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Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge atDonna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…...

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Donna of the Dead Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-06-01 08:12

    Actual rating: 1.5“Fo’ shizzle,” Quentin agrees.“Fo’ shizzle?” Tara asks, rounding on Quentin. “What are you supposed to be, Q-dog? A gangsta? A redneck gangsta? That’s like the worst fake accent I’ve ever heard.”“Girl,” Quentin throws his screwdriver to the floor, “please don’t be gettin’ in my face. I’ll bust yo—”I hope you like annoying teenagers, because this book presents no shortage of them. There are plenty of zombies, but there are also an ample amount of the most irritating teenagers I've ever encountered, as well as a love triangle, and a constant notice of so-and-so's eyes, chest, gorgeous hair, Burberry-model looks, etc. Who has time to worry about zombies when you can use the zombie apocalypse as an excuse to get close to your crush. Like he can find anyone else, right? Everyone's dead, lol!1!!1Because, you know, zombie apocalypse or not, we gotta have luuuuuuuurve, right?This isn't a serious zombie novel by any means. You know those 90s horror films that are so bad that they're good, and you only watch them so that you can laugh at the idiotic high school students and their idiocy? The kind where you watch with a group of friends with whom you shriek "DON'T GO INTO THE BASEMENT ALONE, YOU DUMBASS! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU THINKING?! THE THING IS OBVIOUSLY HIDING RIGHT THERE!!!" or "Oh, that dumb jock. Of course he's going to die."Yeah, it's one of those books.The problem with this book is that while it's meant to be humorous, it didn't work for me as such. You see, a humorous novel shouldn't make me desperately beg that the main character gets killed by the monsters. Nor should it give me a migraine.Things I wanted to do to Donna, the main character in this book.1. Wire her jaw shut2. Bury her alive under a stack of 19th century Russian literature (it should only take 5 books, given how long the fucking things are)3. Tie her up, duct tape her mouth, then stuff her in a closet, leaving a distinct blood trail with a blood-painted sign saying <--EAT MEI like a heroine who is witty and snarky, the main character in this book is just plain annoying and dumb.The Summary: Donna and her best friend Deke is on board a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, when they hear a broadcast from CNN about a outbreak of a virus that's decimated the world outside. This is bad. I would be freaking the fuck out, Donna doesn't exactly react the way I expect her to:“The virus referred to as Bleek-Burns has now spread across all fifty states and most of North America. China was ground zero for this one, and last we heard, their population will more than likely be decimated by the virus.”“Decimated?” I ask Deke. “Like practically wiped out?”“Well, technically, that’s not what the word means.”“Right,” I answer absentmindedly. “The historical definition of decimate is ‘to destroy one tenth of a population.’ But you know how the English language keeps evolving.” Once again, I’m babbling to hide my rising fear. “Nowadays, most people misuse ‘decimate’ to refer to the death of a large mass of people.”You know how some people just keep talking and talking and talking and they never ever ever stop talking because they're so nervous that they just have to keep talking and talking and rambling on endlessly about nothing at all to hide the fact that they're nervous?Donna is one of those people. God help us all.You might be thinking: ZOMBIE OUTBREAK ON A SHIP! AWESOME. Don't. You're setting yourself up for disappointment. Within 10 pages, we're off the ship (apparently, a huge ass cruise ship can hightail it back to Florida from the middle of the Atlantic pretty fucking fast). Don't worry, no awesome cruise-ship zombie-fighting action here!:(Donna and Deke hightail it off the boat, leaving behind their Sea Captain father and grandmother, and somehow find their way back to their high school. The rest of the book will have you gritting your teeth as you put up with the useless, grating, insipid, trope-filled cast of high school characters within the book, whose innately obnoxious qualities are only outdone by the narrator herself.Done-a with Donna: I have scarcely encountered a more annoying character within a book. Some of you may find Charley Davidson to be an annoying character. You ain't met annoying until you've met Donna. She is stupid, she is truly stupid, as in no intelligence whatsoever. She's peppy, I'll give you that, and apparently, Donna is really beautiful without knowing it; she has "iridescent silver eyes.".“With you,” he continues, “there’s no arrogance, no self-centeredness. What I find most unfathomable is that you have no clue how beautiful you are.”Whuh...?Donna babbles on ceaselessly. She never lets anyone finish a fucking sentence.Deke clicks off the TV, swinging around to face me. “Donna,” he says carefully, “I’ve got to tell you something, but I need you to stay calm, okay?”I spring off the bed, almost taking the burritos with me. “Is Muriel all right?”