This is another new author I’ve read this year and as such is part of my New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog.
by Eva Gordon
Series: After the Bane series, book 1
Genre: Zombie Romance
Published by: The Wild Rose Press, 2013
Synopsis: Dr. Dora Adler’s life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she’s supposedly a witch.
Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he’s sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.
In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora’s sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.
I haven’t read any zombie books before and haven’t watched any zombie TV programs either. Zombies generally don’t interest me in urban fantasy. However, one book I read had a zombie character who was actually a love interest in the book! (Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander…I liked that book a lot, but the book wasn’t about zombies. They are just another paranormal character in the book. In this book the zombies are definitely not love interests…they’re mindless monsters who just want to bite, kill and eat people.
In Apocalyptic Moon a zombie apocalypse has occurred. Dr. Dora Adler speculates the disease was created and released by someone, but that isn’t resolved in this first book. People who are exposed to the zombie virus soon become zombies and this is happening all over the world. Governments have broken down and rumors abound about what has happened to government officials.
Dora works in a hospital and on her 27th birthday she gets bitten by a zombie patient. Dora isn’t very surprised this happens because the women in her family die right around their 27th birthday. She’s been expecting something to happen.
Anyone bitten by a zombie is whisked away to an underground laboratory from which they are never seen again. This happens to Dora and she waits to become a zombie and die, but it never happens to her. She survives and though she’s a doctor she is experimented on again and again…left to be bitten by zombies over and over again with her blood used to see if it is an antidote. She survives, but her blood doesn’t help anyone else.
Dora is just biding her time waiting to escape. If the people experimenting on her had approached her as a doctor and scientist she would have helped them, but instead she’s just another test subject. The head of the lab is a little crazy so she knows she has to escape or she’s going to die one way or another. Then Dirk Gunderson arrives at the underground lab. He’s in chains and put into the cell next to her. He turns out to be a werewolf and tells her she’s a witch.
They both escape and the rest of the book is their attempt to make it through the zombie hoards, rescue Dora’s brother and niece and get safety at Dirk’s werewolf pack. Dirk and Dora are attracted to each other, but apparently werewolves and witches are a bad combination for anything serious. They still have sex on a number of occasions which just seemed strange in the middle of this apocalyptic zombie event. Mankind is being wiped out…but they still find the time and a safe place for sex?
Quite a few things didn’t work for me in this book. The world building wasn’t very complex and many things aren’t explained (though this may change in other books in the series). What really didn’t work for me was the romance. It read like many werewolf mate books with the zombies added in to make it a little different since they’re popular right now. I don’t like zombies so this book wasn’t my favorite!