Publisher: Entangled Teen on September 29, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult, Zombies
Source: Blog Tour
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The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…
Glenview, North Carolina. Also known―at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg―as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.
At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone―or something―rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…
At A Glance
Is there such a thing as a feel good zombie story?
This is not going to be the most serious zombie book you ever read, but it’s not meant to be. It’s fun but scary, it’s cute but gross, it’s romantic but totally unromantic. It was a good balance of spine-tingling close calls, googly-eyed teenage lust, and zombie goo!
Ava seems like a high-maintenance girl, but she ends up being down to earth and even ruthless when she needs to be. She has a good head on her shoulders and that worked well for her while fighting to survive during the zombie apocalypse. But it was Cole’s survival skills that kept Ava and him alive. He acts like a country-bumpkin at times, which was adorable, but deep down he is like every other guy, in a good way. Ava and Cole bump heads during their trip in the woods trying to escape the zombies and find their parents, but their will to survive brings them close together. I really liked how their relationship came about fast, but seemed slow in zombie apocalypse time. Nothing like trying not to get eaten to bring people together!
The plot was fast-paced and the action was well done. There was some good surprises thrown in, and the scary parts left me with chills. It was hard to put this book down. The ending left me satisfied as well.
The dialogue was a bit much sometimes. Not as believable as I hoped. The worst part was when the zombies went “rawr.” Yes, literally, we get a whole bunch of “rawr” dialogue from the zombies. Hmm, yeah, I think that could have been left out. Never quote a zombie unless he is a talking zombie.
We get some heavy kissing and petting. Still young adultish though.
I would definitely try out other books from Alison. Dead Over Heels provided great characters you can get behind and a good story that keeps you reading. Very recommended.
“You can take that needle out of my leg now. I’d like to pull up my pants.”
The meth head jerks me close, his breath reeking of rot. There are only three teeth left in his head, but I know that’s enough. Enough to spread the virus.
Scarred fingers dig into my jacket, wrenching my arm close to his face. He smiles a gap-toothed grin, baring his yellow teeth. Then he sinks them in my wrist.
“No!” I shout, bracing for the pain.
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