Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter's Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles, Savior (A Higher Collective Novel) and the Graveyard Guardians series. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse.
She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!
But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.
Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.
on May 11, 2013 :
10+*s. I won a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a wickedly hilarious and awesome look at Jade's point of view. Of course, I have to say that this character reminds me a lot of the author and what I can only assume that she would do in a Zombie Apocalypse. It's full of excitement, adventure, two authors and a little girl. My favorite part of the book is the code Oceans or Red and of course I know what they are talking about too as soon as I read it. These characters had so much personality of each author in these two books. This is a MUST read that will capture your mind, heart, and soul and keep you hooked til the end. Thank you, Jennifer Malone Wright, for giving us a look into what you would do if a zombie apocalypse really did happen. I loved this book so much that I had to purchase it too.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on April 25, 2013 :
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
So be honest it was a lot harder to write a review for this book because I read it second lol. I already knew what was going to happen. The books are the same but told from different perspectives.i still friggin laughed my ass of at all the funny parts. But this one also showed parts that we didn't get to see in Kylee. One huge part in particular. I did really enjoy how you could pick up either book and read in whatever order you wanted. Also with this style or writing you learn new things about the story and characters. I can't wait to continue on with the series. All readers who love zombies or post apocalyptic stories should read these books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 25, 2013 :
I had the pleasure of reading Once Upon a Zombie Apocalypse (OUAZA from this point forward) as a beta reader just prior to its release. The story begins in an airport with authors Kylee and Jade traveling home following a convention.
Things start out a tad slow (for this genre anyway) but swiftly pick up steam as the zombie apocalypse strikes while our intrepid heroines are trapped on board an flight full of brave flight attendants and first-stage zombies. The scenario and horror factor were reminiscent of Snakes on a Plane but without quite as much cheese. (If SoaP is Velveeta, then OUAZA is at least nice sharp cheddar.)
Jennifer Malone Wright is the indie author of popular series, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter, and so she knows how to weave a great tale full of action and suspense. Her portrayal of Jade Warwick is in the first-person perspective, handled right so the reader can enjoy the story without the jarring mishaps of so many authors who attempt and fail with this difficult point of view.
Now, I'm a huge zombie fan and I have been since Romero trotted out his original Night of the Living Dead, which I watched faithfully as a kid, every Halloween. My knowledge of the restless dead is fairly comprehensive, spanning Serpent and the Rainbow, Night of the Comet, 30 Days After (and sequel), Zombieland, Resident Evil (et al), and, of course, The Walking Dead.
Am I a zombie expert? No. But a zombie enthusiastic? Yes, definitely.
Wright hits the right notes for a successful zombie series, bringing credible action sequences and plenty of gore to the table. Her descriptions of carnage were not over the top disgusting, but her series does carry a stern warning that it is intended for than over eighteen-years-old audience. The fight scenes are good--detailed and well executed.
OUZAZ is likewise really well edited with lots of attention given to good grammar and story flow. The story has the sort of professionalism you expect to see from traditional publishing, not always present in Indie works. Overall, the story tone struck me as younger than the apparent age of the protagonists, by perhaps as much as ten years. The language use was hip and modern.
In terms of characterization, I really liked Jade. She was an empathetic character, very likeable, who was easy to relate to while still retaining the whimsical nature of zombie fiction. Wright is by no means unaware of the humor of the genre, and incorporates funny moments seamlessly into the story. As it happened, I found the character of Kylee, Jade's companion, to be an irritant; however, the character did bring a lot to the table as an effective foil for the more serious Jade. Supporting character Cheryl, an orphaned teenager, appealed to me much more. She shared an interesting dynamic with Jade that seemed to have a great deal of potential. I'm curious to see whether the two develop a mother/daughter dynamic as the story progresses and I'd love to see a story part from Cheryl's POV.
If you enjoy fast-paced zombie tales, then this is a five star read all the way! Future episodes will definitely be on my To-Read list.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on March 21, 2013 :
Absolutely Freakin' Hilarious!!! Oh yeah the zombies trying to eat people are scary & all too, but I could not get enough of Jade & Kylee!! Fabulous job on bringing your personalities into this story!!! And...if we ever feel the need to battle the zombies I'm calling Jenn & just hoping that Jade is available for some zombie@$$kicking!!! ;*} Just sayin'!
Love the code word BTW! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 17, 2013 :
I was lucky enough to recive an ARC copy of (OUAZA)by Jennifer Malone Wright for an honest review.
First off I would like to say thank you, to Jennifer. This was pure AWESOME!!! I was laughing my butt off the whole time I was reading this. My gut still hurts right now LOL. I loved every inch of this story. Jade seems to take control right off. Which I like in a character. I can tell that Jennifer and K.B. had loads of fun with this story! I can't wait to read Kylee's side of the story. I also have a new found love for high heels :) I am a very big fan of both Authors, so I'd like to say good job Jennifer on Jade's story of how it all started! You have made another fan very impressed. I would recommend this to everyone 18 and up. Get your copy now and see what all the fuss is over....
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)