Title: Almost Alive (The Beautiful Dead, #3)
Author: Daryl Banner
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Genre: Post Apocalyptic Zombie
~ Synopsis ~
Twelve years have passed since the devastation.
The world is changed. What once was a planet struggling to survive is now a planet bursting to life. The humans are thriving. Gardens are growing. Trees are reaching up to the sky and the Undeadly clutch on the planet is slowly letting go.
But what does that mean for Winter and her friends?
In the wake of spring, the last of the desperate Undead gather, fighting to maintain their place in a world that no longer wants them. Mother Nature slowly but certainly works to purge the planet of the Dead, just when Winter thought she had finally embraced this Second Life.
Her new friends are back and old nemeses return for the final chapter in Winter’s Undead journey.
“It’s just how I remember it,” he remarks. “Except I’m … considerably less hungry.”
“Side effect,” I jest.
“Being alive is so inconvenient.”
~ Review by Kelly ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Almost Alive is the final book in The Beautiful Dead trilogy. The books do have to be read in order to understand the story.
The story picks up with John being Raised by Winter. John doesn’t remember his first life and is in a sorry state, his ear has fallen off, face is drooping, and his hands and feet aren’t working right which is normal for an individual who is Raised. Winter knows she needs the help of Marigold to get John as good as Undead. She carries John set off to find Helena, Megan, Chief, Ann, Collin, Marigold, and the others. She realizes that the plants and trees are everywhere. The plant life is no longer killed by the Undead. She eventually finds her friends, but gets a shock. She’s been gone for 12 years. Things are very different now. Megan is now the Mayor. The twins, Robin and Rake are now acting as doctors. The Humans are thriving. Things are not as well for the Undead.
I’ve learned a thing about Mr. Banner’s writing, it’s like a composed symphony. The baritone you barely hear in the beginning is going to have an impressive solo to play later in the composition. The small detail you read earlier, will have a large part to play in the future. Because of this, I’m unable to give more details. What I can tell say is you will feel loss and heartbreak. You will feel anger and pain. You will feel excitement and joy. Remember from the beginning, the story has been about living and what it means to live not about just being alive. I think that is important to remember.
This is book is definitely deserves a 5 book rating and a must read series. I do have a book hangover because my beloved Winter, John, Helena, and friend’s story ended. Winter will always have a special place in my heart. When I miss them, I’ll just have to reread the series over.
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~ Other books in the series ~
The Beautiful Dead (The Beautiful Dead, #1)
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In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible.
So why is she so bent on destroying it all?
After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again.
But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run … a man with a heartbeat.
Dead of Winter (Beautiful Dead, #2)
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Winter’s Second Life became a lot more complicated when the Living moved into her hometown of Trenton. Undead neighbors fight with their Breathing ones. Food is sparse. And, worst of all, the season is taking a change for the colder.
A desperate plea for help to a neighboring city turns deadly and soon Winter finds herself facing an old friend from her past whose plot to annihilate all life on the planet may have everything to do with her.
And what about the man-with-the-heartbeat in her house? Is there even room for love in such a ruined, unforgiving world?
New friends are made. Others are lost forever. In the dead of winter, no one is safe.
~ About the Author ~
Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. After writing several plays and a musical in college, he started composing for short films and websites, one of which is the Vamplets “Baby Vampyre Dolls” website: (www.vamplets.com)
Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He’s been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. You can feed your ears with many of his remixes (as well as his original music) on his YouTube page “www.youtube.com/DarylBanner“. Also, he personally answers all emails he receives, so if you have some strange desire to write him, he may enjoy it. He currently resides in Texas.
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