Review – Wranglestone

Hey Book Lovers!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Stripes, for gifting me a copy of this book to review. 

Title: Wranglestone

Author: Darren Charlton

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

Release date: 6th February

Pages: 384

Synopsis:In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.

Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the community of Wranglestone. Now he must help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, herd the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over.

But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.

My Rating:4/5

This was a great read. Who wouldn’t want to read post apocalypse zombie novel with a queer romance? 

Let’s start with the Charcaters. There are a number of Charcaters in this book and some I liked and some I really didn’t. Anyway I will focus on the main two Charcaters.

Peter – at the beginning Peter is sheltered from the restless ones (aka zombies) and doesn’t really leave the lake. He’s adorable and a little naive about the world. He also has a crush on Cooper but is too scared to do anything. We get to see Peter as he realises things about the dead, about the camp and Cooper.

Cooper – is adorable and a favourite of mine. He also has a crush on Peter and doesn’t really know how to go about asking him out. He wrangles the dead and makes sure they stay away from the lake. He also saves Peter on occasion. 

“Clock it, Kill it, arid the world of it.”

The book is set on Lake Wranglestone and the book includes a map which I liked. The people use boats to get around and live houses with stilts and the lake keeps people out. The lake is supposedly a safe zone for the living survivors but as you read on you realise the Lake isn’t all that it seems. The plot was great and it had me hooked. The atmosphere is amazing and creepy which really helps build the tension in the book and I could feel that something bad was going to happen. I will say that towards the end the pacing felt a little off and everything seemed to happen really quickly which made it feel a little rushed. I aLao found certain parts to be a little predictable but I won’t say too much about it because spoilers. 

“Peter.” “Yes?” Cooper just smiled and looked up as if he could somehow see the mountains from there. “Nothin’. I just wanted to say your name is all. Peter.”

The romance in this is adorable. I really liked the build up of the relationship between Peter and Cooper. I also loved the little areas where they talked about how long they have liked each other and the interactions between them made me smile.

Overall I would recommend this book and I really enjoyed reading it. 

Thanks for Reading!

Lucy

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