Review & Giveaway: Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson #zOctober2013

Love and Decay

Love and Decay
by Rachel Higginson
Series: Episode #1
Publication date: July 10th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
Source: Free on Amazon

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

Reagan said goodbye to love when she was forced to run her high school boyfriend over with her mom’s car just to keep him from eating her for dinner. Now, two years later, and in need of a serious shower, she’s just over the entire concept of a soul mate- or really, any kind of mate.

Well, mostly anyway. When she runs- literally- into a group of boys holed up in a relative utopia of peanut butter and bottled water, maybe all hope in the love department is not lost.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be simple. And with a horde of Zombies after her, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Episode One, the first in a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.
This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

~My Thoughts~

Love and Decay begins with Reagan telling us about the things she misses about life before the zom-poc.. clean hair, makeup, clothes.. you know, the usual. She also lists some of what she hates most since Feeders began roaming the planet.. was it the smell or the maggots? Reagan was a cheerleader before the apocalypse and her cheating boyfriend was the star of the football team. She had never held a gun or thought about firing a weapon before the world went into the crapper. Reagan and her BFF have survived for two years. How? I really have no idea. Even she admits it was a miracle. One day they were rummaging through a department store, super giddy because they found the mother lode of jeans and makeup in the junior section, but they overstayed their welcome and became trapped in a situation that seemed impossible to escape. Luckily for them they weren’t actually alone in that store.

I’ll admit, when I first started reading Love and Decay I didn’t think I was going to like it. I was rolling my eyes and taking bets on how long I would last. The opening chapter had an immature vibe to it and I immediately assumed that I wasn’t the intended target audience. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found beyond the first chapter, though. While this is definitely a girly view of the zombie apocalypse, I found myself wildly entertained by Reagan’s boldness mixed with sarcasm, as well as the interaction between Reagan and her best friend, Haley. The author was also successful in her attempt to get my heart racing during the zombie scuffles too. My adrenaline was pumping! It could use a good once-over by a fresh pair of eyes to correct the typos, but otherwise Rachel Higginson is a fabulous storyteller and I’m eager to pick up a copy of episode two.

~About the Author~

Rachel Higginson

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.

Five other things I’m obsessed with right now:
1. My Kuerig Coffee Machine. Genius.
2. 90’s music. Oh man, the 90’s speak right to my soul.
3. Chocolate smelling body wash. Who doesn’t want to walk around smelling like a bakery?
4. Colored Chapstick. And if it’s Dr. Pepper Flavored, that’s kind of my nirvana.
5. Spotify. It’s like the mixed-tape of this generation and I have probably three hundred hours of music on there. Can’t get enough.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, 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.
  • Elyse S.

    Yeah right, I’ll pass on that Children of the Corn stuff in Nebraska/Iowa (That’s where I’m from) I think South or North Dakota would be a damn perfect place, low populations and a similar crappy cold butt climate like Canada. *nod*

  • Mike Bolter

    Ideally I’d be tucked into Mt. Weather or some similar place waiting out the zpoc in safety. Other than that a fortified ranch or such with water, crops, and livestock.

  • Samantha Harlow

    My ideal surviving place would be… possibly Guantanamo Bay military base. They seem pretty set up over there.

    • Until someone stupid gets infected and screws it all up. Hahaha. I’m going for less people.

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    I think a nice lil tropical island would be just fine w/me!

    • Me too, Stephanie. Do you think we could still have cabana boys bring us drinks?

      • Stephanie Lunsford

        of course the hottest cabana boys will be there to serve us whatever we please as it it our island & we are allowing them to live there hehe πŸ˜‰

        • Mike Bolter

          It’s all fun and games until the zombies drift over from the mainland!

          • Stephanie Lunsford

            oh Mike good point! wanna come & help fortify it for us? we’ll have hot cabana girls too cuz my hubby will be w/me too lol you are welcome to come & bring all your family! we will have a check point into the island!!

  • Katie Hayoz

    Mars. As far away from me as possible.

