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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared...

In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there's nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.

Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he's forced to leave the communit
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Stripes Publishing
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, owned
the gays are finally getting a zombie apocalypse novel, officially confirming that heterosexuality is cancelled
Jen Gallagher
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult, sci-fi
Did you know that what your life was missing was a gay zombie thriller? Well now you know, and now you know what book you need to read.

Wranglestone is a beautifully written, atmospheric, creepy, gasp out loud, hide under your duvet, fuzzy warm feelings of love, nerve-wracking, YA gay zombie thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King's best most creepy novels - that intense feeling of impending doom that keeps you awake all night turning the pages. I honestly gasped out loud and jumped at one point
This was such a great read. A post-apocalyptic zombie novel that has a queer romance at its heart - what more could you want?

I really loved the romance in this, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I was up until like 2 AM finishing this, just because I really really needed to know what was going to happen.

My only issue with this was pacing. While most of the novel was really well-paced, the last 50 or so pages just went way too fast. A lot happened in those pages and we didn't
Eleanor Grace
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a classic example of the hardest book to review as a reader and blogger. I did not enjoy my time reading this, and I know that’s because I do not enjoy horror/zombie stories. I only picked this up for my book club and never would otherwise – sometimes it’s nice to be challenged in this way, and sometimes it REALLY does not work out. However, I also had problems with the plot and writing. For my rating I really had to dissect what I disliked due to personal taste, and what I disliked ...more
John Moore
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
* I was supplied a review copy for an honest review*
Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit the mark for me. There was a glaring problematic issue in the book that I think needs rectifying before publication and I have passed this onto the publisher; I believe they need to respond to the issue before consumers pick up on it. The setting is beautifully written but the plot was difficult to follow, and the relationship somewhat problematic and unbelievable. At times, the prose took me away into a com
Leanne Wain
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book manages to be so many things simultaneously.
- A super cute M/M love story that is just immediately accepted as inevitable and lovely by everyone around.
- A suspenseful survival horror in a pretty unique location- think the amazing Tree Houses in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but make it Waterworld...
- A chilly and rugged American National Park wilderness adventure, stuffed full of pine trees, buffalo and MOOSE.
- A thought provoking and oh so relevant commentary on Otherness, d
Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was great! I absolutely loved the setting. It led itself so wonderfully to an isolated community surviving I'm a world overrun by the dead! I liked the characters a lot and really felt connected to Peter and Cooper.

The writing is very atmospheric and there were a lot of moments that were so creepy moments they made my skin crawl! A lot of gasp out load moments and also a lot of really sweet moments!

There were a couple of things that knocked a star off. The pacing was a bit off in places.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, physical-owned
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf

***Book given by publisher, Stripes, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***

I hate zombies. Out of all of the well-known supernatural creatures in pop culture at the moment, zombies freak me out the most. Hence why I’ve never read/watched The Walking Dead and it took the Other Half YEARS to make me watch Zombieland (it was in the cinema on our first date but, due to me hating zombies, we watched District Nine instead). There are exceptions to this rule - tho
I was hoping this would be a 5-star read, but it just wasn't. I expected it to be spookier and the romance part didn't really grab me, but the mystery part was nice. ...more
Zombies, twists and turns, secrets, and a very sweet romance that had me shipping like mad.

I was in need for a new zombie book and when I saw this book a few months ago I knew I had to pre-order it. After some issues (Amazon didn't seem to get it in stock, so I turned to BD but that always takes 2 weeks before it arrives) I finally received the book and I could read it. I was immediately sucked in. The setting, the romance, the creepy zombies lurking in the woods, OMG.

Since I am bit tired after
Amy Rush Da Silva
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept of Wranglestone had me from the get go! A LGBTQ+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse? Erm yes please! As soon as I got an early copy of this book I was super excited to get stuck in.

Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
“But you’re coming?”

“I’ll be right behind you.”

“But you’re coming!”

“I ain’t never gonna leave your side.”

On my blog.

Rep: gay mc & li, side character with epilepsy

Galley provided by publisher

When I was about 13 or 14, I loved zombie stories. Zombie apocalypse books were my favourite sorts of dystopian novels, so when I heard about Wranglestone, I was particularly excited. And, for me, it definitely lived up to that excitement.

Wranglestone opens with Peter, doing chores outside, when someo
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Arc from NetGalley
3.5 stars

I couldn't put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would've been great.

The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it
Molli B.
I hate to say this, but I didn't love this. I love the idea—boyfriends battle zombies!!! And the setting is very cool. I like anything with a strong sense of place, and this book definitely has good atmosphere. For whatever reason (maybe because I grew up in Vermont?), I love books with winter settings—this book definitely stokes that fondness.

But the story didn't grip me. I should have finished this in a sitting, and it took me 3 weeks. I think the general plot of the story was fine—but I'm not
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Wranglestone is an own-voices Young Adult dystopian featuring zombies, twists you wont see coming, and a love story between two teens trying to survive in a dangerous new world.

”Winter was one season every lake lander feared. Not because Montana was about to get colder than a bald eagle’s gaze, but because the dead could make it across the lake’s frozen waters...”

