Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Review & Giveaway: Undying by Valerie Grojean

Original Title: Undying
Series: Undying #1
Author: Valerie Grojean
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: September 29th 2013
Source: From Xpresso Blog Tours
Genre: Paranormal, Young adult, Horror

This is a story of love . . . and zombies. 

When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most. 

Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.

Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.

Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.


Tomorrow is the day Christian is going to finally propose his love to Iris.  He goes to bed thinking of all the possibilities of Iris' reaction, just to be woken up by the loud shriek of the neighbour.  Before Christian comes to conclusion about what's going on, his roommate comes in.  He says that his blonde neighbour bit him and although Christian thinks it weird at first, soon everything is clear that people are infected through water, dies and gets up a zombie.  His first thought was to save Iris and his family.  And that's what he does.

The writing and world building are great.  The characters are relatable.  Even the zombie apocalypse is convincing.  There is very little romance thread going on.  But, this is a horror book and you can't expect any other thing much.

The horror and gore in this book is great.  It didn't scare me to my bones, but it sure made me fear the zombie apocalypse society and made me want to throw up at times.

If there is one thing I don't like about a novel, it's the repetitive storyline (exception to Jill Shalvis).  That's the major letdown of this novel.  I have read other zombie novels and there are very few that convinced me that the story is unique.   Then there is other thing - the ending.  Let's see I don't agree with this type of endings..

Other than these things, I liked this book and if you are into trying zombie novels, you can add this to your list.


There are two giveaways for this tour.

1st Giveaway: ebook of UNDYING - open to INTERNATIONAL readers!

Rules are simple: Follow me through "blogloving" or RSS or email subscription.  Comment below with why you would like to win this book.

The giveaway ends on March 4th, 2014!  Winners will be announced by March 6th!

2nd Giveaway

Prizes - open to US and Canada:
-1 signed paperback

- One bookmark

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  1. Great review, Vidya! I actually like that it doesn't focus on romance it's a good change of pace. I also like how realistic is all seems to have been written! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Knowing it's part of a series, I'm used to cliff hangers. I liked how the author made it like a road trip. Kept the story cruising along.


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