Title: Queen of the Dead
Author: Stacey Kade
Release Date: May 2011
Published By: Hyperion
Goodreads Rating: 3.96 stars
Review: Alona and Will's adventures continue as they work to help other spirits. However, not everything is going great for Alona - her parents are already starting to throw away her things even though she's only been dead for two months, and even Will has things on his mind that he can't help her with. He met another seer, Mina, and she just might hold all the clues to his troubled past. Alona has her doubts about her, but instead of listening to her, Will leaves her to her own devices - and that's never a good idea.
I really enjoyed THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, so I fully expected to love QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. In fact, this next installment was even better and was packed with the combination of humor, action, and emotions that made the first so good. The story was divided fairly evenly between Alona and Will, and both had their own separate worries to keep them occupied. Although by the end of THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, Alona was much more mature, she still had a lot of growing to do and much was seen of that in this, much to my delight.
Though Will's side of the story was interesting to read about, it was Alona's that captured my attention the most. The plot is full of suspense and has sharp turns, but the best plot twist happened with her and ended with a crazy cliffhanger, but of course, only in the good way. If I had to make one complaint, however, I did wish to read more of the Alona-Will relationship. There was a little in the beginning, but it fell apart quickly and their dynamic wasn't as great as it could have been.
All in all, QUEEN OF THE DEAD doesn't disappoint as a sequel and even, in my opinion, exceeds the first book, which will delight fans of the trilogy. Both Alona and Will face a great deal of growth, and though I wished for more about the both of them together, the plot was satisfyingly suspenseful and engaging. The cliffhanger at the end will inspire love-hate relationships for readers all over, but ultimately serves to leave a longing for the next and final book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book for review. This is no way affected my review, which is 100% honest.