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Peek Inside Waking Up Dead

It's been two years since the virus first hit the country, and Jackson Hart watched almost everyone she loves die...or turn into zombies with an insatiable appetite for flesh. Luke Granger never expected to see another living human being, let alone that she'd be a fiery little thing who stirs his blood. Outnumbered by the dead, their only hope is to get the hell out of Chicago. Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for in a world Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for––if they can just survive the night.

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Jackson Hart is a survivor. It's been two years since the virus first hit the country, and she watched almost everyone she loves die...or turn into zombies with a ferocious and insatiable appetite for flesh. Her instincts and her machete keep her alive, even if she’s forgotten almost everything she knows about living.

Luke Granger never expected to see another living human being, let alone that she'd be a fiery little thing who stirs his blood. Outnumbered by the dead, their only hope of survival is to get the hell out of Chicago and head south. Food is running out, and the walking dead are no longer mindless.

Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for––if they can just survive the night.



"It was well written and I turned the pages furiously. As romance goes, this has to be up there among my favourites. Can't wait for the next book in the series." - Christy @ NetGalley

"I loved Waking Up Dead! It's got a little bit of everything - intense action scenes, gooey zombies, and even a romance..." - Manga Maniac Cafe

"This book grabbed me right from the get go and did not even let up when the ending came. I still can't believe what I just read, it totally AMAZED me."
 - Swept Away by Romance

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660346
Series: End of Days, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 22, 2013
Page Count: 368
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Kathleen October 22, 2013

Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 2.5 Stars
End Rating ~ 5 Stars, but to be continued!
Overall ~ 5 GIGANTIC STARS!!!

WOWEEEEE!!! Now that was one exciting, nonstop, exhilarating read. This book ...more

By Rhianna October 21, 2013

All the best kinds of tensions rolled into one great story.

Can there still be romance after zombies overrun the world? If you want the answer to be yes then don't hesitate to grab a copy of WAKING UP DEAD. I've been dying (no pun intended) for this book to come out and since I first saw Shortt share ...more

By Monique May 05, 2015

Full review to come

And here it is!

This review also appears on my blog All The Bookish Love

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wow. That was the word that went through my mind with ...more

By Paranormal Kiss May 28, 2019

4.5 Stars

Wow! If you’re looking for a vivid and pulse pounding Zombie Apocalypse romance, look no further. Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt fits the bill to a “T”. It’s an exciting, edge of your seat book that grabs hold of you from the very beginning. All you can do is hang on and hope for the best, a ...more

By Amy M. February 01, 2016

I really liked this one. It's more sci-fi/horror than romance. The world building was good and the zombies were scary. I'm reading the next one. Tye!

Hero: (view spoiler)
Heroine: (view spoiler) ...more

By Mehsi September 11, 2017

I received this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange of an honest review!

Welp, this was just amazing. Dual POV. Kick-ass girl. Some steamy scenes. And of course zombies! Zombies! Smart Zombies (welp, don't like the idea of zombies climbing things or opening locks). *shakes fist at the cliffhan ...more

By My Book Addiction and More October 22, 2013

Wow. Wow. And more Wow. Although I’ve been interested in end-of-days, dystopian literature for years, I’ve only recently become a zombie fan. (Thank you, Walking Dead). My interest was instantly piqued when this book came across our groups’ request queue. With its combination of these two genres it ...more

By David October 22, 2013

I read Waking Up Dead in its earliest incarnation before Emma pitched it to her publisher, and I'm not ashamed to say it gave me nightmares. Good ones. Chilling wake-up-sweating ones populated by terrifyingly real three-dimensional zombies.

Yesterday she sent me the paperback, which effectively put e ...more

By Andrea Hanzel October 09, 2013

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
So let me start by saying that I am a huge Walking Dead fan. So the fact that there have been a few romance novels written about the post zombie world. There are a few differences from the Walking Dead. So it is original in it's story. Well ...more

By Amanda November 18, 2013

This was one of the best kick ass Zombie books I have ever read! I am a HUGE Zombie story fan and this book was the bomb! Emma Shortt knows how to keep the readers guessing and how to keep them on the edge of their seats!

Jackson Hart's life sucks! she is constantly on the run for her life, literally ...more

By Kate August 06, 2016

Part road trip, part zombie bloodbath, part love story – Waking Up dead by Emma Shortt ticks all the boxes. This is a cracking good read – and not at all what I was expecting.

