The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner
on July 29, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Zombies
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In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible.
So why is she so bent on destroying it all?
After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again.
But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a heartbeat.
PSA: This review is long overdue. EXTREMELY overdue. To the point where I am almost embarrassed that I hadn’t gotten to it yet.
But I loved this book?!!! Oh my god I loved this book so much!!! Wow!!! Top 10!!! Incredible!!! Can you feel my enthusiasm? I’ve been letting this book soak forreal.
Now write a second…please.
I was lucky enough to have been given a copy of this book before it was released, and I have to say that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. No critiques, no misunderstandings, nothing at all, except maybe the cover. ((and that’s HUGE for me?? I have problems with pretty much every book that I read…unfortunately.)) The Beautiful Dead was one of, if not the best, zombie adaptation I have read in a very long time. There is little to no gore, and unlike most books there’s more to these characters than meets the eye. This story gives a new look on what the undead REALLY is and how I believe they should truly be viewed.
This awesome rift, we never know for sure how wide it is. But on the other side, as sure as we are that there is another side, that’s where my story begins. Not when the world ended, but long after. After the trees have all but expired. After oceans burn and mountains fall. After the sky.
First of all, I have to comment on how incredible the prologue is. Prologues are usually a deal breaker for me however, Daryl Banner completely sold me on this one. I am such a sucker for a good prologue. If you can throw together good description and an indirect story-line-within-a-story, you’ve got a perfect prologue. Daryl Banner introduces you to the story like no other.
I came into this world like most people do: screaming.
Winter, is absolutely, 100%, one of my FAVORITE female protagonists ever. Winter was not only smart, but she was sensible, she made her own decisions and didn’t let anybody sway her opinions. Although she thought very humorously and her encounters were as well, she almost always used her head and that’s one thing that I always admire about any character. There have been too many times when I’m reading a book and the character was just completely dumb and unaware of ANYTHING around them. Although Winter didn’t agree with the way of living when she was first Raised, I’m happy to say that she accustomed to it quickly and soon found out exactly what she wanted and how to get it.
“You’re saying my soul is poisoned?”
“No. The world is.”
I am personally a nut for anything metaphorical, or anything where I can look further into what lays on the outside. Funnily enough, this type of metaphor literally…lays…on the out…side. ((Ok. Not funny. Moving on.)) But I really do believe that these characters have SO much potential for extra back stories & side development.
I really hope The Beautiful Dead gets the recognition it deserves, which is a lot. With the perfect amount of everything, Daryl Banner truly pleases the reader. If you’re having doubts, don’t.
“Don’t worry,” a kind voice tells me.
“You’re just dying.”
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*