Zombie Infestation (Serena Rouge #1) by LJ Bushman (Narrated by Anneliese Rennie)

I Wanted To Love This Book

2.75 out of 5 stars

Zombie Infestation tells a story about your typical mom and writer.  Oh wait, she does what at night? Hunts zombies? Okay, you have my attention.  The opening of this book hints at this a little bit but it’s not until a little while in that we’re given this actual information. It did jump into action almost right away, but then sort of faded back into a slow-paced zombie story.

I wanted to love this book. It has everything that I like in it but I just could not get into it.  I can’t tell if it was the specific writing style of Bushman or what but I had a really hard time getting into the plot of this book. Sure, on the surface it sounds super intriguing and something that I would enjoy but once into the story there were some scenes that just felt a little bit clunky and others where it felt like the story was being drawn out from novella length into short novel territory.  I think this story would have been much tighter if it’d been a novella.

I went and read some other reviews (there weren’t too many which shocked me to be honest) and it sort of felt like you either really liked this book or didn’t  I sort of fell in the middle, leaning slightly towards not liking it.  Which is unfortunate because the audio quality and performance by Anneliese Rennie were great.  I honestly finished the book on her strong performance.  She was able to put in the right amount of emotion to keep me invested.

Overall, an average book that is a little bit too long narrated by a great narrator that was able to keep me listening.

Also, I’m not usually picky about covers usually only mentioning something that I love about them – but for some reason the woman on the front of this cover did not seem to fit with the story. My mental image of Serena wasn’t quite this Lara Croft-esque woman on the cover. But, that might just be me.

Book Description:

As seen in the USA Today best-selling box set, Empires of Shadow and Ash, comes Zombie Infestation.

Serena Rouge lives a double life. Writer, according to IRS. Trouble, according to the FBI.

Kick-ass, rough, and yet she can’t hide her vulnerable side when it comes to her kids. When the enemy threatens her kids if she doesn’t do exactly as they want, things go from bad to worse in a hurry.

A secret branch hiding behind the military is about to release the zombie virus as a vaccination to the whole world. It’s up to Serena to shut down the operation with the help of FBI agent Joseph…preferably without him becoming a zombie. But others in the FBI don’t want their mission to succeed. Without knowing whom they can trust, Serena and Joseph have to shut down the factory, without becoming zombie fodder.

But how can they when the zombies take orders from a psychopath with an agenda?

two-half-stars
Zombie Infestation by LJ Bushman
Narrator: Anneliese Rennie
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Series: Serena Rouge #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Zombie
Format: Audiobook
two-half-stars
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