Queen of the Dead (Ghost and the Goth Series #2)

Queen of the Dead (Ghost and the Goth Series #2)

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by Stacey Kade

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After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all

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After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

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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Publication date:
Ghost and the Goth Series, #2
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Queen of the Dead (A Ghost and the Goth Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Naj More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nicole Stovall More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!
dawniek More than 1 year ago
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.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Chloe Nickel More than 1 year ago
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.
TipsyReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Camille_Cassadine More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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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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Its such a great book!!!!!!!!!!!
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Will and alona changedbmy entire way of thinking ..... i finished this book in one morning cause it was AMAZING !!!!!!!!!
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