Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 1 by Rhiannon Frater

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  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Pages: 166
  • Source: eBook copy from the author for review
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THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country.

But theirs is not the only tale to be told.

In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…

On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…

And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…

My Thoughts

I have a few blogger friends who absolutely swear that I need to read the As The World Dies series. After reading this I am totally going to. This book goes into the stories of some of the characters in the series, who as the title states, stories are untold.  I have gotten to know some of the characters through their own stories and I need read more about everything having to do with this series. Rhiannon Frater sure knows how to do the whole zombie thing. It's intense, creepy, and totally addictive. She grabs a hold of you and pulls you right in. Each of the three stories in this book are amazing and really makes you feel how they are feeling. 

The first story is Lydia's story called Broken Heart. Lydia and her wife Kate are getting ready for work and going about their normal morning routine. They are a bit bothered by the news about the riots, but don't really think about it. You can tell how much they love each other and it's really sweet. Their neighbor has been infected and Lydia sees first hand what is happening, and it's not just riots. The final pages of this story were very intense. 

The next story in the book is Monica's story called Dangerous Highways. I will start off my saying that I freaking love Monica! She is totally badass, and super brave. She has a huge friggin monster truck (which works great for running over zombies) and she has a gun. The story starts with her syphoning gas from an abandoned vehicle that has been crashed. There are crazy psycho zombie children in the back of it, but she is getting her gas and then she's back on the road. Well apparently there was a survivor out of the vehicle and he is one scared mo-fo. I mean to the point that he is absolutely in a panic and doesn't even want help. He's friggin nuts after watching his family all get zombiefied. I won't tell you what happens, but I will say I need to read The First Days (book 1 in the As The World Dies series) because I want to learn more about this chick for sure!!

The last story in the book, and also the longest is Eric's story called The Vacation of the Undead. Eric is a pretty wealthy average guy who has a super hot model girlfriend. She is superficial, snobby, spoiled, and just really unlikable. I just want to smack him for even being with her. So they are on a vacation at a bed and breakfast because Brandy feels neglected. She wants his full attention, no phone, no Internet, no TV, nothing. He happens to catch a bit of the news when he is at the front desk and hears about the "riots" he is a little unsettled about it, but tries to shrug it off to make Brandy happy. She is already pissed that he happened to watch some TV for a minute. *rolls eyes* She ends up on the phone one night and finds out that her sister is in the hospital because she got hurt during the riots. We all know obviously she is going to be zombiefied right? She ends up leaving to go to her sister, leaving Eric behind. 
Eric and his little dog Pepe find out about the Zombies and decide to hole up at the bed and breakfast. There is some food, and a gun so they have protection. They have an escape plan in place in case they need it. All goes well for a while, but of course the zombies make it there. He goes on the run with some new allies and they try to make it to a fort they heard about. This story is truly intense reading about their close calls and how they are trying to survive. Will they make it to the fort and escape the zombies? I'll never tell. 

These stories, while all very different, are all about trying to survive. The zombies are gruesome and creepy, and the people need to learn to be tough if they want to live. There is no gloss over on this. It is graphic and awesome! You want a good zombie book, this is it. It's jut some of the untold stories of the characters, but I now know I have to read the As The World Dies series. I have had a taste of Rhiannon's work and need more now. 5 out of 5 stars!!


  1. Eep I'm getting into this one tonight I'm excited to check it out.

    "I have a few blogger friends who absolutely swear that I need to read the As The World Dies series." Nods fiercely. YES woman! I think I convinced like 10 bloggers to read em so far. MaryAnne (chapter by chapter) just finished book 1 and loved it. You will too!

    The whole series is just as addicting and all about survival too. So glad you liked this! :)

    1. I don't know how I couldn't want to read the series after hearing the untold tales of some of the characters. OMG so awesome!!

  2. These stories sound like fun. :) I liked the As the World Dies series--maybe not as much as Giselle did, hah--but I liked them! The zombie babies are especially creepy. :D Hope you enjoy when you get a chance to read them!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Hahah yes, zombie babies are pretty creepy! I definitely have to read the series now after getting to know some of the characters.

  3. First of all, I'm loving that cover! Super creepy, but beautiful at the same time.
    I love the idea of three different stories set in the same world! Thanks for putting this one on my radar. :)
    - Lauren

    1. It's very cool to get the background on some of the characters. I really enjoyed this book and volume 2.

  4. Oh man! I am SO not a full-fledged zombies person. I can't watch the shows or movies. I live Dearly, Departed, but the zombies weren't gross. I give you major props for reading this! Great review!

    1. This is definitely not something you would want to read if you aren't a zombie person. There is no sugar coating here. These are gruesome, eat your face off zombies!!

  5. Awesome review! I've heard quite a bit from other bloggers about the As the World Dies series and how awesome it is, and your review has me even more convinced that this series and these Untold Stories are something I need to read. I love a truly scary, gritty story and these seem to be just that!

    :) Aeicha

    1. This is definitely scary gritty stuff. I have to get to the actual series. The Untold Tales are awesome!!

  6. Whoooaaa.. this is such a wonderful cover! I love the cover art for this one, just the cover alone looks freaking scary! :) I so can't wait to read this, especially since you seem to love it so much (5/5 stars! wowza!) And I love that there's no gloss to it, like you said, I like me some seriously graphic ass wooping :D
    Thank you, Amy, for your wonderful review <3 LOVE YA!

    1. Thanks Evie!! This book definitely has some serious ass wooping!! I really loved each and every story in the book.


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