A mixed bag

‘RecruitZ’ – Karice Bolton

3-star-rating

RecruitZ - Karice Bolton

RecruitZ – Karice Bolton

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

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About the author:

Karice Bolton

Karice Bolton

Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest and is a writer of Young Adult and New Adult books. She loves to read anything and everything. She also enjoys baking, skiing, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two English bulldogs.

Books currently available:

‘The Camp’

Beyond Love Series:

‘Beyond Control’ (Book 1)

‘Beyond Control’ (Book 1)

‘Beyond Doubt’ (Book 2)

‘Beyond Reason’ (Book 3) – 28th Feb.

Afterworld Series:

‘RecruitZ’ (Book 1)

The Witch Avenue Series:

‘Lonely Souls’ (Book 1)

‘Altered Souls’ (Book 2)

‘Released Souls’ (Book 3)

‘Shattered Souls’ (Book 4)

The Watchers Trilogy:

‘Awakening’ (Book 1)

‘Legions’ (Book 2)

‘Cataclysm’ (Book 3)

‘Taken Novella’ (Watchers Prequel)

Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or FaGoodreadscebook page to find out the latest news on give-aways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can.

Author links:

Facebook Twitter Web / Goodreads

Review:

‘RecruitZ’ is a novel that delivers in peaks and troughs of interest. I found it really difficult to rate this one and couldn’t quite decide if this deserved a three or four star rating. In the end I settled for three out of five and hopefully this review will explain why.

The premise of ‘RecruitZ’ really intrigued me. The idea of the world recovering from a serious outbreak that turned the infected into zombies did appeal to me and reminded me of films such as ’28 Days Later’ and the opening chapter of the book certainly did not disappoint. The exciting opening saw our main protagonist, Rebekah (a lovely and unusual spelling for such a popular name!) trapped in a car with her husband, with a crowd of zombies battling to get in. Furthermore, the car they are stuck in is a voice-activated one and only responds to certain commands, and not when it detects pedestrians being at risk. The question of their escaping alive caught my imagination (despite what is hinted at in the blurb) and it was sections like this one that made ‘RecruitZ’ a real page-turner.

But what let this novel down for me was that at times the plot either was lacking in depth or there really wasn’t much going on and I felt like Bolton was trying to “pad out” the story a bit. This was disappointing for me as there were times when I wanted a lot more from the plot, such as more insight into the background of the outbreak, or more details about when Rebekah is trying to escape in the opening scene. Then, on the other hand, scenes such as when Rebekah is in the gym before there are deadly visitors, came across as rather dull. The description of her working the bars in the cage just didn’t appeal to me and this lessened the pace of the story because it seemed so lengthy.

There are a lot of hints made in this story and, being the first in a series, I hope that they are elaborated on in the next novel. This will help maintain reader interest because I think there is a lot of backstory that needs explaining. Now that the scene has been set and the characters established, there is definite potential to crank up the pace in the next instalment.

So, whilst this book does have some exciting and tense scenes to carry you through, there is still opportunity for more plot development. I liked the premise of the story and the mystery surrounding the outbreak and the role of the scientists was certainly intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the characters progress now that they have their first round of answers.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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‘RecruitZ’ book blitz

‘Recruitz’ (‘Afterworld series, book 1)  – Karice Bolton

(Publication date: 27th December 2013)

RecruitZ - Karice Bolton

RecruitZ – Karice Bolton

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

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Excerpt from the novel:

I gripped the console as I watched the twitches and spasms of the zombies’ movements closing in on us. They were everywhere…the grass, the sidewalk, the driveway. There was no mistaking the rotting, grey flesh that exposed the muscle and bone of the undead. They were something I’d run from countless times, but this time we had nowhere to run. The undead had us trapped. They would rip us to shreds in an instant.

“I think some of ‘em are new,” I said, turning my attention back to Gavin.

There were some clean-looking zombies staggering toward us, their flesh mostly intact. That made no sense. The outbreak had been contained for months. There should be no freshly infected roaming around. Everyone had been vaccinated. The only stragglers evading capture had been around awhile, so their bodies were beat up badly by the time they were caught. Not these.

“Let’s hope not,” he murmured, not bothering to look out the window to confirm nor deny my suspicions.

“We can’t run. They’d totally get us before we got away,” I said, hoping he’d correct me, tell me that we had a chance.

He didn’t.

He slammed his fist into the steering wheel and looked over at me. When the outbreak happened, we never looked back. We were always on the move, running from the disease that took our families and friends. That was the key to survival. Never stay in one place. Always stay on the move. Now we had nowhere to move. I glanced over at Gavin and saw the fear in his eyes. Even with everything we’d encountered, his eyes had never held this amount of terror.

“Babe, whatever happens…”

“Knock it off,” I said.

“We have nothing to fight them with, and a horde this size needs a distraction.”

“Don’t you dare,” I hissed, shaking my head. The fear was pulsing through me at an unstoppable rate. “We didn’t live through the outbreak to die now.”

Click the links below to get yourself a copy of the book, only $0.99 from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd February 2014:

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About the author:

Karice Bolton

Karice Bolton

Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest and is a writer of Young Adult and New Adult books. She loves to read anything and everything. She also enjoys baking, skiing, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two English bulldogs.

Books currently available:

‘The Camp’

Beyond Love Series:

‘Beyond Control’ (Book 1)

‘Beyond Control’ (Book 1)

‘Beyond Doubt’ (Book 2)

‘Beyond Reason’ (Book 3) – 28th Feb.

Afterworld Series:

‘RecruitZ’ (Book 1)

The Witch Avenue Series:

‘Lonely Souls’ (Book 1)

‘Altered Souls’ (Book 2)

‘Released Souls’ (Book 3)

‘Shattered Souls’ (Book 4)

The Watchers Trilogy:

‘Awakening’ (Book 1)

‘Legions’ (Book 2)

‘Cataclysm’ (Book 3)

‘Taken Novella’ (Watchers Prequel)

Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or Facebook page to find out the latest news on give-aways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can.

Author links:

Facebook / Twitter / Web / Goodreads

Giveaway!

As part of this book promotion, Mrs Brown’s books is giving away one free ebook of ‘Recruitz’, courtesy of Xpresso book tours. To get in with a chance, simply comment on this post giving your name, email address and preferred format (ePub, Mobi, PDF). Good luck!