Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Author: Stacey Kade
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
"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.
Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth."
***If you have not read The Ghost and The Goth, do not read this review. SPOILER ALERT!***
I said this about The Ghost and The Goth and I will say it about it's sequel: This is the most cliched sounding book, EVER, but don't let that fool you! This series kicks serious ghost booty.
Back in the lives of Alona Dare and Will Killian, former Queen Bee turned Queen of the Dead and the school's biggest outcast, there is always something happening.
We left them in TGaTG not sure what was coming next, and when we jumped into the story again, it was full speed ahead. Alona and Will are still trying to calm the ghosties and they are also still trying to calm their hormones. Yes, ghosts have hormones.
I am pro-Wilona! And, of course, there is always someone or something there trying to tear the good things apart. Her name is Mina and she is also a seer. So, you know Will had to jump on that and see what he could learn about it all. Maybe get a better understanding for the gift, maybe learn about his father. He gets some of that and just a little bit more.
I wasn't expecting what I got in this story. I never do with Stacey Kade. I always get so much more!
Some of our favorite ghosties are back and you get to read about their lives. You learn more about Lily, which I felt bittersweet toward at first. But I grew to love that aspect.
One thing that I was really happy about, Alona grows up a little bit! I mean, yeah, it took a big chuck of the book for the transformation to happen. There was quite a few times I was yelling at her for being such a princess, but that is why we all love her. She goes through a lot in QoTD. I felt bad for her! I couldn't stand to see my mother throwing away all my favorite things. And her father is moving on, fast, with his life and new family. That could kill a person, dead or not.
And Will was his same charming self. I enjoy reading from his POV. He is a very unique character. He did grate on my nerves a bit with Mina, but in the end I was okay with that.
Yet again, we are left with a cliffhanger. Stacey Kane knows exactly how to hook, reel us in, and keep us here forever. I will always be a fan.
Recommended for: Whoever has read The Ghost and The Goth.