Romance, Retelling, Zombies
Ebook $1.99 (50 pages, ENTANGLED EVER AFTER)
Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him...even though he wants her dead.
When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It's only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.
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One for the weirdos, like me. (5 stars)
If you were a bookish kid like I was you probably know who Scheherazade is, if you don't you probably won't follow the story enough to really enjoy the coolness of it. So look her up if you don't and give this one a whirl.
In this delightfully dark retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, suitably titled the very same, our heroine is not the clever girl of the original but rather a victim of a new world filled with monsters. Many times bitten and scarred by zombies but unturned she remains a liability to the compound's "king", Aleksy. He knows it undermines his own authority not to have killed her, yet her lack of turning poses a dilemma only heightened by his attraction to her. Because wanting to get in a possible zombie's pants is pretty messed up.
Every night Sheri reads to Aleksy from where she is chained to his bedroom wall. Her only real concern is keeping her younger sister protected within the compound. If that means being treated like an animal she is willing. As you can imagine, Sheri and Aleksy have their own sad back stories, and it's only a matter of time before they give in to their desire for one another.
I may be the only reader who thought this was awesome. I saw a few early reviews and I think the biggest problem other had was not finding it relatable, which may be a big deal with romance readers who want to put themselves in the place of the heroine. I do agree, if that's your preference Sheri is not a relatable character and Aleksy is kind of difficult to like. If you like zombie stories more than romance this is a really different and enjoyable take on one of my favorite "fairy tales".
I recommend this one for the geeks who obsess over The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time on Sunday nights. This is definitely a darker romance than I think many readers are used to and if you enjoy dabbling into something less-then-sweet from time to time it's a twisted and imagination-bending tweak on a lesser-known tale of a woman's wisdom. I loved it!
Notes: ARC received via publisher.