Eighteen-year-old Sylva Fleischer and her friends raise the dead for a living for police investigations and mourning families. Two years after her high school crush, a hot guy named Brandon, is assumed dead, Sylva's friends convince her to go on a spring break cruise in an effort to suppress her depression over him. But when passengers mysteriously die and reanimate into flesheating zombies like she's never seen before, Sylva plunges into a horrifying struggle between a ship infested with the undead and the scariest thing of all: a second chance with Brandon after she discovers he's still alive. This is a zombie story that eats right to the core and leaves you licking your chops for more.
Got zombies? Sylva Slasher does...
"[Ace] wastes no time immersing us in full, gore-spattered, Technicolor horror... The tension is almost unbearable..." - Leslie Ann Moore, author of Griffin's Daughter
"Ace should never write a non-zombie book again. As one Aussie likes to say, this is a ripping yarn." - Ken Hughes, author of Shadowed
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What I Thought: Ace's book has hit the nail on the head. This read combines all our favourite horror characters in an end-of-the-human race mash-up. Mix that in with a strong lead character, who happens to be a kick-ass girl, whose job is (was) necromancy. Ultimate result - utter brilliance! Reading through this book was able to give me a bit of a flashback to my youth, as it had lots of social references, such as the 'W' Whatever sign, though I'm not certain the youth now would relate, but this may just be the case in the UK. I still enjoyed the great banter that the group shared, as it really levelled out the story. I thought the book was a brilliant mix of blood, guts and determination, with a sprinkling of the undead, and really liked reading each step of Slyva's journey. I did (sort-of) foresee one of the major events, but never thought things would pan out the way they did, with regards to that event. I found Sylva's strength, maturity and heroic nature refreshing and truly addicting. With everything that happens and has happened, she just keeps getting done what needs to get done. I thought Ace's writing was excellent, especially for the YA category. It is fast-paced, fun, exciting and appeals to a younger audience. It is also written in a way that appeals to older audiences, but definitely has the feel of YA, which is spot on. His characters have depth, personality and Ace made sure to not have his characters stray from what is expected of them. Not once was I left thinking 'WHAT?! He/She wouldn't do that!,' which I often find happens in horror films. Finally, I really found this book engaging and addicting. I couldn't wait to read more. I like that there was a lot going on in the book, and it all came together as we approached the final chapters. Overall, this was a fab read. I liked every page and really enjoyed reading it. It left you wanting more, after each time you had to put it down. The pace and characters were done well and I seriously enjoyed a mash up of all my favourite horror characters. I loved Sylva! She was a great all-round character, but not one who was cocky or thought she knew everything, just a great zombie-killer. I highly recommend checking this book out, especially if you are or know a YA reader!
A believable teen voice offering a wealth of cultural detail ties the separate parts of Ace Antonio Hall’s Confessions of Sylva Slasher together, and keeps the reader on edge, wondering what strange turn the tale will take next. Like the TV series Lost, the story’s split into parts with different emphases, that seem to hurry on in different directions. But, like Lost, it all comes together in the end. To be honest, if anyone ever makes a TV series of it, I hope they’ll add more parts and I’ll look forward to watching it. First there’s the zombie’s on a pleasure cruise tale, where Sylva, who raises the dead (temporarily) for a living, is going to do a show. She’s too young for alcohol, but that doesn’t stop everyone else from drinking too much. Add corn maze living dead, all gruesomely convincing, and wait till the power goes out, then... well, scary, exciting battles and desperate escapes ensue. And then... Now there are covert ops and evil scientists and everyone’s trapped on an island. And then... But it all makes a weird sort of sense, like Lost, even when it doesn’t make sense. Sylva’s a great main character, loyal to her friends, mourning her lost love, irreverent and fun, and, well, full of surprises I guess. Confessions of Sylva Slasher is a long read, just like Lost was a long series. I’d have happily taken each part as a book on its own. And I’d happily read more parts before the end. Offering the intriguingly unexpected in a great take on the standard package, this one's cool, fun, and scary. Enjoy. Disclosure: I invited the author to my blog when the book was touring, and I’m offering my honest review of the book.
So here’s the skinny. Sylva is a necromancer and along with her friends, they raise the dead so loved ones can say goodbye and they also help in criminal cases. The raising on their party cruise doesn’t quite go as expected. Soon the ship is overrun with slathering zombies and the gore fest begins. It just so happens this is the two-year anniversary for the death of Sylva’s boyfriend Brandon. Imagine her surprise when she discovers he’s very much alive. How could I resist another zombie story. Seems like I’ve been reading a lot of them and am always surprised at how much I enjoy them. The Confessions of Sylva Slasher joins that rank. There’s no easing into it with this book. The first chapter gave me chill bumps. Then the next chapter takes you back several hours earlier. I just knew something was going to go wrong with the raising, but the author rocked me back in my seat when he let loose that shocker. Sure didn’t see it coming. And that’s the way it is all through this book. Sylva finds out her dead boyfriend isn’t, she’s up to her eyeballs in zombies, and a weird being that moves so fast she can only glimpse a black blur and a bushy tail had me wondering who, ir any, might survive the cruise. I couldn’t imagine being trapped on a ship with all this going on. There’s nowhere to run, no rescue waiting on the other end of your 911 call. It’s all up to you whether you live or die. The unexpected curve balls the author threw at me had me wondering how there could be a happy ending. I’m not going to tell you whether it was or not, I’m just going to say it was good, real good. I’ve never been on a cruise and I’m now rethinking that desire. The apocalypse is coming, don’t ya know. I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.