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First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.

Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity. And he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.

Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.

Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?

268 pages, Paperback

First published February 14, 2013

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T.A. Brock

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T.A. Brock lives in Oklahoma, where Zombies do not thrive. When not immersed in the world of fantasy writing, she enjoys spending time with her big girl, baby boy, and hubs. Some of her favorite things are coffee (specifically with cream, sugar, and chocolate), music (especially something with a good beat), books (especially paranormal), and tennis. She despises raw meat and therefore is exceedingly glad she’s human.

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1,570 reviews99 followers
May 31, 2013
FATAL is not your typical Zombie story. In a way it reminded me of a cross between TWILIGHT and TASTE by Kate Evangelista. You have the romance that shouldn't be...hence TWILIGHT (oh don’t forget the brooding male lead). And then you have the Zombies that live right under your nose (ones that actually look like a regular human)...hence TASTE.

There was some things that I had a problem with. The author really didn't explain well the whole concept of what these zombies were and how they came about. I seriously thought that everyone knew there were zombies out and about in the world and didn't learn until a bit later that they were actually hush, hush. Also…there was a lot of confusion about the ‘Save’. I, as a reader, needed more than what the author gave to us in the beginning. I was left confused the entire book until it was finally revealed to me. I understand the author was going for a big reveal in the end, but to me, I it felt like I was the one missing out on a lot. I don’t know, it was like I should have known what the author was talking about even though it was never explain. Does that even make sense?

But I did enjoy it. I mean, come on! It is zombies for crying out loud. And this author’s take was so totally different, how could you not like something like this. I got a little tired of the angst that Grayson was carrying around 99.2% of the book. It got old quick. But I did love his good moments and think he was a sweet heart in those times.

I just loved the fact that most of the story focused on the relationship between Cori and Grayson. Hey now, don’t go being all ‘How gross…zombie and humans in love’ like a lot of people did with WARM BODIES. I am telling you…this book is so different. You will like it and what the author did with the storyline. And how she ended the story was even better. It was like all of sudden…Action! Lies! Truths Revealed! It was a great ending that will lead us into the next book of the series, LETHAL. But know this…not everything gets the closure it needs. In fact, it might get even crazier for everyone.
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Author 1 book10 followers
April 24, 2014
I almost didn't read Fatal because a reviewer called it Twilight with zombies. I'm glad I gave it a shot anyway. Is IS like Twilight (which I read and disliked) but to me it's like she took everything that was wrong with Twilight and tried to FIX it. And overall it works. It works really well. The zombies are handled in a new way. The characters are endearing. I loved Grayson's attitude. Cori's grief felt real and it was easy to become invested in their stories. There were a few things to do with Grayson's past that got confusing but otherwise I really have no complaints about Fatal. Is it the most intellectual book? No. But it was a quick, interesting read and if there's another book in this series (seems likely) I will be in line to get my copy right away. Despite how leery I was in the beginning, Fatal has completely won me over.
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Author 5 books36 followers
August 28, 2014
I love the book but I think I'm pretty much supposed to since I wrote it. ;);) I hope you guys love it as much as I do! <3 and squishy hugs to you all!
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Author 13 books127 followers
February 24, 2014
This book has everything I love in a good YA Romance and more. And it has an extra layer of awesomeness because...zombies! Grayson and Cori have quite the hurdle to overcome, and Brock tells their story so the reader is dropped directly into their thoughts and feelings. It was incredible. The perfect balance of first love romance, suspense, and zombies, Fatal has secured Brock as an author to watch. It's five full-on, zombie-lovin' stars from me.

"Maybe one day he would be able to leave her alone. The day would inevitably come when he would have to tell her what he was or leave her — but today was not that day."

