There’s something wrong with Rose.From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.
When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.
I went to the library the other day looking for books from authors I have not heard of and I wanted to find some stand alone as well. I have been reading trilogies and series lately. The Ravenous jumped out at me mostly because of its size but also because it sounded like a zombie book. The cover itself was very haunting with those shadows behind that girl and also the weird skull on the table. After reading the book I now know the significance of the cover.
This book isn’t your typical “zombie” book. No one was bit or some weird virus escaped and turned everyone into flesh eating monsters. It starts with a very broken family that try really hard to seem normal to the outside world. Dad was always away with the army and Mom is clinically depressed, drunk, drugged up, or both and most days left to herself in her room. That leaves the child rearing to the oldest sister, Juliet, who already turned down a scholarship to Juliard to take care of her siblings. When Juliet and her mom get into a fight little Rose paid the price. Now back to the non typical zombie bit, the mom somehow turns her into the undead by a ritual. Now the sisters are left with trying to figure out how to keep Rose from losing her mind and killing everyone of them. So that leaves one thing…..they have to feed Rose.
I liked the way the author talked about the mirrors. Rose wasn’t supposed to look at her own reflection for at least a week because her soul needs to “resettle” back in her body. That is a very cool twist I thought to this genre. They don’t really talk about the persons soul being able to be put back. I mean, you know that person will never be the same again after crossing over. I just never thought about it before and it makes sense for it because it was more of a ritual than disease.
What I didn’t like was the fact that how the mom knew the woman, Harlow, could help Rose. There isn’t any back story on this relationship really. I’m not going to give away the ending but it kinda was anticlimactic a little. Everything seemed to happen really fast and glazed over but I did have fun reading it and I was able to finish it in one sitting. There was even a “OH MAN!” Moment for me lol
So after reading it I will tell you to let those that die, stay dead. It’s never a good idea to raise loved ones from their everlasting resting place, you never know where they were.
Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.(amazon)