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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: Queen of the Dead

Title: Queen of the Dead
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: May 31st 2011
Source: Net Galley

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.

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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Buy Queen of the Dead on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Are you going to read this book? Little Alona needs some friends :)
Make sure to check out my review of the first book, The Ghost and the Goth!
Let me know what you think!
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