Sunday, November 29, 2015

WRI Reviews: ZIA: The Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

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ZIA: The Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott
Pages: 251
Publisher: Black Pines Press
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ 

Zia would give anything to be a typical teenager... again. Heck, she’d settle for being a vampire or smelly werewolf, but a member of the walking dead? The lowliest of all the monsters? No way! Nothing is worse than being a skin-sloughing, limb-losing, maggot-housing, brain-craving undead girl. Nothing.

It wouldn’t be so bad if humans didn’t insist on “Living Impaireds” wearing bands to keep their insatiable appetites in check. And if LIs want to coexist with humans, then rules must be followed, no matter how ludicrous they might seem. Why do undead teenagers have to go to high school anyway?

Zia does her best to blend in and go unnoticed, but when a new group of LIs are bused in from another school and she finds herself part of a growing horde, all bets are off.

Besides, rules are meant to be broken—especially when an unbeating heart is pulled in two different directions.

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My Review
I really want to read this book. I thought the premise was cool. A story about a girl who is a zombie but still has to go to school. I mean you would think that once you've died you wouldn't have to do the school thing. I would have liked to have been told how the whole LI (living impaired) thing started. How did LI's go from not existing, to existing, to being able to integrate into human society?

I have to admit that I wasn't sure about this book. The first half of the book wasn't doing a thing for me. I'm the type of reader who rarely quit a book. So I soldiered on and midway through the book finally got a bit of action. Thank goodness too because I was close to writing it off and putting it on my very limited DNF list. Here's why.

The first part of the book is Zia complaining about being a zombie. Yeah I know, being a zombie sucks but to have a character complain so much doesn't build sympathy it just annoys. I mean it was at every turn. The mood of the book at that point was just plain tedious. It's hard to get through a book when you don't care that much for the main character.

However, like I said midway through things picked up. A love triangle develops. Toward the end is when the story gets interesting. Go figure huh. Lives are put in danger. She learns who killed her in the first place. She has to come to terms with things that have happened to her and things she have done. In the end, she becomes a less annoying character.

The end is the reason why this book get 3 stars and not two. Even though this book turned out to be okay I will probably not read any others in the series. If you are looking for a different type of zombie book then give it a try but be warn that it may take some time to get into.

About the Author
I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author.

For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

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