“Yes,” Deke stands. “She’s fine. Donna—”“Where’s my dad? Is he okay?”Deke reaches over to steady the room service tray teetering dangerously on the edge of my bunk. “He’s fine, too. Still on the bridge. Donna—”“They had a fight, didn’t they? And you and Muriel are leav—”“Jeez, Donna! Shut up for a second so I can explain.”AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!Donna is...not smart. There is a girl in every school: she's beautiful, she's got brains, but she's uninterested in learning. But she always makes good grades because there's always adoring smart boys around to help her with her schoolwork? That's Donna. She doesn't know her science. She needs stuff to be dumbed down in order for her to understand things.From the expression on Deke’s face, I know he’s figuring out how to explain something. With science stuff, Deke usually has to dumb it down so I can understand.She gets shitty grades in math because she spends most of her time in math class observing the guy of her dreams.I had pre-algebra with him that year, and he sat two rows to the left of me. When I turned my body slightly, stretching my legs in the aisle between desks, I could watch him out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t make very good math grades that year.Donna keeps babbling. Her internal dialogue is a foray into madness and idiocy. The girl just doesn't shut up. She has the dumbest thoughts ever. In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you should not worry about stupid shit like your nail polish, your iPod, or your formal dressMy house, Deke’s house, and all the other houses in our ’burb, are probably infested with the walking dead. I picture corpses hiding in my closet, lurking behind my school clothes, my raincoat, my dress for the dance. What if one of them tries on my red semi-formal gown? I shake my head.She always act so incredibly stupid...but her dumbest observation turns out to be right. I just don't fucking get it.“You’re a little slow on the uptake,” I tell him, glancing at the sky. “The sun is up now. Duh. Zombies don’t like light.”Deke scowls at me like I’m a total idiot. “It’s vampires that don’t like light.”I shoot him an equally fierce gaze. “I don’t care what you think. They’re zombies, Deke.”ZOMBIES. ZOMBIES. JUST CALL THEM ZOMBIES!!! In The Walking Dead, the show, they have this stupid thing of not calling zombies, well...zombies. Biters. Roamers. Walkers. They just don't call the motherfucking zombies by what they actually are...ZOMBIES.Same for this book. Oh my god, oh my fucking god, if there were a virus that decimated the earth and turned everyone into walking, shambling, flesh-hungry monsters, do you know what you'd call the creatures. ZOMBIES! NOT THIS BOOK. NOBODY WANTS TO CALL THE UNDEAD ZOMBIES IN THIS BOOK.Denial, it's not just a river in Egypt.He snorts. “They are not zombies. Zombies are dead people who have been reanimated. These people are still alive.”Oh my god, wake the FUCK up!“It is not alive. It’s a zombie!” I yell.Deke scowls at me. “There’s no such thing as zombies.”Right, those things that want to eat you are just really angry people.Gretchen seems to forget us, and rambles to herself, “He’s not human, but he’s not a...a...”“Zombie.” For a moment, I don’t realize I’ve said the word aloud. My voice carries in the quiet room. A few nervous snickers erupt from the group. No one looks at me. I don’t care. They have to face facts sooner or later.“Zombie?” Gretchen snaps back to her politician routine. “You’re so funny, Donna.” She laughs her best fake laugh. Everyone joins in, and the tension breaks.Oh, spare me.The Teenagers: Very teenagers. Much hate. Ugh. There's no shortage of tropes in this book. All the teenagers in this book's zombie high school setting is a trope. From the goth, to the peppy "plastic," "brownnoser," overachieving, backstabbing class president with corkscrew curls, to the white boy who wants to be a rapper, to the tiny, nerdy 4'10 brilliant scientist who pulls a hat trick every fucking time. There's no end to the stereotypes.There's Tara and Lara: the cheerleaders. They---wait for it---cheer.“We’re going for water!” She grips Bo’s hands and they dance in a circle. “Water! Water! Water!”Lara snaps out of her stupor and joins the chant. “Water water water!!”Oh God, please tell me they’re not gonna cheer.“We’ve got water, yes we do! We’ve got water—”Yep, they’re gonna cheer.Tara does a few back handsprings. Her short skirt flips inside out. Deke and Fabio watch, their mouths gaping slightly.They're just comical. One boy welcomes the zombie apocalypse: why?“I was supposed to get braces after Thanksgiving. See, I already got the spacers. And dang, girl, those babies hurt when they put them in.” He laughs. “Now, I don’t have to go to the orthodontist no more. So I’m fine with this whole worldwide-plague thing.”They're irritating. They make irritating noises."...anyone who touches the metal doorframes receives a severe electrical shock.”In the front row, Veronica makes a loud bzzzzt noise that reminds me of a bug zapper. Immediately, three or four other kids from the robotics dork brigade start going bzzzzt, bzzzzt.The Romance: There's a love triangle, but even more painful than the love triangle is the constant awareness of *sigh* HIS BODY. HIS PRESENCE. I mean, zombies? Fuck zombies. There's...*sigh* Liam! Liam who FINALLY NOTICES HER! Hallelujah! It only took a zombie apocalypse!Oh. My. God. Liam just whispered to me. To me. Like we’re friends or something.What better excuse to get close to the man of your dream.“Yay!” We fist bump. I’ve never touched Liam before and my hands tingle from the contact.To be aware of every cell on his body. His chiseled face.He’s beyond hot when he smiles—chiseled cheekbones, easy confidence. I remember why half the girls at school were crushing on him.Why concern yourself with the undead when you can ogle hot, sweaty guys?I’ve never been so happy to see Liam. And it has nothing to do with the fact that his shirt, slightly sweaty from being outside, is now clinging to his muscled chest.And fantasize about him. Liam comes toward me. Maybe he’ll scoop me up in his arms. Bury his face in my hair. Tell me how much he missed me. Let me feel his chest.And the love triangle? Same old. Lifelong best friend vs. hot crush who's never given Donna the time of day before.Not recommended unless you like annoying teenagers, or are easily amused by them.

