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Date with the Dead (Ripsters Book 1) by [Myers, Chris]
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...And one of the most appealing aspects of this novel is the author's ability to create suspense as Jolie and her friends come closer to solving the mystery behind Distal's murder. Well-crafted characters fill the pages of the swift-moving plot which culminates in an explosive finale.


...I am very much looking forward to the second installment in the series. I like the humor, the detailed and intriguing plot, and the characters, who are quite fun and just quirky enough to keep me wanting more. Without reservation, I would absolutely recommend this book to young adult and adult readers alike. By RoloPoloBooks

The End: THERE HAS TO BE A SECOND!!!! Seriously!!! I don't know what I'll do without more of these guys O.o This book was just so wonderfully different and unique there just has to be more! In the end, I loved this book, and there is a lot of stuff I hope will be mentioned in a second book. From the Read-a-Holic

Only a very good author can write a mystery story where the reader keeps on guessing what the suspense is gonna be till the end and still gets it wrong. Hats off to the author for writing that part so well! If you like a YA supernatural book with kick-ass characters and a great mystery, the Date with the Dead is definitely for you. By Reading 24x7

Date With The Dead is a very funny, unique read. I really loved the descriptions of Plymouth of Plymouth seeing as I live 45 minutes from there. I really enjoyed how Chris took the whole ghost hunter thing to another level. I have read a lot of ghost books but this one by far was the most pleasurable. By A Diary of a Book Addict

About the Author

Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. In second grade, Sister Bernice produced Chris's first play about pumpkins mauling and eating children. Apparently, the nuns didn't catch the underlying meaning. This instantly raised Chris to stardom amongst her peers for the several days off from schoolwork while in production. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.

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  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Books on the Edge; Second edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BC28N6
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Jolie Livingston has some pretty cool super powers. She can see the dead, talk to the dead, and help the dead cross over into the afterlife. The down side? Currently, her best and only friend is a ghost named Drew, she and her mom are so poor they are on the verge of being homeless yet again, and, last but not least, Jolie has caught the not-so-wanted attention of the Self-Absorbed Princesses or the SAPs. It's tough being in high school!

What I liked:
1. The plot. Not only does Jolie need to get rid of a ghost, but she also has a murder to solve and a little girl's life to save. Myers manages to weave all of these elements into one cohesive and massive plot that has a great tempo with lots of action and very little angst. Angst sucks.

2. The major characters. Jolie is a pretty tough cookie who, because of circumstances beyond her control, has had to mature quickly. She carries a lot of weight and worry on her shoulders, but only occasionally allows herself a smallish pity party. For the most part, Jolie is smart and determined and often jumps into action rather than allowing herself to wallow in worry and self-doubt. Drew is a tortured hotty with a penchant for causing trouble. However, when the chips are down, and Jolie is in trouble, Drew is there and ready to help.

3. The minor characters. The cast of minor characters is one of the novels' absolute highlights. Here's the rundown: Reese: the ultra-smart, ultra-rich newest member of Ripsters. Although Reese has no supernatural abilities (or does he?), he has a desire to help Jolie and hunt ghosts. Although he is surly and often a bit timid, Reese's heart is in the right place. Hayden: hello, not-dead hotty! This football player is so sad and so perfect, all at once.
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Ghost Whisperer. Vampire Diaries. Teen Wolf. Buffy. There are shades of all in this book, and yet it is original and unique. Read it in one day - started it on a slow day at work and finished it at 2:22 AM.
The characters are amazing. All of them are lovable - except the bad ones. And even the bad ones aren't necessarily bad - only a sequel will tell.
Technically, this is YA fiction. But this is adult material. Murder. Teen suicide. Possible (attempted) rape. The only thing missing is explicit sex and adult language. Guess what? It isn't missed. It allows the author to concentrate on plot and dialogue without having to throw a sex scene in every 20%, which, honestly, can get distracting sometimes. To me, the characters are the best part of a book. If you like them, you like the book. You will love the characters, and you will love this book.
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Date with the Dead is a great book. I really like the idea of ghost hunting sometimes in books and this book was totally different for me. This book reminded me a little of Ghost Busters and I love these movies! This was a great way for me to start out on this author. Great stuff in this book. Can't wait to read the next one!
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Jolie and her mother have just moved from New Orleans to Plymouth, Massachutes. After loosing their home to hurricane Katrina and living out of shelters, they inhereit her aunt's house after her aunt goes missing and is presumed dead. Jolie is excited about the fresh start. Her only friend is Drew, her handsome spirit that only she can see. She has always been the outcast and the fact that people see her talking to herself doesn't up her social status. Never having enough money, Jolie and her mother discover they have two weeks to pay back taxes on their house or they will be evicted. Jolie actually likes it here and she doesn't want to move again, especailly back to New Orleans. What to do?

Jolie is hired by a terrified local family to remove a ghost from their house. The ghost is scaring them and making thier oldest daughter physically ill. Upon arriving at the home, we meet Reese. He is somewhat annoying but has all the right equipment. At school, Jolie meets the beautiful, popular, pink-loving Brittany, who has a ghost of her own. The only problem is she doesn't like hers and wants to get rid of him. Drew is the gorgeous football player who Jolie is secretly attracted to, much to her dismay. With this fine cast to characters, they set out to solve the mystery of the haunting and solving a murder mystery in the process. The only problem is that someone doesn't want them to solve the case and will go to desperate measures to make sure they don't.

What a wonderful and fresh story. I have always been fascinated with this topic. I know that their are people who can see the dead. I have never met one, that I know of. To actually have a best friend as a spirit and be able to see spirits would be amazing. I loved everything about this book. The characters are so different from each other but fit together nicely. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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I can't even get over how much I loved the idea of Date with the Dead! Girl can see ghosts so she starts up her own ghost hunting/mystery solving business, and hijinks ensue. It was like Nancy Drew meets Medium. Plus the name of her business is called RIPSTERS- Rest In Peace Sophisticated Technology For Efficient Removal Of Spirits. Way too cute!

Jolie and Drew are adorable. I loved the ghost hunting duo they made. It kind of seamed like Jolie was a loner but then right at the start of the story all of these new people started popping up in her life. Looking back, it seemed a little sudden but I didn't notice it at all while reading it, so it didn't bother me. Jolie is just a likable girl. She is quirky and brave. In some ways she seems like just a normal teen, with crushes and hilarious nicknames for everyone.

"Pretty in Pink", aka Brittany joins Jolie's group and she can actually touch the ghosts, and I think I actually felt Jolie and Drew's pain. Did I say already that they are adorable? Anyways, once Brittany joins the group and tells us who she liked, my jaw literally dropped open. I didn't see it coming at all but I loved it. I will say that I don't really love the cover, but don't let that affect your decision to read Date with the Dead. It's a really good book!

The murder mystery in Date with the Dead is pretty good too. I really enjoyed the thought out story of John Distal and his death. It was all really interesting. What I liked most about Date with the Dead is that it wasn't quite like anything else that I had been reading. It was unique. And that was really refreshing to see. I can't wait to see what RIPSTERS will be up to next!

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.
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