Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics




From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together.


I have gobbled up all of Amy Lukavics novels. I wish she wrote more and faster, but then again, if she did, would I love them as much? I got this the day it came out and put off reading it for two days because I knew I would finish it in 24 hours.

This book stayed with me for days after I finished it. It was creepy , gross, funny, a family drama, a new spin on a zombie book and a YA all rolled in one. There was no romance which is always great. It was a little scary a lot distributing and dealt with addiction and abuse within a family unit.

The main character was hard to like and hard to sympathize with, which I really enjoyed. The descriptions of making their baby sister food with human meat in it also made me hungry and sick at the same time.

I do think that the synopsis didn't need to tell us that Rose becomes a zombie- that could have been a surprise. But it didn't matter. I still fully enjoyed the novel.

I gasped, laughed, cringed and sat with my mouth open for a few seconds. It was the perfect start to the Halloween reading season.