Monday, March 16, 2009

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha—cheerleading goddess and miss popularity— who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

This book was really cute and very funny and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. I don't usually find myself drawn to zombie stories (and scary movies terrify me to the point of cowering under the covers) but something about how charming the synopsis was, how awesome the cover was and how brilliant Ashby is on her blog put this book at the top of my TBR pile and I am really glad I gave it a chance.

Zombie Queen is brilliantly funny and actually made me giggle out loud a few times. Mia is smart and obsessed with Buffy and Supernatural which means if she were real, and not a character who turns her entire high school in to zombies, then we would be best friends. No really, my real life best friend, the one who writes Best Friend Guest Reviews, is super smart and obsessed with Buffy. Sorry for the digression, but this book has me feeling a little silly.

Ashby managed to write a zombie book for the scaredy cat in all of us, ok just me. It made me laugh instead of scaring me to death and was a great change of pace from all the love stories I have been reading. That isn't to say there isn't a love story because Mia does get herself in to trouble because she is trying to cast a love spell and what better time to fall in love than while battling zombies at the senior prom?

Ashby also pays great attention to the little details and things that don't seem to matter pop back up later in the book in a really brilliant way. My favorite character is Candice, Mia's best friend who seems to have all the best lines in the book.
"Mia turned everyone at the senior prom into zombies and now we all want to eat her because she smells like the most amazing barbecue chicken that you could ever imagine. We want to eat Chase as well, but right now he smells a bit undercooked."

Now, do as your zombie queen is telling you and read this book!

Favorite quotes:
"Mia wailed as she felt her stomach churn in a way it hadn't done since she had first heard that Buffy was going to be cancelled."

"Do you think we could stop talking now so I could kiss you? I've heard that it's how all the very best TV shows end."


Amanda Ashby said...

Erika - wow! Thank you so much for your lovely review! And I totally agree about Candice. She definitely got all the best lines - though it honestly wasn't my fault. The minute she appeared in the book, she completely took over and refused to be silenced!!!!

Bingo said...

What a well written review! Sounds like a fun read! I just saw your picture and connected the name. Are you the same Erika Lynn playing my puzzle for all these weeks on Bookin' With Bingo? I think you might have a chance to win this week if you are the same person! ..and thanks for being a loyal follower. I really need to get out more to my blogs I follow...never seem to have enough time. Anyway, thanks for the great post!

Insert Book Title Here said...

I. Want. This. Book. Now!

Marie said...

Hilarious review!

Emily said...

Thanks for the review! I don't think that I ever would pick up this book on my own, but maybe I will now.

PS I LOVE Buffy. I'm glad that you can get TV shows on DVD now just because I need my Buffy fix every once in a while.

Alexa said...

This book sounds so much fun and I just love the quotes you picked.

robin_titan said...

I love that second line you have there :)

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