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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Life is bad after the apocalypse...the undead just made it worse. Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of s ...more
Published August 1st 2013 by Eternal Press
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In the world of all things Post-apocalyptic, Apocalipstick by Lisa Acerbo is my latest hidden gem find, the one that I didn’t see coming until the author pointed it out to me! The apocalypse has come, mindless, decomposing, flesh-eating monsters are roaming the land, human survivors are few and far between, banding together when possible, but ANOTHER group has also evolved! “Others” live alongside the humans, stronger, faster, light-sensitive, with slightly different food requirements and rapid ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say I had low expectations for Apocalipstick by Lisa Acerbo would be an understatement. But it’s October and I devote October to horror reads and movies only, especially “Zombie” horror, and this book had been sitting in my R.E.A.D.S. Overdrive reading list for almost a year, so I decided it was time to tackle it. My confidence in this book was not bolstered when I realized that not only did a super-virus kill most of humanity and cause the dead to rise up to consume the living, but some peop ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I choose this book on a whim, horror novels not usually my genre of choice, but I love post-apocalyptic books and movies, so I wanted to give it a try and all I can say is: this book is AWESOME! I loved the premise, I loved the characters, I loved the story…I just loved it! I can’t sing it’s praises enough. With some of the traditional components typical of the zombie apocalypse, there are also unique ideas and actions that keeps this book interesting and unique.

There is a super strong core of c
DNF - quit at 5%
I started this because it’s a zombie Apocalypse with vampires, which sounded good to me. But it’s a definite disappointment, so much potential for a good story just wasted. The writing is very choppy with a very rough draft feel to it. I couldn’t get into the story with all the weird verbiage used for descriptions of the zombies, vampires, life situations, etc, it definitely made it feel immature for me, & took me out of the story. I purchased this book for free on Amazon, but de
janet havrilla
Jul 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This is a different take on zombies, called streakers. A page turning thriller one is sure to like. This author managed to pull off a great read with lots of twists and turns. Very well written.
Jennie Morris
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story! I’m a zombie fan, and this was a great take on the genre. I can’t wait for the next book. Highly recommend if you like a bit of humor, romance, and the shambling undead.
Ryan Snyder
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed-copy

Ah. Another Zombie book. It is always interesting to see what fresh angles an author can write the zombie apocalypse from. With so much Zombie fiction out there, it's nice to come across something that has unique qualities.

This book follows the journey of Jenna, an apocalypse survivor. It basically starts off about two to three years after the shit hits the fan and around 80 percent of the United States population dies out due to a mysterious illness. Only, a lot of them do not remain dead
Corrie Maclean
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Book Info
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Eternal Press
edition language English
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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Life is bad after the apocalypse…the undead just made it worse.

Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after th
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jenna is a survivor of an apocalypse that starts out as a virus, killing most of the world and producing flesh-eating zombies. Instead of getting ready for life after high school, she has to fight to stay alive. She joins up with a band of fellow survivors, who watch out for each other and share whatever supplies they find, on their way to settling in a safe place. She will also have to choose between two boys–one human and one not.
Caleb, an Other, is a fellow survivor and crew member. Others ar
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Jenna is one of the human survivors after a virus changed the world. Now stalkers roam the world looking for humans to eat and some humans have become something else. Something other. As Jenna travels with other survivors and others to High Point Inn they suffer loss and bond together as a group. At the Inn Jenna finds she has feelings for Caleb even if he is an other and not quite human. She has a hard time letting go of the past and not everyone who survived is good. Her feelings have her conf ...more
McKenzie Richardson
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book has a really unique premise. The idea of others/vampires teaming up with humans to fight stalkers/zombies is really cool. And let's face it, this is a pretty kick-ass title.

Unfortunately, for me, this basically turned out to be Twlight during the zombie apocalypse.

The main character, Jenna, is pretty much a slightly more likeable version of Bella Swan. Throughout the book Jenna is regarded as a f
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Amazing book! I couldn't put it down for a second! I totally love zombie stories they catch your interest and there is never a dull moment. Lisa Acerbo accentuates that in this incredible tale full of not only action but love and intrigue as well. While the undead are everywhere and danger lurks around every corner what girl would be caught in this Apocalypse without her Apocalipstick!

