Skin hanging off bones? Check.
Insatiable craving for brains? Yep.
A slightly earthy, rotting-corpse smell? Definitely.
Someone you'd want to kiss? Ummmm...
When I tell my library kiddos that "zombies are the new vampires," they tend to look at me like I'm nuts. Maybe I am. Considering the number of zombie romances lately, though, I just might be onto something.
To prove my point, check out this list of recent YA zombie books, where zombies (yes, ZOMBIES) play romantic leads.