Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Eat Brains Love by: Jeff Hart

Release Date: October 1, 2013
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review
"Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.

Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake's whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.

Now Jake definitely has Amanda's attention-as well as Cass's, since she's been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC's The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that's coming in Summer 2014."

My Thoughts:

I am a big zombie fan. I watch The Walking Dead religiously, infest my Christmas village with zombie figurines, and if a book mentions zombies I have to read it. So it’s no surprise that I wanted to read this book the moment I found out about it. It sounded like so much fun and just a great zombie world to live in. Sadly this wasn’t all I hoped it would be. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it like I had hoped to. I guess I was expecting something along the lines of Rot and Ruin and while it was kind of similar it just wasn’t as good.

The whole premise for this story is interesting. We are given alternating points of view between Jake, a zombie, and Cass, a zombie hunter. The book shows us these two opposing forces and the buildup to the climatic encounter between the two. 

Jake was a very interesting character and he is likable. Despite him being a zombie and all the questionable morals that entails, I still really loved his character. He was funny and snarky and in a lot of ways just a normal teenage boy. Then there was Cass and her point of view was definitely my least favorite. As weird as it is, I enjoyed being in the zombies head over the humans. I actually could have done without her POV. Well maybe not, her POV serves a purpose, but I found myself rushing through her chapters to get back to Jake and Amanda. Speaking of Amanda, I liked her. She was smart and I always appreciate that. She thought through her actions and Jake wouldn’t have gotten very far without her. However, during the last 5% of the book I got aggravated with her. I felt like her character changed drastically very quickly and it felt a bit unreal to me. I was like; this is not the Amanda I read about for the majority of the book. 

As I mentioned before, I much preferred the zombie POV and along with that I actually found myself rooting for the zombies. Now just note, these are not “good” zombies. They eat brains and it’s gruesome and they lose control. However, I think I rooted for them because they still had human emotions. They were conflicted by their actions and it’s not something they wanted to do. The author did a good job of humanizing the zombies and making you care about them. I can’t say what they did was always right but I also can’t say they always had a choice in their actions. It was an interesting conundrum, but long story short, I felt bad for the zombies. 

While I enjoyed the story, it’s definitely far from being my favorite zombie novel. Probably because I still have a lot of questions. How did it all start? Where did Amanda and Jake get infected (although I have my suspicions)? Why did they change at the same time? And a lot more really. I feel like the book doesn’t really end. It just leaves off at a convenient break. I don’t have any conclusion what so ever. Really I just have a new beginning now. 

Eat Brains Love is a snarky and interesting take on zombies and surprisingly there is some romance to be found. It’s an interesting look at the undead monsters and makes you think.

7 comments:

  1. I cannot believe that no one bought right for The Walking Dead here. What's wrong with these people. Anyhow I have seen this one around and it sounds like a nice zombie book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

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  2. I've seen this one around and was hoping to get to it, but now, I'm not so sure. Sad it wasn't all you hoped it would be. It's cool though how the book switches POVs between a zombie and a zombie hunter!!

    Great review!!! :)

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  3. I like the sound of Jake! The title is catchy too

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  4. Sorry this one didn't strike you the way you'd hoped. I'm not a big fan of zombies, so I probably wouldn't pick it up. But I do love that so many authors have so many different takes on them.
    Great review!

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  5. I bet you have great Halloween decorations!!!! I'm no sure how I feel about this one. I have a copy of it, but it just seems weird to me. I haven't read many zombie books, so I'm a newbie. I think I might pass over this one for one of the more popular ones until I get used to the genre.

    Jennifer
    YA Sisterhood

    Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  6. I have to say zombies aren't really my thing, Teresa. But your review has piqued my interest. ;) Jake sounds pretty great and I love snark, so I may just have to pick this one up.

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