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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ravenous Decay by Rebecca Morsman

In the first book of the Ravenous Decay series: Twenty-eight year old, sarcastic, irreverent, habitually alone, Claire is embarking on a comfort zone destroying move. She has accepted a live-in horse training job at a compound-like ranch in central Oklahoma.

Six weeks into her life upheaval, a devastating tragedy is discovered at the neighboring farm. The attempted rescue of a man turns violent when he viciously attacks his saviors. An event that originally seemed to be isolated foul play is soon realized to be a horrifying virus, spread by bodily fluids from the infected undead - whether the undead be human or canine.

This thrilling, grass roots, zombie tale will keep you reading through the night and begging for the second book.

I read this book a couple of weeks back and was instantly attracted to the idea of a thrilling zombie novel. I'm obsessed with everything zombie and post-apocalyptic worlds, but unfortunately, this books was a bit of a let down. Althoug there were some good elements to this book, like the zombies, but there was never any climax to the story. Instead, most of the book is spent inside the farmhouse with the main character Claire, worrying about the animals outside. End of story. So you can already see my frustration.

There wasn't any heart pumping, edge of your seat, moments to this story. There weren't any zombies pounding down doors or panic striken moments of fear. Even the characters seemed underwhelmed. People are turning into the walking dead and the group of survivors are sitting in the living room playing video games. It just didn't seem to fit. I was expecting more from this book because it had a lot of potential to be a great read.

 What I did enjoy were the characters in this book. They were well written and a fun rag-tag family. There were a few too many, but that was a good thing for the story because they were disposable. Claire's inner diaglogue was awkward at times, especially because Claire seemed to talk to herslef A LOT. Claire also seemed to fall in love way too fast, which is always very frustrating in any story. I wish there were just some more progression to her relationship which would have made it much more believable.

The ending of the book was a cliffhanger, which is always a fun tease. I hear that there is a sequel coming out, so I'm hoping that the story picks up. There are a lot of different directions this book can go it. For this book I give it a 2 out of 5 stars. The zombie element saved this book (barely) because that was the only part I really loved- there just wasn't enough! 


  1. I hate it when the character development doesn't seem to match the quality of the action. Maybe the sequel will be better?

  2. Zombie apocalypse! I never heard of this book and got totally excited when reading the extract. And then your review... aw... I can imagine you were disappointed. And I don't like characters talking to themselves a lot :(
    I added it to my to-read list anyways!

  3. Thanx for stoppin by! Following back! : )

  4. I was about to comment "Yay! A story based in Oklahoma!" (where I live) and then I read what happens there. Really great review...you do a really thorough job. I commend you for being willing to read the second one when the first had so many negatives.
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction
    (following back!)

  5. Hey, thanks for stopping by! I'm definitely following back! If you're looking for a great fey series, the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa is amazing! I just finished it :) The newest one comes out in October too, so you could read them all at once!!

  6. Er.... A zombie apocalypse and she's worrying about horses? Yeah, I can see why you'd be frustrated!

    I'm defintitely following you now, though! I liked how complete ther eview was, so I'll be looking forward to what your thoughts on other books are!

    Ron @ Stories of my life