Thursday, March 20, 2014

Donna of the Dead Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Donna of the Dead book tour! I have a review of this fabulous book coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for Zombie swag bags that include a $5 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Donna of the Dead
Release date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Entangled 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.

But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…

My Rating: 5 Roses

A thrilling, romantic, very enjoyable YA zombie read, Donna of the Dead was fantastic. I loved this book. It had action, romance, and a few surprises that I didn't see coming. This book was just wonderful.

Donna was a lovely character. I have to admit, at first, I didn't like her much. She was shallow and somewhat bratty. But, over the course of the book she grew up and really rose to the occasion. She became stronger and proved herself as a heroine. My only issues with her was the aforementioned shallowness and her absolutely blindness to what was right in front of her (coughDekecough). But, other than that, I really liked her.

This book was somewhat of a love triangle, but not in an obnoxious way. Donna likes Liam, who doesn't really notice her, while Deke likes Donna, who doesn't see him in a romantic light. I appreciate that it was done in a way that I enjoyed, so no worries about an annoying love triangle.

Liam was good. We don't get to know his character too much. Instead, we find out a rather shocking secret about him that took me by surprise. But, when I though I knew what was going on, things changed with him again. By the end, I wasn't quite sure what to think of him. But, I definitely look forward to seeing more of him in book 2.

Deke was the best friend who had crushed on Donna for a while. This guy was very sweet. He was very devoted to Donna and made it his priority to keep her safe. I thought he was adorable.

The romance, as I said, was well done. I don't want to give anything away, but just know that it was sweet and I think the couple that ended up together was a perfect match.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of secrets and thrills that had me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious to see what's coming next. I'm definitely looking forward to a book 2.

Donna of the Dead was a wonderful YA zombie read. From the romance, to the thrills, to the surprises, this book was fantastic. YA romance lovers, this book is one you'll definitely want to read.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

A horrible, high-pitched wail comes from the roof of the car. Directly in front of me, on the other side of the glass, a zombie smashes his ashen face against the windshield. He’s foaming at the mouth. Ewww. Slobber streaks along the glass as he wiggles his face, trying unsuccessfully to get closer to me.

“Deke, get it off.” I hide my face behind my hands.

“Get it off?” He barks out a humorless laugh. “What do you expect me to do? Go out there with a fly swatter?”

“I don’t know! Just think of something!” I peek at the monster between my fingers.

“Um, try driving crazy?” Deke instructs. “Maybe he’ll loosen his grasp!”

“Try driving crazy?” I lower my hands from my face and throw the car into gear. “I’m a sixteen-year-old unlicensed, inexperienced driver with a reanimated corpse blocking my view. Crazy is the only way I can drive.”

I hit the gas, and the car flies forward. I jerk the wheel from side to side. We careen down the port-access road, swerving dangerously close to the water. The dead dude gets thrown around, but doesn’t loosen his grip.

I turn on the windshield wipers and the water-squirter thingie. The zombie sputters on a mouthful of washer fluid, then breaks off a wiper and tosses it to the ground.

“Oh, that was helpful,” Deke says.

“Now he’s a clean zombie.”

“Try hitting your brakes.”

“Worth a shot.” I slam the pedal. The momentum from the sudden stop launches the infected guy off our hood and into the middle of the road.

The infected man regains his footing, and I have a sudden urge to test my zombie theory.

“I’m going to run this jerk over,” I conclude aloud.

“NO,” Deke tells me, “go around him.”

“You weren’t saying that a minute ago, when they were lined up in the garage,” I bicker.

“There was no other way out of there. Look,” he gestures at the street. “You have plenty of room to drive around him. He’s a person; he’s still alive. He’s just infected.”

“It is not alive. It’s a zombie!” I yell.

Deke scowls at me. “There’s no such thing as zombies.”


I launch the car into first gear, stomp on the gas, and mow down the monster-man. There’s a sickening, satisfying crunch as his bones shatter beneath the tires, and he falls lifeless on the pavement behind us.

“Crap! You’ve killed him!” Deke shouts, thrusting his fingers into his hair.

“No, watch,” I say, trying to sound reassuring. “It’s just like the goons on the ship. The ones you hit in the head.”

The dude lies motionless—a corpse in the middle of the road.

“They get stunned for a bit, and then recover,” I tell him, trying to sound like I know what I’m talking about.

Deke pounds the dashboard in frustration. “No they don’t. Getting knocked unconscious with a bat is different than being squashed by a car. It’s a—”

“Wait for it…” I order, holding up my hand, “wait for it…”

I endure a few tense seconds, wondering if I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. And then, in one sharp motion, the roadkill-man sits up.

“Voila,” I say, gesturing at the figure behind us. “The walking dead.”

Deke levels his gaze at me, and sighs in a long-suffering way.

“Okay,” he admits, “maybe you’re right. Maybe they are zombies.”
Up for grabs are 15 Zombie Swag Bags that include $5 Amazon card, Donna of the Dead mints, and exploding eye gumballs, all pictured below. Ends March 22.
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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. She now 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 debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion novels. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.


  1. Another zombie story, huh? Heard of the author first time today. Humor detected from excerpt, might be interesting to read.

  2. I haven't read a zombie book in a while and this does sound pretty interesting! I'm always a little wary when a synopsis alludes to a love triangle so I was glad that you said it was handled well. Thanks for the review and the excerpt!
    The zombie swag bags look so cool. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  4. I love zombie books, and the fact that she can read their minds, is an awesome new twist! LOVE IT!