Review: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted October 7th, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review / 19 comments

Review: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper
Publisher: Entangled Teen on September 29, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 269
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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?

The Good

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 Bad

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.

The Snuggly

We get some heavy kissing and petting. Still young adultish though.

Final Thoughts

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.


About Alison Kemper

Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. Now that she’s grown up, she lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.

Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion books in the series. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.



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19 Responses to “Review: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Julie

    Sounds like a fun read and right up my alley. Thanks for sharing and loved your review 🙂

  2. Anna Simpson

    I don’t like zombie stories, but this one might be okay. I do love a good laugh and a scare. Now, I just need to figure out how to read with my eyes closed through the zombie goo and I’m there. 🙂

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  3. Braine Talk Supe


    Hmmm I’m still searching for a great zombie story, I have a couple lined up and I hope they bring it! This sounds great but I want mine to lean more towards high action/adventure

  4. Giselle

    Lol @ zombie goo! I prefer my zombie books to be intense and full of “OMG will they survive?” moments – like Rhiannon Frater’s – so I’m not sure how much I would like this feel-good kind of zombie book. I’m intrigued, though. And it sounds like it does have some action packaged moments. And lol at the rawrs >.< That may or may not totally annoy me bahah! Great review, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, no one can beat Frater’s zombie books.
      And yes, the Rawr will annoy you for sure.

  5. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I tend to be rather picky when it comes to zombie books, but it is the season, so I find myself reading more of them as of late. I prefer it when the story is more funny than scary, and your issues with the dialogue aside, I think Dead Over Heels deserves a spot on my TBR. Nice review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, this one has great funny moment for a zombie book so you will like it.

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    Awe this one sounds really cute. I’ve enjoyed zombie books far more than I ever thought I would…or at least the few that I have read. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    So glad that this one was overall a really enjoyable read. I don’t read many zombie books because quite often the ones I read, they’re not really good but this seems like an exception! Ugh, the dialogue though, makes me cringe.

    Great review, Jennifer! <33

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I think this is a good one for you, but try Rhiannon Frater’s zombie book. Those are good.

  8. Melliane

    It sounds nice! The last zombies novel I read wasn’t good but I wanted to find a better one and it seems like this one was goog! thank you!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I would recommend this book for when people are trying to find good zombie books.

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