Form: pdf e-book
Genre: Urban fantasy with zombies
Target audience: adults
Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie or two as well—in order to get through it without falling apart. Will her relationship with Marcus survive as well? Will he start to appreciate Angel for who she really is?
|What I liked:|
Let me start with the cover, created by Dan Dos Santos, one of my favourite UF cover artists. This one is really special. Even if I hadn’t heard anything about the book, the cover itself would have made me pick it immediately – rather an exception than the rule, believe me. It is the perfect mix of bad-ass and vulnerable in a completely unexpected scene (are there any other covers, UF or otherwise, that feature a depressed punk-chick on a toilet in a grubby bathroom, smoking a fag? Look at her shoes for heaven’s sake and at her knee-length socks! Done to perfection!). Dan Dos Santos won a silver medal fromSpectrum medals for his cover art for Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie and now he proves he really deserved it – this one is as good if not better.
What about the book itself? It is a sequel and as such I didn’t expect a lot of fireworks. I was wrong. How nice it is to be wrong from time to time! What I liked the best? Characters development of the main heroine – it was simply unique.
Now a bit about the baddies. Ed Quinn the zombie serial killer appears again and secret zombie factions make this book full of both a great action adventure and a great character development story because no, Ed is not a straightforward baddie and not every zombie is good either. For example one Pietro Ivanov a badass zombie mobster. I found him quite fascinating as he was investing in a new research to find the protein zombies’s parasite need to survive to create new “fake brains”. He did it to control the numbers of brains in his zombie faction and it was just a brilliant idea even if a sinister one.
Overall I liked Rowland’s innovative take on zombies and her explanation why brains keep them from rotting, give them superhuman abilities, and a longer life. Further on, the creation process of a new zombie was rather..ehem…bloody interesting. The mothering aspect and the population control was a very clever addition and certainly nothing I expected or predicted so full points for world building.
|What I didn’t like|
It is perhaps not a perfect novel but it remains a well-told story following the trials and tribulations of a young woman trying to get a grip on her life. Plus zombies. Normally I don’t like them in my fantasy but for Angel and her likes I am more than willing to make an exception.
What’s more I am happy to tell you that Mrs. Rowland’s writing technique is improving dramatically, especially if you compare it to some of her earlier “…of a demon” novels. I am most definitely eager to read the next book in the series!