Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review: Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews

Kick at the Darkness
To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.
College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.

But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.

A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they're on the run—and stuck with each other.

When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker's family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?

Todd’s rating:

Parker is a smart, hard-working 18 year old, but he's floundering in his first month at Stanford, not quite used to the Ivy League college's requirement for excellence -- even for 'blow off' courses.

So much to Parker's A student horror, his C- paper leads him to a confrontation with Adam, his extremely HOT & muscley film studies TA, who refuses to change his grade.

Is a single crappy grade really worth so much drama, though? Not when, later that same night, an act of bio-terrorism transforms the vast majority of the world's population into living zombies, hell-bent on devouring the living.

As Adam makes a late-night coffee run, he obliviously winds up right in the fray, only to be saved by his nemesis, Adam, and his badass softtail Harley, Mariah.

Since Adam has no family, the fleeing pair decide to fight their way cross-country to Cape Cod in search of Parker's parents.

Surviving the zombie apocalypse *and* a road trip? Count me in!

I absolutely loved how, as the boys made their way cross-country, they began to help and rely on one another.

The tender scenes where Adam took care of Parker, first in a house, then in a cave, when Parker came down with the flu at the worst possible time in the history of history to get sick.

Seeing Parker's and Adam's feelings turn into affection, then more, was completely believable. And it didn't feel like those feelings came about because they were "stuck together" and had no other options available.

Then how, after an initial freak out, when Adam's huge secret is revealed, Parker stood by him. Without question. Very inspiring.

Another selling point for this book was the banter, which was a joy. And Parker? At times, Parker can blurt with the best of them and there are very few things that I love more than a good, unfiltered blurter. So two thumbs way up for that!

I also enjoyed seeing that, although there were plenty of very bad guys looking take advantage of a horrible situation, there were still decent, caring people, determined to do the right thing.

The creepiest thing about the book, for me, were the constant, unnerving sounds that the creepers made, as they constantly chattered their teeth together, never stopping. Picturing a clamoring, chomping crowd of hundreds of zombies, the sound endless... Talk about the stuff of nightmares.

It's really difficult to write this review and not give away too many spoilers, but the book was never a dull moment, full of confrontations with the creepers, fleeing from various bad guys and, oh yeah, the sexy bits.

I should also mention that this story was chocked FULL of very hot sex scenes. Parker could be a bit of a dirty little slut in the bedroom. Or in a shower. Or over a picnic table. And, yes, there was a bit of flip-flopping!

And. It. Was. Awesome.

One of my only niggles about the story was the note that Parker leaves at the Cape Code house, as the story concludes and they sail off into the sunset together.

There could have been a little more direct interaction between the boys and the creepers, but the story was written as a more of a love story, which coincidentally happens during the zombie apocalypse, so I was fine with the fewer number of actual zombie fighting scenes.

But the romance? Oh, yeah.
“You know what the best decision I ever made was?”

Holding his breath, Parker shook his head.

“Giving an entitled freshman who didn’t try hard enough a C-minus.”

My thoughts exactly. *swoon*
One last thing to note. Some have thought this was an HFN vs. an HEA; however, with the level of utter devotion that Parker and Adam exhibited it was definitely an HEA for me.

Even if somehow one of them became infected, I don't really see the other giving up until they'd found a cure, so yes, I have complete confidence in an HEA for this one. : )

4.5 *monsters-and-lurve-left-and-right* stars for this little gem.

This was my own copy of the book and not provided by the publisher.

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