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~


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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