WOW! This book was truely amazing, well written and beautiful. I really do not have a single critical thing to say about it. I loved the main characte...moreWOW! This book was truely amazing, well written and beautiful. I really do not have a single critical thing to say about it. I loved the main character, the side characters, the world building, the plot, the subtle romance. The book is lengthy but everything belongs; I wouldn't want anything omitted. I am sad I have to wait until 2013 for the sequel!!(less)
Sexy, fun and witty! I definitely enjoyed this tale of Georgina Kincaid, succubus bookstore assistant manager/ amateur sleuth. I enjoyed the supportin...moreSexy, fun and witty! I definitely enjoyed this tale of Georgina Kincaid, succubus bookstore assistant manager/ amateur sleuth. I enjoyed the supporting characters and thought they did a good job of balancing out the story. The premise is pretty original, at least I've never read anything quite like it. There's a couple of steamy scenes but not as much as I would have expected coming from a story about a succubus. Personally, I wouldn't have minded a little more graphic detail in those parts but alas....(less)
This novel was deliciously creepy and melancholy. I think the whole life after a zombie apocalypse is still a pretty fresh idea. The main character, M...moreThis novel was deliciously creepy and melancholy. I think the whole life after a zombie apocalypse is still a pretty fresh idea. The main character, Mary, is pretty crazy and kick (zombie) ass. This was basically the story of her obsession with the hopes and dreams her mother instilled in her, and her single-minded determination to realize them. One of my only complaints would be some of the repetitiveness in the writing. She kept saying “I/they wanted to...but I/they didn’t” “I/they wanted to…but instead…” Maybe that went with the dream theme, all the things you want to do but don’t have the cajones to carry out.
(view spoiler)[I’ve read a lot of reviews that thought the main character was kind of selfish. I feel like they are over simplifying her behavior and not really putting themselves in her shoes. First of all, the book starts off with Mary losing the last of her parents (and it was fairly obvious her mother was a bit mad and possibly got infected on purpose) and then being cast off by her brother. I think Jed’s reasons for being angry with Mary were selfish themselves. He felt he wasn’t strong enough to kill his mother’s zombie form yet he expected his little sister to have to kill their mother when she was still alive but infected?! It’s his freakin job to kill the Unconsecrated!!! Man up! Now the only choices she has left are to spend the rest of her life with a man she doesn’t love (and I think she finds him kind of nauseating) or with the Sisterhood (who are frankly a bunch of cold bias for no apparent reason). I wouldn’t give two farts about this village or the people in it either! Everyone in it just wants to lie over and take it and I wouldn’t be satisfied with that kind of life either.
At first I thought Mary’s dreams of the ocean were sweet, then I thought they were stupid. Yes the ocean may be untouched by the Unconsecrated but what the heck are you going to do once you get there?! You can’t live in the ocean either! Then I started to realize Mary’s obsession with the ocean really represents her dream of a world without the Unconsecrated, without pain, suffering and isolation and really just symbolizes hope in general.
A lot of people are talking about the love triangle and Mary’s relationships with her friend Cass and the others. They say she didn’t appreciate what she had when she had it etc. Personally I think she never had those things in the first place. I think this story was about the balance between her hope and her slipping insanity. I also think it is hard to love someone when the world is ending around you, your mind is unstable and the person doesn’t believe in your hope and has no hopes of their own. It was like Mary was the only person in the whole village that had any hopes or desires of their own other than the ones they were told to have. (Of course given that the whole ocean thing came from her mother in the first place might not make her that different from them either, just more outside the norm) I thought Cass was a weak character who needed to get a clue about what was happening. Oh we both love each others man but we have to accept things the way they are because someone else said so. Oh lets go back to our village that was overrun by zombies because I can’t deal with this…great plan genius! If it hadn’t been for the others she would have been dead a long time ago and frankly the story could have got along without her.
Mary of course was not without flaws of her own. She was very single minded about getting to the ocean, not really considering what she would do once she was there or if there were other possibilities, other places that might be safe. Maybe it was because that was the only place she knew about, the only place in her mother’s stories. Some of her decision making was so flawed. Personally, once I realized the letters Gabrielle had written coincided with the place she came from I would not have tried to head in that direction! Obviously she left for a reason and I would have been afraid that everyone in her village might have also been like the fast ones. Also why she thought that gate #1 would lead to the ocean is beyond me; truly it was her insanity at play. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)