Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade *Alexa’s Review*

Posted April 25th, 2011 by in *Review / 0 comments

banner-review(1)Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade *Alexa’s Review*Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Also by this author: The Ghost and The Goth
Series: The Ghost and The Goth #2
Also in this series: The Ghost and The Goth
Published by Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Read in: April 2011
Add to: Goodreads

The Ghost

Okay, I admit it. I'm not perfect, no matter what you've heard. First off, I'm dead. Second, I got send back from the Great Beyond. I mean, seriously, who is running things up there? Now I have to spend the summer after my senior year working - and on behalf of a bunch of whiny spirits, no less. But a girl's got to what a girl's got to do.

It's a good thing Will Killian is still around. Even though he drives me crazy, and he could seriously do with a tan - Hello! It's summer! - I'm glad he's here to help me. Now he's all distracted by this frizzy-aired girl who can - big deal - communicate with the dead, too. Whatever. I don't need Will. But there are some things - like saving my parents from a couple of horrible mistakes - that would be easier with his assistance. Still, I will get what I want... with or without him.

The Goth
I'm still totally amazed that Alona Dare is my spirit guide and that it works. Yes, I've had a crush on her since sixth grade, but I also kind of hated her. And sure, she had to die before she'd talk to me - but I don't know, I kind of like having her around.

Things get confusing when I meet Mina, who's the first ghost-talker I've ever encountered (other than my dad). I always thought Alona and I were doing the right thing helping those other ghosts, but mina has me thinking otherwise. Plus, she might know stuff about my dad that even my mum doesn't. But if there's one thing I should have learned by now, it's not to ignore Alona. That's never a good idea.

4 Stars

Alona got kicked back from the light in order to help Will keep the ghosts, asking him for favors, at bay. We start off the story by Alona and Will trying to help one ghost move on to her afterlife. Alona and Will have started a cute relationship and you get a little bit of light shown on that while they wait for the ghost lady to arrive. Once the ghost arrives and they set out into a “haunted” house to help her they soon discover something is very wrong. Turns out there is another human being in the house who has set out traps for the ghost. Will immediately wonders just how this other human girl even knows ghosts are real, plus how can she see them.

This is basically Will’s big break, he finally has found someone who is exactly like him but this will spell trouble when it comes to Will’s relationship with Alona. Alona instantly doesn’t like this new girl and tells Will to stay far away from her because she will only cause trouble. Of course what teenage guy is going to listen to advice, Will is drawn in by the new girl and must know more about her and if there are other people who can see the ghosts. Our new girl, Mina, will show will The Order which is a group of people who hunt ghosts, their basic moto is that they need to protect the living people from the ghosts. This goes against everything Will has ever believed in, it is not the ghosts against the humans, the ghosts deserve attention and love just like humans do. While Will is learning all about The Order, Alona is off trying to find a way for her parents to remember her, only she makes the biggest mistake yet. It is possible that Will won’t forgive her rash actions this time around.

Overall I really enjoyed coming back to the world of Alona and Will. Alona is just as feisty and bold as she ever was and slowly Will is learning how to handle her mood swings. I have to say I did enjoy the beginning of the story but the middle went a little downhill for me. The Order although a very cool concept just felt a little out of place, almost like since Alona was off having her own adventure that Will needed to be doing his own thing as well. Of course everyone knows that you want to see a couple together but overall their time apart and their struggles just makes their romance that much sweeter in the end. I could predict a few things in the story but the ending certainly left me hanging and I can’t wait to watch Alona and Will’s relationship continue to develop in the next book. I would give this book 4 stars, I didn’t like it as much as the first book but it was still a good sequel.



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