Dia of the Dead
by Brit Brinson
Series: Dia of the Dead #1
Publication date: September 16th 2014
by Big Moon Press
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Protecting Romero High from all things supernaturally spooky as Dia Muerto is a tough gig for sixteen-year-old Dia Summers, but it’s nothing compared to protecting the ones she loves from real, live—well, formerly alive—zombies. Unlike the zombies that shambled around on set, the real deal don’t follow a script.
At the majorly important birthday party of her boss’ daughter, Dia experiences a series of potentially career-ruining social disasters. Before the night is over, she soon discovers that the possible cancellation of her show isn’t her biggest worry.
Armed with what they can find around Bixby Studios, Dia and her friends band together to find out why everyone they know has begun popping up as gray-skinned, black-eyed, limb-nomming zombies. With the ailment spreading, time is running out before Dia is swept up in Hollywood’s latest trend.
There are a few things I really loved about Dia of the Dead. Let’s start with the most obvious and work our way in, shall we? That cover is totally eye-catching and made me want to read this book. Sugar skulls on the cover will almost guarantee me reading it. 😉
I also really enjoyed the setting of this story. Teenagers on the big screen? Buckle yourself in tight for a major drama-filled ride with this bunch. Teenage hormones are an awesome catalyst for bad things happening. Dia is an awesome character – both on and off the screen. I love that the author was able to capture the distinction between the two. On screen she’s a badass, but in the real world she needs to learn how to defend herself, and those she’s doing her best to protect once the Z hits the fan. Speaking of Z, the origin story is quite impressive!
While I did find this story engaging at times, and I also liked some of the characters and their motives, the writing style was a bit too underdeveloped for me to become completely invested in the story. I think with time and experience, this author is going to tell a story as badass as Dia, and I’m really looking forward to that. This was a pretty good debut novel, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to discover this author.
About the Author
Brit Brinson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After time away to attend college and graduate school, she returned home. When she’s not writing, she enjoys doing nerdy stuff with her friends. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi. Dia of the Dead is her first novel.
Brit’s Website | Goodreads
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