Santa Jaws is the only thing Claire’s daughter wants for Christmas, yet Claire fears the only gift she can give is disappointment, until a surprise on her doorstep leads to an unexpected bloodbath.
(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I thank Astrid Addams for giving me the opportunity.
Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition may be a mouthful of a title, but it’s also a wild ride that carried with it the Christmas spirit… in a way. There was Claire, a single mother desperately wanting the picture-perfect Christmas for her daughter in a world where zombies are used as cheap labour, even putting herself through hell in trying to make ends meet. This is what hooked me in the beginning, as not only did it do a fine job of depicting one person’s vulnerability in difficult times, but it told the story of Christmas from a different angle, one where a child might not get that shiny new toy.
The ending is where I became somewhat confused, though. With a strong build-up, the sudden craziness of bloody mayhem was jarring, and could’ve done with more meat to ease into it. As it was, it went by in a flash and didn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest, but that’s just me. Stories of such a short length usually don’t have time to beat around the bush, so there’s that.
In conclusion: All proceeds from Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition will be donated to Bacchus Residents Rescue, and it goes without saying that it’s a worthwhile cause. As for the story itself, I liked it, and despite not being familiar with the one preceding it, the world building was decent enough that I got caught up in no time. I connected with Claire and her struggles especially, yet I had difficulty in keeping up with how it finished off.
She tried not to flinch as Tilly hugged the abomination to her tiny chest as if it was the sweetest baby doll.
© Red Lace 2021