Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian Book 1) by T. Strange

When Edward, a necromancer, finds a beautiful dead guy on his way home one night, he decides to reanimate him as a zombie and name him Kit. But Kit isn't like any zombie he's ever seen---he can talk and think for himself, though he can't remember his past---and Edward soon finds himself having feelings the zombie who has now taken up residence in his home.

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Title: My Zombie Boyfriend
Book Number: Book 1 of TBA
Pages: 188
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

So a college student is walking home one night when he stumbles upon a beautiful dead guy. Since he just so happens to be a necromancer, he reanimates the guy and ultimately ends up living with his very own fashion-obsessed, house-redecorating, charismatic zombie.

As you can probably tell, this isn’t a book to be taken too seriously. But it’s light and fun and great for when you need a palate cleanser or something entertaining to take your mind off of things. It even made me laugh out loud a few times.

I did have a few specific things that I liked and disliked though. I’m someone who’s accustomed to reading books that are really dark and emotional, so it bothered me that Kit didn’t seem very concerned about figuring out who he was, and I would’ve liked to see more emotion in regards to his past since that was mostly skipped over. But that’s personal preference as I know that many readers prefer sticking to the lighter side of things in their romance books.

And speaking of the romance, there were some moments when Edward and Kit were cute together, but other times I felt it was a bit lacking. For me, I think the problem was that the relationship just kind of happened. It wasn’t instalove by any means, but it didn’t have that fun, tense, chemistry-filled build-up either. On the bright side though, it also didn’t have that forced angst that many romances seem to have. It was mostly Edward having feelings for Kit and wondering whether Kit felt the same way while the two of them adjusted to their new situation/lives. However, Edward did put a lot of effort into Kit, and I adored that fondue idea!

As for the characters themselves, some other reviewers have mentioned that they were selfish, and they were, but I was ok with that because I felt it was realistic. I didn’t love how superficial Kit was, but the characters were still entertaining to read about. (I loved when Kit wanted to make the zombie cat’s food festive on Christmas because that is so something I would do.) The book also gets bonus points for have one adorable kitten and one… unique? yeah, let’s go with that… zombie cat.

Last but not least, there was the plot. It meandered a bit and had a lot of time skips, but it did get gripping near the end when things got more interesting and bloody 😉

So as I said, this wasn’t a particularly deep book, but it wasn’t meant to be. It was supposed to be light and entertaining, and in that regard it delivered. Overall, it had a different take on zombies, it made me laugh, and it was just the light read I needed!


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  1. Literary Feline

    I am still unsure about the whole zombie has love interest story-line–although I have a copy of Warm Bodies I need to read. So, I will be dipping my toe in at some point. This does sound really cute, so I may have to add it to my wish list. Of course, I did just read a book with a gargoyle as a love interest and that was kind of weird too.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I guess since most of what I read has some creature or other in it, a zombie doesn’t seem any weirder to me than, say, a vampire. I like trying all different sorts of creatures lol and seeing how they’re portrayed. Gargoyles are one I really want to try this year too! But yeah, this was a fun read for me 🙂

  2. Lola

    The cover made me curious as it’s so cute for a zombie read and from your review it seems this one is more focused on the romance rather than a gore type of zombie read, so I might actually enjoy this one. Something about the plot just sounds so fun and a tad weird with how he walks home, finds a corpse and revives it. I like the idea of a lighter zombie read.

    I never really liked zombies as a supernatural creature, they always seemed a bit too gruesome for me with the whole being dead thing. Although I have read a few books with zombies that I did enjoy. One of my favorites was a zombie short story by Kelley Armstrong read in a short story collection.

    That is strange they never go into Kit his past, that would be a thing I would like to hear about I think when reading a book like this. I don’t mind a lighter romance, but in this case it just sounds like a potential plot line that’s left unexplored.

    Too bad the romance didn’t have as much build-up, but it is nice that it didn’t have that forced angst. It does sound like there are some cute scene even though you felt the romance was a bit lacking. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      This was definitely a lighter type of read. Kit was not a gory zombie at all lol. As I mentioned, there were one or two scenes near the end, but I still don’t think anything was too graphic or described in great detail.

      I’ve only recently started getting into zombies as supernatural creatures. Like, the kind that are MCs and love interests, as opposed to mindless apocalyptic creatures. The only thing that was really unhuman about Kit though was that he didn’t age and he couldn’t eat human food and had to eat animal brains and whatnot instead, but Edward found a way to make them into little, non-gruesome snacks lol.

      But yeah, I really would have liked more conflict or emotion involving Kit’s past. I mean, we weren’t in Kit’s POV, but it still could’ve been portrayed somehow from Edward’s POV. And I liked some things and disliked others about the romance, but I think it would be good for people who don’t like too much tension or struggle in their romance books. Thanks!

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    This sounds like a perfect light read. I must say I’ve not seen much m/m paranormal romance out in the world so I feel like I have to check it out simply for it’s unique bookish state for me. It does sound like it has it’s flaws but your review has convinced me it may be worth it for a quick read when I’m at a loss as to what to pick up next.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I would say there’s actually quite a bit of m/m paranormal out there as I read it pretty often lol, but this is perfect for a light, quick read 🙂 And you might find you like m/m books if you give them a try! You get to look at two hot guys in your mind for the price of one 😉