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Zombie Queen of Newbury High

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,857 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samanthacheerleading goddess and miss popularity who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfort

eBook, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 22, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, e-book

Why this book?

I love zombie books

What I thought

Mia makes a big mistake when instead of casting a love spell, she casts a spell that changes the senior class into Zombies. This was a cute fast paced read that I enjoyed. I liked the characters for most part, even if Mia's Buffy obsession was a little weird for her age. This is a enjoyable read that is just to cute for words! It kept you guessing and it was really entertaining. If you're looking for a fun read this one is for you.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Mia Everett is just a normal teenage girl: she fears heights, she loves the Buffy series, she has a crush on the hottest guy in school, she's the neighbor of the popular cheerleader, her sister is a popular wannabe, and...

She turned all of the seniors - and even some teachers - into flesh-eating zombies through a love potion gone wrong.

That's when Chase comes into the picture. He's always been the quiet, anti-social guy in her Biology class, but when he co
Kira Simion
I read this and I honestly enjoyed it but, there was nothing that really stood out to me.

I really liked the twist of zombies having a home queen lol.

3.5/5 (rounded down)
Feb 21, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would one teenage girl do for love? Buy a love spell of course. But wait, oops, did I just turn the entire school into Zombies? UhOhhh....

This was such an unexpected Gem! Zombie Queen of Newbury High is one of those rare books that you don't know what your in for till you read it.
I'll admit I thought the cover and title was cheesy, but now that I've red the book, I think it's perfect! This was a humorously entertaining read that is just to cute for words!

Lively characters, laugh out loud pl
Feb 14, 2012 Sammie23 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, Zombie Queen of Nebury High, is so good! I loved it so much. Besides the fact that Mia changed everyone into zombie's and that Chase was a zombie hunter, I think that a lot of teenagers can relate to everything that was going on. I thought it was very detailed too. You really made me freak out for a second when I read that Chase and Candace were going to the prom together!! Mia and Chase deserve to be together. I'm not very big on reading books, but I liked this one, and couldn't stop ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Aly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2017
Interesting book. Quick read! I didn't know what to expect. Parts of the book I liked and other parts I disliked a lot. Nice humor as well.

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Mia has been happy being on the fringe of the popular crowd. She is happy to have her hypochondriac best friend, Candice, and watch what is going on around her until...Rob, the super hot football star, asks her to Homecoming.

Everything is going fine between Mia and Rob. They've been on five dates and she can't believe her good fortune. Her luck begins to change though, when Samantha, the extremely popular cheerleader, sets her sights on Rob. Samantha will stop at nothing to secure her spot as H
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Mia is super stoked that she is going to prom with the popular and handsome Rob... until equally popular and self-proclaimed future prom queen Samantha sets her heart on stealing Rob for her self. Mia really likes this guy and will do anything to keep Rob's attention... Even do a love spell on him. Except said love spell doesn't do what its title claims, and instead them the whole senior class into zombies! How you get zombies from a love spell, I have no idea. But
Oh boy, what is there to say? Usually, when sitting down to write a review, I am enthusiastic about picking apart the novel and figuring out what worked and what didn't. Only, with Zombie Queen, I'm not at all excited. Why? I think part of it has to do with the fact that I found it incredibly difficult to finish the book. Another reason may have to do with the fact that I am SO ready to move on to something else.

So what went wrong? Well, for starters, the characters were an issue from page one.
Sep 06, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who would have thought I’d be reading another zombie novel, and a funny one at that! Zombie Queen of Newbury High is a quick and entertaining read. Mia is such a likeable character it’s hard not to relate to her, and her best friend Candice so quirky! She was cracking me up with her hypocondirac obsession!

The plot was ingenious as well, turning your whole school into zombies, classic! And it made for a great story! Ashby kept you guessing, just when I thought I knew something, she’s throw in ano
Kenneth Zhu
Jul 11, 2013 Kenneth Zhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to chose that book because my librarian have recommended me to read this as this story has a main female character in it. The static image cover looks interesting as they might do some evil stuff during the story, so it makes me drawled attention to be reading this book.

