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Peek Inside Donna of the Dead

When Donna Pierce hears voices, 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. They take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire. But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna realizes that not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna...

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The end of the world just may be perfect …

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 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…

Praise

Review

"People. I loved this book. I read it all in one sitting, and it's not a short book!" -Tammy S.
 
"From the cover, you might assume this is just for girls. You'd be wrong. This book is campy, fun, and includes a wide cast of characters...think The Breakfast Club with a zombie apocalypse instead of detention." -Mike K.
 
"Donna of the Dead is probably the best zombie apocalypse book I have ever read." - Amelia

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664559
Series: Donna of the Dead, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 4, 2014
Page Count: 330
Imprint: teen
Genre: paranormal, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Brigid February 02, 2014

Reviewer friends!! Did you see that DONNA OF THE DEAD is available on NetGalley?! I *LOVE* this book. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/sho...

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... ...more

By Ayah February 09, 2014

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The 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... ...more

By Donna February 22, 2014

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... ...more

By Gordon July 15, 2013

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! ...more

By Farrah February 10, 2014

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 sha... ...more

By Tammy February 16, 2014

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 c... ...more

By Donna February 25, 2014

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... ...more

By Rhianna March 04, 2014

Fresh Rot for fans of Zombie YA

It'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. F... ...more

By J.A. March 15, 2014

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... ...more

By Carrie March 02, 2014

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 th... ...more

By Cindy February 21, 2014

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... ...more

By Keri February 03, 2014

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 m... ...more

By Jasmyn March 04, 2014

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, act... ...more

By Cheryl February 07, 2014

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... ...more

By Breanna Rose March 14, 2014

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 sta... ...more

By Lizzy February 26, 2014

Full review to come next week. :) ...more

By Tachi February 15, 2014

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. No money was exchanged for my review.
NO SPOILERS
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 yellin...
...more

By Felicitia March 02, 2014

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 he... ...more

By Pam March 14, 2014

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... ...more

By Moonlight November 08, 2014

*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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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 i... ...more

By Clever Girl July 26, 2016

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 th... ...more

By Christina March 01, 2014

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... ...more

By Angie December 16, 2014

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... ...more

By Vonna March 09, 2014

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 Don... ...more

By Michelle March 10, 2014

Stay tuned for review for blog tour! ;) ...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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