Beneath Blood and Bone, by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley

beneath blood and bone

Grade: A-

Doing it at: 73%

Catnip: For Your Own Protection, Older Man, Post-apocalyptic, Tattoos, Beards, Widower, Zombies

Shame Scale: Zero shame

Fantasy Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Lucy Hale

Book Description:

It is the end of the world. 

They call him Eagle, like the grand and beautiful bird that symbolizes freedom. During these dark times, when humanity is experiencing nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope, yet he is anything but. 

Her name is Autumn, but she hasn’t said this name or much of anything else in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it, actually, especially when her only options for company either try to kill her, or worse, to lock her up inside their walls. 

Captured by Eagle’s people, Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, but she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of whom seem to have set their sights on her. 

In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior, forcing these two solitary people into each other’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain. To survive Purgatory, they must learn how to rely on each other, a feat that could possibly teach them both how to live again


This book started popping up all over my news feeds, and the cover caught my eye because it looks like some serious hipster beard porn you’d see on Instagram. We’ve admittedly got a bit of a thing for beard porn. Then I realized that it’s post-apocalyptic, hinting-at-Zombies romance, and I had to have it. Because I have a bit of a thing thing for zombie books. Good zombie books, shitty zombie books, zombie comics – I love them all. Zombies and trashy romance, that’s me. I like to think that I’m one of the only people out there who collects zombie books and stepbrother romances.

This book drops you right into the story and assumes you are intelligent enough to figure out whatever the fuck is happening from the clues they give you – it’s a bit disorienting, but I adore that. It’s the second book in a series of standalone’s, and there was a brief moment of panic when I started thinking that maybe I shouldn’t have broken my rule and read this series out of order, but I was able to keep up. I’m pretty sure that Eagle, our main character was featured in the first book, but I didn’t feel like it was a giant hinderance to be missing that bit of backstory.

The story takes place in a dystopian community called Purgatory. There are walls to protect them from the undead, but inside things are grim. There’s prostitution, violence, and laws that are almost biblical. Eagle is one of the original founders, but he is so filled with anger and hatred that he avoids relationships, keeps to himself, and lives by his own rules. 

Dying was a messy and painful business for most, but not nearly as painful as living was. Nothing could touch the incessant throbbing ache that another day here on hell offered, not even death.

Obviously, he’s not a glass half full kind of guy.

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