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Queen of the Dead (Ghost and the Goth Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Alona and Will spend their summer vacation doing the usual: helping ghosts crossover, solving murder mysteries, and the like. Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.
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Overview

Alona and Will spend their summer vacation doing the usual: helping ghosts crossover, solving murder mysteries, and the like. Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Monica McGrath
Will is a ghost talker who is dating a ghost, Alona. He is excited to meet another ghost talker, Mina, with whom he can relate. She tries to convince him to stop helping ghosts. Alona worries that Will will not help her, and she ends up taking someone's body to get his attention. This book is fantastic and captures the complex social interactions of teens while incorporating ghosts. Reviewer: Monica McGrath, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Jennifer McConnel
Will Killian has a secret: he can interact with the dead. This "gift" has left Will isolated and confused with only his spirit guide, Alona, for constant companionship. With Alona's help, Will tries to act as an intermediary, helping ghosts make peace with whatever it is that is keeping them earthbound. Things change when Mina enters the scene and introduces Will to The Order, an elite group of ghost talkers who use their paranormal powers to clear ghosts away. Everything Will thought he understood about himself hangs in the balance, and he is faced with a choice: to serve the dead at the expense of the living or to serve the living with no thought for the dead. Fearful of losing his help, Alona takes desperate measures to remind Will of their relationship. The second installment in The Ghost and the Goth series, this novel is sharp and compelling. Told in alternating first-person narrative between Will and Alona, the story progresses quickly and leaves the reader begging for more. Enough questions remain unanswered at the close of the novel to guarantee at least one more volume in the series. Romance is elegantly balanced with intrigue, creating a plot that will appeal to most teens, male and female alike. Readers who enjoy the paranormal in any form will love this book. Reviewer: Jennifer McConnel
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—As this sequel to The Ghost and the Goth (Hyperion, 2010) opens, Alona and Will are waiting for the ghost of Mrs. Ruiz so they can help send her into the light. However, Mina Blackwell is trying to earn her full membership in the Order, and containment of Mrs. Ruiz was to be her final test. She has a plan, though: if Will helps her, she'll share information about what he is and the shadowy Order. The idea that he's not the only ghost-talker staggers Will, and he agrees to help her. Meanwhile, it seems that Alona's mother is moving on just two months after her daughter's death; she is throwing away all of Alona's memorabilia. Distraught, the teen flees to her father's house, where she witnesses him and his new wife rejoicing over the upcoming birth of a new baby girl. Alona decides that the only way to stop her parents from forgetting about her is to send them a message they can't ignore, but her scheme backfires and she is sucked into the body of a coma patient and can't get out. Kade has created interesting and engaging characters in the ghost-talker and his spirit guide. They handle the drama in their lives in a believable fashion, and the well-paced plot pulls readers into a novel in which the dead are still capable of surprising the living. This excellent novel stands alone, but readers will want to read the first book to find out more about the characters.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews

Former cheerleader, fashionista and "mean girl supreme" and current spirit guide Alona Dare and social recluse and ghost-talker Will Killian trade their flirtatious banter for a more serious dilemma in this sequel toThe Ghost and the Goth(2010).

Alona's only been dead two months, and already her recovering alcoholic mother is throwing out her prized mementos and her absent father and his ex-wife (a.k.a. Step-Mothra) are having a baby. Now could Will be interested in fellow ghost-talker Mina Blackwell and her Ghostbuster-like boxes meant to capture spirits? When Alona enters a comatose body, she only hopes to communicate with her selfish parents and teach Will a lesson, but she ends up getting stuck in the process. Once again the teens' alternating voices give differing perspectives. Will learns about the Order of the Guardians, a secret society of ghost-talkers bent on ridding the world of unsafe spirits, as well as his dead father's role in it, and selfish, immobile Alona contemplates her own karma and why she was left on Earth. The tension mounts when the Order comes to consider Alona dangerous. While this sequel lacks some of the amusement provided by the first book, plenty of back story keeps readers engaged in the continuing story line.

