Saturday, August 10, 2013

Zurvival Saturday (67) Review: Bite Me (London Undead #1) by PJ Schnyder



This week I will be reviewing my very first Zombie Romance novel. The book is called Bite Me and it's by the Author PJ Schnyder. Before you ask no this is not a book with Zombies getting it on. I have no desire in seeing that EVER!! However, Bite Me  is essentially a romance novel that just so happens to take place during a Zombie Apocalypse. Oh and did I mention it has werewolves as well?! Yeah, I know, Awesome!! Anyway enough of my rambling. Let's get on the review, shall we.

Author: PJ Schnyder
Genre: Zombies, Romance, Paranormal
Series: London Undead #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: June 24,2013



Book one of London Undead

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time…

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…


Review
Bite Me is a book that I came across while browsing through Netgalley's catalog. As always seems to be the case I was looking for something else entirely when I came across this title. What instantly turned me on to the story was the fact that it had Werewolves and Zombies. I can't really recall reading a story that combined the two before. Any apprehension I was having knowing it was a romance went out the door the moment I read that.

What really drew me into Bite Me was that the book started off setting the world instead of thrusting the eventual couple together. As a non romance reader I had plenty of time to warm up to the main character Seth before the romantic elements kicked in. Speaking of the characters, I really came to care about Seth, Maisie and to an extent Brian and Danny as they try to avoid the undead all while living life as best they can in a vastly changed London.  Maisie is such a strong yet meek character wrapped all in one. She's complicated and I liked that. Seth on the other hand is all power. He exudes confidence and that is what makes him the perfect Alpha for his pack. On the character front I really have no complaints. It's impressive how much we learn about the characters considering the length of the book.

Another thing I really enjoyed about Bite Me was its paranormal elements.  I liked that the werewolves didn't have to hide. The police and public know about them and have even recruited Seth's pack to help keep in check the undead threat. I also (of course) loved the Zombies. They were unique in that once killed they rapidly decomposed and within hours would turns to dust which means you can kill one and move on without worrying about disposal. Now the Author hinted that other paranormal creatures exist so it will be interesting to see if they make appearances in later books or not.

My only real complaint with Bite Me was the ending. Instead of giving the main story some sort of satisfying first book conclusion were treated to pages of steamy sex between the characters instead. Now I realize this was bound to happen since it is a romance novel but it actually felt a bit out of place and greatly reminded me of interactions between Andrea and The Governor on The Walking Dead. Now if you don't watch The Walking Dead let me explain. In the show the story would go from Zombie killing action scenes or harrowing supply runs to those between the above mentioned characters where they would either be flirting, kissing or shagging. Alone they would work but combined it stopped the story progression in its tracks. Now I wanted the characters to have a HEA and yes that included the sex but I would've liked it to happen in the next book not shoved onto the end as it was. A little more teasing and a little less pleasing would've bumped this story to 5 Stars for me. As it stands though it felt tacked on and did nothing for me.

Overall, Bite Me was a surprisingly good read for me. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next book and I'd highly recommend it for Zombie and Romance fans alike. If you're looking for a fresh perspective on the Zombie Apocalypse then you definitely need to pick up this book. With that being said, I'll be rating Bite Me by PJ Schnyder ★★★★.

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2 comments:

  1. Great review! I have not yet read this one. I prefer romance, but I am not sure how I feel about romances with zombies. Lol.
    Glad the love interests were not zombies. :)
    I understand what you are saying about Andrea and the Governor as I also watch the Walking Dead (and LOVE it!).
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I think its something a fan of romance would enjoy. If you do ever try it Id love to hear what you thought.

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