I received this book for free from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
Series: Under The Blood Moon #1
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on July 15th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Curiosity Quills
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when cute Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one…
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young man determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will appeal to the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
I really enjoyed how this started. A bit creepy and really curious. I like Emma from the start even if she is a bit shy and awkward, aren’t we all at some point? And then a classmate dies while she is with him and everyone and I do mean EVERYONE blames her.
Now, I get that this is the part that happens because she needed to be pushed far enough to want to go get a Book of Shadows and do a seance type of thing to bring Mike back. But, really? The part where everyone blames her made me want to just put this book down. I get that Emma doesn’t have any friends but this seems a bit over done.
Then again this is school, college, but still school. People are going to be jerks just because they can be even outside of school. So… I just went with it although I like Emma so much that I was seriously frustrated at this point.
The funny thing is, the story is almost comical. When Sam appears and things start going haywire I just shake my head at Emma and laugh. With all of this going on somehow I was able to find the humor in it all and enjoy what was going on. Just as soon as she gets rid of Sam another freaking dead guy appears!
All in all the plot was pretty good, once I got over the bitches in this, and I really did wind up enjoying it. I really liked seeing Emma’s change as the story went along. Her character really grew with the story which made it all the more interesting.
HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS is my first novel.
When I’m not living in my own created fantasy world, I’m a small animal veterinarian and a mother. My writing career began via monthly Pet Vet columns for the local Post Bulletin newspaper. Next I published non-fiction articles in RunMinnesota, the DVM360 journal, and The Wagazine.
The logical next step was a novel. So here it is. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.