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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55 reviews38 followers
May 27, 2013
Fatal took a different approach toward zombies. The main character of Fatal, Grayson, doesn't eat human brains and lists raw beef as his favorite snack instead. Gallons of water keep his dead body from falling apart and he won't infect anyone until he reaches the age of restoration, which is still years away for him, but he still hates himself. He hates the fact that he is a zombie and can't wait til the day he meets his Save- the one person who can cure him of his 'disease'. When that day finally came, he was underwhelmed and enraged. The girl who was meant to save him from the hell he was living, Cori Abbott, turned out to be a short, weak, and spineless shrimp of a girl. How the hell could she save him?

Grayson soon found out the answer to that question. Yes, Cori was weak in a physical sense, but she was brave and definitely not spineless. She was good and pure and made him feel somehow alive. I was unsurprised when the two ended up reluctantly falling for each other. Fatal had a diverse set of characters. Grayson is the loner type and keeps to himself mostly because of his hatred towards what he is, and Cori is used to faking smiles but she sees the kindness in everyone. Sometimes her reactions toward things felt too childish and her niceness was a bit overplayed at times to the point where it seemed unrealistic and it got on my nerves. Cori finds friendship in Peg, a regular girl who won't take crap from anyone, and a cute geek named Rex who reads people easily and is a realist. I would say that I would act like Rex when faced with the same situations.

Fatal had pretty solid world building and T.A. Brock brought a lot of fixtures in Grayson's world that I easily ate up. Grayson lives with a zombie tribe that consists of Leiv, the brother figure in Grayson's life, and Raina- a zombie who enjoys average girly activites like shopping and not-so average girly activities like sparring with her 'brothers'. Aside from zombies, the book also introduces us to wise oracles who guide the zombies towards their Save and brave Reapers like Aiken. Reapers are noble zombies who keep zombies from hurting humans. T.A. Brock gave me a lot of reasons to believe and enjoy this world filled with zombies who were different from what I was used to.

This was your classic young adult paranormal story that balances romance and high school life with the paranormal aspects, but I felt like it tipped in favor of the romance more. The story focused mainly on Grayson and Cori's love story, and the paranormal aspects were kept on the sidelines. I enjoyed the world that T.A. Brock created, but I felt like the dialogue was inconsistent- it was interesting at times but suddenly became dry and forced the next. The pacing was choppy and I had a rough time transitioning between chapters and events. T.A. Brock's writing was easy and didn't dwell too much on fancy words, and I was perfectly okay with that.

Fatal had likable characters, impressive world building, and a twist that I didn't see coming. It also easily set the stage for the upcoming second book. If you're looking for a young adult paranormal story with a heavy does of romance, Fatal is the book for you.

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Author 3 books17 followers
June 17, 2013
I'm in a bit of a dialemia. If I knew that Fatal was going to be such an incredible book, I would've saved it for the road trip I have coming up. Thanks to the author, I spent two sleepless nights switching from trying to sleep and reading Fatal under the covers. I have the bags under my eyes to prove it. All in good work though.

Fatal kind of reminded me of the movie Warm Bodies, although I never have seen it. The awesome part about Fatal was that it was something different. I mean, raise your hand if your sick of this "zombies eat brains" crap? Unrealistic. Recipe for a crappy story.

Fatal changed all that. The entire story is an original idea. The whole romantic aspect was not cliche at all. I, for one, am in love with Grayson. He can be a hard ass, but he is so sweet inside. I'm so tempted to give away some of the story so that I can show you how cute he is. If he was a real guy, well, watch out. I'd be on the prowl.

Cori is also such a sweet girl, which makes her and Grayson a match made in heaven. The secrets and sorrow she hides makes my heart go out to her. Keep and mind that I've read this book about a week ago, and now, I'm tempted to reread the story.

SO many things happened in the story that surprised me. There was a lot of zombie action in this book, which I think you guys will love. This book basically appeals to everyone because of all the elements in it.

I feel extremely honored to be apart of the making of this book, and for the author suiting me personally for this book to be reviewed. It's definitely my new favorite book. The ending was just...sigh. I'd kill for the sequel right now.

