Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{Book Review} The Zombie Always Knocks Twice (Hollyweird #1) by E. Van Lowe

The Zombie Always Knocks Twice (Hollyweird #1)
by E. Van Lowe
Publisher: Imajin Books
Release: August 21st 2012
Genre:Fiction- YA: Zombie, Paranormal
How I got it :Sent a copy by the author via Bewitching Book Tours

Hollywood, California, is known for swimming pools, movie stars…and now the risen dead. Hollywood can be a difficult place to grow up, especially if you’re Kristine Golden, a fifteen-year-old necromancer with a sworn duty to lay the risen dead back to rest and no desire to be in the movie business. When handsome deadie Alex Romero swaggers into her life, Kris must keep her promise, despite her growing feelings for him. If that’s not enough to give a girl a headache, a murderous zombie comes knocking at Kris’s door, rocking her world and threatening her family. Can Kris solve the mystery of the rampaging zombie before someone else winds up dead? Or will the walking dead take over Hollywood and turn it into…Hollyweird?

Review: I thought this was a cute book. Ok yeah cute and zombies aren't usually two things that go together, but it was.
Kris has this gift which she calls "the power" it gives her the abilities to be a necromancer. It's her duty to return the dead to rest. Which is usually a pretty easy gig, not this week. In the course of of one day she meets an undead cheerleader, an over protective zombie, and hunky if dead movie star. All which make her life very complicated in a very short time, and the topper is she's failing algebra two.
I was totally pulled into this book. It boast a cast of characters that you could only find in Hollyweird. From snobby cheerleaders, to overzealous 10 year old, even a disgruntle big sister, the characters are varied and bring their own flavor to the story. I thought Kris was likable, she's the type of gal that makes a great underdog. I felt almost anyone could relate to Kris trying to balance all the things in her life, even if we don't have to deal with the undead. Her attraction to Alex, the deadie, was a little weird, but made for a nice interlude. I couldn't help but cheer for her when she dealt with the snobs.
The plot moves around a mystery, (actual a couple) a possible murder, and even a tiny bit of romance. The paranormal element goes beyond zombies and voodoo, with Grave Goblins something I hadn't seen before.
A very enjoyable book all around.


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