Friday, 18 September 2015

Review: Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp [Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie #2] by Jeff Norton

Title: Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp
Author: Jeff Norton
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Genre: Middle Grade, Children's Books
Series: Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 17th September 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Adam Meltzer, the world's most neurotic teenager, who just happens to be a zombie, is back! After solving the mystery of the zombees, Adam and his friends Corina (a vegan vampire) and Ernesto (a reluctant chupacubra) head off to summer camp for a well-earned break from detective work. But the countryside in their hometown of Croxton is just as weird and wonderful and soon they are investigating something deadly dangerous in the deep, dark woods...
My Thoughts
When I read the first book, Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie, in this series it was instant love, so when I found out about the Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp I knew had to read it. I had no idea of the cover redesign until the email off the publisher, and although I was disappointed that it wasn't going to match my other book, I did like the change.

One thing that I really enjoy about this series is the humour, you can't help but laugh out loud at what is happening, or being said. I also love the friendship between Adam, Corina, and Nesto.
".....But I think friends don't let friends eat people."
They are all united in thier paranormalness, not quite fitting in with the human world, but not paranormal enough to be part of the supernatural world. Together, this trio always end up finding themselves in trouble, and Escape from Camp is no different. What started out as a final day in school for the summer, soon turns out to be a whole lot more, involving camp, doughnuts, and Niagara Falls.

Reading Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp, I had an idea what to expect, anything can happen in these book, and you go into them thinking one thing only to find something else. The book is fast to get to the action, and with a few chapters of end of school we soon find ourselves taking a trip to Canada for camp. If you don't know Adam yet, then yo have to know he is a germaphobe, he ensures he has a big supply of antibacterial hand sanatizer always on hand, and is very aware of germs, which considering he is already dead doesn't really make sense, so the thought of going to camp, experiencing nature at it's finest, is not the holiday that Adam is looking forward to. Upon arriving at camp, the only things that Adam enjoys is the food, as does Nesto, but for Corina, a vegan, the food is not appealing at all, and she is the first to have suspicions about camp.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp also has a side plot, not only do we have the camp, but we also have vampires taking up residence in Croxton, for a 'dentist convention', something that Corina has been banned from. It was quite easy to see what the 'dentist convention' really meant, but with Corina we get some inside information which I really liked, not only seeing what it was but also the reasons given. (I promise this makes sense when the book is read)

Final Verdict
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp was another great addition to this series. I really enjoyed spending time with Adam and the gang again, and seeing what trouble they get themselves into, and out of with whatever elaborate schemes they can come up with. Jeff has a way of drawing you into the story itself, and keeping you entertained till the last word has been read.

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