Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A.Verstraete Personal Reviews, Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter
August 4, 1892
I am a huge Lizzie Borden fan, so anything that even has her name on it is fodder for my obsession and this fit that bill perfectly, and zombies too? Well that was too good to pass up. The first book started out pretty normally, just like the events of that day - but the difference is that Lizzie comes upon her stepmother (or stepmonster as some people who follow the case would call her) in the bedroom and when she turns around Lizzie sees something unspeakable and has no idea what is happening. Abby Borden is SOMETHING, but of course you are reading the book and you have to consider that back in her day, they would have not even known what the word zombies was. Then of course her father has also turned and both of them are axed to death by Lizzie with the help of her sister Emma. Now if you follow the case, Emma was supposedly out of town at the time of the murders so she was never a suspect. What I love about this book is that every chapter starts with a REAL question from Lizzie's inquisition that she faced. And then follows a story about how Lizzie has to realize that although SHE and The Society as she comes to know them know of the zombies, no one else does and she is still seen as a murderer by the people. The difference is that her sister does not, she knows what really happened that day. But neither can say anything because The Society has told them they can have no part in the case or in the public eye. Soon the streets are filling up with zombies and even though the neighbors start to come out their doors, they don't seem to realize what is going on - but of course who would? In those days that was unheard of. I think that is what makes this series so great is that Lizzie becomes a heroine in her own right rather than someone who is looked upon as a possible murderess from the readers' perspective. I personally never thought Lizzie committed the crimes, but that is my own opinion.
I really enjoyed watching Lizzie's character go through the changes, becoming an amazingly strong and efficient killer of zombies. I also love the way the author uses her name as "Liz" from a lot of the characters and it kind of brings the old into the new so to speak. And she also realizes that her father is somehow involved in all of these people being turned but she has to figure out how and she has to do it quickly, quietly and not get turned herself and at the same time protect Emma. And all this while preparing for her own trial, knowing that she is innocent and knowing she could prove it if she found out the truth, but wondering how that will be possible with The Society involved. It's definitely a page-turner and after finishing this one I couldn't wait for the second book to find out what really happens. In a big way, this book also reminded me of the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies book because the females became the well-trained and intelligent ones and they learned how to defend themselves. I give this book 5 stars :)
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2
The first book in this series was good enough - I loved to read a new take on the old story of Lizzie Borden! It was just amazing and I LOVED the ending because it left me wanting more and it was clear there would be more. And now we have yet another story, kind of a second coming if you will :) Once Lizzie finds out from Pierre that the "tonic" was available as a recipe and literally ANYONE who had known about it could use it, Lizzie is not surprised when things begin again. This time though she can't blame her father or the other culprits from the first book so who is behind the uprising this time? Honestly I wondered about The Society and some of its' members, I was not sure that somehow one of them went rogue and used the tonic for their own benefit. Lizzie met quite a few new people such as Pierre - who was their trainer from The Society; as well as another Society member who gained her mistrust throughout the first book. I liked the juxtaposition of what we have been told about Lizzie, that she was self-centered and did not care for her sister Emma much nor anyone else against the Lizzie from the books, who has a great love for her sister Emma and puts her first. For example the men Lizzie meets; it is clear she cares for Pierre, but she decides that Emma needs him more so she attempts to stop herself from liking him. Unfortunately for Emma he is all about Lizzie, and it continues right into this book, although Lizzie fights it thinking that she is just not good enough or young enough for him. This book is set just a few months after Lizzie's trial has ended, only just a few days after the end of the first book, but the beginning of each chapter still has question from the trial or snippets from the news at that time, which is continuing to bring the original story into the nightmare of the books. Lizzie is still a great huntress and zombie killer, but at the beginning of this book, she is just tired, she does NOT want to keep doing this. It needs to be over in her opinion.
The one thing about these zombies is different - it seems that it's not a virus, but a recipe that causes the issues - even though they are still "contagious" with their bites. And the reader can almost smell the nastiness that Lizzie and corporation get a whiff of every time zombies are around. This is different because I read and watch EVERY zombie show I can imagine and I have never read about such a horrible stench being present and alerting the fighters to the presence of the zombies. Normally I have heard of the noise of their shuffling and all of that, but in these books it is clear that their smell is the best indicator of their presence. However, the book is VERY graphic about what the scene is, so please be aware of that before reading it. Very gory and I love it, but not everyone does. Unfortunately for me, this book made me sad from the beginning, but you have to read it to find out why that is. But it's clear that someone is using Lizzie's father's name to do the dirty deeds and carry on this horrifying circus. And when Emma goes missing, Lizzie has to search even harder and faster to find her sister. I must say that although to tell anything else would be to give away GREAT spoilers, I was utterly shocked at the outcome at the end of this book and who was involved. It is completely unexpected! Yet another great read, I am actually hoping for another book even though it appears to be over. Another 5 star read in my opinion :) Must read for any zombie/historical fiction lover!
Christine (C.A.) Verstraete enjoys putting a little "scare" in her writing. She follows the murder trial and offers a twist on the infamous 1892 Borden murders in her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. She also looks at the murders from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor in her latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Other books include a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, and books on dollhouse collecting and crafting.