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Living Dead Girl (Living Dead World Book 1) by [Strange, Nessie]
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Living Dead World Book One

Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end...

Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen's teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack's help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.

But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she's dead, and he's the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen's spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family's grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn't as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 234 pages
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  • Publisher: Etopia Press (Jan. 15 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65de0b4) out of 5 stars A high intensity emotional ride Jan. 18 2014
By Kishan Paul - Published on
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Living Dead Girl is the story of twenty something Jen. The responsible and protective big sister, she tries her best to keep her little brother out of trouble and, in the process, falls in love with one of the members in his band, Jack. This story is a high intensity emotional ride. Feeling Jen’s pain and experiencing her death had me going through a whole box of Kleenex. Her need to come back and protect the ones she left behind leads her into negotiations with one of my favorite characters in the book, Sam, AKA the Grim Reaper. The idea of cheering for a zombie sounded ridiculous to me until I read this book. Nessie Strange’s writing pulled me into the story and kept me there long after the last page and now I can't wait for book two...there will be a book two right?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68d94c8) out of 5 stars So much fun!!!!! Jan. 18 2014
By Renea Mason - Published on
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I'm thrilled to see this book make its publication debut. Nessie's writing style was the first thing that attracted me. I'm typically a fan of paranormal romance, but even though this book has some romance, it's not the sexy, hulking alpha male variety. It's witty and keeps you turning pages. The dialogue is fresh and youthful and the characters are flawed, but still maintain their lovable characteristics. And Sam is just plain fun. This is definitely more Urban Fantasy than paranormal romance. but it's fun and leaves you wanting more. Five stars well-earned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6568174) out of 5 stars Nessie Strange puts a new spin on zombie fiction Sept. 12 2014
By Keith A. Manuel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received the Kindle edition of this book a few months ago in exchange for an honest review. I started reading it and had to give it some thought. It's hard to put it into a category. It's New Adult (most of the major characters are in their 20s). It's romance, even paranormal romance, though nothing like what I usually see in that category--in a good way. It's a bit urban fantasy, but not in the usual way (if you consider Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, or Jim Butcher 'the usual'). So this might take some explanation.

Jen MacLellan is a mortician in Providence, Rhode Island, working in the family business with her dad. She has a long-term (and long-distance) boyfriend and an annoying teenage brother who wants to be drummer of a punk rock band.

The first part of the book is a young woman's struggle with her brother Drew's misbehaving and her growing attraction to Drew's bandmate Jack. It's a well plotted story about Jen letting go of some of the baggage weighing her down. I quickly got attached to Jen and cheered her own. I learned to tolerate Jack, who's got his own set of problems. He's a decent guy, so I was happy for her. The romance was not rushed, and the author developed it in a natural way, superior to some of the romances I've seen in Young Adult and New Adult fiction of late. A minor issue was that Jack just kind of showed up at times. Dude, learn to knock, not just let yourself in your girlfriend's house. Otherwise it was well done.

And then things go bad and fast. The book title and description give it away pretty clearly, so this is no spoiler. I thought I was in a romance, but I knew that Jen was going to die. She does just past the halfway mark, which may be a bit too late. Maybe a third, but half seems a bit long in the tooth.

Then Jen dies. She doesn't take it well, and she twists Sam, her grim reaper, into letting her come back. The rest of the story flows quickly. Without spoiling, I will say that the author presents one of the most realistic zombies I've yet read. She struggles to understand her own death and try to set things right for Jack while dealing with the practical problem that her body is rotting away. Well worth a read if you like zombie stories.

I recommend Living Dead Girl for fans of urban fantasy, New Adult romance, and body horror.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa682b588) out of 5 stars I may not be a fan of Zombies, but I'm a forever fan of Nessie Strange!! Jan. 21 2014
By Robin Malone - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book from the Author, Nessie Strange, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

First and foremost, I have to, in all fairness to readers and the author, divulge the fact that I am NOT a fan of Zombie books. In fact, this is the first one I've read. I don't like the idea of them or their actions. So it IS possible this could sway my review.

That being said....I TOTALLY LOVED IT!! :D

I have to admit, I had to give myself time to absorb and sort out the story in my head though. I had to siphon out the "zombieish"(yes new word there) qualities in a zombie that I don't like(think NOM NOM NOM), strictly because I'm a wuss. Once I was able to do this, I was able to see the story as it truly is and how a person who LOVES Zombie themed stories would absolutely fall in love with it and how those who were a zombie genre virgin like myself would get a sweet bite(Yes I'm being punny) of a zombie story. I seriously did freaking love the actual story.

