Review: Jolie du Pre’s Audio book: Benton: A Zombie Novel Vol. 1

Story synopsis (copied from Amazon): Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household–all except twenty-something Jennifer. She’s escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?
A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family’s ranch. He’s sure they’ll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.
There’s no place else to go, there’s no way to escape the zombies but through, and there’s no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.


This will be my second audio book that I’ve reviewed. Ever. The first was Warm Bodies, which I only gave a short review on Goodreads, I believe. I am still working out a system for reviewing, but for now I’m going to wing it!

General audio book thoughts: I liked the voice actor’s tone. She was able to be different characters without distracting me from the storyline and was very easy to understand. Plus, I love the way she pronounces the author’s name, Jolie du Pre. Beautiful! Also, since I was “reading” an audio book, I was able to do mindless tasks at work AND read a book. Win-win.

However, I have a feeling that since I was listening to this book instead of reading it, I had a hard time connecting to the budding romance between Jennifer and Mark. It was there and I listened to the story, but I think I would’ve liked to read it as a normal text and imagine their interactions in my own way instead of how the voice actor portrayed them. I can’t say for sure, because I haven’t read the printed version, but I’d like to think that because I genuinely enjoyed the rest of the story.

The main character, Jennifer, is spunky and good with a gun, but still vulnerable. I think in her situation, I would need to hope to find a band of roaming psychologists to get me through that sort of trauma.

This book has zombies, action, twists and turns. It was a very entertaining read!

Cover review: This has nothing to do with the plot or quality of the audio book, but as a graphic designer I feel the need to look at design. I personally do not like when a books cover has a model on the cover that shows every detail of what he or she looks like. When I read, I like to be able to form this image of the characters in my mind, even if the author explains their appearance in detail. Again, personal preference. Many people may like to see exactly what the character looks like on the cover. I am just not one of them (I have a few exceptions, but I can’t think of them at the moment).

Thank you for reading!

You can visit Jolie du Pre on Facebook, twitter, GoodReads, and her website!

Buy Benton: Vol 1 here on Amazon!




Dissension by K.A. Salidas Review

I was recently added to a read and review list by Cheer of Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans. While I usually review books I read on both Goodreads and Amazon, I have yet to put my book reviews on my blog.

Well, today is the day! My first book as an “official” downloadreviewer is “Dissension by K.A. Salidas. I didn’t even read the description before I dove in, only knowing that it was a Dystopian related genre. After she set the Apocalyptic scene, K.A. introduces vampires to the story. My reaction was half “Ooo, vampires!” and “I hope it isn’t like Twilight…”.


Selene is an awesome vampire, but so is Mira!

I have not read very many vampire books (yet), so I don’t really have a lot of good titles to go off of from my own personal experience. Do not fear! From the very first page where I was introduced to the main character, Mira, I was hooked. She is snarky, short (like me), and kicks major butt from the beginning. I kept picturing Selene from the Underworld (movie) series, except wearing Roman gladiator gear. And even though she is amazing in every single way, she was by no means perfect. Another thing I like about Mira is that she grew as a character. She didn’t remain the same when her reality bubble popped, but instead stood up to meet the challenge and changed how she felt. Some books I’ve read have lacked character development, but Dissension’s characters were likable and grew as the story progressed. One more trait about Dissension I found unique, was the combination of futuristic elements with ancient Roman traditions and events. It was like steampunk, but instead of using futuristic weaponry in Victorian times (and steam powered vehicles), Dissension was both the future and the ancient past. Love it.

Thank you, Katie for let me read and review your book! I definitely will be checking out the rest of the Chronicles of the Uprising series.

You can find K.A. Salidas on Facebook, Twitter, and her website. Buy Dissension on Amazon here.