Twice Shy

Twice Shy

by Patrick Freivald


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ISBN-13: 9781936564507
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication date: 10/03/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Twice Shy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BrettJTalley More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books. It’s sorta part of the job. Most of my reviews are good. There’s a reason for that. I rarely review books I hate, which makes it seem as though I am an easy reviewer. So let me be clear about how I feel about Twice Shy—this is the best book I have read in the last year. Hands down, no doubt. If you don’t like this book, you should give up reading. What’s particularly amazing about Twice Shy is the hurdle it had to overcome. I am a stickler for the zombies. I don’t like zombies that do anything other than form massive hordes and try and eat humans. That’s it. I don’t like talking zombies or smart zombies or zombie animals. Any of that jazz. So about a page into Twice Shy, I thought I was going to hate it. Then I read page two and changed my mind. Ani is like most kids. She has trouble at school. She has to deal with guy issues. And she’s a zombie. It’s a problem. She doesn’t breathe or have a heartbeat or need to eat, and if anyone finds out, they’ll incinerate her. If it sounds like a brilliant premise, it is. I read this book in a single day. I’d recommend it to anybody. Seriously, anyone. It is a fantastic debut, and it needs to be read. Tell your friends—this book has Stoker Award Finalist written all over it.
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TanyaD More than 1 year ago
One reviewet posted that Patrick Freivald combined humor, drama, action, suspense with even a slice of romance. So totally true. This book, along with the sequel "Special Dead", were really great. I read them both in one week (about 400-500 pages). After being sick for 2 wks and not reading, these were awesome to get me back into reading. Definitely looking forward to more from this author.
Wrighty More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to get to this but I was hooked as soon as I started it. What first attracted me to this book was that the setting was a little town in western NY state. I live in western NY state. The major landmarks like Niagara Falls, Lake Erie, Buffalo or Rochester might appear in a story but the little places seldom do. It was so fun to hear mention of a small town I often drive through or a college I've visited yet unnerving to realize it was in the context of zombie inhabitants. Eek! The writing was well done and so fluid. I was drawn into the life of Ani and her single mom. I constantly forgot this was a male writer because he captured a teenage girl's voice so well. There were many twists and turns that made this an exciting story and the details were terrific. It's hard enough to be sixteen but to have a virus that could lead to your instant annihilation at any moment could put a girl on edge! While Ani's life was filled with angst it seemed like she had constant dilemmas (understandable of course for a secret zombie teen). The tension was great but I felt that her issues became a bit overwhelming for the reader. Ani and her mom can't seem to catch a break! The story was a nice change from the traditional zombie tale. This is about life in the near future after an attack but not an apocalypse. People have overcome the situation and developed ways to live with it in a "normal" society. Ani is a unique individual who is struggling to maintain her humanity. I don't want to give anything away here because the surprises really enhanced the story and I'm so glad I hadn't heard details before I read Twice Shy. The ending was abrupt, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but after such a detailed build up I found it unsatisfying and a departure from the style of the rest of the book. I did discover there is a sequel, Special Dead, which makes it more appealing. I look forward to reading that story and more from this talented author. Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an arc to review.
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