  • Brigid
    2019-06-27 01:14

    Reviewer friends!! Did you see that DONNA OF THE DEAD is available on NetGalley?! I *LOVE* this book. This book is AMAZING. It's not your average zombie novel. (And I can say that, because I generally hate your average zombie novel.) This is laugh out loud funny and I can't wait for you guys to read it. You'd better add to your to-read lists immediately. :-)

  • Ash Wednesday
    2019-06-27 05:38

    2.5 STARSThe zombies swarm, forming a circle around Deke.“We gotta help him!” Quentin yells. More books sail out of the back doors of the vehicle.“Big ones,” someone says. “Grab the big ones!”“Throw Moby Dick, I hated that one.”“Where’s Twilight?”“No,” Tara squeals. “Don’t throw Twilight!”Is ridiculing Twilight still a thing? Isn’t that so, I dunno, 2010? And seeing as a huge chunk of this story revolved around an annoying, speshul snowflake heroine torn between her childhood friend and her high school crush…Except this one is set in the almost-zombocalypse, and our silver-eyed heroine, Donna, is special because she hears voices in her head warning her off from eminent danger. I say it’s the almost-zombocalypse because Donna of the Dead is set a few days after the virus broke so there’s still a government, the internet, electricity… basically everything except there are the undead walking around. Donna and her best friend, Deke were onboard a cruise ship when an infected passenger spreads the virus with everyone on board. They manage to escape but in the process, got separated from her sea captain father and Deke’s grandmother (who are by the way, dating). They arrange to rendezvous once Donna’s father finds a better stocked, uninfested ship. Meanwhile on land, Donna and Deke run into their high school where a bunch of their schoolmates have barricaded themselves. One of whom is Liam, Donna’s perpetually fragrant long-time crush. To be fair, I found some aspects of Donna extremely relatable. She’s a bit of a grammar Nazi, she cracks inappropriate jokes to cut the tension, she’s a big wuss who chooses self-preservation over heroism and above all, she’s fully cognizant that in the context of the almost-zombocalypse, she’s the most useless and worthless person left on the planet.She’s basically me. Or how I imagine I’d behave within the setting of a George Romero film. And that’s where my problem lay:I don’t want to read about me. Her reluctance to take action, her selfishness, her insecurities are very age-appropriate at fifteen (did I just admit I act like a 15-year old?) but that age was not the subject of a Taylor Swift song without good reason. And I appreciate Donna’s moments of realization and understanding, some glimpses of her yet-to-be discovered maturity and impending evolution… it’s just sometimes I’m not sure if I’m a fan of discovering it with her.Last night, after my nutritious dinner of barbecue-flavored potato chips, I’d had enough foresight to fish the chip bag out of the trash and fill it with liquid soap from the bathroom dispenser. I have my qualms about taking a bath in front of Liam, but my deep-seated need for cleanliness outweighs my fear of scrubbing my unshaven armpits while he watches.I see the potential in her but if there was a fast forward button, I’d probably have raped it to get the parts like that quote where I can imagine liking Donna. I did see and like the eventual growth in her character, I just didn’t like Donna’s take-off point and I didn’t like how long it took for her to get there.So an annoying, whiny heroine with some try-hard punchlines (that awkward moment when I know she’s trying to be funny, but I’m not laughing but everyone in the book is?) in the middle of a love triangle in the middle of a bunch of high school sophomores trying to survive a zombie attack? How is that supposed to make me NOT want to punch something?I did find her and Deke’s relationship mildly charming but that was mostly because of Deke. I liked how he calls her out on her shit (ie. mooning over Liam, her self-centred wimpyness, being shallow etc.) and that Donna recognizes her faults though I’m not quite sure what Deke is getting out of that friendship. There’s some variety in the zombie lore which I liked but some of the old details were just fuzzy or completely neglected (view spoiler)[do these zombies have emotions? what’s with the half-dead mind-control Bokur-voodoo business? etc. (hide spoiler)]. Though probably not enough to openly recommend this to hardcore zombie-fiction fans. I was quite impressed how unexpected the way certain mysteries were explained in the end, specifically Donna’s “voices”. But I can’t deny my disappointment when the possibility of a Zombie Titanic was bypassed (not enough of Deke’s taser-wielding grandmother) for high school politics, shenanigans and survival method fails. Which is quite in-character, I guess, for a group of high school sophomores. I mean finding their sole source of water is teeming with disease, who thinks of bringing it back to their fortress where there’s a fucking operational, microwave oven available? NOBODY. Who thinks of swimming in their sole source of potable water? EVERYBODY.And who contracted amebiasis after? …As this was told entirely from Donna’s POV, there were some inconsistencies with the narrative, especially towards the end where (view spoiler)[Donna describes what’s going on in the high school fortress defense while she plays as bait and had a horde of zombies chasing her AWAY from the school. HOW? (hide spoiler)] but it didn’t really niggle at me as much as Donna herself and her attempts to appeal to me with her self-awareness and growth.I’m sorry but a self-aware jerk, is still a jerk.ARC provided by Entangled Publishing thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 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  • Ayah
    2019-06-27 06:13

    You can also check the review on my blog here: first time I came across the title on Netgalley and knew that it is a Zombie Novel, i was like UGH no and I was about to press back , but I heard voices*REQUEST,REQUEST,REQUEST* :D And honestly I can not say how much I loved the book! It is definitely not what you expect from typical Zombie books, so yes , the plot is not Cheesy! Honestly, I want to reread it again very soon. Imagine if a Flu has the ability to destroy your Cerebral Function , and oh, did I mention that it spreads around by biting ! At first, I did not like Donna. She acts like a total jerk and kind of drives you nuts with her crush with Liam. Deke is one of the characters that you instantly fall in love with, not mention how funny he is. So,what happens when almost everyone has this Zombie disease? Apparently ,a wide variety of people have to work together to resist being transformed .AS you read, you clearly see how people change, and I am not taking about some sappy change! You get to see characters grow more mature and less self preservative along this journey of survival.Another thing I have to point out is that the fact that the author used Medicinal and Scientific information to show us how drastic the disease is and how we must use whatever we have to fight back is definitely impressive ! I honestly can't wait to read the next book,*There are two companion books to Donna of the Dead* and honestly the author , Alison Kemper , has made me look at Zombie Novels with a different lens,better ones. I give this book 5 stars/5