I'm feeling disappointed in myself because I don't think I'm getting my across. So I'll say it bluntly: BUY THIS BOOK. I AM EXTREMELY TEMPTED TO GIVE IT A TEN OUT OF TEN. IT'S AWESOME. YOU WILL NOT REGRET READING IT. BUY IT NOW.

Ah. That's better.

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Author 8 books36 followers
May 9, 2014
Love this book!

There are many YA books on my shelf that I've started and never finished (I don’t hate YA, it’s just hard to find ones that capture my attention). This book is not one of them. Avid readers know how rare it is to come across a book that catches you completely off guard, and you will do anything, including ignoring all else, to finish it. THIS is THAT book.

I'm a big fan of zombie shows and movies, but I've never actually read a book about zombies (I know, right). I went into this read with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised to find a truly unique approach to zombie lore. T.A. Brock has created zombies in such a way that they're actually sexy. Who knew? They walk, they talk, they think, and, as it turns out, they love.

Grayson and Cori have a star-crossed romance. At first, it seems that they’re not meant to be. In order for one to live (or live again) the other must die. And when they fall in love, one of them will have to make a terrible choice.

Cori is a lost soul in a strange land, and when she meets Grayson, who also seems a little out of place, her curiosity moves her to connect with him, even if he wants nothing to do with her…or so it seems.

While Grayson comes off as a brooding jerk, at first, it soon becomes clear that he is motivated by an existence he loathes and a decision he doesn’t want to make. But is it really his decision to make?

I love the zombies in this book. This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, the author throws in another twist. T.A. Brock’s writing style is so fluid that you get completely lost in the story. I also appreciate that it was written in 3rd person, which I prefer.

The story wrapped up just enough to satisfy me, but left an opening for the story to continue. I am eager to see what this author does with the rest of the series. It’s definitely one I’ll be recommending to others.
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Author 16 books61 followers
September 9, 2016
Fatal is fan-tas-tic. It was such a fun read and the zombies inside are totally unique. I feel like a lot of paranormal lately tries to be a little gimmicky in a ‘but wait here is more’ sort-of way but the lore used here is solid. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of it in the zombie genre. Another pitfall that T.A. Brock skillfully avoids is the question of why are these paranormal creatures trying to do the high school thing. Never once while reading did I think that maybe they should just quit school to make things easier. Cori, Grayson and crew feel like they belong in the setting, they own their scenes with complete believably.

While overall the book is well written there are moments that really shined. On a few occasions I remember stopping for a second solely to think how well something was stated.

My only complaint is that Grayson’s life before the events of the book aren’t really there. From my understanding Grayson has been a zombie for quite a while but it’s like there are gaps post-human/pre-Cori. It’s not a big deal for the story, nor do I think it really matters. But if it was done for a specific reason I didn’t pick up on it. (I believe there is now going to be an ebook about this later. =D)

With that said, Fatal leads you along with fun until T.A. Brock (successfully) lures you into really caring about these people. Hook, line, and sinker. You start flipping the pages with a new sense of urgency because you need to know what is going to happen. I know I didn’t see the end coming and I’m eager to read more.

If you don’t take a look for yourself I think you are seriously missing out.
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Author 3 books24 followers
March 24, 2014
I'm not a Zombie fan. I've tried, but it's just not my thing. With that said, you should know this is NOT another zombie story.

This is a beautifully crafted work of fiction with the sort of emotional impact, character development and pacing that makes the zombie element disappear into the background. The fact that the protagonist is a zombie is more akin to him having a chronic disease.

In truth, I have a hard time believing this is a debut novel, it's that well crafted.

If you read my reviews, you know I don't do spoilers, I don't give you a lot about plot or story. I give you my impression, as both a reader and a writer. And my impression of this book is that you really, really need to read it.

There are several scenes that carry such an emotional punch, I was close to tears. It's not sappy, it's not gut wrenching for the sake of twisting the readers emotions. Each scene moves the story forward in a believable, meaningful way and sets the stage for what's coming next.

