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Undead Much

Undead Much

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by Stacey Jay

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Megan Berry-Zombie Settler extraordinaire-just wants Pom Squad to trounce Cheer Team in this freakishly funny follow-up to You Are So Undead to Me. But someone's turning coma victims into settler-resistant über-zombies-and everyone thinks it's Megan's fault! Well, except for super-creepy male cheerleader Aaron. (Ew!)

Meg's also being stalked by a hot-albeit


Megan Berry-Zombie Settler extraordinaire-just wants Pom Squad to trounce Cheer Team in this freakishly funny follow-up to You Are So Undead to Me. But someone's turning coma victims into settler-resistant über-zombies-and everyone thinks it's Megan's fault! Well, except for super-creepy male cheerleader Aaron. (Ew!)

Meg's also being stalked by a hot-albeit undead? seer named Cliff. Can Cliff's premonitions help Megan stop a zombies-on-ice deathscapade and discover who's really behind the coma-killer crusade before an entire army of undead rise up? And when Megan's boyfriend Ethan grows jealous of Cliff, will it end their intra-settler romance?

Stacey Jay's snarky teen-speak is ?dead?-on and hysterical! Ally Carter better get used to the smell of grave dirt . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
The second book in Stacey Jay's "Megan Berry" series finds Megan on the pom squad, dealing with family secrets, thinking about boys, and, of course, battling zombies. It seems like a normal day in the life of Megan, but things are not falling into place as they should. First of all, the family secrets are casting suspicion on Megan herself, she is having feelings for two boys, and the zombies she is settling keep coming back. Readers do not have to be familiar with the first book in the "Megan Berry" series, You Are So Undead to Me, to enjoy Megan's journey through the sequel. It is clear from the mentions of her life in the first book that the main character has grown up a lot as she continues to develop her powers. However, she still manages to be a fun, buoyant character who the reader wants to continue reading about. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to You Are So Dead to Me, Jay keeps the action moving at a brisk clip. Sixteen-year-old Megan Berry, a powerful zombie Settler, is used to having her spells return the Undead to their graves without a fuss. Something's different this time, though—a new crop of zombies are not following the rules, and worse, Megan's Settler bosses think she's responsible for raising the zombies. With the help of her boyfriend, Ethan, and pom squad captain Monica, Megan works to clear her name and find the culprit. Along the way, she has to deal with her attraction to an Undead psychic, do her part to fend off cheerleaders trying to take the halftime shows away from the pom squad, and keep Arkansas from becoming the center of a zombie apocalypse. Jay's writing is light and engaging, and the characters are lively and likable (though some readers may want to shake Megan for her poor communication at times). While the plot hinges on events from the first book, the background is covered well enough that readers can start here without confusion. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
Sharp storytelling, good writing, and the current hunger for zombie fiction make this a sure hit.
VOYA - Teri Lesesne
In this sequel to You Are So Undead to Me (Razorbill/Penguin, 2009/VOYA June 2009), zombie-fighter par excellence, Megan, is back battling the undead as part of an underground group whose mission is to keep the zombie population under control. Meg and her boyfriend, Ethan, are both undergoing more training in how to handle the elimination of zombies without attracting the attention of the human population around them in their tiny Arkansas town. An encounter with a particularly violent group of zombies puts into motion a series of events that will lead to a catastrophic confrontation, one that might just result in Meg's death. This sequel will stand on its own because sufficient backstory enables readers to enter fully into Meg's world of undead creatures and a subterranean organization bound to defend the unsuspecting humans they threaten. The humorous tone and mean-girl competition between the cheerleaders and the pompom squad makes this story a mash up between Night of the Living Dead and Mean Girls. Just the proper amount of blood and gore balanced with concerns about relationships, clothes, and appearances keeps the book from settling too comfortably into either a creature-feature novel or a piece of fluff high-school-dating story. At the end of this tale, Meg is beginning to come into her own as a warrior, which promises more adventures to come in subsequent books. Reviewer: Teri Lesesne

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Undead Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Stacey Jay lives in the Midwest.

