Wranglestone (Wranglestone, #1)
Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared...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.An action-packed and thought-provoking debut, for fans of Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick, DREAD NATION and The Walking Dead.

Wranglestone (Wranglestone, #1) Details

TitleWranglestone (Wranglestone, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2020
PublisherStripes Publishing
ISBN-139781788951210
Rating
GenreHorror, LGBT, Young Adult, GLBT, Queer

Wranglestone (Wranglestone, #1) Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    the gays are finally getting a zombie apocalypse novel, officially confirming that heterosexuality is cancelled
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Did you know that what your life was missing was a gay zombie thriller? Well now you know, and now you know what book you need to read.Wranglestone is a beautifully written, atmospheric, creepy, gasp out loud, hide under your duvet, fuzzy warm feelings of love, nerve-wracking, YA gay zombie thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King's best most creepy novels - that intense feeling of impending doom that keeps you awake all night turning the pages. I honestly gasped out loud and jumped at one Did you know that what your life was missing was a gay zombie thriller? Well now you know, and now you know what book you need to read.Wranglestone is a beautifully written, atmospheric, creepy, gasp out loud, hide under your duvet, fuzzy warm feelings of love, nerve-wracking, YA gay zombie thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King's best most creepy novels - that intense feeling of impending doom that keeps you awake all night turning the pages. I honestly gasped out loud and jumped at one point. It also has a beautiful love story between two young men, which is believable and perfect for this story.I can't say enough how much you're going to want to read this book when it comes out, it will leave you wanting more in every way.
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great read. A post-apocalyptic zombie novel that has a queer romance at its heart - what more could you want? I really loved the romance in this, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I was up until like 2 AM finishing this, just because I really really needed to know what was going to happen.My only issue with this was pacing. While most of the novel was really well-paced, the last 50 or so pages just went way too fast. A lot happened in those pages and we didn't This was such a great read. A post-apocalyptic zombie novel that has a queer romance at its heart - what more could you want? I really loved the romance in this, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I was up until like 2 AM finishing this, just because I really really needed to know what was going to happen.My only issue with this was pacing. While most of the novel was really well-paced, the last 50 or so pages just went way too fast. A lot happened in those pages and we didn't really get time to properly digest everything that was happening. But I am super excited for the sequel!
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  • John Moore
    January 1, 1970
    * I was supplied a review copy for an honest review* Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit the mark for me. There was a glaring problematic issue in the book that I think needs rectifying before publication and I have passed this onto the publisher; I believe they need to respond to the issue before consumers pick up on it. The setting is beautifully written but the plot was difficult to follow, and the relationship somewhat problematic and unbelievable. At times, the prose took me away into a * I was supplied a review copy for an honest review* Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit the mark for me. There was a glaring problematic issue in the book that I think needs rectifying before publication and I have passed this onto the publisher; I believe they need to respond to the issue before consumers pick up on it. The setting is beautifully written but the plot was difficult to follow, and the relationship somewhat problematic and unbelievable. At times, the prose took me away into a comforting wintery read but I think needed a thorough editing. Probably my most honest review ever but parts of this book made me uncomfortable.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always down for a post-apocalyptic zombie story!!!This one sounds pretty unique. Even better!
  • Leanne Wain
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. This book manages to be so many things simultaneously.- A super cute M/M love story that is just immediately accepted as inevitable and lovely by everyone around.- A suspenseful survival horror in a pretty unique location- think the amazing Tree Houses in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but make it Waterworld...- A chilly and rugged American National Park wilderness adventure, stuffed full of pine trees, buffalo and MOOSE.- A thought provoking and oh so relevant commentary on Otherness, Amazing. This book manages to be so many things simultaneously.- A super cute M/M love story that is just immediately accepted as inevitable and lovely by everyone around.- A suspenseful survival horror in a pretty unique location- think the amazing Tree Houses in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but make it Waterworld...- A chilly and rugged American National Park wilderness adventure, stuffed full of pine trees, buffalo and MOOSE.- A thought provoking and oh so relevant commentary on Otherness, difference, the Us and Them mentality and mob rule.It featured all the Riding Horses Across the Plains daydreams that have haunted me since playing Red Dead Redemption. It has the opposites attract and it's just destiny intensity of Brokeback Mountain. There are also shades of my fav Zombie classic, I am Legend for reasons that I will be vague about.Gorgeously written, scary, compelling and very, very appropriate for frosty winter evenings.Thank you so much to Stripes books for the finished copy.
