I almost feel like I should put some kind of warning label on this review… because, you know, zombie sex. The heroine totally falls for a zombie and they do have sexy-times. It’s not nasty like you’re imagining ( I know you are, lol), but if that kind of thing grosses you out then read no further.
Lyric has been surviving pretty much on her own since her father was bitten and she had to end his life in order to save her’s. She’s fast, quiet when she senses one of the monsters close by and willing to do whatever it takes in order to make it another day. Lyric is a survivor. So when she is snatched up, put in the back of a truck and then thrown into a disgusting, foul-smelling pit in the middle of what looks like an old school and told she will eventually feed the group of zombies in charge she immediately starts to strategize. When she notices one of the creatures eyeing her, she realizes she must find a way to get in his good graces so he’ll want to save her. They make a deal, she’ll help him remember his life before he was infected and he’ll give her information about zombies and their habits. Because there are so many, many things Lyric never knew about the monsters she’s been running from. Like they talk, and think and aren’t dead, but actually infected with a virus that is eroding their bodies from the inside out.
Anson wants to get back some of his memories of his previous life. He needs to feel human again. He likes that Lyric is a fighter and not just waiting to die in the pit with the other prisoners. He just doesn’t understand yet how far she is willing to go in her quest to survive. When she starts to flirt and come on to him he thinks there is a genuine desire behind it, just like there is for him. When she touches him his body lights up and has all these sensations and feelings he vaguely recalls from his life before. He starts to fall in love with her and becomes protective. Eventually something happens that forces him to try to get her to safety.
Whatever you’re thinking this book is about, just know the plot is a little more interesting than that. While there was a small squick factor for me at first with Anson, because yes, he eats a human on page, I did grow to like him and his courage and dedication to Lyric. They do have an almost sweet romance. Even though at first she does dirty things with him in order to encourage his help, she soon realizes he really does turn her on and she is falling for him.
The sex is actually kind of well, sexy. Expect for the fact that the entire time I kept thinking….
[spoiler]If she knows his saliva carries the disease, isn’t she worried his semen would as well?
I liked how things ended up with these two and how the story concluded. The setup and most of the book is harsh and violent, but there is hope and a feeling that things might just turn out okay. While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it might be something readers wanting to push boundaries a bit and try something different will want to look into. Final Grade- C
In my memory, I’d been trying to cut ties with my humanity. Now, Lyric was my humanity and I never wanted to be away from her.