  • Donna
    2019-05-31 03:40

    Loved Donna and rag tag band of Zombie Slayers.Now I realise this isn't my normal read. I decided to mix it up a little when I found this little gem on Netgalley.I'm most probably not even the target audience (Most probably YA here).I really couldn't resist though. It's not often my name appears in the title of a book, or is even a main character. So I picked it up and loved every single second of this book :).For full review follow link to my blog -

  • Gordon Mackinney
    2019-06-02 02:42

    You'll love Donna. What monsters skulk around in your world? Pain-in-the-a** boss? Annoying ex? An army of zombies? Regardless, you'll want Donna on your side. Goofy, spunky, rock-solid Donna, a memorable new character from a skilled up-and-coming wordsmith. Check it out!

  • Farrah
    2019-06-05 01:25

    A thrilling, romantic, very enjoyable YA zombie read, Donna of the Dead was fantastic. I loved this book. It had action, romance, and a few surprises that I didn't see coming. This book was just wonderful.Donna was a lovely character. I have to admit, at first, I didn't like her much. She was shallow and somewhat bratty. But, over the course of the book she grew up and really rose to the occasion. She became stronger and proved herself as a heroine. My only issues with her was the aforementioned shallowness and her absolutely blindness to what was right in front of her (coughDekecough). But, other than that, I really liked her.This book was somewhat of a love triangle, but not in an obnoxious way. Donna likes Liam, who doesn't really notice her, while Deke likes Donna, who doesn't see him in a romantic light. I appreciate that it was done in a way that I enjoyed, so no worries about an annoying love triangle.Liam was good. We don't get to know his character too much. Instead, we find out a rather shocking secret about him that took me by surprise. But, when I though I knew what was going on, things changed with him again. By the end, I wasn't quite sure what to think of him. But, I definitely look forward to seeing more of him in book 2.Deke was the best friend who had crushed on Donna for a while. This guy was very sweet. He was very devoted to Donna and made it his priority to keep her safe. I thought he was adorable.The romance, as I said, was well done. I don't want to give anything away, but just know that it was sweet and I think the couple that ended up together was a perfect match.The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of secrets and thrills that had me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious to see what's coming next. I'm definitely looking forward to a book 2.Donna of the Dead was a wonderful YA zombie read. From the romance, to the thrills, to the surprises, this book was fantastic. YA romance lovers, this book is one you'll definitely want to read.*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  • Tammy Subia
    2019-06-25 05:30

    I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.People. I loved this book. I read it all in one sitting, and it's not a short book! When I first came across it on Goodreads it didn't have a cover (still doesn't), and the blurb was pretty much one sentence. But it compared the book to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so that put it on my auto-read list. I was so excited to get this ARC! I try to read the ARCs in the order in which the books will be released. But I had to read this right away. And then I had to keep reading until I was finished.First thing I liked about this book was that it had a really interesting opening. Donna and Deke are with their families on a cruise ship when suddenly everyone else on the ship gets zombi-fied. And their parents get the ship to land and the kids escape. I've just never seen any scene from a zombie story take place in the middle of the ocean. It definitely raised the tension, having the characters confined to this zombie infested ship.Next I liked the ensemble cast of characters. I feel like trapping kids in their high school with no adults is a common thing in YA now, but I'm a sucker for it. There's just so much room for different personalities to interact and different relationships to emerge.The action was great. It was interesting to see how Donna's voices helped her. Because they didn't tell her directly what to do. They just gave warnings and she had to figure it out. I also really appreciated how the voices weren't this random supernatural element. By the end, we find out that there's a reason Donna can hear them.So like I already said, I really really enjoyed this book. Definitely check it out if you like zombie novels, action, survival stories, or just a nice dose of teen drama.

  • Donna
    2019-06-10 01:39

    Holy crap, I think this book will give me nightmares. Gory, freaky, and downright awesome, Donna of the Dead has an element of suspense that will keep you reading until it ends with a bang.Donna (Oh, my god, I am loving my name right now!) Pierce is holidaying on a cruise ship, relaxing with her best friend Deke when a plague breaks out on the mainland. The plague spreads at an alarming rate, and soon the ship is infected with zombie-like victims. Donna and Deke narrowly escape, and hole up at their high school with some of their fellow students. The zombies are very, very hungry, and a mysterious boy in a red hat doesn’t help, either.Donna of the Dead was so damn exciting. There is action everywhere, but there are plenty of moments without much action to balance it out. It never gets boring, and I never wanted to start skimming or anything. Don’t worry, there isn’t just action; there are plenty of cool characters to go around.The characters are a mixed bag. We have a classic suck-up, a goth kid, an eight year old, two cheerleaders, computer nerds, etc. Don’t worry, none of them feel overly stereotypical or forced. Even the hardcore goth kid was very realistic and likable. The cheerleaders weren’t the typical dim-witted bitches (thank god, I'm getting so sick of them).Donna is so. Freaking. Awesome. I loved her, and she made my name seem awesome. Donna is an incredibly realistic teenager. She is no idiot or weakling. In fact, she has voices in her head whenever danger is near. She has her faults, and she knows them. She frequently tells herself to stop being a wimp, and often feels shameful for being too focused on her own self-preservation. She has an obsession with a boy called Liam, but don’t worry, the author does justice to this, and it never feels too overdone. Every bit of Donna is completely realistic. She can be brave and very likable. Donna is the perfect heroine in every way. She isn’t overly strong (come on, not all teenage girls can fight off 10 full grown men with their bare hands), which makes her a great and achievable role model. Add on her snarkiness and humor, and you have a one hundred per cent awesome character. She’s the ordinary girl who turns into someone great, and it’s fricking awesome.Deke, Donna’s friend is great as well. He is the typical best friend, and he often has his moments of dorkiness. He cares for Donna a lot, and is generally just a great person.You know, I usually hate zombies. They’re slow, stupid, and disgusting. But these zombies are awesome. Not only are there heaps of them, who become zombies by a scary-ass disease, but there’s a special type of zombie. I won’t reveal what, but it is so awesome and creative.This book is primarily a survivalist book. Don’t worry, it isn’t repetitive or dull. Some of the ways the kids find to survive are very interesting and creative.A near perfect book, Donna of the Dead is a refreshing addition to the young adult genre. It is definitely worth a read, whether you love zombies or hate them.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-19 01:27

