Title: Living Dead Girl Series: Living Dead World #1
Publisher: Etopia Press
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.
But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late…
Also by this author: Reaper Madness
*I received a free copy of this book from a book promoter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Living Dead Girl is the first book in the Living Dead World series by Nessie Strange. This was a surprisingly good book. At first, I had my doubts because the main character seemed too goody-two-shoes. As I kept reading, I found that Jen wasn’t as uptight as I first thought she was. She is well-round with both good and bad characteristics.
The other thing that made me doubt if I would like Living Dead Girl was how long it took for the paranormal aspect to come into the story. For the first half of the story, I kept wondering why the book is listed as urban fantasy. I understand that the author had to set everything up to happen the way it needed to happen. At the same time, I think that it shifts gears too drastically. It starts out as a sweet story about a young woman who breaks out of her comfort zone to love someone new. Then, with Jen’s death, it turns into a horror story about eating flesh while trying to get revenge for her death. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just seemed like such a huge shift.
I thought the author was skilled with word choices and pacing. I enjoyed reading this story. Even the first half that wasn’t paranormal held my interest. I would recommend Living Dead Girl to readers who like romance (without sex) mixed with horror, especially zombie stories.