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Sundered

(The Nevermore Trilogy #1)

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They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope. The side effects were anything but hopeful.

Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds. Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive. Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against tim
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Kindle Edition, First Edition, 122 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by HiJinks Ink
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 ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Book Grrrl ⚔
Note to self: Stop one-clicking on Amazon freebies.

****SPOILERS****

This is more like a novella and I stopped at 58%. I don't even think this should be shelved as a zombie book. There are no zombies in this. Basically, people get sick in the brain from a "wonder weight loss drug" (that is supposed to have other health benefits too) and that is what causes them to be extra extra hungry. They can't bite people and turn them into "zombies." The only way they could multiply their numbers is to procre
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Courtney Wells
Any time you name a miracle drug off a line from an Edgar Allan Poe poem you can bet your bottom bucky it's gonna be a horror show.

NEVERMORE was - overall - a fast, enjoyable read. The "zombies" were a little different, so points for creativity. It also creates different layers of conflict and suspense that sets it apart from the standard fair.

Occasionally I felt like the characters were being reckless or setting themselves up for failure, mostly as an excuse to introduce more drama and peril. I
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Shannon Mayer
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, you didn't expect me to say anything different did you? It is a great fun read, fast paced, just the way I like my books. There's a nitty gritty cliffhanger at the end, but I won't leave you hanging too long. The second book in the series, Bound, will be out in the middle of the month and there is an excerpt at the back of Sundered.

What else can I tell you? Sundered is meant to get your blood pumping and stop you from putting it down. It is a romance, so all of you romance readers can be
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Misty Baker
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Review**

I don’t talk about my daughter very often, (mostly because she’s three and obsessed with Hello Kitty) but a few days ago she said something interested (and coincidentally enough; evidence that I’m not mature enough to raise the nations future leaders. *shrugs*) We were sitting in front of the television (just the two of us) a bowl of popcorn in hand prepared for some quality mother/daughter time when the topic of “entertainment choices” came up.

“T, what do you want to watch honey?”
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I didn’t read the original version of this trilogy, so I can’t give an opinion as to whether the tweaks are an improvement, but what I can say is that I loved Shannon Mayer’s SUNDERED! It’s a pseudo zombie story that follows a couple who’s love overcomes insurmountable odds. It’s corny, and does require a bit of a leap vis-à-vis why only Mara & Bastian’s connection trumps all where as other twosomes “turn”. But, it’s written in such a way that it’s next to impossible
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
**4 Infertile Stars**

This was a great spin-off of the typical zombie apocalypse books.

The story is fast paced but it does open this up to having problems developing the characters in this first book of the trilogy.

I fell in love with Sebastian and he is definitely worming a way into my heart.

Cathryn
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: machalo-br
If I had know this was a serial I never would have picked it up. I hate serials. Add to that the premise of this book was horrible. A drug called Nevermore that cures everything? Really? And no one is suspicious? I've listened to all the side effects for the drugs on the market that are just trying to help one issue. And it's called Nevermore? Ugh.

Also, there is an apocalypse going on and no one seems all that rushed about anything. They are just taking their own sweet time getting supplies and
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Jean Faganello
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book from a debut author. I didn't expect it to be anything special and then I found myself wrapped up in Mara and Sebastian's world and plight.

I can't wait for book 2. I would reccomend this book to anyone as the romance is good, the twists are COMPLETELY unexpected and the suspense is intense.

Well done and keep up the good work!
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: September 2, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Self Published
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website: http://www.shannonmayer.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Nevermore Zombie Apocalypse Trilogy
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm

Official Blurb:
A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, no matter
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James Caterino
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Sundered poses the ultimate, irresistible high concept hook— what if there was new a drug that could cure of all of your ills and take off twenty pounds of unwanted body fat while you gorged yourself silly eating as much of whatever you desired? In this age of instant gratification, where hucksters and snake oil salesman bark nonstop pitching the latest miracle diet supplement scam and every other ad on television is for an erection drug or a plastic surgeon, the book’s concept is more timely th ...more
 Simply Sam ツ
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
***BUDDY READ with the always lively and never dull MacHalo crew***

Because, you know, BRAAAAINSSSS


July 18, 2015: This is a reread for me but it's been a few years so we'll see how I feel about it this time :)

So this is a really quick (100+ page) "zombie-ish" read in the sense that they are not quite the living dead, brain eater type of zombies; instead they are more like the people who have lost their humanity and are surviving on animal instinct kind of zombies. It follows a wife, Mara, and h
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Abigail
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a fun series to read! I ended up starting and finishing in one evening. I did not read any reviews on this so had no clue just what kind of zombies I would be dealing with. I was pleased with Shannon's take on what caused the people to turn. I also like how they are not all mindless drones screaming for brains. This is a love story, a story of survival and a story of new beginnings. Pretty hard to surprise me when it comes to zombie stories, but Shannon did. It is well writte ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
I enjoyed myself a lot more than I thought I would. This was fun. It's not quite a 4-star book, so I am settling for 3.5 stars... The initial set-up reminded me very faintly of Married with Zombies (more kick-ass), with an interesting take on the usual zombie lore.

I was a bit startled and apprehensive, reading that some reviewers saw this as romance. It's about a married couple, so obviously there is some romance going on, but it's just another part of the overall plot.

This is not amazing litera
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Mimi Barbour
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Keeping in mind that this is Ms. Mayers' first release, I'd decided not to be too critical. But that decision wasn't at all necessary. This book is very well written and a great read. In fact I hope she keeps her promise to release the second in the series this month because I've made a wish list for any of her work in order to get it as soon as it comes out.
The characters were well developed and believable. The conficts started right from the first page. And by building the tension, slow at fi
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Abbie
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I downloaded Soundred as a free download from Amazon.

