Title: You Are So Undead To Me
Author: Stacey Jay
Published Date: March 2009
Price: Amazon ($8.77)
Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.
Stacey Jay creates a new twist to the zombies, or rather the Undead, as she is able to bring a whole new emotional face to it than the ugly monsters we see in movies. Not only does Jay create a unique plot, but also creates a love story you’ll root for.
The elements of the zombies bring a shining difference than vampires and werewolves (Sorry, Twilight!). A whole new psychological aspect is developed as the Undead are able to mend the stuff that they aren’t able to fix in their old life. Rather than creating an emotional journey where the reader cries buckets of tears, Jay is able to create it subtly as it doesn’t shroud the chick lit aspect. The adventures and the Zombie settling business were developed really well with the suspense and the mystery. Also, the ending caught me off guard and I was like “WHAT?!”. Jay helps develop the story and the motives behind the culprits to make them more realistic and a bit understandable.
I also thought the character development was really well done. At first, I hated Megan because she was way too much like the stereotypical teenage girl you see. Obsessed with boys, loves the biggest jock of the school who’s a jerk, and worries about her homecoming dance the most. I think the materialistic aspect was a little overdone but it served well to emphasize Megan’s development and how she finally accepts and even welcomes her job as a Settler. And, oh my, I absolutely fell in love with Ethan! He sounds amazingly handsome and is so caring and protective. You feel sympathy for Megan as she falls for Ethan and is hurt by misunderstanding in what she thinks is a platonic relation (which I thought so too, even though I kinda knew what would happen in the ending.)
The book is for anyone, especially those who needed a break from the overly used glittery vampires, lol. The premise of the zombies and the theme of regret create a wonderful story that I hope to see in the sequel, Undead Much? (released: next Friday, Jan. 21). I also cannot wait to see the romance bud.
At first, I thought she was standing on a soccer ball from the online edition, so I thought that Megan was a soccer player, lol. But I loved the idea behind the cover, as Megan is shown in control of the Unsettled. However, I felt that the background could be filled in better.
An interview with Stacey Jay will be up later today or tomorrow! And watch out for the sequel, Undead Much? next week Jan. 21.