Zakk reviews Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love by Mercedes M. Yardley

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Zakk reviews Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love by Mercedes M. Yardley. 121 pages published by Crystal Lake Publications.

“She couldn’t take her eyes off of the burning glow of his cigarette, of the flames running down the mountainside, of the open mouths of screaming people trapped inside buildings.”


Streetwise Romeo and Juliet meets Stephen King’s Firestarter.

Her mama always said she was special.

His daddy called him a demon.

But even monsters can fall in love.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Aplocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed ‘Nuclear’ Lulu crisscross the country in a bloody firestorm of revenge.

“She stood in her house one last time. Thought of her things, none if which meant anything. Thought of the bodies in the bedroom, which meant even less.”

I’ve am a huge fan of Mercedes M. Yardley. Cracking open one of her books is a pleasure rather that a job, putting her on a short list of “must-read” authors. Her ability to paint a simultaneously strikingly gorgeous and painful picture through word is nothing short of awe inspiring.

From the first page, this tale is sheathed in a slick duality. It is told under the guise of beauty, but when you take a moment to reflect about what you’ve just read is when you’re blindsided by just how heavy it is. Like the pairing of opposite colors on the spectrum, It’s mentally exciting.

Her style reminds me of a bit of a Ramsey Campbell or Clive Barker yarn. Not as much in style, because a Yardley joint has a style all it’s own, but in the deceptive way that the delivery takes form as character all it’s own. Like a master puppeteer, deceptively showing you what she wants to show you, an alternate reality crafted from fiction.

But rest assured that a Yardley tale will teach you a thing or two about what makes you feel, and how you feel it.

“Murder and moonbeams.”

Check it out.

Overall score: 4.5/5

Z-Dubbz is a big dumb animal!

“What kind of woman feels jealous of murdered girls?”

**Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.

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