Monday, December 15, 2014


Shana Festa has just released Time Of Death Book Two: Asylum. This is a super Zombie story and begins where Time Of Death Book One: Induction left off. It is a stand alone novel but, as with any series, I would suggest you read the first book too. You won't be sorry. This is Zombie horror at its best. Look at all the great reviews on Amazon.

As the reviews state, Shana kicks ass with humor. Hmmn. Not easy to pull off but Shana does it so well.

Shana Festa has some great Holiday presents for the Zombie lovers on your list. Spread the love and gore both.

Oh yeah!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

December 9, 2014
Surviving the journey is just the beginning.

The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen.

In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.

Once again, Emma must navigate an apocalyptic wasteland filled with relentless hordes of the undead and other menacing horrors that threaten her survival.

Only thing is certain. No one is safe from what lurks on either side of Asylum's gates. Sanity will be tested; and many won't live to tell the tale.

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites. December 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book to give an honest review.
Let me start off saying that this cover is BADASS! If I was to walk into a store and saw this cover I would pick it up without even glancing at the blurb.

Anyway on to the review, would it be weird as a reviewer to say that I love this author? Literally I love the way her mind works and she can put it all out in an awesome story. I am torn on if I loved book one more or book two more maybe I love them the same. There are more than one laugh out loud moments. Below is one of my favorites.
"Not an option. I'm prairie dogging. Not to mention, how big of a tool would I look if I walked in squeezing my cheeks together and just asked to use their toilet."

With Asylum we pick up right where book one left off. Emma has her husband Jake back, she has her sister in law and brother in law, add into the mix Daphne. Yes the trusty, yapping dog who loves to leave surprise nuggets!
The group is still living on the boat after they had to leave the island they were on because of an outbreak. I will never once in my life fully understand why if you get bitten by a damn zombie before you turn you come back to the safe haven. You got to know you will be munching on your love ones.
While drifting along they all start to wonder what they are going to do when supplies start running out, and they come across another boat how awesome right? Yeah we all know how this goes down like always, fast forward to now they have to book it by foot. They come across other survivors which we all know is far and in between. And they get to meet new characters, and lose some. This is where we learn of Asylum. It is a safe haven for all to come but it is mentioned on more than one occasion you have to pretty much pull your weight within the community. Sorry but to me this already sends out red flags.
We watch how Emma, Meg, and Jake go through so much and one tragic event causes Jake to treat Emma like crap and I loved how she decided she was going to put him in place. It was something he needed after all they have been though.
I have to say I think the zombies are starting to act different and not in a good way. Something and it may be nothing is going on with them. Hope they are not evolving how crazy would that be.

This author has a way of adding humor, into the gore and the depression that these characters are going through that you can't help but to laugh, want to cry and go oh snap I didn't see that coming.

If you need a zombie book to read, I say get your copy of these two books. You can not and will not be disappointed.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. I was so ready for more after reading the ending, now I just have to found out when book three will be coming out.

Shana, keep doing what you are doing and writing awesome, amazeballs, ass-kicking, humor filled zombie stories.

Book Description

May 26, 2014
When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they’re hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Editorial Reviews


"A must read. Time of Death: Induction is the Zombie Apocalypse at its best. Scary, scary stuff." 

"Shana Festa's debut novel is disturbing. She breathed creative life into the zombie genre. With three-dimensional characters and a compelling plot, Time of Death: Induction is a book you will read fast, but remember forever. Job well-done!"
"The characters feel genuine, and you can't help but get involved with them. That's the strength of this book, and like any good zombie, all I want is more!"
"Readers will find Shana Festa's work original, poignant, funny, gory, heartbreaking, and above all else totally satisfying. Time of Death showcases a strong new voice in dystopian fiction that will leave you hungry for more."
"Shana Festa delivers an outstanding old school zombie tale that will keep you up late and remind you why you love this genre."
"I enjoyed this fast paced debut novel by Shana Festa. The gripping and unique nature of the book kept me turning the pages, and you'll have a hard time putting down."

"Festa has created a masterpiece in which the reader completely immerses and doesn't come up for air until the very end. The ending is brutal and holds absolutely nothing back, you will be begging for the follow up to ToD: Induction in no time." 

About the Author

Shana Festa grew up in the small town of Northborough Massachusetts. As an impressionable tot, she shared in her father's love for Horror, and spent most of her childhood hiding under the blankets worrying what nightmarish creature lurked in her closet. She grew up on a healthy diet of classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Return of the Living Dead, American Werewolf in London, Child's Play and Poltergeist.

Her writing career was born from her long-time addiction to terrifying tales. Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on zombie fiction. Her altruistic beliefs fuse seamlessly with The Bookie Monster's mission to provide readers with honest reviews and to provide authors with a platform to promote their labors of love.

Shana holds a degree in nursing and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two adorable dogs. In addition to her apocalyptic series, TIME OF DEATH, she is a founding member of AT HELL'S GATES, a horror anthology series dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and amazing October 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The zombie books I normally read aren't what you'd expect. They're not the norm for zombies. I've never watched The Walking Dead. Basically, I'm the worst zombie fan in the traditional sense. This is why I was nervous about reading Shana Festa's Induction. I was afraid I was going to be a good audience for it. And I felt a bit intimidated by reading a traditional zombie novel.

But you know what? All of those worries were unfounded. I found myself lost in the pages of Induction quickly. Shana Festa is such a talented writer that I felt surrounded by her world within a few chapters. I was on the edge of my seat as I read this book. Festa was able to incite a very real feeling of fear when it comes to her take on a zombie apocalypse.

The inclusion of Daphne, Emma's beloved dog, was such a sweet touch. At times, I doubted Emma. She wasn't the easiest character to like. But her resolve and utter badassness redeemed her. The relationship she had with her dog solidified my like of her. She was rather fearless when it was needed. Her lack of mercy was a refreshing break that I enjoyed because it was absolutely warranted.

The one thing that always stood out to me was Shana Festa's ability to kill off a character in any way at any time. A lot of readers will enjoy this. It makes for a more edge of the seat, gripping read. But I think this is where reading predominately Young Adult literature has ruined me. I felt like the deaths sometimes overshadowed the rest of the story. The feeling of hope was missing and it stood out to me. But like I said, a lot of readers will enjoy the more realistic aspect.

Shana Festa definitely has something promising with the Time of Death series. With this debut, she has shown a strong handle of storytelling with a fluid grace. I will definitely be tuning in for the rest of this series. And if you're a zombie fan, you're missing out until you pick up Induction!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

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