Title: Kick at the Darkness
Publisher: KA Books
Author: Keira Andrews
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?
Do you love zombies? If so you will love this new story by author Keira Andrews. While I thought both main characters come off a little on the obnoxious side in the beginning, when the shit hits the fan, and they find themselves tossed together, they not only grew on each other, but on me as well.
Parker and Adam are both college students, however while Parker is just a freshman, Adam is an upperclassman working as the TA for the film class that Parker thought would be an easy A. When Parker bombs one of the assignments he confronts Adam, hoping to get the grade changed. To say that these two make a terrible first impression on each other would be an understatement. Parker comes across as a spoiled rich kid while Adam goes on the defensive and comes across hardnosed. The way these two were with each other had me wondering just how the author would bring them together in a way that was believable. It is only after people start getting sick, and these two are thrown together that their true personalities come out. This is not to say that there still aren’t any conflicts, because there are. Adam is hiding a big secret that almost gets them killed while Parker continues to be naïve at times.
I do love how Parker and Adam are with each other however. Their relationship moves fast due to the situation they find themselves in, and when they find themselves separated, whether due to circumstances or on purpose, it is not long before they are once again together. They find themselves battling zombies as well as crazy doctors while trying to make it to Parker’s family on the east coast. The author does such a good job bring this story together I found myself wishing it was a movie.
I truly loved this book. The main characters were at times fun, sexy, and annoying. The people they meet along the way were helpful upon occasion, while at other times not so much. More than once I wanted to tell one or both of the main characters to watch out, as somethings seemed too good to be true. And don’t get me started on the ending as I am still not sure how I feel about it. All I can say is that I hope there will be a sequel soon.
Kick at the Darkness shot my weekend to hell. Instead of getting the house ready for company I found myself reading. I had to know what would happen next. How would Parker take the news of Adam’s secret? What caused the zombies? Would Parker meet up with his family? So be forewarned that once you start this book you will be hooked until the very last page. I know I was.
Reviewed by: Lydia