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  • Amy Rush Da Silva
    January 1, 1970
    The concept of Wranglestone had me from the get go! A LGBTQ+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse? Erm yes please! As soon as I got an early copy of this book I was super excited to get stuck in.Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to The concept of Wranglestone had me from the get go! A LGBTQ+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse? Erm yes please! As soon as I got an early copy of this book I was super excited to get stuck in.Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to help rancher Cooper herd the dead before the ice freezes over. As love blossoms between the two boys, they discover a secret that makes them question everything they have ever known about the world they live in.This was a really well written, thrilling read that had me for the most part, gripped. However, it did start off a bit slow for me and I found that I didn’t get fully engaged into the story until I was about halfway through. Mind you, once I was immersed I was in for the long run.The concept, was unique in the way that the world was set up and how the characters all interacted. I never thought in a million years I would be reading a M/M love story set within a zombie apocalypse but I was wrong. The tight knit community and the way the ‘zombies’ are portrayed brought a new lease of life to a genre that has been done several times before.The love story between Peter and Cooper was just the sweetest, despite the premise of the plot. Seeing them finally get together after admiring each other from afar brought me so much joy. The love they had for each other, you could tell was so genuine and true and was just a delight to read. They are probably one of my favourite M/M couples in YA right now, if I’m being totally honest.Wranglestone was an exciting, distinctive read that had me absorbed and captivated. It’s truly one to look out for this year, mark my word!
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  • Kristel
    January 1, 1970
    Arc from NetGalley3.5 starsI couldn't put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would've been great.The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it Arc from NetGalley3.5 starsI couldn't put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would've been great.The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it was pretty interesting. Sadly it felt short in a few parts with the rushing of things and some other stuff just there pretty out of the blue. Again, an explanation would've been useful.Peter and Cooper were really adorable when they weren't whiny which luckily didn't happen often. I loved how Peter was all for good grammar, sewing, making pillows, and just having a tidy and clean house. Everyone needs a Peter in their lives. And if you're a Peter, you're amazing!!There were things I didn't see coming and revelations that I didn't guess, which made me like the book a lot. I like coming up with theories when reading. Makes me feel like a very amateur Sherlock. Alas, I fail at my deductions most times.Fast read, finished in a few hours, easy to read, fluent storyline even with its flaws. I sure will recommend it to fans of zombies when it's release day!
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  • Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
    January 1, 1970
    Wranglestone is an own-voices Young Adult dystopian featuring zombies, twists you wont see coming, and a love story between two teens trying to survive in a dangerous new world. ”Winter was one season every lake lander feared. Not because Montana was about to get colder than a bald eagle’s gaze, but because the dead could make it across the lake’s frozen waters...” I’m trying to find the words to describe what I loved about this novel. All I seem to come up with are: GAY! ZOMBIES, Arrghjid Read Wranglestone is an own-voices Young Adult dystopian featuring zombies, twists you wont see coming, and a love story between two teens trying to survive in a dangerous new world. ”Winter was one season every lake lander feared. Not because Montana was about to get colder than a bald eagle’s gaze, but because the dead could make it across the lake’s frozen waters...” I’m trying to find the words to describe what I loved about this novel. All I seem to come up with are: GAY! ZOMBIES, Arrghjid Read jeufmldhb I loved it. Like a zombie, forming coherent sentences?.......not my strongest quality. Wranglestone is told solely from the POV of 15 year old Peter, who has a big heart and even bigger problem for attracting trouble. Peter was a fantastic protagonist, I loved how he isn’t ashamed to be who he is, and while considered softer than most, he owns it. Peter has a kindness that sometimes led to him making naive choices but in a book that can also be classed as horror, this kindness was rare to see. I adored Peter but I LOVED Cooper. Cooper is described as the best zombie killer, he’s almost you could say, The zombie terminator?? Cooper is also the softest character EVER. He’s not naive but, like Peter, he’s so sweet. His struggle with grammar and words is something I highly relate to and it broke my heart how much it brought down his confidence. Despite everything Peter and Cooper fit so well together. ”Spoons,” said Cooper, half asleep still. “Two Iil’ spoons.” Peter sighed and snuggled in closer-“Their romance was the highlight of the novel.A novel with zombies can be difficult to write, but I thought the plot was very unique and the twist and turns towards the end had me screaming. I loved the world building and the author has a real talent in setting a creepy atomosphere. ”It was only now he noticed how quiet it was. He wiped drool of his mouth and slowly turned around. The silence was so thick it became an absent noise pressing against his face.”Even though I know there’s no zombies under my bed, after reading that chapter. A girl still checked! I think my biggest issue with Wranglestone, was that Peter seems to forget his “best friend” Becky, as soon as he gets with Cooper. Friendships are sometime I hold close to my heart and I love to see them in novels. It just disappointed me that they don’t get more page time. Overall: Wranglestone is a debut that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Look out on February 6th because, you WANT this book. Especially if you like soft gay characters and even sweeter queer romances, zombies, and/or you’re in the mood for a Horror/Dystopian. Your heart may shatter at some parts but I promise it’s worth it!
