Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Zombie Queen of Newbury High

by Amanda Ashby

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ISBN-13: 9781101155554
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Series: Dreamlight Trilogy Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 209 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Amanda Ashby lives in New Zealand.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book i've read it over and over since i got it its a really likeable book .the charactors are ....great they have so many differences but they fit together so well.and chase well i wish he were real !!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK ;) hope this helps you!!!
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 2.5 The Low Down: Mia didn’t really care about Prom until the hottest football player asked her to go. And now that she’s bought the perfect dress and is really excited about being there with Rob, she starts freaking out because her date starts paying a lot of attention to Samantha, the Queen Bee/cheerleader. How humiliated she will be if he dumps her to go with someone else! She has to do something, but what? Mia’s best friend and hypochondriac, Candice, happens to know someone who might be able to help. A skeptic at first, Mia doesn’t see how some crazy lady and a few ingredients will ensure that Rob forgets about Samantha. Then at the Senior Assembly, Mia throws caution and uncertainty to the wind and goes for it. But when the New Boy, Chase, tells her that her spell (how’d he know she did a spell anyway?) she cast wasn’t about love but about turning everyone present into zombies, they have to act fast to reverse the spell. Oh, and Chase is a zombie hunter. The good news? Because she performed the incantation, Mia won’t be infected. The bad news? The zombies will make her their queen...and eat her. 'Cause, apparently, she smells like chicken. What What?: It’s a fun story that you’ll just sail through reading. Don’t expect a lot of depth or challenges here - it’s silly with a dash of romance thrown in. Not many surprises. The grammarian in me has to bring up two instances where the text said “...she thought he was going to lower her down...” and “...lowering her slowly down...” The word “lower” already means to go in a downwardly direction. It is redundant to have the word “down” in there. Two things my mama taught me: you don’t raise up and you don’t lower down. The Bottom Line: A diverting little book that will serve as a palate cleanser to something with a bit more meat on its bones. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby was published March 5, 2009 by Speak. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed. Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Ages: 12 and up You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett is just a normal teenage girl: she fears heights, she loves the Buffy series, she has a crush on the hottest guy in school, she's the neighbor of the popular cheerleader, her sister is a popular wannabe, and...

She turned all of the seniors - and even some teachers - into flesh-eating zombies through a love potion gone wrong.

That's when Chase comes into the picture. He's always been the quiet, anti-social guy in her Biology class, but when he comes to her saying that she didn't perform a love potion - that she really performed a spell that turned her classmates and best friend, Candice, into zombies - well, she immediately starts to fall for her knight in shining armor.

And if all of this wasn't enough to take in, Mia also has to worry about her prom, which is just days away! Will she be able to cure her classmates, and her prom date, before the actual dance? And if not, what will happen to her friends and the students? Will they really become zombies? And why do all of them seem to salivate whenever she's around?

Amanda Ashby writes a very entertaining and quick read about a teenage protagonist who has to fix the catastrophic problem she created - or else she'll never be able to enjoy the ball with Prince Charming. Many readers will be able to relate to Mia and her quirky ways, and others will simply fall in love with her witty humor. And if that doesn't work, there are always hunks Rob and Chase.

ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH deserves the five stars. This is a very original story that isn't too far-fetched that teenage readers can't relate at all - it's the perfect mix of reality and imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
The premise caught my attention. A girl turned her senior class into Zombies right before prom?! Sounded like a fun kind of silly. I liked that the book was light. I wasn't in the mood for a scary zombie book. Mia and her best friend Candice kept the theme light and funny. I guess you could say Chase the zombie hunter and Mia don't start on the same page. His job was to kill zombies, and Mia wanted to keep her friends alive even though they were going to turn into zombies and eat her in a few days. How were they going to solve that problem? The first 30 pages were slow for me, but then things started to pick up and get interesting. I also felt a little disconnected from the main characters. It felt like I could only skim the surface of who they were. I did like the best friend Candice though. She was a hypochondriac always worried she had some disease she would die from. Pretty funny. I stayed interested because the plot was good, and I was curious. If you're in the mood for a light zombie book this is the read for you.
WhatMissKelleyIsReading More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett is content to spend her time watching her Buffy DVDs, hanging out with her best friend Candice, and waiting to go to college, which is when the real fun will start. When senior class hottie Rob Ziggerman asks her to prom, however, she thinks that maybe she can have the high school dream after all. Things start to go wrong for Mia when cheerleader Samantha Griffin sets her sights on Rob as a potential prom date, and a panicked Mia agrees to use a love spell to keep Rob interested in her. When the love spell turns out to actually be a zombie curse, only Mia and the "new guy", Chase Miller are unaffected. Can Mia and Chase stop the curse before and save the senior class in time for prom? If they can't, then Mia will be the first victim. Zombie Queen of Newbury High is a fun, light, and quick read. Mia is a typical teen thrown into an incredible situation, and she handles it as most teens would. Chase is a zombie hunter, but the book doesn't get weighed down in mythology; the explanation is handled quickly and concisely. There's no great evil to fight here, just a selfish prom queen wanna-be and a troublesome curse. This book is perfect for teens who want paranormal without the weight and darkness that is in a lot of current titles, and the book is clean enough to make parents and teachers comfortable. I look forward to more YA titles from Amanda Ashby.
LeleliaSky on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This was a really cute young adult book. It was a fast read. Mia just wants to go to prom with her crush, but jealousy and a cheerleader seem to be getting in her way. So, what's a girl to do? A love spell of course. What was supposed to help her 'keep' her man turns her into the Zombie Queen of her high school. A pretty good book.
lovejoy_rat on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Paced well with a good sense of the highschool aged teen girl's voice. Mia and Candice are very likable heroines, and Chase is a standard drool-romance fare. Quick and easy, entertaining zombie themed story with high school prom as the setting. More romance and comedy than horror. Very tame in respect to blood and gore. A good choice for younger teen girls with a taste for the supernatural, or for adults in the mood for a teen book with a little bit of action without much true violence. It was worth the two hours it took me to read it. :)
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Mia Everett thought she had made it. Rob Ziggerman, one of the cutest and most popular boys in school has not only taken her on 5 (maybe 6) dates, but he has asked her to the prom. However, recently Rob has quit sitting with her in biology class and instead is sitting with the uber-popular cheerleader, Samantha. In desperation, Mia takes the advice of BFF Candice and buys a love spell from the local woo woo shop. Shortly after she casts the spell, Mia is informed by the quiet, but surprising cute, new guy Chase Miller, that the spell was actually a spell that will turn the entire senior class into zombies. Well, everyone but her. As the person who cast the spell, she will be the queen. That is not as cool as it sounds, since the queen is first on the soon to be zombies' menu. Well, at least she will not have to worry about the prom any more.I think this is a really fun book. Mia's voice rings true as a smart but socially inept teen. The senior class is a hoot as they worry about the upcoming dance while slowly turning into the living dead. This book will probably appeal to girls more than boys.
sharonluvscats on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you turned a large group of people into zombies? Well if you are at all like me you probably have (go team zombie!). In Zombie Queen of Newbury High, high school Mia student accidentally turns her whole school into zombies while attempting to create a love potion. At first Mia think that the potion has worked because her love interest is suddenly paying attention to her. Sadly when things appear to good to be true they usually are. Mia quickly finds out from the "new boy" Chase, that she has turned her whole school into Zombies. To make matters worse, they have made her their queen and they want to fatten her up so that she makes a tasty meal. Thoughts: Zombie Queens of Newbury High is such an amazingly fun and awesome book to read. I started reading it at around 11 p.m. thinking that I would read for a few minutes before bed. Well two hours later I closed the last page of the book. Not many books have had the power to keep me up that late. It is hard to put my finger on exactly what it is the I liked so much about Zombie Queen. I was discussing this with another reviewer yesterday and she was having the same problem. I am going to try my hardest to articulate why this book was so much fun. First the characters, Mia was someone I could very easily relate to. She is not one of the popular kids in school so when handsome and popular Rob starts paying attention to her she goes to great lengths to keep him. Mia's bff Candice was such an enjoyable and nutty character. I really loved how she was always obsessing about her health. The two main love interests Rob and Chase could not have been more different. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes because of how dumb Rob was. Chase was both handsome and brainy which was a relief after having read about Rob's stupidity. One thing I really loved about the zombies in Zombie Queen was how they were explained scientifically. They actually went through several different stages before turning into genuine fleshing eating monsters. So most of the zombies do not really come into play until the last part of the book. I also really loved how everyone at school started handing Mia treats to fatten her up. It almost made me wish that I could turn people into zombies just for the free chocolate! The plot as far as I am concerned was perfect. Just the right mixture of romance, suspense, and humor! The ending wrapped up smoothly and did not disappoint me at all. There were so many other things about this book that I enjoyed. Now that I've started this review I could go on all day about how much I loved this book. If you want to see how great it is you will not have to wait longZombie Queens of Newbury High is being released on March 5th!
robin123 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
All Mia wants is to do is keep her prom date. Yeah, you know that guy the super popular one? That one. But dang that flirty girl Samantha ( another popular person) seems to be catching his attention. What if he decides to take her to the prom instead of Mia?That just cannot be, so guess what Mia does? She does what any normal person would do*. She casts a spell on him. Of course it just backfires on her and just turns every senior and teacher in a meeting into ZOMBIES!*-Being sarcastic here, she does admit this isn't normal though so kudos to her.Oh and the fun doesn't stop there. It turns out that zombies don't immediately become brain dead people. They go through some stages first before ending up wanting to eat something very interesting. You'll see....To be fair it was mostly her friend Candice's idea though, so you can't completely blame the girl for casting this spell especially since she didn't believe it would work or that it would turn all these people into zombies.This is how Mia really meets the mysterious new guy, Chase, who usually keeps to himself. He tells her how because of her, all the seniors and some teachers were infected with a virus called Viral Zombaticus. But how does Chase know all this stuff? Hmm...Curiouser and curiouser.I thought this book was pretty okay. I really liked how Mia was a Buffy and Angel fan. I also liked how Candace was so funny because she's a hypochondriac (she thinks she's got all kinds of diseases). I wasn't a big fan of the fact that Chase was not very well developed. I mean sure he has this background we get to know about and all but it was just not that believable. Maybe if the story were longer and we got to learn more details it would be better but that's just not the case.This book was a cute, light read and would recommend checking it out of the library or maybe borrowing it. It was fairly enjoyable and you get some laughs, but it's not for everyone.-tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com
theepicrat on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I guess Zombie Queen Of Newbury High was a pretty cute book - along the lines of Prada & Prejudice cuteness. I think that I had higher hopes for this book, although I do not know what I had expected from it. More zombies? Better characters? I don't know. More something. I had read You're So Undead To Me earlier this year, and I think that probably set the bar for YA zombie reads as far as cute zombie love goes. I just didn't think Zombie Queen Of Newbury High had that special zombie magic that sparks my interest.My favorite character is actually Mia's best friend Candace who seems to think everything is wrong with her and tries to self-medicate herself with weird powders and potions to ward off any unhealthy evils. Her progression into a zombie proved to be interesting and different from what I would typically expect. And most definitely humorous, to say the least!The existence of zombies and how they are kept secret from the public was not properly explained in Zombie Queen Of Newbury High. Instead, I had many questions afterwards like "Were all the other zombie outbreaks due to a love potion gone wrong?" Somehow I doubt Mia's case was a common "zombie" story in this universe. It would have been nice to hear a little more of other instances.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Review: There comes a book every once in a while that you just happen to like, but can¿t seem to pinpoint the exact details. Zombie Queen of Newbury High is one of those types of books. I just like it okay, plain and simple. What else do you want to know!? Fine, fine, I¿ll try to squeeze the amazing-ness of this book out of me¿ My favorite aspect of this book was definitely the character and character relationship. Mia was such a relatable person. She¿s the type of person that everyone knows at one point in their lifetime, the type of person that everyone wants to sign her yearbook. Not Miss Head Cheerleader but the one that always lending out a hand to a fellow student. You just can¿t help but adore her. The friendship between Mia and Candice was also an honest one with no hidden daggers waiting to be plunged. After reading so many backstabbed friendships, it was quite refreshing to read this. The teasing tone and the concern they showed one other felt real. It wasn¿t too overly the top or sugarcoated sweetness. I also thought that it was fun that Amanda had us believing that the everyone was cured by half the book, I was shell-shocked that it was over that quick, but of course, there¿s always a surprise. Keeping the readers on their toes is always a plus for me! Overall: Zombie Queen of Newbury High was a fun and simple read. With small bits of humor mixed in between, this book will entertain the reader for hours.