  • Rainne Atkins

    anywhere warm and uninhabited πŸ˜‰

  • Traci

    Warm and mountainous…

    • See, that is my thought too, but everyone says cold is better. I don’t know.

      • Traci

        Yeah…kinda liking the island idea also

  • Becky Fathers Cook

    there’s an island off GA that we have always joked would be our zombie getaway

  • Terri King

    I would head just north of where we are (northern Ontario) wait for winter to freeze the zombies and spend Christmas bashing frozen zombie heads poking out of the snow. πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay Galloway

    NORTH! It’s too cold for zombies up here in Canada, and I would definitely head further north to the NWT. Although, it makes it hard to grow food. Hmmm… tropical island? Can these zombies swim?

    • Yeah, see… I don’t like the cold, but I guess if it helped me survive the zombie apocalypse I’d deal.

      • Lindsay Galloway

        The cold isn’t all that bad. Just another excuse to stay in bed and read.

  • Kelly Kline

    Into the mountains! North where its cold.

  • heather ricketts

    Love it!

  • Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books

    I used to think I’d like an island with rocky cliffs surrounding three sides of it so I only had to focus on one entry point for Zombies/Survivors but the longer I thought about an Island the longer I decided it wouldn’t be feasible unless I had it already established with cows, chickens, pigs, solar panels etc.. beforehand. So I’ve changed my focus to Alaska since it isn’t really populated, has abundant wildlife and fish and lots of fresh clean water. Now with an Island I’d still need to have some practice living there but it’d be much more feasible owning a piece of land in Alaska and spending vacations at it learning the lay of the land than buying an entire Island.

  • Pauline Creeden

    Our house is miles and miles off the beaten path – so it’s a pretty good place to hunker down – and the neighborhood is on a peninsula, so we’d only have to defend one direction πŸ™‚

  • cody

    honestly, I would like to be on a small island. I’m thinking they won’t swim well and that will help me and I’ll see them coming but then I would really have to have a well stocked bunker. LOL

  • brenda

    Love this book!

  • jendelrisco

    When I started reading the series I thought I wouldn’t like it (Zombies are not my thing) however I ended up loving it! I’m glad I decided to give this series a chance, because just as every other Rachel Higginson Book I’m really enjoying it.

  • Beckymutter

    Lake Tahoe is where I would go hide out in a cabin

  • Caylie M

    I would say somewhere in northern Wisconsin or the UP… Middle of nowhere locations.

  • Shannon Eckrich

    I would say an island in the middle of the ocean. Zombies can’t swim, right?

  • Wherever it is that Big Foot hangs out. Hell, he has alluded people forever and he’s huge! So, wherever he is at must be a great place to hide. πŸ™‚

  • jazmyn

    i’d like to be stuck in an empty library next to a museum that hold some swords quite honestly i don’t think i’ll survive quite long in a zombie apocalypse D:

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  • Heather Sexton

    Somewhere remote that is already set up for living without 21st century luxuries!!

  • Jessica Puntney

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I’m excited to start it. I love Rachel Higginson’s book The Rush and I’m excited to see if I like this one just as well. If I was going to be stuck in a zombie apocalypse, I’d head out to a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a storm shelter and lots of guns.

  • Lara Yamirez

    Love Love Love the Series! This series definitely made Rachel one of my top three favorite authors!

  • Diana Grace

    An island off the coast of nowhere sounds good πŸ™‚

  • Jenn Morris-Duffey

    In the woods

  • felicia sidoma

    My saving my b*** would be Alaska.Thank you for the giveaway

  • stephanieann

    i would definitely pick living on an island!!

  • Jenna D

    somewhere in Canada

  • Yea, an island seems like the most reasonable. One that has very limited ways of getting to.

  • Jessica Sturgill

    Hmmmm….I would probably head to canada

  • Chelsea Beaulieu

    Zombies don’t swim!! I’ll live in the USVI.

  • Karen Arrowood

    I would head to Lander, Wyoming!

  • Prudence hayes

    Bora Bora….It’s pretty enough to make me forget about the zombies.

  • Joseph A Hawkshaw

    I would have to say a deserted island that is not very big so me and my family could guard all sides of it.