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Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of)

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The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kara
May 18, 2014 Kara added it
Shelves: dnf
I literally cannot. I had an immediate visceral reaction the the writing style. I DESPISE it. I made it through 46 pages of sheer torture. I don't know how I did it, but this book is totally not for me. It's wordy, it's snarky to the point of feeling forced, the author is giving me every single detail that I don't need (I'm not stupid, I know you are not using your cell phone to play Angry Birds in a zombie apocalypse), and I just wanted to yell, "Get to the point already!!"

I can't do it. Nope,
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Dee
Feb 17, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is utterly fantastic! I'm usually a fast reader, but I completely devoured it. It's witty and hilarious, and actually fun to read! I absolutely loved the plot, and Cassie, the main character was completely identifiable. The fact that it actually had intense, serious moments while still managing to be absolutely hilarious was fantastic, and it stuck with me, afterwards, too. I only have one complaint - I NEED more!
Kimberly
May 12, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was ok
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Beckie
I really wanted to like this book but atlast I did not. I was bored and turned off by the writing style. I felt the author just added to much useless info. I am 99 pages in and just read anymore. Sorry.

Thank you to Jollyfish and the author for the chance to read this book but sadly it's just not my cup of tea.
Rae
Jul 18, 2015 Rae rated it really liked it
Cassie’s just a girl going on a camping trip with her best friends when she accidentally shoots her crush in the head with a paintball gun. Then, when he dies and comes back as a zombie, she kills him again. Of course, nobody believes her when she says she just killed the first zombie, and she winds up locked up in her local jail while the world ends outside. She makes it back to a small group of surviving friends, finds out the twin sister of one of them is trapped in New York (they live in CA, ...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Zombie books these days don't usually follow likable teenage protagonists, when they do they seem to be filled with either Warrior Princesses channeling the likes of Xena, Broody boys whose every decision is decided by which girls pants he is trying to get into, or my favorite (note the sarcasm) the characters act ambivalent to the carnage going on around them because they have problems (often petty) of their own to sort out. Whatever the issue I've read it and most likely harped on those ...more
Melanie Marsh
May 19, 2014 Melanie Marsh rated it really liked it
This story starts off with a bit of a bang. The synopsis tells us something bad is about to happen, but it’s one of those things that you don’t realize it’s going to be quite like that until it actually happens and you’re like, “OH DAAAAMN!” From there on, it’s about a group of teenagers trying to make it from California to New York City at the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse to find the twin sister of one of the female leads, Rory. Their friendships are put to the ultimate test. Loves are ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Jun 13, 2014 Diana (Offbeat Vagabond) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, arc, ya, horror, apocalypse
Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2014/05/confessions-of-very-first-zombie-slayer.html

Confessions of the First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is one hell of a read. I didn't know what exactly I was getting into, I just knew it would be a lot of fun. I was right. Our main character, Cassie, was such a strong character to get behind. There were times I forgot she was only 15 because she seemed wise beyond her years. She had her head on straight and was very smart. I see why
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Lehua Parker
May 15, 2014 Lehua Parker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jolly-fish-press
You know when you read a book about teens and you think the author just didn’t get it? Well, F.J.R. Titchenell gets video gaming, paintballing, Vespa riding, teenage tomboy angst, true love, the uses of theater paint—oh, and killing zombies.

Confessions of The Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is awesome like that.

The story is told in a flashback diary format, a record written by teenage Cassie Fremont for future generations about the first week the dead came back to life. It’s the story
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Kay
Jun 27, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Quick Summary: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer is a decently unique zombie novel guaranteed to make you laugh.

