If you’re dead already, can you die again? Elspeth’s been summoned from limbo. Her new assignment? Track down the culprit in the mysterious death of a student at Clearwell High. And incidentally, uncover the identity of the new drug dealer prowling the halls. Only one problem—the body she has to co-inhabit has a different agenda. Elizabeth just wants to be prom queen, marry Prince Charming, and graduate with perfect posture. Both girls, alive and dead, will have their separate worlds rocked before the killer is unveiled. Nothing is as it seems. No one can be trusted. Being dead has never been so dangerous.
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I love my job...I get to read, and read, and read to my heart's content, but being a voracious reader has some really scary moment...none scarier than starting a book written by an author I've already reviewed who's embarking on a new series. Hmmm....If the author is good you've already become so intimately acquainted with his/her previous books/series, you can't help looking askance because you've spent ages crouched on the edge of your seat waiting for the next journey with those well established friends....how can you feel the same about... NEW characters? This is what I faced when I started this book, ELSPETH THE LIVING DEAD GIRL by Stuart R. West. I'll admit I LIKED the title...who wouldn't? But I'd read and reread Stuart's Tex The Witch Boy Series...all of them...and I admit, I fell in love with Tex and his world...BUT... I've fallen in love with other authors only to find when they branch out into new worlds this new place falls a tad short...disappointingly so. It didn't take me long to realize I was not going to belly flop into that trap this time...the minute I read the name of Espeth's...I guess you'd call her OVERSEER, Miss Pillows...isn't that GREAT...I was hooked. Elspeth is a saucy thing with a lot of attitude. I especially love one of the questions she gives voice to very early on..."Is it possible for me to die again?" I don't do spoilers so all I'll say is this is a FANTASTIC opening salvo to a series that promises to be as engaging as the Tex series...I look forward to Elspeth's next assignment. Well done Mr. West...you've easily warned FIVE brilliant stars.
Stuart West’s Elspeth: The Living Dead Girl is a YA novel with a wonderful premise. Elspeth is a young Goth rebel who died in the 1980s from a drug overdose. She is stuck in limbo where she’s forced to take on various real-world, present-day assignments in an effort to help her cross-over to the light. Her current task: inhabit the body of preppy prom-queen wannabe Elizabeth Blackmer to help solve the death of Clearwell High’s Charles Durbin, a student who died under suspicious circumstances. I have to say that I don’t normally read YA. But after reading Elspeth, I quickly moved on to read the prequel to Elspeth and will probably go on to read all of West’s many books. Regardless of genre, Elspeth is the epitome of good writing: it is a fine story well-told. In turns outrageously funny, poignant, fast-paced, and riveting it strikes me as the perfect book for teens, and scores bonus points for addressing the issue of drug dealing in public schools. Once I started this book, I had to finish it. Not only that, but despite having a TBR list as long as my arm, I actually looked forward to reading it. I cared about Elspeth, Elizabeth, and some of the finely developed tertiary characters. I found myself putting aside other work to learn what happened next and often caught myself thinking of and laughing at certain things that happened in the book. An enormously satisfying read, Stuart West’s Elspeth: The Living Dead Girl is certain to entertain readers of all ages. If enough teens get their hands on this book it will become one of the next biggest things in YA. --Matthew Peters, author of The Brothers’ Keepers and Conversations Among Ruins