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Queen of the Dead (A Ghost and the Goth Novel) (Ghost and the Goth Novels) Hardcover – May 31, 2011

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About the Author

Stacey Kade (www.staceykade.com) is an award-winning corporate copywriter and successful adult sci-fi romance writer (as Stacey Klemstein). She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three retired racing greyhounds.The Ghost and the Gothwas her first YA novel. She is hard at work on Book Three of the Ghost and the Goth trilogy.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ghost and the Goth Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423134672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423134671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a former corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she's not reading or writing, you'll likely find her parked in front of the television, catching up on her favorite shows--Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and others.

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I can't wait to read the third book in this series.
It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was still a very good read. [spoiler #2] And of course, it just had to end in one of the cursed cliffhangers!!
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Stacey Kade really does an amazing job of writing a unique story line with great characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By small review on May 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the first book in the series (The Ghost and the Goth), so I was super excited when I found out there was going to be a sequel. The first book ends well as a standalone, but this second book relies enough on the events of the first that you shouldn't read the sequel until after you've read the first book.

The Ghost and the Goth tackled serious issues with a good dose of levity, and that same winning combination is here as well. Alona provides mean-girl snark but still manages to be completely lovable. Will is a lot more sure of himself now and seems to be in the process of taking control of his life again. Both characters grow a lot throughout this book and it is their growth that adds a depth to the series that isn't really hinted at on the covers. It was nice to fall back into the swing of things with this pair. They work so well together; I could happily read many more books featuring them.

...Which brings me to the biggest downside of Queen of the Dead: Alona and Will's relationship. The book opens with the two of them together, tentatively feeling out (literally, though maybe not so tentatively then) a romantic relationship. The first few chapters are absolutely perfect! Wow, who knew PG/PG-13 kissing could be so hot?? Even though they're together, they still maintain a love-hate relationship that sizzles.

The honeymoon ends far too quickly though, and instead of getting a book full of Alona-Will goodness, most of the time they don't even share page time. Huge, teasing disappointment.

The story itself is good, but I wanted a little more. The first book had more of a mystery than this one. Honestly though, this isn't a series that I read for the plot. I read it because I love the characters and the world of ghost-talkers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie StuckInBooks on June 3, 2012
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Book 2 ~ A Ghost and a Goth Novel

Source: Purchased hardback

Spoilers if you haven't read book 1.

My Summary:
Trying to score some good karma points (GKP), Alona Dare is playing spirit guide to Will Killian. It's a mutually beneficial arrangement. She gets some GKP which may help her find that white light thing and he gets a spirit that keeps the other ones at bay. That works, right? Did we factor in kissing? Didn't think so. Yeah, what happens when you start having feeling for the ghost/goth you're just trying to help. And then what happens when said ghost/goth ends up in trouble. What happens then? Almost anything really, from fire to possessions. Gonna be interesting.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - fast paced & hilarious

I really enjoyed A Ghost and a Goth. It was a fun fast read and this one picked up right where that one left off.

Will inherited his fathers ability to hear and see spirits that have died but not moved into the light. Alona inherited her parents refined tastes. Will has always tried to hide from the ghosts that are always wanting something from him and, as a result, he doesn't have a lot of friends. Alona on the other hand was Queen of the school before she died. Such an unlikely pair. Together, they are trying to help some lost spirits make peace with their existence. But what we have is an easily bored ghost that is critiquing the fashion sense of everyone they meet and a socially awkward young man who is trying to keep from getting arrested while helping the unsettled ghosts. Yeah, it's freaking hilarious. I love the banter between these two unlikely allies.

If you like YA and need something fun and fast, than this is not to be missed. Check this series out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book made me so freaking happy.

I am in love with this trilogy, I think it's so well written, and the characters are so lovable - even Alona, Queen of the Dead. Will is amazing and I love the romantic tension that's going on between the two.

After Alona is sent back, she needs to find a way to help Will, and I love how she keeps things from him - which is weird, normally I don't like liars, but I think it's so endearing the way she wants to keep him from being mad at her. It reminds me of how I act with my girlfriend - you try to make things seem not-as-bad so they won't be mad, since them being mad at you is the worst feeling in the world. In other words, this shows just how much Alona cares about Will.

The only problem is, in this book, Will has another girl in his field of vision, which Alona doesn't like at all. Jealousy marches its way in and it gets Alona into a little bit of trouble. First of all, it seems like it sets up the scenario of a love triangle with Alona, Will and Mina - cliche but it works in this novel beautifully. Thankfully the romance in this novel doesn't take the front row, but rather is a nice undertone to all the action-y goodness.

Alona is still working on being a nicer person, ya know, so she doesn't vanish into thin air - literally - but she still has that feisty side that we've all come to know and love.

My only gripe about this amazing book is the cliff hanger - not that this is entirely a bad thing!

Five stars - yet again to Kade and the Ghost and the Goth series!

Reviewed by Saleana @Step Into Fiction
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