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.)Donna hears voices, but the only one she really listens to is her own.When a virus turns people into zombies, Donna worries about her manicure.Can Donna survive against the zombies? Do we want her to?Aaaarrrrggggghhhh! I cannot get over how annoying this book is! Pretty much the only thing I’ve learned from it is Donna was just uuuurrrrgggghhhh! Infuriating, irritating, selfish, and just downright stupidly stupid. I’m not surprised the zombies wanted to take a bite out of her; I wanted to smack her just to shut her up.The number of stupid things she came out with was just ridiculous. When being preyed upon by zombies, should you worry about your manicure? Obsess over the boy you’re crushing on? Waste precious minutes of your mobile phone battery listening to old messages? Worry that the zombies will think you’re hitting them because you didn’t like them when they were alive? Think that a water supply isn’t necessary (you have soda)?I seriously could not get over how many idiots there were in this book! Deke was the only one who even remotely had any common sense, and of course – nobody listened to him.The storyline in this was frustrating to say the least, and I spent most of this book feeling like my blood was boiling.I really wished that the darn zombies would just eat them already, and stop the torment of having to wade through the rest of this awful book.The storyline concerning the voices that Donna heard was also sadly lacking. The best they could come up with most of the time was ‘run’. As if you need to hear voices to know that you should run when zombies attack. I mean really?The romance was also irritating. We had the good old love triangle where the best friend is in love with the girl, and she’s cluelessly crushing on some other guy. Yawn.So much for this being a different kind of zombie book, it was a rubbish zombie book. So not impressed! There is only one place this book is going from here –Overall; idiotic characters, irritating storyline.3.5 out of 10.

  • Rhianna
    2019-06-23 07:25

    Fresh Rot for fans of Zombie YAIt's been far too long since a young adult novel featuring zombies and high school kids came out that managed to impress me. The funny thing is... I never read the blurb for this one. I saw the title and took a glance at the cover and knew I had to give it a read. Fortunately, it proved to be one of those spontaneous book choices that pays off.Donna surprised me by being pretty cowardly through most of the book. In a genre that's full of heroines who are instantly tough and put the reigns on their fears it was actually very refreshing. She has to grow into the world she's now faced with and it's a very satisfying process. We all like to think we'd be the strong, fearless warrior in a zombie apocalypse but I think most of us would be a lot more like Donna and that makes her very relatable. The mystery of why Donna hears voices and how they help her stay safe is dragged along a bit but added another puzzle piece to try and figure out.If you hate love triangles... I didn't quite feel that DONNA OF THE DEAD had a solid one but yeah, there is a bit of that going on. I felt like it was obvious who she was going to wind up with and the other was just a distraction to bring her around to the other. The romance really wasn't what made this a great read, I felt like it was the group of teenagers thrown together and trying to stay alive using their limited resources that made it good. It was also very interesting to see an author keep certain things going that you rarely see in zombie apocalypse stories, such as cell phones and electricity, at first I was skeptical but it is well used and makes sense the way it's put together.I would definitely recommend this for the target audience but also for adults who find the premise interesting. I think there were a lot of fresh ideas done here and all the science nerdy stuff made me smile. I liked that while Kemper could have made all of the teens into cliched stereotypes she managed not to overdo them. Not sure if Kemper is planning this as a series (and I liked how it ended so I actually hope it's not) but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for future reads from her.Notes: ARC received via publisher.

  • J.A. Belfield
    2019-06-15 08:33

    Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper came highly recommended, and so I was very excited to delve into this tale of zombies, guts, and gore. All I knew prior to peeking within the pages was that it was a ‘refreshing addition’ to the genre. What I hadn’t anticipated was the humour.My husband isn’t a reader, and I drove him nuts whilst reading this book, with all my tittering and snickering and, often, laughing out loud—even more so when I tried explaining why I was laughing and he just deadpan stared at me like I’d lost the plot. If I had, I didn’t care, because I was enjoying myself too much.Donna of the Dead is fast paced and full of the usual zombie horridness and goofy, gorified fun, plus twists and turns, hints at ‘wrongness’ to amp up our suspicions and leave us squinting at certain characters waiting for them to make a wrong move. There’s also some great tension in here, some seriously cute and sweet scenes, and a whole host of characters who all have unique personalities and traits that set each of them apart in their own right.Though, of course, I have a niggle to make, otherwise I’d have rated it five stars, right? Well, there were a few things left unexplained, or dangling longer than a ball of infinitesimal string. Like a certain character who stays behind but we don’t know what happens to him—I want to know, dammit! Or a certain character’s mother and her work and what is really happening in that, AND how that ties into what was happening in Donna’s hometown and to her—I want to know, dammit! Or the outcome of research we know will happen after the book has ended, due to certain samples being taken—I want to know, dammit! So, as you can imagine, I’m rather hoping there will be a follow up. Because there are questions I need answering and threads I need tying. So … Ms Kemper???? Please????