What I Liked

A good amount of the zombie fighting scenes in this book were original and a nice twist on the zombie killing genre. Sure, this book isn’t unique all the time, but there are a few very strongly original scenes that Titchenell deserves to be given credit
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All Things Urban Fantasy
May 13, 2014 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) felt very reminiscent of The Walking Dead with slow walking zombies, groups of people battling against each other for resources while a zombie horde threatens humanity’s very existence. Except this story revolves around kids with the random adult side character. It was interesting seeing how quickly these kids had to grow up and deal with very human and adult issues of love, death, and betraya
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Kayla
May 17, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it
Phew... zombie apocalypse! Although the author jumps right into this tale and we don't really end up with a lot of background on why everything has gone bonkers, I felt like the novel started off with a bang. I usually don't read many zombie novels. I've just never gotten into the whole being dead thing... LOL However, if all zombie books cracked me up like this one, I'd totally start reading them all.

The characters were great. I'll admit I wish there was alittle more "meat" to the characters s
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Ann Meyers
Jun 08, 2014 Ann Meyers rated it really liked it


I dread the concept of zombies, so deciding to read Confessions Of The Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) was a giant step out of my comfort zone. With trembling hands, I turned to page one. Imagine my shock when I got sucked into the story from chapter 1 and found myself turning pages to see what came next.

Confessions is definitely a horror story, with very scary and horrific scenes, yet it is told in a way that makes the reader laugh. Kudos to F. J. R. Titchenell for portraying a prota
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Colette
Aug 06, 2014 Colette rated it it was ok
Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of), by F.J.R Titchenell, takes place during the Zombie Apocalypse. The storyline consists of the main character, Cassie (and self-titled zombie slayer), fighting to help her friend rescue her sister in New York. The author's descriptions of the scenes are visually inciting and imaginative, that is my favorite part of the novel. Also the cover fits perfectly with the story! However, the plot lacks an arch, it is all action, which leaves ...more
Lisa McClary
Jan 08, 2015 Lisa McClary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queue cool end of days background music

Where to start. Well I'm not really sure where. My first zombie book with nothing to compare it to, but I give it 5 stars. It was funny and sad but in no particular order. Not a heavy dose of sad which I actually liked. There wasn't time for very much reminiscing in this new world for cassie. No dwelling on the past because there was over 3000 miles and a million or so dead ahead of her. Oh and her band of friends, and the eagle scout. All in all it flowed
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Jennifer
Sep 16, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked the plot. It was a good storyline, and I liked the ending. However, there were quite a few things I didn't like. For example, it was written in first person, but I really don't feel like I got to know her. I never saw her emotions--not really. Hell, I wasn't even told of them. And leads me to another point, it was a lot of telling. A LOT of telling. Not much showing. That kind of bugged me a bit. And because of that, some parts were hard to visualize, which made it a little harder to ...more
Holly
Jul 01, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
This is the story of a band of teenagers on a cross-country rescue mission after the zombie apocalypse. Cassie has the misfortune of being the first witness to a reanimation after her crush dies in a paintball accident. She kills him (again), thus becoming the very first zombie slayer (that she knows of). She's arrested, but when chaos erupts, she escapes police custody and goes on a mission to find her friends before it's too late.

I liked this book a lot. The narrator was sarcastic and sassy, j
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Kris
Ok without being too harsh I did not like this book at all, starting from the first chapter. Now I love a good zombie book. However the zombie book must explain the apocalypse, right? No this book just jumps into it. Within the first chapter for a young adult book there is foul language already. I would never allow the young adults in my home to read this at all. The over all story line was good but not going anywhere for me as the reader. I rated this book overall a one because there was ...more
Jonathan
Jan 10, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
This was surprisingly well written, though at first I must admit to feeling it borrowed quite a bit from some recent Hollywood movies (Warm Bodies/Zombieland), it did pick up its own pace and tone after the first few chapters.

The first part of the book had a bit of predictability, I always find it troublesome knowing something is going to happen in a given book, and it rather makes you expect the rest of the book to play out in the same tried and true manner (The storytelling itself, with a gre
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Lydiah
Feb 19, 2015 Lydiah rated it it was amazing
F.J.R. Titchenell tells the story of Cassie, a teenage girl who accidentally kills her crush “during Boy Scout Troop 146’s annual spring break camping trip” (page 2) and becomes the very first zombie slayer. She then goes on a thrilling adventure to save one of her best friends in the zombie infested world, stuck with an Eagle Scout, his annoying younger sister, two of her best friends, and one of her oldest friends. They will face all odds in a road trip across America, in this awe striking ...more
Carrie
Feb 25, 2015 Carrie rated it it was ok
Kindle Unlimited. Worth reading for free, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay for it.

