Review: Undead with Benefits by Jeff Hart


Title: Undead with Benefits
Series: Eat Brains Love, #2
Author: Jeff Hart
Pub. Date: August 2014
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Jake and Amanda are in love, on the run—and undead. They’ve picked up a new psychic friend, ex-government-zombie-hunter Cass, and are making a break for Iowa, where a cure for the rapidly spreading zombie virus is rumored to be waiting. But in order to find it, they have to contend with an unlikely undead warlord, ghoul-infested cornfields, a psycho psychic out for blood, and their own super-awkward love triangle—all before Iowa goes up in flames.

The Review

I absolutely love the alternating Jake and Cass – including one Amanda chapter – points of view. Even if it did take me a second to realize which point of view I was currently reading because I was engrossed in the story.

The duology that is the Eat Brains Love series is one of my favorites so far. We all know I love a good zombie story. This was refreshing to read, and didn’t follow the typical zombie apocalypse story that is overplayed these days.

Undead with Benefits immediately picks up where Eat Brains Love ended. Following Jake, Amanda, and Cass across country to Iowa in hopes to find the cure. Cass and Jake’s “relationship” is so . . . I don’t even know. A part of me had hope for them; that something would happen to Amanda, and then Cass and Jake would find the cure – then boom, happily ever after.

Things don’t always turn out the way you want them.

There weren’t as many gruesome scenes in Undead with Benefits as Eat Brains Love had, but I’m not complaining. For the sequel, it had a much different vibe than the first, despite there still being the zombie outbreak and all. This book felt more like The Walking Dead, with zombies just ambling around . . . then, of course, the risk of getting attacked by these zombies.

For once, however, there was an ending to a book that didn’t leave you in a cliffhanger. There really was no guessing what could happen after the last word. Everything was laid out and explained. I mean, of course there was the choice of using your imagination to fill in any “what ifs,” but it was basically finished. I like reading an apocalypse or dystopian where I don’t have to guess or wish there was more.


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