“Living Dead Girl” by Nessie Strange

 photo livingdeadgirl_zps1187b37a.jpgJen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him. 

But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late…

I received this book from the Author, Nessie Strange, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

First and foremost, I have to, in all fairness to readers and the author, divulge the fact that I am NOT a fan of Zombie books. In fact, this is the first one I’ve read. I don’t like the idea of them or their actions. So it IS possible this could sway my review.

That being said….I TOTALLY LOVED IT!! 😀

I have to admit, I had to give myself time to absorb and sort out the story in my head though. I had to siphon out the “zombieish”(yes new word there) qualities in a zombie that I don’t like(think NOM NOM NOM photo Oh2BNO2BIt2527s2BZombie2BFinger2BAttaching2Bthe2BSmiley2BFace2BFingers2Bfrom2BNeonExperience2Bon2Btumblr_zpsca8ed7d3.gif), strictly because I’m a wuss. Once I was able to do this, I was able to see the story as it truly is and how a person who LOVES Zombie themed stories would absolutely fall in love with it and how those who were a zombie genre virgin like myself would get a sweet bite(Yes I’m being punny) of a zombie story.  I seriously did freaking love the actual story.

Jen is an uptight type of girl. When her mother died, Jen stepped into the role of taking care of her younger brother and her father.  She has no social life, except hanging out with the dead who come into the funeral home her father runs and the occasional outing she has with her friend P.J..

Then there is also Jen’s, stick up his ass, controlling bastard boyfriend Craig. Jen has dated him for awhile and he’s off at college, living it up, while she’s back home being the good girl and taking whatever affection/attention left overs he tosses her way.

So when Jen meets Jack, she is almost shell shocked. He’s her opposite. She’s supposed to love Craig, not be attracted to this sexy, delicious, blue haired guitar player in a band! But slowly, Jack breaks down her walls and sets her free. She’s able to finally live life and enjoy it. Until she’s murdered.

Even though the blurb tells me this is going to happen, the description is…WOW! Just wow!  I swear I felt everything. I felt the panic, fear, the why!!?? and just…everything. I’ve read best selling author’s crime novels and never have I felt the emotions the way I did with this book.

Then the frustration that Jen has, the shock, the tears, the desperation to do what she had to do to save those she loved.  And P.J….she was a major player in this book as well. I was angry with her, yet I understood why she does what she does.

My final thoughts:  This book threw me into a tornado of emotions. It took me out of my comfort zone, yet would place me back into it, only to be ripped back out again.  I’ll try to just put it all out there…everything that’s flying around in my head. It probably won’t make sense, but it will let you know how well written this book was.  It was different, yet familiar, it had romance, it had terror, it had laughter it had tears, it was gruesome, but beautiful, it was angry it was loving. IT WAS EVERYTHING!

Nessie Strange has a gift. A gift of storytelling, imagination and the capability to connect to the reader’s emotions. I may not be a fan of Zombies, but I’m a forever fan of Nessie Strange. I CAN NOT WAIT until the next book comes out in this series so I can find out what happens next!!!

~Robin

 

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 8
  • Threshold Quality – 8
  • Addictiveness – 8

Total – 44

Rating – 5 Stars


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