March 14, 2014

Alive: A Crave Novel by Megan D. Martin ~ Blog Tour: #Review & #Giveaway

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Alive Blog Tour hosted by Lite-Rate-Ture Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. 

A Crave Novel
Megan D. Martin
Genre: New Adult, Romance, 
Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Horror

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Flesh-eating zombies, dirty sex, and a shattered past...What's more dangerous - the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it?

Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave - the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage - the first and only boy to have her heart and break it. It's been four years and he isn't a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in - but that doesn't mean she has to like it...

Returning home elicits a myriad of emotions that both Eve and Gage thought they had buried. The past and present collide and they are forced to the face bitter deceits that ruined them in the before and threaten to destroy them now...

ALIVE is the kind of zombie novel I crave, haha. I can't get enough zombie novels, and this one pulled me in right away. There are several factors that make ALIVE stand out from the pack, however, and every time I think nothing new can be done with zombies, I'm proven wrong. Happily proven wrong!     

Eve used to be in a super religious family and bullied relentlessly at school because everyone thought she was a freak because of the fact. Her family were the type who preached about the end of the world before it even happened, and her mom would say things like, "God's way of trying to send you back to hell." She wasn't happy with the way her life was before the Crave, not that she was happy afterward either with it having to fight off hordes of zombies. 

My only complaint about Eve? She said "duh" way too much. Other than that, I really liked her. She toughened up considerably and became a completely different girl than she was in high school because she had to be to survive the new world she found herself in. I admired her for rising above everything she's been through and though she comes dangerously close to giving up, she doesn't.  

Why are the hot zombie-killing guys always carting around crossbows? The minute Gage whips out his crossbow, I was like, "Oh my god, I love you." Even though he's a heartbreaker and not exactly the person Eve would have liked to meet up with. Everything about Gage screamed sex, and while you might think sexual frustration might be the last thing someone would experience during a zombie apocalypse, I can understand it. 

With all of the jokes I've made about people not showering regularly with zombies running around, I think after four years you'd get used to that and could still be physically attracted like Gage and Eve. Man, there was some serious heat between them! I wanted them to have sex right away and get it out of their system already - that tension was killing me, lol! But that tension was also delicious to read; I don't know how else to put it.   

It's interesting that Eve and Gage happen to cross paths four years after the Crave and have a past together. Right away I knew there was much more to their past than being former lovers, which was revealed a little at a time. I enjoyed the flashbacks of what their lives were like before the Crave. 

The mystery of what happened to Eve's sister, whom Eve became separated from when they were attacked by a zombie horde a year ago, also kept me wanting to know if they'd find each other again. They sounded like they had a strained relationship, so I admired that Eve was so keen to find her. I would, too. 

Megan D. Martin proves with ALIVE that she's a crazy talented writer, and I'm desperate to find out what happens next. I'll be reading every book she writes! Thanks for proving me wrong about there being nothing new to do with zombies!  

My Rating:

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. She writes New Adult Romance with a bloody, sexy twist. Her characters are damaged souls who find each other in the dark and have to fight for a love they may or may not deserve.

In her spare time Megan plays Batman with her incredibly sweet son, watches too many episodes of Vampire Diaries (Ian, call me!), buys fish for her many fish tanks, and has long talks with Gandaldore (the little writing wizard that sits on her desk.) She is well known for losing her keys and has more than one nerdy tattoo.

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  1. Aahh! Zombies!?!? Alright, Jennifer - you know I don't really do zombies. But you've intrigued me with Eve and Gage. Wanting to have sex with one another after FOUR YEARS without a shower?!? That must be some chemistry! ;) I might have to break down and read Alive, my dear. thanks for the great review and the giggle. *ha*

    1. Haha, maybe you just get used to the smell after so much time? I can't imagine living before soap was invented! And sewer systems! LOL! You're welcome, Brandee! ;)

  2. Zombies and cross-bows heck yes..bring it. Aside from Eve saying, "duh" one to many times this sounds fantastic. Well, except for the dirty sex..I mean do you just stop smelling the stank or what? *shivers*

    1. Maybe you get used to it after having to go without for so long? LOL! I kept wondering during TWD why the Governor kept getting laid...well, until he got his, lol. I don't know - if I was in the zombie apocalypse with Daryl Dixon, I'd jump him in a heartbeat. ;)

  3. Oh, you crack me up. The crossbow business had me laughing...and agreeing with you okay. I'm in your camp, but not about zombie books. I'm not there yet. Maybe when you write a zombie pressure. Great review! Bits of their former relationship being revealed is such a great addition to a story. And the bit with her sister has me curious. Happy reading, Jennifer!!

    1. See!! I swear on my life I loved Daryl before it became a big thing. I think I became endeared to him when he searched for Carol's daughter, and thanks to him, now I'm forever endeared to anyone hunting down zombies with a crossbow! I'll never look at crossbows the same again! ;)

      I'm trying to write that zombie book, lol!! Thank you, Robyn! :D


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