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Zombie Games (Origins) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Middleton , C.J. Pinard , Mae I Design
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Book Description

An Amazon Bestselling Zombie Series!

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Wild thought that living in the chaos of her mother's home daycare and dealing with new feelings for Bryce, her martial arts instructor, was a struggle until her world turned upside down. When an untested vaccine kills more than just a rampant flu virus, Cassie learns how to survive in a world where the dead walk and the living... run!

This YA story is a lighthearted adventure filled with zombies, butt-kicking teenaged girls, a man obsessed with video games, an annoying but totally HOT karate instructor, and humor when needed.

Zombie Apocalypse? Bring it!

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This is a young adult fictional story that includes some language, violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

Editorial Reviews


I got hooked on the first book and ended up buying all three. Being scared has never been more fun. --PCElliott (Amazon Reviewer)

I rated this book a five out five. Everything in this book kept me on the edge of my seat. From the start of the zombie apocalypse to the end end of it. This book was so good it could have been made into a movie. If you like romance, laughter, blood and guts, and ZOMBIES then this is the perfect book for you --Kristine (Amazon Reviewer)

ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOKS I'VE EVER READ:) Can't wait for the second book SECOND BOOK HERE I COME!!! --Naomi Laumoli

About the Author

Kristen lives in Minnesota with her husband, Dave, and two daughters, Cassie and Allie. She spends her days chasing kids, drinking iced-coffee, and obsessing over completing her current book or starting the next one. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoys reading, movies, traveling, cooking, and watching 'The Walking Dead' and 'Shameless' on Sunday Nights. She also LOVES getting emails from her readers, so (unless you're craving brains or blood) don't be afraid to send her a message at:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Shadows Publishing; 3 edition (June 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087385BS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,654 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love zombie stories but.. November 6, 2012
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I read this book in less than a day. I am addicted to zombie apocalypse stories. However, the grammar and spelling were off on several occasions, some of the characters names were mixed up which was confusing at times. It seemed like no one proofread the book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumbled Apocalypse June 17, 2013
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I love, I LOVE ZOMBIES. I bought this book because I've read a few self pub'ed zombie apocalypse books and they were phenom. This one was so so. Now let me clarify. Great plot. Good characters. Not so awesome development or pacing. The premise is good, and you can tell the author has some raw talent. It needs a good, solid editing and some beta readers. The plot progression is startlingly rushed and the characters lacked depth. The bulk of this book is dialog and is really lacking in inner thoughts, feelings, and emotions of its characters. It almost would translate better as a screen play. I think that the author should consider a rewrite and re-release of this story, because it has some solid bones. It just needs the guts and blood and tissue of a solid zombie book. (Pun intended)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so great! June 8, 2012
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i really enjoyed this book. so much that i sacrificd sleep to read it. its great to see such a strong girl. i love how the autor put her own spin on the zombie thing. it was greatly appreciated. i am looking forward to her second book...i got this one free on a promotion, but i sure the heck will buy the next one if need be. thanks for a good read!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars As Exciting as a Nap September 22, 2013
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1.5 out of 5 stars.

I've been reading some pretty good but serious books recently, and wanted something quick and fun. Some of my online friends are almost zombie-obsessed so I thought I'd dip my toe in the waters with this one.

Blaugh. Not for me at all. Despite the violence, it was actually pretty boring. The protagonist was too good to be true, the romance was silly, and the zombies - I get it, they smell bad and they are rotting. But how many times do I have to have the same gore described over and over. Not interesting. There were a couple of mildly amusing bits about a manicure. There was some bad grammar. Whether it was intentional as character development or an editing mistake, I don't know but it didn't fit. Clean as far as profanity (at least I don't remember any but I wasn't on the alert for it) and no explicit sex.

And the ending...well there was no ending. There was instead a break in the story while I am supposed to go buy book 2. No.

So, I wanted something to empty my mind, and this worked about as well as a nap would have.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! June 8, 2012
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Great story! I would love to see a sequel as the story left me deeply invested in the characters and what could occur in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique approach to the apocalype trend. May 19, 2014
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While I am not normally interested in any way in the Zombie Apocalypse, end-of-the-world, desolate earth stories, I decided to try this one because of the unique karate angle. That fascinated me and was different and unusual enough to pique my curiosity.

I found the story at first interesting, grabbing and keeping my interest; then intriguing, where was the author going and what was going to happen; and finally I became completely engrossed in finding out what each of the characters roles was going to be, how they were going to survive, how they would get along, and how they would fight. I became completely engrossed in these peoples lives. I loved the merry band of all-walks in life, normal people helping each other out and putting aside differences in a crisis.

I appreciated the author keeping the guts and gore descriptions to a minimum and instead focusing on the relationships. Despite some grammatical errors, I look forward to reading book two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book January 31, 2014
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I just wish it had been longer. i understand the authors need to rope us in to buy the next book but in my opinion this one was just chopped off in the middle of a book not the middle of a series. I read this in an hour and a half. But it was very good! i will purchase the 2nd book but if it chops off like #1 did just to get me to buy another 190+ pages to read I will stop there. I do hope this turns out to be a nice series because the characters are fun and easy to get into. I didn't take the time to look and see what this author has written but I will, and will look forward to anything else she come out with.UPDATE I just noticed there are 5 books in the series and they are all longer than the first :) I am looking forward to reading them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok for a quick read March 5, 2014
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The author shows some promise. The story has a good premise and the main character, Cassie, is someone I think the YA audience will relate to easily. She's tough but caring though can be a bit snarly at times. What teenage girl can't be, however? She's someone I would like if I knew her IRL. The rest of the characters, however, are so numerous and interchangeable it's hard to keep them all straight. It takes 50% of the book for the story to get moving. Up until that point it's just Cassie and her life - the sexy karate teacher, the typical mom/dad drama - none of which most zombie aficionados really care about in a zombie book. We want zombies. The story is being built during this time - the occasional mention of the "flu" that's going around. But it's so slow going you want to skip most of it.

The dialogue is a bit stilted and stiff - you can't really tell one person's voice from another. I found there to be alot of inappropriate moments - not obscene per se but more like "the zombies are attacking and I broke a nail. Damit," Really? It didn't come across to me as funny at all but I'm much older than the YA market so that could be the reason.

All in all, an ok book. I finished it in a few hours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great
Published 1 day ago by Frank Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you like the walking dead
I really enjoyed this book. I am a walking dead fan and I was wondering if there were any good books about the zombie apocalypse. This is a great read for young adults.
Published 8 days ago by L. Moton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you for my free book.
Published 13 days ago by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for zombie fans.
I'm a longtime zombie fan and I enjoyed this book very much. I definitely want to read the rest of the series.
Published 16 days ago by Judy Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
the zombie's win 1-0
Published 18 days ago by MARK JOHNSON
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad book, not amazing either, 3.5 stars for me
This book wasn't bad, but not great either. I love zombie books and stuff like that so it did have some action and things of that sort. Read more
Published 22 days ago by crystal warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This was actually my first zombie book and let me tell ya.... it was amazing I thought that it was going to be all gory and gross but I thought that Kristen had the perfect balance... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Grace mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I kinda really liked this book
Published 2 months ago by edmund hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I very much liked this book even though I thought most of the stuff was so predictable.
Published 2 months ago by NeoZombie!
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombie!
great read. Left me wanting to read the next installment
Published 2 months ago by JK
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