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Loved: House of Night Other World, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spin-off more chummy reunion than zombie apocalypse.

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Usually when a story features zombies, you expect action and gore, but with an excess of chummy chit-chat, this spin-off comes off as a teen vampire reunion instead. There's a vampire reunion with characters readers know from the first House of Night series (the "Nerd Herd") having lengthy meet-and-greets in the cafeteria before their issues pop up and need to be dealt with, like pill and drug abuse and depression. The zombie apocalypse almost gets lost in the shuffle. Paring down the often too-cutesy dialogue ("awesome-sauce" comes up often) would lend more gravitas to what should be big revelations about parallel worlds and family ties. This mother-daughter writing team may just be having too much fun with characters they've missed writing about, but at the expense of taut and exciting storytelling. And with zombies in the mix, how hard can it really be?

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