Book Review: Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews

Kick at the DarknessMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date: May 28th, 2015
Publisher: KA Books
Point of View: Third Person (Parker)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ, Zombies, Apocalypse, Paranormal, Shapeshifters

BLURB: To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.

College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.

But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.

A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run—and stuck with each other.

When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?

REVIEW:

When I first started reading a Kick at the Darkness, I was in a bit of a rut. I’m talking a major reading slump. Picture starting to read about five books, and none of them held my attention or interest. Some of them I’d read about 40% or more, but it wasn’t enticing enough for me to be itching to open my kindle nor paperbacks, and so there in a lonely corner on my Goodreads explore page I saw this book.

Holy Shit. This was it, I said to myself. I started reading and couldn’t stop. Then, I got sick and little by little I read across the pages until I devoured it in a way I couldn’t with food. (Still, sick, don’t judge me)

Kick at the Darkness is a wild ride from beginning to ending. It’s dark, gritty, action-packed, tender, surprising and with a heart of gold, brimming with hope.

A book that starts out with the idyllic life of a college freshman—C-minus in a film class assignment—quickly turns into a dark, and desolate world filled with infected ‘Creepers.’ Not quite zombies, since they’re still alive, but nonetheless creepy enough with their bulging eyes, and chattering noises that hunt you even in your dreams.

Parker’s worries were once about his impending Econ test, getting the irritating, but gorgeous TA, Adam, to change his C-minus test to a better and reasonable grade, and getting laid, or in the least getting his caffeine fix for his cramming session. The next thing he knows is that the world has gone up in flames, he’s getting in a bike named Mariah with Adam, slashing creepers with a Machete, and hoping for some toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“OF course—he’d never seen the guy before today, and now he was likely doomed to run into him daily.”  Now Parker and Adam are stuck with each other. Adam who is always calm and collected, and Parker who is one second away from a panic attack. But those two work together, and no matter how much they don’t like each other, they have each other’s backs.

Kick at the Darkness melded a zombie apocalypse fiction with a bit of realism. With subtle mentions on how power, electricity and technology would work, it never sounded like an information dump, and any question the reader might have had was answered in away that didn’t detract from the story.

Bonus: We finally get a character who gets a cold in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, how awesome is that?

The world will never be as they know it, and they quickly have to grow up and acclimate to the new world. But in the midst of all the chaos and gore, are each other, and the feelings they arouse in each other. How much and how far they would go for each other is something you have to read to find out.

“Adam, you could be a lesbian vampire succubus who moonlights as a golem and I would still want to such your cock twenty-four-seven.”

The book isn’t all darkness, mind you. It has it’s tender moments, and humorous dialogue, a sizzling chemistry and just filled with hope, of a better tomorrow, or the world not ending.

“No guarantees in life, Adam.” There’s a happily ever for now, and I really hope we get a sequel. To find out more about this virus, will the world go back to the way it is, and where Parker and Adam end up in?

Keira Andrews, I want more! *please*

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