I’m trying to find the words to describe what I loved about this novel. All I seem to come up with are: GAY! ZOMBIES, Arrghjid Read
I was given this book by Mira with the following words: "You have to read this. I would like to know your thoughts on this."

Well, dear friends, here's what I think in a nutshell:

I couldn't have said it better myself. But I'll try anyway:

PLOT: 1.5 / 5

When I first read the synposis of this book, I lost my shit - zombies? National parks? Queer boys fighting the zombie apocalypse? Perfect.

Wranglestone had all the ingredients for what could have been one of my new favorite reads: gay representation,
rachel ☾

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: achillean mc & li.

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Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, queer

proof the gays will make the apocalypse their bitch
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
eARC received from NetGalley, Thank you NetGalley and Little Tiger Group (Stripes Publishing) Release Date according to today: February 2020.

Get me here: 🖤

This book was such a surprise! It had everything I love in a story. A creepy, Gothic feel, intense atmosphere and a wonderful set of characters. The twists and turns blew me away each time. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed, the author reshaped everything I thought I knew about a Zombie novel.and I lov
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020arc, stripes, feb, a4n
Years after the zombie apocalypse began, Peter discovers a secret that's been hidden from his isolated community.

Peter's tiny community survives, perched high on stilts above islands in a huge lake. Most of the year they're safe, protected from the Dead by the water. But when winter comes, the lake freezes solid and every villager lives in fear until the next thaw. This year, the freeze exposes secrets that some of his people would kill to protect.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I like th
Jake is Reading
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darren Charlton’s novel tells the story of 16-year-old Peter who was raised on Lake Wranglestone, a secluded haven from the Restless Dead. The lake’s residents live safely on their small islands until Winter, when the frozen lake surface allows the Restless Dead to shamble to their doors once again. And Winter is fast approaching.

Peter is sensitive and particular, spending his time mending clothes and making his Dad’s treehouse more homely, a stark contrast to the zombie herding Cooper who he w
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, here's the thing. All the old school monster stories tend to have similar themes: vampire stories are about the seduction of sin (lust, gluttony), werewolves are about the dangers of our animalistic urges, and zombie stories are about our fear of death and how humans are the true monsters after all. Because of this, themes of kindness and compassion don't really play a part in zombie stories, there tends to be a focus on survival and trust and retaining humanity in the face of terrible cir ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written, emotional reimagining of a zombie apocalypse! I really liked the prose and its vivid descriptions of nature. Peter is the kind of teen male protagonist we don’t often see. He loves to sew, hates fighting, and close to his father. He’s naive yet full of empathy and kindness. His budding romance with Cooper moves fast but I thought their scenes are so sweet that I didn’t mind!

The plot is quite predictable though. I had issues with the pacing, and some things aren’t c
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Post Apocalyptic books, however, I find them to be rather repetitive. The same could not be said for this book. The storyline was so unique, the characters seemed to jump off the pages, and I couldn’t stop reading.

I loved Peter and Cooper’s relationship. It’s great to see a LGBT relationship portrayed in Post Apocalyptic fiction. Often when the genre is focused so much on the plot, relationships between characters get forgetten or seem less important because of the dramatic and often ove
Kristina Hart
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wranglestone is a YA post-apocalyptic zombie novel, set in a small mountainside village known as Lake Wranglestone. A place seen as a safe haven. Up until winter arrives the residents are safe, but once the lake freezes over, the living dead can make their way across. Peter the protagonist, is caring and feels most at home sewing and making a home, a skill some neighbours see as useless in the world they live in. Whereas Cooper, the boy Peter has watched from afar as long as he can remember, is ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started off my spooky October TBR with Wranglestone by Darren Charlton, a novel set in post-apocalyptic America where Winter brings the Dead knocking on your door. I've never read a novel featuring zombies of any kind and after starting Wranglestone I remembered why!
The first half of this novel terrified me, I'm such a huge wimp so there's no surprise there really but the scenes introducing the Dead who attack the living were so creepy.
This novel did take me by surprise however, I was fully ex
Jazz Rawsthorne
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love a good zombie story, especially when the author adds an extra twist to the world and the way the zombies work.

I read this story in an afternoon, enjoying all the twists and turns along the way, and I can definitely say that it did not end the way I expected!

My only complaint is that the book isnt longer! I would have loved the last 100 or so pages to be developed even more, or for us to get a sequel that delves into what happens next. There's so much potential for what could happen in t
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Winter comes, all hell breaks loose. A YA Zombie Thriller. Full of suspense, action and a cute M/M romance. I loved how fast paced this book was, and the setting in the icy cold forest and mountains. Wranglestone has lots of twists. A strong main character called Peter, whose character development is huge throughout the book. *Thank you to the publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.* Full review to come on my blog.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely cracking read, bursting at the seams with an unusual, yet pleasing, blend of genuine horror and page turning romance. Think a Brokeback Mountain and The Walking Dead crossover and you’re there, you’re very much there.

Charlton’s deliciously paced, cinematic writing brings this thrilling YA novel to life, pouring the beauty of wild sweeping landscapes into a narrative thwart with terror and conspiracy. The awkward, tender, yet steamy romance between Peter and Cooper is a welcome glim
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