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The Confessions of Sylva Slasher
by Ace Antonio Hall   

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Category: 

Horror

Publisher:  Montag ISBN-10:  098228098X
Pages: 

418

Copyright:  April 14, 2013 ISBN-13:  9780982280980

     

When HEARTBREAK rises, the DEAD must fall. Eighteen-year-old, Sylva finds herself in a struggle between a SPRING BREAK ship full of zombies and a chance to rekindle her romance with a boyfriend she thought was dead.

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The Confessions of Sylva Slasher

 Genre: YA Horror

Recommended Age: 12+

 

~ Synopsis ~

 

A spring break trip on a cruise presents a new problem for Sylva. Passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies, unlike the harmless ones she’s used to raising from the dead. She and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean, and their only escape comes from a guy Sylva had a crush on she thought was dead, named Brandon. Sylva doesn’t normally hold grudges, but when someone plays with her heart they have to pay. However, with the fate of the human race on the line, Brandon convinces Sylva to join him in a secret mission, yet she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something.

It didn’t take long for her suspicions to hold true when it’s revealed that Brandon has been romantically involved with the very enemy he now wants her to destroy. This villainous female would rather kill Brandon than let Sylva have a chance to patch things up between them. Sylva is not the kind of girl to walk away from love without a fight, but with a strange virus threatening extinction of human life, she shoves her own feelings in her back pocket to face her greatest nightmare, and that nightmare starts with something that is eerily growing right inside of her own mind and body.


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~ Excerpt ~

The Confessions of Sylva Slasher is ...

“A treat for Buffy fans–but 100% Ace Antonio Hall‘s own twisted vision. Breathes new life into the living dead; run, don’t shamble to get a copy.” –Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues



The deadheads slithered, scraped, and shuffled closer and closer. There must have been more than twenty of them ready to tear me apart like hungry wolves. The stench of old rot surrounded me like poison vapors. A chorus of low moans, high whines, and wispy breaths oozed hymnals of my persecution into my ears.

Judgment day. I laid at the altar of the dead waiting to be sacrificed to whoever won ownership of my soul, fear or fearlessness.

I’m not afraid.

Their mangled, distorted faces came into view. How could eyes be so distant, yet so full of hunger? It seemed like they were looking past me—through me into another dimension. Or maybe they could already see which organs they wanted to devour. Their moans found a common craving for death, but their minds were lost somewhere in those useless bodies that kept creeping closer and closer to me, bending and turning in awkward movements. From the ground looking up, they lurched over me like oversized lumps of tumorous blobs, drooling with their mouths agape on their sagging grotesque faces.

I lied. I am afraid.

Pure terror crawled into my ears, listening to their sliding and scraping—more and more deadheads appeared, crowding around me, stretching their necks, and spilling those long vacant looks all over me. They filled my blurry vision with various shapes of disheveled hair and blended shades of disfigured bodies.

The horror of my eyes being torn from my face and viscera clenched between their teeth as they gnawed on my bones and licked the fluids from the insides of my body from their lips became too much to bare.

Something ticked on the ground like an animal approached, its claws pecking as it crept cautiously.

Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick.

It came toward me from a distance. Each step grew louder, bigger. I inhaled, realizing that for some time, I had been holding my breath, frozen with fear. Could it be? No, not now—not now. With my head too stiff to turn and my back broken, I locked my tearful blurry vision on a hazy full moon that seemed to shine a spotlight of death upon me. I spat out a tiny whisper. It’s time to die, again.

END OF EXCERPT



Professional Reviews

Book Review: The Confessions of Sylva Slasher by Ace Antonio Hall
http://www.junipergrove.net/book-review-confessions-sylva-slasher-ace-antonio-hall/

~ Synopsis ~



A spring break trip on a cruise presents a new problem for Sylva. Passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies, unlike the harmless ones she’s used to raising from the dead. She and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean, and their only escape comes from a guy Sylva had a crush on she thought was dead, named Brandon. Sylva doesn’t normally hold grudges, but when someone plays with her heart they have to pay. However, with the fate of the human race on the line, Brandon convinces Sylva to join him in a secret mission, yet she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something.

It didn’t take long for her suspicions to hold true when it’s revealed that Brandon has been romantically involved with the very enemy he now wants her to destroy. This villainous female would rather kill Brandon than let Sylva have a chance to patch things up between them. Sylva is not the kind of girl to walk away from love without a fight, but with a strange virus threatening extinction of human life, she shoves her own feelings in her back pocket to face her greatest nightmare, and that nightmare starts with something that is eerily growing right inside of her own mind and body.



~ Review ~



If you’re looking for a zombie tale that isn’t quite like the rest, then The Confessions of Sylva Slasher by Ace Antonio Hall, is it! Hall has quite the imagination and it shows in Sylva Slasher, as he blends different horror creatures and scenarios together to create an original plot in a genre that, at times, seems overdone. The storyline moves along quickly, each chapter filled with action and new developments added in the plot. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what could possibly happen, so much so, that most will be very surprised by how the book wraps up.

It did indeed move along quite fast, which is great in a story such as this because it keeps the reader engaged and eager to find out what happens next, but there were times when it felt too fast, rushed just to get through to the next chapter or situation in the book. I think this becomes most evident toward the end of the book, where the plot completely flipped around and the explanation, while given, felt glossed over. Now, seeing as The Confessions of Sylva Slasher is the first volume in the Zombie Pop series, I’m assuming the details of the story in this book and the unanswered questions it may leave the reader with, will be explained and dealt with in the sequel.

So, if zombies are your thing and you’re looking for a fresh new take on the living dead, I think this one may be for you.



~ Rating ~



4 Trees out of 5



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