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3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  163 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
High School Sucks...... It's worse when you're dead.............

Ohneka Falls is a small, Western New York town where everyone knows everyone and nothing of note happens. Ani Romero is a sixteen-year-old girl who wants to play sports, hang out, and kiss Mike, her middle-school crush. A childhood carrier of the zombie virus, she died at fourteen but didn't become a mindless
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 26th 2012 by JournalStone (first published October 20th 2012)
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Brett Talley
Sep 24, 2012 Brett Talley rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of books. It’s sorta part of the job. Most of my reviews are good. There’s a reason for that. I rarely review books I hate, which makes it seem as though I am an easy reviewer. So let me be clear about how I feel about Twice Shy—this is the best book I have read in the last year. Hands down, no doubt. If you don’t like this book, you should give up reading.

What’s particularly amazing about Twice Shy is the hurdle it had to overcome. I am a stickler for the zombies. I don’t like zomb
Oct 04, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
Twice Shy is a zombie story told from the perspective of the unwilling zombie, teenaged Ani. The story follows her attempts to hide the fact that she is a zombie, by turning “emo” and hanging out with the fringe groups. Since this is a YA book, a lot of the story shows Ani dealing with the usual high school social scene of “popular kids vs outcasts”, the dynamics of her mother/daughter relationship, drug use, sexuality, and the problems of living inside a body that is dead.

The book was well writ
Sep 16, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of horror, alternate zombie ideas
Recommended to Katy by: Christopher Payne
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Horror (Zombie)
Reading Level: Young Adult (with trigger warning for self-mutilation (cutting), extreme ruthlessness and violence)
Book Available: October 26, 2012 in Paperback and ebook
Recommended for: Fans of hard-core violence, alternate ideas of zombies

My Thoughts: I’m not much of a fan of traditional zombie stories – to me, there is only so much that can be done with brain-eating, brainless, shambling hordes before the interest wanes. That is why I am so fascinated by the wa
Sep 09, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Okay, I have to admit that every time I look at the title of the book “Twice Shy” by Patrick Freivald, the song “One Bitten Twice Shy” by Great White runs around my head on a continuous loop. That is about the only really negative thing about this book.

“Twice Shy” tied for first place in the JournalStone writing contest and I can see why. The story centers on a 16 year old girl, Ani, who became a zombie when she was 14, which is really bad because the government’s answer to those infected is to
{ I received an ebook ARC for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

Twice Shy was darker and heavier than I expected, making for a pretty creepy and intense read. It explores some serious topics: bullying, stalking, overdosing, self-mutilation, and ethics in science and research, just to name a few. The main characters are real and well-developed, especially Ani.

Ani, dead at fourteen but still living, hides in plain sight among
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
As seen on my blog:

I was just about to write this review, but while I was getting info for the "book info" section, I came across Patrick's Facebook page. The first thing I saw was his newest post: "A month to go before the release of Twice Shy... So of course I'm cranking out the sequel!"

So review, and number of stars has changed from a 2 star to 3 star rating. It was the ending scene alone that enraged me SO much, I put aside what I enjoyed about the book, and based my rating sole
Sep 20, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it
Ani is having a very bad not good year at school. Mike, the boy she is crushing on, is dating Devon, the queen of mean, Dylan has developed a dangerous obsession with her, her best friend, Fey, is being a total bitch, and, oh yeah, Ani's dead. She was born with the zombie virus and died a couple of years ago. Her mom, a renowned scientist, expert on the disease, and now school nurse, has been keeping Ani in a semblance of life while she searches for a cure. Ani's hunger for delicious brains is u ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Review, and I must admit that the cover is what initially made me request it. I have never been into zombies, but it had been awhile since I'd read a good YA book, so I figured I'd give it a try.
I'm so glad I did! Never having read a zombie book before, I'm not sure if the storyline was original or not, but I thought the author did an excellent job of capturing the emotions and anguish Ani has to deal with. It's a heart-touching story abou
Saul Tanpepper
Apr 27, 2013 Saul Tanpepper rated it really liked it
Wow. Just... wow.

This is not your typical zombie fare, and that's a damn good thing too, because the genre is filled with one brain-eating horde after another. This is a seriously thoughtful, intriguing, heart-rending study of the frailty of identity, the strength of desire, and the vast ground spanning the two.

