Monday, November 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Barely Alive by Bonnie Paulson Review, Character Bio and Giveaway

Welcome to my tour stop on the Barely Alive Tour, organized by the lovely Heather @ Supa Gurl Tours. I have my review, a character bio, and an ebook giveaway on my stop today. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 3/26/2012
  • Pages: 290
  • Source: eBook provided by Supa Gurl Tours for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.

Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn’t earn the final death he longs for, he’ll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity.

Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He’s not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don’t stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn’t know he needs.

Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn’t develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather’s immunity, he gives Paul an ultimatum – deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul’s brother suffers the zombie fate.

Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he’ll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.
 
 My Thoughts

I rarely pass up a chance to read a zombie book so I was looking forward to this one. I thought it was a great take on zombies and survival. It's not your typical zombie book at all. These aren't your mindless, just want to eat your face variety. These are regular people, injected with a virus that slowly kills them, but makes them stronger, faster, and smarter in the process. Their bodies may start to die and will continue to over twelve weeks, but their mind doesn't. They are capable of still having their humanity, though the need for meat and blood is definitely there. Added bonus, it's a male POV and I totally love those.

Paul is a smart kid who is stuck in a crap situation because of a stupid and impulsive decision he made. He joined up with Dominic not knowing what he was getting into exactly. One night on a mission he and his group have to gather some girls at his bosses order and things change for him then. Heather, one of the girls makes him rethink things. Not at first of course, but he finds out some information from Paul and it makes him question his motives and want more than ever to protect this human girl. I suppose if you are dying anyways, survival shouldn't seem like a big deal, but say that the virus can be reversed. Then you have a very determined boy who also happens to start caring for the girl who is their only chance at a cure.

Heather is a tough, tough chick!! She stays strong through so much. I mean if you and a group of six other girls got kidnapped by zombies, wouldn't you freak out!! Not her, she actually tries to attack Paul since he is the one in charge of them. When things go bad, she still sticks by him. She keeps a level head most of the time, and only breaks down a few times. She is also determined to help find a cure for the virus and will do what she can to help. At a few points she is actually even willing to give herself to the enemy as long as her family will be safe.

This was a very quick read and I loved that it was different than so many other zombie books. That the zombies and humans are working together for the greater good. I thought the book moved along at a great pace. I would have liked to connect with the characters a little more, but in general I did like them. Especially Connie, the Dr.'s wife. I thought that it ended rather abruptly too. I know it's a series, but it just kind of... ended. I will definitely continue on with this series though. I like that it was different and it's not just about the humans surviving the zombie apocalypse, but also the zombies wanting to find a cure to reverse the virus that will eventually kill them.






Character Bio - Heather
(I couldn't find a pic that I liked for her, I'm no good at that stuff.)


Adopted by freakishly cruel people and teased by the popular girls in school, Heather isn’t as surprised as she should be when she (along with majorly rude cheerleaders) is abducted by a group of drooling teenage boys. Why wouldn’t something so odd happen to her? Her whole life had seemed odd up to that point.

But Paul… For some reason, he made Heather feel safe – mad half the time – yet, she always felt safe with him, even knowing he was like them. When he took his shirt off, Oh boy. She’d had to swallow the extra saliva in her mouth. Immune or not, Heather wanted to be with Paul. She’d always been a good student, read a lot, loved movies like Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version, of course), as well as some old throwbacks like Grease, Pretty in Pink, and Twilight. Oh, she loved Twilight. She’d prefer Paul was a vampire, but he was so dang cute, she’d take him as a zombie, too.

Favorite book: Forever by Judy Blume (made everything seem easy as a teenager) and Fall Into Darkness by Christopher Pike. Because Pike is like the Stephen King for old school YA. She loved that freaky stuff. Maybe why she loved Paul.

Favorite song: Please Don’t Leave Me by Pink

Favorite Color: Salmon – playoff of pinkFavorite sport: Kick boxing. She could throw a punch and then some.

About the Author:

Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities, (‘cause zombies are so plausible, right?) to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Please travel with her to the other side where Happy-Ever-Afters are real, the journey is just harder.

http://bonnierpaulson.com






Giveaway

1 eBook copy of Barely Alive
Winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen
Ends12/2/12 at 11:59pm
*Update - Bonnie has changed my giveaway to be ALL 3 ebook to two lucky people. Rules are still the same, just comment with a way to reach you and I will chose the winner using Random.org

I am putting this post together a little late and don't feel like setting up a rafflecopter for the giveaway so to enter just leave a comment and a way to contact you such as twitter or email. I know a lot of people don't like to leave their email in the comments so a twitter or facebook is just fine too.

This tour was organized by Supa Gurl Tours

28 comments:

  1. Honestly, this isn't a book I would pick up from just looking at the cover. There's something so strange about it ...
    Anyways, the plot seems pretty interesting though. :) And the Heather sounds like a character that I would really enjoy. It's too bad about the abrupt ending though!
    Great review, Amy! :)

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    1. It is a series so I am sure the next book picks up right where this one leaves off. The cover does seem a little strange, but it's very symbolic of the book. I mean not that there are roses or anything, but the alive and dead thing.

