Title: Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition
Author: Astrid Addams
Release date: November 22, 2021
After last years fun story, ‘Zombie Santa Claus’ Addams has returned with a follow up story, which once again is released to raise some funds for charity.
This is a quick, short read, but does pack a wallop. Going in, I didn’t read the synopsis, as I’d had fun with the previous one, but I maybe should’ve. The title is a bit misleading.
What I liked: The story takes place following the events of the previous story. Zombies now work alongside living people, tempered by chips in them that make restrict their desire to rip and shred. We get to follow Claire, a single mother who works hard to support herself and her daughter, but can never get ahead. As Christmas arrives, she’s forced to make some tough decisions.
I enjoyed seeing the struggle aspect and just how much Claire loved her daughter and how she wanted to provide her with the best life possible.
I also really enjoyed the sweet moment we got between Claire and the drug dealer who helped her out when she needed it most.
What I didn’t like: There were a couple aspects that were odd for me, and I think if this 25 pager or so had been worked into novella length or novel length it would’ve worked itself out. First up, we get a very odd back story involving Claire and someone she used to live with. It filled in a gap for how she used to support herself, but seemed incredibly unnecessary. Secondly, the ending came off as rushed and from out of nowhere. It went from a Christmas morning celebration to the oddest, extreme events happening and there was no bridge between the two. It just happens and it came off as jarring.
Why you should buy this: It’s great that this supports a charity and if you’re looking for a quick, fast, brutal read, this’ll easily tick those boxes. I don’t want to be a spoiler with the misleading title, but don’t expect any beach action.
Addams does a decent job of building a character you want to root for with Claire and who knows, maybe we’ll see more of her in future editions.
Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition Edition by Astrid Addams
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Extra props to Addams for the title and a cool cover even if the story isn’t perfect.
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