Freivald does an masterful job of putting us into Ani's head, a rare trick for a male writer. As a sixteen year old popular chick, Ani is, at different times, infuriating, sympathetic, a
Oct 04, 2012 Ruthifred rated it it was amazing
While I think zombies have been overdone, this book has a refreshing, entertaining perspective on a zombie teenager. It was interesting to see how being a (secret) zombie would play out in high school. I was also happy to see that while the ending was somewhat pleasant, the author didn't give the reader all of the desired happy endings that they would want from Ani's perspective. I will definitely want to read sequels or other books written by this author. Thanks!
Joe Young
Sep 22, 2012 Joe Young rated it really liked it
Interesting take on a Zombie story. The principle character is a Zombie in remission. Her mother worked for the government when the Zombie virus first was manifest and had taken this beautiful baby that was born to a pregnant Zombie that had been taken in to destroy. Initially, the baby didn't show signs of the virus but, tested positive. The doctor/mother was smitten and took the baby, using any an all remedies to prevent the normal advancement of the disease and eventually leaves the governmen ...more
C. Purtill
Sep 09, 2012 C. Purtill rated it really liked it
I tore through this novel like a zombie tearing through the flesh of its victim. Seriously, this was a fast, fun read for me. Which is not take away from the gravity of the book. The author treated the subject of zombies seriously, not campy or in any way tongue-in-cheek. I loved that we were in the head of a teen zombie, a girl who has been kept alive by her research-driven nurse mom for two years. And the concept of a zombie using the cover of emo friends to hide her deformity was spot-on. I a ...more
Oct 15, 2012 TheCosyDragon rated it did not like it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Ani is dead. That's nothing new to her or her mom, but the rest of her classmates can't know or she'll be incinerated. As a carrier of zombie virus, she won't ever grow old.

What attracted me to this YA novel was the front cover. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the black corset (just my type of style) and then the boots with the strange feet (w
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
ARC for review

Ani Romero is a sixteen year old girl with a deadly secret~she's a zombie that still has all of most human brain functions. If word got out what Ani is she would be destroyed by fire. Ani has been mostly dead for two years now. Her mom, Sarah has very strict rules no boys, nosun, no sports, and stay away from animals. Ani has few friends but none of them know her secret. Tiffany "Fey" Michaels is apart of the group Ani hangs out with at school. Ani's had a secret crush on Mike Brow
Sep 16, 2012 Laci rated it really liked it
"Twice Shy" was quite a fun read. I enjoyed it immensely! I will admit that I got a little confused at first with all the various character names being introduced (I kept confusing Dylan and Devon, etc), but once I read a little further, I got pulled into the storyline. Ani is a likeable character, and I enjoyed the humorous and ironic twist that she's forced to become "goth" due to her zombie virus, yet wants nothing more than to embrace everything pink and poppy. It was quite a clever twist on ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: started-series
Ani isn't like other teenager girls. She is a zombie, a fact given away on the back blurb. She was infected by a virus and must keep her condition a secret. Luckily her mom is a scientist and is working to find a cure. How does Ani hide her condition? She pretends to be goth, wearing layers and layers of black hair. When her face rips apart she just pins it back with safety pins and calls it a statement. Her relationships are pretty fake also. Her best friend is a drug using goth girl named Fey ...more
Christopher Payne
Jul 27, 2012 Christopher Payne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
High School Sucks. It’s worse when you’re dead.

Ohneka Falls is a small, Western New York town where everyone
knows everyone and nothing of note happens. Ani Romero is a sixteen-year-old girl who wants to play sports, hang out, and kiss Mike, her middle-school crush. A childhood carrier of the zombie virus, she died at fourteen but didn’t become a mindless, brain-eating monster. Her controlling mother forces her to join the emo crowd to hide her condition behind a wall of black clothes and makeup,
cEe beE
Jan 20, 2013 cEe beE rated it liked it
*My rating: 3 and a half stars*

I got the ARC for Twice Shy here on GR and it is the first zombie book I've ever read. Unless they're supporting characters in a pnr book, or dancing in Michael Jackson's Thriller, or as comic fodder in films like Shaun of the Dead, or Zombieland; the rotting, mindless undead doesn't appeal to me. Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise with this book.

Twice Shy is set in a small town NY high school, populated by the usual suspects; jocks, anime nerds, mean girls, a
James Gormley
Nov 18, 2012 James Gormley rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on HorrorWorld:
Oct 01, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
Patrick Freivald is an insightful author. I want to read more from him.
Frank Errington
Aug 08, 2015 Frank Errington rated it it was amazing
Twice Shy really turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Not a novel I was planning to read, after all it is a YA novel filled with teenage angst and I had quite enough of that with Twilight and it's sequels. But then I got a free copy of it's sequel, Special Dead, being released in Mid-July and I saw JournalStone was running a special on the e-book copy and figured it might be a good idea to read the first book before reading the second.

