**Young Adult Challenge Book 2009**
Title: You Are So Undead to Me
Series: Zombie Settlers Book 1
Author(s): Stacey Jay
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, romance
Publisher/Year: Razor Bill/2009
-Webpage: Stacey Jay
-Blog: Stacey Jay...this is her blog
Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.
Review: When I first heard/read about this book I wasn't so sure I would like it. Even though its got zombies, which are just plain cool in any form, I wasn't sure how I felt about a zombie-shrink. I'm very happy to have read this book however! Throughout much of it I kind of just wanted to leap into the book with a chainsaw and be like Ash from the Evil Dead movies, just because I felt so bad for Megan.
Megan had a good life going for her and it seemed like it would only get better. Even though I'm not convinced the quarterback she was so hot on was really worth the time of day, I understood a lot of his appeal to her came from the fact he was part of the popular crowd. A crowd she desperately wanted to be part of. Of course what does any good turn in life deserve? A zombie attack! Never underestimate the effect a zombie attack can have on a romantic mood.
The relationship between her and Ethan was kind of cute. It wasn't 'if he's not with my world is over' critical, but neither did either of them take it lightly. It hit just the right tone of teen love--the playfulness that can turn serious, the first kisses that make your breathing irregular and the protective need to still hold back a little to save yourself from any future hurt. I think Stacey Jay really hit those feelings on the head.
The black magic practitioner behind the Reanimated Corpses (that is the red-eyed flesh eating Undead, not the Unsettled) is a surprise with a capital S. I'm sure if I re-read the book I would pick up on the clues now that I know what I'm looking for, but throughout the book the only word that came to mind about the character was 'intense'. Actually the last twenty pages or so are full of surprises.
I definitely enjoyed You Are So Undead To Me and hope to see more about this 'Settler' lifestyle. I wouldn't mind seeing more about Monica, sure she's a complete witch with a B, but I'm interested to see how she juggled all her popular crowd commitments with her Settler secret.