Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead.
With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Her newest job? Apparently zombies have been spotted in a small town nearby.
Ava wades in thinking that this job will be a piece of cake…or at least as tasty. Navigating meddling vampires, bothersome witches, and a peculiar case of memory loss…and now her best friend and human companion has up and walked out.
Things go from bad to worse when Ava discovers that there is a force behind these recent zombie sightings that may date back to the time of the Black Plague.
Sometimes a ghoul would just rather stay in bed…or at least her sound proof basement where nobody can hear you scream.
I am a vocal fan of both Todd’s ZOMBLOG and his DEAD series. They are serious, intense books that explore the core of man-both at his darkest and at his most heroic.
That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies is a complete departure from both of these series. If I had to force it into a genre, I’d call it Chick Lit Urban Fantasy. Yes, really. At first, I was unsure I would like this side of Todd’s writing, but I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
The book stars Ava Birch, a Portland, Oregon waitress who became a ghoul after committing suicide. She has no idea how to use her supernatural powers and nobody will tell her what to do. Because TGI Fridays ain’t beating down the doors looking for ghoul waitresses, she takes on jobs for a local psychic named Morgan. Ava’s latest job is to investigate reports of zombies in a nearby small town. Problem is, Ava didn’t even know zombies really existed, much less how to stop them.
This novel is told in first person from Ava’s point of view. Todd does a great job of writing from the female point of view. Of course, I already knew he could do this from reading his ZOMBLOG series; however, I didn’t realize how funny he can be. Ava’s “voice” made me laugh out loud more than once.
In case the book’s title left you wondering, Ava is a ghoul. She eats corpses-like ghouls do. Her descriptions of the way things smelled and how it made her mouth water had me howling. Her observations of people are crude and spot-on.
Todd took the overused standards of this genre and twisted them into new and exciting shapes. He had a believable (and new) mythology for vampires, psychics, witches, Templars, ghouls…and zombies. The heroine is in her late 30s and is delightfully politically incorrect. The “romance” is one of those “roses smell like poo-poo” affairs. Each new detail delighted and impressed me.
So…if you want to meet a ghoul who drives a Corvette, listens to 80s music, and says exactly what’s on her mind, this is the book for you.