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- Print Length: 309 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (January 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7ANXUQ
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Okay to be completely honest, the ‘zombie genre’ has been horribly overused these past years, and tv shows and movies such as ‘The Walking Dead’ are slowly dying because there aren’t any scary factor or enough plot to keep the show and their viewers stick to the characters, I mean we have come to the point where even zombies are boring, how about that? But fear not, this book will surely rise any hope you still have, and it will set the bar very high to other to surpass it, although, it’s going to take a while.
New twists, new races, a whole new and scarier way to see zombies, to the point where you are going to forget there are zombies, there’s so much to enjoy here it’s unbelievable, and the characters, Evie is so amazing how she is fighting to keep her humanity, if you love ‘zombie stories’ you should give a chance to this book immediately!
So, the story itself. Evie is a doctor's daughter, and not only is she his apprentice, she and her father are skin-sliders, the last of their kind. In other words, they're fey and can change their appearance at will. How cool is that? People have been getting sick and dying, and no one knows why. One day they're fine, they come down with a fever, and bam. Dead. Only not. They wake up later in various states of zombiehood. And Evie is the latest victim. With her fey nature, Evie isn't brain dead, nor is she exactly living, stuck in a limbo half-life. Just like our antihero, Lord Victor Lowell. She wakes up in a coffin on a ship bound to the sinister Lowell Island, somehow alive, and somehow mysteriously bonded to Victor. The sickness, the death, and her bond to Victor all seem connected, but Evie doesn't know how.
Lowell Island is rumored to be filled with wild cannibals and evil magic, and the truth isn't far off. The Lowell family rules the island and those unfortunate souls who die from the uncurable sickness only to wake up as zombies are brought to the island to work the plantation until a remedy is discovered by the gentle, honorable, hardworking island physician, Jessup. But the walls around the residence raise big questions, as do the bloodcurdling howls that echo beyond the walls, the flagging people serving the estate, and the malevolent statue overseeing them all. But once Evie meets Victor, the line between right and wrong is smudged in a big way. He's traded part of his soul for a dark magic that sustains him, and only Evie can save him, a hard task since she doesn't even know how to save herself.
"Between the quilt of fire, his gaze and hands, she was hunger and smoke and stormy seas."
This isn't a sweet romance by any stretch. There are glimpses into the darkest part of human nature. There are moments that make you shudder (zombies can do that...although I assure you the romance scenes contain no decaying body parts). There are moments that make you despair for everyone on the island. Good seems to fail when everything looks darkest. But the very end? Sweet indeed. If you're looking for a unique tale in a dystopian setting unlike any other, characters that scratch and claw to survive and save each other, I hope you give Other Than a shot.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
I have never read a zombie novel before this, so it was all a new experience for me. It was interesting. And for a debut novel, amazing. The characters were fully involved. There was no standing around looking scary. Every single character had a function, a purpose.
Lowell Island is a dangerous place. It's run by a really scary lady, Lady Lowell. She has only one aim in life, and that's to ensure the survival of her son any way she can. Her son, Victor, is in love with Evie. Evie isn't exactly alive, as in human. She's a skin-slider. In her own form, she has gray skin, silver eyes, and is bald. She is the last of her kind. She has to almost die and lose her sense of reality to come out on the other side of all the violence and evil to be able to choose Victor and save them both.
Ms. Celeste creates very graphic scenes on the ship to the island and on the island. She shows you the mindless violence and how difficult it is for a zombie to stay alive among others. She shows their symbiotic relationships very well. Their need to feed to keep their humanity.
If zombies are your thing, give this one a try. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from this author in the future. Whether it's zombies or something else, it will be solidly written with a good plot and a lot of imagination.
The imagery was vivid. It was very easy to picture myself in the locations with Evie and to feel her angst as she fought to survive the situation she found herself in. The author did a tremendous amount of research, not only for daily life of the time period, but also in the medical practices of the day including the uses of herbs and plants. Descriptions of everything from plants to people and clothing to rooms were rich with details. The language is perfect for the time. 'Zounds'? Yes, I can imagine someone using that oath then. The action of the story is fast-paced without being overwhelming. I was able to keep the details straight in my mind, even if I had had to put the story down for a while--and I didn't want to!
Mia Jo's first publication is well worth the read. I'm anxiously awaiting further examples of her vibrant imagination and eloquent use of language. Please, keep them coming, Mia Jo. Your audience awaits!
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