Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As the World Dies: Untold Tales Blog Tour: Reviews, Excerpt, and Giveaways Oh My

Today I have so much amazing stuff to share with you! Not only do I have an excerpt to share, I also have not 1, not 2, but 3 reviews for you to read. I also have a giveaway for the entire Untold Tales series and there is also a tour-wide giveaway full of goodies! Just a note to keep this post for being massive I will have a link to some of the review below.

About the Books

As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1
Title: As the World Dies: Untold Tales Vol. 1
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies: Untold Tales #1
Publication Date: August 3, 2011
Length: 158 Pages

THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…
On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…
And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…
As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 2
Title: As the World Dies: Untold Tales Vol. 2
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies: Untold Tales #2
Publication Date: March 19, 2012
Length: 175 Pages
THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. FIGHTING TO SURVIVE: AS THE WORLD DIES continued their story as the two women joined the members of the makeshift fort in Ashley Oaks in the fight for survival against not only zombies, but the evil designs of bandits.
But theirs is not the only tale to be told.
In the second volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
In a nearby town Ken and Lenore have started their regular routine at Ken’s Beauty Salon. A terrible accident brings the undead plague to their front door and soon the best friends are scrambling to escape their overrun town…
Katarina is just finishing her shift at a roadside cafĂ© when a badly injured man stumbles through the front door. She quickly realizes that to survive she must learn to kill…
And finally, a trapped family must face the fearsome truth that sometimes zombies are not the worst monster they have to fear as the world dies…
As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 3
Title: As the World Dies: Untold Tales Vol. 3
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies: Untold Tales #3
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Length: 179 Pages
In the third volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
Returning to Texas after celebrating his divorce in Vegas, Rune, a biker cursed with the ability to see ghosts, discovers that the world is being taken over by the hungry undead. Soon he realizes he will have to depend on all his abilities to survive not only the ravenous zombies, but the dangerous men lurking on the back roads of Texas.
Senator Paige Brightman abandoned the Madison Mall and its inhabitants to the hungry hordes, but her journey did not end there. Her attempt to reach the president’s safe haven called Central has far reaching ramifications for her and the people she abandoned.
The final in the three stories reveals the aftermath of the great battle in SIEGE as one woman faces the ultimate decision whether to live or die in a world of the undead.
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About the Author


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) , as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog),and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. 
      
As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 1
Excerpt
By
Rhiannon Frater

