Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen
(Living with the Dead #3)
Simon & Schuster (Aug 2011)
Paperback, 277 pages
Urban Fantasy, Zombies

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Married with Zombies and thought it was a unique take on the genre’s leading characters. Dave and Sarah are married you see, and just before the zombie apocalypse they were on the verge of divorce. But nothing brings you together more than the world around going to shit and Sarah and Dave found their love for one another growing again, and surprisingly they made a pretty good team.

However, with the second book Flip the Zombie the humour was missing for me which made the book a little darker. Normally I love dark and gritty urban fantasies but since I fell in love with the snark and Dave and Sarah’s lighthearted married couple banter I was disappointed when I found it lacking.

Unfortunately, Eat Slay Love has gone the other way. There is way too much snark, innuendo and jokes that I felt saturated by it. Nearly every paragraph Sarah is making some quip or smart alek comment and after a while it just had my eyes rolling and started to get on my nerves.

But despite this irritation of Sarah’s I still liked her, she is kinda funny and sometimes the comedic moments were spot on and brought a smile to my lips. There’s also plenty of action and suspense, and with the addition of two other characters, Nicole, a reporter and McKray, a washed out rock star, there are lots of great interactions and the dynamics between these four was great to read.

After being bitten by a zombie at the end of book two, David is finding that he isn’t quite the same – he’s slightly different. Sarah is noticing all sorts of things such as his increased hunger, increased strength and the fact that the zombies don’t seem to want to eat him. While dealing with these disturbing revelations, their small group is also taken by another cult, which of course they have to escape from as well as avoiding the zombies who want to munch on their brains.

VERDICT:

Eat Slay Love is fun reading and great for a quick entertaining read. It’s not quite up to par with the first book, but definitely better than the second. I’m sad to hear that Orbit have now dropped the series, I think Sarah and Dave still had quite a few stories to tell – at least the series ended on a high note.

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Married with Zombies
  2. Flip this Zombie
  3. Eat Slay Love
  4. The Zombie Whisperer

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GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the lovely peeps at Simon & Schuster UK, I have FOUR (4) sets of all three books in the series to give away!

This giveaway is UK ONLY and ends 31st Oct 2011

To enter please follow instructions below

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

11 Comments


Kailana October 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

This sounds like a fun read!

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Melliane October 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

I'm glad tou like this one, I've just read the first one of the series but really like it too ! I didn't know it was the last book… thanks for the review

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Jules October 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I love the spooky makeover

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LoriStrongin October 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Boo that the giveaway is only open to UK residents–I really want to read these books! Oh well, maybe next time!

Smiles!
Lori

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Jenny Girl October 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I forgot about this series, so thanks for the reminder :) Great review .

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Danielle (The Reading Grove) October 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

Great review. I didn't realize Eat, Slay, Love was part of a series. I need to add these to my wish list.

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Book Chick City October 3, 2011 at 6:25 am

Kailana – It is fun :)

Melliane – The first one is the best of the series in my opinion but the others are still good and definitely worth reading :)

Jules – Hehe, thanks! :D

LoriStrongin – I know, I'm sorry but there will be another chance to win a set when I do another giveaway, which will be international, for my giveaway bonanza on 31st Oct :D

Jenny Girl – You're welcome :)

Danielle – Thank you! Yes, definitely add them to your wishlist as if you enjoy zombies or urban fantasy I'm sure you'll like this series :)

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HollyG October 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Oh these have been on my wishlist for a while, want them so much, amazing giveaway!

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Steffikins October 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

I've been staring at this series for weeks! Thanks for running an awesome giveaway!

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erin October 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I love, love, love this series. It was everything I love about Zombies. Survival, sarcasm and a literally killer couple! I was sad to hear that this would only be a trilogy as I loved it so much!

Thanks for the awesome review! (didn't enter the contest b/c I haunted the bookstore for each one as they were released!)

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