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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review: The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong: A Zombie Love Story by K.A. Schloegel

The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong: A Zombie Love Story by K.A. Schloegel
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Pages: 324
Received From: Author

Summary: Teenage writer Eleanor Armstrong tells the story of her life as a collection of Facebook-esque entries interspersed with the chapters of the novel she is writing. She starts out writing a nice, quiet high school romance, depicting the love triangle between ultra-hip and smart Sarah – who is really just Eleanor with great hair, her geeky pal Marky – who is Eleanor’s pal in real life too, and popular jock Brandon – a character based on a boy who once spoke to Eleanor. But to her dismay, the novel turns to horror after zombies attack the school and kill Brandon. You know, just the usual “Boy meets girl. Boy turns into zombie. Zombie-boy loses girl. Zombie-boy gets girl.” Huh? Write what you know, Eleanor’s teacher tells her. And what she knows is a high school teeming with bored kids who will prey upon each other, can be kind, cruel, fall in love, or anything in between just to relieve the tedium of their existence. In other words, a school full of zombies. So Eleanor goes with it. Zombie attacks abound, both in her novel and her real life as an overlooked teenager with peculiar superpowers.

My Review: The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong: A Zombie Love Story is a well-written, action packed zombie novel. From the beginning, Eleanor presents herself in two different ways. The character named Sarah in her zombie novel is the beautiful, popular, Eleanor she always wanted to be. But, in real life, she's just an average girl. You get to know the real Eleanor through her blog entries which you can find after each chapter of her novel. I first thought this writing style would get confusing but surprisingly K.A. Schloegel balanced it really well. I really enjoyed Eleanor's zombie story because it was fast-paced and easy to get into. It's not one of those gory type novels, it's actually very cute at times. Especially, during the moments where Eleanor experienced teen love, I remember those days, good times. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I never would of heard of it if it wasn't for K.A. Schloegel contacting me. But, I'm glad I was exposed to it because it is a fun YA read. And, if you're a zombie fanatic, you should definitely pick it up.

My Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Author's Info: Author K.A. Schloegel is a research scientist for a multinational corporation. Work time is spent writing proposals to obtain funding for the next crazy scheme. Home time is spent running, practicing jivamukti yoga, and unloading the dishwasher.


Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I haven't heard of this one but sounds like a fun zombie romance. I'll check it out. Blog entries are a fun idea since I'm into those. Great review!

ParaJunkee said...

Oh wow, haven't heard of this one at all but it sounds great. Confusing but interesting. I'll take your word for it that it works. I'll have to keep my eye out for this book. I'm a sucker for zombie novels. Haven't read one in awhile. - Parajunkee

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This sounds like a fun read. And the cover is definitely eye catching!

Emme Toaye said...

It sounds like a fast, creative, mind blowing book and you did a great review. Without your slant on the story I would not even have gotten past the cover, so thanks. Uhhh...are you going to write all over this with a red pen?

Hagelrat said...

this is the first i've seen of this one too, it sounds really fun and cute.

Lea said...

I've never seen if before either, but your review sounds amazing. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for it!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Since I'm kinda getting addicted to zombie books (sick addiction I know!) I think I'll have to buy this one!

Book Monster said...

Never heard of it, but the cover looks cool :)

Chutzpah said...

Thank you so much for posting this, since from the looks of things a lot of us might have missed out on this one. It sounds original and so much fun!

slommler said...

What a great sounding book!! Must put this one on my list!

prashant said...

Blog entries are a fun idea since I'm into those. Great review!

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