Review: Off with Their Heads! by KA Merikan

--- Why would anyone need to steal ten zombie heads? ---

It’s 1907, twenty years after the outbreak of a zombie Plague. For a young medicine student like Clint, the undead bodies provide an opportunity to study human physiology in the working. He is a good young man: tidy, well-mannered and hard working. Focused on his goal to become an excellent surgeon, Clint has a bright future ahead of him. If it weren’t for a shameful secret he’s forced to keep, his life would have been perfect.

Xavier, a peculiar foreigner he finds in the morgue late at night, claims to be an assistant to one of Clint's professors, but doesn’t know the first thing about the proper way to behead zombies. Xavier’s story has many loose ends, but something about him unlocks all the emotions Clint always kept bottled up inside. When he learns the truth about Xavier, Clint finds himself involved in a conspiracy that could destroy everything he’s worked so hard for. Frightened by the possible consequences, yet strangely fascinated by the eccentric, tattooed stranger, Clint follows him to places he would never dare explore on his own.

Absurd. Entertaining. Just plain fun.

I loved the intro. Clint walks in on Xavier choppin' off zombie heads in the morgue. That's basically the definition of meet-cute. Am I right?

Xavier is an awesome character. I liked that he wasn't on anybody's side but his own. He knew what he believed in and he totally went for it. Really, totally went for it. You've got to have conviction if you're willing to walk around with a bag full of zombie heads!

It's obvious almost right away that Xavier isn't truthful about his reasons for being in the morgue in the first place. But Clint still went with it.  He was clearly fascinated by this redheaded guy that's breaking laws all in the name of art.

Despite the zombie beheadings, Clint and Xavier were actually pretty cute together. Xavier paired with Clint and his innocence made for an entertaining couple to read about.

I really would have liked a tighter ending. Off with Their Heads! is really short and I think another 50 pages or so would have made this a solid 4 heart read. I would have especially loved to know what happened with the art and if it made the impact Xavier was hoping for.

But still, there's no way this can be anything but a fun read for anybody.

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