Review & Giveaway! Undying by Valerie Grosjean


by Valerie Grosjean
Series: Undying #1
Publication date: September 29th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Zombies, Romance
Source: Ebook received from author
in exchange for an honest review

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This is a story of love . . . and zombies.

When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.

Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.

Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.

Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.


~My Thoughts~

Christian plans to tell his best friend, Iris, that he’s in love with her during his visit home. He thinks it’s finally time to reveal his true feelings. Unfortunately, his weekend trip home doesn’t start off the way he had planned. He wakes up in his dorm room to find out his roommate has been attacked by a girl on their floor, which he suspects is the result of drugs. How else could a girl get the jump on his buddy? Christian quickly learns that bath salts are not a factor in this horrific equation, an no.. he’s not still asleep, trapped in a nightmare. This shit is for real! He swiftly devises a new plan which involves getting the hell out of dodge, rescuing an unsuspecting Iris who is stranded at a gas station eighty miles away, and getting them both to what he hopes is the safety of his family farm. What happens is something entirely different. It’s just not his day, is it?

Undying is no slow moving story. I wasn’t gently nudged into this apocalypse, the undead were dropped on me right from the get-go. The author provides a very basic history about who the main character, Christian, is and tells us about his feelings for Iris, but then it’s right into the heart-racing action of surviving the zombie apocalypse. I love a fast-paced book, but this one may have been a little too fast for me. In most cases, the key to zombie fiction is the readers investment in the characters. I would have enjoyed this debut novel more had the characters been fleshed out a bit more. I did enjoy the plot twist in this post-apocalyptic romance, though. This was a good start to the series. I’ll definitely be reading the next installment.

~About the Author~


Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.

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