Thursday, September 12, 2013

**REVIEW** Zombies Don't Forgive by Rusty Fischer

  Following Barracuda Bay’s homecoming cum zombie Armageddon, fellow zombies Maddy, Dane, and Stamp have fled to Orlando where they work at a theme park, hiding in plain sight at their jobs in the Great Movie Monster Makeover show. The three spend most of their time together in their apartment trying to avoid curious Normals and Sentinels—humans and zombie cops. While Dane and Maddy draw closer, Stamp drifts away, falling for a mysterious blonde. But when the mysterious girl puts their existence in danger, all Maddy cares about is hunting the blonde down to separate her from her head.

Release Date:  April 1, 2013
Published By:  Medallion Press
Review Copy:  Paperback, 384 pages


  Rusty Fischer has created characters/zombies that I seriously just can not get enough of.  He writes characters that are so individual and you can tell that he is seriously involved in what he does.  Many people write and some get out there but when an author puts his/her all into it you can tell.  There are many second books out there that are really not suffering from second book syndrome but Rusty didn't just make this installment as good as the first he surpassed my expectations.

  Taking place not too long after their escape from Barracuda Bay we get right back into Maddy's mad life.  Not mad as in the emotion but mad as in crazy because this girl seriously can not catch a break.  There is now not only the threat of Zerkers but they have to worry about Sentinels because saving a town and people from crazies apparently is cause for alarm.  Well there is the little fact that their defense may have broken a truce but ya know it happens.  As life would have it though, things can stay quiet long even when you try and fly under everyone's radar.  The brains are going to hit the fan and fly, you could tell it was just a matter of time but when they do it will shock you.

  Maddy is changing as a character but heck being a zombie will do that to you.  Admittedly I did only love her more because of everything she is going through and how she is dealing with it.  Not wanting to quite be the stickler that Dane is but trying to stop Stamp from giving them away with his reckless ways.  She still takes the risk of remaining in contact with her dad but this just shows that she is still her own zombie.  Also she is still a kick ass kind of girl and has some serious new skills because you have to keep moving to well, keep moving when you are the living dead and therefore she has learned some new fighting skills.  This girl is also full of personality and you can't help but laugh when reading her inner thoughts and frequently what she says.

  The boys are such a hard thing to talk about.  Dane and Stamp are essentially polar opposites in every way but I guess the age difference would take care of that in many ways.  I'm never really sure who I like more either because they both have good qualities.  Stamp was a little over the top with this one and was kind of endangering all of their safety but given the fact he is having a hard time adjusting to new "unlife".  Dane is trying to keep it together and was exactly who I had expected but I wanted him to be with Maddy and it just wasn't happening...  I do have some hopes for the next book with these guys both for the romance aspect and growth wise.

  There is a signature wit and charm that comes with reading a Rusty Fischer novel and it was especially spectacular in this read.  Picking up a book written by this author is like finding your favourite candy and not having to share: you just want to hide until it's done so that no one will bother you to put it down.  Yes I did just compare this literary awesomeness to candy but hey we all have our quirks.  This is a wonderful second book and I highly recommend picking up the Living Dead Love Story series, it is hands down one of the best zombie series out there!

  Who knew that the battle, the bloodshed would be the easy part?  That living in the real world would be the hardest part of all?

  Stamp roots around in the fridge for something to drink.  Like any self-respecting zombies, we have no food in there.  Only sugary sweet, colourful drinks lined in row after row on shelf after shelf.  Soda the real stuff, never diet.  Fruit drinks (not juice).  Sports drinks.  Anything loaded with sugar, electrolytes, and artificial crap that can boost our energy between bites of fresh brain (currently stored in the freezer, FYI).
And that makes a 175-pound, six-dollars-an-hour security guard who's just been turned into a Zerker your worst. Freakin'. Nightmare.

I'm trying not to be all damsel in distress about this, but he was always so much better at this stuff than I was. 
  Her expression is both shocked and evil, and that's before she sees it's me behind the wheel.  When she does she morphs to downright apocalyptic: yellow eyes burning, gray teeth gritting, mouth cursing.


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  2. I really need to read this series. I'm a big zombie fan.

    Great review, Tiff.


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