This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Typically I pass a lot of crime drama reads on to my fellow bookworm as she absolutely loves reading them. For some reason this one wasn’t passed on and I ended up reading it. I’m so very glad I did! I like how well developed the plot is, with excellent pacing as well. The characters came across as well-developed and nicely fleshed out. I have no complaints about the writing either, which can be a picky point with me. Overall, the read was enjoyable and has me looking forward to the next book by Arlidge. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There were things I enjoyed about this read and a few things I wasn’t as pleased about. The overall writing is done quite well with no glaring mistakes or typos. I like the plot idea very much. I enjoy my zombie culture settings in books and shows. I like aspects of how this was handled, although certain questions kept resurfacing during the read. There were a lot of why’s and single eyebrow raises but nothing was ever explained in great depth. This may have been an oversight but I have a feeling it was cut during the editing process to help with the flow of the read and to prevent an overwhelming amount of information feeding taking away from the core plot. I don’t think this will be a huge issue for the majority of readers. It’s a good start to a much ignored aspect of the zombie genre. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
There are aspects of this read that I like, and aspects that I do not like. I like the descriptions of the locations, the vivid imagery and ability of Russell to paint such a colorful picture in my mind. I don’t like the characters. They felt lacking in consistency, reason, maturity at times, and were difficult to connect with. The plot felt a bit thin for me with things happening that felt like they were only happening because the plot needed something like that to happen in order to drive it forward. I didn’t like the reactions most of the characters had to the events. This made it difficult to stay interested in the book and eventually I had to set it aside as a DNF. I feel that there are readers out there that prefer this type of read and they will enjoy it. I don’t believe the author is terrible by any stretch, just that the style is not for everyone. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may or may not mirror your own.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really enjoy books that pull you into the plot from the start and fill in the other bits of the story as you read. The characters were unique and interesting to learn about. I like the various threads that were woven into the book along with the primary plot thread. The suspicion and other-worldly elements added to the feel of the read. There seems to be a bit too much effort into keeping the guessers from predicting anything which makes for a bit of a winding type of read. A few less switches and twisting turns and the book would easily earn another star. There is rarely a moment where there isn’t something going on. Overall this is a good read and certainly something many readers will enjoy. I received an ARC through library thing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.