20 July 2012

Review: Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott

Wanted: Dead or Undead (The Zombie West Series #1) by Angela Scott

Published: 19 March 2012

Pages: 220 (Kindle)

Genre/s: Zombie, Western, Romance

Source: Author for review

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ The Book Depository

More Info: Angela Scott's blog

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive.

Trace wants to join "Red’s" posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way. In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either.

What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.


My Thoughts

When I saw this book was a zombie western romance, I was a little bit wary. I love zombies, but romance isn't my thing and I don't think I've ever read a western in my life. But I'm nothing if not adventurous, so I decided to give it a try, and I'm really glad that I did.

Told in alternating POVs of Red, a beautiful loner with a tragic past, and Trace (also known as Cowboy), who first encounters her in a wild west saloon, Wanted: Dead or Undead tells their story as they move through the country, looking for a safe haven from the zombie hordes. As their relationship moves from unwilling on Red's part, to friendship and finally love, picking up Wen and two children on their travels, Trace gradually discovers more about Red, and the secret she works so hard to hide.

I liked all the characters in this book, all are well drawn and likable, and it's impossible not to cheer for them as they make their way through some pretty hairy situations. And it's a very well written story - Angela Scott has a knack for making her words come alive on the page.

Probably my favourite part of the book, however, is Red and her secret. It's something I've seen only a few times before in zombie books and it's done exceedingly well here - but if you want to know more, you're going to have to read the book!

Although romance is really not big on my list of favourites, the romance between Trace and Red feels very natural and unforced - there's limited cheesiness and some pretty tender moments. I also enjoyed the Wild West setting - as I said earlier it's not something I've read before, but it does bring a whole new facet to zombie killing! Wanted: Dead or Undead is an enjoyable read, with some unique points, and I'll be definitely checking out the next book in the series!


5 comments:

  1. I bought that Wanted: Dead or Undead, I think I got it on sale or .99 but I was really unsure if I wanted to read it but your review sounds like this one is more promising then I thought.

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  2. I saw this a while ago and thought: its different! Maybe interesting. But with 4.5 stars, I'm going to have to add it to my TBR, thanks :-)

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  3. Whilst I've never read a western I'd be completely drawn in by the idea of a zombie western!

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  4. I've been wondering about this book. Glad to hear it was enjoyable despite its western-based setting.

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  5. I've been wondering about this book too since I've seen some good and not so good things about it but I think I'll have to check it out :) I love the cover of it!
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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