Tuesday, May 6, 2014

{Book Review} Return of the Loving Dead (Horror High School #1) by Araminta Star Matthews, Stan Swanson

Return of the Loving Dead (Horror High School #1)
by Araminta Star Matthews, Stan Swanson
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Released: May 8th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror, Zombies
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Being in love with a zombie bites, but that won’t stop true love. Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead is like no zombie book you've ever read. Meet Amber Vanderkamp, senior at Stephen E. King High School. Amber is poised for class valedictorian when she graduates this year and has her sights set on the New York Center for the Performing Arts for college. Everything is wonderful in Amber's world. She always gets the lead in her high school's plays and is counting on the lead role in the school’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet to get a college scholarship for theater That is until her well-ordered world is thrown into chaos when her boyfriend, Zach Williams, dies and comes back as a zombie. But she simply can't turn her back on the love of her life, can she? How does she deal with the pressure? And will she remain committed to the boy she once considered her soul mate and future husband? Especially when her mother (with secrets of her own) is encouraging her to wait and experience more of the world. And her flighty best friend, Jasmine, is acting even more peculiar ever since Zach has become a member of the undead club. Add in the class bullies, Caleb and Darla, who seem to be doing everything in their power to ruin Amber's life and Zach's existence, and all of the elements are present for a page-turning romp through a world where zombies, or “living impaired loved ones,” are a part of everyday life.

Review: I liked the different twist on this book. I've read other books that have tried to take on the care of zombies yet none like this. It also shows life returning to basically normal after a zombie apocolypse.
 Amber is a Senior in high school she has her life totally planed out before her. Then her boyfriend Zack gets bitten by a zombie turning into a "living impaired loved one" eg a zombie himself. With the help of her best-friend Jasmine and disapproval of her mother, Amber takes guardianship of Zack. Is not exactly what she expects, as someone is bound and determined to kill Zack permanently or at least make Amber's life a living heck.
Amber is a stubborn, loyal, and very determined young women. She refuses to give up on Zack even when his own parents turn their backs on him. She is determined to take care of him even under her mother's ridiculous rules. In the book unlike most YA there is very little high school drama, while there are bullies Amber and Jasmine can hold their own giving as good as they get. Which is something I absolutely loved about the book. While I really admired Amber's loyalty and devotions, I did think she was being a bit childish with the whole soul mate thing since she it still pretty young. Yet I guess we all get that way at that age.
The plot was well done, keeping me enthralled and entertained. I have to admit Jasmine might have been my favorite charater. She's just so sassy and interesting. Over all this was a fun and enjoyable book.


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