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

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 d ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Michael Araujo
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
This review will contain some spoilers, and may start off a bit negative, but just read to the end. I also read an ARC copy so some things may have been changed.

Before I started reading this book, I looked up some reviews and found some pretty negative ones. I shouldn't have done that. It influenced the way I looked at things without making my own judgment.

The story follows a girl, Cassie, who kills the guy she likes by accident, and then again on purpose when he becomes a zombie. Forwarding a
Boundless Book Reviews
Confessions of The Very First Zombie Slayer is an enjoyable zombirific read (I made that word up) 

Cassie is one of the first people to kill a zombie (that she knows of). And she’s writing about it, so others know her story. I liked that it was written in Cassie’s perspective, as a journal. I’m a zombie lover. Anyone who knows me knows this. So when this came around. I took a chance on it. I mean the title and the awesome cover, why not?

Titchenell really took the world of Zombies and made a story
Jan 31, 2014 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,
Feb 17, 2014 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!
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Mikayla Gray
Quick disclaimer - I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, however this has in no way influenced my write-up. Also, this review contains spoilers. I tried to avoid them, but there were some plot points that I couldn't not mention to get my points across.

Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (that I know of) - or just Confessions, which is what I'll be calling the book from here on out, because I'll be damned if I'm typing that title out again! - is a
Lissa Rice
**Four Boundless Stars** Full Review and Rating will be up on Boundless Book Reviews
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book was hilarious and awesome, and I loved reading about Cassie and her friends and their journey across a zombie-torn country!
I liked the plot. It was a good storyline, and I liked the ending. However, there were a few things I was a little iffy on. For example, it was written in first person, but I really didn't feel like I got to know her. I never saw her emotions--not really. There did tend to be a lot of telling, and not much showing, as well, which isn't my favorite style. Some parts were hard to visualize, which made it a little harder to keep up in certain areas. But I think what really bugged me was her serious ...more
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.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Cassie Fremont and a group of her friends are on a camping trip and one day when they are out playing with their paintball guns Cassie shoots a guy that she just happens to have a major crush on. But he doesn’t stay dead long before she is has to kill him a second time by bashing his brains in with said paintball gun. She tries to explain to everyone that he turned into a zombie but no one listens to her and so she in thrown in jail. Of course it doesn’t take people long to realize what is that ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Can a zombie book be cute? Hell, why not? This one was as funny as it was gory and I had a lot of fun reading it. The protagonist, Cassie, is cute, quirky, and a serious bad ass! A girl after my own heart. She’s always been “one of the guys” until one of said guys, tries to take a bite out of her. Oh the trials of first love lol.

After, a freak paintball accident kills one of her best friends and crush, Cassie needs to use the skill set she’s learned from being an atypical girl to survive the apo
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Can a zombie book be cute? Hell, why not? This one was as funny as it was gory and I had a lot of fun reading it. The protagonist, Cassie, is cute, quirky, and a serious bad ass! A girl after my own heart. She’s always been “one of the guys” until one of said guys, tries to take a bite out of her. Oh the trials of first love lol.

After, a freak paintball accident kills one of her best friends and crush, Cassie needs to use the skill set she’s learned from being an atypical girl to survive the apo
Jul 14, 2015 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 charac ...more
Melanie Marsh
Mar 01, 2014 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 fo ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalypse, horror, ya, zombies, arc
Original review here:

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
Lehua Parker
May 15, 2014 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
Apr 30, 2014 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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 09, 2014 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
Dec 15, 2013 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
Ann Meyers
Apr 26, 2014 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
Dec 16, 2013 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 fe ...more
Lisa  McClary
Jan 08, 2015 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
Apr 13, 2015 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
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 no-dep ...more
Jan 07, 2015 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
Feb 19, 2015 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 boo ...more
Feb 25, 2015 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
Adrianne James
Jan 30, 2014 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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Fiona J.R. Titchenell is an author of Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and Horror fiction. She is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel and lives in San Gabriel, California with her husband, Matt Carter, and their pet king snake, Mica. She has also published under the initials F.J.R. Titchenell

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