You find yourself cheering for the characters, wanting to BE the character, or at least be with them, and then you're subtly reminded of why that may not be such a great idea - cuz they ARE zombies and all. But even that is manageable - in an interesting, fresh way.

T.A. Brock has such a unique twist on this genre, I really can't wait to see what she comes up with for the next book in the series. There's a tease at the end of book 1, but it's not nearly enough to satisfy. This is someone to watch - she's going to be around for a while!
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Author 11 books522 followers
March 26, 2014
I'd actually love to give this book 4.5 stars. Overall, I really liked this book. The world the author creates is well thought out, a unique take on zombies. The characters are real. So many times their simple dialogue made me smile. Some of them start out a little shady, but everyone grows, everyone adds something to the story.
The story had me constantly guessing, wondering. I never thought I had it figured out, I had to keep reading to discover all the little details. And at the end in a wonderful epilogue, the author gives more of the mystery, leaving me dangling by my fingertips.
I am not a fan of romance. Whenever someone snakes their fingers through someone's hair, pulling them closer, I want to run. There is a bit of this, but it didn't distract me too much. The relationship between the main characters felt like a real, cute teenage romance.
Can't wait to read the next one.
Spoiler alert! ...
There's a scene at the end when the main characters meet a zombie who has reached the age of deterioration ... done extremely well, had me riveted, chewing on my fingernails ... and had just the right amount of creepy.
However, right before the fight at the end, not a huge life or death struggle, but a key moment nonetheless ... the author pulls me out of Cori's POV, out of the emotion and takes away the tension of the scene. She does get the tension back! Just a hiccup.
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201 reviews30 followers
March 19, 2014
4.5 *

This is a breath of fresh air in the zombie world. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a male protagonist as much as I enjoyed Grayson. Plus I enjoyed Cori just as much.

When you go into this make sure you don't go in thinking about the common definition of 'zombie,' and trust me that's okay. It is a cool take on them. I never read "Warm Bodies" but I saw the movie and if you liked the inner workings of a zombie's mind then this is a start. But they're more like regular people which makes it more interesting.

Grayson is a truly diverse character and I love that we get to watch him grow as a person. Yeah he's harsh and secluded but Brock does a great job at character development for both him and Cori.

The ending was a little rushed for me, which is why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5 for me. Plus, I was really looking forward to a little action but that is also lacking. This is much more of a romance story but the next book looks promising (at least that's what I am hoping is being eluded to).

Overall, a very good read with a good plot, better character development, and the best take on zombies that I have ever seen.
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Author 8 books150 followers
August 4, 2014
Zombies and romance? Reapers and oracles? Star-crossed lovers? Fatal, by T.A. Brock, offers up an intriguing mix of everything you thought you knew about zombies . . . and more.

Grayson Patch isn’t your ordinary brand of zombie. Sure, he’s one of the walking dead, but he has the awesome ability to blend in with the living. He walks, he talks, and he drinks plenty of water to keep up fleshy appearances. But it’s not a permanent solution. A human sacrifice is required to break his curse, and he thinks he’s ready--until he realizes the human is a girl he just might end up falling for.

Fatal is a very sweet and trendy twist on the zombie condition. There’s plenty of romance and suspense to keep a reader turning the pages, and I really enjoyed learning about the world Grayson is hiding from his peers. Chock full of emotional scenes, T.A. delivers a great story that skips the gore and spotlights the longevity of the human heart.

And there’s more to come! I’m keeping my eye out for the next book in this series. Stay tuned!
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1,838 reviews10 followers
September 6, 2014
*Recieved an ecopy in exchange for an honest review*

Zombies people! And not the "Warm Bodies" kind! These are breathing, eating and drinking lots and lots of Water!

Grayson can't wait for the day to meet his Save, the person who will help him turn back into human. But sweet Cori is nothing like that. Shy but strong, kind and gentle she tries to help Grayson and he finds himself torn between his duty and love for her!

