Mary's Review: Gossip Ghouls: Zombies and Lipstick (Author: Z)
Zombie punk Z wakes up in her designer coffin to learn that Vampie, the undead Paris Hilton wannabe, killed her. At first, Z believes this attack stems from Vampie’s jealousy over Z’s boyfriend. Soon, Z learns Vampie's master plan: stealing Z's boyfriend while eliminating werewolves and zombies altogether. Z decides to pose as Gossip Ghoul to get revenge on the billionaire vampress. Impersonating Vampie’s party girl cousin, Z enters the world of the super wealthy, of birka bags and designer fangs, of Parisian shopping sprees and lavish parties. Will Z be exposed before she texts Vampie's scandalous secrets to the undead world? Or will Z vanquish Vampie to once again make the high school of the living and the undead a safe and fashionable place for all?
This book is a fun ride for the imagination. The main character, Z, is a high school outcast who finds herself at her own funeral. Turns out she was killed by the popular girl, Vampie. Typical teenage stuff, right? Wrong.
Z is not dead dead. She is undead. She is a zombie. And Vampie isn't your normal mean girl - she's a vampress. What follows is a story of the underdog fighting back against her tormentor. But is she successful? You have to read it and see.
The Z character is well developed and likable. Her goals are noble and the reader will route for her and her friends.
Vampie, on the other hand, is shallow, mean, vindictive and just all around unlikable. Think the movie "Mean Girls", but amplified.
A couple of the other characters were Stoker and Midnight. Stoker is Z's boyfriend. I liked his character very much. He definitely was a boy you could be proud of. Midnight is Vampie's cousin, and while equally mean, and definitely part of Vampie's cruel group, I found her somewhat dumb. She is integral to the story, but not a good addition.
The story itself was fun and imaginative, but it was ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE. At times it was hard to follow who was where or how much time had gone by (or not). There are shopping trips in fabulous stores, and famous names sprinkled throughout; all of which will make the teen-aged, fashionable reader very happy.
The YA reader who is familiar with vampires/zombies/werewolves will LOVE this story. It is a playful story full of all that the imagination can create.