Saturday, June 8, 2013

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

Queen of the Dead is the second book in the Ghost and the Goth trilogy.  If you haven't read the first book, here is my review.  This book picks up shortly after Will's high school graduation.  While he no longer has to endure the daily torture of attending a high school filled with ghosts trying to talk to him all day, he still has his arrangement with Alona.

As Will Killian's spirit guide, Alona is the go between for all of the ghosts looking to resolve their unfinished business, which is preventing them from passing onto the white light.  While trying to assist one such ghost, they came across another ghost-talker like Will named Mina.  Will was interested in getting additional information from her, but her objective was more along the lines of the Ghostbusters and not helping the ghosts.

When Alona discovers that her parents are finally moving on with their lives since her death, she panics.  How could her Mom throw away her VALUABLE things?  She asks Will to talk to them, but he doesn't think it is a good idea.  She decides to take matters into her own hands, which turns into a HUGE mess.

I never would have anticipated the direction Stacey took with the last half of this book, but it was exceptional.  In fact, I can't wait to read the final book in this series. Stacey does a remarkable job of telling a story from both a male and female character's point of view.  Her characters are full of personality and I find her snarky teenage sense of humor to be highly entertaining.  If you are a fan of YA, this is a series you should definitely read.

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