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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) by F.J.R. Titchenell


Author: F. J. R. Titchenell
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Pages: 305
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Apocalyptic/Horror/Young Adult

















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Synopsis from Goodreads
The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan. Still, Cassie’s an optimist. More prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, she’d rather fight a corpse than be one, and she won’t leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places to find her, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might just love him, too. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-format novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.

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     Confessions of the First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is one hell of a read. I didn't know what exactly I was getting into,  I just knew it would be a lot of fun. I was right. Our main character, Cassie, was such a strong character to get behind. There were times I forgot she was only 15 because she seemed wise beyond her years. She had her head on straight and was very smart. I see why this book took place from her point of view. She is definitely someone that could survive the zombie apocalypse.

      Cassie does become the first zombie slayer through a terrible accident. She is one of the guys. This, of course, makes other girls treat her differently, but she doesn't care. She likes video games, Star Wars and bb guns (a girl after my own heart). While she is at camp, her and her guy friends decide to play with some new bb guns. Things are going fine until Cassie shoots her crush in the head accidentally killing him. She knows he is dead, but before she can really panic, he rises. She knows instantly what he is and what she has to do. Cassie confesses and tries her best to warn people that zombies do exist. Of course, everyone thinks she is nuts until it happens a bit too often.

     I really loved the tone of the book as well. This book follows Cassie and her friends, who are also teenagers. I like that we see how they are forced to stand on their own without any real adults around. Cassie is a great lead because she points out she is nowhere near perfect, but she wants to survive and wants her friends to survive. Like I said, Cassie seemed older, but you are reminded that they are just kids who have been thrown into the middle of the apocalypse. It gave a great feel to the book. It may be a book about zombies, but it had a realistic quality to it. Cassie is easy to relate to and you could see yourself in her shoes.

    I love the action and fast paced moments of the book as well as the more intense and frightening ones. She is traveling cross-country with her friends to reunite her friend, Rory with her twin sister, Lizzie.This is quite the coming-of-age story. It is about growing up and trying to survive when you don't really know what else to do, when you can't be an ignorant teenager anymore. Another aspect I loved were the laughs. Again, these are teenagers so you can expect some silly moments. Like Norman and the clown makeup. It sounds weird, but what he said made a weird sort of sense. He talks about how zombie movies always have one clown-turned-zombie. He feels like it is his duty to fill that quota if he is to die. Cassie and her friends are also quite the moviebuffs (man, I loved these guys).

     I highly recommend this to anyone who likes zombies. If you were a fan of Warm Bodies, I think this would be up your alley. This is also just for anyone that wants great characters to root for. Cassie is your average girl who still has many things to experience. Her first time driving in this book was unforgettable, let me tell you. I love how she handles it, just like everything else. She does what she needs to and keeps moving straight. This is a YA novel I won't be forgetting anytime soon. It had all the right elements for me. You have to check this out.



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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


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About F. J. R. Titchenell
  
F.J.R. Titchenell is an author of Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and Horror fiction. She is represented by Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel and lives in San Gabriel, California with her husband, Matt Carter, and their pet king snake, Mica.

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