You know those cliched horror movies in which a beautiful young woman is home alone, and after hearing strange ominous noises coming from the creepy dark basement, she decides to go investigate it on her own despite every instinct in her body telling her to run in the opposite direction as fast as humanly possible? And do you recall how frustrated you felt watching that scene all the while yelling, "Don't go to the basement, you effin' idiot!"?
That's basically what happens at the beginning of this book. I get needing to setup a dangerous situation in order for the protagonist to undergo the necessary change the premise of the story is based upon, but that was just a totally lame way to do it. Plus, not only did the heroine prove to be a member of the TSTL club, but nothing she did supported the fact that she was supposed to be some tough-as-nails former soldier. And, truth be told, I was pretty much bored and disinterested in the story and its characters from the start.
I was extremely intrigued by the premise of this book. Prior to picking it up, I was only familiar with stories in which zombies were grotesque homicidal monsters devoid of pretty much all cognitive skills. So, I thought it was a rather cool & refreshing idea to have the protagonist turned into a zombie while still maintaining her humanity.
Sadly though, it took forever for something to actually happen. A lot of the time was spent on getting to know the heroine, which is great (kudos for fleshing out the main character), but it seemed rather mundane (aside for the whole craving brains aspect), and there was very little in terms of meaningful plot development...not to mention zero action. After seven chapters, I just couldn't wait any longer for something exciting to happen and decided to give up.
This book has been promoted as being a mix of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. In my opinion, however, it was straight up PNR through and through. And unfortunately, the romance was incredibly rushed, forced, unbelievable, underdeveloped, and utterly devoid of chemistry. I found myself rolling my eyes way too much and quite frankly, just not giving a damn. Consequently, after a handful of chapters (plus a bit of halfhearted skimming), I finally decided that the story was just not for me.