Monday, 7 December 2015

Zia the Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

Title: Zia the Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries
Author: Angela Scott
From: Story Cartel
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
Release Date: 20th September 2015
Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Zia was just an ordinary girl. Until she got killed in a boating accident and her Dad found a witch to bring her back from the dead. Now Zia is a zombie, one of the LI's (Living Impaired) going to her school and trying to fit in. Except that her body is rotting and everyone smells like food. Everything is fine, if a bit lonely, until a new group of LI's transfer to the school, and vampire Caden, suggests that they should all remove the bands that suppress their bloodlust, brainlust or moonlust. Things only go from bad to worse for Zia and having guy problems suddenly seems like the least of her problems.

Wow. I think I can safely say that I have never read anything like Zia before ever. It was interesting seeing supernaturals being accepted like they were in Zia, but more than that it was interesting having zombie's in general being represented as such eloquent beings.

This book had all the drama of a normal high school book along with the added element of supernaturals being oppressed to some extent, and therefore some of them wanting free from their bounds. I also liked having a lead character who was important to main events but not actively encouraging them.

I liked the fact that though romance was a part of the book, it was a normal level for a teenager. It was dates and crushes and dances. To me this was the right level for a character like Zia, especially when she was coming to terms with being dead.

This was a fun read, I wasn't sure how it was going to end until it did, especially with all the drama going on, but I thought the author managed it well without making it so that the ending was too serious for the book. This was an enjoyable read for sure.