Review * Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

July 5, 2012 Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Queen of the Dead by Stacey KadeQueen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #2
Published by Hyperion on May 31, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 266
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Body & Soul
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I seriously can’t get enough of Alona and Will.  They seem like such an unlikely pairing, but that makes them so much better.  They would make such a cute couple, you know if Alona wasn’t a ghost.
  • Alona’s parents are moving on without her and she’s taking it personally.  Her father is going to have a new baby girl and her mom is packing up all her stuff.  She’s pretty put out and want’s it fixed, only Will won’t help her so she resorts to other, not so great methods, even though she knows it’s wrong.
  • I don’t want to say too much but Alona’s choice has serious consequences for other people and even though her plan didn’t work how she intended it to work she still knew what she was doing when she did it.
  • Will and Alona meet Mina, another ghost talker.  Alona doesn’t like or trust her one bit, but Will is very curious.  He learns a lot more about his father and some of the ins and outs of his abilities.  And goes from one scary situation to another.
  • Mina has a very self serving attitude, and it’s always about what’s good for her, but after you learn a little more about her family you begin to understand.
  • There is a fair amount of conflict between Will and Alona throughout Queen of the Dead.  It’s pretty frustrating too because of the alternating narration you know what’s going on and you just want to fix it for them!
  • The ending was a bit of a surprise and a definite cliff hanger.  I’m so glad I didn’t read this until Body & Soul came out because I have to know what happens!

My Rating



9 Responses to “Review * Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade”

  1. ....Petty Witter

    Though not adverse to reading YA novels I get the feeling that I really am too old for this one. Glad you enjoyed it, I’ll be sure to mention it to niece #2 who I think would like it.

  2. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Great review, Kim! I agree, Will and Alona make such a great couple! As much as I love the covers to the books, I think they may keep some readers away, because yes the books are funny and cute, but they also tackle some pretty dark themes. Not enough people are reading this series!

  3. fakesteph

    Hahahahaha… I was about to type EXACTLY what Jenny wrote… caps and all. :) But yes, I loooved this one and love Alona and Will. I seriously have no idea how this is going to be wrapped up and I LOVE it!

  4. Bittner

    I’m trying to get my google reader cleaned out so I just saw this one and realized I apparently read these reviews out of order, so I already commented on the last book. Oops! Great review though!