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Undead Much 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
paranormallover1231 More than 1 year ago
I hated to read and then i saw this book and it looked interesting. I can't put the book down!!! I love this book, and I'm going as soon as possible buy more books by Stacey Jay. She is a true delight as an author. I love her books and I love Megan and Ethan's romance so much that I wish I had that romance for myself. This book is a must read!!! 
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Undead Much? by Stacey Jay Release Date: January 21st, 2010 Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin) Page Count: 306 Source: From LibraryThing Member Giveaways for review Q: How many guys does it take to make your boyfriend wild with jealousy? A: Only one, if he's UNDEAD. Megan Berry had a perfectly average new-sundress-and-boy-obsessed life — until her power to settle the Undead returned. Oh, and then her best friend tried to kill her — and ruin homecoming — with a bunch of black magically raised zombies. At least she got a spot on the pom squad and a smokin' boyfriend (Ethan). But now Megan is in deep fertilizer all over again. Why? Well, let's see... Feral new super-strong zombies? Check. Cheerleader vs. pom squad turf war threatening half time as they know it? Check. An Undead psychic hottie (Cliff) who's predicting a zombie apocalypse — and doing his best to tempt Megan away from Ethan? Yum. I mean, Check. Earth-shattering secrets that could land Megan in Settler prison for life? Um... It wasn't me!!! Everyone thinks Megan's at fault for the new uber-zombie uprising. Looks like she'll need the help of both Cliff and Ethan if she's going to prove her innocence before it's too late. What Stephanie Thinks: Vampires and werewolves are overrated in the Young Adult paranormal scene, so it was really refreshing to be able to read a novel about, not only zombies, but zombie slayers, in Undead Much?. The second installment in Megan Berry's dedicated, dangerous, and literally deadly misadventures is one you don't want to miss. Both Jay's easy, entertaining voice, and the multiple dilemmas Megan faces in the life she could only dream was normal, will appeal to all lovers of the genre. First and foremost, I find this an excellent example of paranormal for teens. Megan is totally kick-ass and gets her job done right — though the Zombie Settler council suspects of her of dark magic that she isn't even channelling — but she also remains reserved about it — adolescent maturity at its highest — and has the exact same problems most non-Settler teenage girls have in their lives. As a Settler, her job is to use her powers to return the raised dead back to their graves and seal them in forever. However, she isn't just another Settler; she's one with massive powers that could, if used for the wrong purposes, destroy both her, and the entire magical community as well. Recently however, her powers have been ineffective in Settling zombies — and they've even failed her a few times during zombie attacks. With powers as immense as hers, she used to be unbeatable, but now, she's a bit disappointed. The worst part is that the Council, the authority, thinks SHE'S the one resurrecting the freakishly strong zombies. She needs to prove her innocence, as well as explain why she, the only one with enough power to even do such a thing, is the one who's in the most danger of all. This book is also a romance, one I think teenagers will swoon over. The love triangle created between her, her extremely hot and understanding boyfriend, Ethan, and a cute but mysteriously human-like zombie, Cliff, is very pure in relationship terms, yet the tensions sizzle on each page. Megan struggles with regular girl problems — such as dealing with the discomfort of going to second base — and these, alongside her mission to prove the Council wrong, as well as embark on an unwelcome path to discover her own identity, makes Undead Much? an engrossing and, for me, addicting read. My only complaint is sometimes Megan's problems seem really trivial; she makes mountains out of molehills often. Perhaps Jay was just trying to convey Meg's personality in that way, but it's hard to sympathize with a protagonist and narrator who nags and acts like a four-year-old sometimes. Other than that, I think Undead Much? is a highly successful novel that dignifies and embraces the Young Adult genre by incorporating adventurous, romantic, and moral anecdotes to satisfy readers in every way. I definitely am looking forward to the sequel. Stephanie Loves: "'I don't want you to ruin your chances to do something you love.'" Radical Rating: 8 hearts-Would recommend to lots of really good friends.
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I see that lots of people write HUGE reviews about it. I, for one, think that it is a great series for young women, such as teenagers, because of ner relationship for her love life. Also, I think it is terrific for teens whom like zombie(horror, possibly) books, or movies. I am embarrased that this IS from ALMOST 2012. Okay, now, find the N please... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I have heard that a lot of people have been complaining about Anonymous.. if you do NOT have an account(like so...) then you are ANONYMOUS? I do not think about it until they see the post THEY made. Okay, thank you for actually reading this IF you read it. I am a teen, so that is why I rated and posted this. Have a nice day OR night.
