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Author: Alison Kemper
Release Date: 09/29/14
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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…
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One of the things I really liked about Dead over Heels was how fast paced this story was. I believe I read this in under 2 hours which is pretty quick even for me. That just goes to show how entertained I was.
Another thing I really liked was the setting for the story. Usually Zombie stories are set in a city or suburb to maximize the death toll but instead this story chooses to focus almost solely on the main characters Ava and Cole as they escape and then become lost in the Appalachian mountains while running from the undead. Not only did these characters have to fight off Zombies but then they had to contest with mother nature as well. I really liked that spin to the story.
Now even though I did enjoy Dead over Heels that's not to say that it didn't have a few small flaws keeping me from rating it higher.
First Off, the ending just came a bit too easy for the characters. I won't give it away of course but everything is wrapped up very nicely and just was a bit of a let down after all the characters had been through. Oh don't get me wrong I'm happy for certain things but also I think we needed to see some serious Apocalyptic carnage before the big Ah-Ha moment at the end.
Secondly, the girlfriend whose perfect and hot but also happens to be a psycho was unnecessary for me. Yes, I get she added the human enemy element traditionally seen in these types of stories but her character just fell flat for me. She reminded me more of Harmony from Buffy playing the villain than actually succeeding at being one.
Lastly, while the story overall was good the Zombies were missing something I personally crave and that's the scare factor. A bunch of Zombies trampling around the woods saying Rawr isn't scary for me, in fact, it was a bit comical after the dozenth or so time it was used.
Dead over Heels was a cute, fast paced, love story, set among a Zombie Apocalypse. I definitely recommend Dead over Heels for any person looking to get into the Zombie genre without wanting lots of violence and gore or for those who like a little bit of romance in their Apocalypse.
With that being said, I'll be rating Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper ★★★.
*Review copy provided by Author for tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them.
About the Author
Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion books in the series. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.
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