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Years after the zombie apocalypse began, Peter discovers a secret that's been hidden from his isolated community.Peter's tiny community survives, perched high on stilts above islands in a huge lake. Most of the year they're safe, protected from the Dead by the water. But when winter comes, the lake freezes solid and every villager lives in fear until the next thaw. This year, the freeze exposes secrets that some of his people would kill to protect.I have mixed feelings about this book. I like Years after the zombie apocalypse began, Peter discovers a secret that's been hidden from his isolated community.Peter's tiny community survives, perched high on stilts above islands in a huge lake. Most of the year they're safe, protected from the Dead by the water. But when winter comes, the lake freezes solid and every villager lives in fear until the next thaw. This year, the freeze exposes secrets that some of his people would kill to protect.I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the idea of it, and I'm always down for zombie stories. I'm just...not sure how the world works. How many people in the community? Enough that losing three people to bites in a matter of days isn't a cause for concern for anyone; no one is worried that they'll be too few to function. Few enough that they can all fit into one living room for a meeting late in the book. How do they live? They mention fishing and hunting, but there's no mention of farming or foraging, and they can't be growing anything on the islands, the houses are in the way. A plot point is medicine and ammunition being acquired through underhanded means. Where do the islanders not in the know think they're coming from? There's a big fuss about firing a flare because it might draw the Dead, but whenever someone is bitten they light a flare to tell the nearby military encampment about it? All of these things can be explained, they just aren't.But the story itself is great, and I love Peter...a very unmanly boy, who makes the best pillows and blankets around and is thus left alone and not teased. I am a little confused how Peter and Cooper, who grew up together in a community of however many people there are, ended up with such different accents, but since the book is from Peter's POV maybe he thinks he sounds different than he actually does.It's a good read and I hope it'll do well, but it could be better.
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  • Charleigh
    January 1, 1970
    I love Post Apocalyptic books, however, I find them to be rather repetitive. The same could not be said for this book. The storyline was so unique, the characters seemed to jump off the pages, and I couldn’t stop reading. I loved Peter and Cooper’s relationship. It’s great to see a LGBT relationship portrayed in Post Apocalyptic fiction. Often when the genre is focused so much on the plot, relationships between characters get forgetten or seem less important because of the dramatic and often I love Post Apocalyptic books, however, I find them to be rather repetitive. The same could not be said for this book. The storyline was so unique, the characters seemed to jump off the pages, and I couldn’t stop reading. I loved Peter and Cooper’s relationship. It’s great to see a LGBT relationship portrayed in Post Apocalyptic fiction. Often when the genre is focused so much on the plot, relationships between characters get forgetten or seem less important because of the dramatic and often overbearing plot. Wranglestone had a brilliant plot; interesting, tense and edge of your seat exciting, but it also gave the characters the attention they deserved and it made it better for that. Their relationship was heartbreaking, beautiful and intense. This was such an interesting and new take on the Post Apocalyptic genre. I found myself so invested in the story and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    A curious concept. Post-apocalyptic world and we don’t know what happened, but people are scared of those who are different. Our focus is on a small community who live on a lake. They look out for those they call The Restless Ones, and the only time they truly fear is winter. Winter is when the ice comes, the lake freezes and the zombies can come.Peter, our main character, has never felt as if he fits in. Interested in sewing and other activities unsuited to this outdoorsy life, Peter harbours a A curious concept. Post-apocalyptic world and we don’t know what happened, but people are scared of those who are different. Our focus is on a small community who live on a lake. They look out for those they call The Restless Ones, and the only time they truly fear is winter. Winter is when the ice comes, the lake freezes and the zombies can come.Peter, our main character, has never felt as if he fits in. Interested in sewing and other activities unsuited to this outdoorsy life, Peter harbours a secret crush on his neighbour, Cooper, who is the original outdoor hero.When Peter fails to check ID of someone trying to come ashore, he sets in motion a quite unusual sequence of events. He comes to question everything he has been told since he was little. Nothing is quite as it seems, and the question is to what extent this can change people’s lives.At its heart this is a romance, but there’s suggestions of a bigger story coming into play. I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to, but I did feel the latter part of the story was a little frenetic.Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this in exchange for my review.
