Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Dead Over Heels" by Alison Kemper

Dead Over Heels
by Alison Kemper

Dead Over Heels is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

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 …

I step toward the dude in golf clothes, "You lost buddy?"
He says, "Rawr."
"Beg pardon?"
"Rawr," he repeats.
All three of 'em shuffle closer. Slow but steady.
The breeze kicks in again, but this time the autumn air is tainted with a sharp, nose-cringing scent. It’s like stumbling over a decomposing animal corpse in the woods - one that's been sitting too long. It’s the scent of death.

Praise for the Book
"I strongly recommend this to Zombie fans and YA fans! You will not be disappointed! And all I can say to the author is ... more, more more please!" ~ Cheryl
"Loved this! You do NOT need to read Donna of the Dead to read this book but honestly you should ... just because they are both refreshing and wonderful!" ~ Keri

Some of My Favorite Lines
"I could never shoot a deer. They're too beautiful"
His smile tightens, accentuating a pale scar on his chin. "You get hungry enough, you'll shoot the pretty deer."
Okay, it's official - I have zero in common with this guy.
"Let me get my purse.
''Your purse?" His mouth drops open. "We're not going to the mall."
I make a mental note to stop needing this boy's help every five minutes.
Note to self: remember that Cole has zero sense of humor.
"Use your brains - before someone eats them!"
"Aaagh!" Ava screams, batting branches and spiderwebs from her eyes. "No spiders!
Is she kidding? Zombies on our tail and she's freaking over spiders?
I've never had a girl tell me to shut up before, and I don't like it.
Damn, she has a nice ass. I mentally slap myself. You're being chased by dadgum zombies! Quit staring at this girl's ass.
For an instant, she looks different. Softer. Less Harsh. Almost ... pretty. Then she opens her mouth and I remember what a pain in the ass she is.

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Ava and her parents are staying in their holiday home in the remote mountains of North Carolina, with no cable, internet, or cell phone reception. When Ava first meets Cole, they have nothing in common. But when her parents leave her alone for a day and the so-called Zombie flu makes its way to their remote part of the world, Ava and Cole realize that no one is safe and that they will need to rely on each other. With Cole's outdoor skills and Ava's superior intellect and scientific knowledge, the two teenagers manage to eke out an existence in the mountains. Ava thinks they are trying to make their way to the army base where her parents are located, but Cole is on a mission to find his father and brother. Along the way, they are threatened by zombies, bears, wasps, and even Cole's old girlfriend. Will Ava and Cole make it out alive?
Dead Over Heels is easy to read, the writing flows well, and the text is almost error-free. The point of view alternates between Ava and Cole, giving us a great insight into how our own perceptions are often quite different to those of someone else experiencing the same situations. Full of tongue-in-cheek humor as well as tender moments, this book is cute, smart, and funny.
A pleasure to read.

About the Author
Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. Now that she’s grown up, she lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.
Her novels, Donna of the Dead and Dead Over Heels, were published by Entangled Teen and will be followed by one more companion book 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.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.