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5.18.2009

Review: You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

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You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombies
Trade Paperback (RAZORBILL, 272 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 1595142258
Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.

Author Site:
www.staceyjay.com


And you thought your high school sucked... (5 stars)

As if high school isn't difficult all on its own, Megan Berry is being stalked by the Undead. Being a Zombie Settler, thanks to the powers passed down by her mother, means getting visits from walking corpses in need of a little help getting their unfinished business finished. Try hiding that from a date! But after a traumatic attack by Reanimated Corpses—think evil blood-hungry zombies made by black magic—five years ago, Megan hasn't been manifesting her powers. Until of course she's all set to join Carol High School's pom squad, date the hottest guy in school and get him to be her homecoming date.

That's when the trouble starts and Megan has to start caring about her duties as a Settler again. Then Reanimated Corpses start popping up and attacking people who are close to Megan. It wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't suspicious of her fellow Settler and rival Monica but unable to prove that she was the one causing the attacks. Afterall, she does get to be protected and tutored in her Settler powers by her childhood crush, Ethan, that can't be all bad. Now if only she can prove to the Elders of Settler's Affairs that she's got the right person pegged before an army of hungry zombies ruins homecoming!

It's not everyday that I just pick up a book based off of the coverart. The cute title definitely piqued my interest and I'm glad it caught my eye because this was one book I really enjoyed from start to finish. There aren't enough zombie books out there for the young adult audience and You Are So Undead to Me definitely delivers the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to walking corpses. The world of Zombie Settlers is a little wobbly as a whole but with more books in the series on the way I think we'll get a stronger foundation of the what, where, who, and why of the group who settles the undead.

Megan is a likable girl with basic aspirations your average teen girl might be after. She and her best friend work on their dance routines for cheerleading try-outs, she crushes on the hot senior football player and just wants to have a hot date for the homecoming dance. Much like another urban fantasy heroine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she really doesn't want the responsibilities she's been given. Thus she makes some bad decisions, mistakes and yep, she pays for them. There were some really good didn't-see-that-coming plot twists and plenty of action to keep a less-enthusiast reader entertained.

Overall, I really adored this book. It was fun, humorous and a little dark. Jay blended great elements to make a story teens will love and adults can enjoy too. (A note to parents: this one was pretty clean, not a lot of bad language and just kissing if you're looking into it for a younger reader).

2 comments:

Karen W. said...

I'm glad to see your good review of this book because I have it TBR. :)

Rhi said...

When I read other reviews on it after I finished it seemed like a lot of people didn't like it which I found strange. But then it occured to me it might be in part because it's not vampires and gloom and doom which seem to be the most popular contents with YA fic right now. And that's exactly why I liked it! It was something different to break up the monotony.

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