April 18, 2011

ARC Review | Zombies Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty Fischer

Zombies Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Medallion Press, Inc.
Release Date: May 1, 2011 [on paperback]
Pages: 296 [ARC]
Chapters: 32 [ARC] 
Original Language: English
Source: Author & Publisher*

In the sleepy small town of Barracuda Bay, Maddy Swift leads the life of a fairly typical teenager, but while attending a party one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and awakens to realize she has been reanimated and turned into a zombie. While becoming acquainted with her new "lifestyle," Maddy stumbles upon two unexpected undead chaperones, fellow students Dane and Chloe, who begin to teach her the ways of zombie life, including defending the populace from Zerkers—the bad zombies. Together, on prom night, the three teens must ultimately defend Barracuda Bay High from an all-out zombie Armageddon.

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I've been keeping my eyes on this book for quite sometime now and I finally got myself an ARC for a review. I was surprised receiving this mail, I was hysterical! lol! Anyway, I finished this book last Saturday and today I am posting my review regarding to this awesome book. Let's start shall we?

The Plot. The storyline obviously related to zombies. The first thing will pop into our minds that, it is just another mindless eating humans. Actually, this book is way more beyond that. I usually watched movies, that zombies had only one reason to live -- And that is to eat humans. Zombies Don't Cry have something more... originality and freshness. I ask you, how do zombies turned into zombies anyway? Usually, the answer is a virus and then you're one of them, so the cycle starts on eating each other, right? This book is not like that. There is more logical and detailed explanation about it and I found out it in this book. Cool? Definitely! :]

There isn't much of a shocker here though not all books have to have a dumb-founding scenarios. I may say, I am still drawn to read it up to its last page. The narration from the protagonist point of view has a simple yet unique way of telling it. To be honest, Maddy [our dear MC], is one of those funniest narrator in a books I read, is very awesome, I loved her!

Fischer written it so very comprehensible, each words are easy to be picked up. There were no tying-knots making me think too much or turning me to a confused nut-job but it was given an exact point. Like you added sugar on your coffee and it tastes right. No more, no less.

I love how the book is not only focused on how to became a zombie. Focuses also on friendship, betrayal, trust, loss, sacrifice and love. Which is great to add up to the story. Fischer really is a great author! :]

The Characters. Maddy is a great, cool and awesome protagonist. I loved it when she is adding some of her funny side comments even on desperate times. Which seems to be a little bit relieving for me. First, you are intently reading what is says and then, pop!, there she goes with her side comment. Making you roll in laughter just in time for the next climax of the story. She even progresses from start 'til the end. At the beginning, she's just a shadow behind someones back and then changed to a different person [aside on becoming a zombie]. You're definitely gonna love her like a snap! :]

Stamp, it's not a stamp from a mail but a male MC of the story. Actually, I think there are 2 male MC's here, him and Dane. They're both great and good addition to the book. Of course, they are Maddy's love triangle. *giggles* If you're asking me whom I will choose, the fact is... I really don't know whom I want for Maddy. This is the only book [I think] that I am not sure who is the perfect partner for the female MC. I am really confused, on this part. Cuz both are great for her. ARGH! I really don't know how to answer it! lol! XD Every character is very easy to carry around that this book never losses it sense of humor. 

Flaw? I am thinking of something though I don't have one. Which is cool, that means this book is totally wicked awesome! If there is... tell me but I am going to refuse it anyway, lol! I love this book so much! :]

Other Thoughts. The last chapter turns out to be quite different, I came from laughing and laughing then all of a sudden I went some place deeper in feelings for the characters. At the end there is something odd happened, guessing it, that this books had a part two. I hope so because I actually don't want the story to end like that. But i am quite sure there will be a next installment.

I have so many great things to say about this book that I can't even put it in here or maybe I am just out of words. Zombies Don't Cry is clean, clear, smart and absolutely fun to read! Each pages are never boring and surely you won't put this book down! I highly recommend this for the readers-in-love with Paranormal Romance and others who just want to have something new from the YA community! A well deserve salute for Rusty Fischer! :]

*I received this advance readers copy from the author, Rusty Fischer and publisher Medallion Press, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! :]



Mia said...

Nice Review MJ! Can;t wait to get this on my hands and start freaking out myself lol! :D

T.B. said...

So glad you liked this one so much! I love it when the MC adds funny side-comments! :) It adds so much to the story and really gives all the characters a lot more personality. Congrats on getting this as an ARC as well! Awesome review!

SpadesHigh said...

I've heard of this title and was very iffy on it, but after reading your review im even more curious to maybe i should read it. ive never really read a zombie book but you mentioned it's not all that. does it really say how you become one!? wanna spill? i really wanna know *pouting*=( okay okay ill just wait i guess... i like the fact that you were very lengthy in your explanation and thank you for no spoilers. =)


linda2060 said...

Five stars! And it's a zombie book (I heart me some zombies)! I'm putting this on my wishlist.

/\Heather/\ said...

Nice review. I like the premise. Sounds like something the kinder would like, as well.
heatherpooh (hotmail)

purango said...

I enjoyed your review. The characters sound very interesting. I would love to read the book. garrettsambo@aol.com

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