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, full review coming soon. It started slow (can’t tell if it was bc of my reading slump tho) but something clicked out 120/130 pages in and from there I read it in about a day flat. Proper solid book, i can’t wait to see whats next! Keep an eye out for this author, I can tell this books going to be well loved hopefully
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  • ashortbooklover
    January 1, 1970
    Real rating 4.5 starsFull review to come closer to publication date
  • Daniel Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    If you want to immerse yourself in a great read then choose Wrangestone. It's as fresh as the environment it's set in (and as chilling). You don't read this book - you live it. An excellent new take on the zombie genre with a haunting beauty to it.
  • Munch
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.3.5 This was a really interesting concept and I loved the atmosphere created by writing and the situation that the characters are in, there were times that I found pretty creepy (and not just the creepy old men that kept popping up). Would I survive this zombie ridden world? Nope! It took me awhile to get used to the dialogue at first, some of the characters talked strangely but either they stopped or I just got I was sent an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.3.5 This was a really interesting concept and I loved the atmosphere created by writing and the situation that the characters are in, there were times that I found pretty creepy (and not just the creepy old men that kept popping up). Would I survive this zombie ridden world? Nope! It took me awhile to get used to the dialogue at first, some of the characters talked strangely but either they stopped or I just got used to it.Peter was so sweet, he seemed to be the only one left who sees the good in other people, though this gets him in to trouble sometimes, his romance with Cooper started off very cute (though a little creepy when you find out how obsessed he has been with Peter) and I really enjoyed it in the beginning but it moved a bit too fast for me, I was enjoying the awkward teenage crushing in the beginning. Cooper was awesome, he reminded me of Daryl from Walking Dead, I liked how he stuck up for Peter even against his own father and you could tell that he really cared about him.I didn't figure out the secret of Wanglestone at all before the reveal. The question of who the real monsters are isn't that unique a concept for these types of stories but I thought it was done particularly well here. If you would like a cute romance set in a well done zombie story, this is the one for you.
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  • Louise Esson
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ pg. 150Nothing wrong with this book up till this point, I'm just not attached to the characters and never feel incensed to pick this back up so I'm just going to leave it and move on.
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf***Book given by publisher, Stripes, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***I hate zombies. Out of all of the well-known supernatural creatures in pop culture at the moment, zombies freak me out the most. Hence why I’ve never read/watched The Walking Dead and it took the Other Half YEARS to make me watch Zombieland (it was in the cinema on our first date but, due to me hating zombies, we watched District Nine instead). There are exceptions to this rule - Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf***Book given by publisher, Stripes, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***I hate zombies. Out of all of the well-known supernatural creatures in pop culture at the moment, zombies freak me out the most. Hence why I’ve never read/watched The Walking Dead and it took the Other Half YEARS to make me watch Zombieland (it was in the cinema on our first date but, due to me hating zombies, we watched District Nine instead). There are exceptions to this rule - though it is VERY rare. I adore the Old Kingdom series (starting with Sabriel by Garth Nix) and I have read books and series where they are hinted at, but normally, I stay away. So why, I hear you ask, did I was to read Wranglestone so badly? It’s a zombie book. Yes, but it features at its heart an LGBT romance. And this is the main reason I wanted to read this. I haven’t heard or read a zombie book that has a same-sex relationship as the main romance before.Set in post-apocalyptic America where the Dead are Restless, one of the few safe havens is Lake Wranglestone. But Peter never feels like he’s fit in the safe community. He’s not like Cooper, a boy he’s always watched from afar, who’s strong and brave and fearless. Peter is more a homebody. And when he puts the community in danger after naively allowing a stranger to come ashore to one of Lake Wranglestone’s islands, he is forced to leave the islands and help Cooper herd the Restless Ones away from the shores before the lake freezes. But as the pair realises that’s something to their long-held feelings for each other, both discover a dark secret about Wranglestone. Meaning they have been lied to their whole lives… I am going to admit this right now, it took me most of January to read. I know, this isn’t because I didn’t like the book. I did! But I found time to read really tricky. Work and real life suck at times for a book blogger/vlogger as this is a secret, second-yet-unpaid job. If anyone wants to pay me to read and blog full-time, go for it! Sorry, will behave now. So… Wranglestone. Ok, where should I start? This is an interesting debut novel as the writing and prose are beautiful. On this front, it was strong and it carried me along with the story. And I found the romance between Peter and Cooper a joy to read (though I know some of you will go “It’s very insta-love” but with the situation, both characters having crushes on each other and a few other factors, I will forgive this) and I found what this book was adding to zombie mythology quite fascinating and intrigued to see how this builds throughout the course of the series. I do have some problems. It mainly comes down to two factors: pacing and plot complex. I get why, don’t get me wrong. I completely understand why the first 100 or so pages were slow - world building and getting readers to understand. But at the 150ish mark, the pacing goes up several gears and you are running. You need to be on the ball when the gear shift happens as the plot gets darker and more complex. And because of this, there were several times I had to stop and reread a page or two back to keep everything straight in my own head. Despite these flaws, this shows signs of being a promising start to a new series and I can’t wait for the next instalment!
