Monday, October 22, 2012

The Undertakers Takeover Tour: Review of Queen of the Dead by Ty Drago, Guest Post, & Giveaway

Hello everyone!! Today I am participating in The Undertakers Takeover blog tour from Sourcebooks. The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead is the second book in the Undertakers series, and I will be doing my review for it and hosting a giveaway for one paperback copy of the book for US/CAN.

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review/tour
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 Twelve -year old Will Ritter and his rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters may have triumphed over the Zombies last time, but that's the thing about the dead: they keep coming back.

A new Corpse leader has crossed the rift and taken command of the invasion: The Queen of the Dead is even more brilliant and ruthless than her predecessor, and her ambitions are even deadlier. Will and the crew must somehow rescue his mother, prevent an assassination, and show FBI Agent Ramirez the truth about the Corpses-and the danger the world faces.

But how do a bunch of kids prove to a grown-up that monsters are real?

My Thoughts

This is a sequel and though you could read it without reading the first one, you will be missing a lot of information from the first. This was a very fun, action packed book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Will is a tough kid, and The Queen of the Dead is one awesome villain. This book had me completely sucked in. With more danger and higher stakes, this was one heck of a ride!

Will is still getting used to things as an Undertaker. He really misses his family and is scared of what the future holds. He knows that The Corpses are trying to take over and that they need to try to stop it. He is somewhat of a legend being that his father was the one who founded the Undertakers. He was the only adult to have the Sight. He was also victim to them two years ago, and now Will is part of the fight. Will really grows in this one. He takes more chances and he is very selfless when it comes to others. He doesn't even give a second thought to putting himself at risk if it means saving someone else. For a thirteen year old boy he is facing a lot tougher things than most adults face and dealing with it all pretty well. 

The other characters are just as great. I really loved Helene, Dave, Sharyn, and Tom. They are so great. There are plenty of others too and I really like that we get to know such a wide variety of characters. They all play a major role in things. Then there is Lilith Cavanaugh, who is the Cover that The Queen of the Dead takes on. That is one brutal and scary woman. She likes her corpses fresh so she actually has young women killed just so she can take over their body when the one she is using decomposes too much. She plans on taking over since Kenny Booth failed that mission when Will stopped him months ago. 

This book is almost non-stop action from beginning to end. It's one battle after another, break-ins, recon missions, and the most important, stopping The Queen of the Dead from succeeding in her takeover. Now remember, the Undertakers are all kids and teenagers, but they are very smart, super dedicated, and most of all really brave. They don't let the fear rule them. They are dedicated to the cause and will keep fighting to stop The Corpses from taking over. I really connected with a lot of the characters even with them being so young. The writing is just so fabulous that I felt like I fell right into the story and I didn't want to climb back out. A solid second book in the series! I will be looking forward to the next one! 4 out of 5 stars

*Update 10/25/12 I have a guest post from Ty to add to this post.

Ty's Top Ten Scary Movies  

Books rock. But I admit I'm also a movie nut. So, until such time as THE UNDERTAKERS gets made into a movie (fingers crossed!), here's my list of my top ten favorite cinema scares.

“Night of the Living Dead” — George's Romero's 1968 classic is still incredibly scary. Unlike other horror films made in the period, this one's still edgy, still suspenseful, and still really gross!

“The Blair Witch Project” — Okay, yes it did have an amusing promotional campaign. How many of you went to the movie thinking it might actually be real? Come on. Admit it! But real or not, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez' low budget masterpiece is frightening in the extreme.

“Silence of the Lambs” — Some folks will try to tell you this is a crime thriller, not a horror movie. But Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, wearing that poor guard's face? That's way beyond anything Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees ever pulled.

“Psycho” — Alfred Hitchcock directed more than sixty movies, some of them great. But this remains his only true horror movie. Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh certainly redefined the term “shower scene”. Mrs. Bates is still one of the scariest villains ever crafted.

“Alien” — Ridley Scott reinvented the sci-fi horror film with this claustrophobic and elegant monster movie. Not until the last couple of minutes to we get a clear image of the thing itself. The movie made Sigourney Weaver a superstar, and didn't do any harm for the alien either. Five sequels and counting!

