Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Zombie-Saurus Rex by Mark Souza

Welcome to my tour stop for Zombie-Saurus Rex! This was such a fun and different read that I really hope you will check it out and consider reading it, especially if you are a fan of zombies!!


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About Zombie-saurus Rex:

Zombie-saurus RexRex Morton, a seventeen year-old zombie, has arrived in the small farming town of Plain View, Nebraska; just another stop in a long string of small towns left behind in their rear view mirror. Unlike the zombie stereotype, Rex is bright and friendly - as long as he doesn't get hungry. He hopes this time he can manage to stick around long enough to get his diploma.

Rex’s fiercely protective mother has strong armed yet another school district into accepting her son by threatening a discrimination lawsuit. At Plain View High, a dismal pattern of fear, prejudice, and bullying steers Rex down a familiar path toward expulsion. The difference this time is that Rex has fallen for fiery Goth girl, Ariella Klopenstein, the daughter of the Police Chief, and decided he will make his stand in Plain View.
As the Z-virus spreads west and the country panics, Rex and Ariella must find a way to overcome Rex’s mother who wants to break them apart and flee town, a school principal who wants Rex expelled, Ariella’s father, the Police Chief, who thinks Rex is dangerous, and a government zombie round-up aimed at solving the zombie problem once and for all.
Zombie-saurus Rex is a story about perseverance, overcoming prejudice, stereotypes and adversity. What it isn’t is a story about dinosaurs. The title is inspired by a nickname a school bully hangs on Rex due to his size, posture, and slow plodding gate.

Mark Souza Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Author Mark Souza has always been a storyteller, whether explaining who filched the ice cream, or what happened to the cat’s tail. He learned most of life’s lessons from the business end of a wooden spoon, and the rest from public schools spanning the breadth of North America, all of which were overjoyed to be rid of him. He became an author of short stories and novels in the horror, mystery, thriller, and young adult genres later in life, after time and a desk job had softened his edges, transforming him into the round, doughy shape Big-&-Not-So-Tall shops crave.
Mark was the proud recipient of the 2013 Indie Reader Award for Best Science Fiction for his debut novel Robyn’s Egg.
He now resides in Western Washington with his wife (also an author), two daughters, and their dog of questionable heritage, Tater. Visit his website; http://www.marksouza,com. There you’ll find a multitude of ways to make contact. Mark enjoys cordial correspondence and will write back. He’s always on the lookout for that next victim reader.


Giveaway:
$50 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Ends 5/21

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.







I have a confession to make, zombie books just usually aren't my thing. I rarely read them, although I have a nasty habit of buying them because I always think they look good but when it comes to actually picking them up and trying them? Nope, it just doesn't happen.

But I wanted something different, something fun and this looked like just the read for that and plus, hello, zombies! Something I always tell myself I will try and read but rarely do, so win win right?

This was a fun read, it was fast, it had action, it had romance, and it was completely different. Everything I pretty much asked for. Rex was lovable in all his sluggish zombie ways and his best friend, Howie added an extra comic relief that made this truly different.

This wasn't a totally perfect read however, with being such a short novel, the explanation to the Z-virus was sparse and the insta love was at times, almost sickly sweet and bothersome but the fast paced plot kept me interested and turning the pages. 

Overall this was a delightful and fun read that I think anyone wanting some different and who loves zombies, will enjoy. 



*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*

46 comments:

  1. I haven't read a decent zombie book in ages! There was a time, three months or so when I read only that. But I'm very selective, I can't read just anything. This sounds like fun, though.

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    1. There are a lot out there but this really was a fun and different read. ;)

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  2. I haven't read a zombie book I loved since Mira Grant's Newsflesh series. This does sound cool, but might not be for me. Thanks for your thoughtful review!

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    1. I might have to try that one Lauren, thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This sounds like a hilarious book, Ali! That title just cracked me up. Like you, I'm not a zombie fan. I just don't like the idea of zombies, but I'm glad you were able to have so much fun with this one.
    Lovely review!

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  4. Zombies aren't typically my thing either Ali, mostly because of the horror and gore associated with them more often than not, but I could probably get behind a zombie romance. Glad this kept you turning the pages even if the romance was a little overly sweet at times!

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    1. Definitely no gore and guts in this one. :)

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  5. Oh Kindlemom, this is so not my genre. Sorry I just can't but I liked your review ;)

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    1. Completely understandable Debbie!! :D

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  6. Nice review. I don't think I could read this for many reasons... the most important being that I can't stop laughing at the title. I liked your review but just don't think this book is for me.

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  7. Lol, what an awesome title! :D I didn't expect the nice review, I'll be honest, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I would've taken it as a light, fun read from looking at it. The cover hints at intense. Great review.

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    1. That cover is rather creepy isn't it?

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  8. I'm not usually a zombie fan but what I liked about this book, other than it being different, is the diversity of it and how Rex overcomes his being different and brings people together. The romance was a bit fast but the rest of the stuff I loved for the most part.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing!

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    1. I did really like that about it as well. :D

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  9. I do like a good zombie book. You really need to read White Trash Zombie. I thought this one looked intereseting. I think it would be quick and fun, but I am the detail reader and I would have issues with lack of explanation.

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    1. I know! I have it in my wishlist, I need to break down and buy it Heidi!

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  10. That's good you enjoyed this one for the most part. I do like zombies, but I haven't read that many zombie novels. I like the ones that have some humor though!

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  11. The title has a funny ring to it... that said this isn't for me. It's good that you gave this a try and liked it.

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  12. I can't help but wonder if the narrative revolves around a zombie/dinosaur being? The themes are something I would be interested in. I have to admit though, I do like me some zombies :P

    Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  13. That title! Gotta be honest, it had me laughing out loud! I've read Warm Bodies which had romance in it and I've been watching iZombie, which has a female zombie as a protagonist so the whole mindless zombie eat brains things is definitely evolving. I'm glad you read something out of your comfort zone and enjoyed it Kindlemom! :)

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  14. This sounds like a blast and what a twist. Good for you for going Zombie!!

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  15. ooooh... I think the premise of this sounds very intriguing! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Erin! :D

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  16. I hardly read zombi books and like them but I'm glad you liked it somehow :D

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  17. Zombies need love too! lol. This is something I'd read.

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  18. I don't know if Zombies are my thing...heheh..Kidding. Although I haven't read a zombie book yet, but I LOVE the Walking Dead ;)

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    1. I have yet to watch that show Becca, I'm too chicken!

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  19. I like a zombies book from time to time, mainly a good one but it's been a while I confess. I should go back to them!

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  20. This sounds amazing! Even if it isn't "a story about dinosaurs"! Thanks for bringing this one to my attention sweetie! xx

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  21. This is definitely not the usual zombie book I love to read but man oh man it actually sounds good! Even though the worldbuilding was spotting and I'm not a fan of insta-love it sounds like.. fun :D

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  22. This actually sounds sweet-Zombies and all. What a nice change. Since I'm hooked on I -Zombie this sounds cute as well. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I think everyone is loving that show, I know I am!

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  23. I actually like the sound of this book! It makes me question how a romance would work, but I'm curious, nonetheless. :)

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    1. It was questionable (in a good way!).

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