Title: Life Bites
Author: Tes Hilaire
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, Paranormal
Series: Hunger Chronicles # 1
Best Read in Order: Not Required
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
Sometimes life really bites…
For socially inept nerds like Eva Harper, the junior prom is bound to suck, especially when her date turns out to be a vampire. Eva wakes from the change knowing her life will never be the same. Not only is the vegan teenager now a vampire, but a vicious virus has struck, spreading across the globe and irreversibly changing much of mankind…into zombies.
…and the only thing to do is to bite back
Fleeing from the vampire hive and their controlling queen, Eva takes up with a rag-tag militia in their seemingly insurmountable quest to rid the world of zombies. But little does she know it’s her own secret, a secret she doesn’t even know she has, that will be the turning point for the zombie wars.
I will admit to not being the world’s largest zombie / apocalyptic reader. What drew me to this title was the mixture of a vampire and a virus that has endangered them, and the main character seemed to be the sort of smart, snarky, geeky girl that I prefer for my heroines.
Hilaire did not disappoint: not only was Eva incredibly clever and very well developed as a vegan now forced to obtain food from “things with faces”, she developed a world that was unique in premise with enough familiarity to be comfortable for readers. Mixing the events in time provided good insight into Eva’s essential nature and self-reliance, and was done with such flair that it was easy to follow and provide layers of information that would not have fallen into place as well as in a straight narrative
Secondary characters are well presented with interactions feeling quite normal, if one can say that about a zombie apocalypse, and the intrigue surrounding John presents potential for some interesting twists in the next instalment. There are some good twists in this book, with enough information to lead seamlessly into the second in the story without the frustration of a large cliff hanger.
This was a fun book to read, and the perfect one to wet my feet with a longer zombie story, and a good read for YA and Adult readers alike.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Daphne Award-winning author Tes Hilaire started creating whole new worlds to escape upstate New York’s harsh winters before finally fleeing to sultry North Carolina. Her stories are edgy, exciting, and bring a hint of dark fantasy to paranormal romance. And no one ever has to shovel snow.