For a small town girl like Jenna like after the Apocalypse pretty much sucks. She misses her family, friends and
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I’m not into apocalypse books but the title grabbed my attention but the story line sucked me in. I literally could not put this book down until the very last page.

This is not your typical zombie apocalypse book. While there is the flesh eating zombies the virus that killed most of the population also mutated and caused “Others” to evolve along side the remaining humans. But the “Others” are stronger, faster, light sensitive, and have rapid healing. But they all have one comm
E.M. MacCallum
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lisa Acerbo combines the two most infamous undead creatures! I admit, I was waiting for someone to tackle it for a few years. That being said, I think the opportunity to create a heck of a new apocalypse wasn't fully realized. There was the standard undead that we all know from the media along with standard characters, most of which can be described in one word: one's motherly, another fatherly, one's angry etc. and they don't really progress beyond these characteristics.

The plot, unfortunately,
Anila Hoxha
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love horror stories, especially zombie books. I don't want to talk about the book title, because if I start, I'm pretty sure I won't stop rambling about how much I love this name. "Apocalipstic" "Apocalistic" "Apocalipstic"
Back to the review, this is such a good zombie book. I loved how much "teenager" the main character was. And of course we have a love triangle (duh), and still I haven't decided which team I am: "Team Caleb" or "Team Quentin" . My favorite were the battle scenes (duh! I'm a
Ashley Nemer
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviewed
What an entertaining read!!! I knocked this little gem out in two days. Really two days with a couple hours of reading each. It was just a nice and easy read. I told my husband that I was almost done with the book and I didn't even remember reading so much of it because it just flew by. I was sad to see Jenna and Caleb end their story.I hope there will be more.

The authors style was so simple and easy. Everything flowed nicely. This was a different look at the whole vampire story as well which I
Jessica Tyburski
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had high expectations for this book after following the twitter account @apocalipstick_ and reading the prologue. After reading the first few pages, I was hooked. Lisa Acerbo exceeded my expectations by developing characters that her readers could relate to such as Jenna Martin who is left to fight for survival in a post apocalyptic world. This book leaves you rooting for one of two males fighting for Jenna's attention. Will she choose Caleb, a man who is not quite human, or will she go with t ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I’m not really into the whole New Adult thing. I often see that authors use it as a way to write erotica involving younger and younger people. However, this book had the perfect amount of violence, sexual tension, non-graphic sex and great story telling. I loved how Jenna was just an average girl who is faced with extraordinary circumstances. I also like how this story weaved a new and different zombie mythol ...more
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This story is a terrific and smooth read. It has the perfect balance of action and suspense, vivid characters and robust descriptions. The romance between Jenna, Caleb and Quentin is well done and is blessedly free of a lot of angst that some love triangles have. The end suggests another book, which would be good, since this is a fascinating post-apocalyptic world containing great characters that have a lot of potential. I would certainly suggest this story to someone who loves paranormal romanc ...more
Dominique Martin
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading Apockalipstick, I knew that I had to write a review to sing its praises. The book artfully combines science fiction, romance, and enough action to rival a Bourne movie into an intriguing story. Filled with relatable characters and wry humor, Lisa Acerbo crafts a book to rival any other popular work in this genre. At first I expected Apockalipstick to be like any other paranormal romance, but I was delighted to find that it is saturated with plot twists and action that kept me enter ...more
Katie McKnight
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Apocalipstick from the first page and found myself reading it slowly because I did not want the story to end. The characters were as genuine as the emotion. I chuckled when the protagonist's regrets in her post apocalypse world were missing shopping and listening to music. The character's thoughts evidenced Lisa's ability to write from the point of view of a teenager. The love triangle will have readers picking a "team" - either Team Caleb or Team Quentin.

I enjoyed the story, bit my f
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! What an ending! Review to come for blog tour!,
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
Very well done.
shows the heart wants what the heart wants.
The undead and the living can get along
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Lisa Acerbo loves to read, write, drink coffee and wine, and rescue foster dogs. Her new book, Apocalipstick, was released in August 2021 from DLG Publishing Partners. She also writes romance under the pen name.

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