Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Taking On The Dead (Annie Walls)

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.*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 20th 2012

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Taking On The Dead is going to the top of my favorite Zombie books! I absolutely loved it! Annie Walls creates an incredible intense story that makes you feel as though you are experiencing every moment with them!! I had received TOTD as an E-Arc but just completely fell in love with the cover so I knew I had to have it for my bookshelf! I mean a woman, with dreads, and wielding a machete?? Um HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!! So I waited until the paperback came in to begin this awesome journey. Had I known this book was so awesome I would have read it immediately from the E-Book!!!! 

I am a huge fan of Zombie books. Some people see “Zombie” and immediately think ugh that can’t be good.. But let me tell you that they are SO wrong! Yes Zombie books have the undead in them but that is not all they are about. These books are books of survival and triumph. They delve into the lives of these people that have survived and are living each day as if it were there last. When you read a zombie book you are reading the characters life story. I truly love them because you get to see how people really would act if an apocalypse ever happened. 

The main character in this book, Kansas, is a complete kick-ass heroine. She is the sole survivor of her family after the apocalypse happens and the first chapters are the book explain how she has come to this point and how she lives day to day. I love every aspect about her but I have to admit one of my favorites is the fact that she has “dreads”…I mean this girl is KICK ASS!!!! She reads books about survival and trains herself for combat. She builds her own bunker and her own weapons. She is everything that I would hope to be should this ever happen. 

After four years alone she is surprised one day by another group of survivors. Her gut tells her not to trust them but she does and she beings to friend them. Well of course, in this world that is a big No-No! Live for yourself and only yourself! They turn on her and try to take over her bunker. She gets away and then her real story begins. 

In comes Rudy…the manly, handsome, amazing, incredible, gorgeous…..(Yeah I am a little obsessed with him) hero that comes to Kan’s rescue when she is faced with a small army of the famished. Kan is injured and Rudy realizes that she needs antibiotics so he takes them to a place where he knows they have medicine. Well what Kan doesn’t realize is that Rudy has to trade fighting in order to get her the medicine she needs. The “town” is a very strange place with strange people. I don’t want to give away too much because that takes away from the effect of the story so just believe me when I say STRANNNNNGEEE. 

Kan meets several new people in this town including Reece, Glinda, and Mac…Oh Mac…yep another stud! And of course Kan falls for him as well. So now enter the love triangle. Mac is incredible and I love his character almost as much as Rudy. Annie Wall’s knows how to write some awesome males into her stories!! 

I could go on forever about this book and write every detail but I won’t. You need to read it for yourself! It is truly awesome! Kansa’s courage, strength, and will to survive is incredible. I felt like I was living every moment with the characters. I cannot wait to read the sequel and find out where this Kansas, Mac, and Rudy end up!!! Thank you Annie Walls for writing such an intense story! I love that I have now found me another favorite Zombie story to add to my list!!!!!

Look for #2 in the Famished Trilogy, Controlling The Dead, to come out in late Spring 2013!!!

Controlling the Dead (The Famished Trilogy, #2)


  1. *dances* Beth I totally agree this made my top ten adult reads in 2012 and I cannot wait for book two..awesome review you rocked it!

  2. Whoa, this wasn't on my radar at all. I love zombie books, so I may have to check this one out--thanks for the review!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden