Monday, December 7, 2015

Review of How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

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 charming 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 desperate victim 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 ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
WOW! Just WOW! This book was fantastic! The blurb sounded great, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it! It was such a different book from the normal new adult paranormal romance! I read about 300 books a year, so to impress me, it has to be a great book. 
The concept was really interesting. There were a few unanswered questions that were left by the end of the book, but I'm hopeful they will be answered in the sequel, How to Ditch Dead Guys. 
The way it was plotted, you got a chance to know the ghosts. It kept the story fresh and so interesting. There was no possibility to know what was going to happen next. 
The guys, le sigh . . . Yes, I loved the guys. There were some heartbreaking moments, though. I will admit to being slightly disappointed with the ending. The author tied it up nice enough, and it really couldn't have ended any other way. Still, I couldn't help a small twinge of disappointment.
In light of how great the book was, and dying to know what's going to happen next, I really can't wait for the next book! This story gets five glittery stars!
About the Author
Growing up an only child, I learned to entertain myself. During summer vacations, my greatest form of exercise consisted of turning the pages of a book. Now I’m all grown up, and full of stories half-written in my head. I have to write them down so I can find out what happens next.
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. 
Book ideas bubble up from the most unexpected places: a sign post, a newspaper article, a radio show. I've got more stories in my head than down on paper.
Just give me time...

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