A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would reading "My love is like a red, red corpse flower" evoke romance through the ages? April, the MC, uses the terms corpse and corpses to refer to the undead who burn in sunlight, subsist on blood, heal almost instantly, can run forever and not get tired and remain physically as they died for centuries--but aren't vampires. Why? Because they don't have fangs . . . and get infected by bodily fluids like a STD.
I thought at the beginning that calling the undead corpses was a manifestation of April's survival guilt and hatred of Vance, the evil corpse boss who raped her after killing her parents. I hoped that by the end, she'd accept herself and others and call everyone simply undead. She didn't.
The novel still gets four stars because the "science" was interesting, the plot was fast-paced and fun, April and Jack were cute and I rooted for them to find a way to bring down Vance. I can overlook 288 uses of the word corpse, although I'm still a bit salty over the title not being Long Dark Night: A Corpse Novel.