Don't let the cover scare you! This is a strong story with both strong main and secondary characters like Aiken and Peg, with mystery and intense feelings. The story for me could easily rival "Warm Bodies" since it gives depth on the zombie-virus, not making them mindless flesh eating monsters. They feel, love and suffer.

The author manages to create a strong setting with the great potential to become even better! :)
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215 reviews17 followers
February 14, 2014
You know I am always about a broody guy. Grayson excels at broody. But he has a reason- he's dead, a zombie. And he hates being a zombie. When Cori comes to town with her own set of reasons to brood, she doesn't know she's Grayson's only hope of a happily ever after--possibly at the expense of her life.

This book is full of just the right kind of YA angst and drama. Full of surprises and twists, it's a great read for all your zombie loving needs.
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Author 3 books80 followers
June 26, 2013

Grayson became a zombie at 17. He hates what he has become, and his only wish is to find his Save to become human again. The problem? The Save must die for him to live. A life for a life. Will he take the life of his Save in order to save himself from staying an abomination? Or will killing her truly make Grayson the kind of monster he fears he’s becoming?

Shy introvert, Cori, is dealing with the death of her father and the emotional death of her mother. Her mom has moved them from the Midwest to the Northwest for a new start. What Cori finds is a mom who works all the time in order to deal with the sadness of losing her husband and a school that isn't very welcoming, especially a moody guy who stares at her like he hates that she's breathing his air.


Grayson was frustrated at his situation and at times I found him to be frustrating. One of the notes I made was "Are there bipolar meds for zombies do chill this guy out?" I just wanted to give him some water and tell him to walk it off. (You will understand this reference when you read Fatal) Trust me. I'm a pro. But I understood that was torn about what he should do, say, and feel.

As for Cori, I can see where a lot of people who are not timid would think, "What the h is wrong with her? Why would she act like a kicked puppy?" But that's what happens sometimes with timid introverts. Trust me, I am one. I know these things. It doesn't mean Cori is weak. It just means she knows when to stay out of the game and when to fold a crappy hand. Wait. Did I really just use a Poker metaphor for a zombie romance? You're welcome.

Fatal grabbed my attention pretty early. It's a rare occasion to find a zombie story told from the POV of a zombie. Maybe it has to do with the whole zombies-only-moan-and-eat-you stigma, but I was pretty excited to see a zombie’s side of the story. I also saw pretty early where the story was going so I was a bit skeptical of what was going to happen to keep it entertaining. Guess what? The author delivered. There were characters who were a bit suspicious to me and, as it turns out, I should not have been suspicious of these characters. I mean, they turned out to be quite upstanding people. Well, except for Rex. He doesn't play a huge role, but I really don’t like that kid. On the other hand, the characters I should have kept my eye on came from out of the woods and BAM! I’m hiding behind a tree trying not to get bitten.

I like the author’s writing style. The sentences are short and to the point, not overly descriptive. The story moves. There's no lagging with "the walls were painted the color of wild boars digging for truffles deep in the woods of west Texas on a sunny afternoon in June" type descriptions. She gives us detail when it matters. For example, when she gives the details of the mausoleum it is very symbolic of the mood of the characters and overall storyline.

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63 reviews5 followers
March 14, 2014
It’s official. I’m madly, desperately in love with Zombies. (Well, okay, T.A Brock’s zombies is more like it.) After tearing through the pages of Fatal, in the span of twenty four hours, I was not only left with a huge, ugly book hangover, but also an unhealthy obsession for a certain boy-zombie by the name of Grayson Patch. Ms. Brock has officially blown me away with this novel, and to say that I may have just found one of my top five favorite reads this year would be an absolute understatement.

It takes a lot for me to truly fall for a book anymore. Maybe it’s the fact that I read at least a book a day has something to do with it. But from the very beginning, I can usually tell if a book is going to be for me or not, and two pages into Fatal, I already knew that THIS was going to be a good one.

