Sunday, February 22, 2009

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Mia's just your average high school senior. Okay, maybe there are one or two things standing between Mia and average. She has a best friend who's a major hypochondriac and she has an unnatural obsession with Buffy, Angel, and Supernatural. Then when the football-playing object of her affection starts to turn his attention to the oh-so-perfect cheerleader Samantha, Mia starts to fear that her prom date dreams are coming to an end. So what does she do? She doesn't bury her sorrow in some Ben and Jerry's; oh no, Mia decides to do a love spell to win back the man of her dreams.

Something goes terribly wrong though, and instead of making Rob the footballer dump Samantha the cheerleader, Mia's spell turns the entire senior class, and a few teachers, into flesh-eating zombies.

Now she has to team up with super-hot zombie hunter Chase to prevent an all-out zombie apocalypse, all while avoiding her fellow seniors who are looking at her likes she's the perfect meal.

I loved this book. It's no secret that I love zombies and this book did not disappoint. It has elements of classic zombie lore, while at the same time turning everything you've ever heard completely on its head. Not to mention that being totally obsessed with Buffy, Angel, and Supernatural myself, I could relate to Mia with no problem.

It was like George Romero meets Sunnydale, or Shaun of the Dead goes to high school. It had the same type of dialogue one would expect from their favorite CW show, while incorporating some classic zombie movie moments. The characters were great, especially her best friend Candice.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It's fun, compulsively readable, and pure escapism. I wish Ashby would turn this into a series. I keep saying that with all of these great books I've read lately, and I mean it. This one especially calls for at least a sequel. Please? Pretty Please?

Yay Zombies! Keep these undead books coming and I'll keep reading.


  1. I'm almost done with this one, I love all the Buffy references!

  2. Yeah, the Buffy stuff was great and I always love to hear the Winchester boys mentioned. Oh, I miss Buffy so much. Dollhouse just isn't doing it for me.

  3. Love the review! I'm very jealous over here, I've only heard great things about this book and cannot wait to get a copy of it. Espeically since I am as well am a major Buffy, Angel, and Supernatural *sighs - those Winchester brothers* fan.


  4. I love how unique and cute this one sounds!

  5. Oh my gosh, I want to read this book so bad. Comedy + Zombies = instant win.

  6. Great review. I am really looking forward to reading this.