Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: Kindle Ebook
Published: 15th July 201
Publisher: Curiosity Quill Press
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: New- Adult, Urban Fantasy
Description:College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when cute Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one…
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young man determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will appeal to the secret powers hidden deep within each of us
When I first heard about this I thought it sounded like a really interesting and unique story. And even though I enjoyed the book and thought it was certainly different. I just didn't love it
How to Date Dead Guys had the potential to be a kick ass Urban Fantasy novel. The plot sounded truly amazing so I was very eager to get started. However, upon reading it just didn't feel like an urban fantasy story. I can't quite put my finger on why exactly it didn't. I think it was mix between the how immature the main character seems at times and the plot that seems more YA with witchcraft.
However, after I read a few chapters and got into the story I did enjoy it. It was very witty and some of the supporting characters that Emma is trying to help were really what made the book! Apart from the main character I actually liked most of them. Some do have some issues but come on who doesn't have issues? lol.
The storyline itself took a while for me to get into as I have mentioned but once I did get into the flow I did enjoy it. It was really fast paced and a little quirky which is a big bonus. With some mystery thrown in to mix it up a little. I love a good mystery. And I was intrigued by trying to figure out all the people Emma was helping and their stories.
If you like a witchcraft story with a bit of mystery then give this a try. I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story next.
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