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Writing on the Wall
By Tracey Ward
“What you don’t come back from is watching him eat your parents. Literally, honestly, violently eat your parents. I saw it. All of it. Huddled behind the Christmas tree, peeking out through the fragrant green needles and soft glow of the multicolored lights, I watched it happen. And I remember. The sounds, the sight, the smell.”
This caught my attention right from the start and I could not put the book down.
Tracey Ward has, as far as I can tell, created a new literary genre – Young Adult, Zombie Romance. Let me set the record straight, I am not your typical YA fan (yes… I read The Hunger Games…and I liked it), nor am I your typical Romance fan (yes…I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood…and I liked it). I am a Zombie fan. I love how the zombies reset society’s norms, all of the “rules” and “social conventions” are thrown out the window. The zombies allow the author to show the depths of human depravity and the height of heroism, especially the unlikely hero (or heroine as the case may be).
This is what Ward has excelled at. Our heroine, Joss, has threats coming at her from every direction. She risks her safety, security, and life to save a fellow human from certain death. The Writing on the Wall deals with her internal struggle over her “feelings” for the new boy (Ryan) in her life. How can she ensure her safety and independence while maintaining a connection to this boy?
Ryan wants what is best for Joss, but he refuses to abandon her. He has feelings for her, but he knows that he is also a threat to her.
This was a book that I could not put down and this new YA Zombie Romance has so many aspects to it that it could appeal to many readers. Don’t be put off by any of the aspects, it is so well done. I look forward to reading many more books by Tracey Ward.