With room for a third book, who's Alona gonna call?Ghost and the Gothlovers.(Paranormal. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423147350
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Ghost and the Goth Series , #2
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 117,971
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 511 KB

Meet the Author

Stacey Kade
Stacey Kade (www.staceykade.com) is an award-winning corporate copywriter and successful adult sci-fi romance writer (as Stacey Klemstein). She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three retired racing greyhounds. The Ghost and the Goth was her first YA novel. She is hard at work on Book Three of the Ghost and the Goth trilogy.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo

    Alona and Will are back. Since Alona was sent back from the light, she has become a sort of spirit guide for Will. And she also has to *gasp* help other ghosts! Of course, Will is usually by her side, considering that whenever Alona's time of death comes up every morning, she is automatically pulled to wherever Will is. Recently, Alona has been noticing that she's caring for Will a little more than she'd like to, and she's not exactly sure where they stand with each other. Also, to make matters worse, she finds out that both her mother and father are already moving on! Her mom is throwing out everything in her room, and her father and "step mothra" are expecting a little girl. This is awful, and Alona is determined to make sure they do not forget her! One night, when Alona and Will are trying to help an old ghost, this girl shows up out of nowhere. Her name is Mina, and she is a seer. Right away, Alona does not like this girl, but Will is intrigued and wants to know more. While he's off figuring out what Mina does with the other seers, Alona is trying to figure out a way to get her parents to remember that she existed - because Will refused to help her do what she wanted to do. Of course, leaving Alona alone to do things herself is not a good idea. And in this case, Alona decides to use Lily (Will's friend who has been in a coma) to get her message across. But things go terribly wrong with Alona's plan, and now the only person who can save her is Will. If he would only realize that Alona is in trouble. This was a fantastic second book in the GHOST AND THE GOTH series! It was so good I finished it in about two days. I couldn't put it down. And the ending was yet another great cliffhanger. Stacey Kade has a great writing style, and she knows how to keep a story flowing. There was lots of drama with Will and with Alona. It was kind of like reading two different stories combined into one until close to the end, when Will has to try to save Alona. If you've read THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, you will for sure love QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and even if you haven't read the first book, you will enjoy this one as a stand-alone tale. I thought it was amazing, and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Yawn

    Well their back!
    Thats as exciting as it gets for me. I read the book because the first one wasnt to bad, and i wanted a fun read. I guess i got what i asked for. Agin it wasnt horrible, but it wasnt great either. I found myself getting mad at will, for not being romantic enough wirh alana. And alana, for being annoying,pushy, and not trying to get will to like her agin! Then everything goes weird, and i find myself reading pointless drama where will and alana ate mad and not talking, and the story is about two girls i honestly didnt care about! The ending is weird to me, and i dont know if there will be a sequal or not? And even then, i dont know if ill read it. To me this seris has a future, just not one i really care about

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Fast read. :D

    I started this very excited but as I read further. I didn't feel that excitement anymore. It wasn't what I expected, though the book was still good but not as good as the first book.

    Will meets new people, who might have a link to his father and tries to find out more and in the process of this his link with Alona weakens. Alona, became desperate at some point in the book and she started doing impulsive and foolish things which annoyed me and can totally be avoided but no. She had to do something stupid.

    Will established new found enemies and this made the installment more intriguing than the first. I think I might have enjoyed the first book more because it was more on the romance while this one has more of plot. Haha.

    Ghost & the Goth series is definitely growing and this installment articulates and clarifies that this series has more of a plot and depth, while the first book was pretty weak in it. I'm sure those readers who said the first book was plotless will get a better taste with Ghost and The Goth #2 than me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Better

    This book to me was better than the second one only by a little. This book had more heart break in it that made it better. I loved how shhe told the story and her detail in it is very good. This is a good ghost series. Not scary at all but all mystery that what happens next. Over all a 5 star book and i did enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

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    Best book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Amazing!!!!!

