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Barely Alive

(Barely Alive #1)

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***This is a MATURE YA themed series. There are adult themes and strong language.***

In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.

Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thrivin
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Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 291 pages
Published March 23rd 2012 by Captiva Publishing
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Erin  Black
Those of you who know anything about me know that I don't do Zombies - never have. I can honestly say I have never picked up a book about Zombies in my entire life. Whereas Lily can't get enough of them. When this book came across our e-mail from Supagurl Blog Tours I thought 'Hmmm...this one sounds interesting' so I grabbed it and here I am today.

I actually liked it! Now, I don't know if it was because it was a YA zombie book, with some romance (because I certainly am a sucker for romance)...bu
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Ashley Byland
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barely Alive is not like any other zombie book that you will probably ever read nor is it like any other zombie book I have read. I got this book because I very much love zombie books and the description of this book intrigued me, it was definitely a different zombie story. I have to say I LOVE how these zombies were written, zombies with a brain and a heart and a conscious!? Weird but works SO WELL!!

Paul is a normal, teenage guy, except for the fact that in 12 weeks he will become a mindless, f
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Jenna
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's no secret
I love Zombies

And what's better then a good zombie book a free zombie book so off course I had to try this one.

Paul Ledger has made some pretty stupid decisions and trying out some new drugs/virus to become a superior human/zombie is one of them.
He is being commanded by Dominic the leader of the zombie boys, he can be compared by a mad scientist psycho. His latest task is to find/kidnap 5 girls and bring them back. One of the girls is Heather she is a fighter, brave and wants to live. Paul bite
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Jill Cooper
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barely Alive is not your average take on zombies. I love zombies and I thought I knew what direction the story would take, but I was wrong.

The characters are strong, especially Heather, and are all well done. The novel starts with Paul a young guy who has 12 weeks to live before he becomes a full blown zombie. He was injected by the virus by total creeptsti dude Dominic, who create the virus. What a nice guy, right?

Paul and his buds are supposed to go out, grab some girls, and bring them back.
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Simone
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This novel is unlike any other zombie novel I have ever read. Paul, although being transformed into a zombie staves off his cravings to save Heather. Although when sent to kidnap the girls, he'd bitten her, somehow she didn't transform. Could she be the key for a cure to save him and those like him? I guess you'll have to read it to find out. This book was awesome and so difficult to put down. It held my attention throughout, ...more
Griffin
Normally I'm not that into zombies, but I have to say, these zombies are the coolest ones I've seen in a long time. Definetly looking forward to reading the next book.
Danielle Frappier
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical zombie book, but really a nice change. I got sucked into this book from the first page and couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book,
Christina
My original review for this title can be found HERE at The Book Hookup.

**Note:** An e-copy of this novel was provided by this author for this blog tour; however, that did not influence this review in any way.

With this novel, you become immediately immersed in Sin City, where a demented man named Dominic has unleashed a virus on his recruited minions. He delivers on his promises of them obtaining super-human strength, sight, and speed, but doesn’t fully divulge on the negative side effects. You
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Ali
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Barely Alive was not at all what I expected it to be. Based on the blurb, I anticipated a somewhat run-of-the-mill zombie tale with a splash of romance. What I didn't see coming was the humor in which it would be told. Paulson masterfully spins this web with voice of a teenage boy who can't decide what he wants more, food or sex. You so easily fall into his head and thought process. Or, lack there of, as the case so often is with Paul.

Paul was having a rough time of life and during a downturn he
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Amy Fournier
I rarely pass up a chance to read a zombie book so I was looking forward to this one. I thought it was a great take on zombies and survival. It's not your typical zombie book at all. These aren't your mindless, just want to eat your face variety. These are regular people, injected with a virus that slowly kills them, but makes them stronger, faster, and smarter in the process. Their bodies may start to die and will continue to over twelve weeks, but their mind doesn't. They are capable of still ...more
Piseog
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I really liked this book in the beginning. It had an interesting and light-hearted take on the whole zombie thing and I enjoyed it. However, the further the book went the more I disliked it. Maybe around halfway through, around the time the characters started their road-trip, I really started to get tired of it. There were a lot of flawed plot points. For example, if Dominic knew that the guys could pass on the zombie virus through their saliva, knew they were starving for human flesh a
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Shy The WidowMaker
I have to say I went into this book not really knowing what to expect but I do know now that I am in love with the author's writing abilities. This book was like one of my favorite zombie reads that I have read this year. It was fast paced and just really well written. I don't think I can gush enough about how much I loved it. Ok let me start off by saying I loved that this book was told through the point of view of Paul. It;s not often we get the story told through a males point of view and I ...more
Corina
Barely Alive (Barely Alive, #1)

Despite my crippling fear of zombies, I’ve read my fair share of post-apocalyptic books where zombies play a distinct role; apparently I’m sadistic like that. But I have to say Barely Alive is the first zombie book I’ve read where the zombies are necessarily the bad guys, or rather three of them aren’t. I really enjoyed this book, it was different and almost logical to a point that scares the crap out of me.

I can totally see a “zombie-like” virus being formed out
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Kat
3.5 stars

With the deluge of zombie books out there, one kind of book particularly grabs my attention, and that's the story told from the zombie perspective. There a few of those books out there, but I believe this is the first one I've read from the perspective of a teenage boy, which makes it even more unique.

