- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (July 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620075199
- ISBN-13: 978-1620075197
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,753,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Interesting and eventful . . . I am really curious to see what happens next so I can't wait to try the next book in the series." ---Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I've chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can't wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I'd love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger's time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
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Top Customer Reviews
*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review (but I also bought a copy for myself)*
I didn’t expect this book to affect me the way it did.
With such a quirky, fun title and premise, even though I read some other reviews, I didn’t quite believe them. But listen to the other reviews and listen to this one—the character development, and the development of relationships between characters, for Emma, all the dead guys she brings back, and even some of the smaller side characters was real, believable, and absolutely phenomenal.
And the book was so much more meaningful and deep and touching and heart-wrenching than I thought it would be. I don’t full-on cry over books, but I did shed some tears and get watery eyes numerous times while reading. I’m a series girl because it usually takes me numerous books to really connect to characters and get emotional about them, but every dead guy introduced in this book somehow managed to worm his way into my heart. I just really felt for the characters and the struggles and heaviness of the situations they were in, and I couldn’t believe how quickly I got attached to each one.
As for the premise, I was imagining that the main character would do a spell and then a bunch of ghosts would rise up and follow her around. Instead, well, I’ll let you have the fun of discovering it as you read and just say it was very unique and creative and kept getting more interesting and complicated (in a great way) as the book went on!
I did have some general issues in the beginning (like the immaturity of the protagonist), but they faded away as I got sucked in, and eventually they all proved to be a purposeful part of the story.
So this wasn’t a dark book, but it wasn’t rainbows and unicorns either. It was fun and quirky, but it was also serious and emotional. It would make me laugh on one page then cry on the next. And even though this book dealt with topics of death and life and what it means to really live, it didn’t so much make me think as it just made me feel. Overall, it was just kind of beautiful.
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)
But then one night Chrissy drags her to a party, and all of a sudden shy, tongue-twisted Emma finds herself having to see her crush more often. Until one fateful night, Emma finds herself trying to talk her drunken crush out of swimming the river next to the college.
The result of that night, along with a mysterious "Book of Shadows" that used to belong to her roomate's sister, culminates in Emma, in a desperation of guilt, resorting to spells to fix the mess she's made of her life.
Only things don't go smoothly, and Emma will have to help a series of guys, all impacted by the river, before she'll begin to figur out her own life.
As paranormal romances go, this one is fairly tame. There's the faint hint of serial killer, but most of the book is feel-good romantic comedy about the nerdy girl who comes out of her shell and finds a group of eccentric friends. Even the magicky death-parts are fairly tame, run-of-the-mill wiccan type scenes.
There's a lot of time covered in the story; and sometimes I felt too much was summarized, with aspects of the guys Emma helps dragging on too long instead of just giving us juicy bits. This summarizing sometimes lent a distanced feel to the character development, such that, for example, I felt one of Emma's major relationships didn't quite get the juicy angst it deserved, but all in all it was an entertaining read. Romance aspects are tame enough for even younger YA readers, and Emma's voice felt more high schooly at times in her constant self-doubts, self-deprecations, and inner voice comparing herself to more "girly" girls and finding her own more androgynous style lacking (I got a bit tired of her mother's character focusing so much on wearing dresses and being attractive as well as Chrissy's total shallowness) than collegey. Also, the police officer stalking her was just in the right place at the right time way too many times.
A light, entertaining read with fun geographical references to Wisconsin area university. If Emma continues to grow and the events get a bit more focused on the creepiness (instead of how Emma dressed like a boy) sequels would be promising.
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Oh what a fun book! College student Emma is awkward, shy, a bit reticent and far more happy with books...Read more