24 April 2014

Review: Love & Decay (Volume 2) by Rachel Higginson

Love & Decay (Volume 2)
Author: Rachel Higginson
Pub. Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Acquired: Purchased.
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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A lot has changed for Reagan in the few months since she stumbled upon the Parker family. She has given up her isolated vagabond lifestyle and along with her best friend Haley, made a permanent home with the brothers and their sweet, little sister.

More specifically, Reagan has fallen in love with Hendrix Parker, a man just as consumed with loving and protecting her.

Their love is tested time and time again as their lives are continually threatened and put in danger, Zombies lurk around every dilapidated corner and an uncertain risk follows them across state lines.

While the undead haunt their newfound happiness, Matthias Allen and his obsessive son Kane remind Reagan and friends that Zombies aren’t the only evil lurking in this new apocalyptic world. Kane is on a mission to make Reagan his and take her back to The Colony, where his father reigns as a tyrannical overlord and Kane is second in command.

While Tyler and Miller Allen adjust to life with the Parkers, Reagan and Haley after their own escape from The Colony, the group decides to set up camp at a safe settlement that offers them refuge.

But is anything truly safe at the end of the world?

Soon they are surrounded by Zombies trying to eat them, an enemy settlement trying to rip them apart and the internal, every day struggles of trying to live together at the end of the world.

No matter the cost, Reagan refuses to give up Hendrix, Haley and the others that she has come to love so fiercely. She will fight any enemy, against any evil; she will do anything to keep her freedom and the people that have become her life and everything she lives for safe.

Love and Decay, Volume Two, is a compilation of the last six episodes in a twelve episode season. This volume includes a bonus episode from Hendrix Parker’s point of view. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks.

~My Review~

Oh, boy. Just when I thought this series couldn't get any more intense. I was so wrong.

Reagan is such a strong female character but I'm so glad that she has some vulnerability along with that strength.
After being taken by the semi-psychotic-but-ultimately-tempting Kane and his family, Reagan will do whatever she can to keep all of her people safe. This includes Kane's sister and brother who see their family for the evil that they are. However, this is easier said than done.

Between a crazy man who wants to keep her all to himself, zombies (who seem to be developing some crazy smarts) who want to eat them, and the unknown of letting Hendrix have her heart, Reagan never seems to have a moment of peace.

This volume of Love & Decay is crazier and more nail-biting than the first, if you can believe it. The situations that the Parkers, Reagan, and Haley are subjected to made me a little crazed at times. I'm a girl who likes a story that can be predictable...Most of the time. However, no character is safe and no situation is impossible for Ms. Higginson. And, that was totally okay with me!

The writing is brilliant and I can't think of a single moment where I was bored. It's all I can do to not stay up till the wee hours every other Friday just waiting for the next installment.

Also, just when I thought the story couldn't be any better, Ms. Higginson gave us an extra episode from Hendrix's point of view. Ms. Higginson, if you see this, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.

Five other things I'm obsessed with right now:
1. My Kuerig Coffee Machine. Genius.
2. 90's music. Oh man, the 90's speak right to my soul.
3. Chocolate smelling body wash. Who doesn't want to walk around smelling like a bakery?
4. Colored Chapstick. And if it's Dr. Pepper Flavored, that's kind of my nirvana.
5. Spotify. It's like the mixed-tape of this generation and I have probably three hundred hours of music on there. Can't get enough.

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