise..and totally friggin awesome!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O,o you have to read it!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome Jen :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

I love dark, gritty worlds like this. This really does sound amazing. The cover is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome Justine!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Justine said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

go Cricket, go Cricket..this is the perfect time of of year for a Zombiefest!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Cricket said...

You make me want to read this, I might as well keep with my current zombie theme. :) Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yay..agreed!!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I have this one! The cover got me too. It was so kick butt!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was a good one..hope you get a chance to read it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

Ohh five stars! I really wanted to do this tour but just didn't have time. I love that name so cool and I was immediately drawn to the cover. Glad to hear the world building is excellent!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You'd be surprised! This is so much more than zombies..

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I am not big on zombies but Kansas and Rudy sound like amazing characters and I am so curious to see what "pleasures" a zombie ridden post apocalypic world might hold!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get a chance to read it.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

This sounds like a very gripping read! I love gritty stories so this sounds perfect for me. Another amazing review, Kimba. :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was awesome..but too graphic for the little guy!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I have really gotten to where I love all the zombie books. My son is even jumping on the band wagon. :) Great review. This sounds freakin awesome.

Jenea @ Books Live Forever

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was really good, Zombie good..I cannot wait for book two!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Mel @thedailyprophecy said...

Oh wow, that looks good :D Every book that has zombies in it, must be on my wishlist. I'm so glad to hear that you loved this one so much. The characters sound great. Kan sounds like the type of girl I love to read. Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It totally was DeAnna, thank you and good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous DeAnna said...

This sounds SO good! Amazing review! I'm totally sold! :D
Thank you for the chance to win it!
DeAnna Schultz

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Hahaha...you so need to read a kick-ass Zombie book!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It's a good one!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o it is so good Tia..I hope you get to read it soon!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Tia said...

I have been wanting to read this book.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yeah and I am so glad I squeezed this in..so worth it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous sherry fundin said...

I was like you, when I saw the cover I got curious and now I want to know. lol

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Audrey D Wilkerson said...

You had me at smexy...

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Ugh zombies *hides*

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

totally agree ..its the whole package!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Oh I think this one I would really like plus the cover is made of win!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was such a treat..I hope you try it Sharon!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

A wonderful, detailed review Kimba! These characters & the world Walls has created sound fascinating.

This book sounds amazing! I hadn't heard of it before now but it is definitely going on my wishlist, you have me intrigued.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous Jackie said...

Wow what a fantastic review that was !! thumbs up* The book sounds really good and I'll have to read it sometime soon .

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o it was awesome loved the zombies hope you get to read it and thank you.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It is soooo good!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous sonniehogan said...

I haven't heard of this before! I am definitely going to be checking it out! Great review Kimba!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*squee..me too!!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

I'm so in love with this book :)

 

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