If you don’t know I love zombies by now, then you don’t know me at all *Sniff. If you’re a newcomer, I forgive you.
So, when the author of The Zombie Girl Saga kindly asked if I would read her series, I couldn’t say no. After finishing the first book, I though to myself, “Self, that was amazing! This series is going to be frikin awesome! I must make this a big deal”
Which brings me to this post. I’m going to make this a review mini-series, with book #4 being the finale. I also want to create a discussion about the Zombie genre in general. What are your favourites? What tropes do you hate? Etc…
Before I tell you about the first book, let me tell you why this series is so kick-ass.
- It takes place in Ontario, Canada! Near Guelph to be more specific and this is awesome because I’m Canadian!
- The origin story is more Indiana Jones than The Walking Dead, which is fantastic because it’s different and because I love ancient history.
- Because it is Canadian, the “evil government agency” is CSIS. You’re probably asking yourself, wtf is CSIS right? CSIS is Canada’s version of the CIA but far less notorious. I find this both fascinating and hilarious.
- Lastly, the main characters are 19 at the start of the series, so there is a significant gore factor! Can’t have a great zombie story without gore!
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl (Release Date: January, 2015)
Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.
Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.
Turns out living was the easy part.
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First of all, great characters! The story is told from multiple POVs, so each character is multi-dimensional and interesting in their own right. The protagonist Eve, is a wonderful character because she is so human. Very beautiful, and extremely loyal to those she loves, but essentially flawed. After becoming infected, she gains all sorts of abilities but as much as she’d love to be a superhero, she is still just a scared and lonely young woman.
I already mentioned that the origin story of this particular zombie virus is a little different from the usual. Eve is out on a dig with her best friends and fellow anthropology students in Egypt when she is infected. Her dream was to live out her Lara Croft fantasies, and it lands her in some serious shit. Not to mention, she now craves human flesh and needs it to survive.
In addition to being well-written, Zombie Girl is action-packed, gory, and surprisingly evocative. The horror genre doesn’t often inspire feelings other than fear and disgust, but in this case, the author has done just that. Her story and characters are rich and layered, providing us with ample opportunity to have all kinds of feels.
I really loved this book and I can’t wait to continue reading the rest. Stay tuned for more from The Zombie Girl Saga!
About the Author (In Her Own Words)
I’m an author, an educator, a mom to two tiny humans, a Canadian from Toronto, and a MAJOR geek/fangirl. I love my Star Wars, anything Tim Burton, Harry Potter all day, and did someone say Superheroes? YES PLEASE! All of my fandoms echo through my work, and anyone who geeks as much as I do will get a kick out of it I’m sure.