Oh how wrong I was though, because GOOD is putting it mildly.

But enough with my gushing…

In the beginning, there’s Cori. The quiet, new girl who doesn’t have friends, is dealing with an emotionally absentee mother and the grief over losing her father. What she really wants to do is be left alone. But fate and science have other things planned for her, bringing Grayson into the mix.

Grayson is the walking dead. A zombie of nineteen years. And Grayson is not exactly a happy guy when it comes to his situation either. This boy takes angry and broody to a level that goes entirely beyond the normal angst. In fact, he’s hateful, cruel even, especially when he discovers Cori, the girl who is supposed to be his save. (Save being the one person who might possibly help him regain his humanity.) is not who he once thought she’d be. Then another problem arises: Grayson becomes drawn to Cori, so much so that killing her to save his humanity is no longer an option…or is it?

I adored these characters. Felt them like they were my friends, like I was taking this journey right beside them. Cori was real. She wasn’t the super tough girl, like a lot of young adult books portray anymore. To me, she was more real because of that ability show emotions. She cried, she loved, she smiled and fell in love for the first time. She didn’t have to be a butt kicker to be a tough character.

Grayson…what can I say, really, besides the fact that I loved this guy. Strong, protective, loves hard…you name it, that’s Grayson. Well…except for being human. But that’s okay, I’ll still take him. :)

The twists and turns that Grayson and Cori are taken on are epic. So much angst, so much romance, so much humor. Fatal had it ALL. This was a definite twist on zombies stories that I can handle. Less gore, more love…thank you! I highly, highly recommend the awesomeness that is Fatal. T.A Brock is one author you don’t want to miss out on, trust me. Pick up this book. Now.
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190 reviews4 followers
May 21, 2013
The first few chapters of this book didn’t exactly wow me. The zombie premise seemed a little shaky and I was unsure if it would be a plot I could get behind. The protagonist, Grayson, was extremely moody and standoffish due to the fact that he was unhappy with his lot in life. He didn’t want to be a zombie and knowing that there was little chance of him ever being a human again didn’t help any. Of course if you read the synopsis, you understand that the other main character, Cori, is supposedly his ticket to being human. I had trouble connecting with her in the very beginning as well; she was moody and didn’t want to get close to anyone since she was still trying to deal with her father’s death. That I could understand, I’ve been there too. Some of her interactions with Grayson came off as a bit childish, which was irritating at times, and there were moments that the dialogue seemed a little awkward. At a certain point though, not too far in to the novel, the things I found myself disliking just seemed to fade away. It hit a stride and the story flowed along smoothly; so much so that I couldn’t put it down.

I thought the relationship between Grayson and Cori was incredibly sweet. Sure, it wasn’t all sunshine and kittens, especially in the beginning. It took Cori a while to break down his defenses, but she was so patient and never gave up on him. For Grayson’s part, he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his best to fit in with Cori’s friends. It was incredibly difficult for him, to change his way of thinking after 19 years of being a zombie; for her it seemed like he would do just about anything.

As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t sure if I would like this different spin on the typical zombie tale. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead, so mostly I associate zombies with decay and zero brain activity, except for their incessant drive to devour human flesh. Fatal definitely exceeded my expectations; I liked that the zombies were so human-like, at least until they hit the Age of Deterioration. It was something that happened at the end of their life and more closely resembled what we usually think of when we picture the undead. The way they kept themselves animated with drinking water (LOTS of water) was interesting as well.

The beginning started out a little rough for me, but once the story got going I loved Fatal. The characters were likable and I appreciated the fact that Grayson and Cori’s relationship wasn’t rushed; they had their ups and downs, yet never gave up on each other. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has in store.
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269 reviews4 followers
August 24, 2014
4 1/2 Mind0Changing Stars
Ill admit I am not a big fan of zombie books. There are very very few I have read, not sure what it is exactly, but this book has seriously stunned me. Not only did I like it I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story. It is a beautiful love story. You meet Cori who is dreading being the new girl at school. She knows this school will be just as hard to get through as was her last one. The reason, her dad JUST died. He was her rock and cheerleader. But without him, life has dimmed. She keeps to herself and doesn't make friends easily. But its a new start, new school, and she tries to force a new attitude.

