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The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
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bookshelves: eek-the-creepies, zombies-like-brains, adult, dystopian-post-apocalyptic, glbt
Read from July 19 to October 28, 2011

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No one… except for Rhiannon Frater. Her vision of a Zombie Apocalypse was far more gruesome, gory, slightly funny and violently delightful.

The Characters
Katie is an ex-prosecutor (in pre-zombie days) who was married to the love of her life, Lydia. When Katie drove back home to get Lydia, well… Lydia was in the front yard chewing on the mailman. So, Lydia didn’t make it past the first day so Katie flees and seeks shelter somewhere and ends up running into Jenni.

Jenni (with an i, and don't you forget it) is a stay at home mom who was in an abusive relationship and mighty unhappy with life in general. When she wakes up the morning the zombies first rose, she discovered her husband shoving chunks of her baby’s flesh into his mouth. Not exactly an ideal situation to wake up to first thing in the morning! There’s also a moment involving tiny fingers that will make several appearances throughout the book. I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

Jenni kinda drove me nuts. She was so odd sometimes, being a completely freaked out whiny chick one minute and then laughing maniacally and stabbing zombies in the head the next minute. And ironically, Maja and Wendy both claim that Jenni reminds her of me, minus the craziness. Suuuurrrreeee, guys.

Katie was odd too and I think the writing focused entirely way too much on her ‘lesbianism’, not that I’m against it, it’s just the town and the people had wayyyy too big of an issue with it and it kind of started to wear on me after a point.

Insta-Love and Love Triangles
But of course some insta-love and the occasional love triangle needs to be tossed in, why not? Insta-love pretty much makes my eye all twitchy so when this situation developed I was quite irritated. Not only was their insta-love but a love triangle to boot. I? Was not a happy camper.

So we have Jenni who falls madly in love with Travis (instantly) and OF COURSE Travis loves Katie (instantly). *yawn* Where’s a zombie when ya need one? But once Jenni realizes that Travis loves Katie she (instantly) falls for Juan and they end up hooking up in a janitor’s closet. Hmm… need I say more? I think not.

The Writing
So I didn’t realize this until I was towards the end of the book that this was actually a self-published novel (there is a newer published version that's super shiny and new for those of you who are interested), which I can see in retrospect. It’s definitely one of the better self-published novels that I’ve read and I did really enjoy it. The action scenes were spot on intense, scary, and extremely ghastly.

Once the book began focusing on the living and everyone was settling down building up walls and doing all kinds of normal stuff… the book went a little downhill for me. The interactions between the characters weren’t all that natural and it came out sounding stiff and unbelievable at times. I began hoping that a zombie would show up and eat someone.

The first half of the book (or so) was a solid 4 stars for me but the second half really lost some steam so I’m settling on a solid 3 star rating. The ending wasn’t exactly a clean wrap-up so I feel like I stopped at the end of the chapter, rather than the end of a book. Will I be continuing the series? Most likely.
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Reading Progress

10/25/2011
7.0% "What was normal when the world was dissolving around you and reality suddenly looked like a Dali painting." 1 comment
10/25/2011
23.0% "Chapter 5"
10/26/2011
27.0% ""We're meals on wheels," Jenni said with a bitter laugh. "Chewy center is what it's all about," Katie said gloomily." 18 comments
10/26/2011
32.0% "If they catch us and tear us open, will they enjoy the sugary goodness inside?"
10/26/2011
36.0% "Chapter 8"
10/26/2011
43.0% "Something about her desperation to get to them and eat them, coupled with her bright, candy-pink jogging suit and bouffant hairdo just annoyed the ever-loving fuck out of her."
10/27/2011
68.0% "'And Jenni, well, she was just crazy and precious all rolled into one.' - Like me, Maja? :P"
10/27/2011
80.0% "Chapter 17" 2 comments

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Bonnie I really got into this last night and all I kept thinking was, "Now THIS is a zombie novel." haha! This is great.


Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Puh-lease! She so does! She is all sweet on the surface, but fierce underneath. I have a feeling you can turn into a real lioness if need be.

As I said, all the good stuff, minus the crazy part. :D


Bonnie :D Oh yeah. I'm one tough cookie.


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker I'm so jealous of your ability to spit out a review after you read the book (imagine that). I want to be you when I get half a brain!!!

Btw..the review rocked. I'm sorry you didn't like the book more but at least you enjoyed it somewhat. (if this post gets posted twice...it's not my fault.. i have a haunted computer).


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker I'm so jealous of your ability to spit out a review after you read the book (imagine that). I want to be you when I get half a brain!!!

Btw..the review rocked. I'm sorry you didn't like the book more but at least you enjoyed it somewhat. (if this post gets posted twice...it's not my fault.. i have a haunted computer).


Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Ah, Michelle, I want to be Bonnie when I grow up, too! :D


Bonnie lol I don't spit out the entire thing after reading, I'm typically writing up my thoughts on little notepads I keep everywhere while reading.

No, I totally enjoyed it. We're all (me, Wendy, and Maja) are actually starting the 2nd one tomorrow. :D


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Bonnie wrote: "lol I don't spit out the entire thing after reading, I'm typically writing up my thoughts on little notepads I keep everywhere while reading.

No, I totally enjoyed it. We're all (me, Wendy, and Ma..."


If you all get to book 3, let me know and I'll join you! I think you'll all love book 2 even more.


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Bonnie wrote: "lol I don't spit out the entire thing after reading, I'm typically writing up my thoughts on little notepads I keep everywhere while reading.

No, I totally enjoyed it. We're all (me, Wendy, and Ma..."


If you all get to book 3, let me know and I'll join you! I think you'll all love book 2 even more.


Bonnie Lol your computer is haunted. You never read the final one? I think that may be the plan (to read all 3) but I'm not positive.


Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Yes, that is indeed the plan. Michelle, that's the best news I've heard in ages. :)


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Maja wrote: "Yes, that is indeed the plan. Michelle, that's the best news I've heard in ages. :)"

ahhh! I'll be happy to join you all!


Grace Adorable pic! Kittens and zombie go hand in hand!


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