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Posted June 8, 2013
WARNING: THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN OR EVEN YOUNG ADULTS. IF YOU ARE 18 OR YOUNGER, STOP READING THIS REVIEW RIGHT NOW!
And there will be spoilers.
How would you like to be the only human female left on the planet, with men everywhere? Men who adore you. Men who will do anything for you, pleasure you when you want and won't mind sharing you with other men. And the way this book is going, men who wouldn't mind if another man joined in.
Hello mommy porn!
Here's the thing- before writing this review, I looked up classifications of this book. Post-apocalyptic seems to come up the most. Others include, fantasy, horror, thriller and even space exploration, of which there is none. Do you know what DOES NOT come up? Erotica. So why did I include erotica in my genre? That is a very good question. The answer is- because the main character is a sex addict. Yessiree. The only human female left on the planet is a sex addict.
I'll try to summarize the book a bit. A murderous, incestuous, rapist, Muslim, misogynist, sociopathic terrorist releases a virus that turns humans into aphids and women are just pretty much killed off and the reason that he is not attracted to Evie is because he is turning into a bug and NOT because he is the only gay man to survive the apocalypse. Evie is immune and begins to take on ladybug features because ladybugs are aphids' natural predators. But Evie soon discovers she can send messages to the aphids if she has skin on skin contact with men. So when she has to do mental battle, she strips down and has the men around her do the same so they can hold her while she engages in aphid mind control.
Oh, did I forget to mention that one of her three main squeezes is a priest?
I know what you are thinking. I am totally pulling your leg because the previous two paragraphs really make no sense at all. Well I'm not. And I can prove it. Read the book.
However, don't get all nice and comfortable, ready for some hot, steamy mommy porn. There is a lot of killing, gore and rape. After all, having every single man on the planet pine for you comes at a cost. You may get chained up and brutally raped from time to time, maybe someone will try to cut off your breasts, etc. But it's totally worth it, right? I mean seriously, in the post-apocalyptic world, it's raining men.
I am having a bit of fun about it, but I know it's like a whole hive thing and Evie is the queen; I just don't know that it works all that well.
What Did Not Work
The constant stirring between Evie's legs. It got old. Everything turns her on. She could be held prisoner, mistreated, fearing for her life and her captor turns her on. Not kidding people.
The level of neediness. Someone else had to bathe her at one point. She needs skin on skin contact to keep the nightmares away and two men work better than one.
The fawning. I love you Evie. I'll do anything for you Evie. Even if you never touch me again, I'll die for you Evie. Blech. Her husband was the only one who spoke like a real man, in my humble, feminine opinion. That's why I keep referring to this as mommy porn. I guess some women like it; I don't.
There are some editing/ proofreading issues that are borderline distracting.
What Did Work
Mommy porn. Need I say more?
Well I will anyway. It may sound convenient that she is well trained with weapons and fighting techniques and goes into this already prepared. But in spite of the fact that she is well-prepared, she still ends up in bad situations. Since it's a trilogy, I don't think it's a huge spoiler to say she makes it, but she doesn't make it unscathed.
What Would Have Made this Book Better
If it had been classified as erotica.
If it had been a spoof of apocalyptic fiction.
If there had been one man who said, "Eh. No thanks. I'm gay." Really? Sociopath bug boy is the only gay man who survived the apocalypse?
If there were a few other women like her and some of her sex puppies had been tempted by someone else, causing a big cat fight. Now that would have been AWESOME! But in all seriousness, maybe one or both of the next two will bring this into the story, but there have to be other women out there like Evie. I want to see what happens when they meet.
Will I read the next book?
Absolutely. I am looking forward to more it's raining men mommy porn.
However... read at your own risk. I debated between 2, 3 and 4 stars, but at no point was I tempted to put the book down. The only thing that would have persuaded me to put the book down was if Evie had run into some gay men and they all fell head over heels in love with her. Well, there's always book 2...