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  • Annette Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    A YA zombie thriller combines with a sweet LGBTQ+ romance in this debut, and series opener from Darren Charlton. Set in a future, post apocalyptic version of the USA where zombies, known as the "Restless Ones " roam, we meet Peter, who lives with his father in an isolated community on an island in the middle of a lake. For most of the year, its the safest place possible, the water acting as a barrier that the Restless have yet to breach, but when Winter comes and the lake freezes over, its a A YA zombie thriller combines with a sweet LGBTQ+ romance in this debut, and series opener from Darren Charlton. Set in a future, post apocalyptic version of the USA where zombies, known as the "Restless Ones " roam, we meet Peter, who lives with his father in an isolated community on an island in the middle of a lake. For most of the year, its the safest place possible, the water acting as a barrier that the Restless have yet to breach, but when Winter comes and the lake freezes over, its a very different story and the community must always be on its guard. Peter has always struggled to find his place within the community, feeling his skills at sewing and need for neatness and order set him apart from the rest of the men in the community, and his growing attraction to Cooper, another boy is making him feel even more alone. When his trusting nature puts the whole community in danger, he must prove his mettle by going with Cooper to herd the Restless away from the camp. The fact that Cooper is just as attracted to him is only the second most surprising thing that Peter discovers, and what the two boys find will change their community and their lives forever. First things first, lets take a minute to appreciate that beautiful cover, it portrays the isolation and Winter setting perfectly. While it is never exactly clear what exactly went wrong to create the Restless the author does an excellent job of portraying the turmoil that followed, and the heartbreak and struggles of those who survived to watch their loved once succumb. The descriptive writing is strong, especially when it comes to scene setting and creating a mood of fear or menace . While I did not love the characters of Peter and Cooper, and I struggled to buy into their romance completely, I did love how accepted their pairing was to the rest of the community. Peter seemed to border on neurotic at times , and I felt like the romance with Cooper just never seemed believable. The book started out a little slow, understandably as there was some set up and world building to get out of the way, but the pace did pick up as it continued, to the point that the ending felt a little rushed as so much happened in the last few pages. Without saying anything to spoil the ending, there were a few twists that I did not see coming, which is always nice. I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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  • Bekah B
    January 1, 1970
    Wranglestone is a zombie fiction book but it's more character focused than about zombies. In fact, the walking dead aren't even featured that much. It's definitely a very gentle introduction to this sub genre and unusually for this genre there is very little guts and gore. We see a bunch of survivors who live on small remote islands in the middle of a reservation. Winter hits and it's an incredibly difficult time as the lake, which is normally a natural barrier, ices over and the zombies can Wranglestone is a zombie fiction book but it's more character focused than about zombies. In fact, the walking dead aren't even featured that much. It's definitely a very gentle introduction to this sub genre and unusually for this genre there is very little guts and gore. We see a bunch of survivors who live on small remote islands in the middle of a reservation. Winter hits and it's an incredibly difficult time as the lake, which is normally a natural barrier, ices over and the zombies can then just walk on over to the islands. Our survivors then have to deal with this along with members of their dwindling community being bitten.I did really enjoy the story once I got in to it and it would be interesting to see how the characters and their situation evolves over time.I just had one problem with the book and it kind of overshadowed the whole story for me. The portrayal of one of the main characters, Peter, seemed so very basic and stereotypical. It came across as almost offensive. If I'd have asked a gang of straight young males in the 90's to describe the personality and interests of a gay man they would have described Peter. This is a story about post-apocalyptic America where zombies are roaming and Peter is 'distracted by a well stitched floral oven mitt'!As the story progresses we get to see the reason why Peter was portrayed in that way. The author was trying to show that Peter wasn't suited to this new world and wasn't a natural survivor. But it still felt very uncomfortable. I also didn't like the way that the other main character Cooper was portrayed. He was basically a dumb bit of eye candy.I grew to like both characters and was rooting for their love story to have a happy ending but my overall sense of uneasiness persisted until the end. I did love that there was queer rep in such an unexpected genre, I just wish it had been done a little better. Well done to the author for giving it a shot though.Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review
