Friday, March 9, 2012
Review: Queen of the Dead
By Stacey Kade
Genre YA Supernatural/Paranormal adventure
Recommended by Me
First Sentence On television, ghost-talkers run antique stores, solve crimes, or stand on a stage in a nice suit giving the teary-eyed audience a toothy, yet sympathetic grin.
Will and Alona are back. Graduated from high school, Will is working for a friend of his moms. When he meets a girl who, like him, can see ghosts he starts to learn more about his fathers past. Meanwhile Alona, furious that her parents seem to be getting over her death a little too fast, makes a mistake that make things a lot more sticky.
What it has going for it
I love this series! First of all, Will and Alona are such awesome characters and their relationship is surprisingly realistic. There's no insta-love that turns a blind eye to each others faults. Will is a believable male character written by a female author which is always a HUGE plus and he's just so funny to me. Alona is, yes, a little bit of a snot but she's endearing somehow too. Then comes the plot in these books. I love that, yeah, they're a little on the fluffy side but there's just enough depth to make you feel like you didn't completely waste your time. Everything ties together and has a purpose. There are no lose ends or pointless characters littering the book and that makes for a VERY satisfying read.
This one might be considered a filler book between the first and third book. It does bring up some questions and situations that aren't completely resolved but I still think it has a basic dilemma that was presented and fixed by the end of the book. ...Nope, can't really think of anything else that was bad.
Yea or Nay?
YES! Read these books. They've got the best of both plot and character worlds.