In the first few chapters we meet Luke, hiding out from the zombies in an underground bunker, and Jackson, savage and fearles ...more

By Christy December 06, 2015

It's two years after the zombie apocalypse, and bad-ass Jackson, her ex-cop friend Tye, and of course, faithful Mandy her machete are desperately trying to survive whilst moving south towards rumours of a camp. They're separated by the vicious, predatory zombies, and she runs into hot, hunky Luke wh ...more

By Alexa October 21, 2013

Loved this zombie romance story. The zombies were unique and the romance was real.

Jackson was a lovely female lead. She kicked ass and took names. Though underneath her tough kick ass exterior there was a lot going on. I feel like in a lot of zombie/post-apocalyptic books that people are a little t ...more

By Alexandra April 02, 2014

If you love zombies and romance novels, then this is the book for you. I loved the emotion -- from the point of being numbed by what was happening to finding new hope, love, and a reason to push on and survive.

The zombies are most definitely gross, and the way Emma writes them makes them scarier tha ...more

By Roxanne January 08, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! I was reading it at work, in the car, in bed, on the couch, while making dinner, & finished it in 2 days!

Waking Up Dead, by Emma Shortt is a must read! There's a bad ass, machete wielding chic, zombies, & a love story!! What else do you need!?!? ...more

By Helen July 03, 2016

Love against the odds

Zombies that can think plan run really fast and are extra strong, can smell there prey live humans!
If you can handle that then be prepared to not be able to put this book down till it's finished, That Good. ...more

By Sarah August 29, 2014

I have always loved zombie films but never read a story of them. Was not disappointed, action, gore and a bit of romance thrown in as well. Anyone that loves the walking dead I think will enjoy this book. ...more

By Hmr28 October 25, 2013

Definitely on the romance side of urban fantasy. A great read! ...more

By Libraries, Teacups and Roses October 06, 2017

I didn't think I'd be okay with this book, but I'm kinda okay with this book.

Zombie apocalypse in a realistic setting, a romance that wasn't cheesy and didn't leave me feeling like "What the hell".

A little boring in some places, but overall, definitely a Daryl in the Walking Dead comes to life. ...more

By Barbara Ann November 18, 2013

“Anything is possible if you’ve got the nerve…but sometimes a machete helps too.” - Jackson Hart

I really enjoyed reading Waking Up Dead, a post-apocalyptic zombie novel that provides a morbidly fascinating look at the stark reality and morality issues that survivors continue to face even two years a ...more

By Book Binge January 07, 2016

It’s been 2 years since zombies started taking over the world. Jackson is one of the ones who has survived and she’s done that by taking all emotion from her life and doing what she needs to do in order to live. She met Tye and they had been traveling together and landed in Chicago. They get separat ...more

By Nicky January 26, 2014

Zombies are in at the moment, there’s been a horde of undead novels shuffling onto eReaders and book shelves of late – I know I’m guilty of adding to that too! So there really has to be a great story line and some decent characters to really set a zombie book above all the rest – fortunately Emma Sh ...more

By Marie December 11, 2015

Marie's Tempting Reads Netgalley ARC Review:

Looking for that sexy post-apocalyptic romance with little bits of humor and plenty of zing? Then "feast" your eyes on Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt! This book had it all: thrilling plot, a sexy hero, sassy heroine, and some ridiculously smart zombies! I w ...more

By Angela October 15, 2014

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading this book and it immediately hooked me in. I could not put the book down and read it in one day. Yes, this is a zombie book, but it is not the usual zombie book. The main female character, Jackson, is a complete bad a$ ...more

By Koeur December 09, 2015

Publisher: Entangled

Publishing Date: October 2013


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5/5

Publishers Description: Jackson Hart is a survivor. It’s been two years since the virus first hit the country, and she watched almost everyone she loves die…or turn in ...more

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Emma Shortt

About the author

Emma Shortt

As a kid Emma wanted to be an astronaut, or maybe Captain Janeway. Because she didn't really think her career choices through very well she ended up in an everyday geek job, crunching numbers and sighing over syntax. It seemed a long way from the stars and in an effort to escape Emma decided to get serious about her other passion. Writing. Several years later and Emma has yet to walk on the moon or sit in the Captain's chair, but she is still writing. She scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.

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