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Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

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Synopsis:

The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli–the hottest guy ever!–and she’s too sick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.
Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.
Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!

My Review:

I’m not usually a fan of novels starring zombies but in the novel Sweet, passengers transform into zombies toward the end of the book. Therefore there’s plenty of time to relate to the characters before they become blood thirsty creatures.  

Laurel is a main character that’s easy to root for. She doesn’t consume the diet sweetner Solu like the majority of passengers on the celebrity cruise because she’s okay with being a few pounds overweight. She’s not into fashion and wears boots with everything. She isn’t celebrity obsessed although she finds Tom Forelli extremely attractive.

Tom is another likable main character. Although he’s a celebrity, he’s not that impressed with the lifestyle. In fact he hides from the celebrity “it” girl that his publicist keeps trying to hook him up with. Like Laurel, he wants nothing to do with Solu. And he’s interested in Laurel, who is a far cry from the skinny, rich celebrities that keep throwing themselves at him.

I’d recommend Sweet to any fans of young adult horror slash thriller novels. (There’s also some dark humor sprinkled throughout).

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