Book Review: Dead Over Heels
By: Alison Kemper
Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Page Count: 269
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Ava would much rather be at the mall with her friends, back in Florida, than stuck in a run-down holiday house with her parents in the North Carolina wilderness. Allergic to pretty much everything, she's not exactly the outdoors type. So when the boy next door appears at her door yelling about zombies and making her leave the house, she's not entirely thrilled about heading out into the forest. Nor is she convinced about her chances of survival. If the zombies don't get her, Banjo Boy, also known as Cole, might just annoy her to death.
With no supplies or food, hiking the 40 miles to Glenview without getting eaten will be a challenge. Two teenagers, no food, no shelter and ravenous zombies. The perfect setting for a love story.
Zombies aren't normally my thing, but I really enjoyed this book, the level of tension was just enough to keep me turning pages. It was cute and funny and just a little bit gory. Ava and Cole gradually grow on each other, as people put into extreme circumstances often do. Both show a strength of character greater than they realized they possessed, and they rely on each other to survive, rather than Ava being the helpless maiden rescued by the outdoorsy neighbour.
You might not want to read it at night in the middle of the woods, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable story for those who enjoy a little bit of horror and suspense in their romance.
The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…
Glenview, North Carolina. Also known―at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg―as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.
At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone―or something―rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…