Sunday, April 25, 2010

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Title: Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Author: Amanda Ashby
Publisher: Puffin
Paperback, 199 pages
Date Published: March 5, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads) 
Quiet, unpopular,non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha--cheerleading goddess and miss popularity--who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.  
Mia Everett has just been crowned queen; zombie queen that is. Mia was once a regular, happy, blissfully unaware teenager living a life full of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hot boyfriend/football god Rob, and best friend Candice, but that all changed when pom-pom waving Samantha decided to steal her boyfriend. Following Candice’s advice, Mia casts a love spell that horribly backfires and turns the entire school into flesh-eating zombies and Mia just happens to be their queen…the first person they plan on eating. With the help of new boy Chase, Mia just might make it through prom in one piece.

Zombie Queen of Newbury High is an exciting and fun read. It isn’t all that original, but Amanda Ashby makes up for it with her witty dialogue and pop-culture references. Mia is my kind of girl in the sense that she is obsessed with Buffy and not too big a fan of cheerleading. She is easy to relate and funny. At times she can be more than a little clueless, but it’s almost endearing. Candice had me laughing throughout the book, particularly when she decides to lick Mia’s arm. The tertiary characters are also amusing and pretty much brainless (hello zombies!!), but Chase really steals the show. It amazes me how long Mia remains clueless to how much he likes her. There’s a good amount of action, especially towards the end as well, so it definitely kept me entertained.

This one is a very short read and is great for a quick, fun read. Even though it’s not the most memorable book, it is still very enjoyable and worth the read.

Opening line: Mia Everett was doomed. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: “And by ‘outside the box,’ you mean in a weird shop that’s run by an old woman who looks like she was shipped over on the Mayflower?” ~ pg. 16
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


elizabeth said...

This book sounds fun! I definitely want to read it sometime.

Small Review said...

I agree. I don't think it was overly memorable (and not nearly as awesome as Buffy), but I had fun with it. I loved the best friend. She was so funny.

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