Zombie Month Book Review -- Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Title:  Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Author:  Amanda Ashby
Genre:  YA with zombies
Pages:  Oversize paperback 199
Published:  2009
Opening Lines:  "Mia Everett was doomed.  It was a fact she had known ever since Rob Ziggerman walked into biology class half an hour earlier."


"Quiet, unpopular, noncheerleading Mia is blissfully happy Rob—super hot football god—has asked her to prom!  Life couldn't get any better.  Enter Samantha—cheerleader queen and Miss Popular—who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date.  Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn't end up dumped in front of the whole school.  So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice—her holistic, hypochondriac—and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her.  Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader!  At first, she loves all the attention.  But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she's not too thrilled.  She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she's suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy."

~ Jacket copy


Thoughts:  After reading the title, I was rather intrigued by the book.  However, I admit that I was a little skeptical about whether the book would be good and still manage to have a plot.  Even though this book is full of teenage angst, it was a surprise.

When Rob starts sitting by Samantha in bio and forgetting about her, Mia freaks out that he is backing out on his invite to the prom.  While accompanying Candice to a holistic shop, she is convinced into casting a love spell to make sure her plans with Rob will not be ruined.  However, after casting the spell at a senior assembly, something different happens.  Candice starts eating meat, everyone is focused on her, she is receiving junk food gifts in her locker, and so on.  While she could deal with a love spell, she is not ready to find out that her whole senior class and a few teachers have been turned into zombies.  And this new found popularity comes with a price—she is at the top of the menu.

In a lot of ways, this book was extremely predictable.  However, I felt that the author gave a new and interesting twist to the zombie virus and how it manifests.  Also, the whole concept of a zombie queen.  Even though her sister pissed me off to no end, I really felt all of the characters did a good job supporting the plot.  They also made exceptional zombie scenery.

This book is extremely light and a fast read.  There are times I rolled my eyes and got upset by their portrayal of Candice and Latin (*ahem* I did take a few years of Latin and spent 5hrs/day translating the Odyssey, Ovid, etc.).  However, I ended up enjoying this book.  With all the stress of my job, it managed to keep me from going insane.

If you need a light read and like zombies, I would definitely pick this one up! 

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12/50 books


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