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Title: Gravely Inanimated
Series: Zombiepunk Series #1
Author: Esther Wheelmaker
Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal
Published by: Third Broom on the Left Press
Publication date: March 29th 2013
Source: Review copy
~ Synopsis ~
Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!
It has been thirty years since the Voodoo Queen plagued England with the zombie disease that has since swept the world. Humans have had to learn to function around them while the dead kill innocent people. The government continues its efforts to try to contain and find a cure for the problem.
However, by the cover of night, a man who hunts zombie, known only as Aeron, roams the streets in search of protecting the upright citizens from the flesh eating creatures.
One foggy evening Lucille Knight becomes one of these people and Aeron's interest is instantly peaked. A stubborn, feisty "lady" in this day in age? How challenging. But Aeron will have a little competition when Miss Knight meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, the son of Earl Thomas or a man better known as: The Inventor. A man who builds automatons for the direct purpose of killing zombies; mysteriously understanding their blood and the way they sense humans.
Lucy is taken by the masked man known as Aeron and the equally mysterious Lord Garrett. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she doesn't know which one is less dangerous. What secrets do Aeron and Garrett keep from Lucy? Will Miss Knight be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth? It is still unclear. And the current edition isn't spilling the beans just yet...
~ My Thoughts ~
My Rating: 5 / 5
I loved Gravely Inanimated! This was definitely my kind of book, and the minute I saw it, I had to read it! The back story of how the zombies came about was interesting and unique, and I thought it was amazing that people have still survived and can basically live normal lives even among zombies shambling around. The only reason this is possible is Earl Thomas - the inventor of automatons who kill zombies and can sense the difference between a zombie and human by the fact that zombies lack a warm body temperature.
I couldn't decide if I wanted Lucy with Aeron or Garrett - both were mysterious which is definitely appealing to me, but as the synopsis says, one is hiding his identity and the other has a terrible secret. It was a fantastic set up for a triangle, which I didn't mind in this story. It wasn't your typical triangle, that's for sure! Both were appealing, but both had things about them that were turnoffs too. So it was a hard decision.
I'm really into steampunk though I've only read one other book in the genre, and I think it's a cool concept. Sometimes I found myself shocked and even angry with some of the Victorian aspects - the biggest one being that Lucy is blamed for her fiance dumping her for her former best friend. Lucy's father told her she should have paid more attention to him, should have been more attractive...I was like, really?? That's the way things really were back then, though. I kept thinking I was happy I wasn't around back then. What I loved the most was how technology was mixed in with the old fashioned ideas of the Victorian era.
Overall, if you haven't tried out the steampunk genre, if you love zombies, if you love feisty heroines, you MUST read Gravely Inanimated. If you can't figure out what book to read next, this is one you should definitely pick up.
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~ About the Author: Esther Wheelmaker ~
Her name is Esther Wheelmaker, and she is the author of the new Zombiepunk Series. With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is puonding away on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily distracted by sparkly things.
Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs, corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart...Let's face it...Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.
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