Barely Alive is the story of Paul - a typical teenage boy who also happens to be a zombie. And this particular zombie virus isn't your normal quick-turn-into-brain-muncher virus - it's b
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Heather
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
“Barely Alive” by Bonnie R. Paulson asks “can a zombie have a good heart?” This novel, unlike many others of the zombie genre, actually takes the reader to the beginning of the zombie virus and how it started. The main character, Paul, is our zombie with a heart. He has been injected with the virus and only has 12 weeks to live (the typical lifespan for a zombie). When he is sent out by the boss to pick up girls for food, he didn’t imagine that they would come back with a feisty one named Heathe ...more
Lynn Thompson
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a must read for Zombie enthusiasts, young adult and adults. YA, Teen almost zombies, action, suspense and more...


My son read this book and absolutely loved it! I've been dying to read it LOL) and have finally gotten the chance.


Paul is a disgruntled teen who runs away from home trying to find a better life. Unfortunately he finds Dominic. Dominic promises him the world for a price. A injection of a virus. While paying the price back to Dominic he finds Heather. Heather intrigues him so much
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Step Into Fiction
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ashley
Barely Alive is not like any other zombie book that you will probably ever read nor is it like any other zombie book I have read. I got this book because I very much love zombie books and the description of this book intrigued me, it was definitely a different zombie story. I have to say I LOVE how these zombies were written, zombies with a brain and a heart and a conscious!? Weird but works SO WELL!!

Read full review at Step Into Fiction

Review completed by: Ashley
Carlie K
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is SO different from the usual zombie books I've read.

I love how some of the zombies are able to maintain their consciousness and feelings even
they have been affected by the "virus".

Love the main character, Paul, who's so caring and strong and protective even he's a zombie.

Love the writing style. The pace is really fast and it gives a feeling like you're
watching a movie by reading words. Not many books have given me feeling like this before,
but this book is truly one intriguing read a
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Michel King
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deliciously fresh take on young adult romance and zombies. I am not a zombie fan, but I have read the entire series and LOVE these books! The characters are multidimensional and stay with you long after you close the cover. Bonnie Paulson's medical knowledge brings the plot to life in a terrifyingly realistic way. Just enough science to make the story plausible, but not so much that it leaves you behind, coupled with the accurate portrayal of teenage romance makes these books hard to put down an ...more
Shelley Martin
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced mixed with teen hormones. The is the best book Paulson has written so far!
Chelsea
Super LOVE this book. Definitely a must read. I can't wait for the next in the series to be available. If you liked Twilight, you'll love this!
Melissa Martin
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Fresh and fun writing. Love the first person zombie romance.
Hannah
Even though this book was totally morbid, I was so into it and the chemistry between the main two characters. I winced so much through this book, but not in a bad way. The descriptions were so vivid for the "zombie" feeds and such. I also thought how it was interesting that the whole apocalypse started because boys can't keep it in their pants. lol. Seriously though, this book kept me well entertained. I also thought it was interesting that if you were related to a zombie, there is some type of ...more
Lorre
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I added this series to my tbr list I wasn't sure if it was something I'd like. The description intrigued me but I usually like the classic zombies (slow, non-inteligent).
This is anything but a classic zombie story because the main charachter is a zombie who's as sentient as a human but faster and stronger. He and the other zombies still need flesh though like regular zombies but it doesn't have to be human, it can be animals as well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and its original t
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Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

When Erin and I got the invite to join this blog tour, there was no second thought in my mind to jump on this bandwagon. Zombies? Come on! I will read them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But then I got the most surprising note from my awesome friend and co-blogger Erin. She thinks it sounds interesting and wants to read it too!

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Erin's first zombie novel... sniff sniff... so happy!! I am so glad she liked it!

Moving on to my thoughts...

I read Eri
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BookHookup
The original review for this title can be found HERE at The Book Hookup.

Christina's Review:

**Note:** An e-copy of this novel was provided by this author for this blog tour; however, that did not influence this review in any way.

With this novel, you become immediately immersed in Sin City, where a demented man named Dominic has unleashed a virus on his recruited minions. He delivers on his promises of them obtaining super-human strength, sight, and speed, but doesn’t fully divulge on the negati
...more
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it Here . ~

When I decide to finally read a zombie book, I make sure to prepare myself mentally. It means I want to get scared. I want to have vivid nightmares. And, I want to get grossed out from all that comes with the zombie package. You see, I get scared very easily.

Barely Alive unfortunately did not gross me out, nor did it give me the creeps. Okay, maybe a little, but in a different matter. I know for a fact that it’s because
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Amber
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely Alive is the first book in a trilogy by Bonnie R. Paulson. Zombies and Teenagers what a combination. The land of Zombies is a new land for me but one I am enjoying .

Paul is a teenage boy who has under 12 weeks to live. He meets a girl and he likes her a lot. From there his zombie life changes because Paul still has heart. He does whatever he can to protect Heather from getting eaten. Paul is very conflicted through out the story what does he want more (sex or food)?

Dominic the evil lab
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Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Paul was your average teenager until he met Dominic. Dominic lavished him with anything he wanted so he would agree to get injected with an experimental drug. Only thing is the drug turned him into a zombie. One that craves fresh meat to survive. He only has weeks to live before the virus turns him into nothing but a pile of rotten flesh.

Paul saves Heather from being eaten alive and turned into one and with the help of some rather unusual friends they race to find a cure to save mankind.

Las Veg
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Celestine
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Barely Alive is book one of a young adult zombie horror series with a 17-year old male protagonist (and teenage hormones). This was pretty far outside my usual genre, so it was just an okay read for me. I expect teenagers/young adults will have more affinity for it. The author creates a pretty interesting and original scenario for the introduction and progression of the zombie virus. Paul is an amusing and likeable, if shallow, character. Hard to get too deep when the two feelings driving Paul a ...more
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