If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: Not Dead Enough by Mina Carter / @minacarter

Title: Project Rebellion, SARA Book 1: Not Dead Enough
Author: Mina Carter
Publisher: Blue Hedgehog Press
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Military, Romance
ARC Received From: InstaFreebie
Reviewed For: Wickedly Innocent Promotions

There is life after death, unfortunately for them, it's the same one...

Brett Perkins was a soldier, until the Project killed him. Now he's finding that life after death isn't so hot. With the Project base destroyed, he and his team have been tasked with running down and destroying a group of rogue Bloods. Unfortunately the vampires always seem to be one step ahead. Then they start kidnapping women...

Thanks to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Julia Collier is despised and reviled in the small town of Greenwood. His stories have painted her as everything from an air-headed gold-digger to a nymphomaniac serial killer. She can't even shop in the local store without suffering abuse from her fellow townsfolk, and that's before the late night calls or her ex's bully-boys following her.

When her home is broken into, Julia assumes it's her husband making good on his threats to 'deal with her for good'. She never dreams that it will lead a descent into another, terrifying world. One inhabited by werewolves, vampires...and zombies. Or that zombies could be so damn hot. Espeically one certain example who makes her heart pound and all her common sense disappear over the horizon. After all, what woman in her right mind would fall for the undead?

Unless the undead aren't dead at all, but something more than human, from a world she'll need all her wits and new abilities to survive the battle between the undead...and the dead.

Project Rebellion: They're not heroes, they're something else... They're SARAs and they're about to kick ass.

Can anyone please tell me why I haven't read any of the books in the Project Rebellion series before? Anyone?

I'm familiar with Ms. Carter's writing. I've read and reviewed her work before. But this story? *whistles* I'm blown away by it!

It is awesome to see a fresh take on zombies. Brett and his crew, Re-Animates according to the people who made him what he was, are dead through and through, but they possess abilities that make them more than brainless flesh-eaters. They can stop and start their hearts. They self-heal. They're fast, silent, and insanely strong. They are, in short, the ultimate fighting machines. While they hunt Bloods (vampires), they encounter a human woman who bears a bite mark signifying her turning. Crazy as it is, Brett's attraction to the woman is more than physical. It's molecular, which was incredible.

Much like vampires and shifters who can scent their mate, Brett was able to realize on a subconscious level that Julia was his mate. He went berserk on his teammates for speaking ill of her, snapped at one of them when he wanted to check her injuries after they found her. I like that he didn't fight his attraction to her, despite the fact that she was a Blood and his enemy through no fault of her own. Turning wasn't her choice and I was so glad he didn't hold it against her.

This story moves fast and is incredibly detailed. Ms. Carter's angle on zombies was refreshing. Her snappy style and dialogue kept me turning the pages on my tablet, and she combined those both with strong characters. Brett and Julia weren't opposites or objects of compensation for what the other lacked. They balanced each other, found strength in their feelings for one another, and a purpose in being together: hunt Bloods and keep the humans safe.

Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

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