Starting this afternoon, and continuing until the evening of Oct 16th, I will be reviewing YA Zombie novels and even have interviews with a couple of YA Zombie Authors!
Zombie week came to me when a fellow author emailed me about reviewing his new novel for his blog tour in October while I was watching a preview for Season 2 of The Walking Dead. It seemed like the perfect idea to devote a week to Zombies. I now wish I'd gone with Zombie month! It took me a bit of time to find YA Zombie novels, as the vocabulary used to describe Zombies is vast (Zombies, walking dead, undead, risen dead, unconsecrated, dead risen, reanimated, soulless). It was almost as if authors were worried that using the Z-word would deter readers. Once I figured out some of the code used, I ended up with a huge pile of books to read!
Since I started reading Zombie novels about a month ago, I've found it to be really interesting and I have to say that some of the more popular and commercially pushed books were my least favorite. The stronger stories tended to be from the smaller publishers. This really had me wondering if this tend is because the bigger publishing houses are simply more hesitant to publish the darker, or more gory books due to their belief in what the YA readers wants, or if I am entirely out of touch with teens and Zombies! That idea makes me sad. Horror can be such a fun genre in movies and as I've discovered in books. Until Zombie week, I'd never thought reading horror would be as good as watching a scary movie, but there have been a few gems within the pile and they definitely made wading through the crap to find them!
Here is the schedule for Zombie Week:
Saturday, October 8: Review of Soulless by Christopher Golden
Sunday, October 9: Review of Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe
Monday, October 10: Review of I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
Tuesday, October 11:Review of Zombie Blondes by Brian James
Wednesday, October 12: Interview with Nuayma Jeggels, Author of Raven
: Zombie books I passed or gave up on, and a list of ones I plan to read
Thursday, October 13: Review of Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth Series
Friday, October 14: Review of Rot and Ruin by Jonathon Maberry
Saturday, October 15: Interview with Kevin A. Ranson, author of The Spooky Chronicles and a review of the first two books in the series.
Sunday, October 16: Review of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb by M.J.A. Ware
I'd also like to thank M.J.A. Ware for the initial inspiration for Zombie week!