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.
I read the first in this series when it came out and was unaware there were more in the series until I was browsing the library. I really liked the first one and was pleasantly surprised when I found the rest of the series.
That being said…
It’s a typical high school love story- boy meets girl, boy likes girl…but you know, the girl is dead. A ghost. So that makes it interesting. Alona is your typical mean girl. Pretty. Popular. Stuck up. Totally the opposite of Will. Will is a goth. Black clothes. Not very happy go lucky. And he sees dead people and talks to them. Just your average Jo-schmo.
The thing is, their dynamic is perfect together. Will teaches Alona how to not be such bitch anymore in her spirit state and Will learns how to stand up for himself both to humans and ghosts.
Will learns the truth about his dad’s death and what his late night meetings really were. It’s definitely interesting to see how spirits affect Will and Alona too.
4 out of 5 stars. Good, quick read. Young adult readers will like it.