Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Review - Wanted: Dead or Undead

Title - Wanted: Dead or Undead
Author - Angela Scott 
Series - The Zombie West #1
Genre - YA Zombies & Horror
Format - Ebook
Published - March 30th 2012
Publisher - Evolved Publishing


WINNER:Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book of 2012 - Young Adult

WINNER: League of Utah Writers Golden Quill Award 2012

FINALIST: The 2012 USA Best Book Awards (sponsored by USA Book News) - Young Adult
SECOND PLACE: The 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards - Young Adult

Evolved Publishing presents the award-winning Wanted: Dead or Undead

(Book 1 of The Zombie West Series) by Angela Scott. (Young Adult, Zombie
Western Romance)Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive. Trace wants to join "Red’s" posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way. 

In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either. 

What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.

Red lost track of how many bullets she'd fired, until the dreaded click of an empty chamber. She knelt on the ground, with an eye on the approaching mob, and slipped her hand inside one of her saddlebags in a frantic search for more ammunition, but came up empty.

Damn it.

She searched the other saddlebag, and though the cool metal cartridges graced her fingertips, she had to let them go. The zombies fell upon her. Swinging the rifle above her head, she slammed the butt of the weapon into the face of the closest walker, breaking its bloody jaw, but failing to hinder its progress. She swung again and connected with its skull, which bust open and sent the zombie sprawling to the ground at her feet. One down, but six more ready to destroy her, each aiming for a limb, an organ, a bit of flesh, a chunk of her existence.

"Reload." Wen yelled. The blade of his machete sung through the air and sliced through the neck of the nearest zombie, separating the head from its body. "Do it! Now!"

He beheaded two more as she grabbed a handful of bullets and jammed them into the rifle, her hands shakier than normal. She cocked the gun in one swift movement and fired just left of Wen, taking down the decomposed walker.
"Jeez, watch it!" Wen eyed her as if she was crazy.

To prove she was a better shot than both of the men, she fired once more to the right of Wen, within inches of his shoulder, sending a bullet into the zombie he planned to decapitate.

He whipped around. "Okay, I get it!"

No more time for games. She rolled onto her side and fired more bullets as the band of walking dead crept nearer. 

Wen sliced through heads with a skill that impressed her, and held them at bay while she reloaded—a team effort she highly appreciated.

Red had no idea what Cowboy was up to, but heard him firing off shots of his own. She worked with Wen to kill the crowd of wagon zombies that advanced upon them. Mothers, fathers, teamsters, small children—it didn't matter. Sentiment had no place in zombie annihilation. She didn't miss a single target, as each forehead was penetrated and the dilapidated bodies collapsed to the ground.

When no more approached from her direction, she waited for a second to be sure, and then rolled onto her belly to take on any coming from behind. Only there weren't any. A pleasant, yet unexpected surprise. Cowboy stood there, watching and waiting with his rifle raised. Wen held his machete across his chest, ready as well. Silence prevailed, but for the sound of their own rapid breathing. As quickly as it had begun, it ended, but none of them were willing to let their guard down just yet.

"Everyone okay?" Cowboy asked, the butt of his rifle still pressed against his shoulder. "Anyone bit? Hurt?"

Wen shook his head. "I'm good. I'm real good."

Red slowly stood, her rifle shaking in her hands. "I'm good too."

"Perfect." Cowboy lowered his weapon and smiled. "Couldn't have gone better."

"We need to burn the bodies. Pile them. Set them ablaze. But"—she indicated the bloody mess that covered her from head to toe with an unnatural tremble in her fingers—"I need to get this off of me."

Cowboy scanned her body and lingered on her bare legs poking out from under her night shirt.

"Go." He turned away out of respect. "We'll keep an eye out and start putting them in a pile. Get cleaned up."

Red stepped over the zombie corpses littering her path and returned to the wagon that had provided such peace the night before. Her hands twitched more now, but she managed to toss the remaining dead zombie out onto the ground before sinking onto a clean area of the mattress.

She inched up the bottom of her soiled night shirt to reveal what she knew was there all along—a gaping hole on her thigh, several inches deep. The bite mark bubbled and spilled red, foamy droplets onto the mattress below. She didn't know which zombie had bit her or when it happened, not that the details mattered, only that the pain was excruciating and its liquid heat radiated through her veins. She balled her fist and punched the mattress once, then twice more.

Damn it.

With nothing more to do, she leaned her head back against the side of the wagon and waited.

I received Wanted: Dead or Undead as part of the tour hosted by BadAss Marketing in return for an honest review. Elisabeth Red is a girl with a secret heading across the countryside looking for her brother the only family she has left and avoiding zombies at every turn. Trace aka the Cowboy catches sight of Red in town, and sets out to win her trust so he can turn her in for a bounty. When the pair encounter Wen a loner rejected by the survivor communities because of the color of his skin the trio team up heading west. While resting up before heading west the next morning Red encounters a zombie revealing her deep dark secret.

When the guys learn the truth about Red, why she’s being hunted they vow to protect her. They group is almost zombie bait when they happen upon a ranch with a woman and her children. Little do they know that she has a hidden zombie baby and gone off the deep end feeding the baby victims. They hardly escape with their lives but in doing so they bring with them two children one of which shares Red’s secret. They find long term shelter adding an ailing old man and his daughter. The group settles down into a routine but the zombies come, along with a group of government with Red’s brother as well as a man that hurt Red. Each one has their own struggles but the zombies are looming will they survive the zombie attack looming outside the camp? Will Red’s past ruin everything?

I think both Red and Cowboy have an interesting relationship the way the connected. I spent most of the first book hoping for a romantic interest. We also get to know Wen, Caroline & her father as well as the two children they saved from a crazy mom. It’s an unlikely bunch but together they overcome everything to become a family.

Wanted: Dead or Undead is unlike any zombie book I’ve read before. Set in the old west you’re instantly reminded of a traditional black and white movie only with zombies. I think it’s a fantastic spin on the zombie concept taking the overplayed and creating a whole new story. I’m a huge zombie fan, but this one steals the spotlight for zombies. An action packed adventure right from the start, it was hard to put down it just sucked me in and didn’t let go. I started reading last night but knew right away if I didn’t put it down within the first few chapters I would be up all night till I finish. The characters are engaging, easy to connect with you just have to know what’s going to happen next. I think the author has done a great job of writing a story that really fits with the western theme. It’s a fantastic start to an exciting zombie trilogy. I can’t wait to read the next two books and see what happens to Red.
4 out of 5 stars 

About the author

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.
Find Angela Scott on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads

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