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Saturday, December 10, 2011

MEN in YA: Ushers, Inc. by Rusty Fischer (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Supernatural
Publication.Date  June 22nd 2011
Published By:  Decadent Publishing Company
WebsiteRusty Fischer

Ushers, Inc.- Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Where to get: Amazon

      When the streets are full of bloodsuckers, werewolves, zombies and ghouls, where will you turn? The cops don't know how to stop them, the Army's pretty much given up and even the Marines are stumped when their bullets and grenades fail to stop the onslaught.

Have no fear, Ushers, Inc. is here! Four high school movie ushers, who collectively have seen over 42,000 hours of B- and C-horror movies know just what to do.

Did you know copper pennies can stop a zombie in its tracks? Abby Cooper, Head Usher, does.

Did you know garlic paste is twice as effective on vampires as garlic cloves? Abby Cooper does.

Did you know werewolves are absolutely petrified of seeing a Hershey's kiss? Abby Cooper does.

The girls at Cypress Cove High school-especially Rich Witch Mia Hopwood-call Abby an uber-geek; the victims she rescues from zombies, werewolves and vampires just call her one thing: Hero!

But Abby and her fearless crew of movie ushers-slash-superheroes face more than just bloodsuckers and brain-biters. There's Wyatt Winters, for one; he's the hot new PR guru Ushers, Inc. has had to hire to handle all their press - and with his smoldering good looks and air of confidence, he's causing more than just tension between Abby and her old boy-crush-and fellow usher-Zach Nash.

And let's not forget the monsters, who aren't too happy about four geeky ushers beating their butts all over creation. Now the League of Associated Undead (LAD) is converging on Cypress Cove, determined to stop Ushers, Inc. once and for all.

When it's the monsters versus the monster hunters, who you gonna call?

Ushers, Inc., that's who!

According to the Living with the Living Dead Laws, you can't just toss suspected werewolves, vampires, mummies, or even zombies out on their ears just because you suspect they're on of the undead.
If he stared any harder, he'd sprain a retina or something.
Suddenly the recognizable smell of a pure werewolf - a little sulfur, a lot of cat food and plenty of wet, low-down dirty dog fur - fills the arena as the young guy with hair scrambles down the theater aisles and out to safety.

      Oh my gosh! Rusty Fischer, you are a rock star!

      Seriously, this man is a living definition of awesomeness. He did it again. He totally blew me away with his incredibly nerdy sense of humor, fantastically original plot line and un-freakin-believably cool characters. I laughed long and hard, in the most un-ladylike manner (yes, it involved a few really loud snorts, and yes, I am pretty sure I came dangerously close to swallowing my tongue. At least twice). Ushers, Inc. is exactly my kind of book: hilarious, fast-paced, intelligent, toothy! Reading it is a sweet, enjoyable and extremely mood-lifting experience, kind of like having a Friday get-together with a bunch of old friends to watch a B-class horror movie (six-pack of beer and pizza mandatory). It's just.. awesome. I loved it!
It's always such a fine sensation; my cold, dead lips on his ruby red warm ones. Although they're quite dead, too - stupid lucky vampire lips!
      The novella kicks off with an elderly lady turning into a werewolf during a movie screening at the Flickers Theatre, where Abby works together with Zak, Cliff, and her best friend, Tracy. You'd expect people to run away in panic, but, no, not a chance. We're talking world where werewolves, vamps and all sorts of other undead/living dead things are roaming around openly. Sure, they're pain-in-the-you-know-what, but at least people don't pretend they don't exist anymore. And we have Ushers, Inc. to protect us! What are they? Well, that's kind of the whole point of this brilliantly written novella, so I can't just tell you... you're going to have to read it and find out for yourself! And trust me, you won't regret!
"Out of my way, loser, I'm trying to watch the movie."
I stand politely just out of swiping range and whisper, "Yes sir, so are the other patrons and well, frankly, we've had... complaints."
"From who?" he asks.
"From whom," I correct, because there's nothing a werewolf hates more than being corrected, let me tell you. well, aside from getting capped by a silver bullet, of course." And that's confidential, but if you don't take the growling, hissing, and fang licking down a notch, I'm going to have to ask you to leave."
   Wow, what a fun ride this book was! It's an entertaining, well-crafted, witty and disarmingly charming story that will put a huge grin on your face. If you're tired of all the overly-serious, profound, heavy reads and feel like something light, cute, and at the same time totally kick-ass and cool, well, look no further, this is a perfect book for you! Rusty Fischer effortlessly draws readers into this fantastically imaginative world. His characters are real and three-dimensional, easy to connect with and laugh-out-loud hilarious. They're all very unique and each of them brings something different to the story. Abby is a really awesome chick. Tough, intelligent, funny. She's the kind of girl I'd love to have as my best friend. The chemistry between Abby and Zach was pretty sweet and I had a lot of fun watching their relationship sprout and slowly grow. No instant-kind of love, but a thoughtful, believable attraction that develops with no rush over a long period of time.

Cliff is literally jumping up and down on the candy counter now, his massive man-boobs jiggling like some X-rated theater usher peep show that is sooooo not turning me on in the slightest.
     Filled with some seriously intense action, priceless advices  how to "deal with" different kinds of Undead, and gloriously amusing punch-lines, Ushers, Inc. is a one-of-a-kind reading experience. It's a quick but delicious read, immensely satisfying and compelling. You'll devour it in less than two hours, but you'll remember it forever. I'm a huge fan of Rusty Fischer's work, his writing style is top notch, his stories are flavorful, unique and genuinely funny. He's a master storyteller who writes with extraordinary passion. His rich literary imagination makes him truly exceptional. I highly recommend this and his other books, you will love them!

