Review: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

queen of the deadQueen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth, book 2)
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

There was just something so fun about Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth that I couldn’t resist.  I knew I wanted to continue with the series, but it took me awhile to actually read the second book, Queen of the Dead.  Finally I picked it up, and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, it was still a great read.

These books are fairly lighthearted, with a lot of humor.  Alona, particularly, provides tons of comic relief, and she is definitely my favorite part of these books.  She is by no means perfect.  She can be a little self-centered, often thinking how things relate to her instead of how they might affect other people.  But, for the most part, she is a nice person (errrr, ghost).  She definitely has some of the best lines in the book.  Here are a few examples:

“…I had kind of a thing about germs and public places.  Yes, I know I’m dead.  It doesn’t make germs any less disgusting.” (p.30)

“I know; creepy, right?  The elderly have invaded Facebook.  That is just wrong in so many ways.” (p. 55)

There are tons of other funny little quips that Alona fires out that make this books so enjoyable.  Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the things Alona says I don’t agree with, but they fit this character, and it makes the book so much fun.

Will, the other MC, is an interesting guy.  I can’t say he is that memorable (it’s hard when you’re competing against Alona.  She was in the first tier, after all).  He’s strong, and an excellent character for Alona to play off of.

This does have that middle book feeling, though.  There some some things not resolved at the end (although not a terrible cliffhanger or anything), but, like I said, it’s sort of a typical second book.  Do I still want to read the third book, Body and Soul, you betcha.

Anyway, The Ghost and the Goth series is great.  If you like quirky main characters, who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, with a little romance and some paranormal activity thrown in, then don’t pass up these books.  Oh, and don’t judge the series by their covers.  They’re awful, but what’s inside is awesome!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Review: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

  1. Melinda says:

    Ok, I’ll take your word for it. Lately I’ve decided to move out of my comfort zone and start reading books I wouldn’t normally. Like YA and children’s fiction 🙂

  2. I really need to get started reading this series. Although, apparently I’ll need to lower my expectations for this installment…

  3. I have heard lots of bloggers love this series! I need to read it at some point!

  4. fakesteph says:

    The first one is definitely my favorite, but I really enjoyed this entire series. Alona drove me CRAZY in this book, but I understood why she was doing what she was doing.

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