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Tour stop: Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost (INT giveaway!)

Hey guys :) Today I'm hosting the Mad World: Epidemic tour. There is a review, character profile and an International Giveaway, so make sure to hang on!

Let's start it all of with an introduction to the actual book. And what's a better way to do that than by reviewing it?

Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost
July 28th, 2012
Self-pub, 160 pages
Young Adult, Horror, Apocalyptic

The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong?
Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what's happening to their families.
Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they're forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost - even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death.
A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series.
Find out what's got everyone so terrified.

Only 160 pages, but the story told in it seemed so much more! Mad World: Epidemic is an extremely fast-paced story about a zombie outbreak. The virus is released by some sceintists who were recreating the Black Plague virus. The story follows Alyssa and a few of her friends. They are looking for their families, which were lost somewhtime during the madness of the evacuation.

Aside from a few things that really annoyed me about this novel, I really liked it. Mad World: Epidemic takes a very original take on the beginning of the zombie outbreak; the outbreak has its roots in the Black Plague, history's most feared disease. I really like what the author did there!

Then there were the tiny thingies that made the novel less entertaining to me; that it was so short is one of them. I really feel like I would have liked this story better if it was longer. Furthermore, I think that if the author took a little more pages to describe everything it would have improved the quality of this novel. It was so fast-paced at some points that I had to read entire passages multiple times just to get the information through. Of course, there were also things I loved about this book. One of them were the characters. I fell in love with each and every one of them, but most of all with Risa. And that's why I'm super exited to tell you that I can share a character profile of Risa later on. YAY :)

I rate this book 3.5 stars. A novel for everyone that likes brain-eating beings. I would not recommend it to the weak-hearted people, as the story is pretty cruel at some parts. A great YA zombie novel with an unique view on the apocalypse THAT WILL BE HAPPENING AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE!

Now more fun stuff - Character profile time!

Risa – pronounced with a long “i” and a hard “s” to rhyme with “Liza”

Risa is a seven year old precocious neighbor of DeAndre’s. Her mother works on the weekends so DeAndre’s mother watches Risa every Saturday. DeAndre’s mother and Risa’s mother are best friends. Risa has a very sunny outlook on life, and she bounces back from adversity very quickly. This came in very handy with the California emergency.

She prefers to play more with cars and slingshots, and climb trees, than waste her time on Barbies and dress up. She’s definitely a tomboy. Risa is Jewish, but last winter she begged her mother for a Christmas tree. After begging, pleading, cajoling, and debating, her mother finally relented. Theirs was the only house in the neighborhood to sport a blue Menorah in the window with a brightly lit Christmas tree behind it. Risa has brown hair and green eyes and she is like a little whirlwind!

And the Amazing giveaway :D

About the Author

Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.
Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.
Mad World : EPIDEMIC her first novel. The second in the series is entitled "Mad World: SANCTUARY"

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Jan said...

I have read this book and I truly Love Itjavascript:void(0)!

Christine (Rainy Day Reads) said...

I just came across your site and it is really lovely! I happily followed you and will enjoy reading your updates. You can find me over at Rainy Day Reads, www.rainydayreads.com It would be great if you could stop by and I would love to have a fellow book lover as a new follower.
Christine x
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Samaire Provost said...

Thank you for hosting my book Margot, it was a pleasure seeing it on your blog and reading your review! Thanks again!