Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the book tour for Dia of the Dead, presented by Diverse Book Tours. I had the pleasure of reading Dia of the Dead and I’m excited to share my review with all of you. I absolutely loved the book, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Publisher: Big Moon Press
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Protecting Romero High from all things supernaturally spooky as Dia Muerto is a tough gig for sixteen-year-old actress Dia Summers, but it’s nothing compared to protecting the ones she loves from real, live—well, formerly alive—zombies. Unlike the zombies that shambled around on set, the real deal don’t follow a script.
At the majorly important birthday party of her boss’ daughter, Dia experiences a series of potentially career-ruining social disasters. Before the night is over, she soon discovers that the possible cancellation of her show isn’t her biggest worry.
Armed with what they can find around Bixby Studios, Dia and her friends band together to find out why everyone they know has begun popping up as gray-skinned, black-eyed, limb-nomming zombies. With the ailment spreading, time is running out before Dia is swept up in Hollywood’s latest trend.
My Review: Dia is a teen television star whose greatest worry is the possible cancellation of her show. Until the zombies come. The television studio is being overrun by zombies and Dia must find a way to escape. With a group of friends, enemies, and a cute crush, Dia battles her way through flesh-eating undead, desperate to find a way out of the studio and back to her mom.
Okay, so I’m a sucker for a good zombie novel, and Dia of the Dead is about as good as it gets. Fast-paced and action-packed, the story moves along quickly, but not so quickly that we don’t get to know the characters and the world they live in. In many of the zombie books I’ve read, the main character is never fully formed because the zombies are introduced so early, we never get past the non-stop battle scenes. Not so with Dia of the Dead.
In this book, the author gives us a chance to get to know Dia and her real-life, pre-zombie struggles. We meet a girl who is likable and who is someone teens (and adults) will be able to relate to. This is a girl who is the emerging star of a popular, highly rated show, but instead of being an arrogant diva (like so many of those around her), she still harbors tons of self-doubt. She bears the burden of being the breadwinner for her family. As an Afro-Latina actress, roles are limited, so there’s additional pressure to try to keep her existing job. On the social front, she’s afraid to alienate the wrong person, or of making a mistake that could potentially end her career. She’s still trying to figure out who is safe to hang out with, and who NOT to crush on. Instead of being dazzled by the glamour of Hollywood, she feels overwhelmed by it. At the end of the day, she’d rather hang out at home with her mom and dog, than attend the elite parties she’s expected to attend.
By the time the zombies came on the scene, I really felt like I knew Dia. I sympathized with her. I understood her struggles and I was rooting for her. As a fighter, Dia doesn’t have any special ninja fighting skills, but she’s smart. And she’s fiercely loyal to her friends. She isn’t stupidly, foolishly brave, but she’s always the first to go back to save someone in trouble. In other words, she stays true to character throughout the book.
Dia of the Dead is one of the best (if not THE best) young adult zombie book I’ve read. I would love to read more about Dia. I’ll be sure to check out future books by this author. This is definitely a book I’d recommend.
My Rating:5 out of 5 stars
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Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dia-Dead-Brit-Brinson/9780990740100
Brit Brinson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After time away to attend college and graduate school, she returned home. When she’s not writing, she enjoys doing nerdy stuff with her friends. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi.
Dia of the Dead is her first novel.
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