The Thoughts And Ramblings Of An Overactive Mind | 19 February 2015 | Rachel H

I’ve just finished reading ‘Zom-B Bride’, the tenth book in the Zom-B series. My mind is reeling and I’m left with conflicting emotions, leaving me confused and overly hyped. I feel compelled to throw together a review of the book, immediately. So here it goes.

‘Zom-b Bride’ is unlike any of the other books in the series we’ve read so far, and it manages to have completely different feel to all the others. The entire book takes place in one single location, giving us a look into the bizarre and twisted world of the infamous clown, Mr Dowling. B is cut off from the world, her friends, her allies and anything remotely sane. Mr Shan does a great job of creating a sense of isolation throughout the book, and I felt this alongside B who is, essentially, trapped. The pace of the book is slow and steady, yet thick with tension. I got the impression throughout, that this is the calm before the storm. By the time I got to the end, there was no doubt in my mind that there is a storm incoming!

I’ve never really been one to sit and speculate over future story twists or the fate of my favourite characters when reading a series. I like to enjoy the ride and prefer to be surprised. Despite this, it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from forming subconscious predictions and expectations of instalments to come.  ‘Zom-b Bride’ has made me rethink everything I thought I knew about this series, taking B’s journey in a whole new direction. I loved how ‘Bride’ gave us a completely new perspective, proving that not everyone is who they claim to be.

Book 10 in the ‘Zom-B’ series takes us ‘down the rabbit hole’, so to speak. It is a bonkers slice of genius, and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as this. I can solemnly say that I will never see clowns in the same way ever again! ‘Zom-B Bride’ has to be one of my favourite books in the series and September cannot come fast enough. However, the master of horror always leaves his fans with a gut wrenching twist. With the book still fresh in my mind I’m left satisfied yet stunned, with this feeling of wordless frustration. Wordless, because I don’t know why I’m frustrated. Torn, because one book has changed my mind so much, that I don’t know what I feel any more!

To sum it all up, I decided to give ‘Zom-B Bride’ five ☆☆☆☆☆’s, just like ‘Zom-B Family’. The two are equally brilliant books in completely different ways. Highly recommended!

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