Book Review & Giveaway: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

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Book Review & Giveaway: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review & Giveaway: Not Quite Dead by Lyla PayneNot Quite Dead by Lyla Payne
Series: A Lowcountry Ghost Story #1
on April 1st 2014
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 257
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.
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My Thoughts

Wow! I was hoping that my Kindle wasn’t going to die as I was trying to get finished! I stayed up way into the night for this one!

What an intriguing ghost story! Loved almost every word.

I’m going to hit on that very tiny negative for just a second because there is a lot of positive for this one. At times what is in the plot can be a little redundant. For instance Graciela will comment multiple times on something. It wasn’t overwhelming, just something I noticed. This is also pretty long. Maybe some of the story could have been pared down. Maybe not though because…

It ended perfectly!

I loved the characters. Graciela (geez that’s hard to type. I am going to misspell that one) is sarcastic but she has been devastated and is just trying to figure out if she wants to get back into life or not. Like seriously, she is debating on being an alcoholic. I totally understood this. Sometimes you just don’t WANT to get out of bed. Or you open that bottle of wine at noon cause hey, it’s 5:00 somewhere!

Beau is also pretty awesome. Although… I have absolutely no reason to doubt him (YET) but I just don’t trust that guy. He’s just too perfect and nothing has come out about him. I have my eyes on you Beau! And not just cause you’re a hottie either!

And then the push / pull between the rest of her family. It’s drama but it’s drama that could actually happen! I loved to hate it all!

But, this book isn’t only about drama, and ghosts that smell horrible, this is hilarious as well! For a semi horror I laughed my ass off multiple times! Just fell head over heels in love with how Lyla Payne writes. It’s fabulous and even though at times I wanted to cry, she someone found the ability to make a character do or say something that would make me laugh, even as my eyes were getting a little teary.

Didn’t technically end on a cliff hanger although the way it ended left it open for another book. Which is fabulous because I want more! Most questions are answered although I’m still curious about Beau.

In short: Easy, fun read! Although this IS a ghost story I can see this being a great read for a lot of people.


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The Author

LylaLyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction–science fiction or otherwise–please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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4 Responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne”

    • Christina

      It’s hilarious! A little slow in certain parts but really nothing bad. The plot is enough but really the characters sold this one for me!

  1. Red Iza

    OK, I give up. I saw awesome reviews of that novel yesterday, added it on my list, but refrained from buying it – already have soooo many books to read ! But your review kicked the bucket, just bought it 😉
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    • Christina

      HAHAHAH!!! I’m a pusher! I love it! I’m starting to get to know your book styles and I’m really curious what you will think of this one. I have a feeling you’ll like it though!