From the moment I started listening to Drop Dead Gorgeous, I was hooked. Apart from the fact that the story moves along at a good pace, the narration...moreFrom the moment I started listening to Drop Dead Gorgeous, I was hooked. Apart from the fact that the story moves along at a good pace, the narration was so good AND with an Irish accent (despite intensive Googling and stalking I cannot find out if the narrator actually is Irish) the scene was perfectly set for an intense post-apocalyptic zombie story.
There is a large cast of characters, some of which don't make it to the end of the book, plus flashes of characters that don't play a pivotal part of the story. One that particularly sticks in my mind is the man who was in hospital at the time of the event - with no one to care for him, and being unable to move he slowly, and very painfully dies in his bed.
Of the characters that do play a big part in the book, the star of the show, tattoo artist Star is fantastically hard-core - with a murky past, a passion for tattooing and an up-yours kind of attitude, I thought she was an awesome main character.
But Drop Dead Gorgeous is more than just a blood-bathed zombie story - there's also two characters who should, and mostly do, hate each other with a burning passion - Mairead and Roy. I loved their dynamic, and their ability to come together and almost put their differences on the back-burner made for a unique twist.
Drop Dead Gorgeous moves at a fast pace, even during 'down periods' of establishing survivor communities and the flashes between one group and another are done well for the most part, although at times it was a little jolting. It's always harder to tell in an audiobook when the scene is going to switch, so I would think in the print version this isn't so much of an issue.
The ending did feel a little bit rushed after the long build up, but it was exactly what I want in a zombie novel - gory, gritty and more than a little bit shocking.
A Greyhound of a Girl is the story of Mary, her mother, her grandmother and a ghost. I loved Mary - her cheeky attitude made me smile over and over ag...moreA Greyhound of a Girl is the story of Mary, her mother, her grandmother and a ghost. I loved Mary - her cheeky attitude made me smile over and over again. Her mother, Scarlett was also endearing with her particularly enthusiastic way of speaking.
As a ghost story, this isn't a scary or creepy book, and nor is it aiming to be. Instead it is a sweet tale of a girl and her family, and her family's past. With flashbacks to the childhoods of Mary's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the interaction between the characters at different stages of their lives was enchanting and was easily imaginable as real scenes being played out across the span of years.
The pacing of the book is relaxed, with a large amount of dialogue, which fits perfectly with the story. I read this book over 3 or 4 hours and ended with a smile on my face - it really is a sweet, feel-good story, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone!