Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Released" by Megan Duncan

ReleasedFrom Goodreads: "After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark then they could have ever imagined."

If you are a fan of "Zombieland" and the "Resident Evil" film franchise than you in for a treat with this book! This book combines all of the best elements of both films, plus a few totally swoon-worthy male leads, to make for an enjoyable couple hours of reading (seriously, once you start reading this book you will be unable to put it down until you finish it). 

I really, really, really liked Max as a character, he was just such an all around  good guy.  And I really liked his connection with Abby, I always love it when authors choose to match up two characters who have been acquaintances for a long period of time and over time start to develop feelings for one another gradually, as opposed to when authors match characters up based on superficial reasons or the whole undying-love-at-first-sight-which-makes-me-want-to-throw-myself-down-a-set-of-stairs-or-gag.

I must admit that I did have a bit of difficulty adapting to Megan's writing style. I felt that her writing was very concise and to the point, she didn't dilly dally in her writing using overly flowery descriptions and the likes of and therefore I didn't feel all that much of a connection to some scenes because their descriptions were almost over-simplistic (and I know, some people totally are anti-flowery writing and in some occasions I am totally one of those people- ie. when it isn't used successfully, like when an author drones on and on about something pointless or unnecessary to the storyline- but in some instances I really do appreciate it because it allows me to better imagine the scene- and yes, I am totally one of those people who pictures everything that they are reading in their head). 

All in all, while it is a bit hard to connect to some scenes in the book, the overall uniqueness of it, coupled with a few really great characters, more than make up for it. I am really looking forward to reading the next installment in this series!

Rating: 7.5/10 

I received this e-book from the author to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.


  1. The friends-to-lovers (well, not always lovers but you know what I mean) is one of my favorite scenarios, so that's a huge plus with me for this book! I hadn't heard of this one before, so thanks for the review Avery!

  2. Thanks for much for the wonderful review! I can't wait to spread the word. I am glad you enjoyed the story. Stay tuned for Savor, the first book in my vampire series and Chaos the next installment of Abby, Max and Carter's journey! :o)

  3. LOL! Glad you didn't gag! ;D

    This one sounds like something I'd enjoy. Zombieland with swoon-worthy males? I just need the time to read all these good books you are recommending!


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