Queen of the Dead

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Queen of the Dead

A Ghost and the Goth Novel

Stacey Kade's entertaining sequel, Queen of the Dead continues the saga of teenaged ghost Alona Dare and the guy who makes her unlife more tolerable, medium Will Killian. Will has gotten accustomed to Alona's ability to mediate and force the other ghosts to respect his privacy but their rapport is tempered by the question of when she is going to pass into the "white light" and leave forever. Their growing attraction to each other complicates their easy relationship as they feel their way through the minefields of dealing with multiple ghosts and their unfinished business. A new player arrives on the scene and Will learns that he is not the only ghost-talker around and even more surprising, that others have knowledge of his father that would be beneficial to have. Alona gets inextricably involved with Lily, the comatose friend from Will's past, while she deals with the emotional trauma of seeing her estranged parents begin to pick up the threads of their lives after her tragic death. The budding relationship may be doomed before it starts as a mysterious organization seems determined to involve Will in their quest and Alona makes a questionable decision that puts her at odds with Will.

An impressively imaginative sequel that continues the tale of two remarkable teens who are linked by a young man's ability to communicate with ghosts. Ms. Kade weaves a mesmerizing series with a deft hand and continues to find believable paranormal twists to the typical problems that teens everywhere face including the desire to develop one's own identity yet be part of a loving and accepting group. The characters continue to display the sometimes bewildering illogic characteristic of young adults as the author continues to provide realism to her stories. This tale offers enough of a cliffhanger to make the reader anxiously await the next offering yet provides an engaging story to temporarily satiate the reader.

Book Blurb for Queen of the Dead

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 4.50