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Kellie's Diary #1 by [Jenner, Thomas, Perkins, Angeline]
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Book 1 of 6 in Kellie's Diary (6 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 9794 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Survive Entertainment; 2 edition (March 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C839IPK
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Surrealistic and haunting, this story gets under the skin like a virulent infection and before you know it, you have to know what's happening next with Kellie or you will just go nuts. This is no "in-your-face" blood and gore spree. It is a series of simple yet chilling journal entries of a little girl who is trying to survive and locate her parents when the world around her has gone completely insane. Jenner's slightly twisted yet subtle narrative as seen through Kellie's innocent eyes is compelling. You will get caught up, and once you do you won't be turning back. This appears to be the first in a long series of Kellie's Diary chapters. I can't wait to see where this series goes.
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As other reviewers have written, this is quite short - more like an epilogue than a book. At first I was put off by what was literally hard-to-read, hand-written text as if inked by the small hand of the young narrator. Had to zoom in on the screen and use my reading glasses (yes, I'm over 40) to actually make out the writing. I guess with a touch kindle it might work better than it did for my dinosaur kindle.

It is difficult to pin this book down in a review however as, although I'm sympathetic with another reviewer who felt they were glad they didn't pay for it, I can also say this is definitely an interesting and very creative epilogue and a great way to exploit the eBook format.

Yet what it boils down to for me is that the actual content is far too short to justify my paying the list price for it. As Part 2 is about the same length I might just stop here until such time as the authors finish the whole thing and decide to put it in one reasonably priced book. I would definitely read it then.
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This book manages to avoid one of the biggest mistakes I think writers make when it comes to zombie tales. More and more, I'm seeing zombie books that feel a need to twist the genre into something completely different. Usually, the result is a book that simply does not feel like a zombie book.

This book actually handles the genre in exactly the right way. The book doesn't change the setting or the world. The writers obviously didn't think, "How can I make my zombies special?" Instead, they asked, "What's an interesting story I can tell within the context of a zombie apocalypse?"

That, in my opinion, is the best possible route a writer can take. If I'm in the mood for a zombie apocalypse, I want a zombie apocalypse. The story should be interesting. The characters should be interesting. The setting should be interesting, yet familiar.

This book does all that exceptionally well. Telling the story of a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a child is a fun approach and is handled wonderfully.

All in all, this book was a nice take on a familiar genre. I fully plan to read more.
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After a brief (and unexplained) stay with her grandfather, Kellie has just returned to her third grade class. Not a day back, and already some of her classmates are falling ill – never to return. At first, everyone assumes it’s “just the flu” – but by week’s end, her entire town has been devoured by zombies.

Kellie is sitting in class one morning when a scary man barges through the window and promptly bites the substitute teacher. Terrified and not a little confused, she hides in the girl’s bathroom until the mayhem subsides. With no other destination in mind, she decides to try and find her way home. Along the way, she dutifully records her journey in her diary (“Barbie”).

(For what it’s worth, Kellie reminds me of a (very!) young Julie Grigio. To wit: “They’re [the zombies] scary, but they look sad too.”)

When I first picked this up, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect: Graphic novel? A narrative book presented in diary format? Or a combination of the two, a sort of faux diary complete with scribbles and drawings and assorted ephemera? As it turns out, the answer is closest to B, and it lends itself well to the Kindle format. The authors use a handwriting font to give the book a handmade feel, and the “diary” is written on lined notebook paper, complete with faint water stains. In contrast to titles that contain visual art, KELLIE’S DIARY #1 is easy enough to read on the Kindle. There aren’t any real pages, but Kindle tells me that there are 69 locations, if that helps. There are nine chapters, and the diary covers exactly one week in Kellie’s life: January 18 through January 25, 1993. (Crossing my fingers for copious ’90s references down the road!) In any case, the story is rather short; I finished it inside of an hour.
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And by that title I mean that this little book is unusual in several regards.

First, the story presents as lined loose-leaf pages of note book paper written in a child's printed hand. The look of the book contributes to the book's grip on the reader (at least it did so for me). A close examination of script shows that it is a word-processor font, but the illusion of a child's block printing is quite convincing.

Second, the narrator of the story is a girl of nine, or so, years age. That makes this story's narrator unique (at least in my experience). The story evolves as a series of diary entries which Kellie makes on a nearly daily basis. The authors do a good job of speaking in a child's voice; which, again, increases the story's grip on the reader's imagination.

Third, we, the readers, are by no means assured that we are reading the diary of a survivor who finds her family--or any other living people--and lives to see the end of the disaster. When reading this story, one is not sure that Kellie doesn't eventually fall victim to monsters; leaving behind only her diary to tell the tale of her last days.

As a zombie apocolypse story goes, this is quite a good one. My one concern is that the authors may not have thoroughly thought out the nature of their zombies. Are they supernatural walking corpses? Or are they humans nearly lobotomized by some illness who have become monsters driven to hunt and eat? Obviously the exact nature of the monsters will have a big impact on the story.

Never-the-less, it is an engaging and well crafted story which you should enjoy, if you like apocolypse/disaster genre stories with strong female lead characters.
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