Book Review: Turned by Kaylee Rae

Reviewer: Andrea51qRFqApW-L._UY250_

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Summary:

What do you do when zombies are the least of your worries?
Retta Torres is a typical girl-next-door, engaged to her high school sweetheart and embarking on her dream career as an aspiring suspense author. But without warning, her world is brutally flipped upside down and everything that means anything to her is vehemently ripped from her grasp.

But that isn’t even the worst of it…not at all. Soon, she’s faced with surviving in an apocalyptic world tormented by the Undead, only the zombies aren’t the only evil she must face. There’s an even more sinister force that lurks in her shadows, but will she realize it before it’s too late?

The Review:

I don’t have extensive experience with zombie novels, but as a fan of The Walking Dead, I was very excited to read this one. However, I had issues from the beginning. The writing seemed immature at times, and the characters, while entertaining, were unrealistic. For instance, Retta has been repeatedly raped yet seems to carry little psychological baggage as a result. In fact, during her escape from her captor, she stops to compliment the “so handsome” Jasper while kissing his neck and rubbing his “dripping with sweat” biceps. Often I felt this novel was more soap opera than survival, and as it progresses, it becomes even more so (SPOILER ALERT) complete with an escaped mental patient and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination.

When I was approached about reviewing this novel, I downloaded my copy directly from Amazon since at the time the novel was free on the site, and I was quite taken aback by the number of errors. The copy I downloaded is, unfortunately, much more like an ARC (advanced review copy) than a polished novel. It’s in desperate need of a proofreader. Not only were there numerous missing words and “extra” words, but there was at least one instance of the use of an incorrect character name.


2 Stars


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