[Review] Once Upon a Zombie

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Title: Once Upon a Zombie

Series: The Color of Fear #1

Author(s): Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson

Genre: Middle grade-Young Adult, Fantasy

Publishing: October 1, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

{SUMMARY} is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening - and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bouts of anxiety. Her new move to London, with her Dad and her brainiac sister, threatens to lead to more situations that will trigger panic. Now, she's having anxiety over the possibility of having anxiety! Caitlin's life takes a turn for the bizarre when she's tricked into climbing down a "rabbit hole", landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe - except it's crawling with savage, starving blood-eyed zombies. But what's scarier - a blood thirsty zombie, a panic attack....or the painful truth?! 
Once Upon a Zombie is a brilliant and unique twist on classic characters that I grew up with. I have to be honest, at first, I was quite skeptical about reading this, as I wasn't sure how one would be able to pull off a story like this with some of my beloved favorites all zombified. I mean, what type of plot could you have with "zombie princesses?"

Though the writing was average, the authors do an amazing job with the plot with twists galore, and they were quite unpredictable, catching me off guard once revealed.

As for the character development, this was also well done... I really loved the fact that we had a main character who had panic attacks, phobias... weaknesses that people could identify with, especially because we are then able to see the development of the character as the story progresses.

The story was engaging, the end makes you want to read more. In whole, it was a unique experience and one that will be hard to forget!

Final thoughts: brilliant, unique and engaging.

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