Queen of the Dead
Publication date: May 31 2011
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.
After reading The Ghost and the Goth last year when it came out I was in love with Will and Alona. After waiting a year to read the next book I was counting down the days till the sequel came out. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next, but I was a bit disappointed.
Will is still stalked by the ghosts and ghosts are constantly asking him for help to give them peace. In the second book he meets a girl that’s just like him, only she traps ghosts and gets rid of them while Will helps them.
And Alona’s character has changed throughout this book. Yes she’s still the sarcastic moody girl but she also shows a lot of emotion and shows her caring side a lot in Queen of the dead. I don’t blame her for her moodiness; she’s dead but is stuck on earth wondering around invisible, except from Will and all the others like him. Both characters grow through tough life changing decisions
I loved reading and trying to figure out who Mina was (Mina is the girl who can see ghosts just like Will) She was mysterious and hard to figure out.
Unfortunately I didn’t feel like there was enough of Will and Alona being together in this book, of course it was from both POV so we could get to read about their thoughts about each other but there wasn’t much contact between the two.
I generally liked the cover of the first one better than this one. Will’s hair looks weird on the cover; I know talking about the cover really shouldn’t be in reviews about the book but when I pick a book out to read I usually look at the cover first. If the cover doesn’t look that good I’m not as interested in it as I would if it had a great cover.
Anyways I did like Queen of the dead and suggest going out and picking up the one first one if you hadn’t yet. It’s a very quick read and I can’t wait to find out what happens.