08 October 2012

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls

Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1) by Annie Walls

Published: 20 September 2012

Pages: 312 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: The Bookish Brunette Blog Tours

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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.

My Thoughts

Taking on the Dead takes every element I love in a zombie story and puts it all together to form a book that is entertaining, disturbing and fascinating all at once.  The opening prologue is awesome and really sets the scene and feel for the ret of the book.

The main character, Kansas, is a tough, strong girl whos been living for the last four years in a bunker under her parents house, and although she's alone, she's kept her sanity and is doing quite well on her own.  After shes forced to leave her sanctuary, she finds out that although the zombies are still about, quite a few things have changed.

I loved Kansas as a character - she uses her toughness to hide behind, without revealing much about herself to the people that she meets.  Plus she uses a crossbow to fight zombies, and for a large part of the book has never even fired a gun she's so hardcore.  But she definitely also has a soft side, and her flashbacks to the outbreak reveal really what kind of person she is.

The other characters are realistic and, in the case of Rudy, also pretty damn hot.  His flirtation with Kansas, and her relationship with Mac really help the story come alive.  Tough guy tattooist Reece and tart-with-a-heart Glinda round out a great cast.

Taking on the Dead is a rough, intense ride through the zombie apocalypse, and definitely not for the faint-hearted - there are plenty of gory fight scenes, hints at cannibalism, a creepy religious cult with an additional twist, baddies, goodies and even some zombie pets.  I can't say much more without giving the plot away, but this one is not your standard survival struggle.

The world-building is quite good and I loved that the zombies had the traditional brain-munching  traits coupled with a few new ideas, although I did find that I missed a little bit of the back-story of how the living dead took over the world.  The pacing was pretty good except for one or two places where things either ground to a bit of a halt or went so fast that I didn't get the chance to really work out what was happening.

Taking on the Dead is a great addition to the zombie genre, and I really enjoyed this one.  If you love zombies, this book is definitely for you and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

About the Author

Annie Walls: Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a five year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I’m one crafty bitch.

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  1. Sounds like an exciting zombie read! I haven't read many lately. Gory fights I'm all down for but yikes at the hint of cannibalism lol but if the world is ending and there is no food totally understandable!

  2. I'm not too big on zombie books, but this sounds like a great read!

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  3. ZOMBIE books rock

  4. This book looks awesome! New follower from Compelled By Words (.com). Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Hmm... I love zombies and since you and I have very similar tastes in these kinds of books, I have no doubt I'll enjoy this one. I definitely like the idea of exploring the genre using someone who has spent the bulk of the apocalypse alone. Usually you see the story told from the group vantage. Can't wait to read it!

  6. LOVE zombies! Definitely entering this contest, this book looks great!

  7. This one sounds great! Love a character than rock a non-gun weapon. I mean, guns are handy, yeah, but they just lack cool factor. Why isn't she holding her crossbow on the cover, though?

  8. Thank you so much for the giveaway, the book sounds awesome! ^.^

  9. This book sounds like a great read. I've just recently started reading zombie themed books and I'm definitely enjoying them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. This sounds like a zombie book I need to add to the list. Great review, Kat. :D

  11. I can not wait for this book. I love zombie books. Thanks for the great review and the awesome chance to won this book

  12. Oooh this sounds good! There are so many tame zombie books out there, so when I hear about one that doesn't shy away from the gore I get really excited. Though I don't like the name Kansas, she sounds pretty cool. I'll be adding this on to my TBR!

  13. I have never read zombie books before :*>, but I would like to try it.

  14. Hells to the YES! This book was SO GOOD. Kansas is a BAMF and I LOVE Rudy. Glinda was also a highlight for me. Loved the setting and gritty survival aspect. Plus, the survival camp's treatment of zombies had my mouth hanging low!

  15. I have read only one zombie book and that is Hallowland by Amanda Hocking.I'd like to try this too since it sounds totally kick-ass!Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  16. This is the first I've heard about Taking On The Dead! <3
    I love a good zombie tale and this one sounds tops,
    thank you for the wonderful review and giveaway!! :)
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

  17. I SO SO SO SO SO want this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I've had my eye on this book for awhile now. I love the sound of it and the cover is perfect for it from what I can tell. Thanks for the giveaway Kat!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages



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