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Posted July 6, 2013
Dead of Eve by Pam Godwin is an adult scifi/dystopian/horror novel about a band of survivors that must save mankind from extinction from a virus. Sure that plot has been done before, but never like this! Everything felt so unique and refreshing, from what exactly the virus was (not just zombies like every other post-apoc book out there), to a heroine who we can really get behind and is worried about more than the cute guy(s). Okay, yeah there is some yummy sexy stuff too, but we need it to balance out the other not-so-fun stuff. This is definitely not a fluffy beach read (although I read the bulk by the pool) and if you need your baddies to sparkle then this isn’t the book for you. There will be parts where you want to put the book down because the action gets so disturbing, yet you probably won’t because you just HAVE to know what happens next. I liked that ending lends itself to further plot developments, yet provided enough closure to give satisfaction. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read lately with the cliffhanger and appreciate that Pam Godwin doesn’t rely on gimmicks or trickery to get you to want to keep reading she just produces a well-written novel with a compelling plot that will make you hungry for more (pardon the pun).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2013
Holy cannoli, what did I just read? That was intense! And so unexpected! I admit I didn’t read any of the reviews or even much of the description beforehand (or if I had I had forgotten when I clicked it on my kindle), so I wasn’t prepared for what a roller coaster ride “Dead of Eve” would be. My husband kept laughing at me because I kept saying “oh my God, Oh my God” while reading in bed at nights (maybe he was jealous?). I loved Eve’s “training sessions” with Michio ;) and thought it was pretty amazing how I could be reading one page that was horrible and disturbing and disgusting, and then the next page would be downright beautiful with lyrical, uplifting literary prose. A testament to the authors talent, for sure. Looking forward to the rest of the books in the trilogy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2013
This might be the best, creepiest book I’ve read all year, and I read a lot! The world is in a state of chaos with everyones worst nightmares coming true. The nymph virus has practically wiped out humanity, with mutated women attacking and killing their own families and loved ones. Men are helpless against it, but for some reason Eve isn’t affected. The writing is super descriptive and really fluid. The conversations sounded really natural and the book is fast paced and grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Be prepared to be shocked, horrified, disgusted, and ultimately mesmerized. It’s a long book but totally worth it. There are some steeeammy parts that made me swoon, and I’d whole-heartedly recommend this book for anyone who wants an intelligent read with a strong heroine who overcomes almost insurmountable odds in the most nightmarish of circumstances. The next 2 novels in the trilogy are on my TBR list now. Highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2013
Dead of Eve is the first book I have read by Pam Goodwin but I guarantee it will not be the last! I love discovering new talent and Ms. Godwin has it in spades! This book will definitely stand out from the crowd as being exceptional in terms of editing and near-flawless writing. She writes like a seasoned pro and pulls the reader into the action right from the beginning. I appreciated the skilled nuance in which Ms. Godwin “showed” us the world-building instead of just “told”/info-dumped a bunch of backstory the way so many authors seem to do. She is a confident writer and it shows. This book is definitely not for the kiddos or the squeamish. It is very real, very graphic, and depicts a horrific reality that is part post-apocalyptic, part science-fiction, part thriller, part drama… many layers of complexity that will keep the reader eagerly engaged until the end. I think this book would actually make a terrific movie and I can’t wait to read the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2013
Okay…major gushing ahead. You’ve been warned. Can I just say how much I FREAKING LOVED this book?! And I mean, loved! I was shocked at not only how awesome it was on so many levels, but because I really only hoped it would be an “okay” enough book to read. What I found was something that was literally ‘unputdownable.’ Right from the opening pages we know that Evie is a survivor, not some simpering “woe is me” female in need of being saved. In the most jacked-up circumstances (humanity being wiped out by mutant insects) she takes her fate in her own hands. But she is totally relatable and you want to root for her. As far as the plot, on the surface I wasn’t sure it would be for me, any more than say hearing the description of the movie Aliens (woman battles creature from outer space that is killing her crew). But the story ends up being more than can be just described and has to be experienced for yourself. I’m DEFINITELY reading the rest of the trilogy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2013
Okay, take a minute to think about this: There is only one woman left on earth. One. Woman. Seriously. Take a minute and think about
Okay, now every thought that ran through your head about what life would be like for this one sole-surviving woman, is in this book.
If you're a woman, the thought is chilling. You should have chills running down your arms right about now.
The story is gritty and real, devastatingly sad yet profoundly happy. You love the characters; Evie is strong and tough and loving and
kinda bad-ass. You can't help but love the 3 men who come into her life, her 3 guardians. Each one serves a clear-cut purpose, and
it all ties together in the end. They are there to help guide her through her trials and tribulations, help her become the woman she
needs to be...for all of humanity.
I have to say, I wasn't down with the whole aphid/bug thing. Ew, ick and gross. I'm going to throw a little girly thought out there but,
could the plague have not been so, I don't know, yuck? LOL
Highly recommend this read.
Posted October 30, 2012
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