“Devour” by R. L. Blalock is the First of the “Death & Decay” Series, a book you’ll love having in your hands. The “zombie” genre is highly crowded and in consequence, very difficult to find a good book.
This plot tells us about a pure survivor, Liv, who runs through a terrible battle so save her baby’s life. Races, fights, lots of blood with the objective of getting to a “safe” farm. The story starts with a very quick scene which turns into a flashback to locate the reader at the origin of the thread and goes on from that point.
Blalock doesn’t only develop a thriller. She dives in the hate and passion of a mother to protect her daughter. That’s exactly what makes the reader go through sadness and fierceness as you dive in every chapter because many of us can relate to that, or even have thought what would we do in that situation with our own children.
Characters are changing and evolve along the book. Their personality is deep and we can follow their struggles and thoughts, making us trust some of them, creating twirls along the book.
What I personally loved, in special, about the author, is the way she doesn’t drown us into endless descriptions but perfectly transports us to the scenarios and every single corpse. Scenes are fast, sharp and full of action. The book is well edited and I love, love the art cover of the three books.
I recommend this book to, of course, all zombie-genre lovers but also to those readers who look for an intense and touchy story to break their thoughts and release their minds. Congratulations to the author.
Review written by Mar G Amorena
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WHO IS R. L. BLALOCK?
R. L. Blalock’s love of reading started young. As a child, her father would read stories to her before bed every night. In middle school, she and her best friend bonded over books and writing. Her love of zombies, though, started later in life. In 2008, when R. L. Blalock first watched the remake of Dawn of the Dead, she instantly fell in love with the genre.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, R. L. Blalock now lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her loving husband and precocious three-year-old daughter. Their family also includes three pets: Memphis, a Pitbull/German shepherd mix who prefers to spend his days cuddling; Dixie, a Pitbull/Akita mix who greets everyone with excited squeals and enough kisses to last a lifetime: and Pazuzu, the Green-Cheeked Conure who thinks she’s a dog.
By day, she gets the pleasure of waking before the sun is up to serve coffee to all the morning commuters in Lake St. Louis. Despite the early hours, the job has its perks. She can get her hands on as much coffee as she wants.
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