Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls

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Taking on the Dead
by Annie Walls
Series: The Famished Trilogy #1
Publisher: Annie Walls
Publication date: September 12, 2012
Genre: Romance, Zombies
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

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

I was extremely excited to read Taking on the Dead immediately after seeing the cover. Anyone that loves zombies would be drawn to such an audacious cover with a lone girl walking down a desolate road with a really big blade in her hand. It screams action-packed zombie tale! The book starts out brilliantly too. The prologue promises great things to come in the pages ahead and got me revved up for an exciting ride into the post-apocalyptic world.

“When I think about it now, I know the outbreak began early in the day. We had passed several wrecks, heard many helicopters and sirens and probably saw a few zombies, but had been too wrapped up in ourselves to notice.”

— Annie Walls, Taking on the Dead

Could you imagine looking back on the day and realizing that you were witnessing the beginning of the zombie apocalypse? That line sent chills up my spine. The reality of it is that Taking on the Dead is a romance novel with zombies in it. It is also filled with action, blood and gore, but it’s definitely playing second fiddle to the romantic elements and love triangle in this tale. I can’t deny that I was a little disappointed by this, but only because it’s not what I expected. It was definitely a good enough book that I will be reading the second book in the trilogy, especially now that I understand what kind of series this is.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves zombies and romance – shaken, not stirred. 🙂


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.