Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review: The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow

Title: The Demon Inside
Author: M.L. Sparrow
Release Date: May 11, 2015

Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.
Having lost everything in one foul swoop - her parents, her home and all future plans - all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec's alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.
However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, can they remain? And who will survive?

This book is part Dawn of the Dead, part I am Legend (the book, not the movie), and part The Day of the Triffids with just a smidgen of Zombieland thrown in (I mean who doesn't like big houses, right??).  When lights start raining chaos all over England, causing people to become like cannibalistic zombies, Darcy and Alec run.  Along the way they pick up her sister, Hope, her best friend, Callie, and his dad, Mac.  From there it's basic survival.

The book did start out a bit slow.  But once the action got going it picked up rather quickly.  In a very recently post-apocalyptic world, things can get very stressful.  And things don't always run smoothly.  Even the most solid of relationships have their bumps.

At first, these zombie-like creatures seem just like normal zombies.  Eat people, shoot them they die.  Right?  But it soon becomes clear that something is different about them.  It's never revealed exactly what they are.  Were they aliens that came from the lights in the sky?  Who knows?  But they aren't your typical zombies.  And that means this isn't your typical zombie book.

I really liked the relationship between Darcy and Alec.  We got to see them when they met for the first time.  And then again after they were dating for a month.  No, it wasn't more teenage inst-love (I have that, really I do).  It was a mutual attraction with love developed over time.  We just didn't see some of that time, because really who wants to read about that when they can read about zombies attacking?  And yet, the romance was very central to the book.  Alec was very protective of Darcy.  As was she of him.  Even if they were fighting, they were each others' first priorities.  It's no surprise that this book nearly made me cry.

So what's my opinion
I really enjoyed this.  I'm not usually one to read horror.  But I liked the story and the romance that came along with this one.  If you like horror and/or romance, I recommend this to you.

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