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The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes #1)

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  169 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Book One of Apocalypse Babes, The Z Word, follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But like off-brand velour, rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surround ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 2011 by Firefly Press
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Aug 12, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse-babes
This is the first STRAIGHT ZOMBIE book i have ever read...And i enjoyed it... It starts out like this: Seffy and her friends are in L.A. 2006 one minute, and after an explosion, are the Montana dessert, with pink skies and glittery sand. They are confused and there isn't anyone else around to fill in the blanks. They soon realize that they aren't the only ones around, there are dead people walking trying to take a bite out of them--ZOMBIES. Seffy believes she's dreaming, Lani is singing songs, A ...more
Pat aka Tygyr
It's 2006 in West Hollywood. Seffy and several of her friends are out on the town doing different things in different places. There is a blinding light and they find themselves somewhere other than West Hollywood. They spend the night in an abandoned car and wake up to a Zombie attack. A man named Malone finds them and takes them from safe house to safe house, but he is so weird they don't feel safe. Another group - 2 guys and 2 girls end up joining their group. None of the young people believe ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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***SPOILERS*** So I downloaded this book while it was free on Amazon because Z stand for Zombie. I have many friends into zombies and the apocalypse and so forth. Initially I wasn’t really into the whole zombie/end of the world thing. I never really got it. I probably still don’t really get most of it. But then I got into shows like The Walking Dead and started reading zombie and/o
Joan Reeves
Want a good example of the importance of a good book title or a series title? This is it. Bella Street created one of the best series titles I've seen in a while when she dubbed her 6 book series Apocalypse Babes.

I bought the first book, The Z Word, simply because of the series title. I figured any author witty enough to label a series with that moniker had to be an equally clever writer. I'm happy to say I was correct.

My Take On The Book

Take 3 valley girls and their longtime guy friend that 2 o
Louis Singley
Oct 24, 2011 Louis Singley rated it it was ok
While not the worst thing I've ever read, this is one that I'm really glad was a freebie so I didn't feel ripped off. I hated the main character from page one, couldn't help it, she was just annoying. I actually decided to try this first because it was free, and second because not having read any zombie apocalypse type books before, I figured the extra sci-fi time travel twist would help grab my interest and ease me into the genre of zombie fiction. I love zombie movies so figured the books coul ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I never read the description for this book. However, I figured the title was more than enough because I do appreciate a good novel about zombies. Although, I do have to say that there could have been more details delivered to the readers considering, it left me asking questions all which have not been answered. I presume that is the why this is also a series. Still, I did not envision continuing with the series as I was trying desperately to make it through the first few chapte ...more
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This is the first zombie book I have ever read. I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into but was thoroughly impressed at what I discovered.

Sef is in LA until a blast sends her to a strange desert with weird sand and a pink sky. If that wasn't weird enough, she and her friends discover strange disco looking zombies hungry for a taste of their flesh.

