Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quarantined by Tracey Ward [Series Review]

1. Until the End - Paperback | Kindle
2. In the End - Paperback | Kindle

Tracey Ward
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Until the End
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 08/15/13
Date read: March 5, 2014

Synopsis (Goodreads):
An outbreak of The Fever has taken hold of Portland, Oregon, bringing the population to its knees. The Fever spreads and kills quickly, but the dead aren't staying dead.

When her neighbor, Jordan, saves her from one of the infected, Alissa joins him in his plan to escape the city, the disease and the threat of a quarantine that will lock the living in with the undead.

What she doesn't tell him is that she has an illness of her own, one that plays tricks with her mind and makes her a dangerous companion. But Jordan has a secret as well, one that compels him to keep Alissa, a veritable stranger, safe at all costs.

As they fight for their lives and race for their freedom, they'll discover that what they truly need in order to survive is to stay together until the end.
Thoughts on Until the End: This book was RIDICULOUSLY good. No wait. Not ridiculously. Just perfectly. I'm all flaily hands and crazy eyes over it. Alissa and Jordan's relationship felt right, you know? It FELT RIGHT.

While I'm admittedly (slightly) obsessed with zombie apocalypse love stories at the moment (what? It's a thing. A thing I like A LOT!), I really liked the slow burn of their attraction. Sure, the timing isn't great and there's always the possibility one or both of them will run into the worst sort of trouble, but their banter and awkward looks worked so nicely.

I really liked that we were given a look at how someone who relies on drugs to keep herself balanced has to deal with the possibility she won't be able to get anymore once her current supply runs out. That fear, thrown on top of a shambling horde of undead who want to EAT THEIR FACES OFF, adds an extra layer of tension.

Yes, I'm smitten with this book. Can you tell? CAN YOU? I want more. MOAR!
In The End
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: March 20, 2014

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Jordan and Alissa made it out of Portland, away from ground zero where The Fever still rages on. But they couldn't beat the quarantine. Now barriers are being built and the remaining survivors of the outbreak are trapped.

And the undead just keep coming.

The wave of infected is building as city after city is devoured. As they head east into the mountains they will be forced to fight both the dead and the living as they search for a safe place to weather the storm.

But what they believed would be the death of them might actually save them, and in this hell on Earth they'll uncover something even more shocking than the risen dead. Hope.
Thoughts on In the End: I am crazy in love with book 1 and that love carries over to book 2. It isn't so much the zombies and all the craziness they're dealing with (sometimes literally), but rather the relationship between Alissa and Jordan. I really really REALLY liked it.

Throw in Alissa's Uncle/Dad (long story and not nearly as sordid as it sounds) giving Jordan the stink eye every time he thought Jordan and Alissa were getting too close and I was in zombie apocalypse love story heaven.

Between the tight quarters, the very real possibility that Alissa's medication will run out, and constantly being on alert for the shambling undead, Jordan and Alissa don't have it easy. I loved their fighting. I loved their making up. I loved their banter. I loved that Jordan was willing to accept Alissa with all her flaws and he didn't run away at the first sign of her crazy rearing its head.


*The Quarantined Series is followed by the Survival Series, a spinoff trilogy of books chronicling life 10 years after the outbreak with a few familiar faces...


  1. I probably would have bypassed this book because of its cover, but you've convinced me to give it a chance. Thanks for the review!

    1. I totally understand. If book 1 hadn't been free, I probably wouldn't have picked it up myself. Hope you enjoy!