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  • Book Barbarian
    January 1, 1970
    eARC received from NetGalley, Thank you NetGalley and Little Tiger Group (Stripes Publishing) Release Date according to today: February 2020.Get me here: linktr.ee/bookbarbarianThis book was such a surprise! It had everything I love in a story. A creepy, Gothic feel, intense atmosphere and a wonderful set of characters. The twists and turns blew me away each time. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed, the author reshaped everything I thought I knew about a Zombie novel.and I eARC received from NetGalley, Thank you NetGalley and Little Tiger Group (Stripes Publishing) Release Date according to today: February 2020.Get me here: 🖤 linktr.ee/bookbarbarianThis book was such a surprise! It had everything I love in a story. A creepy, Gothic feel, intense atmosphere and a wonderful set of characters. The twists and turns blew me away each time. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed, the author reshaped everything I thought I knew about a Zombie novel.and I loved every minute of reading it.The romance well so heartfelt and well paced, it was so sweet and beautiful! The action was well thought out and the twists and turns kept me glued to the very last page. I loved Peter, he was the most real character to me and my heart went out to him from the very beginning.This is a story about love, secrets, trust and of course, the Restless Ones. Peter lives in Wranglestone, a national park surrounded by water that keeps the dead at bay until winter sets in, then nothing stops the dead. When Peter puts the camp in danger, he is made to help Cooper herd the dead away from their shores. As love grows and blossoms, a dark secret about their community makes them question everything they know. If you love LGBT, horror, action and young adult books (even if you are curious about this amazing combination) make sure you read this novel!#NetGalley #Wranglestone
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  • Megan (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Dead are walking. In post-apocalyptic America a small community manages to survive in a national park surrounded by water. They are safe and protected. That is, until winter comes and the lake freezes over and then there is nothing stopping the Dead from crossing. One day a stranger approaches kind and niave Peter, which puts the community in danger. Peter is then forced to prove his worth to the community. Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Dead are walking. In post-apocalyptic America a small community manages to survive in a national park surrounded by water. They are safe and protected. That is, until winter comes and the lake freezes over and then there is nothing stopping the Dead from crossing. One day a stranger approaches kind and niave Peter, which puts the community in danger. Peter is then forced to prove his worth to the community. Prove he isn’t the weak link they all believe him to be. Soon, Peter makes a dark discovery about their secret sanctuary and makes him question everything he’s ever known.Wranglestone is the perfect book to read on a cold winters night in a dimly lit room. It’s creepy, it’s atmospheric, it’s cold, and it’s suspenseful. It is a horror/post-apocalyptic and it had, frankly, a very refreshing take on zombies – something the genre is a little oversaturated with at the moment. It wasn’t an in-your-face scary, though some scenes were, it was a very subtle horror. It makes you question who are truly the monsters? Is it the Dead? or is it those who would do anything to survive? I loved watching Peter slowly untangle the clues and uncover the secrets – that intense feeling of knowing that something just isn’t quite right.Wranglestone also featured a lovely m/m romance which was totally heart-warming. The romance wasn’t the focus of the story, but a really lovely addition nevertheless.Overall, a strong debut that was thrilling, tense, and romantic. Highly recommend for zombie and horror lovers.