"Cori didn't really like the way this conversation was going. It was too focused on her and her loser-ness (Peg and Rex would've been proud of her for that one). Really she needed to learn to paint herself in a better light-as her mom had always told her. But then, brutal honesty was more her style, and yeah her life kinda sucked at the moment so why hide it."

Grayson is a zombie, but its not what you think, He looks human, walks like a regular human, talks like a regular human, and his mind is still intact. But he hates his undead life. He didn't ask for it and there is only one solution...To be human again! problem is...his plan doesn't turn out like he thought it would. But he can't fight his pull towards Cori. The feeling is mutual and their connection is something neither one of them expected, but what was exactly what they both needed. This book is not only a stunning love story, but it had me laughing throughout...

"'You listen here, Patch, that girl is sweeter than sugar. She's probably in the bathroom now, crying her eyes out. What's your problem anyway? Someone piss in your Cheerios this morning?' He didn't eat Cheerios. Couldn't. Meat only. And raw. But someone should invent zombie cereal. meat chunks in a bowl with water. It could work."

I look forward to the next book....I need to know more about Aiken and Peg!!!
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40 reviews12 followers
March 13, 2014
A couple years ago I wondered if there was a way to write a story where zombies could be the love interest, the hot guy like some versions of Dracula, like sparkly Edward, like the truly hot Jacob. Vampires and werewolves, why not zombies. Ugh because they fall apart, right?

Well, I did manage to outline a story, but that’s as far as I went. However T. A. Brock saw her own vision and carried through in her novel FATAL.

Cori moved to the small town of Asher after her father died in an accident and both she and her mom are still grieving. Amidst the difficulty of dealing with a new school, Cori makes a couple new friends. But the only person she really cares about is Grayson, a brooding (and of course hot) guy that no one likes. And with good reason, he drives them all away, dealing with his own demons and certain no one could ever like – or love – him.

But Cori breaks through his icy façade. And for good reason. They’re destined to meet. Or is it something more?

FATAL was a fun read. Especially because of my own dabbling in the zombie world, but I enjoyed the depth of all the main characters and just how determined Cori was to first help anyone who needed it, but how she refused to be turned away even by someone who claimed he would – and did – hurt her.
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161 reviews13 followers
May 28, 2013
This book was a totally new take on zombies and I loved it! I read it in a day (well, there was some under the covers with my kindle, barely keeping my eyes open reading going on). It was just that good though. The characters grabbed you from the first page and you are hooked. I liked that Cori and Grayson weren’t all sunshine and roses. Cori is upset over her father’s death and at a new school to boot. Grayson is a very unhappy Zombie that ignores everyone and lives in his own miserable bubble. Watching their romance unfold and watching the patience and love in which it does, was awesome. Don’t think it is all romance though… there is plenty of action and lots of interesting tidbits about Zombies and how they manage to live among us. Throw in a cast of awesome sidekick friends, a reaper, and a whole lot of lies that change everything… and you have the making of a great book. I don’t want to say too much because I do not want to spoil it! I am very impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. I give this 5 stars.
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52 reviews
October 23, 2014
I'm going to start my review with a question. Was this book Twilight FanFic? I'm going to have to do some digging and figure that one out.

So, its basically Twilight with Zombies. But no zombies you've ever read about before. There is very little shuffling, no moaning, and almost no viscera.

Twilight similarities: The story is set in the Pacific Northwest town of Asher.
Grayson is a brooding, gorgeous zombie. Hates that he is a zombie.
Cori, the new girl - shy, beautiful, clutzy can't dance.