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epicrat More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it was quite as fun as the original, but it still had its perks such as one dreamboat by the name of Ethan and Megan's entertaining narration as crazy events kept piling at her feet. I am a little sad that Razorbill pulled the plug on the series just when it was getting good, but I am totally grateful for Ms. Jay who is graciously providing a self-published Book 3 for her zombie horde of followers :)
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Being a zombie settler is not an easy job. Getting the dead to settle down can take time, energy, and a lot of magic, or it can be as simple as delivering a lost charm to an old flame. Try juggling that, a car wash to raise money for Pom squad, a hot zombie-slaying boyfriend, and trying to prevent the squad from losing their half-time spot at the school's game to the rival cheer squad, and you've got yourself a full plate. When evil not-quite-dead or defeatable zombies attack Megan and the Pom squad's captain and fellow zombie settler, Monica, at the car wash fundraiser, things turn ugly and Megan gets accused of raising the dead. Worse, no one believes her, except for her boyfriend and Monica. With the threat of someone truly evil trying to destroy the town with the undead, Megan can't afford to get sent to Settler Prison. With the help of her boyfriend and another zombie slayer, will Megan be able to clear her name and get the undead back where they belong? An intriguing, unique story that grabs the reader's attention early on and doesn't let go until the very end. The characters are well-developed and the plot is fast-paced. The book is truly action-packed. Although it helps to have read the first book in the series, YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, readers will still be able to fully enjoy the story without too much confusion. Those who like action, paranormal fiction, adventure, and mystery will enjoy reading UNDEAD MUCH.
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lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Megan Berry series and it is awesome. I hardly ever say this but this book is better than the first one, and the first one was pretty awesome itself. It definately left itself open for another book and I can't wait to read the next one that Stacey Jay has for us. Megan Berry isn't your normal sixteen year old girl, she's one of the most powerful Zombie Settlers alive. She's dating her old childhood friend, yummy 19 year old Ethan. Things start to go bad when people who aren't even dead but in comas start to come to life and thirst for human blood and Megan is blamed for it because of reasons she doesn't even know. Her mom seems to be keeping secrets and acting strange. Then there's super cute Cliff who happens to be dead, for reason unknown to Megan she's can't settle him and put him to eternal rest and he seems to be following her. She soon has feelings for Cliff and keeps him a secret from everyone and learns of Cliff's visions of the future. Meanwhile at school while Megan's life is being turned upside down she has to deal with raising money and beating the cheerleaders for halftime rights in the new school gym. And then there's creepy, get in your personal space cheerleader Aaron who seems to be all touchy feeling with Megan wanting to always get her alone. Megan starts to also realize Monica is not the total witch she always thought she was and maybe they can be friends. Monica is convinced of Megan's innocence and doesn't believe for a second Megan dabbled in any dark magic to raise zombies, even if nobody else seems to believe it.
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I happen to love Megan's character in the Undead series and she is truly a great person. Not only is she dealing with zombies and undead drama, she has freaky cheerleaders as well as a hunky undead boy to deal with in this second book. The romance between Megan and Ethan is still as yum-worthy as always, but her conflicted feelings about Cliff make her more believable to me. I love how Megan and Monica are starting to work with each other rather than against. She needs all the help she can get, and Monica is a great asset. The conflict between the pom squad and the cheerleaders is at times giggle-worthy, but oh so real. More than once I have seen the evil looks cast at us pom girls by the cheers. It was nice to see it all dealt with in a funny light. One of the good things about this series is how it deals with teenage intimacy. More than once Megan feels tempted to "run the bases" as she calls it with Ethan, but each time, she is pulled back by her own sense of what is right, and keeps her from going too far. That is a great message for girls to see, especially with so many novels having characters hook-up with no regard. Thank you Stacey Jay for giving us a girl with so much to look up to. Keep it up!!
ArmywifeTG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, any teenage girl will enjoy this book but will get the message that the book is sending to them too.
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d_e_s_t_i_n_y More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. As soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. The only dissapoiting part of the entire series is that I have to wait so long until I can read the next one. Anyone who enjoys a bit of zombie fighting and romance mixed together who love this book.