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Donna of the Dead

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at
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Published March 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 1.5
“Fo’ shizzle,” Quentin agrees.
“Fo’ shizzle?” Tara asks, rounding on Quentin. “What are you supposed to be, Q-dog? A gangsta? A redneck gangsta? That’s like the worst fake accent I’ve ever heard.”
“Girl,” Quentin throws his screwdriver to the floor, “please don’t be gettin’ in my face. I’ll bust yo—”
I hope you like annoying teenagers, because this book presents no shortage of them. There are plenty of zombies, but there are also an ample amount of the most irritating teenager
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer friends!! Did you see that DONNA OF THE DEAD is available on NetGalley?! I *LOVE* this book.

This book is AMAZING. It's not your average zombie novel. (And I can say that, because I generally hate your average zombie novel.) This is laugh out loud funny and I can't wait for you guys to read it. You'd better add to your to-read lists immediately. :-)
Ash Wednesday
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: very patient people.
The zombies swarm, forming a circle around Deke.
“We gotta help him!” Quentin yells. More books sail out of the back doors of the vehicle.
“Big ones,” someone says. “Grab the big ones!”
“Throw Moby Dick, I hated that one.”
“Where’s Twilight?”
“No,” Tara squeals. “Don’t throw Twilight!”

Is ridiculing Twilight still a thing? Isn’t that so, I dunno, 2010? And seeing as a huge chunk of this story revolved around an annoying, speshul snowflake heroine torn between her childhood friend and her
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The first time I came across the title on Netgalley and knew that it is a Zombie Novel, i was like UGH no and I was about to press back , but I heard voices*REQUEST,REQUEST,REQUEST* :D And honestly I can not say how much I loved the book! It is definitely not what you expect from typical Zombie books, so yes , the plot is not Cheesy! Honestly, I want to reread it again very soon. Imagine if a Flu has the abilit
Gordon Mackinney
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You'll love Donna.

What monsters skulk around in your world? Pain-in-the-a** boss? Annoying ex? An army of zombies?

Regardless, you'll want Donna on your side. Goofy, spunky, rock-solid Donna, a memorable new character from a skilled up-and-coming wordsmith.

Check it out!
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling, romantic, very enjoyable YA zombie read, Donna of the Dead was fantastic. I loved this book. It had action, romance, and a few surprises that I didn't see coming. This book was just wonderful.

Donna was a lovely character. I have to admit, at first, I didn't like her much. She was shallow and somewhat bratty. But, over the course of the book she grew up and really rose to the occasion. She became stronger and proved herself as a heroine. My only issues with her was the aforementioned
Tammy Subia
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

People. I loved this book. I read it all in one sitting, and it's not a short book! When I first came across it on Goodreads it didn't have a cover (still doesn't), and the blurb was pretty much one sentence. But it compared the book to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so that put it on my auto-read list. I was so excited to get this ARC! I try to read the ARCs in the order in which the books will be released. But I had to
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, blogged
Loved Donna and rag tag band of Zombie Slayers.

Now I realise this isn't my normal read. I decided to mix it up a little when I found this little gem on Netgalley.

I'm most probably not even the target audience (Most probably YA here).
I really couldn't resist though. It's not often my name appears in the title of a book, or is even a main character.
So I picked it up and loved every single second of this book :).

For full review follow link to my blog -
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Holy crap, I think this book will give me nightmares. Gory, freaky, and downright awesome, Donna of the Dead has an element of suspense that will keep you reading until it ends with a bang.

Donna (Oh, my god, I am loving my name right now!) Pierce is holidaying on a cruise ship, relaxing with her best friend Deke when a plague breaks out on the mainland. The plague spreads at an alarming rate, and soon the ship is infected with zombie-like victims. Donna and Deke narrowly escape, and hole up at t
Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone wanting to start a fire.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.)
Donna hears voices, but the only one she really listens to is her own.
When a virus turns people into zombies, Donna worries about her manicure.
Can Donna survive against the zombies? Do we want her to?

Aaaarrrrggggghhhh! I cannot get over how annoying this book is! Pretty much the only thing I’ve learned from it is

Donna was just uuuurrrrgggghhhh! Infuriating, irri
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fresh Rot for fans of Zombie YA

It's been far too long since a young adult novel featuring zombies and high school kids came out that managed to impress me. The funny thing is... I never read the blurb for this one. I saw the title and took a glance at the cover and knew I had to give it a read. Fortunately, it proved to be one of those spontaneous book choices that pays off.

Donna surprised me by being pretty cowardly through most of the book. In a genre that's full of heroines who are instantly
J.A. Belfield
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper came highly recommended, and so I was very excited to delve into this tale of zombies, guts, and gore. All I knew prior to peeking within the pages was that it was a ‘refreshing addition’ to the genre. What I hadn’t anticipated was the humour.

My husband isn’t a reader, and I drove him nuts whilst reading this book, with all my tittering and snickering and, often, laughing out loud—even more so when I tried explaining why I was laughing and he just deadpan stare
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 1.5

Donna of the Dead looked pretty good, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

Donna annoyed me.
At the start, she treated Deke like crap, and most of the time, she didn't listen to him.
It was the start of a zombie apocalypse, but as soon as she seen Liam, all her thoughts turned to him.
She could be quite dumb at times too.

The twist involving her was also annoying, because it was really predictable.

I found it really w
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a fun zombie book!

