Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review for Who is Audrey Wickersham

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and since I am being honest I really enjoyed this book.
   The main thing that I loved about this book was the clever concept.  It is definitely not your typical zombie/paranormal YA book.  Zombies are great but the idea has been used so much lately that it was refreshing to see that an author could still use zombies but do it in a way that was not cliché or boring.  The story draws you in from the beginning and the action remains strong throughout the entire book, leaving you wanting to read a sequel immediately. 
   The author also does a great job with character development.  Not only is the main character, Audrey, completely believable as a teen girl who suddenly has paranormal zombie issues thrust upon her, but the supporting characters are also great.  I completely fell in love with Agnes, the witch who starts Audrey's journey.  She is spunky and comical and never fails Audrey in her quest for a normal life.  I also loved Audrey's father.  He is everything a single father should be.  Taking on the typical role that a mother would normally fill by being nurturing and being concerned with everything from her health to her love life while still being the normal dad who freaks out catching his daughter with a boy.  From Bruce, the gay neighbor/old babysitter/friend/nurse to the minor characters that end up dragged in to the story, all of the characters are amazing and lend greatly to the story.
   There really wasn't much that I didn't like about the book.  It does have mild language which most people don't mind and it does get a little creepy and disturbing when she starts having zombie thoughts (i.e. eating people).  Other than those minor things there was nothing that I didn't love about this book.  If you like zombie stories you should definitely give this one a try.

Parents Guide:  
   There is moderate language, mostly s-word, h-word, etc. and one use of the f-word.  Laugh at me if you want to for typing it that way but I really do not believe in using those words and if I won't say them then I won't type them...ever.  
   The story is also heavily based in witchcraft, which I know some people are completely against.  It is not a black magic/satanic type of witchcraft, which I would never read about, but more of the Harry Potter type stuff; spells/curses/incantations etc. 
   Later in the book when Audrey starts to think about eating people (boy this is hard not to do spoilers!) it does get graphic and a bit disturbing but I feel it is to be expected when reading a book with zombies.   

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