I personally can't wait to read the next book and find out how things play out. Will her lifelong crush finally return her feelings? Will they es
Jun 16, 2013 Katya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The feeling this book left me with? Frustration. On one hand, it had unique zombies, total airhead characters, and good writing, but after reading 400 pages of mysterious allusions to the main characters' pasts, nothing was revealed. I cared enough about the book to want to know... but am left with this feeling that it's just an insidiously clever plot device to justify buying the next one. For me the characters were all rather unlovable but the author is sooooo good at drawing the reader into h ...more
Philip McClimon
Normally I would see a cover like the one on this book and judge it by that cover...and say no thanks. It looks like a book full of angst and kissing. There is plenty of that but there is also Zombies and a pretty good mystery that kept me interested. When part one ended and I wanted to know what was going to happen next I knew I was onboard for the next installment. If you're a guy and can be patient through the "he loves me/he loves me not" stuff then you'll find a pretty good story.
Oct 12, 2011 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this through GoodRead's first reads. I liked this story so much more that I originally thought I would. It's like Sex and the City meets The Walking Dead. There are so many books coming out about zombies lately and this one was a fun and interesting take on the genre. I had a bit of an ongoing love/hate relationship with the mian character, Seffy, but by the end I was firmly invested in her story. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series.
Aug 26, 2011 Gi-Gi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I'm usually not that into zombie books but this was right on the top. I loved every minute. Not only did the author give a zombie environment but also included along with it a few bumps in friendships and relationships. It also was pretty funny with the disco zombies. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
Clare Havens
Jun 14, 2011 Clare Havens rated it it was amazing
I love Bella Street's writing - my favorite line from 'The Z Word' is
'Seffy's brows went up. “You're going to sing? God, all we need now is a herd of unicorns.”' This CRACKED me up! It's a great book, loads of humor and very compelling!
Oct 03, 2013 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f  ·  review of another edition
This is me attempting to read this book:
Seffy and her friends find themselves thirty years in the past, surrounded by zombies, and totally screwed. As if her unstable friendships weren’t enough drama. Now not only do they have to try and salvage what remains of their friendship but they need to dodge one wave of retro zombie mobs after another and figure out how they wound up thirty years in the past smack dab in the middle of nowhere Montana in the first place.

Let me start by saying that this book is my first official zombie book re
Carolyn F.
Dec 09, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time classifying this book. It's a horror book kind of but it's not really graphic. There's an unrequited love thing going on, but it's not really a romance. There's a group of young people, but it's not really a young adult book. And it's kind of contemporary, but there is the element of time travel in the book. And not really futuristic, because the contemporary time period is 2006. It's just hard to define to define this book but it is a good book.

The book starts Seffy being told
Linda Andrews
Jul 29, 2011 Linda Andrews rated it really liked it
The Z Word starts out in a fashionable shopping mall in Hollywood and then whoosh, the main character Seffy is transported to another place with pink skies, glittery dirt and zombies. Normally, she'd be a meat snack (and deservedly so), but her loyal friends manage to rescue her even from herself.
Seffy is an interesting character for an apocalyptic novel. Vain, self-centered, and shallow, she brings avoidance of issues to the level of an Olympic sport. She's also a contradiction-- for someone so
Oct 05, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know what the story was about other than that there would be zombies, so it was a complete surprise as it started and unfolded.

The story telling was easy to read and flowed well. I could not predict where the story was going and what would happen next and most importantly the story made me want to find out.

I did have issues with the characters. I felt a chapter setting up the four main principles and their relationship would have helped the reader understand the dynamic better an
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
This is a story about four friends, Seffy, Addy, Lani and Gareth, who are in some kind of explosion that sends them back in time from 2006 to 1980 and from California to Montana. They wake up in a strange place with a pink sky and zombies. After finding each other in the debris they try to survive this strange experience.

Ok, this was a quirky concept that just couldn’t be pulled off. The main character, Seffy, got on my last nerve until I was really hoping she’d be a zombie entrée. Seffie’s ‘fri
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
If the blurb doesn't clue you in as to how odd this book is then take it from's odd. I didn't like it enough to find myself raving over it and I don't hate it enough to completely dismiss it. So 3 stars it is. The concept is kind of new to me. I'm use to zombies but I'm not use to having them dressed up as disco fever enthusiasts, nor I'm I use to time travel playing a part. I have to admit I was skeptical, and I think I still kind of skeptical even though I'm finished with it.

I can hone
Lucinda Rose
Mar 28, 2012 Lucinda Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wish I had picked up this novel before I went on winter break so I could have read more in this ingenious six book series. As it is, I am committed to reading at least five novels before I can get back to it. I would pout, but that would silly; nearly as silly has throwing four West Hollywood twenty-somethings into the Montana desert with zombies and oh yes, sparkly sand. Except, the novel isn’t foolish, it is well crafted and brilliant. With plot twists that whisk you along faster than ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Shanon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First I would like to thank the author, Bella Street, for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book. I truly enjoyed it!