This book is a middle grade book, and I ultimately didn't think it was a mg book that also would appeal to adults. There was no backstory or why to the zombies. The characters were pretty flat. The plot downright nonsensical and required too much suspension of disbelief for me. There was not enough peril (a few unskilled kids in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Surprisingly few zombies). The main character start
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Adrianne James
Apr 28, 2014 Adrianne James rated it really liked it
Okay, so I read the title and wanted to read it without ever seeing the summary. Seriously, how fantabulous is that title? Anyway, when I managed to become one of the lucky few who got ARCs, I was thrilled!

So I waited and waited and FINALLY it came in the mail (Okay, so maybe it was like a week, but waiting on books is torture). This isn't my typical book. I have read zombie books before. Very few actually. But it has to have something to grab me. This did. The humor that F.J.R. Tichenell was ab
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Bookman
Apr 08, 2014 Bookman rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is a delightful marriage between Zombieland and The Goonies. Ok, so perhaps describing a book by comparing it to two movies isn't the best idea, but I figured why not.

Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is written in a style that I quite liked. Cassie (the main character) is writing an account of the zombie apocalypse in the form of this book. I liked
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Amanda
May 21, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is the first YA book in a while that I have LOVED. The main character was funny and sassy and just absolutely perfect (but not in that typical YA perfectness. More along the lines of my messed up idea of a perfect character). The story hooks you in from the start and doesn't ever let you go, not even at the end (AND THE END! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA). Is there romance? Well, sure. But it had just the right balance of sap to make me smile without being annoyed and making me want to puke or ...more
Whitney
Apr 16, 2015 Whitney rated it liked it
Many things stretched even the literary liberality I give in terms of believability (teens from LA are game to try driving to New York a day after their world far apart when only one of them has even been there and she has only flown?).

What held this together for me, though, was the author's willingness to kill off main characters (sort of necessary in any apocalyptic story, and yet so few brave it) and the non-perfect-ness of her characters. The narrator comes off as very bratty at first, but
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Brenda Dunne
May 08, 2014 Brenda Dunne rated it it was amazing
A fun, quirky, geeky story about the early days of a zombie plague, filled with road-trips, gore and zombie slaying. Reminiscent of the movie Zombieland, with a little bit of romance, a pit-stop at Graceland and some inventive survival skills you might just need to know if there is ever a zombie apocalypse.

A perfect rainy-day YA read.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa Dess
Apr 09, 2014 Lisa Dess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I received an ebook copy of this book for a honest review.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. This book is an awesome story about Cassie's adventure during a zombie apocalypse. This book has a great balance between serious and humor and was well paced. Cassie is a determined, go-getter however; I have to admit my favorite character in this book is Norman. Norman is just adorable. He doesn't care what others think and just rolls with the punches.
Suzanne
Aug 03, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was ok
I liked the book in the beginning, then felt it start to drag. I know I was reading a few things at the same time - but felt it hard to keep up with all the secondary characters. (Probably more - since as I started to lose interest - I was doing more skimming that actual reading of the pages.

Carrie Rzeppa
Aug 01, 2015 Carrie Rzeppa rated it liked it
This zombie apocalypse tale had huge holes in the plot line, but the spunky main character and her band of friends keep you entertained as they travel from California to New York City in search of a friend. There is lots of zombie head-bashing, high speed scooter action, and a little young love thrown in for her teen audience. A fun read.
Neely
Aug 08, 2014 Neely rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, so just because of the authors kindness to give it away I WANT to give it 5 stars. But I couldn't. Because I couldn't finish it. For whatever reason, I'm nonevent really sure why, I just could not get into it and it didn't hold my interest at all. If I try and read it at a different date, I will change my review accordingly. :/
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