Book Review: Barely Alive by Bonnie R. Paulson

  • Review: Barely Alive
  • Series: Barely Alive #1
  • Author: Bonnie R. Paulson
  • No of Pages: 290
  • Release Date: Published March 26th 2012 by CreateSpace


Barely Alive

In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn’t earn the final death he longs for, he’ll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity. Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He’s not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don’t stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn’t know he needs. Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn’t develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather’s immunity, he gives Paul an ultimatum – deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul’s brother suffers the zombie fate. Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he’ll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.

My thoughts:

Yay!!! Finally a new take on zombies! Who knew that they also could love? Definitely not me. I don’t think I’d want to hang around them long enough to find out! Now if you’re really into zombie lore, this may not be your type of zombie book. I mean I’m sure the synopsis would throw off anyone that didn’t want to read about George Romero zombies, but I’m just saying it here, just in case.

But honestly, I enjoyed it! It’s not your run of the mill zombie story! And I like that. Zombies are not real so why should we think we know everything about them? Diseases change every day so why wouldn’t the virus that would make us a zombie?

Ok, enough of all of that! Paul is definitely my favorite character. That guy is awesome! He surprised me time and time again. And I have to say, thank you for a man’s point of view! I think that is what I enjoyed most about this. We finally get to see the guy’s point of view and it didn’t let me down at all!

The plot is actually really interesting. I won’t give too much away, I’ll just say that it really moves the story along and you’re caught wanting a zombie to win! The book was fast and super fun to read. Of course I do love my zombies, all kinds of zombies! Only downside is the way it ended but this is part of a series so I knew that starting out. Definitely want to read book two and find out what is going to happen next!

About the author:

Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.


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Amazon links:

Barely Alive

Falling Apart

Mostly Dead

Barnes and Noble links

Barely Alive

Falling Apart

barely alive


  1. Great review. I LOVE zombies. As much as I love old school zombies, I still like when there is a new take on them.

    1. It is nice isn’t it?!! This was such a fun read! Sadly I didn’t have time to read the second and third but soon, very soon!!!

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