Donna is in high school. She's away on a cruise during Thanksgiving break with her dad and best friend, Deke. And that is when the zombie outbreaks starts. It moves quickly through the world effecting everyone, even Donna's cruise ship. Donna must learn how to survive in this changing world. Can she adapt?

This book was so much fun. Donna starts out as your typical 16 year old that is focused on boys (or rather one boy) and herself. But we get to see Donna grow and learn m
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to like zombies to love the well-written Donna of the Dead. Filled with humor, snark, nail biting tension and romance, it will keep you reading; and at the end, looking forward to the planned sequels. Besides providing a fast-paced plot, with twists throughout, the author has done a wonderful job of capturing the “voice” and temperament of young adults. Her dialog always rings true. And for the zombie lover there is enough “fright” to keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not your average zombie book!! This was a funny refreshing, action filled and yes some teenage romance filled zombie story. I had several moments of laughing out loud, the story flew by and I finished this book in just a few dedicated hours. We follow Donna and her friend forever, Deke, as they make their way through zombie infested cruise ships, high schools, and Florida in general. One thing is for certain, I want a dad who can operate a cruise ship during the zombie apocalypse. :)

*Arc courte
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the play on words zombie reference int he title to the very last page, this book is fantastic! Beyond your average YA romance or zombie apocalypse, this book rocks! It's funny, fast paced, contains just enough mystery to keep it interesting and the zombie creation scenario is believeable! I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere, whether it's for the humor, the zombies or the sweet first love story! I'd love more stories about Deke and Donna any day! ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
Donna of the Dead was literally a laugh out loud story. Donna was a hilarious main character. Her strategy for dealing with the zombies is to hide, run, and scream. I really loved the plot and the fresh take on zombies. This book was just so great and an awesome read. It has zombies, romance, action, and everything else you would want in a story.

For a more in depth review and more go to

ARC through NetGalley for a honest review.
Breanna Rose Graham
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, e-read, favorites
Really good new take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Really cute endering love story, made me root for the boy who loved Donna when she was being an idiot! I really hope there is a sequel cause I really loved the characters by the end of the story. but if there isn't one this was still a good stand alone book. if you love zombies this story is a must read! ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, ya, zombie
Full review to come next week. :)
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. No money was exchanged for my review.
Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.
The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with t
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, arc
See that hot kiss happening right there? It wasn't there when I requested this book on Netgalley, and even then I knew I would love this book. Zombies + romance? I am in.

Donna Pierce is different from the other girls, and not solely because of her eerie silver eyes, she's different because she hear voices. Luckily, Donna is not crazy, the voices tend to warn her of danger. When they are yelling on the top of their lungs? not a good signal at all. Donna was just vacationing with her father, her f
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Donna has been hearing voices for a long time. They always seem to warn her when she is in danger. While on a trip she and her best friend Deke narrowly miss getting but by a horde of zombies. They escape and find safety at their high school. There is a few survivors there including the girl she hates and the boy she has always had a crush on. Donna begins to be confused as her crush is acting different towards her and so is Deke. It seems Deke may want to be more than friends. They are quickly ...more
*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Fun, comical and dangerous; this novel will have you laughing out loud whilst contemplating how you would escape the zombie apocalypse! When I requested Donna of the Dead the cover had yet to be released, meaning the title and summary instantly had me captivated. I definitely love the cover though, it instantly stands out and the zombies in the background make me giggle.

Donna Pierce can hear voices in her head, she doesn't kno
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Donna of the Dead is so much fun! From the first page to the last page, it's full of laughs, action, and a little romance. Plus lots and lots of zombies! When we first meet Donna, she's on a Thanksgiving cruise with her BFF, Deke, her father and his grandmother (they're dating, weird!). Back on the mainland a virus is quickly spreading through the human population causing them to bite others and eat their flesh. Unfortunately, one of the infected is on-board a
Clever Girl
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Action packed and exciting with laugh out loud humor and unexpectedly moving moments.

Donna is very much a teenage girl, sarcastic, boy obsessed, self-absorbed, but unlike other teenage girls she hears voices in her head, a cool - and handy - addition to the plot. I thought Donna's reactions to the zombie apocalypse were believable. The zombie apocalypse doesn't automatically turn her into a fearless zombie killing machine, she's scared, she freezes, she runs, but as the story progresses Donna be
Chris Torretta
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zombies!!! SQUEEEE!

Ok, now for the serious stuff. This wasn’t a bad book but for some reason it didn’t grab me until about half way through. I did enjoy the characters but something was keeping me from falling totally in love with this.

The plot is solid and very creepy. It starts and they are in a ship, that can never be good! But I think it happened too fast. They got out too easily. I mean yes, they did have to fight a bit but not too much really. Then they get to the school and it’s all norma
Vonna Carter
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This book was so much fun I read it in one gulp! Besides having to deal with the ravenous zombies, cowardly Donna has a chorus of voices in her head demanding to be obeyed. This was a great twist that kept me guessing— was this a gift, a disability or some kind of demonic possession? Not even Donna knows, but as the story progresses, she figures it out.

Though the focus is on Donna the whole time, her surrounding cast makes this story stand out. Each character is so well drawn that whenever some
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great, great book, really enjoyed it, and yeah, just really, really funny!!
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Alison Kemper is the author of DEAD OVER HEELS and DONNA OF THE DEAD; both books spent several months on the Kindle teen humor bestseller lists. She lives in a small town in North Carolina where she hikes and eats obscene amounts of barbeque.

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