Friday, May 9, 2014

Odium II Release Day Blitz

Fortune favors…the DEAD!

Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.
Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.

Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.

Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive. 

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In Odium II, Riley picks the story back up right where the first book left off. However, we are introduced to a new couple who are nowhere near the original characters. We learn of Deacon and Hillary, the latter being pregnant, who are surviving on their own out in a cabin. Meanwhile, the original characters from book one are fighting to escape the holds of The Forgotten. Mikey and Emily are trying to find a way to save Nina, while Nina is surviving in order to save them. Emily has recruited the help of a young man named Alek in this rescue operation. Throughout this whole book, you find out what has been happening in the walled cities that Emily and Nina escaped. We meet a whole new community that takes the group under their wings. Everything in this community seems perfect. But some people there are anything but. When all hell breaks loose on a trip to scavenge some shops, Nina is forced to deceive everyone, including Mikey. Knowing that she is lying to him, Mikey leaves Nina. Not only does he leave their home they shared, he leaves the commune to scavenge with the next group. Cut back to Deacon and Hillary. We learn that they may be the world’s saving grace, or they could be it’s downfall. But in order to help her new community, Nina embarks on a journey to find this couple. Riley once again nails the post-apocalypse. It’s a kill or be killed world, and Nina finds this out first-hand several times. Riley’s writing style is very descriptive and even though it is amidst the end of the world, Riley still manages to play on the reader’s heart. The reader becomes attached to the characters and sympathizes with the challenges they face. A great continuance of book one and I can’t wait to see where Riley takes this in the next installment.

Reviewed by
Shy Gal


Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy. Claire’s the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella,” and a proud contributor to the upcoming anthology ‘Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.’

Claire Lives in the United Kingdom with her three daughters, husband and one scruffy dog.


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This book was meant for the land of the living! Riley hits the apocalypse right on the head. If all hell were to break loose, it would be just like this book. You have the oppressed within the confines of the city. And the oppressors within that make you wish you were zombie fodder. The characters in the story and the connection they develop with one another seems spot on to me. I can understand Nina and her protectiveness of Emily. The fact that they made it to a town at all impressed the crap out of me, let alone getting the hell out of dodge and running into more “outsiders.” You can feel the connection between the girls and Mikey right away. When Nina and Emily meet the rest of Mikey’s crew, it is just as I imagined it would be. You would have those who have lost, those who have made mistakes, and then the bitch (or two). The responses and characteristics of these people are not overdone or romanticized. No matter what these characters do, you can sympathize with their story. Then you have The Forgotten, who is anything but and are out for blood. When all comes to head and we realize why The Forgotten is after this group, you realize that it truly is a dog eat dog world. People do what they need to in order to survive, even if that means killing others to do so. By the end, the reader isn’t sure what’s worse. Dying by the “deaders” or being taken by The Forgotten. Riley sure does know how to keep a reader attached and interested. Best apocalyptic read in a long time. 
 Reviewed by
Shy Gal

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