titania86 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Mia Everett could not believe her luck! The cutest boy in school, Rob, went on SIX dates with her and asked her to the prom! All of her dreams come tumbling down when pretty, popular, cheerleader Samantha Griffin sets her sights on him to get the prom queen tiara. She always gets what she wants. So, Mia is completely desperate and enlists the aid of her faithful (and hypochondriac) friend, Candice. Together, they procure a love spell and perform it at a school assembly. Mia is convinced that it worked because everyone is suddenly nice to her and bringing her lots of tasty treats. Later, she finds out from Chase Miller, undercover agent of the Department of Paranormal Containment, that it did, but not in a way that was expected. She inadvertently turned the senior class in to zombies AND they want to fatten her up and eat her! Can she reverse the spell before it's too late or will Chase have to kill the entire senior class? Will she still have a date to the prom?This book was really light and fun. I've owned it for a while and when I finally got to it, I read it easily in a day. The language was very fluid and the story flowed very well. The characters all had defined and unique personalities. I think with this type of novel, it's easy to fall back on flat stereotypes, but Amanda Ashby seizes this opportunity to create likable and memorable characters. Mia is my favorite character. Despite her irrational, shallow behavior, I really like her. I relate to her because I too have an obsession with everything Joss Whedon and I wasn't very popular in high school. I had a lot of fun reading her story with all the references to pop culture and her sense of humor. Candice is also a great character, with her hypochondriac tendencies and high intelligence. Her quirkiness is so endearing. I really liked seeing great, detailed characters that still have flaws, but remain likable.This novel, much like E. Van Lowe's Never Slow Dance with a Zombie, is not just about zombies (although zombies are still awesome). It's really about standing up for your own convictions and being an individual. Mia had to admit to herself that she liked a boy that may not have been as popular as Rob, but has more in common with her, knows her, and loves her for who she is. When trying to solve the problem she created, Mia shows great maturity and even forgets about the petty conflict between her and Samantha until Samantha keeps persisting. Mia shows growth through the novel and learns some valuable lessons.Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby was very fun and entertaining to read. There wasn't any zombie carnage, but there was humor, fun, and heart. I would recommend this to anyone, but especially those who aren't into gory horror.
kperry on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Mia has been happy being on the fringe of the popular crowd. She is happy to have her hypochondriac best friend, Candice, and watch what is going on around her until...Rob, the super hot football star, asks her to Homecoming. Everything is going fine between Mia and Rob. They've been on five dates and she can't believe her good fortune. Her luck begins to change though, when Samantha, the extremely popular cheerleader, sets her sights on Rob. Samantha will stop at nothing to secure her spot as Homecoming Queen and since Rob is the most likely guy to be chosen as the Homecoming King, she is determined to get Rob for herself.Mia begins to panic. She doesn't really stand a chance against Samantha so she resorts to a pretty extreme measure. Candice, being the hypochondriac she is, takes Mia to a place she goes for a lot of her natural medicines for a love spell to make sure Rob doesn't dump her for Samantha. They choose to perform the spell during a Senior assembly and boy does that turn out to be a mistake. The spell is actually an ancient ritual called Viral Zombaticus. The entire Senior class has been infected and will be going through the four stages of the zombie virus in the next couple of days. Since Mia performed the ritual, she is their queen and once everybody gets to stage four of the virus, they will want nothing more than to eat her.Thank goodness for Chase. He's a new guy with a huge secret. As a team, Chase, Mia, and Candice work to reverse the Viral Zombaticus - even though Candice is suffering from the virus herself and has to fight the urge to take a bite out of Mia whenever she is around. Can Mia reverse the spell before she becomes a zombie meal? Is Rob really as great as she thinks he is? After her brush with popularity, will she be happy to go back to her place on the fringe?ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH is a quick read. The characters are fun to get to know - Mia is likable, Candice is quirky, and Chase is calm, cool, and collected in a crisis. The story isn't complex, but the humor throughout the book makes ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH a great reading choice.
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pixiesand More than 1 year ago
Mia lives in "Fringeland" until a popular football player wants to date her. When Mia thinks that he will dump her after asking her to prom, she casts a love spell. Or, what she thinks is a love spell... it is really a spell called Viral Zombaticus, and it turns her entire senior class into zombies. And she is their queen, which isn't a good thing. I liked the characters. I didn't like that Mia and her friends all basically blamed her for the spell, which wasn't completely her fault. Quick, fun read.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
From there she meets zombie hunter Chase and the two along with Mia's best friend Candace, they set out to save the senior class, hoping to reverse the spell that had turned the senior students and teachers into zombies. Even confronting the person that had sold Mia and Candace the spell in the first place and hope everything goes back to normal, in time for prom that is. This is a light quick read that I liked. I thought the romance was a little rushed but didn't mind it all that much. The ending was cute and liked how Mia would mention her Buffy knowledge. Anyway still thought it was a fun read so definitely check the book out especially if you're a fan of shows like Buffy, Angel and Supernatural.
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