DONNA OF THE DEAD
by Alison Kemper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014
Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.
The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Lance, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Lance is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.
But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…
As most of my readers know I am a HUGE fan of the zombie genre so whenever I have a chance to read one for a blog tour I jump on it and fast. I usually plan out the book elaborately in my head after I read the description. I know, I know, I shouldn’t, but I think I’m not the only one. Am I? Anyway, most of the time I am happily surprised with the book and then sometimes it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Well, at least it’s not what I have made it out to be in my head.
Donna and her best friend Deke are on board a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, when they hear a broadcast from CNN about a outbreak of a virus that's decimated the world outside. This is bad. Right? Obviously Donna doesn't think that way. She seems to be consumed totally with herself and being rude and obnoxious to Deke.
After having seen the first infected on board the ship they both take off leaving her dad and Deke’s grandmother locked on the boat. After some gruesome zombie killing and making their way to their high school where there are some of their fellows classmates hunkered down trying to survive by rationing the vending machine junk food. They join them while waiting for a phone call from her dad to say where they will meet them.
I thought it would be cool to be on a cruise ship during a zombie outbreak. Great idea but don’t get to excited, a few pages in they are off and headed to the school. I am in no way saying that this wasn't a good zombie book it just wasn't all I thought it would be. The characters where all kind of shallow but then again they are teenagers so I guess they were acting the way teenagers do. I didn't like Donna much at first. She was shallow, selfish, and bratty. But as the story went a long you watch her grow up in a lot of ways and start thinking of others more than herself. This is not the best zombie book I have read but it wasn't the worst. After you get through the slow beginning it starts to really move a long and become a fun and exciting book. Even after all of that I still give it 4 HOOTS! Because I really enjoyed the last half of the book. :)
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. She now 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 novels. 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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