Kimberly Wylie loves to write books about murder, mystery and mayhem. She’s especially fond of paranormal cozy mysteries, with some of her favorite authors being Adele Abbott, Emery Belle, and (non-paranormal cozy author) Joanne Fluke.
When not writing, you can find Kimberly enjoying the sunshine, the beach or the reef, from her home on Ambergris Caye, Belize. She lives there with her husband and the best English Cream Golden Retriever in the world—Coco.
Jenna Sutton is nothing like the iconic vampire slayer of TV fame.
She’s the antithesis of a cheerleader. She’s not peppy. And she sucks at gymnastics. She has nothing in common with the fictional Buffy, other than being blonde and in high school…
Oh, and occasionally she kills vampires for a living as well as other things that go bump in the night..
Following an attack on an English teacher at a nearby school, it becomes clear this wasn’t an ordinary coyote bite. The gray-green Lichtenberg-like webbing of streaks making their way up Ms. Pruett’s arm can mean only one thing—zombies.
But this isn’t a normal zombie attack. The victims seem to be hand-picked.
Can Jenna complete her investigation without the school administrators figuring out she’s actually a high school student from another school? Will Jenna be able to find out who’s behind these attacks before a full-scale zombie outbreak overtakes the town? And, perhaps most importantly…
Why did her best friend kiss her after all of these years?
Thoughts and Themes: Once I started reading this one, I had a hard time putting it down as it drew me in. The story starts off slow as they introduce you to the role that Jenna plays in this town and some of the people that she works with. It picks up rather quickly though as you get introduced to the problem that the town is facing and Jenna’s new case.
I really liked how short each of these chapters are and how they flow well with each other. I really enjoyed the world-building that takes place as you learn about Jenna as a hunter and the different creatures that she is hunting. While I am familiar with the traditional story of zombies, it was nice for this book to recap what we know as zombies and then further explain what types of zombies they encounter.
Characters: In this story there are two main characters that the story centers around, Jenna and Kieran. I really liked getting to know each of the characters seperately and reading as they worked together.
Something that I wasn’t too fond of was the relationship that begins to develop between the two main characters. I felt that the relationship was a bit forced and was frustrated by all of Jenna’s internal thoughts about Kieron when they were trying to solve a case.
I like the side characters that you get to meet who work with Jenna on her cases. While we only get brief glimpses of these characters, I was happy to see the people that her world consisted of.
Writing Style: This story is written in first person through the perspective of the main character, Jenna. I like that this story is written through her perspective as the story reads the correct age for our main character. I thought that it was great to have the book written in first person and in Jenna’s perspective because there are teenage moments throughout the book that interfere with her doing her job.