Review & Giveaway! Controlling the Dead by Annie Walls #zOctober2013

Controlling the Dead

Controlling the Dead
by Annie Walls
Series: The Famished Trilogy #2
Publication date: October 26th 2013
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review

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With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won’t make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping

~My Thoughts~

The plot thickens with this second installment of The Famished Trilogy! This book has a different style to it than the first. It’s still dark and creepy, but there’s so much more this time. I am absolutely fascinated by things like voodoo and the occult. I know there are people in this world that actually live this type of lifestyle, yet it’s so distant from my own reality. The voodoo aspect of this book whisked me away to a place I know I’ll never be in my lifetime, which made it really easy to get pulled in.

Kansas, our main character, is broken compared to how she was in the first book. She went through a lot in Taking on the Dead and it’s definitely taken a toll. Now she’s going through the motions, not wanting to discuss what happened, determined to find answers. But who can she trust now? This part of the trilogy reaffirmed my belief that you shouldn’t trust anyone but yourself when smack-dab in the middle of a zombie apocalypse! Annie has successfully created a world in which I fear, painting very vivid and disturbing images in my head. I didn’t sleep well at all after reading this one.. and that’s the best kind of book, in my opinion.

I highly recommend Controlling the Dead to all fans of horror, zombies, and dark fantasy. This is a well-balanced series with a little something for everyone – action, gore, drama, zombies and even romance!

~About the Author~

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Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a five year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I’m one crafty bitch.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Terri King

    Must…have!!!

  • Sarah Lyons Fleming

    Sounds great! I’m going to go find book #1.

  • Traci

    Awesome…cannot wait to read it. Thanks for all the great giveaways Toni…youve made this an awesonlme october!!!!!!

  • SonyaA.

    Thanks for giveaway!!!

  • Pauline Creeden

    This series is on my TBR! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway~

  • pam metz

    This book looks awesome!

  • Chrisitna

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Sabrina Taylor

    Love Zombie books, with a story to them. Controlling the Dead sounds like that kind of book. Would love to read this book that sounds like it has a lot to offer. Keeping fingers crossed!!!

  • cody

    Thank you for all the amazing giveaways you have done this month! It’s been a blast!!

  • Great review! This one sounds like it might be too scary for me and my wimpy self but I do love books that have voodoo aspects in them so I’m kinda torn. If I decide to be brave and can’t sleep after reading this I’m blaming you. 🙂

  • Becky Stephens

    I just read a short that had a voodoo feel to it, and it was great! I love your review, Tony, and I’m looking forward to this very much!

  • Somia

    Thank you for the review & giveaway ^^

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Thank you for the giveaway, going to have to get the first book so I can catch up to this one 🙂

  • Amazing Giveaway! Cool stuff indeed!

  • Diana Doan

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway

  • Thanks very much for the Controlling the Dead review. I loved the comment you made about the vividness of the world giving you nightmares. Well, not that it’s good you have nightmares! Just that it’s good it’s so vibrant. 😉

  • kathy

    Thank you for giveing us a chance to win all of these awesome prizes

  • Annie Walls

    Thanks for having me on your blog, Toni!! <3 <3

  • Mike Bolter

    Good grief I need to read faster with yet another series to add to my list!

  • Jessica Sturgill

    I can’t wait to start the series. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    I love zombie authors!!!!! I love paranormal authors!

  • Prudence hayes

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    Looking forward to this read!

  • Peggy Martinez

    YAY!! I want this book sooooo bad! Thanks for a great giveaway! 😀

  • Alexia Purdy

    I LOVE ANNNNIIIIEEEE!!! ANNIE, ANNIE, ANNIE! <3 <3 Congrats on your new book release!

  • Lisa Markson

    Congrats on new release

  • Samantha Harlow

    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  • Sarah

    This is cool. She can control the undead? That’s some power! 🙂

  • Kaylee Langley

    Thanks for the giveaway ♡ book looks awesome

  • Lori Parker

    I swear I entered this already….oh well. Thanks for giving away stuff Annie!

  • Rachael Leventhal

    my grandmother loves these kinds of books.