    One of the best books i've EVER read! Stacy Kade is a great author!! I hope there is another!! I'll be the first one to buy it!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Highly Recommend this book.

    Since I couldn't put down the first one this on was just as good as the first one. I read this book in only a day. You need a box of Kleenex at the end of the book. It is a great book and I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out I will be getting it to read as well. Great book for girls teens and up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog

    This is a great book, and it did not disappoint me after being charmed by Ghost and the Goth. The characters are still all levels of awesome and it had moments that made me want to laugh and cry.
    Alona continues to grow in this one, in new and different ways through the plot twists, though there were times that I thought she was regressing and I wanted to scream. Things I never expected to happen did and a whole new set of people to understand and in some instances hate, came onto the scene.
    I just read there will be a third book in the series, and I am anxiously awaiting it, although I like the way this one ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Sweet and thrilling

    This book is a little more romantic than the firt but has more suprises too. To any one who read The Ghost and The Goth and loved it this book is gread and i would definitely reccomend it to you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Better than the first

    Like the first book, Queen of the Dead will never be dubbed a classic or thought-provoking book and I personally still find the concept a little weird. I mean, Alona's dead and Will is alive... how would that work in the long run?

    Well, Kade graciously clues everyone in and ties up the loose ends developed in Ghost and the Goth. Now that high school is over, enter the mysterious girl who can also talk to ghosts and more clues to Will's father. Alona is still a prickly one, but has thankfully toned down her high-horse act. I sincerely recommend those who like the romance elements and fans of ghosts to read this series, but it's not for everyone. If you're not a fan of fluff or books without much conflict don't pick this series up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    No Disappointments

    I found the first of the series, The Ghost and the Goth, and bought it on a whim because it sounded interesting but I didn't expect much. But the first one was great and this one was even better. Alona gets herself into huge trouble and Will is faced with finally learning about who his father was and further information on his ability. I developed a big crush on Will's character. But it's well worth the read and continuation of the series. And the ending is a very interesting twist in the developing series. Other than the nookbook issue with not adding spaces in between a couple of words every other line, there were no disappointments of than finishing the book so soon and the long wait for the next installment to be released.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Great book

    It looks like ashten kutcher on the cover. I totally recomend this! She came out with the project paper doll book which is so good. I love kades books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Awesome!

    In queen of the dead, Alona Dare become trapped in Lily Turners body. Who happens to be Will Killians friend and old crush! I think this book was exciting and really cool!! Hope you guys will like it. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Awesome!

    Its such a great book!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Lovely

    Will and alona changedbmy entire way of thinking ..... i finished this book in one morning cause it was AMAZING !!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Good Second Book

    My Thoughts:
    I was so excited to read Queen of the Dead after the major book love I had for The Ghost and The Goth, and while I wasn't disappointed in any way I didn't love it quite as much as the first book. It's definitely worth reading, and I think it will tie the first and third book together really well. I think I was thrown just the tiniest bit by how much darker this book felt.

    We learn a lot about Will and Alona separately this time, and get a glimpse of how they are feeling about their particular situations. I was constantly surprised and sometimes shocked by this story. I really enjoyed being thrown into the story without being able to predict the outcome as if I had written the story myself. Stacey Kade really does an amazing job of writing a unique story line with great characters.

    Reader's Beware:
    Queen of the Dead definitely has a darker feel to it than book 1(which is not a bad thing, I just wasn't expecting it) and the ending is quite a cliffhanger. There is no way you will read this book and not wish that you had book 3 in your hands.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Engaging Read

    Will's father could see ghosts and he has inherited this ability. He uses this skill to try and help people solve their problems and pass over to the other side.

    Alona is a ghost. Not just any ghost. At school Alona was the leader of the "in" crowd while Will was the oddball. Killed in an accident, she followed the light, but returned for reasons both she and Will have yet to fathom. Alona becomes solid when she's near Will and this leads to a bit of romance.

