Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ The Zombie West Trilogy by Angela Scott


Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Zombie West Undead Blog Tour hosted by Badass Marketing.
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Today I have a review of the first book in the trilogy - 
WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE - and make sure to check out the giveaway going on at the bottom of this post! :D 


Title: Wanted: Dead or Undead
Series: The Zombie West #1 
Author: Angela Scott
Publication date: March 18th 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: YA/Western Romance/Action Adventure 
with added zombies for utter mayhem
Source: Review copy


Synopsis

The Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible. 

Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man who's more city boy than cowboy, she's forced down a path she'd been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, she'd lived by a certain set of rules - don't ask names, keep to yourself, don't let anyone too close - but the jackass of a man won't let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places. 

Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West. 

That is, if they don't kill each other first. 

My Review

WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD was a huge surprise for me - it's become one of my favorite reads this year! Zombies and the Wild West? A unique combination that could be all kinds of awesome. Admittedly, I paid the most attention to the zombie aspect of the series and jumped at the chance to read this trilogy. Typically I avoid the Western section of the book store, but Scott gives a unforgettable rendition of the zombie apocalypse that is not only entertaining but tugs at your heartstrings at times as well. 

Red has to be one of the most badass heroines I've encountered in an apocalyptic setting in a long time. Not only is she in the Wild West where there's all kinds of dangers such as wanted outlaws and inhospitable terrain, she's also in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. As if living out there wasn't enough to worry about! She handles herself like a pro and is a true survivalist - she knows how to stay one step ahead to stay alive. Already losing so much - her parents and two younger brothers - she decided a long time ago to never become involved with other people. Until Trace comes along. 

He doesn't have the purest of intentions in the beginning, but I liked him right from the start. Never giving up on breaking through Red's walls, he does his best to show her she can trust him. I understood the way she felt about wanting to work alone - it's easier to not have to worry about helping out other people and caring about them only to possibly lose them. It's a lonely existence however, so I was thrilled when Red and Trace meet up. 

The setting made for one of the most interesting aspects about battling the hordes of zombies - in a genre that's been done over and over again, it was refreshing this was set back in time of the Wild West. Even if you aren't a fan of the Western genre, I glowingly recommend you read WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD and give this novel five stars. I wish I could give it more! I'm looking forward to the next two installments to see what's next for these characters I've fallen in love with. 

My Rating: 5 / 5 

Book Two


Title: Survivor Roundup 
Series: The Zombie West #2
Publication date: October 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing



Book Three


Title: Dead Plains
Series: The Zombie West #3
Publication date: October 4th 2013 
Publisher: Evolved Publishing



Special Omnibus Edition


Angela Scott's Zombie West Omnibus includes the three books in the Zombie West series WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, and DEAD PLAINS.


Find these books on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.


Reviews

"...this is one of the most unique concepts I've come across." - Brian, Amazon reviewer

"These books had me on the edge of my seat and at one point in book three I had to set the book down and pull myself out of the story so I wouldn't cry." - Emily Pearce, Amazon reviewer

"This series is one that will stay with you for a long time, prompting you to want to read it again and again." - Tracy Haidle, Amazon reviewer


About the Author


Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everythign those voices tell her, and turn it into a book. She's not crazy. She's an author. 

For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of countrol, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West - and loving it. Her zombies don't sparkle, and they definitely don't cuddle. At least, she wouldn't suggest it. 

She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn't require math. She can't spell, adn grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs. 

Find Angela Scott on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads     

Giveaway



10 comments:

  1. Wild west and zombies is quite a combination. I think I'm going to have to read it just for that.

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    1. That combination is what had me reading this. I really enjoyed the first one, and I'll be reviewing the second and third books as soon as possible. :)

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  2. This series looks awesome!! *holding thumbs I win* :)
    I love discovering unique and new story lines!!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    1. The first book rocked my world, and I'm looking forward to the next two. I have both of them, and I'll hopefully be reading and reviewing them very soon! Good luck in the giveaway, Chene! :D

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  3. *ha* You know I'm not a big zombie fan, Jennifer. But zombies in the Wild West?!? That's just too good to pass up! :) I'm happy you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing your thoughts on it...I'll pick it up!

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    1. Oh, I will convert you to zombie fandom, lol. I've never read about zombies in the Wild West, so that was so cool! Thanks, Brandee! So excited for you to read this! :D

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  4. I loved this series and am so sad it's over. Red is one of the toughest heroine's and a fav of mine. I gave the whole series 5 stars and wish I could have given it more!
    Wouldn't this be a great movie or three!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to books two and three - I just didn't get a chance to fit in reading and reviewing them by my tour date stop. I bet I'll be just as sad when it's over, too! I agree, Laura, it would be a terrific movie!! Love Red!!

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  5. One of my favorite book series is a western surprisingly and now that I'm hooked on The Walking Dead, I'm not sure how long I'll be a book zombie holdout girl anymore. I think I'm still too wussy. I like the western aspect and Trace sounds complicated in a good way. I'm glad the book surprised you in the best way!

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    1. What book series is it? I'm intrigued! I'm happy to hear you're hooked on The Walking Dead! Yay! Did you finish all of season one? Are you on season two? If you can handle watching zombies on TV, then I think you can handle reading about them. :) Thank you, Robyn! This was a great start to this trilogy, and I'm looking forward to more Red and Trace and of course, ZOMBIES! LOL

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