Well, I got lucky enough to get to host Carrie Harris for my stop in the tour. If you don't know who Carrie is, she's the amazing author behind the very popular book Bad Taste in Boys and it's forthcoming sequel, Bad Hair Day. Be sure to check her out on Twitter, too. Carrie is a rockstar to me because she successfully brought two typical YA topics together to create a book very unique that stands out on the YA market: zombies and high school. You can read more about Bad Taste in Boys here, and you can order it, too!
On to the guest post...
I’ve lost track of the number of people who have said, “Oh, I’m so glad you got published, but I won’t be reading it because I don’t read zombie books.” And I’m all, “DUDE, WHY NOT?” because I talk in all caps, and because I just don’t get the not-reading-zombie-books thing. So without further ado, I’d like to present five reasons why you should read YA zombie books if you don’t already, or alternately, five reasons that you should feel superior to your fellow humans because you already do. ROCK ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF, ZOMBIE READER.
1. There is a wide variety of zombie bookage available. You don’t like scary bits? There is a zombie book for you. Want romance? There is a zombie book for you. Secretly think that the idea of zombies on roller skates is hilarious? ME TOO. WE SHOULD TALK. But seriously, not every YA zombie book out there is horror. You’ve got funny ones and post-apocalyptic ones and deep-thoughts-on-high-school-society ones—don’t write it off just because of the shambling dead.
2. It’s a scientifically proven fact that people who read zombie books are going to survive the zombocalypse. Actually, it’s not really PROVEN, but don’t you think it’s worth hedging your bets? Because unless you happen to be Rambo (and in that case I’m secretly thrilled that Rambo is reading my blog post—you stud you), you’re going to need every bit of zombie lore you can scrape up. When the bath salts hit the fan, you’ll be an indispensible part of the survival team.
3. Shambling corpses are HOT. Actually, I can’t even type that without laughing. I DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT. YOU DON’T NEED TO CALL THE MEN IN WHITE COATS. The only way zombies are hot is if you light them on fire with a flamethrower. And I would totally read a book about a guy who went around flamethrowering zombies and making snarky comments, and HE could be hot. This is a plot I can totally get behind. Also, I can’t believe I just made flamethrower into a verb.
4. All joking aside, zombie books have some really interesting things to say. They’re not just blood and guts and hot guys with flamethrowers. (Seriously, why hasn’t this happened yet?) Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry says some really crazy profound things about what it means to be human. I dare you to read it without getting a little emotionally overwhelmed.
5. Zombie books are FUN. And really, what’s wrong with that? Yes, sometimes I want the kind of read that makes me think, but other times? Other times I just want to go on a wild ride down an alley with a hot guy and a flamethrower. I want to giggle at the limbs falling off and the snarky comments of the protagonist who doesn’t believe what she’s seeing. Sometimes a good laugh is the best medicine.
I feel like I should sum up, but I’m speechless. I just googled “hot guy with flamethrower,” and I learned that they now make flamethrower gloves. FLAMETHROWER GLOVES, GUYS.
Um, yeah. Give a zombie book a try if you haven’t already. And somebody buy me those flamethrower gloves for Christmas.a Rafflecopter giveaway