Friday, October 26, 2012

Lily's Review of The Zombie Always Knocks Twice, by E. Van Lowe

The Zombie Always Knocks Twice (Hollyweird, #1)

Hollywood, California, is known for swimming pools, movie stars…and now the risen dead.

Hollywood can be a difficult place to grow up, especially if you’re Kristine Golden, a fifteen-year-old necromancer with a sworn duty to lay the risen dead back to rest and no desire to be in the movie business.

When handsome deadie Alex Romero swaggers into her life, Kris must keep her promise, despite her growing feelings for him. If that’s not enough to give a girl a headache, a murderous zombie comes knocking at Kris’s door, rocking her world and threatening her family.

Can Kris solve the mystery of the rampaging zombie before someone else winds up dead? Or will the walking dead take over Hollywood and turn it into…Hollyweird?

Kindle Version, 178 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Imajin Books
My Rating:


Knock Knock!

Who's There?


I was pretty excited to read 'The Zombie Always Knocks Twice'. I sure do love zombies. Though I usually go for the scary content, I thought this would be a great change. And it WAS a great change!

This is a story about Kristine, who has the power to raise the dead, but sworn to lay the already risen back to rest and keep nature's balance. She is a young teenager, struggling with being comfortable with her power and her own skin. At a party, which both she and her friend Talia, both crash, she meets the tv star Alex Romero, and almost immediately she knows that Alex is... not quite natural.....  As they band together to help an innocent girl and the zombie, who did in fact, knock twice on Kristine's door, find rest, they form a bond. Their attraction is slow growing, which I liked. No instant love here, which is my personal preference. But her sworn duty makes things a little.. complicated.. where Alex is concerned.

It is pretty amazing and I commend the author for writing from a teenager's perspective so well. All the characters were developed very well, and I could relate to a few. But mostly I connected with Kristine, who is quirky, at times insecure and unsure of herself, but able to hold to her responsibilities and duties, even though most times, her power felt like such a burden for someone who just wanted to be 'normal'.

This was a really fun novel, with lots of quirky moments and some serious tones as well. It was very hard putting this story down.   I highly recommend this read, and I cannot wait for the next installment of this series!

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Purchase Links:
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About the Author:

E Van Lowe was born in the Bronx a long time ago, back in the days when children were supposed to be seen and not heard. Fortunately for E, his parents allowed him to speak freely. Unfortunately for his parents and older brother, E had a lot to say. He was speaking quite freely until one day, while his mother was trying to watch her “stories” (which is code for soap operas), she suggested that instead of speaking freely, he write all his important thoughts down. E wrote down many important thoughts, such as: crayons melt when you leave them on the radiator, or toy soldiers melt when you drop them in the muffin batter before mom puts it in the oven. His brother thought he was weird, but E was only ten years old at the time. What did he expect, Shakespeare? E liked writing things down so much, he decided that when he grew up, he was going to become a professional writer.

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