- File Size: 1968 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Piping Hot Books; 2 edition (November 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017RZ3VAG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Zombie Wonderland Kindle Edition
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~ * ~ I didn’t understand what was happening, but I could tell that there was something seriously wrong with that guy. His skin was a sick, leaden gray, and there were several large gouges down his left side. As he moved, swiping at Ross with clawed hands, I saw the muscle and sinew shifting through those gaping cuts. The sight of it made me shudder. ~ * ~
Poor Emery, he’s knee deep in it, and this is just the beginning.
Vaughn’s descriptions are part of what keep the adrenaline flowing while reading this delish apoco-treat. The energy is a physical thing itself, manifested in the “rules” in this particular zombie-overrun world, as well as the running and the click-it-or-ticket driving and the pelting of the ice pellets while that’s all happening. The creating of an unrelenting sense of immediacy and a narrowing of my focus to this singular day, work together in ratcheting up the intensity as each page passes.
Something else I really like about this story are all of the small details. These things that would normally seem easily surmountable are the very same things that make it a challenge just to survive, impeding the ability to keep on moving, keep breathing. Emery and Ross are in the $&!% and it’s coming closer, and faster, and more and more and more.
~ * ~ I could hear footsteps crunching in the icy snow behind me, but I didn’t look back. I shoved the tip of my shoe into one of the diamond-shaped holes in the fence and started climbing. The fence was about ten feet high, and the cold metal bit into my fingers, but I made it to the top without incidents, hiked my leg over, and started down the other side. At that point I could see Ross through the chain-link, descending the incline with more grace than I had. ~ * ~
The adrenaline is pumping! What’s cool is that, not long after this, a tender and warm moment occurs, showing the ebb and flow of this story and how well that’s accomplished. It also tells us a bit more about these two characters, while keeping us guessing. What will the end bring? How will it end? Will it be gory and horrible? Sweet and sigh-worthy? A mixture of both? Either way, I just know it left me wanting more in the good kind of way.
There are a few spots where some words feel overused in a single paragraph or page, creating a few small hitches in the literary giddy-up. I can’t even find one again to give as an example because I honestly didn’t care due to all of the zombies and gore and hotness.
I also felt like I wanted to know at least a bit more about Ross. We're in Emery's head, which is a great place to be for this story, but it made it difficult to always connect with some of Ross' actions and understand his motivations. This is why I'd love to have another story with these two. :)
Emery and Ross have chemistry, along with various skills that might or might not be so helpful during a zombie-pocalypse, complimenting each other. Oh wait, back to the chemistry: ohhhh yeahhh, mmm hmmm. ;) The intimate scenes between them might not break any new ground but they work.
Note: the copy I own and read was the first edition. Piper Vaugh has since released a second edition as of 11-13-15 under Piping Hot Books.
Zombie Wonderland is a fast-paced, action-packed tale of zombie horror and budding romance. Shy, asthmatic Emery is initially terrified and confused by the situation he's been thrown into. He's afraid he won't be able to kill one of the zombies, and feels guilty when Ross has to. Slowly he begins to overcome his fears and doubts and do what it takes to survive. Seen through Emery's eyes, Ross is strong, capable, and determined. Although Emery doesn't understand why Ross would like someone like him, Ross lets Emery know their attraction is mutual pretty quickly. Fortunately Zombie Wonderland isn't one of those stories where the protagonists stop to have sex all the time despite the danger. Instead, their feelings for each other have to be put aside to deal with the situation they're in. Readers with weak stomachs will definitely want to avoid Zombie Wonderland, as there are some very gory zombie-killing scenes. Readers who like a little horror with their romance will enjoy the story immensely. I found Zombie Wonderland to be a fun, quick, and relentless read, perfect for a way too hot summer day.
Cassie for Joyfully Reviewed