Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen
Hachette Books/ORBIT (July 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
Favorite Lines: “You know, normally I’d feel badly about killing a kid, even though we had to do it from time to time and it wasn’t anything personal. But this kid had a Justin Bieber haircut, so I actually smiled as Dave thunked his shovel into the boy’s neck.” (p. 108, egalley)
Sarah and David might have solved their marriage problem – but that pesky zombie apocalypse just won’t go away.
They have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they’re headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored “Wall.” They’re feeling pretty optimistic.
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
Eat Slay Love is book three in the Living with the Dead series written by Jesse Petersen. In Petersen’s series each book picks up where the previous ended. I read book one and skipped book two, yet was able to read Eat Slay Love without a problem. The book explains the events of book two.
The couple introduced in book one, Married with Zombies, is no longer on the verge of divorce; they are in love. The events which led them to book three are directing them toward the Midwest Wall. The wall is said to divide the zombie plagued parts of the United States from the uninfected. They don’t know if it’s myth or fact, but are determined to reach it.
The story is fun, light-hearted and gory. It isn’t afraid to take on all forms of zombies, discuss the lengths people will go in order to survive and show the love which exists between a married couple. The people Sarah and David meet on their journey play an integral role in the story. And the decisions made will either save or destroy them.
Purchase or Ignore: Buy it. It’s a fast paced urban fantasy with a romantic and comedic tone. It’s gross and enticing at the same time. Petersen has managed to put decomposing zombies and love together without throwing in gratuitous sex. She mentions sex, but doesn’t do the in-depth 10 page sex scenes.
In other news, Eat Slay Love is the last book which will be published by Orbit. Petersen announced on her blog that she will be indie publishing “a collection of short stories in the Living with the Dead series in August.”