Book Review: Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper

March 13, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Zombies 0

Book Review: Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper

Book Review: Donna of the Dead by Alison KemperDonna of the Dead by Alison Kemper
Published by Entangled: Teen on March 4th 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, zombie
Pages: 250
Source: RockStar Book Tours
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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 class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam 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…


my thoughts doneZombies!!! SQUEEEE!

Ok, now for the serious stuff. This wasn’t a bad book but for some reason it didn’t grab me until about half way through. I did enjoy the characters but something was keeping me from falling totally in love with this.

The plot is solid and very creepy. It starts and they are in a ship, that can never be good! But I think it happened too fast. They got out too easily. I mean yes, they did have to fight a bit but not too much really. Then they get to the school and it’s all normal stuff again. The characters are going through this cataclysmic event and the cheerleaders are still in a clique and the freaking class president, omg, someone please kill her, even if she isn’t a zombie. Just kill her!

Donna I really liked. She seemed down to earth even with all the weird crap going on. Zombies, voices in her head, hormones and she still has her crap together, well sorta. And Deke was really cool. Although, I did go through a few moments where I wasn’t sure if I wanted Donna to end up with Liam or not but he seemed really strange to me. So, as I’m getting to read about all these characters and all this weird stuff is going on, I found that I wasn’t into it as much as I normally am.

But then the stuff really started happening, that jolt that gets your heart beating fast and I remembered why I love books like this. There’s definitely some gore but not overly, and there’s a few hints at romance cause really, we can’t have a zombiepocalypse without people making out! And there are some awesome twists along the way also. Which I just loved!

What I liked most was the ending. How Alison was able to bring stuff around and make it all work was awesome. Totally worth reading and I am really hoping there is going to be a book two! I’ll be first in line!



the author
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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