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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

With Love For Horror Books: The First Days & The Untold Tales Omnibus by Rhiannon Frater - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek
Katie finds Jenni outside her house watching the front door. The world is falling apart around her. Katie saves her by getting her into a truck. Together they have to face the new world. Katie is the daughter of a policeman, so she knows how to handle guns. In a world that is changing fast they have to make quick decisions, sometimes they have to leave people behind and sometimes they stay. Will Katie and Jenni find a place where they can live in this zombie infested world?

Katie and Jenni decided early on not to stay close to the big cities and they end up in a little town in Texas. They are building walls around an old hotel as quickly as possible to keep the living safely inside and the dead outside. To them this fort looks like the perfect place to be protected themselves and they can offer other survivors a place to stay. Will this fort be the haven they wish it to be?

Katie and Jenni become like sisters. In all the mess that is going on they both find love inside their sanctuary. They have to go outside the walls from time to time to keep having food and all kinds of other useful supplies. They also go out of their way to bring survivors back to their home, if they can get to them in a safe way and on time. I connected with Katie and Jenni straight away. They're both so strong and skilled in their own way. These women are characters I'll remember for a long time.

The First Days is a book about zombies, but it's even more about surviving, how you can build a new city within chaos and how to find love after all the loss. It's about what life will be like if someone won't return from getting food and living with the constant threat of becoming dinner for a zombie. Rhiannon Frater has done a fantastic job writing this story. I was sold from the very first lines. I cried and laughed while reading and couldn't wait to get the other two books in the series. It's a trilogy and there are also short stories in the form of untold tales that tell you more about the characters. There are a lot of good zombie stories out there, but the As The World Dies series is the one I'm still thinking about the most.


It is said that the first lines of The First Days are among the most shocking lines you'll ever read. If you love to read zombie stories, then don't hesitate and get this series. I recommend getting the complete series straight away, because if you're like me once you start reading you don't want to stop.
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Review by Anniek
Lydia lives with her wife Katie just outside the city. Their love for each other is unconditional and pure. When Katie leaves the house for work Lydia sees their next door neighbor pounding on his door. Knowing very well that the man has a drinking problem, Lydia isn't alarmed immediately when he isn't very steady or responsive. She should have run, but who would have known that the old world would end that day?

In The Untold Tales omnibus there are ten terrifying stories about how people are coping with the dead that now are walking the earth and Lydia's story is one of them. This book will give you more background information about the characters in the As The World Dies Series. Lydia is a character who always stayed with me. She was a very important person in Katie's life and The Untold Tales answered the questions I had about her.

I loved to read about Katie and Jenni again. These two women are so incredible and strong. I connected with them instantly in The First Days. Rhiannon Frater takes a moment before every story to tell a little bit about her characters and why she's written a short story about them. Because of that The Untold Tales can be read as a standalone, but for me it was much more than that. It gave me closure and filled in some of the information gaps that I still felt there were after reading the As the World Dies series.


The Untold Tales are gripping and terrifying. They are a must-read for everybody who loves to read the zombie genre. They can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend to read the As The World Dies series first since you'll need this to completely understand the background stories in The Untold Tales.
About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of 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). She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. She’s the co-host of the ZCast, a Z Nation Fan Podcast.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m so boring, this is a tough question! I’m a gothgirl who writes books for a living. I’m happily married to a great guy. I have cute furry babies (aka cats) who are endlessly entertaining.

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

In a romantic way, my husband. When he smiles at me, I always get a flutter in my chest. In a horrific way, sharks.

3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?

The Xenomorph from Alien. Everything about it is just absolutely terrifying. It’s one of those monsters that make you feel like you definitely wouldn’t make it to the end credits.

4. If the zombie apocalypse would happen today, what would you do?

I’d make sure my guns are loaded, pack up my cats, and follow what the government would instruct us to do. FEMA actually has a zombie plan. I’d also have a lot of faith in my fellow Texans to help cull the numbers right away.

5. What's your favorite horror movie?

This is a tough one because there are so many different genres of horror. Train to Busan is definitely a recent favorite. I also like films with dread and creeping horror elements. I don’t need jump scares.

6. What's your worst nightmare?

A world filled with clowns.
7. What do you do besides writing?

I play video games, watch movies, binge watch television shows with my husband, read, and general boring stuff. When time and money allows, I like to travel.

8. What inspired you to write horror stories?

I wish I knew! I always thought I’d write mysteries or science fiction. I’m still surprised that about half of my books have elements of horror in them.

9. What do you like the most about the horror genre?
I like writing stories with elements of horror for the same reason people enjoy reading it. It’s a cathartic escape. When life is rough and getting you down, it’s fun to read about people who are facing unrealistic situations you’ll never face, and have it much worse than you do. It’s also a great way to explore difficult themes about the human condition, but in a fantastical setting.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m delving into science fiction a bit more than I have in the past. I’ll soon be returning to the world of The Last Bastion of the Living for two more books. The first book is for sale May 2017 for only .99 and readers can read the first chapter for free here:

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I’m currently writing a serial called The Impaled Bride for the Radish app that’s gothic horror, and it is published weekly. Readers can always look forward to the next installment.

One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a digital copy of The Untold Tales Omnibus by Rhiannon Frater.
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. The book reviews sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing, I'm a big fan of the horror genre. Love the interview too.

  2. What an exciting book! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've enjoyed several of her zombie books Big fan of Rhiannon. And such a fun interview!

  4. I do occassionally enjoy a horror novel, and this looks interesting and absorbing xx

  5. Ohhh I love zombies ... well in the literary sense, not so much when they block my path. Thanks, Suze and Anniek, for introducing Rhiannon to me - I am always happy to meet new-to-me authors in the horror genre.

  6. This book sounds awesome. Love reading zombie books.

  7. Excellent review the book sounds interesting, definitely worth a look x

  8. Excellent review the book sounds interesting, definitely worth a look x

  9. Excellent review the book sounds interesting, definitely worth a look x

  10. Excellent review the book sounds interesting, definitely worth a look x