Friday, 20 June 2014

Book Review: Benton - A Zombie Novel by Jolie du Pré

Series: A Zombie Novel Volume #1
Publisher: Precious Monster Press
Publication Date: 18 May 2014
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Horror
Source: Chelsea's Author Promotions (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook


Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household--all except twenty-something Jennifer. She's escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points towards Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family's ranch, where he's sure they'll be safe. Jennifer wants to trust him - with her life and possibly her heart.

There's no place else to go, there's no way to escape the zombies but through, and there's no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotions building between them.

My Review:
I wanted to try out a zombie novel for quite some time. I do have some on my TBR pile, and have won a few that are just waiting to be read! When I saw this novel I figured I could squeeze it into my schedule and it really was a quick read! Zombies freak me out... I don't normally touch anything with zombies especially movies, so this was venturing into new territory for me. In some ways, this was a very young read and it fits into the YA category very well. 

Characters & Story line: 2.5/5
I had to do some thinking when it came to this review. Since this is not my normal type of book. I tried to come from a neutral perspective. I felt that the characters needed some development, and I did not always understand what motivated their actions and decisions. 

There was a conversation between Jennifer & Mark about God & religion that seemed a bit out of place. I can understand why it came up but it was just kind of out of the blue and very short and not necessary. 

Jennifer - Jennifer is sweet & a survivalist.  I'm not sure if I would stay sane if I saw what she saw and went through what she did. Jennifer needs a little bit fire to her personality. She seems to be a natural at everything.  I want to know more about her as a person, and her history. I don't understand some of the things that she says or decisions that she makes. 

Mark is such a sweet character. I liked him. Gary is such an ass. He is the one who got under Jen's skin. Katie is annoying. I think all she does is scream and get paralysed every time she sees a Zombie.

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 2.5/5  
The writing style is kind of staccato and doesn't flow smoothly. The pace is good and the plot is interesting, but also a bit predictable in some ways. I would have liked to know more about how the apocalypse happened and just some more story-building in this regard - it is briefly mentioned initially and had such an intriguing unique take on Zombies. I think if this was elaborated on, it would have given the story some 'juice'. 

Jolie brings quite a hectic twist into the story near the end, which sort of saved it for me. 

Cover talk 4/5: 
I actually really liked this cover. It gives a creepy kick-butt type feel to it. 

Final Thoughts: This was an OK read for a Zombie novel and I would like to know what happens in book 2. 

My Rating:

Author Bio:
JOLIE DU PRE is a full-time published author, editor, article writer, blogger, and monster lover. The first book in her zombie series - BENTON: A ZOMBIE NOVEL, VOLUME ONE - is available now at Amazon. ~~ Visit her blog Precious Monsters. Finally, don't forget to " like " Jolie on Facebook.

Author Links: Website l Twitter l Goodreads


  1. Oh I'm sorry your zombie book didn't go well. I didn't know this one but I like a good zombie story from time to time. it's fun. But well I'll surely pass this one. thanks for the review.

    1. Yeah me too! Lucky it was a quick read :) Thanks for the visit!

  2. Hmm.. I like the cover of the book but I don't think it's good enough for me as a zombie book. Have you read The Hollows Series by Amanda Hocking? Boy, those books seriously freaked me out (gave me lots of nightmares) but I loved them. So awesome!

    1. No not yet... I am yet to try an Amanda Hocking book!! I will check it out - Thanks Melissa :)

  3. I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you! I hope it doesn't turn you off of zombie books completely 'cause there are some really great ones out there. Oh my lord, the main character of this book is named Jennifer, lol. XD It sounds like this book has a lot of promise and could use a lot of polishing up. Maybe it'll be re-edited or something? Are you planning on reading the next book?

    1. he he I need to read a few books from different authors before I decide about a genre :) I am not sure about the next book. I would read it if it was as short as this one and needed a review. not sure I would buy it though...

  4. It's a shame this one didn't flow easily for you and things didn't quite click into place. I don't mind Zombie reads, so it does sound interesting. Nice review.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. oh well.. you win some you lose some :) Zombie reads are new to me so I will need to read a few more before I decide! Thanks Naomi :)

  5. I love words . . . words like "staccato" that leave absolutely no doubt about what you're trying to communicate. *happy sigh* Welp, if you didn't already know that I HATE zombies, now you do. *shudder* Seriously, out of ALL the creatures, zombies (and ghouls) are what I have the hardest time with. They're disgusting and they won't die and I hate them. I avoid zombie books like the plague, but occasionally I will make an exception (Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, Feed by Mira Grant), but with the predictable plot and STACCATO (<-----love it) writing, I don't think this is going to be one of those exceptions. I'm sorry this was a disappointment, Chanzie, but I appreciate you perspective (and vocabulary ;) ).

    1. he he he Thanks Jessica!! Nope I didn't know you hate zombies, but now I do *tee hee* Your comments make me laugh as much as your reviews do!! Zombies in general just freak me the hell out - I will still try a book or 2 but I definitely don't do zombie movies or series ;) gotta love the word ---> Staccato!


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