Review & Giveaway! Dia of the Dead by Brit Brinson

dia of the dead

Dia of the Dead
by Brit Brinson
Series: Dia of the Dead #1
Publication date: September 16th 2014
by Big Moon Press
Category: YA
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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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.

My Thoughts

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

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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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  • Sabrina Taylor

    Love Zombie stories. Can’t wait.

  • Tina Hammond

    This looks like a fun read– I’m not a huge fan of the Zombie genre, but I’ve read some great books including fresh zombie ideas mixed with humor– I loved the synopsis for the Dia of the Dead- it seemed to have the humor element. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Steph

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Susan Pigott

    Sounds interesting! Going on my TBR list.

  • Rose

    Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great! I love zombies.

  • Melissa Cushing

    I love the synopsis for this book! I love the cover art even more! Thanks so much for giving me a new book (for me at least) to read! Thanks for sharing and good luck to aLL!

  • Trinitee

    Awesome!!! Thank you.

  • I love zombie books, and this one looks like a new and original spin, on the movies and books that are available right now. I am adding it to my wishlist!

  • Sabrina Joy

    I’m just imagining this whole book and it sounds great!

  • marypreston

    Loving the sound of this & the cover.

  • Joan Kubes

    Fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • heathermanning

    I love that cover too and drama drama dram is always fabulous in a book! <3

  • curtis

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • bn100

    nice blurb

  • Blythe J

    I have to agree that the cover is pretty cool. The synopsis seems fun – I’m always down for a zombie read.

  • Jen Barnard

    I love the cover, thanks for the giveaway.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  • BerkeleyHapa

    Really great cover! Appreciate the honest review, probably will wait to read this author.

  • Lori F

    I love all things zombie. Can’t pass up a book, movie, or TV show about zombies. Dia of the Dead is on my TBR list. Blessings & Thanks to All.

  • felicia sidoma

    Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for the intro to Brit. I am not much into to zombies but I love to read. So I am going to put this on my to read list

  • Courtney Edson

    Sounds interesting! I love anything that has to do with zombies.

  • b lane

    I must enter 50 rafflecopters a week, hope I get lucky