Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: The Confessions of Sylva Slasher By Ace Antonio Hall @AceAntonioHall @JaidisShaw




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Title: The Confessions of Sylva Slasher
Author: Ace Antonio Hall
Published: April 14th, 2013
Publisher: Montag Press
Page Count: 273 pages
Genre: YA Horror
Recommended Age: 12+

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A spring break trip on a cruise presents a new problem for Sylva. Passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies, unlike the harmless ones she's used to raising from the dead. She and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean, and their only escape comes from a guy Sylva had a crush on she thought was dead, named Brandon. Sylva doesn't normally hold grudges, but when someone plays with her heart they have to pay. However, with the fate of the human race on the line, Brandon convinces Sylva to join him in a secret mission, yet she can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something.

It didn't take long for her suspicions to hold true when it's revealed that Brandon has been romantically involved with the very enemy he now wants her to destroy. This villainous female would rather kill Brandon than let Sylva have a chance to patch things up between them. Sylva is not the kind of girl to walk away from love without a fight, but with a strange virus threatening extinction of human life, she shoves her own feelings in her back pocket to face her greatest nightmare, and that nightmare starts with something that is eerily growing right inside of her own mind and body.

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The deadheads slithered, scraped, and shuffled closer and closer. There must have been more than twenty of them ready to tear me apart like hungry wolves. The stench of old rot surrounded me like poison vapors. A chorus of low moans, high whines, and wispy breaths oozed hymnals of my persecution into my ears.

Judgment day. I laid at the altar of the dead waiting to be sacrificed to whoever won ownership of my soul, fear or fearlessness.

I'm not afraid.

Their mangled, distorted faces came into view. How could eyes be so distant, yet so full of hunger? It seemed like they were looking past me-through me into another dimension. Or maybe they could already see which organs they wanted to devour. Their moans found a common craving for death, but their minds were lost somewhere in those useless bodies that kept creeping closer and closer to me, bending and turning in awkward movements. From the ground looking up, they lurched over me like oversized lumps of tumorous blobs, drooling with their mouths agape on their sagging grotesque faces.

I lied. I am afraid.

Pure terror crawled into my ears, listening to their sliding and scraping-more and more deadheads appeared, crowding around me, stretching their necks, and spilling those long vacant looks all over me. They filled my blurry vision with various shapes of disheveled hair and blended shades of disfigured bodies.

The horror of my eyes being torn from my face and viscera clenched between their teeth as they gnawed on my bones and licked the fluids from the insides of my body from their lips became too much to bare.

Something ticked on the ground like an animal approached, its claws pecking as it crept cautiously.

Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick.

It came toward me from a distance. Each step grew louder, bigger. I inhaled, realizing that for some time, I had been holding my breath, frozen with fear. Could it be? No, not now-not now. With my head too stiff to turn and my back broken, I locked my tearful blurry vision on a hazy full moon that seemed to shine a spotlight of death upon me. I spat out a tiny whisper. It's time to die, again.



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I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Sylva Fleischer aka Sylva Slasher and her friends get paid to raise the dead for the police and for family members who what a second chance to say good bye to their loved ones. Sylva is still in morning herself as she lost her boyfriend Brandon a couple of years ago. Her friends thinking and knowing that she needs to let Brandon go and move on with her life book a cruise on a ship for all of them during spring break. They are hoping that the cruise will help to cheer Sylva up and to also get her out of her depressive state of mind. There is a party on board the cruise ship where everyone dresses up in costumes.

So you can image everyone's surprise when the ship is overrun by zombies. They see a zombie and they think that someone has on a cool costume until they try to eat them. At the beginning of the book Sylva sees this lady sitting on bench and she is real sick. She tries to call 911 on her phone but she has no signal on the ship. Then she sees two girls and asks them if she can borrow one of their phones to call 911 but they just think that she is crazy because of the party. But when she turns back around the woman is gone so Sylva thinks she is crazy herself.

Sylva is not only on the ship to have fun her and her friends Flip and Emily are there to do a job as well. They are killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes. They are going to raise this dude from the dead so that his family can say good bye to him. Just as they are in the middle of raising this dude chaos breaks out. People are turning into zombies left and right. Sylva and her friends are having a hard time fighting for their lives and trying to stay alive long enough for help to arrive to get off the ship.

I really have enjoyed reading The Confessions of Sylva Slasher with the new twist on zombies or deadheads as Sylva and her friends, Emily and Flip call them sometimes. Well the people on the cruise ship that are turning into zombies are not exactly deadheads though. The difference between a zombie and a deadhead is that a deadhead is someone has died and has been raised from the dead where as a zombie is someone who has died and has truned. Sylva was a great person with a lot of witty comments. She is someone that you would want to hang out with and help her to raise the deadheads and then get the chance to help her kick some zombie butt when them kukri knives. I would love to read more of the "Slasher" and have her back while kicking zombie butt.



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Ace Antonio-Hall was first published in 1998 in an Adelphi University publication called Luna, with a short story titled "1936." After earning his BFA degree from Long Island University, he taught middle-school English for over ten years.

He now lives in southern California, and was the Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and still holds an executive position in the organization which gives him a huge platform to market, sell, and promote his work through the many conferences, meetings and book fairs that GLAWS holds each month. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers.

His first novel, a coming-of-age YA zombie story, The Confessions of Sylva Slasher, was released April 2013 by Montag Press. It is part of a series with the next book Skateboard Xombies, expected for release early next year.

About the writing life, he says: "I harmlessly dream in Technicolor nightmares, watch a ton of horror flicks, eat more donuts than I should, and refuse to stop reading Spider-Man. All of those combined give me a sweet tooth to write about the suite life of zombies."

Ace's true labor of love is writing fast-paced fiction with character-driven plots featuring female protagonists. He continues to write short stories and build on the world of teen necromancer Sylva Slasher as she reigns as Princess of the Undead.

You can find out more about Ace, including his music and screen acting credits, and his involvement with the Hollywood Actors Academy as part-owner, Acting Coach and Creative Director, at the IMDb Biography web site.



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