Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book review: Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill (Published by Bloomsbury, June 5, 2012)

Dead Reckoning is a book with a very unique premise for a young adult novel. It's set in the Old West after the Civil War. There are three main characters, Jett, Honoria, and White Fox. Jett is a girl living disgused as a boy as she searches for her missing brother. Honoria is a rich sociliate who is also an inventor. And White Fox is a scout for the army who is looking for for a missing family. This may sound like a fairly typical western at first. What makes it unique is that it has zombies, yes, zombies in the Old West.

I wanted to love this book because the premise sounded so awesome. It was a fun and unique read, but it just was missing something that kept me from loving it. Perhaps it was the lack of romance. I don't think romance needs to be the main focus in every book, but I personally would have enjoyed it more if one of the characters had a romantic subplot. However, perhaps readers sick of young adult romances would appreciate that this one is romance-free.

So even though I personally didn't love this book, I'd still say it's worth a try, if you think it sounds interesting, due to the fact that it has such a unique concept and story. And some readers may appreciate the lack of romance.

Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher.

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