May 6, 2014

ARC Review: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) by: F.J.R. Titchenell

Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) by: F.J.R. Titchenell (Released Today: 5/6/14)
270 Pages
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Young Adult/Zombies
Source: I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Goodreads Summary: The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan. Still, Cassie’s an optimist. More prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, she’d rather fight a corpse than be one, and she won’t leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places to find her, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might just love him, too. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-format novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.

My Review

Quick Summary: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer is a decently unique zombie novel guaranteed to make you laugh.

What I Liked

  • A good amount of the zombie fighting scenes in this book were original and a nice twist on the zombie killing genre. Sure, this book isn’t unique all the time, but there are a few very strongly original scenes that Titchenell deserves to be given credit for.
  • Cassie is a very entertaining narrator and hearing her story from her first encounter with a zombie and throughout her entire adventure of travel to find a friend kept me rather absorbed in her tale.
  • The author does a marvelous job at remembering to include the characters encountering real life problems such as the weather and food among other things and not just the zombies during their fight of survival.
  • I loved the friendships among the survivors, but most of all as I mentioned before, I loved the humor.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The characters were sometimes annoying, but I believe it was just because of their age. In general the characters really were hit and miss with me throughout the novel.
  • As a reader, you never really do get any closure on how/why the whole zombie apocalypse thing started in the first place, zombies are just pretty much there.
  • I mentioned that I enjoyed the different zombie killing/encounters that this book has to offer, but at times it also seemed like some of the plot/these instances were forced, or felt like the novel was trying a little too hard to be better or different than the rest of all the zombie books out there.

Bottom Line: A fun and funny zombie novel perfect for teenagers who like humor mixed in with their blood and guts. If you like novels with zombies you might as well give this one a try.


  1. As you know, zombie books aren't really my thing, so it's unlikely I will pick this one up. But if I did it would be for the humor (I love when books make me laugh). I always think of real life problems when reading survival stories so it's nice to see the author didn't pretend her characters are void of basic human needs.

    1. My favorite part was that the author remembered to include real problems, like eating, going to the bathroom, the weather, that sadly not all survival stories do. I don't blame you for skipping this one, I think it would be more for those that love zombie books.


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