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Wanted: Dead or Undead (Zombie West Book 1) by [Scott, Angela]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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About the Author

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She's not crazy. She's an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3730 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (18 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #684,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was seriously disappointed in this book. Not because it's badly written, it's not. But because it contains so many elements that I dislike in a book. So, while not everyone will share my opinion, as everyone has their own hot buttons, this book was a fail for me.

You see, the blurb led me to believe that the heroine, Red, was a strong, kick-ass, take charge kind of girl. And she was in the beginning, right up until the point at which she started to fall in love. After that, she became progressively weaker, more often confused, more frequently in need of care, less capable of defending herself, drastically more easily moved to tears, more willing to be told what to do as opposed to instruct others and much more likely to make stupid, ill-thought out, life threatening decision based on misinformation and jumped to conclusions that could have been avoided with a mere conversation. She basically became a weepy, Too-Stupid-To-Live girl in love. Why does this happen so often in YA/NA literature?

Now some readers might read this book and think, 'awww, she found a good man to take care of her, how sweet.' Me? I read it and wonder where the girl who'd been taking care of herself went. I was MUCH more interested in her than the damsel in distress who was lucky enough to attract Trace's affection and protection.

The book could have done with a bit more character development. I can forgive its lack of worldbuilding. Zombie novels don't really need that much to be understandable. But these characters were hollow paper cut outs, with very little depth. The whole thing also felt very anachronistic (if I can use that word to say present things seeped into the past, as opposed to the other way around). Dialogue and personal values felt far too modern, as did money.
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The author contacted me and asked whether I would like to read and review her book, after looking at reviews, I said yes. The book itself is about a very unique concept and one that had lots of potential. This is a good book, it's very unique and pulls the reader in from the very beginning, the only problem I had with it was that it seemed to lose its momentum towards the end. The beginning was great, it was strong and action packed and I loved it. It was the makings of a great novel. But then we reached the middle and it lost the momentum. Red the main character seemed to lose her kickass strong willed personality we came to love. Instead she became fragile and lost, scared, I missed the Red we were originally introduced to. The one who could take out a zombie with one shot.

Trace is a cowboy, whose life is interrupted when a fiery red haired girl walks in the bar and shoots a zombie in front of everyone. Trace thinks she looks familiar and it isn't until he sees the wanted posters he finds out who she is. Trace follows Red looking out to turn her in at the next town but things don't go as planned. Trace gets closer and closer to Red until he finds out the truth about the reward and he vows to keep her safe from her past. Red allows him to know her secret but she doesn't need his company and she damn well shouldn't want it. They outrun zombies until they finally catch up.

At the start Red was an incredible Kick ass heroine who could master any gun. I loved how unique she was, her fiery hair that matched her I-don't-give-a-damn attitude. I loved her at the beginning. What I didn't like was how in the middle she becomes fragile, alas I understand the pain she is put through but it seems her strong will was turned off with a flick of a switch.
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Not a good read at all. I'm a big fan of zombie horror but found this hard going
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The lovely Author, Angela Scott, got in contact with me to ask if I would read and review Wanted: Dead or Undead. I automatically fell in love with cover as soon as I looked at it so I decided to read the summary. It was completely different from my usual flow of books but I was craving something new and fresh to read so I decided to give it a go. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical before I began, because like I said, it's a completely different genre from what I'm used to. But it really was a fantastic book!

The story follows Trace, a cowboy who mainly likes to keep to himself ever since the zombie-apocalypse began. He has never had a family so he doesn't usually depend on many people. One day, a beautiful girl with red hair called Red enters the saloon, and he is immediately drawn to her. Not for the reasons you think. But for something completely different. She was the girl that he has seen on Wanted posters with a hefty price on her head so he is determined to befriend her and then hand her over to the sheriff when they get to the nearest town. But with trying to survive the wave of zombie attacks laid upon them everyday, they meet new people. People who Trace never expected he'd care about. They become his family and he would do everything to protect them all, including Red.

Recently I have been getting really into the apocalyptic genre, but a zombie-apocalypse? AWESOME. I really, really love the whole concept of it. The world being taken over by a zombie race with very few survivors and the plague spreading quickly. I love how we see the world from Trace and Red's point of views because they are very different people. Red is the tough, head-strong, independent girl who doesn't trust anyone, not since her family died from the zombie attack.
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