Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eat Your Heart Out by Dayna Ingram

Dayna Ingram's Eat Your Heart Out from BrazenHead (part of Lethe Press) is a sexy, stylish zombie apocalypse tale with loads of wit, blood, brains, shotguns, and a B-movie, celebrity love interest who feels, looks, and acts a lot like Michelle Rodriguez. I don't know why you're still reading my blog with that knowledge. Here's the official synopsis:

A breakneck tale of kick-ass, wise-ass, sexy-ass lesbians and zombies, Eat Your Heart Out opens on what promises to be another tediously annoying day at Ashbee's Furniture Outlet. Then the strip-mall calm of Nowhere, Ohio, is shattered by the sudden, simultaneous appearance of Renni Ramirez-hyper-competent star of the beloved Rising Evil B-movie franchise-and actual zombies, leaving Ashbee's hapless staff and Renni trapped behind an automatic door they can't lock. Can failed creative-writing student/apprentice store manager/eagle-eyed markswoman Devin escape the besieged furniture store to rescue her girlfriend? Will Renni's experience slaughtering motion-captured CGI monsters save the day before the army bombs the town? Once bitten, how many zombies can a person expect to take out before succumbing to infection? Who is the mysterious Deus Ex Machina, and what is he doing with that bone saw? All of these questions and more whisper behind the scream of the single most important thing Devin needs to know in order to survive: is Renni a top or a bottom?

Ingram's got a real feel for dialog although I think that the book would have benefited from a bit less of it. Clever can get tiresome after a while and it loses its punch. My only other criticism of this book concerns the ending, which just didn't feel big enough for what is at its heart a zombie action thriller (with hot lesbians!). The story just sort of ends and no amount of clever winks (naming the guy who swoops in to save them and infodump the zombie genesis story, Deus ex Machina, for example) makes it any better. I'm not sure if its a criticism, but really what I wanted from this book was MORE. I wanted our heroes to have a sweeping, action-filled finale and a sexy resolution to all of that build-up (there is hot sex, but I still want MORE). Ingram leaves us hanging a bit although I still enjoyed the ride like crazy. I hope that means that we can expect LOTS more from this talented author. 

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