Following the events of the previous novel, Alona finds herself stuck on earth, unable to cross over into the white light. Downside: More time stuck being an invisible ghost. Upside: More couple time with Will, her boyfriend, who is the only one that can see her.
In Queen of the Dead, we're introduced to many new characters, all from a group named The Order. They're intriguing and continue to be a mystery throughout the novel, as we find that they're not exactly normal... We are also able to learn more about past characters, such as Will's family and Lily, Will's friend who is now in a coma. So many things happen in this novel which is why it's so difficult to put it down. There's always an interesting scene with a mystery that needs to be solved, so there's never a "non-cliffhanger" point in the novel where you can stop and bookmark!
Like The Ghost and the Goth, we're graced with Alona's snooty atitude, although she is much more friendly and sweet now…well, sort of. She hasn't stopped her hilariously rude remarks but at least she's learnt to say some nice things too! You could say that Alona's life is in shambles. She has a family that is seemingly uncaring, stupid ghosts who won't leave her alone and then in comes some random girl who can see ghosts AND is after her boyfriend? It's really not her year. Although Mina, the new girl, isn't very big competition romantically, I still hate her. Self-serving, man-stealing, up-herself and rude...what's to like? She's mean to Alona and honestly, I got so upset and angry with her attempts at luring him away. What's worse, Will's falling for it, intrigued with the new pretty girl! *screams into muffled pillow*
Lily becomes a big part of this novel. I won't spoil it for you but let's just say that some not-so-nice times with Will + recklessness + the usual unstableness of teenage girls = BAD BAD BAD. I really loved the storyline and twists and hope you do too!
This novel has more plot, action, suspense and mystery than the last. I definitely recommend it because it's a fast-faced and exciting read! Queen of the Dead really incorporates a little bit of everything so that you get a nice, well-rounded story. Whether you're glued to the pages during the action sequences, sniffling because of boys' idiocy or angry at evil girls, you'll have a great time reading the book. Things are more serious and emotional than the first so if you're worried about it being shallow, throw those worries away! I'm looking forward to the final novel of this series and seeing how things work out!
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