Sunday, May 23, 2010

Book Review: Bride of the Living Dead

Peggy Elam of Pearlson Press sent me a copy of Bride of the Living Dead by Lynne Murray. Now, before you peg this, based on the title, as a mystery suspense or horror, I’ll tell you that it’s neither. It’s a romantic comedy. On the front of the pink cover is the phrase: “Jane Austen meets the Marx Brothers.”

Here’s the back cover blurb:
Big, beautiful and rebellious, film critic Daria MacClellan is most comfortable in a monster movie poster T-shirt and blue jeans. Yet when family drama hijacks her engagement, she’s trapped into a formal wedding with her perfectionist, anorexic sister planning the whole thing. Daria adores her fiancĂ©, but her wedding seems to be spiraling into a horror film. Will the spectre of a picture perfect wedding turn her into the Bride of the Living Dead?
Author Lynne Murray has a fresh voice that will draw you into Daria’s life. Daria’s family and friends are unique and different, yet at the same time you’ll swear they could be your family, extended family and crazy college pals. You’ll be happy you don’t have Daria’s life, even as you envy her spunk, self-confidence, friends, and love of life (and her family, extended family and crazy pals).

It doesn’t matter whether you’re young, old, skinny or not-so-skinny, out-going or shy, you’ll get along with Daria and she’ll put you on the wedding invitation list. If they can pull off this wedding, it’ll make a great video, maybe even a movie. Luckily or maybe not so luckily, Daria’s friend is a videographer and is taping every little detail, the bad, the good and the relatives.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you’ll probably like Bride of the Living Dead by Lynne Murray. In fact, you might want to pick up a copy and read it, then come back here to talk to Lynne. She’ll be on Straight From Hel on June 17th.
FTC Disclaimer: Peggy Elam sent this book without a request for a review, although I’m sure she hoped for one. I, however, felt no obligation to write one, but write one I did. She did include a note to let me know this was an ARC and therefore had a few errors which had been corrected in the final version. ARC errors don’t bother me. I skim right over them when I read for pleasure, and this was a novel I read with pleasure.
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  1. I Love the title! And the book sounds fun! Great review Helen! Sometimes it nice to sit back and relax with a book that will have you laughing over the details instead of studying them!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. The title and cover would grab me. This sounds like a Sunday read for me.
    Thanks for the review and the disclaimer. It's always hard to choose which I enjoy more.
    Giggles and Guns

  3. Sounds like the perfect book for a day of relaxing and laughing. Enjoyed the review and will add this one to my wish list.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. Bride of the Living Dead is one of those books that you can smile while you read and if you have to put the book down to do something, you'll pick it back up as soon as you can.

  5. You're right--I would have been put off by the title. But your review makes me think again. Looking forward to the interview!

    Oh, Alex is right--great disclaimer.


  6. Yeah I would have expected a vampire book with that title, or maybe a zombie book?

    But still.. great review!

  7. Oh, this sounds like fun. Good read for the beach, too. Thanks Helen!

  8. It would be a good beach read, and it's just in time for the summer.

  9. Thyanks for the review. This is one of the best things fellow authors and writers can do for one another. My goal is to do one or two a month.

    Stephen Tremp

  10. sounds like just my cup of tea! And I love the title...

  11. Yeah, the title is great!
    And not-so-skinny. Just the other side of thin, but not quite athletic. Would I enjoy it, too? LOL

  12. This book sounds very amusing. I'll be back in June and hear more about it.

  13. It sounds like a really fun read :)
    Thanks for the review.

  14. Wedding like horror movies? LOL, I'm expecting zombie wedding dress. Thanks for the heads up.

    Steamy Darcy

  15. Sounds like a great book. If not for your review, I would have passed it over when it comes out. The title is so misleading.


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