Introducing debut author Ann M. Noser with the first in her Witch’s Handbook fantasy, new-adult romance series. Narrated by Caitlin Kelly, please read on for my audiobook review of
How to Date Dead Guys
Oh what a fun book! College student Emma is awkward, shy, a bit reticent and far more happy with books and in mathematical formulas than interacting with people. And, of course her roommate is a girlie-girl, boy obsessed extrovert who is more interested in the social offernings at school than the academic. After much haranguing, she drags Emma to a frat party – Emma’s first, where she meets a boy. Unfortunately, circumstances go horribly pear shaped, and this boy that Emma met, Mike, is killed. Of course, Emma is blamed for his death. There is nothing quite like a horrible experience your first outing to completely discourage you from ever interacting with people, and Emma retreats to her books, and discovers a Book of Shadows, left behind by her roommate’s friend.
From there – the story couldn’t have been more intriguing: she learns that the departed are never quite willing to go – all have stories and unfinished business, and Emma seems to be the conduit. And she discovers, after several stories, that there is a common thread between all of the boys she is hearing stories from. Since Emma can’t find a way to actually explain just why she keep appearing at the victims’ houses, and why she feels there is a connection, the mystery is strong here, with plenty of clever moments and growth as Emma becomes more comfortable in her own skin, and gains confidence in her own ability to sort out the clues and hopefully bring the mysterious series of drownings to an end.
With wonderful “dead guys’ who shared their stories, and secondary live characters that helped to move the story forward: each presented with a unique voice and a solid purpose that added depth and fullness to the story. Emma found a touch of her first romance, confidence and skills that she never imagined she had, along with her own personal growth that gave the story a sense of reality in a very imaginative plot.
Narration for this story is provided by Caitlin Kelly and her particular brand of youthful tone captured Emma perfectly as she was able to add a touch of hesitancy in her early interactions that changed to a more solidly confident speaker as time progressed. Each of the secondary characters, from roommate to dead guys and even the detective were distinct and unique, and each was presented in ways that felt appropriate to their place in the story and the action. An intriguing and unique story, wrapping up this mystery thread leaving Emma free for new adventures in the next book.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: How to Date Dead Guys
Author: Ann M. Noser
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance, New Adult - Coming of Age, Paranormal
Narrator: Caitlin Kelly
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press, Tantor Audio
Published on: 31 March 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 12 minutes
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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 cute 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 young man 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 appeal to the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
***Note: classified as New Adult due to the college-aged main character, but material is appropriate for those in 10th grade and up.***
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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