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    When I discovered Wranglestone, I had a real ‘drop everything and read this’ moment. I loved the publisher’s description of ‘zombies meet Brokeback Mountain’ and the opening of the story is great.There were a few things I loved about this book. Firstly, it’s actually a teen book and not MG or YA, and it has LGBTQ+ representation. The main characters, Peter and Cooper, have a very typical teenage relationship. It is intense, loving and they give themselves over to each other entirely. Their When I discovered Wranglestone, I had a real ‘drop everything and read this’ moment. I loved the publisher’s description of ‘zombies meet Brokeback Mountain’ and the opening of the story is great.There were a few things I loved about this book. Firstly, it’s actually a teen book and not MG or YA, and it has LGBTQ+ representation. The main characters, Peter and Cooper, have a very typical teenage relationship. It is intense, loving and they give themselves over to each other entirely. Their budding relationship isn’t met with any surprise or shock – they are just two boys on the brink of being men, in love.Charlton’s writing is highly descriptive and I have nothing but praise by the way he describes the movement and behaviour of the Dead [zombies] induces shivers. Likewise, the descriptions of the snow-covered surroundings immerse you in the story.I’d love to say I only have praise for Wranglestone, but unfortunately there were some parts of the book that I didn’t get on with. Firstly, the plot didn’t make sense to me as we’re not enlightened with the entire backstory. In some respects that is part of the book, but I got frustrated towards the end when there was an unresolved element, possibly for a future book.Additionally, the story peaked and troughed too drastically for my liking. There were big plot points which slowed right down before another big plot point. I’d like to have seen it keep some pace between the points. Having said that, it picked up toward the end and the last quarter of the book is fantastic.Overall, I think this is a good book and I love that Charlton has written a book that he wanted to read as a teenager so he felt represented. It has a The Hunger Games feel to it that I think many people will enjoy.
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  • Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
    January 1, 1970
    We follow the story of Wranglestone resident Peter who despite living in the park all his life, he struggles to ensure confidence amongst the other residents. He feels more comfortable sewing and making clothes than hunting the Dead that wait on the shores. In comparison, his love interest in the form of Cooper is the most talented Wrangler and knows the ways of the woods. We also have secondary characters on the park such as Peter and Cooper’s fathers, Tom & Bud, Darlene who is high up in We follow the story of Wranglestone resident Peter who despite living in the park all his life, he struggles to ensure confidence amongst the other residents. He feels more comfortable sewing and making clothes than hunting the Dead that wait on the shores. In comparison, his love interest in the form of Cooper is the most talented Wrangler and knows the ways of the woods. We also have secondary characters on the park such as Peter and Cooper’s fathers, Tom & Bud, Darlene who is high up in command and Henry, an ex-doctor who runs the park. Although the story was very much Peter and Cooper’s, I still enjoyed meeting these secondary characters and my only criticism is that I would have liked to have learnt even more about them – especially before the apocalypse. There is also a character introduced towards the end of the book that I love a lot but won’t mention due to spoilers. I will say his name is Rider.As the synopsis mentions, the story begins when Peter accidentally allows a stranger to come ashore and it sets a series of events into motion as well as the looming threat of ice forming on the lake. As well as our main plot, we also see the blossoming romance between Peter and Cooper which I loved a lot. It was wholesome as heck and I love how it was both supported and seen as inevitable by the rest of the park’s residents. I did at first worry the romance happened too quickly but the way it progressed alongside the plot really made it form beautifully. As for the twists and turns, this book’s plot went in a direction I did not expect and I really love how the ‘zombie’ trope is played on but expanded in a way that challenges our idea of monsters. Because of this, I would definitely recommend going into this book as blindly as possible. Once again, my only criticism would be that the last 50 or so pages went quite quickly and a lot happened at once.This book definitely surprised me. What drew me was the concept of a m/m romance taking place during a zombie apocalypse but what I got was so much more. There were some moments of the book that truly shocked me and made me feel uneasy, there were moments that made me tear up and there were moments that made me stop and think. Whether you’re looking for a book with a beautiful romance or a book that brings a fresh and interesting take on the zombie trope, then I’d definitely recommend this one.
