Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Waiting for Daybreak by Amanda McNeil - Book Review

Title: Waiting for Daybreak
Author: Amanda McNeil
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 4th June 2012
Pages: 108
Format: E-Book -EPUB
Genre: Paranormal / Horror
Source: Review Copy from Author

What is normal?

Frieda has never felt normal. She feels every emotion too strongly and lashes out at herself in punishment. But one day when she stays home from work too depressed to get out of bed, a virus breaks out turning her neighbors into flesh-eating, brain-hungry zombies. As her survival instinct kicks in keeping her safe from the zombies, Frieda can’t help but wonder if she now counts as healthy and normal, or is she still abnormal compared to every other human being who is craving brains?
(Goodreads Synopsis)
Now, when I agreed to review this book, I was pretty flat out both at work and at home and I never picked up on the word 'zombie'. Why is this an issue? I am terrified of zombies - yes, they complete freak me out. I can handle the comedic versions, but anything serious has me cowering behind the sofa.

So when I started reading this late last night, my first thought was 'uh oh'. Luckily, though, I was still able to sleep and I'm glad I stuck with it as this is a well-written and enjoyable (even though the zombies scare me!) novella.

Frieda is a great lead character, not least because she has her flaws and they make her seem that much more real and believable. Plus she likes cats, so she scores highly with me! I was investing in her story right from the start and really wanted her to make it out of there alive.

The pacing of this piece is well managed and the tension was maintained perfectly from start to finish. I was definitely on the edge of my seat the whole time.

The basic plot is reminiscent of I Am Legend, with more of a zombie twist, so it will definitely appeal to fans of that book/movie. Zombie fans will also, of course, enjoy it.

So even if, like me, zombies make you cringe away in fear, give this novella a try as it is well worth your time.

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