    Ghost hunters cross Will's path stirring Alona's jealousy. She disappears in a huff, but finds she has more urgent personal problems than the hunters. Upset and desperate to get Will's attention Alona does something completely outrageous. Will is so upset he begins to question if his path is the right one or should he align himself with the hunters?

    Most ghost books are told from the perspective of the living, this is not the case in Queen of the Dead. Both living and dead have their say and show how they see the world. Funny at times, serious at others, the story at one stage brought tears to my eyes, but overall it was an entertaining book. Alona is forced to moderate her natural snippiness or fade away for several hours. Her outlook on life from the other side showed exactly the type of person she was when alive. Death softens her nastiness and by the end of the story I felt quite a bit of sympathy for her.

    Will, on the other hand, is an indecisive person. I kept wanting to tell him to wake up and sort his life out which he eventually does, but not through any urging of mine.

    I liked this book. Lighthearted but with a serious side. I note this is a series and presume Alona died in the first book. It will be interesting to see how the author continues the these books. Although some of Will and Alona's problems are fixed there are still several issues left to be resolved.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good

    Enjoyed reading the first book, the Ghost and the Goth. The sequel was good but not as good as the first. Recommend this and the first book. The ending in this one while sad, was also kind a sweet.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    Book Review: Queen of the Dead

    I was really excited to read this one. I found the first in the series to be really unique. It was the right mix of ghosts, serious issues mixed in with some light-hearted romance and fun. I was hoping for the same with this edition.

    I was a little disappointed with the first half of the book. Alona seemed to regress back to shelfish, b$tchy person she was in life. Her attitude towards Will was really annoying. She pushed his buttons and then knew just how to get back into his good graces. I also didn't like the way she handled the ghosts when Will wasn't around. Top it off with her childish reaction to finding her mom throwing out her stuff and her dad having another baby, and I was afraid I was going to like this significantly less.

    I still really liked Will though. I just wish he didn't have such a thing for Alona. I often wondered if he overlooked her faults often or just didn't see them. I liked his interactions with Mina. How awesome to finally realize he wasn't alone and that there might be more to this whole ghost thing. I was intrigued by the group that Minda introduced him too. I think we've just barely touched on who they are and what they can do.

    When Alona's selfishness leads her to make a disastrous choice is when the book got significantly better. I liked were the story goes after that. I think she learned the true meaning of walking in someone else's shoes. I also think it taught her to put someone's needs above her own. I also though Will was a little hard on her at first, but came around when he realized her intentions were good in the end.

    I think one of my favorite parts was when Will has to enter the theater that use to be a hotel that burned down. That was intense. I really liked how the author described that the ghosts are on a perpetual loop. Everyday they relive how they died. No wonder Will always avoided the place.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Great sequel!

    QUEEN OF THE DEAD, by Stacey Kade, is the highly anticipated sequel to The Ghost and the Goth. We last left Will and Alona dealing with the start of their new relationship between ghost-talker and spirit-guide.with the addition of some romantic feelings too.

    I loved TGATG and I absolutely loved this book too. I sat down with it and 2 hours later I was finished! I am highly invested in this series and I loved getting to explore the world that Kade created for her characters. For as much as I despised the blonde cheerleader-type in real life, I really enjoy Alona. She was all appearances in real life but she is very intelligent and has quite the sense of humor. Her fatal flaw with being obsessed with her image and rank in the human world comes to light in this book with disastrous consequences.

    Will's journey in this book was a bit different. He stumbles upon the mysterious Mina and wants to understand more about their similarities. I'll admit I never once liked this girl and I probably never will. She has a 'tude and cockiness problem that I just couldn't get over. But I did find interesting the revelations she brought to light for Will and his talents, I am curious to see where that goes in the next book.

    Overall, great read! I really enjoy reading this series and watching the crazy and budding relationship between Alona and Will and the exploration of ghost-talking. Definitely pick this one up!

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