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  • c, (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    “But you’re coming?”“I’ll be right behind you.”“But you’re coming!”“I ain’t never gonna leave your side.” On my blog. Rep: gay mc & li, side character with epilepsyGalley provided by publisherWhen I was about 13 or 14, I loved zombie stories. Zombie apocalypse books were my favourite sorts of dystopian novels, so when I heard about Wranglestone, I was particularly excited. And, for me, it definitely lived up to that excitement.Wranglestone opens with Peter, doing chores outside, when “But you’re coming?”“I’ll be right behind you.”“But you’re coming!”“I ain’t never gonna leave your side.” On my blog. Rep: gay mc & li, side character with epilepsyGalley provided by publisherWhen I was about 13 or 14, I loved zombie stories. Zombie apocalypse books were my favourite sorts of dystopian novels, so when I heard about Wranglestone, I was particularly excited. And, for me, it definitely lived up to that excitement.Wranglestone opens with Peter, doing chores outside, when someone shows up in a boat. Unfortunately for Peter, he is too trusting by half and ends up stabbed. When it turns out that this man’s wife is a zombie, Peter faces a reckoning. People in the community feel that he is too naive, and so he must join Cooper, a boy his age who helps herd the zombies from the lake shore, and learn about the world.Hands down, the best part of this book is the relationship between Peter and Cooper. Yes, it develops quickly, but that’s sort of understandable if they’ve known each other for their whole lives anyway. And it’s also definitely the softest relationship I’ve read recently, where they actually communicate as well, so there aren’t any points where you want to scream because they’re being obtuse. They are that good.But this book wouldn’t get by on their relationship alone (at least, I don’t think it would). Luckily, it’s also a book where a lot happens, so you’re fully engrossed in it the whole way through. I’m fairly sure I read the entire thing in one sitting (which, okay, isn’t that impressive given I read a lot of books in one sitting, but one sitting where I didn’t want to put it down, as opposed to making myself get through it). I had finished the book before I even knew it, and it’s definitely one that will leave you wanting to know what happens next.If there was any sort of weakness in this book, though, it was that, on occasion, parts of the speech felt incongruous. Either like they weren’t entirely replying to the previous statement, or that they didn’t feel like they fit quite with what was happening in the scene. It didn’t occur that often, but I noticed it often enough to clock it.Overall, though, this is a solid zombie novel, and definitely a book and an author I will be coming back to.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book. I absolutely loved it!. The plot ... The writing ...The characters ...The spooky atmosphere ...All 100% amazing. This book was very strong from the get go, and the beginning of the book set a good spooky pace and this continued throughout the book, it was something different something I’ve not read before I think that’s what made this book even better for me because for me it was fresh and new. I didn’t have a clue of this Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book. I absolutely loved it!. The plot ... The writing ...The characters ...The spooky atmosphere ...All 100% amazing. This book was very strong from the get go, and the beginning of the book set a good spooky pace and this continued throughout the book, it was something different something I’ve not read before I think that’s what made this book even better for me because for me it was fresh and new. I didn’t have a clue of this book but the blurb intrigued me and I’m so glad I requested it. As well as being spooky, this book has all the feels and the friendship aspect was amazing and made me wish I had a friend like that!. All I can say is you need to read it. 5stars.
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  • Noelle Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Wranglestone is one of those books that blasts you from the get-go. I knew nothing about the book in advance, so every plot move was a surprise to me.The opening is frightening and tense, painting the setting for the story to follow. In an isolated community, an underachieving youngster who makes a stupid mistake that could risk everyone in an apocalyptic island setting. But a friendship starting to blossom, shined a ray of hope over the bleak lives of Peter and Cooper. But the Restless Ones Wranglestone is one of those books that blasts you from the get-go. I knew nothing about the book in advance, so every plot move was a surprise to me.The opening is frightening and tense, painting the setting for the story to follow. In an isolated community, an underachieving youngster who makes a stupid mistake that could risk everyone in an apocalyptic island setting. But a friendship starting to blossom, shined a ray of hope over the bleak lives of Peter and Cooper. But the Restless Ones threaten to ruin the lives of everyone in Wranglestone.Wranglestone is surprisingly sweet and gives the reader pangs of loss for a once normal life. I felt every emotion reading this book – shock, fear, love, sadness. It’s a new age, dystopian, cowboy horror with a heartwarming love story at the core. This book is a cracker and the story and setting are perfect for reading by the Christmas tree.🎄Will Wraklestone survive this Winter? You’ll just have to read it and see!
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  • elise p
    January 1, 1970
    soooo I don't love zombies (too scary tbh) but this look awesome, so -- maybe?? yes???
  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't expect a zombie thriller to make me cry, but here we are.Many thanks to Stripes Books for sending me a copy! Long-ass review to come on my blog.
  • Avery Delany
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished Wranglestone but think I need to sit with it for a bit as I'm not sure how I feel.
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