Friday, December 12, 2008

You Are So Undead To Me-Stacey Jay

You Are So Undead To Me
Stacey Jay
Razorbill Jan 2009, $8.99
ISBN: 9781595142252

Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry comes from a family of Settlers; people who help the Unsettled (Zombies) by listening to what makes them so bothered that they left their graves. She then performs a kind of magic to get them back into their graves and seals it. After that the Settlers try to do what the Unsettled wanted done. However, due to a trauma five years ago, Megan’s powers went dormant and she developed a case of partial amnesia.

Black magic practitioners created Reanimated Corpses (flesh eating zombies) who attacked her five years ago. Now Megan’s skills and memories return even as an Unsettled visits her. She recalls most of what she must do to get him back to his final resting place, but she cannot remember how to make him enter the grave. To protect her from the Reaniminated, her childhood friend Ethan, a Settler’s Affairs law enforcement official is assigned as Megan’s bodyguard pretending to be her boyfriend. Ethan likes the idea as he is attracted to her, but knows her safety comes first as some dangerous incidents occur targeting Megan. She and her family are placed in protective custody by an Enforcer who mentors Megan on how to use her second level skills. However her unknown enemy sets a trap that Megan falls into; one which could prove deadly.

Stacey Jay’s fine zombie novel is similar in tone and style to the P.C. and Kristen Cast’s vampire saga. Megan wants to lead a normal teen life, but comes to realize her heritage and her strong power will never allow her to do so. Once she accepts her reality, she studies diligently wanting to be an adept at level three spells so she can fight her own battles and hold her end up. Young adults will admire this fine role model while appreciating her star performance in the delightful and exciting YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME.

Harriet Klausner

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