Ink Bitten | 13 January 2013 | Julia

Judged By Cover: I Approve
I have constantly been seeing this book in stores lately and have wanted to read it for such a long time! I like the cover, you can obviously see the title and the color scheme fits to the theme of any horror book. You can also plainly see the authors name, which I always think is a good thing. I like the use of the transparent letters and the figure on the book actually works in this situation. Overall I approve.

 

What's Up?
When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.

 

B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.

 

That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.

 

Time Of Day: No...But then YES!

Well in my honest opinion, in the beginning of this book I thought B was a butt. He was rude, a bit racist and overall a bully. If this is how he was the entire book I would have hated this book. But I loved it, and B turned out pretty awesome. Once you learn that B is only trying to please his Racist abusive father and just doesn't want to go through every day being physically and verbally abused, you feel sorry for him. I did at least. He knew right from wrong but it was just hard for him to make the right decision with his father around. I thought he was written fantastically and was all around a great character.

 

Head Over Heels: Nope.
No romance. There was one couple, sort of. Don't expect romance it is a ZOMBIE NOVEL.

 

Bonus Features
Zombies! (DUH)

 

If there is a YA book about zombies that isn't totally cliche, I will read it. Actually I'll probably read it if it is cliche, just because zombie books are awesome. Zom-B was really awesome though.

 

Plot Twist

I haven't had many plot twists that have genuinely surprised me lately but OH MY GOSH. I was completely taken back by this one.

 

Illustration
You don't see many YA books with illustration, so this is definitely a treat! Also I loved the artwork, props to Cliff Nielson!

 

Final Flavor: Warm Brownies
I adored this book, I read it pretty fast considering the length, but there was also the fact that I could not put it down. This book was unique, it was a zombie book, trust me, but it touched on things like racism and abuse, and how even though the apocalypse can be happening people can still be this way. It seems almost unbelievable. I loved that the people in the book didn't believe the news of the zombies at first, that they thought it was just a media scam, it was an awesome take on zombie books.

 

I warn you, do not read the last forty pages if you know you wont be able to finish it in one sitting, because you will not be able to stop reading at that point. I mentioned a plot twist before, and that plot twist had me re-reading the same page about five times. just...WOW. Overall I give this book five stars, I am in love with it and can't wait to read the next one! I recommend this to all of you! Thanks for reading everyone!

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