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Review: Gravely InanimatedGravely Inanimated (Zombiepunk Series #1) by Esther Wheelmaker
Published by Third Broom on the Left Press on Mar 29, 2013
Genres: Steampunk, YA
Format: Paperback from Giveaway Prize
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!

It has been thirty years since England was plagued by zombies. Humans fear for their lives while the dead kill the living.

By the cover of night, a man known only as Aeron hunts these creatures. On one foggy evening he finds Lucille Knight's life in jeopardy and Aeron's interest is instantly peaked when he saves the young lady.

But Aeron will have competition when Lucy meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, son of the Inventor, Earl Thomas.

Lucy is drawn to the masked man and equally mysterious Lord. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she does not know which one is less dangerous.

Will she be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?

It is still unclear. And the current edition isn’t spilling the beans just yet…

Wishy-washy, woe-is-me female characters annoy me, and unfortunately I just couldn’t take the main character in this book. Lucy seems to lament the fact that she’s single one minute, and then suddenly she’s met 2 men and is worried that she’s leading them on by not making a decision between the two. This change happens within days, after meeting one of the men only once. It just made me roll my eyes so hard it hurt.

I made it a third of the way through the book, but it didn’t feel like much action was happening, and what little action had happened was very predictable. I have several guesses about what will happen next, but Lucy’s behaviour and inner monologue are just too annoying to handle, so I stopped reading.

I like that there is a history and explanation for the zombies provided early enough in the story that it helps the reader understand the situation, but I find it hard to accept the actions and thoughts of female characters like Lucy. Apparently I’m just too modern to find it entertaining.

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