Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pippa Jay is re-releasing dead people. RESTLESS IN PEACEVILLE

I was sorting through blogs and discovered (twice discovered actually) that Pippa Jay has re-released a book I haven't yet read. It's not surprising I haven't read it, because honestly, I normally don't read zombie books. 
Warning: a 52 word sentence will appear soon.
But here is the weird thing. The two zombie books I have read, I've enjoyed immensely. So I asked Pippa Jay, who evidently knew about my anti-zombie attitude and thus did not ask me to host her re-release of dead people who refuse to lay down and properly die, if I could put her book on my blog
There is a reason why long sentences are frowned upon and you just met it. 
Dead people take over and run amok in the sentence.
This is a terrible long sentence with double 'who' issues.
Never do this!
(Pippa would NEVER do this.)

To my surprise, she said I could. (Maybe she doesn't know about my 'not quite dead' prejudice.) 
Doesn't matter because after reading a bit from this book, I'm no longer anti-zombies. Not when they are written by such a talented author. So let me introduce you to the reborn dead book (otherwise know as a re-release).

Restless in Peaceville


Pippa Jay

Welcome to Peaceville,

 population 2067 and rising...from the grave...

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems...

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?

And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

You gotta be kidding me...Waking up inside a small dark space is a pretty bad experience. 

Although I didn't wake as such because I wasn't asleep. I just became...aware maybe? The darkness kind of faded away until I can see I'm inside this metal box. Well, as far as I can tell. I tap the wall with one knuckle to check, and the hollow metallic knock proves at least part of my assumption right. So, what is this? I died and got kicked out of the afterlife. As far as I know, coffins ain't made of metal. So at a guess, I'm in the mortuary, and since I'm not laid out on a slab I must have been put away in storage. I've never been stuck in a drawer before, but somehow this fits with how I imagine it would be.

I suppose I should count myself lucky they hadn't started carving me up, and that I'd gone for an overdose rather than throwing myself in front of a truck or out of a window. I'm in damn good condition...for a corpse. Still in one piece as far as I can ascertain, and that ain't easy to determine, let me tell you. You know how an arm or a leg goes after you've sat on it for a while, cutting off the circulation? But before the blood flow starts again and you get pins and needles? That numb heaviness? My whole body is like that. Like every part of me is full of lead.

Also, the not breathing is weird. I take a couple of breaths out of habit, for the familiar feeling of air moving in and out of my chest. After that I don't bother. It takes too much concentration and there are other things I need to focus on. Like, what do I do next, for instance?

So, what, I'm just gonna lie here?

Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay
Poignant, funny, and as one should expect in a Pippa Jay novel, a surprising twist at the end.
I’m going to stop insisting I don’t like zombie books. The reason why I keep saying that is because
a) I don’t believe walking dead zombies exist,
b) It’s hard to fall in love with them, since they have decaying body parts and
c) they smell. 
So typically, I ignore all things Zombie. Then Pippa Jay re-releases a zombie book. I’ve never read a book that Pippa Jay has written that I haven’t liked.
And that remains true upon reading Restless in Peaceville.
It’s serious one moment, then you’ll be laughing at one of Luke’s funny one-liners, then you’re feeling bad for the zombie couple as they try to make sense of their new weird life.
And I so didn’t see the ending coming. In fact, it surprised me so much, I read it twice.
You don’t have to love zombies to love this story, but like me, you may start to question why you are so against zombies upon reading this book. In the hands of a talented author, they can be most entertaining.
I give this 5 walking Dead stars.

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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place). 

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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  1. Wonderful review! Now I have to know what happened in the story! My only problem with zombies is that they can't enjoy a good pizza or lemonade. I'm not a big fan of meat and so if I became a zombie, I would have serious issues with the diet. I hope someone can come up with a way to help me before I become a zombie... :)

    1. Thanks! Lol, my two zombies attempt to enjoy milkshakes and coffee during their adventure... :P


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