‘Queen of the Dead’ review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the first book to the series, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. And then along comes this book. Again, I thought it would be quirky and cute and not have much more to it than that, but wow was I wrong!

Alona Dare is back as the queen bee we all know and love. Catty and sarcastic, and struggling to be positive or risk fading away. Then she also has to deal with being dead and seeing everyone around her moving on. Then we have Will. Misunderstood, sensitive, cute Will. Dating a ghost and with no idea of who he really is.

This book in the series didn’t feel like some of those other types where it reads like a filler from the first book to the third book. This has it’s own storyline, it’s own issues, it’s own problems. Same characters but new problems. And where it takes us is definitely a bumpy rocky road full of gasps and coos and hisses. We are introduced to new characters and new organisations. We’re given some explanations of Will and his past, but also given new questions. And there is a part of the plot that comes up which definitely makes me need to read the third book to find out what happens next.

One thing I really did love about this book was the characters and their decisions and thought processes. The ethical and moral implications of things that they are faced with. For example, is passing on a message from the dead to the living actually more harmful to the living? Would they be better off thinking their loved one had moved on and was happy rather than knowing they were still floating around and miserable? But then who do you think of? The dead who needs to pass a message on to feel better about themselves? Or the living person who will feel worse as a result of that message?

Those kinds of questions came up throughout the book, but in a way that wasn’t condescending or that came across like a philosophy lesson. I really did enjoy this book and the series has fastly become one of my favs. 4 out of 5 stars and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series!

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