Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Fighting To Survive by Rhiannon Frater (ATWD #2)

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  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Own / Purchased 
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Overview

Katie and Jenni have found new lives with the survivors of their makeshift fort, but danger still lurks. Nothing is easy in the new world where the dead walk and every day is a struggle to keep safe. As the elements, bandits, and the zombie horde threaten their safe haven, Jenni and Katie join the other survivors in fighting to survive as the world dies.




My Thoughts

The second book in the First Days series could not have been any better!! OMG!! I thought that I loved The First Days, but this was even better!! They are still trying to settle into their new life in the fort, and keep safe and alive. As if it's not hard enough to keep safe from the zombies, now they have to try to keep safe from the bandits too! As they go out on rescue missions and scavenger missions, they need to keep an eye out for the crazy bandits and zombies. And let me tell you, these guys are no joke. They are smart, dangerous and completely sick in the head. Besides the threats outside of the fort, they have their issues within too. It becomes hard to know who they can trust, and how to punish people when crimes are committed. In this installment of the As The World Dies series, emotions are running higher, and the danger level is through the roof. It is an intense story that keeps you completely engaged and NEEDING to keep going until the last page.  


I have grown to love the characters so much. Jenni, Katie, Travis, Juan, Nerit...almost everyone!! I feel so close to all of them. And as much as I love most of the characters, the ones that I hate, I really hate. OMG!! Blanche is the biggest bitch ever, and Shane...don't get me started on Shane. He is awful!! I really can't say enough about the character connections though. I love how they mean so much to each other and they need each other. Katie and Jenni are just so great! They are each others strength. More than anything, the behaviors, attachments, and emotions are so real!! I feel like I am right there with them. 


There was a ball in the pit of my stomach the whole time I read this book, which admittedly was very fast for me because I could. Not. Stop. I usually go to bed pretty early since I wake up early, but I was up until 2am to finish this book while wildly tweeting Giselle @ Xpresso Reads and Rhiannon Frater the author of the series. There is so much going on in this book. They are trying to build up and expand since they are bringing in more survivors. They are planning to go out on missions to either rescue people and get supplies. Some of the survivors they have been in contact with are now unreachable. It makes the tension very extreme. People are also in fear of the Vigilante, afraid to screw up and be the next one to be thrown out to the zombies and the bandits have become a major threat. 

Without going into too much detail, this book was just freaking amazing!! I really can't even wrap my mind around what I want to say without saying something I shouldn't. I loved Jenni so much more in this book. She is so kick ass and has the best lines ever. Her sense of humor along with Juan's kept some of the more tense moments a little lighter. This book was for sure a very intense read!! I had a super death grip on my nook, especially the last 1/3 of the book. Now that was intense!! I was frantically reading almost unable to breathe at times. My heart was threatening to beat right out of my chest. So in short, just read this series!! Seriously! You need this zombie epicness in your life! 5 out of 5 stars!! 

16 comments:

  1. So...you're saying you liked it?? Ha! Ive been seeing your frantic tweets. I'm happy you've enjoyed this series so much!

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    1. Haha!! My tweets to Giselle and Rhiannon have been awesome!! They expect updates, ad I need to get some of it out lol!! This series totally rocks!!

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  2. I can't wait to read this one!! (I'm nearly done with The First Days, and it shocks me how much I love the characters already - how drawn into this world I am. And I hate Zombie books. Hate them. LOL!)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    1. OMG, I am so excited to hear what you think!! I love the characters and I feel like I know them personally. I am almost done with Siege and holy hell, I am broken person right now!!

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  3. Okay, you've convinced me--I need to read the first book in this series! If the second book is as epic as you make it sound...wow, I really need to jump on this series! Great review, Amy. :)
    - Lauren

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    1. I can not say enough how much I need to thank Giselle for forcing me to drop everything and read this series!! It is so epically awesome!!

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  4. HELLS TO THE YEAH! *fist pump*

    Amazing review honeybuns! You make it sound super intense- and it is! And I love your tweets! I love that people tell me when they're reading it. I get to experience it all again with them it's so much fun! I'm reading those again though soon. I actually almost picked up The First Days to reread like 3 times last week. If it wasn't for review books. GAH. Excited for your review of Siege now!!

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    1. Thanks muffin!! If it weren't for you I still would not have read the books yet. I am behind on my review books now, but it was so worth it!! This series is amazing!! I love tweeting with you and Rhiannon about it. :)

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  5. Man, by this point, you guys have basically convinced me that my life will not go on if I don't read these books. o_o

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    1. Lol!! It won't!! You need this series now!!

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  6. I have to say, between you and @giselleco's excitement about these books, I have never been more interested in reading a book ever. I mean I BOUGHT the book just because of your tweeting. You're in charge of feeding my kids if I get sucked into this zombie universe! :D

    Love the review and love that you loved it so much!

    Mo

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    1. Hehe!! You will be sucked in!! You won't stop until you have read the entire series, and then you will be a useless weeping mess!

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  7. I love how expressive you are in this review! ♥ It truly is an epic ride. One hell of a series!

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    1. I just cried while trying to write my review for Siege!! I feel so heartbroken.

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  8. I totally agree! I love how we get to see the playful and happy sides of Katie and Jenni in this book. There's so much grief and trauma surrounding them, it's nice to see them deal with things and get to experience life...of course now that I see you are crying about Siege I'm dreading reading it! I want the happy to continue! lol...oh well...I can't keep away if I tried!

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    1. This is one of my favorite series I have read!! I was so emotionally invested int the characters and I truly felt the whole story and everything they go through.

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