Mara and Sebastian have been trying for a long time to have a baby. Mara wants so badly to have a baby of her own to become a mother. She wants this so bad that at times she becomes very depressed that she has not gotten pregnant. Mara and Sebastian have a very good life together and love each other so much that they would do anything for the other to keep them safe.

Mara hears about thi
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Lori
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies, uggh
I was not blown away by this book and I love love love zombies of all shape and sizes. The subtitle a Zombie-ish apocalypse book about covers it. If you're looking for our favorite undead mindless eating machine zombies you are not going to find them here. The zombies in this book retain much of thier human traits including emotions. They form packs and hunt like wolves and eat just about anything but themselves. Which I really don't have a problem with. These are supposed to be scary creatures ...more
Christina  Torretta
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fabulous zombie story! Or should I say Nevermore story? It starts off innocently enough, ish. There’s a new drug that can cure everything. Obesity, Parkinson’s, you name it, you’re cured! Side effects, none. Or so they say. It doesn’t take long to figure out that there are side effects actually and it’s none too pleasant. Just like those commercials where you can get stomach ulcers, cancer or death, here it’s just zombification, no big deal!

The plot was really good, very fast moving! The charact
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Stacy
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I gave it 3.5 stars

Even if you failed to read the book blurb for SUNDERED, you would know that the miracle drug wasn't the miracle everyone thought it would be. SUNDERED ended up being a quick, easy flowing, read with danger and a sweet romance.

The story flowed nicely. It was a bit slow at some points, but it kept me interested. Mara and Sebastian were both sweet. They love each other a lot and it shows in everything they do. They have to work through some hard times, but seem to grow stronger a
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Amber
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, romance
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Let me just say this isn’t really a zombie book so if that is what you are expecting it isn’t that. 

“These are people – humans – who have gone feral, wild.”

I was provided a copy of Sundered in exchange for an honest review! OMG I LOVED IT!  I was thinking to myself, “Meh a zombie type book.”  I don’t know why I ever doubt Shannon.  It is original and brilliant and also has a kick ass heroin!  What more could you ask for?  This is the anniversary edition of this story and Shannon has gone and add
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Kellie Harrington
Mara and Sabastian recently moved to a farm house, and trying to get pregnant. after awhile trying a shot came out with promisees of no cancer, be thinner, and be able to concieve if theres a problem and keeping people from getting parkinsons disease. Mara thought this will mean she could get pregnant. She went to the drs. where there were hoards of people waiting for the shot. Bad news the dr. brought her when she asked for it, she was allergic to the plant it was made from , it could kill her. ...more
Jennifer Nicole
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've always been into paranormal romance novels, but never really the zombie types. Shannon Mayer has changed this for me. Sundered was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't get enough of it. When I finished the last page I was left slack jawed and desperately craving more of this well-written story. The anticipation was pure torture, I just had to know what happened next. The teaser for book two, Bound, only increased that torture.

The main character, Mara, was very believable. Her compassion for he
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Gina Basham
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of Zombie books out right now. They have never been my genre but I have read several lately. The beginning of the Apocalypse is so absolutely plausible it's scary. No I don't think Zombies will be walking the streets, but I could see how the promise of all your ills cured with a shot, and then said shot creating havoc entirely possible. How many products out there are touted as a cure-all only to find out after many lawsuits the disastrous consequences? The addition of the pack m ...more
Dee Avila
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sundered is a romance novel with a dystopian, zombie combo and different than anything I've ever read. The setting of the book was great and Mayer's characters believable. I fell in love with Sebastian and Mara. The struggles these main characters are put through tore me up. Their love is never ending and strong. It is a face pace read that leaves you reeling and ready to dive into Bound.
Phil Stern
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. It was a perfect length, long enough to be engaging, yet could be easily read over a few days. I'd highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun romance book. I'm off now to get the next one!
A.M.
I was clearing out the kindle carousel on my phone and realised I had this. I opened it, read the first 23% and then shut it down.
Ugh. What a fantastically unlikeable heroine. She’s whiny, horrible to her husband, fat shames absolutely everyone, and angsts about wanting a child when she has had one miscarriage. One. I forget the exact stats but something like a third of first time pregnancies end in miscarriage. She really doesn’t need a wonder drug. She’s not even thirty. And especially not one
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Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Giveaway: The author is giving away e-copy of this novel to 3 winners. Please visit this link to enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends August 10th, 2012!

*** This novel was provided by the Orangeberry Book Tours for review purposes. ***

Mara and Sebastian are married to each other for four years, with no kids. Mara loves to have kids, and the miscarriage that happened a year back has made her more dejected. When a miracle drug called Nevermore, was announced to cure fertility issues and so many other
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John Jr.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If a new drug comes along that promises to improve fertility, allow you to lose weight while still eating what you like, and convey immunity to several genetic diseases, you absolutely should not take it, even it is approved by the FDA.

That's the premise of Shannon Mayer's zombie-ish apocalypse book, SUNDERED. An amazing new drug, Nevermore, is on the market, and it seems to be the answer to all of Mara's prayers. Weight has been an issue for her and handsome husband Sebastian. So has getting pr
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Scott Moon
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the author of Dragon Badge, I am always looking for something original in urban fantasy and paranormal suspense. SUNDERED, by Shannon Mayer is hard to put down. I read 99 percent of it in one sitting. It is a post apocalyptic story and delivers exactly what you would expect. She is a master of moving the tale forward, upping the stakes, and creating characters you want to make it (and you can take make it a couple of different ways).

SUNDERED has a strong romance theme, but an unusual one. Of
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