Saturday, August 25, 2012

Authors are Rockstars Tour Post: Carrie Harris

Hello everyone! I'm very, very, very excited to be hosting a tour stop on the Authors are Rockstars Tour! Be sure to check out Two Chicks on Books and Fiktshun and thank them for being the masterminds behind this tour!

Well, I got lucky enough to get to host Carrie Harris for my stop in the tour. If you don't know who Carrie is, she's the amazing author behind the very popular book Bad Taste in Boys and it's forthcoming sequel, Bad Hair Day. Be sure to check her out on Twitter, too. Carrie is a rockstar to me because she successfully brought two typical YA topics together to create a book very unique that stands out on the YA market: zombies and high school. You can read more about Bad Taste in Boys here, and you can order it, too! 

On to the guest post...
Five Reasons You Should Read YA Zombie Books

I’ve lost track of the number of people who have said, “Oh, I’m so glad you got published, but I won’t be reading it because I don’t read zombie books.” And I’m all, “DUDE, WHY NOT?” because I talk in all caps, and because I just don’t get the not-reading-zombie-books thing. So without further ado, I’d like to present five reasons why you should read YA zombie books if you don’t already, or alternately, five reasons that you should feel superior to your fellow humans because you already do. ROCK ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF, ZOMBIE READER.

1. There is a wide variety of zombie bookage available. You don’t like scary bits? There is a zombie book for you. Want romance? There is a zombie book for you. Secretly think that the idea of zombies on roller skates is hilarious? ME TOO. WE SHOULD TALK. But seriously, not every YA zombie book out there is horror. You’ve got funny ones and post-apocalyptic ones and deep-thoughts-on-high-school-society ones—don’t write it off just because of the shambling dead.

2. It’s a scientifically proven fact that people who read zombie books are going to survive the zombocalypse. Actually, it’s not really PROVEN, but don’t you think it’s worth hedging your bets? Because unless you happen to be Rambo (and in that case I’m secretly thrilled that Rambo is reading my blog post—you stud you), you’re going to need every bit of zombie lore you can scrape up. When the bath salts hit the fan, you’ll be an indispensible part of the survival team.

3. Shambling corpses are HOT. Actually, I can’t even type that without laughing. I DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT. YOU DON’T NEED TO CALL THE MEN IN WHITE COATS. The only way zombies are hot is if you light them on fire with a flamethrower. And I would totally read a book about a guy who went around flamethrowering zombies and making snarky comments, and HE could be hot. This is a plot I can totally get behind. Also, I can’t believe I just made flamethrower into a verb.

4. All joking aside, zombie books have some really interesting things to say. They’re not just blood and guts and hot guys with flamethrowers. (Seriously, why hasn’t this happened yet?) Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry says some really crazy profound things about what it means to be human. I dare you to read it without getting a little emotionally overwhelmed.

5. Zombie books are FUN. And really, what’s wrong with that? Yes, sometimes I want the kind of read that makes me think, but other times? Other times I just want to go on a wild ride down an alley with a hot guy and a flamethrower. I want to giggle at the limbs falling off and the snarky comments of the protagonist who doesn’t believe what she’s seeing. Sometimes a good laugh is the best medicine.

I feel like I should sum up, but I’m speechless. I just googled “hot guy with flamethrower,” and I learned that they now make flamethrower gloves. FLAMETHROWER GLOVES, GUYS.

Um, yeah. Give a zombie book a try if you haven’t already. And somebody buy me those flamethrower gloves for Christmas.
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29 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh I love this guest post! It was freaking awesome! And those are totally all the best reasons to read zombie books!

    While I hadn't been a huge reader of the books I'd always been a fan of the films. That is until I read my first zombie book back in 2010 and I fell in love. Not necessarily with the zombies, I mean they are creeptacular and all, but I loved the world and the adventure.

    And I'm very intrigued about these hot guys with flamethrowers. I have really got to read Bad Taste in Boys like NOW! I'm going to cue it up on my Kindle this weekend. :)

    And I totally agree that there is a wide variety of books in the zombie-sphere. I either love them heartbreaking, fun, or kick-a** or a mix of the three. Straight zombie horror still is the stuff of nightmares for me.

    But this post was so freaking fun to read! And I love this stop on the tour. This author has just sealed the deal and is a total rockstar for that post alone, and for writing about zombies? Heck yeah!

    Thank you so much for being a part of this tour and for hosting such a fun, funny and awesome author!

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  2. Okay super fantastic post! Loved it. I'm totally off to Google flamethrower gloves - I'm curious now. As for my fave YA zombie book.... that is such a tough decision. I love Rot & Ruin so freaking much, but I also loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Now perhaps I need to go read Bad Taste In Boys to see if it will top either of those... I have a feeling it will be up there in my top zombie books (just haven't made it to the book just yet).

    New blog follower. :)

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  3. I love the post!! To be honest I'm a big chicken when it comes to zombie books, but this book sounds awesome and I want to read it!

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  4. I have only read one zombie book, Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer. It was okay. I'm kinda scared of zombie books :P

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  5. Haven't really read any zombie books before, but I really liked 'dearly departed'.

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  6. I really like zombie books, I used to think that they were all gross, but the truth is that most of them are awesome! I loved The forest of Hands and Teeth, and Warm bodies!

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  7. Oh so many come to mind I love. Dearly Departed, The forest of Hands and Teeth, Undead Much, Rot & Ruin oh I could go on and on I love Zombie books.

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  8. I haven't read any yet! I definitely have a whole bunch on my TBR list - I really need to read them. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  9. Awesome post! I need more zombie books in my life! I've never read Carries but they are definitely on my tbr. I'm new to zombie books so I've been playing catch up lol. Thanks so much for being a tour stop <3

    Hugs,
    Jaime

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  10. My favorite is the Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan. This is the first I'm hearing about Carrie Harris' books, so I haven't read any yet, but they'll definitely be added to my tbr list! Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  11. That would have to be Warm Bodies
    by Isaac Marion

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  12. i would have to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I am listening to Dearly Departed right now too. It's great. Thank you for sharing the post and for the giveaway.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  13. I just wanted to say thank you again for hosting me! I think you are all rockstars, and I'd like to buy you flamethrower gloves. FOR REAL.

    No, seriously. Thanks so much for making me feel cool. I'm a total geek. Anything that makes me feel cool is much appreciated! :)

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  14. Warm Bodies is my favorite but I also enjoy the Newflesh trilogy by Mira Grant but I don't know if the trilogy it's YA! Lol! Thanks for the chance! (Ileana-rafflecopter)

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  15. i'm crazy for the forest of hands and teeth books!!

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  16. I love the Forest of Hands and Teeth series=)

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  18. Haven't read one yet, but I want to read Alice in Zombieland and Something Strange and Deadly :) Siiri

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  19. I haven't read any yet, but I want to read something strange and deadly!

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  20. I've read only Dearly Departed so I'll have to go with that. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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  21. Sadly I don't have a favorite zombie YA, yet. I'm eager to find one though!

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  22. I have yet to read any zombie books whether they be YA or not but I think I'll have to check some out.

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour!!

    -Patricia

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  23. The forest of hands and teeth!!! Thanks for the giveaway

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  24. THe Forest of Hands and Teeth series :] Bad Taste in Boys is high up on my list, though :D

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  25. I loved both Warm Bodies and Taste! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  26. My favourite YA zombie book is Dearly, Departed.

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  27. haha Great post! I can't believe it either when people say they don't read zombie books! I love Dearly, Departed & Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel, Hollowland, and Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking, and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I really look forward to discovering this new zombie book! thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  28. My favorite YA zombie book is Something Strange and Deadly.

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