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Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

Released: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Rated: YA
Series: The Ghost and the Goth, Book 2
Buy: Amazon
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

What I thought

I'm not sure I liked this one as much as the first one. I still enjoyed the story, but at times Alona's childishness got to me. But, I do have to say, that she learns her lessons so I do look forward to continuing with the third book.

I really like Will and I felt bad for him through this book. He still does act like a kid sometimes. And when he thinks he has a way to get answers about himself and his dad, things just don't seem right as much as he may want them to. But not everything is going bad for him. He does seem to have an easier time of things having his ghost guardian.

This series is interesting and I do look forward to the next one. The only thing I'm hoping for is for Alona to start growing as a character. The first book was okay, since she was transitioning, but in this one I started to resent her just a little bit. Hopefully in the next we see some growth.

My Rating

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4 comments:

Nerd Girls said...

Ya know, I haven't read the first book, but I seriously didn't think this was a series. Shows how much I know lol.

I do want to read the first one, and maybe I'll pick this one up as well. Great review :)

Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

Lily Child said...

I totally agree. This one wasn't as good at the first book. Like you, I'm hoping for more growth with the next book.

Giselle said...

This sounds like such a fun series! I really want to read it! Lovely review Aimee!

Italia said...

I enjoyed the first book in the series (The Ghost and the Goth), so I was super excited when I found out there was going to be a sequel. The first book ends well as a standalone, but this second book relies enough on the events of the first that you shouldn't read the sequel until after you've read the first book.

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