Read from August 20 to 26, 2014
Synopsis: Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.
Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.
That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.
Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.
Bookish things: 202 pages. The cover is quite lovely to look at. I believe it’s meant to be Henri.
Josie Cortez(our protagonist) is an all-American journo, she’s a bit rough around the edges, but she tries hard and sometimes gets the scoop for her local paper in El Paso, Texas. She is fairly quickly infatuated with Henri, but then, given what he looks like, that might be easy to understand at least initially…
Henri Jolicoeur is a typical male lead, sexy, brooding, and in possession of somewhat of a troubled history. Where he diverges from the traditional hunk recipe is his lack of being alive.
This bought up all kinds of ickiness to the forefront of my mind. Henri being a zombie and having a love interest in Josie who happens to breathe and bleed, among other humanly things, causes one giant conundrum.
Is Josie a fan of necrophilia?
I am fairly settled into the idea of zombies being snarling, slow masses of mindless scavengers…
Not International underwear models who could dazzle dozens of women with but a smile from their sweet, god-like faces.
It took a little while for me to reconcile these characters with my ideas of zombies. However, once that had been done, I was able to focus on the story. I liked the characters for the most part (except for Wolf – he is a jerk), I even liked the antagonists. I liked how they were very real, not glorified pinups.
I think my favourite character is Ti Pierre, this crafty old man brought a delightful aspect to most of the scenes.
The writing style was good, the pacing started off a little slow, but quickly got into the swing of things. I did feel the ending was a little bit of a kick in the guts after the whole story, but I’m sure things will be explained in the next book.
A few things I noticed:
6% – she didn’t know how (to) get off.
29% – how does she know just from hearing his name that it’s spelt with an I?
77% – …kept him (from) his restful…
79% – does Wolf actually breathe hard from exertion?
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**