Waking Up Dead

Waking Up Dead

by Emma Shortt
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Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt

Where there is horror can there be love?

Jackson Hart is a survivor. It's been two years since the virus first hit the country, and she watched almost everyone she loves die...or turn into zombies with a ferocious and insatiable appetite for flesh. Her instincts and her machete keep her alive, even if she’s forgotten almost everything she knows about living.

Luke Granger never expected to see another living human being, let alone that she'd be a fiery little thing who stirs his blood. Outnumbered by the dead, their only hope of survival is to get the hell out of Chicago and head south. Food is running out, and the walking dead are no longer mindless.

Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for––if they can just survive the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622660346
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: End of Days Love , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 1,081,245
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Emma Shortt works as a copy and content editor for Evernight Publishing (romance and urban fantasy) and is a bestselling multi-published romance writer. She writes for and edits the literary e-magazine MUSE and is a moderator and peer review officer on the literary site Litopia. She is also a regular guest on the net's biggest literary podcast Litopia After Dark.

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Waking Up Dead 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
forevrsearchin More than 1 year ago
Loved this zombie romance story. The zombies were unique and the romance was real.  Jackson was a lovely female lead. She kicked ass and took names. Though underneath her tough kick ass exterior there was a lot  going on. I feel like in a lot of zombie/post-apocalyptic books that people are a little too normal. Everyone just kind of accepts the end of the world and moves on. In Waking Up Dead I'm happy to say that's not true at all. Jackson has some really issues she's dealing with through out the book and they're presented in a very graceful way. Jackson doesn't have these issues to force the plot to move along or  as story points. The issues, I feel, are what normal, everyday people would experience if the end of the world came about. The zombies. I love the zombies. The fast, smart, pus filled zombies are so fun. It's a different zombie than we're used to seeing. Yes, zombies are all sort of the same but these zombies are smart. They're learning, evolving and to me it spells the next step in zombie entertainment. Plus, you've got to love the pus.  The ending left the option open for a sequel. I would definitely pick up the sequel to this book. So bring it on! Overall, Waking Up Dead is an amazing, sometimes gory, fun filled novel about a post-apocalyptic zombie ridden world. Anyone who likes zombies will like this book.  I received an ARC e-book copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Wow. Wow. And more Wow. Although I’ve been interested in end-of-days, dystopian literature for years, I’ve only recently become a zombie fan. (Thank you, Walking Dead). My interest was instantly piqued when this book came across our groups’ request queue. With its combination of these two genres it definitely did NOT disappoint. This series is going to be EPIC for zombie fans. It will definitely be my #2 (second only to the previously mentioned, and they’ve had years to work on their storyline). Jackson is a kick-@$$ chick that has been through a literal hell on earth and has evolved and survived to get where she is now. Luke has had it easy comparatively and must step up his game now that he and Jackson are making their way south. I liked that he tried to take care of her and had a protective instinct, which is rare trait nowadays. Their chemistry is obvious, and it was a nice change of pace to see a little positive in a world full of negatives at every turn. The twist of the zombies getting smarter was unique and gives more anticipation to reading the story. I loved it and I can’t wait for the next installment! Rating: 4.5 HEAT Rating: Blood Thirsty Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
notwest1 More than 1 year ago
Ok so yeah, I am going to be adding citrine to my list of things I need for the zombie apocalypse. This was a an action packed post apocalyptic zombie take that had me flipping pages furiously to see what happened next. I am quite intrigued about Polly and how she survived alone for so long on campus. I liked Jackson she was tough as nails and even though Luke was a bit clingy I would say when you haven't seen another person for months you would be too. This was a complimentary e-copy provided by the author and publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Waking Up Dead, a post-apocalyptic zombie novel that provides a morbidly fascinating look at the stark reality and morality issues that survivors continue to face even two years after an outbreak that decimated society. The book successfully blends horror and romance together into an adrenaline-packed narrative that grabbed my attention from the start and kept me enthralled until the final sentence.   The protagonist of the book is Jackson Hart, a symbolically fitting name for her character. “Jackson” is a name most often given to males, and throughout the book, over and over, Jackson defies traditional female stereotypes and there’s no doubt, this gal’s got a lot of heart, even though she tries to conceal it behind her tough façade.  She is a resilient, capable, skilled fighter in contrast to her petite physical frame.  With her trusty best friend, Mandy, the Machete, at her side, she has become adept at compartmentalizing her feelings and turning into a “death machine” when she must.  It doesn’t take Luke, her new traveling companion, long to realize she’s a “bad ass” who can take care of herself and doesn’t’ need a man to protect her. Jackson’s character really makes you ponder the long-term effects of living in fear and having to kill on a daily basis and a central question raised is whether a person can ever really return from it to live a “normal” life. When Jackson and Luke meet while trying to escape zombies, there is an instant attraction and growing spark between these two seemingly different people, who in the pre-zombie world, would probably have never taken the time to get to know each other. Luke is a gorgeous man whose natural instincts are to protect, and he struggles with his overriding desire to protect Jackson when she clearly doesn’t need or want it. Luke has been lucky. He’s had a secure bunker to hole up in for the past year and he hasn’t been in the trenches like Jackson facing death around every corner. In their journey to reach a survival camp in Texas, Luke realizes that Jackson is much more experienced than he is in knowing how to survive with minimal resources and he has to check his ego every now because he doesn’t get to take on the traditional male role of caretaker and protector.  The romance between Jackson and Luke develops over time, and it never overshadows the other dynamics of the story.  The deep emotional connection between them is so strong and it gives them the strength they need to keep going in the direst of situations. Their love story is a ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak world. Their first love scene together is hot as they pour all of their unfulfilled desires and needs into one another, longing to escape, just for a moment, the loneliness and desperation that have become ingrained in their day-to-day existence. However, after that, their physical relationship moves into the background as the larger plot continues to unfold.   One intriguing aspect of the story is the subtle evolvement of the zombies as Jackson and Luke come to the horrifying realization that not all of the zombies are the mindless, animalistic creatures they’ve been killing for the past two years.  The waking dead’s actions, behaviors, and calculating expressions indicate they are becoming more intelligent over time.  Concerns about the morality of killing these questionable beings are raised as the survivors observe and learn more about them.  I loved how the author pulled me into the story, made me feel on edge about the constant looming danger of the waking dead. The climax of the book was extremely intense and brought out so many emotions in me. I’m not one to get easily teary-eyed, but I couldn’t help but get caught up in the deep emotional anguish, anger, pain, and sadness that engulf the characters, and the heartbreaking decisions they must make.  (I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.)