Eric ran up past the edge of the tree line and into the shade of the leafy boughs hanging over the drive. He could hear the moans and howls of the undead and the shouts of the living behind him.
"Help!" he heard the woman's voice screaming in the distance.
He hesitated and Pepe pulled insistently on the leash urging Eric on. Eric felt tears well in his eyes. His first impulse had been to run, but those people were alive and he could help them.
But what if they had been bitten?
He hesitantly began to walk back toward the open field, but Pepe pulled on the leash and barked at him. He stopped abruptly and took a deep breath.
Pepe was right. He had to survive. Eric's hand tightened on the revolver as he decided to run back to the safety of the bed and breakfast.
"Help!" the woman shouted again.
This time her voice was much closer. Eric turned back in surprise. She sprinted onto the road at an amazing speed. Dressed in athletic shorts and a tank top with the word Coach written on it, she was petite and muscular with deeply tanned skin and pale blond hair pulled back in a ponytail.
"Please help!"
Despite Pepe's snarls and persistent tugging on the leash, Eric stood and waited for her.
"Hurry!" he yelled.
"Coop and Sean are right behind me," she called out. "Just run!"
"Right!"
Eric bolted up the road as fast as he could, wishing he had worn something other than loafers. He was not as fit as the woman racing up the road behind him.  He struggled to find a rhythm in his out of shape gait. Frantically, he tried to regulate his breath and find a fast, steady pace. He was just finding a steady beat to his breathing and his speed when, to his surprise, the young woman caught up with him. Her breath was not nearly as ragged as his was already becoming.
"Do you have shelter? A place for us to go? Is the farmhouse ok?"
"Yeah," Eric huffed. "Yeah. That's where I've been."
"Keep running!" a voice shouted behind them.
Eric glanced back long enough to see an older man, also incredibly fit and also in a coach's uniform, and younger man clad in jeans and a T-shirt, coming up over the embankment and onto the road far behind them. The girl ran faster than he did and she took the lead with her short ponytail bouncing behind her and her toned arms pumping hard.
Eric struggled to keep moving at a quick pace despite the burning in his calves and his breath flowing short and hard into his lungs. Walking up the hill had been moderate exercise the last few days, but running was a whole other story.
The young woman hesitated in her steps to look back and again the man's voice rang out, "Keep running."
Eric looked back again to see both men gaining on him. More terrifying was that so were the fast, blood covered creatures behind the men. He had a vague impression of football uniforms and what was maybe army fatigues under all the blood and gore.  The zombies hadn't done much damage to what appeared to be the more physically fit people in the community center. Terrified by what he saw, Eric ran harder and tried to gain speed. Pepe scampered ahead of him, almost to the end of his leash, his nails clicking against the asphalt.
"The door is unlocked," Eric choked out to the girl running in front of him. He realized with her quick pace she would get there first. He was beginning to doubt he would make it with his body feeling like it was about to explode.
The girl tossed a look over her shoulder, nodded and sprinted across the gardens toward the safety of the bed and breakfast. Eric followed in her wake, but he was now breathless and struggling to keep his exhausted limbs moving. The blond woman reached the porch, jumped over the steps, effortlessly ran across the whitewashed wood and shoved the front door open.
Following in her footsteps, Eric leaped onto the end of the porch and felt his legs quiver. They almost buckled under him, but he forced himself to keep moving.
"Get in! Get in!"
Again the older man's voice shouted out from behind him. It sounded much closer now: as did the growls and howls of the dead. Eric's feet pounded across the wood porch as Pepe strained at the end of his leash to get into the house. Eric caught the edge of the doorway with his hand and hurled his body inside. The girl was standing in the shadows of the foyer with her hand on the door, ready to shove it shut. Pepe whipped around and began to bark wildly at the open door.
Eric barely managed not to collapse, gasping for breath. He heard footfalls on the porch and the girl tensed.
"We're almost there!" another man's voice shouted. "Keep it open!"
Eric stared at the doorway in terror as he listened to the sound of more feet leaping onto the porch. The two men suddenly filled the doorway and jostled each other getting into the house. Once they both cleared the entry, the girl shoved the door closed. It was stopped by the ghastly, bloody stump of an arm that was shoved into the gap just before the door shut.
  
My Reviews 

My Review of Untold Tales Volume 3
Now the only warning I have to give about the As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 3 is that readers that have not yet read the series may want to hold off on reading this one until finishing Siege. It does not give much away but it does give some events away. I have not read any of the As the World Dies books, and what little I read will not affect the story for me. I will have to say that out of all of the Untold Tales, Volume 3 is my favorite simple because the characters of Emma and Rune are just amazing! I also forgot to mention in the previous reviews, each story comes with a little introduction and insight into each story and I think that helps readers who did not get to read the serial online back when this amazing story started. 

The first story in Untold Tales Volume 3 is the longest story of the book. It is the story of Rune and it is fittingly titled “The Back Roads of Zombie Hell.” The very beginning of the story is not like any of the other Untold Tales because Rune has a special gift. The opening sequence in this story had my tearing up because of the emotions behind it. Even with the emotional scene at the beginning, Rune is a one very badass biker. As events unfold Rune’s story really becomes about seek to help the living and getting justice for the lost. It is such a great story that sucked me in, I was sad to see it end. 

The second story is a shorter story about Senator Brightman again with another fitting title “The Wickedest Woman in Texas.” The Senator is not a character that anyone would root for at all. She is an annoying self-serving politician that represents a lot of what is wrong with some of the politicians. She is an evil woman, and I cannot wait to see how her story plays out in Siege. 

The third story is both awesome and absolutely heart wrenching. It is “The Fearless Zombie Killer” and it is the story of Emma, a character that was featured in the online serial but never really made it into the books. It is so fitting to see her story in the Untold Tales Volume 3 and I have to say it maybe my favorite just because of the raw emotion the character has to experience. 

After binge reading the entire Untold Tales series, because I just could not stop myself. I am sad to see it end. I know that I am defiantly moving up the As the World Dies series on my TBR list and  I think I will just block of a section of time because when I start the first one, I will probably end up binge reading them like I did this series. I have to say this series is amazing and I think Volume 3 defiantly saved the best for last. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from author in exchange for an honest review**

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3 comments:

Giselle said...

I loved Emma's story so hard and it was very emotional! I think volume 3 was my favorite but it's bittersweet bc I knew it was the last one :( So happy you're a fan, too! :D Great review!

Regann Nicole said...
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Regann Nicole said...

My zombie apocalypse weapon is a Mountain Dew can...lol.

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