Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: My Zombie Boyfriend
SERIES: The Undead Canadian Series Book 1
AUTHOR: T. Strange
LENGTH: 301 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2017
Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.
With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one. I’m not usually a zombie story reader, but I was drawn in by the line, ‘sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward murdered him’. I liked the story.
In the book we’re introduced to Edward Grey, a fairly odd young man who has the ability to raise the dead. His longest living dead experiment is his cat Boo, who he raised from the dead when he was younger. His parents seem to be totally cool with his being a necromancer, and his friend Mariel is a huge source of support for him. Mariel is also a necromancer, but she creates the scary voodoo sort of zombie we are all familiar with from other zombie books, movies, shows, etc. Edward is different.
When Edward is walking home one night, he stumbles onto the dead body of a beautiful young man in a local park. He drags the body home, does his necromancer stuff, and Kit is born. Right from the start Kit isn’t like any other zombie. He is smarter, cleaner, and way more high maintenance. He doesn’t remember anything from before he died where it relates to himself, but he sure does remember designer labels. Luckily Edward, a medical student, comes from a family with money and so Kit’s spending isn’t an issue.
I kind of had to suspend belief while reading it though. I’m not sure how big the city is where the story takes place, but when Edward finds the body, he also finds the guy’s wallet. He never looks in it, and there is no one looking for this kid? I would think there would at least be a missing person bulletin or something…
Disbelief aside, I did enjoy the book. The author brought us some characters that I enjoyed getting to know, and some that I think we’ll know better in future installments. At some point when my TBR pile goes down I will look into the additional books in the series to see what happens next.
I recommend this one to anyone who might like a fairly light story that involves a sassy zombie.