Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper

Dead Over Heels
by Alison Kemper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: September 29th 2014
Rate: Average + (3,5 Stars)


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…

For the same reason I cannot watch zombies shows, I cannot read some books about zombies, but Alison Kemper made me want to try Dead Over Heels. The promise about a good, sweet romance between two teenagers, who apparently hate each other, in the end of days, was what made me want to read this book and I was definitely not disappointed. 

The book starts with Ava. We meet her and her family and we know they are definitely not from Glenview. In an attempt from Ava's mother to help her daughter to make some friends, Ava ends up meeting the boy next door. And they could not be more different. So different, they cannot even be friends. If Ava's reaction from that first encounter with Cole was bad, Cole had the same feeling about his neighbors. 

That is until a bunch of people from the country club try to bite/eat Cole and he tries to save Ava. They find themselves running from an horde of zombies, trying to survive. Things start tense and the hatred between the two main characters is almost palpable. But there's a thin line between love an hate.

So the story is a good one. The plot is well-written and there are no holes in the story. You can perfectly understand how the people turned up into a bunch of zombies and went all crazy trying to eat people and there was a firm and logic purpose. In an apocalyptic story, there has to be action, anxiety and a strong desire to survive. Let's not forget putting the main characters in danger, constantly. Alison Kemper knew that and use it in an amazing way. 

As a nitty-gritty reader, the only thing that I was left wanting more was more time with Cole and Ava being nice to each other. And nice I mean the type of nice they are at the end of the book (avoiding spoilers).

As for the ending, I didn't know how the author could make us readers hold our breath after having her characters running and on edge all the time, but the ending still had a cliffhanger and a good one. 

With action and thrilling scenes, Dead Over Heels will rise your adrenaline and you'd find yourself wondering when the two main characters are going to fall head over heels for each other. While the story didn't make fangirl like other stories had before, it is definitely a good and enjoyable YA read that I highly recommend.

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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 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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