Book Reviews

Book Review: I Zombie by Jo Michaels

I Zombie surprised me. From my experience, zombie books are typically filled with thrills, chills and LOTS of gore, but Jo Michaels offers a different experience.

First of all, there’s more emphasis on the storyline as opposed to violence and gory details. Don’t get me wrong, there are some cringe-worthy moments, but nothing beyond PG-13. I should also mention that a specific cause for the outbreak is identified, which is an aspect that is often underdeveloped in zombie books.

Second, the zombie/human dynamic in this story is very unique; the infected are actually harmless while a large majority of the uninfected are hellbent on destroying anyone with zombie-like symptoms. Seeing this role reversal actually made me think of discrimination in the real world, which is something I’ve never reflected on while reading a zombie novel!

Trixie, the main (zombie) character was very likable. I especially loved the fact that she has a special ability, which is another unique aspect of this book. What a cool twist! In fact, the ending had me feeling a bit upset until Trixie’s ability fixed things for me. Phew. (You’ll have to read it all the way to the end to find out what I mean!)

If you are a fan of YA fiction and zombie novels and are interested in checking out something that strays from the expected norm, I recommend this book.

GOODREADS

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Author Events, Book Promotion, Don't Call Me Kit Kat

Don’t Call Me Kit Kat Release Party

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Please help me celebrate the release of my new YA novel Don’t Call Me Kit Kat!

Date:  Thursday, May 21 6:00-9:30 PM (CST)

Venue:  Facebook

Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1431157570519315/


* Enjoy giveaways from the following YA authors:

Calista Smith – Author | Casey Bond | Evelyne Stone | Erica Cope-Author | Jo Michaels | Kelly Hashway-Young adult, middle grade, and picture book writer | Author Kristin Albright | Author Michele Tucker | Rachel Barnard, Author | Stacey Nash |T.H. Hernandez

* Invite your friends to the party for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card! (Awarded to the guest who invites the most people.)

* Participate for a chance to win a collection of some of K. J. Farnham’s favorite YA novels.

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*Even if you’re unavailable from 6-9:30, please join the event. All of the giveaways will remain open until midnight!

Visit the event page on Facebook for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Blogging

The Versatile Blogger Award

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THANK YOU to Carol Balawyder for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award!

A little about Carol:

I write about things that matter to me: justice, mid-life dating, grief, blogs that inspire me both as a writer and a person, awesome writing workshops. I also have series: How I Got Published, Femme Fatale, Nobel Prize Laureates, Writers’ Desks, Ten Great First Dates.

One of my goals is to make online friends with bloggers around the world of different religions, race and culture.

Learn more about Carol and her work by clicking HERE to visit her blog.

Information about the award:

The Versatile Blogger Award is given in recognition for the great commitment, diverse talents and generosity shown by bloggers here in our community. There is so much creativity on display that it is difficult to reduce a list to only a few, but for those nominated, it is hoped that it will motivate them as well as celebrate their work to date.

Here are the rules:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to fifteen blogs
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know

Seven facts about me:

  1. I am 50 percent Taiwanese.
  2. In my early twenties, I LOVED the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, I have a RHCP-inspired tattoo on my inner right ankle. Do I regret it? No way. It keeps me young (and a little bit wild) at heart.
  3. Despite the fact that I am a terrible swimmer, I have completed five triathlons.
  4. I am a neat freak.
  5. I can say the 50 United States in alphabetical order in less than 30 seconds. Props to my elementary school music teacher!
  6. In 1994, I started college as a pre-med student. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in elementary education. And now I’m an author. You never know what life has in store for you!
  7. I am currently working on Click Date Repeat 2 and have three additional novels on the back burner. (Tentative Titles: Precious Few, By the Time We’re 40 and Diary of a Disturbed Teen)

And now for the bloggers I have chosen to nominate:

Deborah Bowman: http://bowmanauthor.com/
Jo Michaels: http://jomichaels.blogspot.com/
Rachel Author Barnard: http://rachelauthorbarnard.com/
Please follow these wonderful bloggers and share this post so that others can follow them too!