The author, Patrick Freivald does an excellent job of keepin
Sep 28, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of the book for reviewing. After reading first few pages, I was not very sure if I really wanted to go through it but as I continued, things changed. The book surprised me. I personally believe that the zombie concept much like the vampire one, has been exhausted, but the twist that the author brings in, succeeded in keeping my interest to the very end.

Yes, the book needs to be worked on. The flow in the early chapters is off and kind of dragging. At times, I felt that there w
Jun 14, 2016 Krysti rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-splosion
Twice Shy

Book Review

Ani is a typical angst-filled teenager. She dresses all in black, listens to death-metal music, and is in love with the all-star jock she can never have. She also spends hours each night in a bath filled with…formaldehyde? Well, maybe she isn’t exactly typical. In fact, she’s dead, or perhaps undead would be the more politically correct term.

Ani contracted the dreaded ZV (zombie) virus at the age of sixteen and, with the help of her doctor mother, manages to control her fie
Michael Watson
Jul 20, 2013 Michael Watson rated it really liked it
Vampires get to go to high school. Werewolves get to go to high school. So, why can't zombies?

I'll admit, I thought the idea was absurd, and I expected to find myself repeatedly asking, 'Really? How can they not tell that she's a zombie?' But, through the entire book I didn't ask that question even once. The author did a great job turning an idea that I personally thought would be impossible to make "believable" work. I don't know if males age 35-45 were the target audience for this story, but I
L.j. Duett
Dec 19, 2012 L.j. Duett rated it liked it

Score: Three outta Five Stars.

Back in fourth grade, my school had a drawing contest were each of the student paired up and drew a storyboard (For those not knowing what that is, it's like a comic). The students with the best story board were featured in the newspaper. I didn't win but friends of mine did. This cover, which looks pretty interesting from a certain distance, reminds me of their work. In Fourth grade. As for the story, well honestly I'm thinking as an adult who loves reading YA, t
Elvina Barclay
Sep 04, 2012 Elvina Barclay rated it liked it
Twice Shy by Patrick Freivald, October 26, 2012 by JournalStone, paperback
My first thoughts on this novel were “oh no, not another teen zombie, he’s so hot, etc story”. Ok, there was a bit of that but most of the plot revolved around 16 year old Ani’s relationship with her mother and their search for a cure for the ZV (zombie virus) that has killed Ani.
Ani goes to school, has friends and a part time job and is falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to appear alive and normal. Sh
Natalie Shannon
Twice Shy by Patrick Freivald published by JournalStone Publishing is a fast, furious read. Twice Shy is about a young high-school girl named Ani who is in the emo crowd. Ani deals with the same things every girl in high-school does. School work, friends, having a crush on a boy and bullying. All of theses issues make life hard enough.Being dead tends to complicate things. Ani has to live by a set of rules set down by her mother. If she does not, people will find out she is a zombie, and they wi ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 14, 2013 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Ani is just a typical teenager in most ways except one she is dead or rather undead. Ani contracted the deadly ZV(Zombie virus) when she was 16 years old. Now with the help of her mother who is a Dr , she manages to control her cravings for brains and live a somewhat normal life. Her mom is determined to find a cure for her condition. Ani has to live by certain strict set of rules in order to keep her disease a secret. She must dress and hang out with the Emo kids and school she must ignore her ...more
Brian Matthews
Mar 06, 2013 Brian Matthews rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest: I'm not much of a YA reader. Still, I was intrigued by the storyline of Patrick Freivald's Twice Shy, and the excellent reviews didn't hurt either. So I picked it up and was very glad I did. Mr. Freivald has hit a vibe with this novel, touching on the adolescent angst of the goth generation. As a former child psychologist, I found Mr. Freivald's insights into teenagers to be spot on, and his premise of disguising a zombie girl as a "goth" was brilliant. He writes with the skill o ...more
Yet another book I'm not gonna bother with a full review on, just drop a few notes:

* Don't even THINK about starting this book unless you have access to the second book, Special Dead. The first book ends on one of the more annoying cliff hangers I think I've ever encountered. In fact, without access to the second book I'd consider knocking off a full star rating-wise it seemed that bad to me. I suppose there is technically a chronological break in the narrative, but, meh. I was annoyed.
* There s
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