[REVIEW] Yosemite Rising (Volume 1) by Julie Dawn

Posted October 1, 2015 by Jen in Reviews / 1 Comment

[REVIEW]  Yosemite Rising (Volume 1) by Julie DawnYosemite Rising: a zombie novel by Julie dawn
Published by Zombie Publishing on July 1st 2015
Genres: Horror, Erotica
Pages: 342
Format: Kindle
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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It’s been 150 years since the Ahwahnee Indians lived where Yosemite National Park now stands. Their last surviving Chief appears to Elizabeth Hutchings, a twenty-year-old biology student, the very day her parents die. Within 24 hours, she too is clinging to life as his whispers echo in her thoughts.
An ancient prophecy has begun. A plague rips through the world’s population, taking everyone and everything she has ever cared about. As agents of a mysterious organization called Meadowlark hunt her, she must find the strength to fight the infected even as she struggles to keep herself alive.
Just when she thinks she can’t go on, a man from her past arrives. He holds the key to understanding the prophecy. If she can unravel its secrets, she not only may change her own fate—but the fate of the entire world.

Jen’s Review


I will start by saying Zombie books are not my thing. I would never seek out the genre to read just for pleasure. Quite frankly, the concept scares the crap out of me. So I committed to 60 pages, just to see if I could handle it. Before I knew it, it was almost one in the morning and I had read 100 pages. I was in and there was no going back. I would just have to put on my big girl pants and suffer through the heart palpitations, from the anxiety this book would no doubt give me. I honestly thought for a millisecond about quitting, but my desire to see how it all played out kept me going.
I would describe this as a coming of age story, with a long series of Zombie speed bumps, set in and around Yosemite National Park. From the jump my heart was pounding with the twists, the turns and the WTF moments. This books pushed the limits in every direction. Just when you think, OK enough already, the author slams your head against the wall with more. I loved that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. Through all of it , Elizabeth ( the heroine) is a rock star. You are rooting for her to make all the right decisions and survive.
I needed a week to digest it all after I finished the book, before I could write about what the heck I read. Overall I liked the book. I am glad I was given the opportunity to step outside my genre comfort zone. Great premise, great story, strong female lead, good conclusion, though I was left feeling like there was more of Elizabeth’s story to tell.

I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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