Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: July 15th, 2014
Cover Reveal: June 2nd, 2014
Blog Tour: July 14 - 25th, excluding weekends
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson (http://alexandriadior.deviantart.com/)
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.
When Emma sees Mike for the first time she instantly falls for him; when her roommate starts dating Mike's brother, they begin spending more time together and the crush deepens. Unfortunately the night of Mike's birthday he drowns in a unfortunate accident in which Emma feels solely responsible. Emma turns to the book of shadows, to bring him back, but what she gets is a multitude of other lost souls that have been claimed by the river; she must help them so they can rest in peace.
I really liked this book I have been working crazy hours at work lately and this book provided the right kind of distraction that I needed to help me refocus my energy and not fall asleep on my lunch breaks ( that would be soooo embarrassing ) I liked the fact that all these characters have flaws, they aren't perfect but the aren't a total mess either, even for dead people. Emma takes the whole situation in stride and comes up with some interesting ways to integrate these new found friends into her life without seeming to crazy in the process. I really enjoyed the fact that even though there is a paranormal aspect to this book, it touches on a true to life subject and has a bit of a more serious side to it. I can't wait to see the rest of the series. Great job!
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating
I was gifted a reviewers copy of How To Date Dead Guys in exchange for an unbiased review as a part of the HTDDG blog tour.
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