“Ringu” — Somewhere along the line, the Japanese got really good at scaring the crap of people! And, of that bunch of modern classics (many of which later got turned into mediocre American versions), Hideo Nakata's masterpiece reigns supreme. Watch a video and die in seven days. Jeez!

“The Exorcist” — William Friedkin's classic 1973 story of demonic possession made Linda Blair and pea soup household words. It's said that barf bags were actually provided when this one hit the theaters. I know it still make me a little queazy!

“Les Diaboliques” — This one's been remade a few times, but none of them comes close to the original 1955 french film by Henri-Georges Clouzot. This one may seem more like a Hitchcockian thriller than a horror film per se. But check out the ending!

“The Shining” — Stanley Kubrick set out to create the first “epic horror film” and he almost succeeded. More style than substance, this loose adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece is atmospheric, brilliantly filmed, and genuinely terrifying.

“Jaws” — The monster movie of the second half of the twentieth century, Bruce of Shark did more than terrorize great actors in a brilliantly scary movie based on a best selling novel. It also defined Steven Spielberg as the most successful and commercial director of his generation.

Thanks so much for sharing with us TY!! I have not seen Les Diabloques, but I have seen all of the other ones numerous times and have to agree that they are awesome!!

Thanks to Sourcebooks, I  have one paperback copy of this book up for grabs. Just fill out the rafflecopter below. 


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  1. Sounds like a fun action packed book. I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds like an interesting take on the undead. Reminds me of an episode of Angel where a demon wanted a new body to be put into and picked out a cute one. The Queen seems to like new bodies. I guess I probably would too lol But she sounds like a great villain!

    1. She is definitely the villain that you have no love for at all. She is just downright evil. You really want Will and the other Undertakers to take her down.

  2. I don't think I've heard of this before. I love how action packed and exiting it sounds! It also has a really neat premise, I mean, The queen of the dead? :D I'm often disappointed with sequels so I'm glad this one didn't have the middle book syndrome, it sounds like she actually took time to make sure her characters and the story grew. Lovely review, muffin!

    1. I honestly didn't read the first book. When I joined the tour I apparently didn't read the email well and notice this was the second book. I got the first book, but didn't have time to fully read it so I read every few chapters and skimmed between. This one was really good though.

  3. Ummm I would want to know. Because I just don't like not knowing things because then there is the potential for a surprise and I hate those. This sounds like a really fun read. I had never heard of it, but I like that even the secondary characters were people that you came to like in the end. Great review chick!

    1. I know! I wish I had time to fully read the first book. Luckily I did read and skim enough of it that I knew most of what they were talking about, but they do explain things and give you the basics so you wouldn't be totally lost.

  4. I haven't heard of this one. Nice review hun!

    1. I hadn't heard of it before I joined the tour. It was fun though.

  5. This book sounds like a great read! In regards to your question, I think I'm fine being left in the dark. (^_^)

    1. Haha! I agree! If I couldn't see them I wouldn't want to know because I would be all paranoid thinking everyone was one of the Undead!

  6. Great review. This sound interesting, even something by 13-year-old nephew would really like.

  7. There is such great middle grade fiction now -- wish there had been more books like this when I was a kid!

  8. Looks interesting. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Ooh I'm glad you really liked this one! :) I'm so horrible with middle grade when I was in that phase all the books I read were absolutely HORRIBLE since my library isn't that good when it comes to middle grade stuff :P And now I can't even walk into my library because my TBR is so huge that if I'd first die when I saw all the amazing books and then curse the forces above for giving me a huge list of books to read as soon as my library is like stocked will all my favorite books :P

  10. This sounds like a cute and more mellow Zombie book. One I definitely could be interested in. I haven't read any middle grade books since well, I was in middle school. Haha. But I've been thinking about checking out a few for review purposes.

  11. I haven't heard if this series before. I'm really glad you enjoyed The Undertakers. Great review!

  12. be left in the dark


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