This book will fit a book with a felmale character on the bingo board as it got the felmale character during the story. The main character of the story is Mia who is describe as not popular person in the school. She is
Rebecca Ann
This was a really entertaining, fast read. I would definitely recommend it to fans of zombie chick lit. It has the ridiculousness of a B horror movie and an addictive lighthearted humor. I didn't really like the main character, and was more attached to her best friend, Candice. Mia seemed like she was going to be a nice alternative to the brainless, makeup and boy obsessed teen, but in the end I had trouble differentiating her personality from the very girls she didn't like. The characters and p ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia is one of those people in a senior class that just isn't that noticeable. It's not that she is at the bottom of the fish pond but she isn't exactly miss popularity either - that role is one her younger sister holds. But Mia has been going out with the star football player, Rob, who has already invited her to senior prom. That should secure some popularity points. Mia can't wait for prom until she notices that Rob is spending a lot of time with uber-popular Samantha. Mia is devastated so she ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia Everett thought she had made it. Rob Ziggerman, one of the cutest and most popular boys in school has not only taken her on 5 (maybe 6) dates, but he has asked her to the prom. However, recently Rob has quit sitting with her in biology class and instead is sitting with the uber-popular cheerleader, Samantha. In desperation, Mia takes the advice of BFF Candice and buys a love spell from the local woo woo shop. Shortly after she casts the spell, Mia is informed by the quiet, but surprising cut ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew going into this book that it was going to be completely cheesy. It's about a high school girl who, in an attempt to win back her prom date, casts a love spell but it turns out to be a spell that turns people into zombies. I got this book for three reasons, (1) I'm obsessed with Zombies and I'll read anything with zombies in it, (2) I found it at a bookstore for only $2, and (3) The cover peaked my interests (seriously, the dress is cute and I would have rocked that at my senior prom). It ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I hate when authors don't create distinct characters. I spent half of the first fifty pages trying to figure out the difference between Mia and Candice. When I finally did, I didn't really care for either of them. Mia finally has a popular (but stupid) guy dating her and she is going to prom with him. But now the most popular girl in school is after her date, so she has do do something! The two friends chant a love spell that ends up creating zombies of the entire senior class. Of course, the zo ...more
May 26, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I have to say this first. With this book I have completed the A to Z challenge, awsome!! So on to the book. I really, really enjoyed this one and I wish there was a sequel or a prequel or more of Chase! please, pretty please. Mia the main character is likable enough, she is a bit anoying to begin with but redeems herself along the way. Chase is a hot guy who also happens to be a zombie hunter wow I have to say I love hunters (shadowhunters, vampire hunters etc) and now zombies yay. Candice wa ...more
Rhiannon Frater
In a nutshell, this is a fun, light read. It's not a serious zombie book by far and it's perfectly suited for younger teens and tweens. In some ways, it's like a Buffy episode, which isn't surprising since Buffy is referenced a lot by the characters.

I needed a change in pace from the more serious novels I've been reading lately, and this fit the bill perfectly.

I'm sending off my copy to my niece (who is 13), so she can enjoy it, too.

Read this one last night since I couldn't sleep. While the writing wasn't that impressive, it was definitely entertaining and cute. Good way to pass a couple of hours!!!
Grace Menter
May 18, 2011 Grace Menter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, young-adult
witty and new, Zombie Queen was the book of my week :)
Jul 09, 2013 Jacquy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, standalone
Mia ist eine durchschnittliche Schülerin, doch aus irgendeinem Grund hat Rob, gutaussehender Footballspieler, sie um ein Date zum Abschlussball gebeten. Kurz davor scheint er sich jedoch eher für Samantha zu interessieren, die schon viel eher in seiner Liga spielt. Um zu verhindern, dass Rob ihr doch noch absagt, beschließt Mia, einen Liebesspruch auszuprobieren. Leider funktioniert dieser aber nicht wie geplant. Wie der neue Mitschüler Chase ihr mitteilt, hat sie den gesamten Jahrgang in
Robin Conley
It sounds odd, but this book was really cute. The premise is that a girl, Mia, is about to lose her date to prom to another more popular girl, so she decides to cast a love spell on him and ends up turning her entire senior class into zombies. Initially the zombies are obsessed with her, but if she doesn't reverse the spell quickly, they will go from obsessed to wanting to devour her.

