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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

12) Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

The Blurb :

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

My Thoughts :

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Ghost and Goth. I actually wanted to get this sequel, as soon as it came out but it either isn't available on Kindle or just isn't available to me, in Europe, on Kindle. So this went on my wishlist and was under the tree at Christmas. I nearly started reading it straight away.

The Ghost and the Goth had quite a huge surprise factor to it. It was totally different to what I expected and the cover really gave the wrong impression. I was curious how the author would continue Alona and Will's story and at first I thought it was just going to turn into a boring 'sorting out ghost problems' book. How wrong I was!

There are some huge exciting twists and turns in Queen of the Dead and I didn't expect any of them. Will finds out that his dad was part of a group who track and hunt ghosts. Alona fails to come to terms with her death even though her family has. She ends up doing something very drastic that has some huge consequences and has the book ending on a pretty interesting cliffhanger.

The story may be about teenagers and told by teenagers but it isn't your typical childish Young Adult. There is more to this series than meets the eye and where the covers look cool they do send out a different vibe than the author does in her well written and honest stories.

Definitely worth checking out. I am hoping that the third part comes out on Kindle so I can read it as soon as it comes out. This would be a must pre-order if it was available. Shame I am not buying physical books anymore...

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