Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zom...

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fantasy or science fiction books or series.

Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zom...

Post Number:#1 by ashley_claire
» 17 Feb 2017, 11:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zombies" by Jo Lee Auburne.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by ashley_claire
Share This Review

Amanda Carter in the LAZ, Life After Zombies is a post-apocalyptic tale and the first book written by author Jo Lee Auburne.

The world turned to hell six months ago when a real life zombie outbreak arose. Since then, Amanda Carter has been living in the middle of the California desert with a small group of survivors. Without a proper shelter, they've been camping for the past six months and living based on their day-to-day needs. Amanda is tired of just barely getting by and wants to establish some sort of normalcy amidst their entirely abnormal situation. What does the new normal look like?

Amanda decides to risk a trip into town for the biggest supply run her group has ever done. Her goal is to collect items that will make their group more self-sustaining. The trip is further complicated by the fact that half of her group is injured and her only choice of partner isn't even old enough to drive. Samantha is fifteen and has never done a run into town before. Out in the LAZ, zombies are the least of their worries. Other surviving groups are prepared to do whatever it takes remain alive. Is Sam ready to face whatever they might find waiting for them in town?

Though this is a book based around a zombie apocalypse, zombies are not the focus of the story. It is a slowly paced narrative that relies on a diverse range of characters to describe how they are surviving in this new world. Auburne writes about characters who span a wide age range while making them all feel believable. Sam feels particularly convincing with her headache-inducing teenage attitude.

It is very apparent that the author has previously spent time in the desert. It shows through her description of the landscape and when she details the system that the group develops in order to survive a summer in the desert. While it might be easy to get bogged down in mundane details, I loved reading the exhausting steps the group must go through on a daily basis. I felt like it added to the authenticity of their situation. All of these elements came together to make me feel like I was actually in the desert with them.

While this is definitely more of a character-driven book, it was well worth the wait when the action did pick up. There were a couple of scenes where I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know how the situation was going to pan out. The book does leave off with a pretty open-ended storyline, but that didn't bother me as this is the type of book that is kind of impossible to wrap up with a pretty bow on it.

The only real negative I have about the writing is that it occasionally felt too formal. One of the characters in particular says phrases such as "wait just a minute young lady" and uses the term "missy" several times. It made her seem more like a throwback sitcom character than a modern day mother.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of writing errors scattered throughout the book. Most of it is stuff that could easily be fixed with another round of editing. For instance, "spike in her blood pleasure" was one that really stood out to me. There were also a couple instances of using "lounged" when it should have been lunged. I wish I could have overlooked these, but it happened too many times to count.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The main reason for it losing a star was just a need for some more proofreading. The characters are what makes this book shine and I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with them. People who enjoy character-driven books or stories of survival will enjoy this book.

******
Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zombies
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like ashley_claire's review? Post a comment saying so!
User avatar
ashley_claire
 
Posts: 277
Joined: 03 Mar 2015, 03:13
Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides
Currently Reading: Uprooted
Bookshelf Size: 103 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 48%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 18 Feb 2017, 20:13

Even with the errors, it sounds like a good book. I love good characters, and the survival part sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "The Elf Brief" by Jordan David
User avatar
kandscreeley
 
Posts: 461
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Biome
Bookshelf Size: 29 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 27%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#3 by ashley_claire
» 19 Feb 2017, 08:09

Thanks, let me know if you decide to check it out!
User avatar
ashley_claire
 
Posts: 277
Joined: 03 Mar 2015, 03:13
Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides
Currently Reading: Uprooted
Bookshelf Size: 103 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 48%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#4 by The Ellipsis Writer
» 19 Feb 2017, 23:51

Really great review. Definitely sparked my interest in this book.

I know that you said it was clearly a character-driven book, which it totally fine, but do you think the plot suffers for this? Certainly the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre is not one that has a shortage in stories in various media. So, it seems like unless a story is one of the originals of the fad (like Night of the Living Dead), has extremely gripping writing and plot (like The Walking Dead), or is very original (like Warm Bodies) it can be hard to make anything that stands out. It's because the zombie genre is so popular right now, that it's hard to find originality or uniqueness in a story with that genre.

So, do you feel that this book has a solid enough footing among the giants of the zombie genre? Again, I know you said it's character-driven, but even these characters need a firm foundation to lean on.

Thanks and awesome review...
User avatar
The Ellipsis Writer
 
Posts: 29
Joined: 02 Dec 2016, 20:40
Location: Over the hill and far away
Currently Reading: Guru Granth Sahib
Bookshelf Size: 26 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#5 by ashley_claire
» 20 Feb 2017, 15:35

I wouldn't say the plot suffers. I think it offers a different perspective on a zombie book in that it doesn't have to be all guts and gore. I watch The Walking Dead and I've read a few zombie books and I do think this book felt like a fresh take on the genre. I would say it would probably appeal more to people that are new to zombie books than those who are more seasoned to it and love the genre for its gripping pace.

