Reading instead of writing – A Review of: Once Upon a Zombie Apocalypse

I have noticed two things lately when it comes to my reading habits…1) I enjoy reading novellas more, and 2) I don’t have the patience for some books. The two go hand-in-hand because a novella gets to the point, it doesn’t drag things out or say the same thing over and over. (In my mind, a novella is usually less than 100 pages but I’ve seen them referred to as novellas up to about 200 pages.)

I’m reading a 300 page romance right now (the title I won’t mention because I don’t believe in bad reviews) and according to my kindle I’m 80% of the way through it, so I’m going to stick it out. I understand – as a writer and a reader – that romance needs conflict, but I’m really getting tired of the heroine repeatedly questioning the hero’s intentions.

At one point in the current romance, I got tired of the repetition and started a novella called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse – Jade (aka: OUAZA-Jade) by Jennifer Malone Wright. Let me add that I actually BOUGHT this book. I have over 100 free books that I have downloaded on my Kindle and I promised myself no more purchases until I got some of them read, but the blurb and review of this book had me intrigued. (The other great thing about novellas is the price. In this case, $0.99 at

Anyway, I really enjoyed OUAZA-Jade. The story is written by two writer friends about two writer friends, and the fictional friends are on their way back from a writers’ conference when the apocalypse breaks out. The book manages to successfully incorporate humor while showing us the challenges and fears that the fictional friends face (including getting home to their families). There is also an OUAZA-Kylee version written by the 2nd author of the series KB Miller. Together these two novellas make-up the first book in the series.

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If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend an hour, I highly recommend this book. It’s cheaper than the movies and you can bring your own popcorn.

Here is the book’s blurb:

Chemical Warfare has turned most of the world’s population into flesh eating Zombies. These are the accounts of two survivors.

Kylee and Jade are on their way from one author convention to another. After saying goodbye to all their friends, they never dreamed the plane would land with them fighting for their lives.

Jade Warwick has been preparing for the end of the world for years, but she never thought the world would end with zombies. The only thing salvaging her almost lost sanity is the fact that she is with her best friend, Kylee.

With their first mission being to find their families, will the girls manage to save their families while trying to save each other?