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Friday, 10 July 2015

Read to Review- Of Royal Descent (The Doyle Hawthorne series 1)

Title: Of Royal Descent 
Author: Ember Shane
Series: The Doyle Hawthorne series book 1
Rating: 3/5

They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But sometimes, under extreme circumstances, it's exactly that which kills you that makes you stronger. And faster. And a member to a new, elite race of zombies.

Armed with a current address for his biological grandfather and a slightly unusual, yet loyal best friend, Doyle Hawthorne sets out to discover the truth about his past. But answers don't come easily, and the closer Doyle arrives to his destination, the more confusing things become. Disturbing alterations to his physical appearance as well as to his personality flicker on and off as Doyle searches for a logical explanation.

Despite the increasing severity of these uncontrolled flare-ups, Doyle is determined to keep his first date with Addy - a beautiful, young woman he has met upon his arrival into town. After narrowly subduing his raging impulses, Doyle quickly decides not even death itself can keep him from her. Unfortunately, he is about to test that theory.

Once initiated, nothing can alter the process of shading - the term given to the three distinct phases of becoming a higher classification of zombie, commonly referred to as "royals". Doyle must learn to control his tendency toward violence as well as his newfound royal powers if there is any chance of protecting those he loves from a mad scientist, the government, the colony of royals, and most importantly... himself.

My Review:

*I won a paperback copy of this book from goodreads first reads*
This book took me a long time to get into and a long time to finish and I think it was the over descriptive parts about Dylan getting ready, it is a huge pet peeve of mine and a book turn off of mine, I know people have to get ready for the day that is a given but please don't spend a bunch of pages on it when exciting and informational things could be happening instead. Despite the slow start and the fact that is felt like it took forever for the story to get going, it did get interesting and I did find myself engaged as soon as the Zombie Gene was introduced I thought that was an interesting idea and I would really like to learn more about that aspect of the story. I'm not a fan of insta love and this book hard one but I guess they were pretty cute so I will get over it.
I wish there were not so many unanswered questions by the end of this book it was a pretty long book and I thought I would get more but I guess I will just have to read book 2 to get the answers I seek.

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