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Publisher's Summary

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we raise our dead. Romeo - the only heir to the Montague name, a socialite who dreams of making a name for himself as a playwright and the consummate lover; he seems just as famous for his kissing skills as he is infamous for his inability to do much of anything else. Juliet - Capulet heiress, born soldier; in most every way, the precise opposite of Romeo. She's spent her entire life trying to find some way out of her insufferable life as a noblewoman, and so far she's had precious little luck. When a black plague breaks out in the city of Verona, these two feuding families are met with far more trouble than a mere feud, no matter how longstanding and bloody that feud has been. In this grim reimagining of Shakespeare's most famous tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet must form an unlikely alliance if they ever intend to survive being overrun by a horde of ravenous, flesh-seeking un-dead.
©2015 Koji Steven Sakai (P)2016 Koji Steven Sakai
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By Lindsay Hall on 09-06-17

Great performance

If you could sum up Romeo and Juliet vs. Zombies in three words, what would they be?

I would describe this (audio)book as fun, melodramatic, and entertaining.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Sometimes the writing was a bit corny. I would have enjoyed it more had the writing been more refined. It was still good to listen to, though.

What does Lauren Ezzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The different voices she uses for each character made them feel more real. Her performance helped me keep track of the characters and kept me engaged when the story itself lagged.

If you could take any character from Romeo and Juliet vs. Zombies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Juliet for sure!

Any additional comments?

I was provided with a code to listen to/ review this audio book.

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By M. Boyer on 11-22-16

New Twist on Romeo and Juliet

I was scanning through Twitter like one does and came across an author friend of mine who said her book was up on Audiobook Boom! only I'd never heard of it till that moment. So of course being the book nerd that I am, I had to see what she was talking about. I was surprised to see Audiobook Boom! was giving away free audio books to anyone who would simply write a review. I thought, why the hell not. I read them like candy anyways, so I might as well do one for an author who's looking to move forward a bit. So in exchange for a free copy of the audio book, I'm writing this brutally honest review. And so without further ado, I present to you Romeo & Juliet vs. Zombies.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked ROMEO & JULIET VS. ZOMBIES as my book. I'd never heard of the author or the book before but I'm usually willing to give everything a go at least once. This was not what I'd expected at all. It wasn't like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which is sort of what I was expecting. Instead, it was a gender bent retelling. I enjoyed most of it for this reason alone. Romeo's nickname was Princess and Juliet was a warrior. I loved the priest who secretly hated everyone and was trying to bring destruction instead of peace.

That all being said, and keeping in mind I know nothing of this author, it felt like a debut book. There were times when the writing was a bit sloppy and the adverbs made me cringe. On a whole, I feel like the unique story made up for this. I can't help but feel it would be a stronger book with maybe one more edit from fresh eyes. Someone who can cut out the telling and transform it to showing. On a whole though, it wasn't half bad and I think I picked a decent title for my first Audiobook Boom! title. In the end, if you're a fan of Shakespeare or Romeo and Juliet, I'd say give this a try. Zombies only ever spice things up a bit!

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