I finished reading Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade tonight for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
Queen of the Dead was a fun read, just as much fun as The Ghost and the Goth (which I find unusual since I usually prefer the originals much more). Alona and Will are back and paired up, both in a job sense (to help ghosts) and in a relationship sense.
Alona wasn't so easy to hate this time. I mean, she definitely still had her "mean girl" side, but it wasn't as awful or prevelant as in the previous book. And Will was still Will. Although he did sorta show his "guyish" ways when a new girl is introduced in this book. We find out more about Will's family and a big secret is revealed there.
The ending definitely leaves you wondering just what is going to happen next and I can't wait to find out!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
Queen of the Dead will be released in May 31, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 39
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 33
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 30
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.