Title: Almost Alive (The Beautiful Dead, #3)
Author: Daryl Banner
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Genre: Post Apocalyptic Zombie
Twelve years have passed since the devastation. The world is changed. What once was a planet struggling to survive is now a planet bursting to life. The humans are thriving. Gardens are growing. Trees are reaching up to the sky and the Undeadly clutch on the planet is slowly letting go. But what does that mean for Winter and her friends? In the wake of spring, the last of the desperate Undead gather, fighting to maintain their place in a world that no longer wants them. Mother Nature slowly but certainly works to purge the planet of the Dead, just when Winter thought she had finally embraced this Second Life. Her new friends are back and old nemeses return for the final chapter in Winter's Undead journey.
“It’s just how I remember it,” he remarks. “Except I’m … considerably less hungry.”
“Side effect,” I jest.
“Being alive is so inconvenient.”
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What a way to end such an incredible series! This story did not go in the direction I thought it was going to but OMG it was so much better than I ever could have wished for. Words cannot begin to express how much this book twisted me up, tore at my heartstrings and completely destroyed me. Who would have thought so many tears could be shed from a zombie-ish/undead book. I stayed up until nearly 2am finishing it because I could NOT put it down…. knowing damn well my kids would be up around 7:30am. Well, I was still up a hour after finishing because I was suffering from the worst book hangover of my life. Of course my kids decided to wake up way early (at 6am) this morning, and I have been a walking zombie all day, but man is it worth it. I am still reeling from this final book in the Beautiful Dead series.
Call me weird, but throughout the books I have grown so attached to Winter, John, and all the characters, that I felt like I was a part of their group, and that they were real live friends of mine.
I refuse to believe that this is forever the end of their stories…maybe down the line we will get another book, who knows… I certainly would like to hope so.
It would be impossible for me to really touch on the events of the book without giving the story away so I am just going on how it made me feel. And God did it ever make me feel! This was one of the most powerful stories and endings out of all the ones I have read. Every scene and character came to life on the pages right in front of my eyes. I felt when they did, cried when I would imagine the would (if they were able to cry), and feared for my life as they did.
Not only is this a Zombie-yet-not-zombie story, but its about life, loss, life after death, reincarnation, and souls finding one another in their next lives. It really makes you think about life in a whole new way.
This entire series is something I truly believe everyone MUST read. It is so much more than you can ever imagine or expect just from reading the blurbs and reviews. I promise you will not be sorry by taking a chance on these books.
The Beautiful Dead (The Beautiful Dead, #1)
She’s dead. 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.
Dead of Winter (Beautiful Dead, #2)
No one said being an Undead is easy. Winter’s Second Life became a lot more complicated when the Living moved into her hometown of Trenton. Undead neighbors fight with their Breathing ones. Food is sparse. And, worst of all, the season is taking a change for the colder. A desperate plea for help to a neighboring city turns deadly and soon Winter finds herself facing an old friend from her past whose plot to annihilate all life on the planet may have everything to do with her. And what about the man-with-the-heartbeat in her house? Is there even room for love in such a ruined, unforgiving world? New friends are made. Others are lost forever. In the dead of winter, no one is safe.
About the Author
Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. After writing several plays and a musical in college, he started composing for short films and websites, one of which is the Vamplets "Baby Vampyre Dolls" website: (www.vamplets.com) Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He's been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. You can feed your ears with many of his remixes (as well as his original music) on his YouTube page "www.youtube.com/DarylBanner". Also, he personally answers all emails he receives, so if you have some strange desire to write him, he may enjoy it. He currently resides in Texas.
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