Review: Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen

Posted 5 September, 2011 by Amanda / 16 Comments

Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen (Living with the Dead, #1)
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Format: Paperback
Read: 8/18/2011 — 8/20/2011
In Six Words: Some seriously kick ass zombiebusters here.

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Book Order

1. Married with Zombies
2. Flip this  Zombie
3. Eat Slay Love


A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

After reading My Life as a White Trash Zombie, I wanted more zombie books to read, so I picked up Married with Zombies because Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette loves it.  I definitely liked Married with Zombies but it wasn’t a book that I loved.  But it’s possible that the antibiotics I was taking at the time interfered with my reading experience and made me rate it lower.  Yes, let’s blame the antibiotics.

A More In-Depth Look

Married with Zombies is about as dissimilar to My Life as a White Trash Zombie as you can get, I suppose, almost as if they reside at opposite ends of the zombie spectrum.  I think my preference lies more with My Life as a White Trash Zombie.  Of course, I think I have yet to read a true zombie horror story; Married with Zombies is too funny to count as horror.  Though I think I might be extra careful around therapists from now on.

What I appreciated about Married with Zombies is that the romance features an established couple — a couple who is having some serious relationship troubles.  Since I don’t normally read books that start out with established couples (not counting books that fall after the first book in a series), this aspect was new and refreshing.  I mean, hey — who hasn’t bickered with her (or his) significant other at one point in time?  The progression of their relationship is incredibly realistic and it worked against the backdrop of a zombie infestation.

Married with Zombies was a quick read (well, it would have been quick had I felt up to reading for longer than a hour at a time) that is littered with swearing (in a completely good way) and seriously hilarious blurbs at the beginning of each chapter.  If you’re looking for a laugh, this is it.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

A must for zombie lovers.  Married with Zombies might also appeal to urban fantasy fans who aren’t opposed to zombies and like a healthy amount of swearing and comedy.

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16 Responses to “Review: Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen”

  1. I haven’t read a single zombie book. Ashley always makes me want to read them but they freak me out:) I think funny zombies are probably the way to go for me though, I can probably handle that. Scary zombies might be a bit much for my wussiness to handle.

    • I’d recommend My Life as a White Trash Zombie if you want an introduction to zombies. The main character is one, so you’re never really scared of them — more intrigued than scared. Married with Zombies is funny, but it still does have an element of scariness.

  2. Rain Maiden/ Jen E

    I loved the bathroom scene in this book. It was entertaining, I can give it that :)

  3. I really, really like this series :-) It’s definitely unique – like you said, there’s not many books that start off with a married couple and progress the romance from there. And I love that it’s a blend of zombies / comedy / romance. I hope there’s going to be a 4th Sarah and David book!

  4. Good to know. I haven’t read a zombie book in so long, so I think I’ll go with My Life as a White Trash Zombie, first. But the different spectrum thing sounds interesting. You don’t want all your zombie books being the same.

    • Yay! My Life as a White Trash Zombie is an excellent first choice. Also, I definitely agree about all zombie books being the same. It would be true for any supernatural creature, I suppose.

  5. I just got books 2 and 3 on sale at Borders, but they didn’t have book 1. I need it, so I can have fun with this series! I love a funny zombie book almost as much as I love a scary zombie book. =)

  6. I really enjoyed this one when I read it. I just bought a copy of the 2nd book and am looking forward to reading it soon. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it even if it wasn’t your favorite :)