Thanks for the questions!
User avatar
ashley_claire
 
Posts: 277
Joined: 03 Mar 2015, 03:13
Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides
Currently Reading: Uprooted
Bookshelf Size: 103 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 48%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#6 by hsimone
» 15 Mar 2017, 06:53

Great review! I love post-apocalyptic books and with zombies? Sounds even better! I really enjoy character-driven books, as well. It's too bad about all the errors, but I'm glad that you were able to enjoy the read!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4
Publishing Contest ~ 27 Votes ~ View hsimone's Entry
User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
 
Posts: 3897
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Currently Reading: Marley & Me
Bookshelf Size: 397 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 140 Books
Goal Completion: 30%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#7 by gali
» 15 Mar 2017, 06:53

I love post-apocalyptic tales and character-driven books. Too bad about the lack of editing. Not sure it is for me, but I will sample the book. Good job on the review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22411
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Caraval
Bookshelf Size: 1591 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#8 by jamesabr
» 15 Mar 2017, 08:15

This has probably already been mentioned, but Amanda Carter's story sounds a bit like she is a character from AMC's The Walking Dead. This book may be more intriguing though, despite the editing errors. Thanks for the review. :D
User avatar
jamesabr
 
Posts: 264
Joined: 08 Dec 2016, 18:37
Currently Reading: The Gulf
Bookshelf Size: 43 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook Edition
2017 Reading Goal: 12 Books
Goal Completion: 50%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#9 by AA1495
» 15 Mar 2017, 10:53

Wish it was edited better! I'm glad you enjoyed reading the book though. Thank You for the honest and well written review.
User avatar
AA1495
 
Posts: 677
Joined: 17 Aug 2016, 14:45
Favorite Book: Out of the Box Awakening
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 62 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 150 Books
Goal Completion: 6%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#10 by Sparkletime
» 15 Mar 2017, 11:08

I assumed this book would be zombie heavy and I don't enjoy zombies. Your review made me take a second look.
Sparkletime's Latest Review: "Expired Listings" by D.M. Barr
User avatar
Sparkletime
 
Posts: 54
Joined: 22 Dec 2016, 05:13
Currently Reading: The Heart of What Was Lost
Bookshelf Size: 14 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 30 Books
Goal Completion: 40%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#11 by MarisaRose
» 15 Mar 2017, 11:10

I don't typically read zombie novels as I feel like they are all very similar but this one sounds like it has some unique qualities! Too bad about all the editorial issues. Great job on the review!
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson
MarisaRose's Latest Review: "The Grief Helpline" by Vernessa Blackwell
User avatar
MarisaRose
 
Posts: 433
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 108 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 84%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#12 by mindyg123
» 15 Mar 2017, 11:35

Great in depth review. I love anything to do with apocalyptic and post apocalyptic events in a story. With this based more on the people than the zombies I find this novel intriguing and will be buying this ASAP. Congrats on being BOTD.
User avatar
mindyg123
 
Posts: 150
Joined: 07 Feb 2016, 19:36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 120 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 24%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#13 by karolinka
» 15 Mar 2017, 12:02

Considering the subject matter, this sounds a like a good book to read. I have always liked post-apocalyptic zombie stories and it's interesting to see how the characters learn to survive in a zombie-infested desert, while dealing with other desperate humans!
"How to be a writer. Step one: Write."
- A. Beauchamp.
karolinka's Latest Review: "Slumbering" by C. S. Johnson
User avatar
karolinka
 
Posts: 125
Joined: 11 Oct 2016, 15:06
Location: Denton, TX
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Nook HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 2 Books
Goal Completion: 350%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#14 by Shreyoshi Sen
» 15 Mar 2017, 12:21

Sounds like an interesting book. Would love to know what happened to the characters after entering the zombie world. Thanks for such a wonderful review
Shreyoshi Sen's Latest Review: "Brown Scarf Blues" by Mois Benarroch
User avatar
Shreyoshi Sen
 
Posts: 65
Joined: 12 Feb 2017, 02:22
Currently Reading: The 11.05 Murders
Bookshelf Size: 16 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 180 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Amanda Carter In The LAZ, Life After Zo

Post Number:#15 by Miche Sora
» 15 Mar 2017, 12:27

Thanks for the good review! While I enjoy zombies and occasionally a character-driven story, I like a fast pace, so not sure this is a good book for me. There must have been quite a few errors to reduce the rating a whole star.
She reads books
as one would breathe air,
to fill up and live.

--Annie Dillard
Miche Sora's Latest Review: "The 11.05 Murders" by Brian O'Hare
User avatar
Miche Sora
 
Posts: 39
Joined: 02 Mar 2017, 15:13
Currently Reading: a second chance
Bookshelf Size: 49 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 32%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books