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The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
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Dec 04, 13

did not like it
bookshelves: purchased-ebook
Read from March 14 to 15, 2012

You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

I bought the first days after reading many glowing reviews on GoodReads, I went into it with pretty high expectations. I wouldn't say I was let down per se, but my expectations definitely were not met with this one. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater is about two women essentially banding together to face an unexpected zombie apocolypse. It chronicles their journey to save Jenni's stepson and get to a safe haven in a small Texas town. The book started off with a bang! The opening scene was gut wrenching and heartbreaking all in one and it got me super excited for what was to come.

Lets start off with what I liked about this book. I liked the zombie scenes, I liked the girls kicking some ass and not taking any names. There's something about two bad ass chicks warding off hordes of zombies that is just so cool, and those parts of the book were great (I really wish there was more.)

Now for what I didn't like. There was way too many filler emotional scenes for my taste. If I had to read about what someone was feeling in that exact moment one more time I was ready to snap. I understand it's a zombie apocolypse and people are going through some stuff and don't know how to deal with it, but I wanted more action and little less emotion. I also despised Jenni, and I mean I loathed her. One day she is witnessing the most horrific thing a mother could ever witness and 24 hours later she has turned into a 14 year old schoolgirl flirting with the first man she sees. Yes, I know she had it rough in her marriage, but something like that sticks with you, for a few days AT LEAST. I found her dialogue and actions to be irritating as all hell. Another aspect that I don't understand is why Katies real sexuality was kept a secret for the first half of the book, why was that necessary? For me the connections in this book felt way too forced and everyone came onto eachother way too strong for me to find it believable.

That being said, the action scenes were pretty sweet, but definitely few and far between. I don't think I'll be recommending this one to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.
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Reading Progress

03/14/2012 page 20
6.0% "Really?? This man threatened to kill her children numerous times and she was still with him??? Really?!?!? Hmmmm"
03/14/2012 page 120
36.0% "This Jenni girl needs to get bit.... Like now."
03/15/2012 page 160
48.0% "What the hell is happening here?!? Yesterday you watched your husband eat your baby and today you've turned into a 14 year old girl flirting with some man you just met?"
03/15/2012 page 335
100.0% "Well that was..... Something"
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message 1: by RedBecca (new) - added it

RedBecca I totally agree with you about Jenni!


Jenni Arndt RedBecca wrote: "I totally agree with you about Jenni!"

She drove me INSANE! I'm happy I'm not the only one.


message 3: by Grace (new)

Grace While I wa reading the book and Jenni was flirting I was thinking wow u have a stepson u risked ur life for and instead of spending time with him u r trying to get a boyfriend. Bad parenting on ur part there, Jenni.


Jeanelle Jenni was one of my least favorite characters too. It wasn't so much that she latched right onto the first attractive man she meets, but it was just the fact that she had the mentality of a thirteen-year-old, when she's supposed to be around thirty.


Jenni Arndt Yeah, she was incredibly childish. I could handle any part of the book that she was in at all. Disappointing because so many others loved this one so much.


Ana_paula "I also despised Jenni, and I mean I loathed her. One day she is witnessing the most horrific thing a mother could ever witness and 24 hours later she has turned into a 14 year old schoolgirl flirting with the first man she sees. "
ICAM with you.
How annoying was that character! Not that the rest of the characters were better, but she was the worst. This book was such a waste of time...


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