Review: Devoured by Jason Brant

Posted December 14th, 2015 in book review / 20 comments

Review: Devoured by Jason BrantDevoured by Jason Brant
Series: The Hunger#1
Publisher: Self-Published on December 30, 2013
Genres: Horror, Adult
Pages: 350
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars
Heat: one-flame

Day One: A series of terrorist attacks spread a cloud of noxious gas over highly populated areas.

Day Two: Higher brain function erodes in those exposed to the gas. Their bodies begin to distort, faces distending, skin sallowing, teeth elongating.

Day Three: The infected disappear into the shadows, fleeing the harsh daylight which has begun to sear their flesh.

Day Four: The world is DEVOURED.

Life isn’t kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures.

After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind’s nightmares for centuries.

The world descends into chaos as the infected flee to the shadows, emerging at night to devour the remnants of civilization.

With the help of an unlikely ally, Lance must navigate through the collapsing city of Pittsburgh, striving to escape the madness of the apocalypse that unfolds around them.

At A Glance

Grab this book, it’s free and exciting.

The Good

This is not your average zombie book. These creatures are part vampire, part zombie. They aren’t dead like zombies but they are mostly mindless, rotting creatures. They have an aversion to sun and superhuman strength like vampires and they eat and drink people like a combo of both. Brant did a good job of reinventing the zombie and vampire genre.

The best part was that the hero and heroine were normal people. Lance is unemployed and getting a divorce. He, his wife, and her boyfriend are stuck in the hospital when shit hits the fan. Terrorist have released this virus gas on the US that turns people into vampire/zombie hybrids that have a violent hunger. Not much to do but run, hide, and survive in a world that is slowly ending.

Lance is not super strong, smart, or intelligent. He’s just an average Joe who wants to survive. But he has heart and he’s brave even when he doesn’t want to be. Cass is a little different. She dresses like a slutty Goth and wields an axe. She’s not a real fighter but she plays a good one when it’s needed. She has grit and snark, and she’s kind of a bitch, which is why I liked her so much. That’s why Lance liked her too. She’s different and exciting.

Together they stumble their way through the zombie/vampire apocalypse, fighting the creatures and bad humans that seem to pop up in hoards when the world starts to fall apart. There is a lot of action, suspense, and gore to go around. Devoured was just plain fun and exciting.

The Bad

The beginning was slow. I liked the story but I am not sure if enough happened for me to continue the series.

The Snuggly

There is a sex scene. Not very sexy or detailed, it just was. What else are two people going to do when they might die tomorrow?

Final Thoughts

I am 50-50 on continuing this series. I really liked Devoured and I do want to see what happens next but there are so many other books I still need to read. Decisions, decisions. Still, this book is free so, yes, grab it. It’s good. Very recommended.


Lance watched as it fed on the three men, moving back and forth between the bodies. It took a bite out of one before going to the next, as if it was trying to decide which to feast upon first.

The sigh tstretched Lance’s mind to its limit. People weren’t meant to see such things. His stomach twisted, wanting to spill its contents. He struggled to keep his emotions in check, knowing that his survival depended on staying as calm as possible.


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20 Responses to “Review: Devoured by Jason Brant”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I didn’t like the characters in this book especially the women so I stopped reading it soon after he met Cass. If I don’t like characters I find it impossible to read on! Sounds like you had a better time of it though!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, it’s no fun to read about characters you don’t like. Cass kinda grows on you.

  2. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I picked up this free book and then added the audio for like $2 or something, I can’t remember, but it was cheap. I agree with you. It was okay. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. I was debating about getting more of the books. I liked the narration and would probably stick with the audios, if I decide to continue. I just already have so many books on my TBR pile that I want to get more than I want to get to this series. Maybe one day I’ll pick this one back up again. Great review.

  3. Braine

    The creature is all kinds of nasty: rotting vamp? As if the smell of stale blood isn’t enough. Ugh!

    Maybe this is like Darkfever, slow but the next books were awesome. I suggest you get a sample for book 2, then you can tell us if things get better or not hehee

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    I picked it up. Like you said, it’s free 😀 So it’ll be on my shelf with the other freebies I have until I will eventually get to it LOL. Great review!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      LOL, I am trying to get to more of my freebies right now. I have too many to count.

  5. kindlemom1

    This does sound interesting but I think I would wait to see if you decided to read book two and how it turned out before starting it. 😉 Great review!

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