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Peek Inside Dead over Heels

Ava Pegg isn’t sure exactly what her parents were thinking when they bought a vacation home in dull-as-dirt Glenview. Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic...hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town. Now the undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the forest. No supplies, no weapons. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy...

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The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…

Glenview, North Carolina. Also known—at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg—as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone—or something—rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…


"Awesome writing, wicked humor, sexy boys. I've never wanted to be part of the zompocalypse so badly!" --Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series

"I strongly recommend this to Zombie fans and YA fans! You will not be disappointed! And all I can say to the author is.....more, more more please!" --Cheryl, Goodreads

"Loved this! You do NOT need to read Donna of the Dead to read this book but honestly you should...just because they are both refreshing and wonderful!" --Keri, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750746
Series: Donna of the Dead, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014
Page Count: 218
Imprint: teen
Genre: paranormal, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Brigid September 08, 2014

Guys, I loved this book. Alison's first book, Donna of the Dead, was cute and funny and perfectly campy. This one, though ... this one is amazing. I love the romance (tough country guy meets preppy city girl, anyone???). I love the action. I love the whole story. All of it. When I was reading this o ...more

By Soobie's scared August 11, 2015

I read it in one sitting, starting at around 1.30 in the morning and finishing short after 4. My still sick eyes were hurting so bad but I couldn't put it down.

This book was sooooo nice! Or maybe I just have a soft spot for zombies. Who knows...

I liked the story. I liked the setting. I liked the ma ...more

By Alexis September 29, 2014

This was my first zombie book. I was a little wary about starting this book considering I’m not really a fan of zombies. But of course, the plot drew me in and once I began reading this book, I was sucked in.

Sociology, Friendship, Romance

Ava’s from Florida but is in North Carolina for Tha ...more

By Beth October 08, 2014

I can't believe I'm giving five stars to a young adult zombie romance. But it was that good, and I haven't been a teen for decades. The characters were well fleshed out, if the zombies weren't. I loved Ava the Floridiot and Cole the country boy complete with ain'ts. The story and plot points made as ...more

By Lori September 28, 2014

Dead Over Heels is a YA zombie novel about surviving the zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed it, it was refreshing to read a story where two people really come together to survive all odds. I read it in one afternoon because it was that riveting. ...more

By Mehsi February 24, 2016

When I heard there would be a second book in this series I just had to read it, I really did like the first book (even with all the Liam this and Liam thats).

So, do you need to read this after Donna of the Dead? Nope. This takes place in a total different place, with different main characters. Howev ...more

By Carra October 01, 2014


I never used to be into the whole zombie thing. Then came the movie Shaun of the Dead...and I discovered that zombies don't necessarily mean scary horror. They can be surprisingly funny-for dead things anyway. That's one of the things I loved about Alison's first book, Donna of the Dead. She m ...more

By Ayah October 01, 2014

My Review:

I received an eARC copy of Dead Over Heels from the author in exchange with an honest review.

Dead over Heels is a companion to Donna of the Dead, so you don't have to read the first book to read this one. But then, you will be missing all the awesomeness of the first book.

In the contrary w ...more

By Jess September 29, 2014

*I received a free eBook of this novel from Entangled Teen in exchange for a fair review.*

To begin, zombies are pretty much my number one fear. I have full, detailed zombie escape plans for my work, my husband’s work, our house, my parent’s house, or being in public. I’m not kidding. So it is safe t ...more

By Farrah September 17, 2014

Another wonderfully thrilling, delightfully romantic book in this zombie apocalypse series, Dead Over Heels was a lovely read. From start to finish, it was an enjoyable YA book that I really liked.

Ava was a lovely heroine. She started off as somewhat snobby and more concerned with being right than t ...more

By Stephanie October 09, 2014


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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I am really not a big zombie fan, but this book was AMAZING….

In this book we meet Cole and Ava. They are complete opposite of each other. Cole is a country boy who is very outdoorsy and could take ...more

By Carrie September 18, 2014

"That's it. New rule: no more flirting during the zombie apocalypse"

Dead over Heels is the second YA book Alison Kemper has written about the zombie apocalypse. While this is the same zombie apocalypse as Donna of the Dead it involves all new characters located in a different part of the country.

Av ...more

By Mike October 02, 2014

Bottom line: No flirting during the zombie apocalypse.

Wow! This was a read that gripped me from the beginning and didn't let me go, no matter how much I tried to claw away. A wonderful mix of horror, romance, and suspense, this story will appeal to its target audience (teenage girls) and to many oth ...more

By Lisa October 06, 2014

I'm always a sucker for a good zombie book and when I saw the local for this book, I just had to read it. As a foothills North Carolinian myself, I just had to see how the zombie apocalypse progressed. I've always told my kids when it hit that we would have a better survival rate than their big citi ...more

By NicoleHasRead October 03, 2014

Ava would much rather be at the mall with her friends, back in Florida, than stuck in a run-down holiday house with her parents in the North Carolina wilderness. Allergic to pretty much everything, she's not exactly the outdoors type. So when the boy next door appears at her door yelling about zombi ...more

By La_Revenant October 09, 2014

“That sound they (zombies) make – “Rawwwrrr!” – it’s like T-Rex crossed with a dying cow.” (Dead Over Heels, Alison Kemper, p. 20)

Dead Over Heels was a fun teen zombie novel with a bit of a twist. The characters were well written and they developed and grew over the course of the story. There was ac ...more

By Keri September 08, 2014

Loved this! You do NOT need to read Donna of the Dead to read this book but honestly you should...just because they are both refreshing and wonderful! This story follows Ava, who's a city girl dumped in a country town for the summer; and Cole, country boy extraordinaire. When the zombies emerge the ...more

By Cheryl September 11, 2014

Whether you've read Donna of the Dead or not (highly suggested), this is a stand alone and it's great! It is not. Sequel,although I assume it could be taking place at the same time. The author has the perfect amount of adventure, awesome lead characters, first romance and of course....Zombies. Ms. ...more

By Abbey October 01, 2014

ahh ZOMBIES !!! This book was faced paced witty and had just the right amount of gory details !! Ava was a great main character adding the right pazza to the story and a girl after my own heart loving the city. Oh and Cole no I'm not a cowboy lover but now I think I am . with all his southern talk h ...more

By S.F. September 08, 2014

This book is A-mazing! It's a companion to DONNA OF THE DEAD, new characters, similar situation. Zombie apocalypse, but this time with a hot country boy, a prissy city girl, a forest full of the undead, and tons of drama, excitement, and romance.

If possible, I loved DEAD OVER HEELS more than DONNA. ...more

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews September 12, 2014

This was an enjoyable read, it was fast paced , had lots of action but also romance. The book alternates between Ava’s and Cole’s POV, which was fairly enjoyable and well written, Never had the feeling a missing something and it was nicely balanced.
You can find my full review here: ...more

By Selena October 16, 2014

cute, fun zombie apocalypse book. ...more

By Jennifer October 06, 2014

Fun zombie book

Review coming soon. ...more

By Mandy October 13, 2014

I received Dead Over Heels in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Ava parents have purchased a summer but it needs a little work so her dad who's not the most handy man is taking a shot. Instead of being in North Carolina Ava would rather be home where the ...more

By Lynda September 30, 2014

Ava and her parents are staying in their holiday home in the remote mountains of North Carolina, with no cable, internet, or cell phone reception. When Ava first meets Cole, they have nothing in common. But when her parents leave her alone for a day and the so-called Zombie flu makes its way to thei ...more

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Alison Kemper

About the author

Alison Kemper

Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. She now lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes. Donna of the Dead is her first novel.

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