Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.  This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am an Amazon affiliate and this post contains affiliate links.  I may receive a small compensation if you make a purchase through one of my links.

Undead Girl Gang
by Lily Anderson
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher via Penguin First To Read
Format: eARC
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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 Stars)
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

I was excited to get the chance to read this book early.  The title alone piqued my interest.  Undead Girl Gang is definitely an intriguing title.  I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this book, and I was right.  Give me some supernatural creepiness, throw in some humor, and I will most likely devour the story.

Here are a few reasons why I enjoyed this book:

The author's witty/sarcastic writing style
This is the first book that I've read by Lily Anderson and I love her witty and humorous writing style.  I knew from the first line in the story that I was going to enjoy Anderson's writing.

"The problem with your best friend dying is that there's no one to sit with you at funerals."

That first line just drew me into the story.

Interesting, humorous, and touching story
The main character, Mila Flores, is lost without her best friend, Riley.  Riley recently died under suspicious circumstances.  Mila and Riley were into practicing witchcraft and Mila decides to bring her best friend back from the dead.  Is this a good idea?  Probably not, but Mila does it anyway and she ends up not only bringing back Riley, but also resurrecting two of her classmates (who also recently died under suspicious circumstances).  These undead girls are back and they want to know how they died.  Mila must help the girls find their killer before her resurrection spell wears off in seven days.  This story was so interesting that it was a quick read.  It has humorous moments, but it also has some touching and sad moments.  

Multi-layered characters
Mila Flores is a witty and strong personality, but she is also unsure of herself, especially after Riley's death.  Riley is another strong personality with underlying insecurities.  I really loved the friendship between Mila and Riley. The other two main characters,
June and Dayton, are more than just stereotypical mean girls.  In the beginning, they both seem shallow and mean, but eventually they become better people (even though they are technically dead- better late than never, right?)

Intriguing murder mystery
I love murder mysteries and I enjoyed the mystery in this book.  Who killed Riley, June, and Dayton?  Were they really murdered?  I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the truth.


The only complaint I had with this book is I felt the ending was a little anticlimactic.  It just felt a little rushed.  There are also a couple gory/gross parts throughout the story that may gross out some readers (but that's not really a negative for me since I'm an avid horror fan).  

Overall, I'd definitely recommend Undead Girl Gang, especially if you love quirky supernatural mysteries.  I look forward to reading more from Lily Anderson.

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1 comment:

  1. It was very humorous and touching. I am glad you loved it!