Underdead

Underdead

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by Liz Jasper
     
 

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Newbie science teacher Jo Gartner thinks her life has reached an all time low when she realizes the biggest excitement of her year is the staff Christmas party.
Then she gets bitten by a vampire.
Sort of.

And then she's a murder suspect.
The police are at her door, the Undead are at her windows, and her vampire traits are growing harder to hide by the

Overview

Newbie science teacher Jo Gartner thinks her life has reached an all time low when she realizes the biggest excitement of her year is the staff Christmas party.
Then she gets bitten by a vampire.
Sort of.

And then she's a murder suspect.
The police are at her door, the Undead are at her windows, and her vampire traits are growing harder to hide by the minute.

If she doesn't figure out who to trust she won't be alive long enough to worry about all those papers she still has to grade.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Jo is terrific! An entertaining lighthearted romp!
Coffee Time Romance
Kept me on the edge of my seat anxious to find out more. I was thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. This is a great story to curl up with on a rainy day.
MyShelf
Hilariously funny...a page-turner extraordinaire
Two Lips Reviews
Not your typical vampire story, it's better!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983945000
Publisher:
Liz Jasper
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
1,275,928
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Liz Jasper's first novel, Underdead, won the 2008 EPPIE Award for Best Mystery. The sequel, Underdead In Denial, was published the following year to critical acclaim. Since then she has written a YA novel and is currently back to work on her next Underdead book.

Liz lives in California near hiking trails and good public libraries, in a house where chocolate is welcome and the resident cat gets fatter and lazier every year. Why does Liz enjoy writing paranormals? With a career path that has gone from teaching middle school science to economics and finance, writing about blood-sucking demons was only natural.

Find Liz at:
http://lizjasper.com http://www.facebook.com http://twitter.com/#!/AuthorLizJasper

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Underdead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Laura Revenko More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun read and has a unique twist - what happens if you only partly affected by a vampire bite? It's an enjoyable mystery with a romantic triangle. A great book for when you need an escape for a few hours.
Amazing_Anna More than 1 year ago
There are a few grammar errors. But the book is great and makes you want to keep reading forever.
makeminemystery More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read paranormal mysteries but the humorous synopsis caught my eye. And so did the price. What a terrific read. A well-developed mystery, hint of romance, and giggles on every page. Stephanie Meyer, watch out!
Katietwoshoes More than 1 year ago
Looking foward to the sequel! Well written and funny
Fantasylover24 More than 1 year ago
I'm a great lover of paranormal stories, so when I came across Underdead I had to give it a try. I'm so pleased I picked this book up. The author has written a wonderful cozy mystery with a twist of romance. I loved the quirky main character Jo. There are laugh out loud moments, an enigmatic vampire and lots of clues to keep you guessing about who's the murderer. I'll definitely be buying the next in the Underdead series. I recommend this to all age groups. The content is suitable for anyone from teens upwards.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
Liz Jasper really takes the modern vampire and spins it on its head with this book. Her story is unique, original, and a great read. The characters are real, and could easily be people that you are neighbors with. I love the fact that Jo is a science teacher and who wouldn't want a Gavin in their life? It was an excellent paced book. I highly recommend it. I cannot wait to read the next one. I hope that she continues to write more with Jo and Gavin in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an easy and suspenseful read! It had me on the edge of my seat!! I can't wait for the next book!!
Wisdana More than 1 year ago
The premise was different from your average vampire novel. I read this non-stop while on vacation and immediately looked for the sequel. It wasn't available then - early October - but it is now! Recommend this to all your friends.
KDB08 More than 1 year ago
I was quickly sucked into the humor and culture of a young teacher's missteps with a handsome man who drinks blood and reads Jane Austin on the side. As the heroine's alarming symptoms progress, she is aided by a cast of quirky characters, while also becoming a murder suspect. I couldn't put the book down!
HelenT24 More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in and I couldn't put it down. The combination of mystery and romance with the added spice of the enigmatic vampire Will makes for an engrossing read. I love the character of Jo Gartner. The author manages to make her predicament totally believable, while keeping this a fast paced modern read that should appeal to every age range. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next in the series.
KatJ More than 1 year ago
Underdead is the first in a series of books written by Liz Jasper. The characters are quirky and the writing is fast-paced. If you enjoyed the Twilight series, you should read the Underdead series. Can't wait for the seqeuls.
Coastal_Reader More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put Underdead down. A great read for teens and adults. I can't wait for Liz Jasper's next book to come out!
pjantiq More than 1 year ago
Liz Jasper¿s Underdead is a fun read. Middle school science teacher Jo Gartner meets a hot guy in a club and discovers the perils of cavorting with vampires when his neck nuzzle turns into a bit. Then, one of her fellow middle school teachers is murdered, and she¿s the chief suspect.
Liz¿s humorous tale with its twists and turns will keep you turning pages and laughing, laughing, laughing. It¿s no surprise Underdead won the EPPIE (electronic publishing) award for best 2008 mystery.

Underdead is a well-written cozy combining humor, suspense and a little romance. The sequel "Underdead In Denial" is now available, and I¿m sure it will be as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Long Beach, California, Jo Gartner teaches geology to the hormonal crowd, eighth graders. She attends a boring Christmas party with her best friends, high school science teachers Becky and Carol when the spiked and dyed hair Korean-American Becky informs her a hot dude in black is eying her like the last piece of Carol¿s chocolate cake. After dodging Roger, Jo says no way, but Becky persuades her to talk to the hunk worth dying for. Will insists Jo needed rescuing from ennui and besides he explains he loves Jane Austen. --- They go outside to talk further, but instead of Pride and Prejudice, he bites her neck. Jo is clueless to what his nip means as Will is a vampire who has turned the science teacher into an underdead an almost vampire, sort of like being almost pregnant, as she has all the issues like sunburn and no bread to cope with, but none of the benefits. Gavin the vampire hunter arrives to either kill or help her. Meanwhile Jo struggles with her blood attraction and loathing of Will while his vampiress lover rejects the notion of sharing his neck. Soon afterward another teacher is killed with phony vampiric bites on the neck in Jo¿s classroom. However, learning vampirism 101 and amateur sleuthing still seems relatively easy to Jo after teaching eighth graders and worrying how her mom will react. --- Using amusing hyperbole to stereotype the negative side of vampirism, this tongue in cheek (and teeth on neck) tale is an amusing fast-paced paranormal whodunit that the audience will enjoy because of the combination of suspense, romance and the supernatural. Jo is terrific as the focus of the storyline she muses how she went from dateless to a triangle and one in the romance department while working on a mystery and surviving eighth grade. as Liz Jasper writes an entertaining lighthearted romp. --- Harriet Klausner
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