Blah blah. the similarities don't end there. It was all through the book, but I don't want to go on and on about it because it makes it sound like I didn't like the book. Which is not the case. I liked it. Alot. It even distracted me from work for a day. And I will be reading the sequel, which is supposed to be out November 2013.
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Author 4 books57 followers
March 10, 2014
I’m so, SO in love with this story. FATAL isn’t your average zombie story. Brock takes the paranormal genre to a whole new level with this amazing tale. Her writing is straightforward and descriptive in such a unique, beautiful way. Each character feels so real as they battle their inner demons, as they fight to become better, as they search for love. Their pain is my pain. Their connections, so believable.

T.A. Brock does for zombies what Stephenie Meyers did for vampires…AND THEN SOME. Brock creates an amazing world within our own that is so much more than mindless, rotting corpses. I never thought a zombie story could be so full of desires, heartache, hope or romance, but FATAL has it all! If you only read one book this year, make it FATAL by T.A. Brock. Don’t miss this amazing story!!
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188 reviews17 followers
June 26, 2014
First zombie book that I've read since I was avoiding this kind of plot like a plague. And I'm glad it did not disappoint! It was fast and easy to read. Not so many conflicting sides to worry about, like imagining an apocalypse or the sudden urge to read a survival guide.

And also it is a YA romance so expect the normal He-is-so-dangerously-hot-mysterious-and-broken-I-should-fix-him and She's-so-beautiful-I-can't-breath-but-I'm-dangerous-and-destructive-so-I'll-just-back-off kind of vibe... but then since it's YA, it'll be like this-shit-is-romance-and-we-are-forbidden-but-lets-fall-in-love-anyway..

All and all I enjoyed it. Didn't even expect to like it but I did.

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316 reviews53 followers
August 26, 2014
So the premise of this book does remind me of very popular YA books where the young brooding leading man doesn’t want to fall in love with the ONE girl who could save his “life”, but there is a twist in the last part of the book that I really enjoyed. While the author doesn’t really explain how or why there are zombies hiding among us, I still found the ending interesting enough to keep reading.

****I was given an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. Thank you Omnific publishing!***

There is a prequel coming out in the fall called Brutal, where we get the answers there were missing in the first book. I am looking forward to hearing more about Grayson’s backstory.
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Author 3 books105 followers
December 29, 2015
The world the author creates is very interesting and shows us a unique take on zombies.
The characters were all wonderfully developed and likeable, yes even our hero with his attitude.

You just have to be patient with him like our heroine.
The perfect balance of romance and zombies.
I like almost everything about this book and definitely recommend it to all YA paranormal zombie romance lovers...
There are hints of one more love story near the end and I think it will be very interesting to read about it in the next book. The main one isn't finished either just so you know.
Rating is actually four and half stars...

4 reviews
June 12, 2014
I work at the public library in a little bity town. This guy comes in and asks if I can order this book. Sure no problem. We get it in and find out the author is his wife! So I had to give it a try, and I was really shocked! It was actually good! Really good! Now I need to find out what she looks like so I can bug her every time I see her about when the second one is coming out! Highly recommended!!!
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1,107 reviews748 followers
March 23, 2014
Read a really rough eARC of this one so I had a few parts missing and the formatting was pretty bad, but that being said it was really good! The next book should be great too. I mean that epilogue had me worried. Full review to follow on my blog - A Life Bound By Books.
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Author 6 books175 followers
May 5, 2014
This is a really cute romance & had all sorts of things I love.
-- unique mythology
-- zombies
-- dual perspectives
-- teasing banter
-- family issues
-- a ya romance character who still prioritizes her friendships.
-- interesting and involved secondary characters
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54 reviews54 followers
May 16, 2014
Wow. Just Wow.

I don’t know; this book is really good! Since I’m a fan of zombies I gave it a shot, gladly I did not regret a single thing like Cori. I swear this is not your typical zombie story: where they always stutter and eat every living thing they see. It’s much more than that.
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