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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Controlling The Dead by Annie Walls


Title: Controlling The Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy, Book Two
Author: Annie Walls
Published: October 2013
Format: Ebook provided for review

With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.

Well thank goodness my wait is finally over and I got to read Controlling The Dead!!  Woot!  I was so very excited for this book to come out, and now I'm happy I get to share it with all of you!  I have a review today, but later on in the tour I will also have an interview with author Annie Walls, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!



So in this book Kan is dealing with the aftermath of everything from Taking On The Dead.  She is wracked with guilt, and she's formulating plans.  Relationships have been strained, and others have been fortified.   I really enjoyed this book, and I found it to be packed with action.  There was quite a bit of detail included, and at times it did feel a bit slow for me.  But there were some many new additions, that overall I'm just really excited about it all.

As far as the relationships that Kan has with her friends, I have to say the ones that please me most are the ones she has with Reece and Glinda.  Yep.  I love Rudy, and Mac... well, Mac has fallen a bit out of favor with me in this book.  But Reece and Glinda are pure aces.  I love their comic relief, their steadfastness and I love how they interact with each other, along with Kan.  Rudy... man.  I love him.  I want him and Kan to be together. I want them to have a happily ever after. I don't know if that's possible in the apocalypse?  The attraction between them is tangible, but for some reason they just don't act on it as much as I want them to.  And Mac!!  That man has a temper, and he's pissed me off enough times that I think he is forever in the doghouse as far as I am concerned.

There are quite a few new characters in this book, and at times I had trouble keeping who is who straight.  But they definitely added something to the story, and I'm glad I got to "meet" them.  Well, most of them.

It's hard to do this and not spoil it for you.  There are several really big plot points in this book.  Some things I didn't see coming, and I love that Annie Walls was able to surprise me that way.  I'm also glad I took the time to read Bailing Out Into The Dead, which is Rudy's story before he and Kan entered each other's lives.  It did help as a little bit of background for some scenes in this book.  You can read that for free on http://www.anniewalls.com .  This book definitely went deeper into Kan and why she is the way she is about some things.  If you loved Malachi for his brief part in book one, you will be glad to see he is not forgotten in book two!  Plus if you are into the gory aspects of zombie life, Annie definitely gives you that in this book.  Ugh, some of it is just so disgusting - it's great!!   If you've been following this trilogy, and have been waiting like I have, I definitely think you won't be disappointed by this book!

About Annie Walls:

Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a seven year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I'm one crafty bitch. 
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