Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay

My So Called Death

My So Called Death

All in all it was a good day to die. If there really is such a thing.

You hear characters in movies say that all the time, but does anyone really believe the words “good” and “die” belong in the same sentence?

Still, it could have been worse. It could have been dark and spooky night instead of a beautiful Georgia morning in late October, with a light wind whipping across the Peachtree High School football field, making zombies seem like the last thing anyone needed to worry about…

Fifteen-year-old freshman, Karen Vera, is well on her way to ruling her school when a freak cheer leading accident turns her into, well, a freak. Much to her Horror and Dismay, Karen learns she is a genetic mutation, one of the Death Challenged--a politically correct term for a zombie!

Now she has to go to a top secret zombie school, eat brains for lunch, and take courses with names like "Secrets of Successful Morticians and their Uses for the Undead: Foundation and Beyond". And to make matters worse, her roommate is the most reviled girl at DEAD High, a complete head case, and maybe...a murderer.

Can Karen find out who's offing the nearly un-off-able Undead before she becomes the next victim? Can she convince the super-cute captain of the swim team that a girl can have a pathological love for pink and still carry on an intelligent conversation? Will she ever pass remedial Algebra for the Death Challenged?

This is the very first zombie book that I could ever read beginning to end.  Im not a huge zombie fan, don't have the stomach for it, but My So-Called Death was actually pretty good. I was sucked right in, and although Karen really did annoy me a bit, the characters were likable, and dare I say -- relatable. 

This book had everything -- humor, romance, magic, slight gore, and a mystery that just keeps you reeling. I had to get past the slight gore -- again, weak stomach-- but once I did that, nothing could get me to put the book down. 

Stacy Jay wowed me yet again with her writing and storytelling. I enjoyed her book, Of Beast and Beauty, and this just solidified my need to read more of her works. Its a must buy for anyone, even if you arent into the "Death Challenged". 

I honestly cant think of anything more to say about My So-Called Death. It was relatable to real life, most of the humor wasn't simply jokes, but about things that embarrass us in real life happening to the characters in the book.  The ending wasn't my favorite, and I felt that it could be better, but the pace and size of the book was perfect. 

As I said before, I look forward to reading more of her books. If you are new to the name Stacy Jay, I absolutely recommend her. I rate this book 4 stars. I received a ecopy of the book to read and review honestly, and it in no way effected my opinion.

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Liza said...

I'm way into zombie books, but I've never read a book that integrates zombie-ism into realistic life situations rather than postapocalyptic. Your review makes this sound pretty interesting... I might just check this book out sometime!

Haley Scully said...

This sounds like a great book! I love the concept of zombies being integrated into society, and I also like that the story's main character is a zombie because this offers a unique perspective on the world. I believe that I'd really like this book, and I'd love to check it out sometime, especially after reading your review.