  • Abbie
    2019-06-16 04:27

    (I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)Actual rating - 1.5Donna of the Dead looked pretty good, but unfortunately, it wasn't.Donna annoyed me. At the start, she treated Deke like crap, and most of the time, she didn't listen to him.It was the start of a zombie apocalypse, but as soon as she seen Liam, all her thoughts turned to him. She could be quite dumb at times too. The twist involving her was also annoying, because it was really predictable. I found it really weird how the zombies said "Rawwwrrr" instead of moaning. I kept thinking a lion was going to come and eat them! Overall, boring, annoying, and predictable.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-30 07:34

    What a fun zombie book!Donna is in high school. She's away on a cruise during Thanksgiving break with her dad and best friend, Deke. And that is when the zombie outbreaks starts. It moves quickly through the world effecting everyone, even Donna's cruise ship. Donna must learn how to survive in this changing world. Can she adapt? This book was so much fun. Donna starts out as your typical 16 year old that is focused on boys (or rather one boy) and herself. But we get to see Donna grow and learn more about herself as she is forced to change her ways. But one things stays the same...Donna's sense of humor. I enjoyed her snarkiness and humor. ****ARC provided by Entangled via Netgalley****

  • Cindy
    2019-06-10 07:41

    You don’t have to like zombies to love the well-written Donna of the Dead. Filled with humor, snark, nail biting tension and romance, it will keep you reading; and at the end, looking forward to the planned sequels. Besides providing a fast-paced plot, with twists throughout, the author has done a wonderful job of capturing the “voice” and temperament of young adults. Her dialog always rings true. And for the zombie lover there is enough “fright” to keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely a fun read with sparkling writing and memorable characters. The only downside--it may give you pause before booking a cruise

  • Keri
    2019-06-19 05:16

    Not your average zombie book!! This was a funny refreshing, action filled and yes some teenage romance filled zombie story. I had several moments of laughing out loud, the story flew by and I finished this book in just a few dedicated hours. We follow Donna and her friend forever, Deke, as they make their way through zombie infested cruise ships, high schools, and Florida in general. One thing is for certain, I want a dad who can operate a cruise ship during the zombie apocalypse. :) *Arc courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review *

  • Jasmyn
    2019-06-17 01:39

    Donna of the Dead was literally a laugh out loud story. Donna was a hilarious main character. Her strategy for dealing with the zombies is to hide, run, and scream. I really loved the plot and the fresh take on zombies. This book was just so great and an awesome read. It has zombies, romance, action, and everything else you would want in a story. For a more in depth review and more go to www.th3bookworm.wordpress.comARC through NetGalley for a honest review.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-27 03:25

    From the play on words zombie reference int he title to the very last page, this book is fantastic! Beyond your average YA romance or zombie apocalypse, this book rocks! It's funny, fast paced, contains just enough mystery to keep it interesting and the zombie creation scenario is believeable! I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere, whether it's for the humor, the zombies or the sweet first love story! I'd love more stories about Deke and Donna any day!

  • Breanna Rose Graham
    2019-06-01 08:28

    Really good new take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Really cute endering love story, made me root for the boy who loved Donna when she was being an idiot! I really hope there is a sequel cause I really loved the characters by the end of the story. but if there isn't one this was still a good stand alone book. if you love zombies this story is a must read!

  • Lizzy Lessard
    2019-06-18 03:14

    Full review to come next week. :)

  • Tachi
    2019-06-15 02:34

    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. No money was exchanged for my review.NO SPOILERSDonna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna… If you think that Donna of the Dead is like this: or that Donna would be like this all the time,you're wrong. What Donna of the Dead actually is is a book with a combination of things that I love in books:•zombies•romance•SUSPENSE•a not-even-close-to-perfect situation This is the author's first book, and she did a heck of a good job on it. She wrote a voice for Donna that was... Teenagee. Well that felt pretty awkward putting into words, since I am one. I'll describe it.Donna's sense of humor was pretty awesome. She's heroine that can crack a joke during the zombie apocalypse. Her sense of humor calmed me down when I was freaked out, waiting to see who would turn zombie. Yep, there have been moments where she annoyed me, but there really weren't that many. Nobody's perfect. And if a female character is, they're labeled Mary Sues. I can proudly say that Donna isn't one. She's not comfortable with going from normal teenager to zombie slayer overnight. She's not exactly used to running over zombies(hehe) or swinging off their heads with a pink gold club.I'll give some examples of the humor that I loved:'I turn on the windshield wipers and the water-squirter thingie. The zombie sputters on a mouthful of washer fluid, then breaks off a wiper and tosses it to the ground. “Oh, that was helpful,” Deke says. “Now he’s a clean zombie.”''Deke’s right, except only one zombie attacks. The lone man crawls from the shade of the overpass, where he’s been hiding in the semi-darkness. He staggers toward us, lifting his arms and going “Argh!” like an extra in a B-list horror film. I’m so relieved, and the whole thing is so cliché that I actually start to giggle. I toot my horn and wave as I drive away, leaving him wailing and waving his arms like a windmill.''“It is not alive. It’s a zombie!” I yell.Deke scowls at me. “There’s no such thing as zombies.” “Watch!”I launch the car into first gear, stomp on the gas, andmow down the monster-man. There’s a sickening, satisfying crunch as his bones shatter beneath the tires, and he falls lifeless on the pavement behind us.“Crap! You’ve killed him!” Deke shouts, thrusting his fingers into his hair.' Ah, Deke.This is the guy that you' drove to be your best friend during the zombie apocalypse. He was a sense of humor as well, is smart, and has apparently gotten strong. Deke's extremely loyal, which is something that I really love about him;) This is the kind of book that you'd find yourself get sucked into easily. The blurb doesn't mention how there's a strange zombie with a red hat that is a zombie, but has knowledge of his human senses. And that he's evil and I wouldn't mind being the one to kill him. It also doesn't mention the interesting secondary characters. The book has more of a plot than the blurb gives it, basically. And there's a heck of a plot twist in a character. I'll be sure to read the second book.

