Devil’s Wake review

It isn’t easy to review a book when you have mixed feelings about it. I am not sure how best to describe it. I prefer in my reviews to describe how a book made me feel. What it is that hooked me, the story, the characters etc.

This one took forever to grab me. I will say that part of that is my fault I have a big event in my life coming up soon and that is distracting me like crazy. Quite frustrating and hard to focus though I didn’t really feel invested in the book till about page 100 it was about half way through that I finally got into it.

It is about a group of young people who band together after a major event that turns most people into “zombies” No death and reanimation just sleep and waking to a desire to bite and eat others. Those bitten get infected and spread the virus.

I like the writing style of the husband and wife team. I think they do a great job and have a nice flow. I felt the start to be a bit boring to me and the reason for that being that zombies have been done. A lot! I read what I would consider to be the best and my most favorite zombie read this year so while it’s not fair to compare it’s also hard not to. That one hooked me from the start and freaked me the hell out this one is what I would refer to as a soft zombie read. The scare isn’t there and the characters are teens and so it was more YA and how do the kids feel not OMG RUN! It was slow to build and not original I think the start was more a get to know the characters and the zombies outbreak was used to help that along but I just wanted them to get to the action and banding together and going off and doing their thing.

I liked that the group is a bunch of delinquents who meet up with a girl who is the “nice” one. The delinquents appealed in their not being cookie cutter. I liked it wasn’t endless oh he’s so beautiful comments which really drags in YA seriously frustrating and not all pretty white boys either. Omg variety! I liked that.

Once the road trip started after everyone met up there was more action and that was when I got going in the book. The other problem I had is is the end just didn’t go anywhere. There actually was no real end. I’m not sure if a sequel is planned but I’d have liked some kind of conclusion.

It was a good read but I felt it lacked a bit. I can see it being appealing to many YA readers though so I would recommend it to a lot of people I just am one it missed on targeting.

Would I recommend it. Yes but not to hardcore zombie fans. Those who like YA and read it a lot however I think will enjoy this one.


What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.

  1. I agree on the mixed feeling reviews – tough! You did a great job though. It sounds good, I might pick it up to see what they do, though I am not sure about that ending though!

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