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Thanks to the fabulous:
Rusty Fischer
I have one paperback AND eBook copy of Zombies Don't Cry up for grabs! 
But that's not all!
I also have two eCopies of Ushers, Inc. to give away, too! :D How awesome is that!
The giveaway will be posted tomorrow, together with the fabulous Guest Post by Rusty Fischer!!!
Don't forget to stop by and enter! 

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
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ciarcullen said...

That is my favorite book of 2011. Of course, I edited it, so there's a bias. But it was intensely hard to edit, as I could not stop laughing long enough to get my fingers to stay on the keys. Yep, my favorite book. Terry Pratchett meets... well, Rusty Fischer.

Decadent Publishing said...

This may be the most enthusiastically positive review I've ever seen--and I'm ever-so happy it's about a Decadent Publishing book! Rusty IS a writing rock star, so happy you enjoyed this book.

Evie said...

@ciarcullen I can totally imagine how hard it was to edit it - it's just too funny! I laughed really, REALLY hard, too, and can't really remember when was the last time I had this much fun reading a book :) As a book reviewer I sometimes have to grit my teeth and force myself to get through a story that turned out to be not as good as I hoped, but with Rusty.. it's always like a trip to an amusement park :D Wild, entertaining thrill ride :D

@Decadent Publishing Thank you so much for your kind words! :) Rusty is a total writing genius and I love him and his books! He's also a fabulous person, always kind and thoughtful, gotta love this man! :)

Barbara E. said...

Thanks for featuring this author and Ushers, Inc. I enjoyed your review and I'm definitely interested. You did a great job in giving a feel for just how fun it's going to be to read this book.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Andra said...

Sound fantastic! Definitely something I'd enjoy, I have after-all had a zombie movie-marathon at least once every few months with ma girlies. We don't get together and watch Sex and the City, we get together and watch Dawn of the Dead :)Fabulous review chick!

Deb A. Marshall said...

Wow...I think I have to read this. May not be able to wait for a giveaway, lol.


LoriStrongin said...

As soon as I leave this review, I'm clicking over to amazon to buy this one. It sounds hilarious and unique and just so much fun! Thanks for much for the rec and review!!!!


mimz said...

I absolutely loved the book when I read it! A friend of mine recommended it and at first I didn't think it would be my type but I quickly changed my mind. :)

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

how fun! i've seen a review of this book before and it was another great review. since then, i've really wanted to read it.

i think it's great that you found this book so laugh-out-loud funny! i love books like that! it makes me want to read it oh-so-much more, seriously!

great review, evie!! <3

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I have really been in the mood for a witty funny book. If it made you laugh in an unladylike manner then sign me up! haha

Also, your reviews on my blog totally made my day! Seriously, I have been such a fan of your blog for a while now. (You were one of the first blogs I added to my blog roll page) You rock! :)

Kathy said...

This sounds like a funny read. Perfect for right after a heavy, emotional read. I am discovering so many awesome reads because of this event.

Evie said...

:) Thank you for the comments everyone! It really is a wonderfully uplifting and laugh-out-loud book! You should definitely read it!!!

druidgirl said...

Ushers,Inc sounds like a fun book and based on your review I will put it on my tbr list

Shelagh said...

I've been lusting after Rusty's books for a while now and I just recently got Ushers, Inc. for review. There was an embarrassing amount of happy dancing...

I loved the opening for your review and now I can't wait to read it!

The Word Fiend

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I just finished Rusty's Zombies Don't Cry which rocked so I'm eager for all his other books.

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Suz said...

Great review! I had heard of this book but hadn't read any reviews before this one. After reading your comments and how much you liked it, I will have to add it to my TBR list! I am always looking for original stories and that this was funny too is a bonus!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

Amanda Nicole said...

This book sounds utterly hilarious and fantastic. I have GOT to get my hands on it!

Gwen Ee said...

Honestly , I find the book cover really funny LOL . I don't it's because of the man or what but it somehow reminds me of Aladdin or something magical LOL and I can't stop laughing at "werewolves are absolutely petrified of seeing a Hershey's kiss" LOL ??!!!

Fara said...

Cool. This definitely goes to my wishlist pile :D

Enbrethiliel said...


It sounds just like a cult 80s movie! Which is to say, it sounds amazing! I'm truly sorry to find out that it's only a novella, because it sounds as if it has true series potential.

PS -- I heard about this last year and really wanted to read it, but it was only available as an ebook. Would you know if there is now a print edition? I can't tell from the Amazon link. Thanks!

Holly said...

Great review! I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list. It sounds absolutely hilarious!

Aliaa El-Nashar said...

The second I saw the name it sounded so intriguing, then reading your review made me want to read it for sure! It sounds really good!

Karina A. said...

I'm just curious, why is the cover a guy when the protagonist is a girl?hehe!
Anyway, this sounds fun! Thanks for the review!

Grace Lo said...

EEEKK! I had no idea what this'd be when I came across your review, but this sounds HILARIOUSLY AWESOME! It now has a place of honour in my TBR list c:

Jaime Lester said...

There is no way in the world that I ever would have picked up this book before your review. Ever! It is so totally cheesy. BUT it sounds absolutely hilarious. I think I might have to see if I can find this one. Thanks for the review!

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