It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.
Though Layla recently returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich as foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that’s upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never along. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.
This book was…well I don’t even know a word for it. It was almost like the author had three ideas for books but none were long enough so she put them together into one. It felt so disjointed because the different parts of the book didn’t mesh together well. Because of this, I decided to review the book in three parts.
First Half – The first half of the book was the best part in my mind. It was interesting and action filled.
We meet the main character, Layla, and get a small glimpse of her life in D.C. and her love of ancient weapons. Then before you know it she’s traveling across the country because of a mysterious call from her grandma. I wish I could have learned more about her life in D.C. but the story continued and didn’t look back. Soon enough Layla is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. She ends up being the savior to the town she grew up in. Everyone looked to her as a leader amidst the chaos. And then you close in on the half way mark and something happens that really bugs me. She’s a good leader, protecting them, saving their lives, and giving them survival plans only to have not one single person follow her in making one VERY important decision. Not One!! It was ridiculous.
I will rate the first half a 3.5 out of 5
Second Half – After the ridiculousness of the town not listening to Layla, the book takes a turn and goes in a completely different direction. Exit zombie apocalypse and enter killer vampires. Wait what? Where did the vampires come from?! Apparently they were there all along (who knew) and decided to strike while the striking is hot. After all, a vampire’s got to eat right?! This change of paranormals, along with a totally new location, threw me off a little. There is again some action in this part of the book which I think was a saving factor.
I will rate the second half a 3 out of 5
Last Chapter - The last chapter completely changed direction AGAIN with a whole new set of characters and yet another location. This chapter had nothing to do with the rest of the book…other than the fact that it may or may not have taken place concurrently with the beginning of the book. I started reading the chapter and I literally went back a few pages to make sure I didn’t miss something. I was thinking WTF and then decided that surely the author has a plan and maybe these new characters in a totally different setting will somehow be worked into the book and make sense. But no such luck. I ended up being
frustrated pissed when the book ended. Why…just why end the book like that!? It made no sense and I probably would have rated the book higher if this one chapter hadn’t been included.
I will rate the last chapter a 1 out of 5