  • Felicitia
    2019-05-29 00:27

    See that hot kiss happening right there? It wasn't there when I requested this book on Netgalley, and even then I knew I would love this book. Zombies + romance? I am in.Donna Pierce is different from the other girls, and not solely because of her eerie silver eyes, she's different because she hear voices. Luckily, Donna is not crazy, the voices tend to warn her of danger. When they are yelling on the top of their lungs? not a good signal at all. Donna was just vacationing with her father, her father's girlfriend (or are they married already?), and her best friend Deke. Then in a blink, her life turned upside down when she and Deke are suddenly running for their life from a horde of zombies.Donna is not the usual type of heroine that I liked. She cried several times, she screamed when the zombies came near, she stands behind Deke instead of fighting for her own life. But what do you expect from a teenage girl who had never trained in fighting zombies or anything like that? even I would have done the same. Maybe cry a bit more (lol, I'm a coward). Despite all that, I actually liked Donna. I don't know if it was her decisions or what but I could relate to her somehow. I understands her actions except that she would swoon for the hottie Liam and not her super sweet, strong, and cute best friend Deke. I love Deke even from the start! God he's really sweet. I don't know where to start about Deke, he's sweet and he fight against the zombies! I just love strong and sweet guys *sigh*. And I haven't even seen the cover yet! because that kiss is just too hot ok.And then there's the writing style! love everything about it. But then again, I love 99% of the first-person-novels population. The setting was described well, I could feel myself going blargh everytime Donna describes the dirty and smelly condition of the school (and their sanctuary).Enough said! I definitely LOVE this zombie novel! I mean, how many times you could get a happy ending from a zombie novel? usually it would be between the death of the characters or the humans succeeded in making a cure. If you love Alice in the Zombieland by Gena Showalter, you would probably want to try this out!

  • Pam
    2019-06-13 03:30

    Donna has been hearing voices for a long time. They always seem to warn her when she is in danger. While on a trip she and her best friend Deke narrowly miss getting but by a horde of zombies. They escape and find safety at their high school. There is a few survivors there including the girl she hates and the boy she has always had a crush on. Donna begins to be confused as her crush is acting different towards her and so is Deke. It seems Deke may want to be more than friends. They are quickly running out of supplies and must find a way to get more. Not all the zombies are mindless though and they seem to be planning something. They want Donna and her gift of hearing the voices. She will have to listen hard to them if she is to stay safe.Donna tries her best to keep her voices a secret. She doesn't want people to think she is strange. She is a very scared girl and at times her not standing up and helping more did get on my nerves. She would rather hide than take a risk. However you have to see she is away from her dad in danger and she is still a young girl. While she did get on my nerves it was also refreshing to see a character that is believable. Deke is very brave and will do anything to protect others. He cares for Donna but does get aggravated with her at times. The other kids are a good variety and make a good mixture of survivors.I love any book with zombies and this one is a good one. Not only are there zombies but there is something different about these zombies. They aren't the normal ones, well not all of them anyway. I enjoyed reading about Donna as you can see how young she is and how she grows up and becomes so much stronger. She begins to look deep inside herself and see she doesn't have to be a wimp and she can help out. The kids all have their own part to play in this book and a few I was very surprised by their actions. I won't spoil anything don't worry. There is the boy likes girl but girl likes someone else, but it's not a love triangle. Lots of action as they run from zombies and try to stay safe. If you like books with zombies or just enjoy a good YA paranormal book you will like this one.I also have to say I love the cover to this book!

  • Moonlight
    2019-06-04 03:40

    *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Fun, comical and dangerous; this novel will have you laughing out loud whilst contemplating how you would escape the zombie apocalypse! When I requested Donna of the Dead the cover had yet to be released, meaning the title and summary instantly had me captivated. I definitely love the cover though, it instantly stands out and the zombies in the background make me giggle.Donna Pierce can hear voices in her head, she doesn't know why or the trigger for them, all she knows is they are extremely bossy. But when they save her life as their ship becomes overrun with zombies, Donna and Deke find refuge inside their high school. They are safe for a few days, but as resources begin to dwindle they must take risks to escape… before they come in.Donna is a fun character whom can definitely make you laugh, but alongside these she was a rather rude character and extremely self-centred which made her highly unlikable. I did love the character of Deke, he was clever, kind and caring, consistently looking out for those around him. Furthermore he was someone whom everyone liked and got along with, but didn't care about his level of popularity. Additionally I loved the secondary character of Veronica, her confidence grew throughout the novel with her leadership and intellectual skills blossoming she was an incredibly likeable character.Donna of the Dead was full of awesome gadgets and weapons plus a few twists that could not have been predicted. This was an enjoyable read, except for the character of Donna. And the ZOMBIES! Definitely brilliant and imaginative.