Jen is an uptight type of girl. When her mother died, Jen stepped into the role of taking care of her younger brother and her father. She has no social life, except hanging out with the dead who come into the funeral home her father runs and the occasional outing she has with her friend P.J..

Then there is also Jen's, stick up his butt, controlling piece of crap boyfriend Craig. Jen has dated him for awhile and he's off at college, living it up, while she's back home being the good girl and taking whatever affection/attention left overs he tosses her way.

So when Jen meets Jack, she is almost shell shocked. He's her opposite. She's supposed to love Craig, not be attracted to this sexy, delicious, blue haired guitar player in a band! But slowly, Jack breaks down her walls and sets her free. She's able to finally live life and enjoy it. Until she's murdered.

Even though the blurb tells me this is going to happen, the description is...WOW! Just wow! I swear I felt everything. I felt the panic, fear, the why!!?? and just...everything. I've read best selling author's crime novels and never have I felt the emotions the way I did with this book.

Then the frustration that Jen has, the shock, the tears, the desperation to do what she had to do to save those she loved. And P.J....she was a major player in this book as well. I was angry with her, yet I understood why she does what she does.

My final thoughts: This book threw me into a tornado of emotions. It took me out of my comfort zone, yet would place me back into it, only to be ripped back out again. I'll try to just put it all out there...everything that's flying around in my head. It probably won't make sense, but it will let you know how well written this book was. It was different, yet familiar, it had romance, it had terror, it had laughter it had tears, it was gruesome, but beautiful, it was angry it was loving. IT WAS EVERYTHING!

Nessie Strange has a gift. A gift of storytelling, imagination and the capability to connect to the reader's emotions. I may not be a fan of Zombies, but I'm a forever fan of Nessie Strange. I CAN NOT WAIT until the next book comes out in this series so I can find out what happens next!!!

~Robin -
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa67d1774) out of 5 stars fantastic!! I want more! March 9 2015
By Maghon Thomas - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, me and zombies have a love hate relationship. I love them, because they fascinate me, and I hate them because I don’t wanna do the whole brain eating thing, except in the White Trash Zombie series, who mixes her brains with chocolate to make it taste better :) LOL Anyways, this one is extremely awesome, and fresh, and a wonderful new story!

Jen is very….. strict. I will go with that. I happen to like her, alot, but sometimes, I wanna throw water in her face and maybe add some confetti, you know, giggle a bit. But she has a reason for that, her mom died and she was left in charge of the responsibilities, as her father and brother aren’t into that. AND to top it off, other than hanging out with her brother and dad, the only other people she sees are dead, like no longer breather, at her dad’s morgue, oh and she sometimes gets to see her friend PJ, who IS alive LOL. AND, Jen needs to drop Craig like a burning coal ember. UGH. I wanna kick his ass myself. Seriously, let him meet me :) Actually, I wanna beat up all of them, the boyfriend, the brother, the dad. They all take Jen for granted and walk all over her. And then Jen meets Jack. Look, Jen’s smart, and responsible, and sometimes sassy, and the good girl. But Jack comes in and not just takes, but YANKS the rug out from Jen. He is going to challenge her, and who she is, at every breath. It’s amazing what a little spontaneity can do right :) AND THEN she gets killed. Literally. LOL

I will not get into detail about Jen’s murder, because my words will have NOTHING on the author’s. DUDE, BEST MURDER SCENE EVER! I know that sounds horrible, but I can’t help it. It’s phenomenal what words can do when placed together in the right way! I will also say that this book has excellent secondary characters. And y’all will probably all love Jack! :) The characters will steal your breath way! I am really impressed with this book! And of course there’s Sam, wait tile you meet him :)

The plot line was phenomenal. How would you deal with all your responsibilities if you are dead. And, you really need to help everyone. This is one hell of a ride, and a seriously emotional one at that. I still feel for Jen, and I have so much more I want to say about that, but I really don’t want to give spoilers away. There’s so many things to offer so many different types of readers. Horror, humor, romance, suspense, mystery, finding-yourself in the process. I am still a little shell shocked, and I definitely didn’t want it to end! Plus, if that isn’t enough, the writing is magnificent. I want more MORE MORE!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME!!! PLEASE! :) 5 SERIOUSLY AWESOME ZOMBIE PAWS!!