Series: The Ghost and the Goth #2
Published by Hyperion on May 31, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- I seriously can’t get enough of Alona and Will. They seem like such an unlikely pairing, but that makes them so much better. They would make such a cute couple, you know if Alona wasn’t a ghost.
- Alona’s parents are moving on without her and she’s taking it personally. Her father is going to have a new baby girl and her mom is packing up all her stuff. She’s pretty put out and want’s it fixed, only Will won’t help her so she resorts to other, not so great methods, even though she knows it’s wrong.
- I don’t want to say too much but Alona’s choice has serious consequences for other people and even though her plan didn’t work how she intended it to work she still knew what she was doing when she did it.
- Will and Alona meet Mina, another ghost talker. Alona doesn’t like or trust her one bit, but Will is very curious. He learns a lot more about his father and some of the ins and outs of his abilities. And goes from one scary situation to another.
- Mina has a very self serving attitude, and it’s always about what’s good for her, but after you learn a little more about her family you begin to understand.
- There is a fair amount of conflict between Will and Alona throughout Queen of the Dead. It’s pretty frustrating too because of the alternating narration you know what’s going on and you just want to fix it for them!
- The ending was a bit of a surprise and a definite cliff hanger. I’m so glad I didn’t read this until Body & Soul came out because I have to know what happens!