Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow


Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Teenage Dru and her dad travel around the country tracking and hunting evil creatures. Currently in the Dakotas, Dru stalks out of school after facing up to a bullying history teacher; she’s followed by Graves, a half-Asian goth boy who lives on his own. Waking up the next morning to find her father hasn’t come home, Dru waits for him, only to hear tapping at the back door. The “person” at the back door turns out to be a zombie who used to be her dad, and that’s just the beginning! Dru encounters Graves at the local mall and takes refuge with him. After being attacked by bizarre creatures, they hope to be safe at Dru’s house. As they try to figure out what’s going on, Dru and Graves keep running into more creatures, both allies and enemies. The book ends with a cliffhanger. Watch for a sequel.

I found the plot and characters a little confusing at first, but readers who like zombie and werewolf fiction will get completely involved.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

betrayals          jealousy


Unfed by Kirsty McKay


Unfed by Kirsty McKay

Unfed is a great sequel to Undead.  It’s a really good book!  If you like zombies and romance, this is the book for you.  A girl named Bobby finds herself in a hospital full of the undead.  She tries to find a way out of the hospital, the city even.  With the help of her old classmates Alice, Smitty and one other person, they might just make it.

Review by a mysterious 9th grader


Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Continuing the saga of Benny Imura and his friends in the Ruin, this title will take your breath away.  The reader will pick up right at the end of the last title, Dust & Decay with the teenagers on their quest for the jet they saw flying overhead.  The theory is that the jet is a harbinger of the existence of humanity outside of the Nine Towns and the Ruin.  This time around, the zombies seem to be mutating–some can move quickly  some appear to move in herds,  and others actually seem to be running.  Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong also run into zombie wild boars and a death cult which is intent on “releasing” (Killing!) all the remaining humans to free them from their Earthly misery!

This book is a must -read for horror/zombie fans, readers who love Jonathan Maberry, and anyone looking for a fast-paced action story.


Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Maberry’s zombie trilogy, the Benny Imura series, is a favorite here at Berkeley High.  Students tell us it’s because the writer has a new twist on zombies, that is that they used to be humans and deserve respect even while ending their lives.  “Zombies were people, too,” as the cover states.  This book, however, is completely different.  First off, it’s written for adults instead of teens, but the young adults who I know who’ve read it love it!  In this story the zombies are an evil plague, all started by a prison doctor experimenting with a condemned killer.  When the body is shipped to the nearest relative, zombie #1 quickly reanimates and started spreading the plague with his own aunt.  If this sounds like a low-rent zombie movie, Maberry makes no apologies and even mentions George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) in the dedication.   Know, though, that this fast-paced action story will grab your attention from the first chapter and keep you riveted until the end.

I recommend this to all zombie and horror fans.  Maberry is a terrific writer who is not shy about writing gory, gruesome stories, sure to keep you up until wee hours of the morning.

rot&ruin     patient zero

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

This fast-paced title will be a favorite for both horror and espionage readers. It begins with  Baltimore detective Joe Ledger being recruited to be part of a special operations team that handles problems Homeland Security can’t fix.  The book begins:

“When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, there’s either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world.

And there’s nothing wrong with my skills.”

What Leger’s referring to is the first mission he and his group have been given: To stop a group of international terrorists from creating a biological weapon that will turn all humans into zombies.  This book is pretty much non-stop action and will thrill readers looking for an engaging, gripping story.  Ledger’s personality is realistic and smart;  readers will find themselves hanging on his commands and decisions as he and his team try to say the world from the insane terrorists.

I recommend this title for fans of thrillers, spy stories and zombies.  There is a series of Joe Ledger novels if you find yourself needing more, available from your public library or local bookstore.  Maberry is also the author of the Rot & Ruin series, written specifically for young adults.