Giveaways


Winners Choice
ends 5.31

August 20, 2014

DNF: Zomburbia by Adam J. Gallardo

Series: Stand-alone (?)
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: K-Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: YA-Fantasy
"Welcome To Zomburbia."

My name is Courtney Hart, and I'm here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I'd actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains.

I've noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that's even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing...


Just a disclaimer, I DISLIKE tagging and writing DNF posts for obvious reasons but there are instances where I feel compelled to explain why I'm rating the book as such. And this is how I feel regarding Adam J. Gallardo's ZOMBURBIA

First of all, ZOMBURBIA is my first ever zombie book. After watching The Walking Dead and enjoying the blood, gore, and decay of these undead, I felt like I'm finally ready to read books about them. Alas things didn't pan out that way here. I stopped at 40% and continued to skim until the end for the sake of closure. 

It's not all bad though, I love the idea behind ZOMBURBIA. The zombie apocalypse happened a long time ago, it was bad but people managed to survive, adapt, and rebuild. There are still walkers loitering around and the world is still not a safe place but the uninfected, like Courtney Hart, placed systems to keep them out and the remaining healthy populace safe. I imagined things to be similar to Warm Bodies minus the humor and likable characters. Another interesting twist is the healthy people found a new drug in zombie brains and Courtney is a dealer, selling this disgusting drug on the d/l so she can save enough money to move out, live in a different city, and go to college to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor and finding a cure for the disease.

What didn't work for me is Courtney Hart herself. As the story is told in her POV and she's basically driving the story, it was difficult to be objective and focus on the plot per se. Here's why Courtney and I didn't get along: SHE ANNOYED THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF ME. At first I was loving Courtney's sarcasm, snark is my favorite characteristic in a heroine and Courtney has an abundance of that. But as the story kept moving along, she quickly crossed the line from cute to bratty, condescending, and ungrateful. Even her friends are complaining about her attitude and how she takes them for granted and makes them feel like they're beneath her. 

One thing you should know about Courtney is she's not one of the popular kids, she's one of the "outcasts" and takes pride in being one. Until she caught the eye of one of the jocks, Brandon Ikaros, then things turned for the worst for her friends. Slowly but surely, Courtney was sucked in to the clique she allegedly despises, blowing off her friends so she can hang with Brandon, lying to them about things, etc. What grated on my nerves even more is after committing offenses that betrayed their friendship, and Coutney's clearly in the wrong, she refused to apologize which annoyed me even more. I mean I've met a LOT of snarky heroines but their redeeming quality lie in that they are kindhearted and are wise enough to know what matters and what doesn't. Courtney didn't demonstrate any redeeming qualities in the first half of the book, the redemption happened after she lost her friends because of her selfishness. 

Of course I'm just one reader so DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! I'm sure your experience will be different from mine and you'll probably end up loving ZOMBURBIA. So please, read it and let me know what you think.  








36 comments:

  1. Wow, it sounds like Courtney's attitude actually detracted from the zombie part of the book a lot, so much so that it affected your enjoyment. Great review Braine! If you're looking for an awesome zombie read, I recommend FEED - MY FAVOURITE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will look at up! I'm in the mood for some more decay LOL

      Delete
  2. I enjoy snarky heroins but she seems to be taking it too far, though. Great review :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yeah, I'm not sure Courtney would work for me, either, Braine. If she really loathes the popular kids, why would she leave her friends hanging so she could be with those 'it-kids' instead? I'm not a huge zombie fan, either, but I have read a couple that I really enjoyed :)
    Thanks for sharing, even if that's a hard thing to do with a DNF :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it's resentment of some sort, like she probably secretly want to be one of the popular ones but maybe they didn't like her or something like that til now? Whatever, I'm not interested in finding out LOL

      Delete
  4. I love snark on a heroine too and I really enjoy it when they have s sassy attitude (my fave heroine in KCole's IAD series is Sabine) but I can totally understand your dislike of the main character here. She does sound bratty and ungrateful and I hate heroines who would bail on loved ones just for the sake of their love interest. I love zombue books but I will probably skip this one. I've been reading zombie indies myself! I just read The Scourge and enjoyed it, and now I'm reading Love at the Time of Zombies. Don't let the crappy cover food you, I'm really enjoying it so far! Awesome review Braine!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love at the Time of Zombies... I like that, is it based on GGM's novel?

      Delete
  5. I finished it but it wasn't really good... so I can understand

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Can't wait to read your review, let's compare notes!

      Delete
  6. That cover creeps me out every time I see it!
    I am not a huge zombie fan anyways but I think I will avoid this one all the same. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well for the cover alone I think that's wise as it creeps you out. As for the story, I hope you won't take my word for it.

      Delete
  7. Well, I'm not into zombies at all, so yeah.... Besides that, the annoying MC would just irritate me too. Thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I appreciate your honesty, Braine. I'm not into zombies myself, but I really don't think I'd be down the Courtney. An annoying MC is NOT who I want to spend my reading time with.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can take annoying but not for almost the entire book. I want to enjoy what I read, not get frustrated by it

      Delete
  9. Glad to see I wasn't the only one that DNF. I was so excited about this one too for the same reasons you listed. However, like you said, my issue was with Courtney. I don't mind snark but it just kept getting worse and worse. You'd think after the various things that happen to her that she'd change a bit, grow a little, but nope she just kept on being the self centered brat that she was.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I saw your review at Goodreads too! It made me feel better that I wasn't the only one who wasn't happy with this.

      Delete
  10. Gosh that sucks that your first zombie book was a big fat miss. I hope your next one is better. I always like a good zombie book. Over the top sarcasm can ruin a book

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I was hoping this would be a winner, get me in the mood for more zombies. Alas it's the opposite

      Delete
  11. Holy F. That is a creepy cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If only the story was just as Holy F!

      Delete
  12. what have we turned you into? lols. You are reading Zombie books :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. eek hope your next read is more to your liking.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh no..your first Zombie book was a fail, that is horrible and it sounds like a bratty character ruined it. No go get the first book in Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy. Feed. I think since you like WD, you will love this and I promise no annoying characters and lots of zombies to love.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will take your word for it, you're the second person who recommended Feed. Must be really great! Thanks, Kimberly!

      Delete
  15. UGH nothing you can do about an obnoxiously annoying main character that you can't stand. There's definitely some good zombie books out there so I hope you read another one that you enjoy :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too. I thought this would be a great intro since it's YA and a new series/book? Alas I was wrong, it's not for me sadly.

      Delete
  16. Well, I don't like zombies anyway, so the fact that the MC in this one was freaking annoying makes me doubly unlikely to ever pick it up. I'm sorry you dislikes this one enough to post a DNF review, but thanks for sharing ;) And better luck next time!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yay for reading about zombies! Boo for this one not being the right fit for you.

    I'm sure she learns her lesson and all but sometimes it's tough to stick with a character so annoying until then.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True! I mean why keep her redeeming qualities towards the end? Why not throw us a bone, clue us in, show us that there's a good girl underneath all that snark!?

      Delete
  18. I'm sad that your first zombie book experience wasn't a good one. If you want to try another zombie series I recommend you White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland.
    I don't think I'd like this one, so I'm skipping it.
    Thank you for the honest review.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Ugh, I hate annoying main characters. I highly recommend World War Z for a zombie book, each chapter is from someone elses point of view over a full time line from the first incident, outbreak, fighting back and recovery. Its such a good book!

    ReplyDelete

My reviews are subjective & does not reflect that of Talk Supe's followers.

Also I LOVE commenting back so if you're checking out a post, leave a line or two and I promise to visit your blog back. Let's feed each other's blogger soul!