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  2. Just not into to zombies. Maybe it's because I've never read a good one. Who knows, but I glad you enjoyed it.

    Valerie

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    1. Yeah, I think zombies are a thing you either love or hate.

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  3. This seems like a great choice for zombie lovers. I'm glad you found a fun and interesting story. Too bad the ending didn't feel fully developed. That's a bummer. Great review, doll!

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    1. I really did like this take on zombies. They are superior to humans in a way with the exception of their need to eat, but since they are still intelligent they can fight the want to eat people. I just felt like how it ended is the way you end a chapter, not a book. I am sure the next book picks right up where this ended though.

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  4. You know me, I'm not a huge zombie fan, but this one actually sounds interesting. I like when the zombies are able to think and aren't just mindlessly limping around craving braaaains. Paul and Heather sound like great characters. It's a bummer that you had a somewhat weak connection to them though.

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    1. I think that since there was so much other stuff going on that it was hard to connect to them on a personal level. I'm hoping in the next book the characters will really stand out a bit more.

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  5. I noticed this book a while back but I wasn't sure it would really be for me. Even though I'm all about zombies, the ones that are friendly and the ones that can turn into love interests often make me cringe. OMG I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies!!!

    Anywho, it doesn't sound like a bad book I love that it's a male POV I always enjoy those so I might check it out eventually.

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    1. This still has the bad zombies in it too. Actually Paul spends a lot of time trying to fight off the zombies. The ones who get turned while bitten are your typical zombies, but the ones that were under Dominic were trained for a lack of better word. I thought it was pretty interesting. OMG Warm Bodies looks ridiculous!! I wanted to read the book at one point, but have since changed my mind. World War Z looks freaking epic though!! Have you seen that trailer?!!

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    2. Hi Giselle,
      Thanks for the comment! I think the hardest part of writing this series was avoiding the possibility of pushing necrophilia - how sick, right? I have absolutelt no illusions that a zombie is hot - seriously... yuck. I have a degree in biophysiology and figuring out a scientific aspect to my zombies that might leave the possibility of changing was the most important thing to me. In the first book, I think I make the mistake of focusing too much on the science and fighting versus - more kissing. The first book seems to appeal more to my male readers and then books 2 and 3 seem to hit with more of the romance for the female readers.
      Plus, I love the underdog - I'm the one that watches Tombstone and has hope that Johnny Ringo will turn out to be a good guy making bad decisions.
      WWZ couldn't look COOLER!

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    3. Giselle and I had a twitter conversation about it. I explained how Paul isn't really dead yet, he's just dying and he might be able to be normal again. I tried to explain it the best I could without ruining anything. :)

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    4. lol thanks! but seriously... my husband asked if I was sick when I said I was writing a YA zombie romance. If he didn't know me so well, he would have committed me... lol!
      Dang, I love twitter convos!

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    5. Twitter is the best. I know a lot of people never check back on the comments, so I will just move the covo to twitter instead of the blog. :)

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  6. Great review! I haven't heard of this but it sounds good. I'm obsessed with like all things zombies. So this sounds interesting because it's different.

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    1. It's really cool because it's a virus, but could be reversed for those not that far gone, but people who were eaten and infected who are actually dead are the scary real zombies.

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  7. Oh an abrupt ending? Those drive me crazy. Not a fan of the cover of this one but I like that there were a few characters that you liked quite a bit even if you didn't fully connect with them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like it just ended so suddenly. I mean I know it's a series and all, but there was no resolution, but no real cliffhanger either. I don't know how to explain it, I just felt like it ended weird. I like the symbolism of the cover. The covers for the next two books are pretty cool.

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  8. Thank you so much for having me! I love the comments on here!
    Okay, I have to say I agree with you Amy on the ending - and I wrote it! lol I read Hollowland by Amanda Hocking and swore I would never write an ending that left so much unresolved... and then look what I did? ugh.
    When I wrote book #2 though it worked - for me - but at the same time I had the story in my head, you know, like I knew where it was going. I really appreciate knowing what's annoying to a reader, etc. These are honest opinions that I can't wait to apply to my writing. I hope #2 and #3 help.
    Reviewers are valuable to me as a writer - honest opinions from people who care about the MOST important thing - the STORY. I can't wait to see what everyone else has to say.
    Hmmm. Let's up the stakes on the commenting too, ALL 3 ebooks to 2 commenters on your blog, Amy - same time frame that you assigned above. You determine how to decide who it is. Does that sound okay? I just found out I'm pg with my 6th kid - feeling all kinds of celebratory :).
    Thanks again for hosting me on your blog!

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    1. Bonnie, thanks so much for commenting. I am definitely looking forward reading the other books in this series. I have a feeling it's going to get much more interesting. Congrats on the new addition!!! That is very exciting!!

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  9. Ooh, another zombie book! I don't pass them up either. You can never go wrong with zombies. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Hmmm i have never been one for Zombie books but this seems so different! Maybe I should give this one a try! Thanks for the great review!


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  11. I'm not into zombie books, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  12. Wow! All three books in the series? Cool! Zombies seem to be really hot right now.

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  13. I'm not too crazy about zombie books, but have read a couple that I enjoyed this past year. I'm so glad you liked it. Great review!

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm new to reading the zombie genre.

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