Title: Chemistry (Stella Blunt #1)
Author: C.L. Lynch
He’s offering her his heart.
The award-winning twist on paranormal romance that will steal your heart.
Lynch’s characters jump off the page in this sassy girl-power tale of love, life, and undeath.
“Lynch’s work is overflowing with wit…[Chemistry] challenges ideas about femininity and teenage love.” (BookLife Prize in Fiction)
“Stella is no Bella… this title has heart.” – School Library Journal
“Now love is in the air… even if it smells a bit like formaldehyde.” – IndieReader Discovery Awards (Winner 2017)
17-year-old Stella Blunt has a big body and a bigger personality. She fends off bullies with swear words and clenched fists.
Only one person can see beyond her defensive exterior. Shy, geeky Howie Mullins loves Stella’s brains, her razor wit, and her extra curves. From the moment she walks into his Chemistry class, he is smitten.
Stella’s never had an admirer before, and she has no idea how to handle it. On the one hand, Howie iscute, in an “adorkable” sort of way. But there’s something strange about Howie.
Actually, there are a lot of strange things about Howie, from the way he talks to the way he eats. Oh, and he has a mysterious and possibly contagious disease.
Just what everyone wants in a boyfriend.
Now undead hordes are showing up at Stella’s door, and Howie might be to blame. Stella must decide who to trust, and quickly.
Will Stella take a chance on love? Or should she take it out with a meat cleaver?
Not a better love story than Twilight…
When I saw that this was supposed to be a parody of Twilight, I was expecting something a little bit different. I didn’t know it would be exactly like Twilight except with zombies instead of vampires. It’s unfortunate because the author had some good ideas when it came to the source of the zombie outbreak and the way that zombies exist in the world. I’ve never read any ideas like it. However, I couldn’t stand how closely the plot followed that of Twilight. In some areas, I had to skim through.
With that being said, I did love the characters in this book. Stella in particular had me laughing out loud on a few occasions because of her abrasiveness and just how little she cared about what others thought of her. I felt like she and Howie balanced each other well and made for some interesting conversations and character contrasts.
Read at your own risk. If you didn’t like Twilight, I wouldn’t really recommend this book since it feels quite similar. However, as I mentioned above, the ideas the author had about zombies were really original so for zombie fans this might definitely be a book worth reading. All depends on what you’re looking for in a book.