Being 13 has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.
Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad's weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad's wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.
For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.
©2015 Jamie McGuire (P)2015 Jamie McGuire
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"Enjoyable ZA novella"
I didn't realize this was a novella for a previous book. I'll have to go get Red Hill now. A wonderfully suspenseful book I loved the story and characters. Some people just can't pull off writing from the point of view of a 13 year old but this was very convincing.
The narrator is pretty good. I really enjoyed her performance.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
The story was great. It started off fast and just kept going.
When Jenna realized that "the neighbor" was actually with her mom
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review, but I would have bought it anyway.
"Great view on Zombies"
Patricia did an amazing job narrating this novella. I've read several zombie books and seen shows and movies and from what I've noticed they usually focus more on the adults. So hearing about a teenager and everything she goes through was a real difference. I really enjoyed this story because it was so different from what I'm used to. Yes it did follow the normal zombie rules, but unlike a lot of zombie related stuff it showed that women can be just as strong and smart as the men no matter what age. Plus it gives really good advice for whenever some idiot doctor finally makes zombies and we have our own outbreak.
A plague that turns people into zombies hits the USA and Jenna has a promise to keep.She and her mom said they would find each other should the worst happen.When it does,it is harder to make that happen than anyone imagines.Nicely narrated by Patricia Santomasso.I was given this book free by either the author,narrator or publisher.
"Kid-focused zombie story"
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I didn't read the first story Red Hill. I've never read the author's mainstream romance novels, so I didn't have any expectations coming into 'Among Monsters'. I haven't read many zombie stories so I can't really compare, but the spread felt unnaturally fast. In the beginning, we hear about a viral outbreak in europe but nobody has any details. Within a day, america gets the first outbreak, then within another day, america is overrun with zombies. It seems the virus only spreads from being bitten, and they turn within a day after getting flu symptoms. You'd think that would slow the spread, especially if Europe was already exposed. I mean, if you can beat a zombie with a bat and not get infected from touching the blood-covered bat, then it's not gonna spread that quickly. But I digress.
This is the first zombie story i've read which followed a 13 year old girl (with first person POV), which is what piqued my interest in the first place. The author tries hard to balance the character and make her seem mature and reasonable but still whiney and stubborn as a child. Throughout the story, Jenna constantly berates dad about needing to see mom, which doesn't end well for some people. The story was reasonably paced. The focus wasn't really about surviving, but rather how to get to mom. I enjoyed the story, and it was a nice length. I thought the narrator was great as the young hailey. I'm biased in favor of female narrators, so I never had a problem with her male voices, but they're not super deep. She uses a subtle difference to differentiate when Jenna is speaking versus just narrating since it's first person POV, mostly changing her inflection and tone as opposed to pitch.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I enjoyed the book. It's was well written and entertaining.
This book has a fresh perspective on a popular story. Although the book was a little unrealistic at times, it is entertaining and a good addition to the genre.
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"not my thing"
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I must say in all honesty that i only listened to this book for about an hour. once it became clear to me that this was a story about zombies, i stopped listening. Zombies just aren't my thing so i must have misunderstood the overview of the book. However, what I did hear was good. The narrator was really good. The story was good and interesting(until the zombies). If you like zombies then this book would be great for you.
"Great YA sci-fi read"
This book written from the girl's prospective is very well one of my favorite of late. Yeah, it's the zombie theme and I would have liked the transition process to take longer; but, it's a novella not a series. Though it could easily been stretched into at least a trilogy. Book was greatly enjoyed and completed in one listening session.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Definitely recommend as an outside school read.
"Stunning Zombie Apocalypse Novella"
I most Definitely would recommend this to a friend. This was a real treat to listen to. I really enjoyed hearing this tale narrated from a younger girls perspective. He was the driving force to keep her father and sister going towards their ultimate goal of reaching their mother.
Apocalypse by Rashad Freeman. Similar theme of small groups having to leave the safety of their areas and move due to the dead and reduced resources.
Ms. Santomasso does an amazing job giving each character life of their own. Jenna the perfect voice of a teenager. Halley the most annoying whine of a little kid. She was an amazing vocal performer.
Yes it was I wanted to sit and hear the whole story at one time but had to stop my self to go about my day and finish the needed tasks.
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