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Queen of the Dead: 02/24/12
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade is the sequel to The Ghost and the Goth. It opens with Will and Alona meeting a ghost in a mansion set to be torn down soon. It's a pretty typical opening for a sequel where the characters and their roles are well established and it's time to move straight into their adventure du jour.
Except, to my utter delight, the meeting goes horribly wrong and there's what can only be described as a solo ghost buster there to "box" their ghost. Having a society of ghost catchers in the area who know well and good about Will's abilities and can sense Alona, his ghost guide, stirs things up. It also makes things dangerous for Alona.
Despite their working together to help the dead, Alona and Will don't communicate well. They are prone to make assumptions, get into huffs and of course squabble. They haven't reached the point where they can blindly trust each other. That wedge of a doubt leads both characters to make foolish decisions with extraordinary results.
The ending took me by surprise, even though it was hinted at in The Ghost and the Goth. The third book, released in May 2012, Body and Soul will play out the results of startling ending.
Comment #1: Friday, February 24, 2012 at 22:14:14
I was really surprised by how much I liked this series, and I'm eagerly waiting for the third book!
Comment #2: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 17:17:17
My husband and I are also looking forward to the third book.