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ARC Book Review: ‘Wranglestone’ by Darren Charlton

Title: Wranglestone

Author: Darren Charlton

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

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Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them crossing the like. Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the community of Wranglestone. Now, he must helper rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, her the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over. But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.

Now, I have to be honest and say this isn’t usually my type of book. I have no shame in admitting I’m a bit of a wuss and Zombies scare me. But I throughly enjoyed this book, it was the perfect way to start my 2020 year of reading.

You follow the story of Peter who, with a few other families, live on an island surrounded by a lake trying to survive after the undead have taken over and winter is setting so they become targets for the undead. But all Peters got on his mind is his first love. I loved the premise of the characters on this island, preparing for the lake to freeze oher and trying to stay safe. It set the tone for the novel right away.

Obviously there are a lot of zombie stories out there, so I kinda thought I knew what was going to happen, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It took the story to another level and made it really interesting. It kept it fresh. Also, let me say that Darren creates real moments of tension multiple times throughout the novel. I was scared y’all!

There was an incredibly sweet romance between Peter and a boy on the Island called Cooper. It was believable and a pleasure to read. Somethings happened that surprised me and kept their romance interesting. I was certainly looking forward to seeing how it ended. Also Cooper was an incredibly pure, lovely character so I was rooting for him and their romance.

This is a hard review to write because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I don’t want to tell you anything. I want you to be surprised and shocked like I was. There was even one of those moments where I had to put the book for a minute because I was shocked. The things Peter has to do, really did create some very emotional moments in the book. Ugh, I know that whole paragraph was vague, but I would rather it be vague and not ruin anything for you.

I would definitely recommend this book, I mean how often does include Zombies and an LGBT+ romance. It’s full of intrigue, emotion and first love. If you like zombie stories, that are fresh, exciting and expands further on the idea then this is the book for you.

Thank you to Stripes Publishing for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 6th.

Until the next review

JTH

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