The author did a great job of creating the high school world -- everyone really seemed the age they were meant to
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Mia è una ragazza assolutamente normale.. O meglio, nella media: ama la tv e in particolar modo Buffy, si veste con jeans e Converse (con grande orrore della sorella più piccola aspirante reginetta dell'istituto) e soprattutto fa parte degli 'sfigati'..
Le prende quindi un colpo quando Rob il figo della scuola pronto a diventare Re del ballo scolastico le chiede di uscire! :D
Si frequentano per cinque appuntamenti (sei, se contiamo anche il giorno in cui Mia ha assistito agli allenamenti di Rob.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you turned a large group of people into zombies? Well if you are at all like me you probably have (go team zombie!). In Zombie Queen of Newbury High, high school Mia student accidentally turns her whole school into zombies while attempting to create a love potion.

At first Mia think that the potion has worked because her love interest is suddenly paying attention to her. Sadly when things appear to good to be true they usually are. Mia quickly finds ou
Feb 01, 2009 Yan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: “Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob—super hot football god—has asked her to prom! Life couldn’t get any better Enter Samantha—cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity—who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn’t end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice—her holistic, hypochondriac best friend—and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with he ...more
May 20, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade

Who say only vampire girls or vampire boys read zombie books?! That is a total lie. As a matter of fact, I consider myself a vampire girl but have never read about zombies before. If you have never read about vampires nor zombies, give it a try! Start out with this fast-paced book Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby. Once you start putting your hands on books like this, you won't stop. And you'll find yourself always searching for breath taking books as fun and entertaining as books lik

Sep 02, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia has lived her life on “The Fringe,” the popular kids rarely notice her, she gets good grades and she has an obsession with “Buffy.” When Rob, the most popular boy in school suddenly starts taking her out on dates she can’t believe it, much less his asking her to the prom. But suddenly Samantha, the popular girl in class is trying to steal Rob away – and it looks like it is working. Dejected, Mia and her hypochondriac best friend Candice, go to visit a creepy old lady who sells herbs and spel ...more
Sarah Sammis
Mar 05, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2010
I pre-ordered Zombie Queen of Newbury High in the fall of 2008 at the same time I ordered You Had Me at Halo. I was (and still am) a subscriber to Amanda Ashby's blog and bought both books together on the basis of her posts. Although I read You Had Me at Halo in the summer it took me until December to review it. Likewise I didn't actually read Zombie Queen of Newbury High until my New Year's holiday.

Mia's blissfully happy. She's dating her own special love god, Rob the high school football quart
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 2.5

The Low Down: Mia didn’t really care about Prom until the hottest football player asked her to go. And now that she’s bought the perfect dress and is really excited about being there with Rob, she starts freaking out because her date starts paying a lot of attention to Samantha, the Queen Bee/cheerleader. How humiliated she will be if he dumps her to go with someone else! She has to do something, but what?

Mia’s best friend and hypochondriac, Candice, happens to know someone who might
Fatema Zahra
Dec 18, 2014 Fatema Zahra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fabulous story Zombie Queen of Newbury High is written by Amanda Shaby. The protaginist of the story is Mia, while the antaginist is the witch. Mia is a normal girl asked out by Rob, a football player, to prom. Samantha, a popular cheerleader, sees it all and becomes jelous. Candice tries to break the couple, so she invites Rob over. Mia wants to make sure Samantha doesn’t steal Rob, with the help of her best friend, Candice, she gets a spell and potion from the witch. What Mia and Candice ...more
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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nomin
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