  • Clever Girl
    2019-06-08 01:41

    Action packed and exciting with laugh out loud humor and unexpectedly moving moments.Donna is very much a teenage girl, sarcastic, boy obsessed, self-absorbed, but unlike other teenage girls she hears voices in her head, a cool - and handy - addition to the plot. I thought Donna's reactions to the zombie apocalypse were believable. The zombie apocalypse doesn't automatically turn her into a fearless zombie killing machine, she's scared, she freezes, she runs, but as the story progresses Donna begins to learn just what she's capable of.Liam? Eh. I could see why Donna liked him - who doesn't like a guy with a good vocabulary - but I'd rather talk about Deke. Deke was awesome, both as a best friend to Donna and as a zombie slayer. That boy definitely knows his way around a baseball bat. He's smart and honest and knows how to give a girl a good kick in the pants. I liked that he never gave up on Donna, even when she disappointed him or failed to live up to his expectations. He encouraged her to be a better person, to be braver, to think of others, to sacrifice, to keep it together. to keep hope alive.I liked how well thought out the plot was, the zombie mythology, the hows and whys of the pandemics, the reasons for all their stumbling blocks. And I loved the MacGuyver like solutions they develop to protect themselves, they're not farfetched but they're also effective - and entertaining. [They're throwing books at the zombies] "Throw Moby Dick. I hated that one." "Where's Twilight?" "No," Tara squeals. "Don't throw Twilight." (loc 4507)Donna of the Deal is well written, entertaining tale, I'll definitely be on the lookout for future releases by Alison Kemper!ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2019-06-07 07:37

    Zombies!!! SQUEEEE!Ok, now for the serious stuff. This wasn’t a bad book but for some reason it didn’t grab me until about half way through. I did enjoy the characters but something was keeping me from falling totally in love with this.The plot is solid and very creepy. It starts and they are in a ship, that can never be good! But I think it happened too fast. They got out too easily. I mean yes, they did have to fight a bit but not too much really. Then they get to the school and it’s all normal stuff again. The characters are going through this cataclysmic event and the cheerleaders are still in a clique and the freaking class president, omg, someone please kill her, even if she isn’t a zombie. Just kill her!Donna I really liked. She seemed down to earth even with all the weird crap going on. Zombies, voices in her head, hormones and she still has her crap together, well sorta. And Deke was really cool. Although, I did go through a few moments where I wasn’t sure if I wanted Donna to end up with Liam or not but he seemed really strange to me. So, as I’m getting to read about all these characters and all this weird stuff is going on, I found that I wasn’t into it as much as I normally am.But then the stuff really started happening, that jolt that gets your heart beating fast and I remembered why I love books like this. There’s definitely some gore but not overly, and there’s a few hints at romance cause really, we can’t have a zombiepocalypse without people making out! And there are some awesome twists along the way also. Which I just loved!What I liked most was the ending. How Alison was able to bring stuff around and make it all work was awesome. Totally worth reading and I am really hoping there is going to be a book two! I’ll be first in line!3.5/5

  • Angie
    2019-06-26 03:39

    I received an ARC through NetGalley.Donna of the Dead is so much fun! From the first page to the last page, it's full of laughs, action, and a little romance. Plus lots and lots of zombies! When we first meet Donna, she's on a Thanksgiving cruise with her BFF, Deke, her father and his grandmother (they're dating, weird!). Back on the mainland a virus is quickly spreading through the human population causing them to bite others and eat their flesh. Unfortunately, one of the infected is on-board and soon everyone is the walking dead. Donna and Deke manage to escape, get back on dry land, and discover a few survivors taking shelter in their high school. Not exactly the relaxing vacation they were hoping for.I really liked Donna. She's just a normal girl, except that she hears voices (or does she?). She's not the kick ass heroine who saves everyone from the zombies. In fact, Donna knows she's not particularly strong or fast, so she's the last to volunteer for dangerous missions. Self-preservation: she has it. She also has a huge crush on Liam, who may not be exactly what he seems. The twist in their relationship was a bit predictable, but I didn't care, since Donna of the Dead is so much fun.Now, I want to go on a cruise, or try working on a cruise ship! Donna of the Dead just sucked me in and convinced me that a cruise ship is the place to be. Minus the zombies, of course. If the apocalypse hits, being isolated in the middle of the ocean is probably your best bet for survival...or a quick death.In the end, I really liked Donna of the Dead. It's funny and exciting, even though the plot is predictable.Read more of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads & Reviews.

  • Vonna Carter
    2019-06-22 00:15

    This book was so much fun I read it in one gulp! Besides having to deal with the ravenous zombies, cowardly Donna has a chorus of voices in her head demanding to be obeyed. This was a great twist that kept me guessing— was this a gift, a disability or some kind of demonic possession? Not even Donna knows, but as the story progresses, she figures it out. Though the focus is on Donna the whole time, her surrounding cast makes this story stand out. Each character is so well drawn that whenever someone wasn’t in a particular scene, I worried what was happening to them. In spite of their diverse interests, the teens Donna gets stuck with in the high school make a fun, resourceful team. Adding in a lost six-year-old and a malicious zombie who isn’t as dead as he ought to be really amps up the tension—especially when it looks like there might be a traitor in their midst. And then there was the cute boy problem—long-time crush Liam vs. Deke the boy next door— who both want to kiss her while zombies thrash at the doors :) But when the opportunity comes to make a choice, Donna’s big dilemma isn’t which boy to choose, it’s whether she has the guts to save the people she cares about— and what to do about those voices in her head.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-04 05:39

    Stay tuned for review for blog tour! ;)

  • Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
    2019-06-24 02:27

    Review to come!