This book is seriously wicked awesome! I'm a huge zombie fan, so when I read the description for The Z Word I knew I had to read it. I mean, it's about a group of friends from the year 2006 being transported to the year 1980 and encountering zombies--how can you not want to read this?! How can
May 03, 2012 Siry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro fue algo como un subibaja... primero aburrido.. luego mejora.. y regresa a aburrido.. pero con las partes no aburridas es mas que suficiente para engancharme en la lectura.. imaginando que sera lo siguiente que pasara... lo malo... estaba tan emocionada con el libro que fue una gran descepcion que no tuviera un final concreto y se quedaran muchos misterios sin resolver.. asi que no me quedara alternativa que leer el siguiente libro..
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You only have to take a look at my profile to know I’m a zombie lover. I’m also a horror movie connoisseur (yes those exist). So I was excited about the prospect of reading The Z Word. From the first page I felt like I was in a vintage horror movie. Normally coming from me, that's a compliment. But in this case, I couldn’t connect with this plot. The characters weren’t fully developed, and there was too much back story left out for me t
Jan 17, 2013 Annalea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
This series is one I definitely would not have read if it hadn't been a an editing gig. I'm just not into zombies, werewolves, biological & chemical warfare, et al. This entire series took me out of my comfort zone, and I really have to admit I learned a lot. The series is about the loss of innocence . . . and the horrible damage that can do to human beings.

These books have content that I wouldn't recommend for youth . . . and many adults I know. The writing is good--you really get swept up
My thanks to the Author, the Publishing Company, and of course, Goodreads for the opportunity to first-read this free novel.

I admit there's been a wee bit of procrastination on my part in writing a review as I finished the novel a few days ago.

I did like it, though there are too many books coming out using either Vampires or Zombies as a basis and the over saturation is truly a bit much (this includes a recent tacky novel about the Beatles that turned them into Zombies).

Nevertheless, 'The Z Word
Aug 06, 2011 Georgeanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So many questions! I love it!, July 31, 2011

This review is from: The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes) (Kindle Edition)
I will say that Seffy annoyed me, and endeared herself to me. The rest of the cast isn't fleshed out enough for me to form much of an attachment to them.( I hope we get to know them better in the sequels.) The story kept me interested and really wanting to know what happened. I STILL want to know what happened. What the heck happened??? How did ONLY these people land 26 years ago in t
Nov 20, 2011 AnnaM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-sfrs, sfr
At first, I wasn't sure I'd like this story. The main character reminded me of Alicia Silverstone's character in Clueless and yes, she annoyed me a little. But, as in that movie, Seffy grew and changed a bit. Some of the other characters did too.

The plot, twists, and characters grew enough to make me want to get the next book and see what happens.

I found parts of this story really funny.

Why not 5 stars? This could have used a better proofreader. Now, it's not full of typos and missing words, bu
Maria Violante
Oct 30, 2011 Maria Violante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for free on Kindle, and fell in love pretty quickly with the quirky, direct style. A bunch of spoiled brats in the middle of a *spoiler alert* zombie infected podunk town? I mean, the premise was funny with just enough "campy", the characters were fairly fun, and the schoolgirl crushes managed to add interest without being overly repetitive or becoming annoying.

It was a light, engaging read, well worth the .99 cents it is listed for on many online retailers. I'm not sure hard cor
Sep 01, 2011 Gerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I enjoyed reading this a lot more than I would have expected.

True, it sounds terribly contrived at first, and I found the "Sex and the city" humour hard to take at times (not to mention that I had my problems to identify most of the brands these characters obsess about) - but I loved the descriptions of the 70's clothing, reminded me vividly how glad I am that Disco is over.

I did hope for more of an eighties feel, instead the novel is firmly rooted in and written for the 2000's, not the author's
Feb 23, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this book ended the way it did. UGH. I was not even noticing that I was that close to the end when all of the sudden it was over. I really enjoyed it, but I am still unsure what the deal is why Seffy and the gang left their home for West Hollywood anyway and why Seffy would never let anyone talk about it. It would have been nice to have that explained in this book. That is the only reason I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.
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