How to Date Dead Guys

How to Date Dead Guys


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ISBN-13: 9781541401228
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Series: Witch's Handbook Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann M. Noser is the author of Dead Girl Running and the Witch's Handbook series. She lives with her family in Minnesota. Visit her at

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Caitlin Kelly moved to New York City to pursue her theatrical training at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has a BFA in drama and studied musical theater at CAP21. Caitlin currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and can be heard on Time for Kids,, and

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How to Date Dead Guys 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Oh what a fun book! College student Emma is awkward, shy, a bit reticent and far more happy with books and in mathematical formulas than interacting with people. And, of course her roommate is a girlie-girl, boy obsessed extrovert who is more interested in the social offernings at school than the academic. After much haranguing, she drags Emma to a frat party – Emma’s first, where she meets a boy. Unfortunately, circumstances go horribly pear shaped, and this boy that Emma met, Mike, is killed. Of course, Emma is blamed for his death. There is nothing quite like a horrible experience your first outing to completely discourage you from ever interacting with people, and Emma retreats to her books, and discovers a Book of Shadows, left behind by her roommate’s friend. From there – the story couldn’t have been more intriguing: she learns that the departed are never quite willing to go – all have stories and unfinished business, and Emma seems to be the conduit. And she discovers, after several stories, that there is a common thread between all of the boys she is hearing stories from. Since Emma can’t find a way to actually explain just why she keep appearing at the victims’ houses, and why she feels there is a connection, the mystery is strong here, with plenty of clever moments and growth as Emma becomes more comfortable in her own skin, and gains confidence in her own ability to sort out the clues and hopefully bring the mysterious series of drownings to an end. With wonderful “dead guys’ who shared their stories, and secondary live characters that helped to move the story forward: each presented with a unique voice and a solid purpose that added depth and fullness to the story. Emma found a touch of her first romance, confidence and skills that she never imagined she had, along with her own personal growth that gave the story a sense of reality in a very imaginative plot. Narration for this story is provided by Caitlin Kelly and her particular brand of youthful tone captured Emma perfectly as she was able to add a touch of hesitancy in her early interactions that changed to a more solidly confident speaker as time progressed. Each of the secondary characters, from roommate to dead guys and even the detective were distinct and unique, and each was presented in ways that felt appropriate to their place in the story and the action. An intriguing and unique story, wrapping up this mystery thread leaving Emma free for new adventures in the next book. I received an AudioBook title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Ann M. Noser for the opportunity to read and review her book, How to Date Dead Guys. This story is interesting from the beginning. College age female roommates who don't really consider each other friends, only acquaintances, open up the tale of Emma. Emma deals with a tragedy alone, without a friend or family member to support her. She tries to solve a huge problem which backfires and causes more problems. While trying to solve these problems, she makes new friends and helps them with their struggles. Emma also grows closer to her own family in the process. The ending left the story open and is part of a series, The Witch's Handbook. While reading How to Date Dead Guys, I realized that one of the saddest traits of human nature is the inability to show empathy some of the time, especially when people need it the most. I am interested in reading more of this series.
belle7171 More than 1 year ago
I received the book in exchange for an honest review. Firstly, I had no idea what I was getting into. I almost felt like it was going to be something akin to a dating vampires type of book, but with a humorous angle. So not true. This book was a quick, engaging, fun YA read. The main character, Emma, is an awkward college student who stumbles into witchcraft when she becomes blamed for a male student’s death. She ends up not only resurrecting that student, but several others who have died as well. As she helps them navigate the world, making sure that their identities are hidden, she ends up assisting them in finding closure, which allows them to return to the afterlife. I was pleased to see that Ms. Noser is planning on additional books, as I think this would make a great series! Can’t wait to read the rest.
The_Hazel_Eyed_One More than 1 year ago
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. UW-Eau Claire student, Emma Roberts, is kind of a geek. Her only friend on campus is her roommate Chrissy. One night Chrissy drags Emma to a party off campus to see the guy Chrissy has been crushing on, Kevin. When they get to the party Emma finds herself instantly attracted to Kevin's younger brother, Mike. After that night Emma bumps into Mike a few times around campus but can't stop being tongue tied around him. Chrissy's witchcraft practicing sister, Angie comes to visit and they perform a love spell to make Kevin fall for Chrissy. They instantly become inseparable and Emma once again gets dragged to Kevin and Mike's place, this time for Mike's 21st birthday. Unfortunately, Mike gets extremely drunk and decides he and Emma should go swimming in the Chippewa River in the middle of the night. Only Emma makes it out of the river alive. Reviewers note: this sadly actually isn't uncommon here in Wisconsin. A lot of 21 year olds on their birthday go missing only to be dragged from a lake or river a few days or months later. Distraught and feeling like it's her fault Mike died Emma finds Angie's Book of Shadows under her bed and decides to try raise him from the dead. More powerful than she realizes she instead raises geeky Sam, then annoying but attractive Jake, and later Bernard, Steve, and Mike himself. Emma is the only one that can see their true selves, to everyone else they all look like the boy they're masquerading in. What do the other four want? And will she be able to help them, keep up with school, and help her new friend Abby? I really, really loved this book. I probably would have picked this book up even if I hadn't been given a copy to review it. I also really liked that it was set in my home state, Wisconsin. Emma transitions throughout the book, gaining confidence and becoming more outgoing and I loved her as a character. Jake is my favorite of the guys that come from the river. And Officer Charlie Walker is better toward the end. I wonder if the author plans to put Emma and Officer Walker together in the sequel, or might Jake come back? I didn't want to put this book down. I was so wrapped up in the story I didn't stop until I reached the final page and saw it was past two in the morning. This book easily is one of the best books I've read so far this year! I can't wait to see what's in store for Emma in book 2. If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars I definitely would!
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Just WOW! This book was fantastic! The blurb sounded great, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it! It was such a different book from the normal new adult paranormal romance! I read about 300 books a year, so to impress me, it has to be a great book. The concept was really interesting. There were a few unanswered questions that were left by the end of the book, but I'm hopeful they will be answered in the sequel, How to Ditch Dead Guys. The way it was plotted, you got a chance to know the ghosts. It kept the story fresh and so interesting. There was no possibility to know what was going to happen next. The guys, le sigh . . . Yes, I loved the guys. There were some heartbreaking moments, though. I will admit to being slightly disappointed with the ending. The author tied it up nice enough, and it really couldn't have ended any other way. Still, I couldn't help a small twinge of disappointment. In light of how great the book was, and dying to know what's going to happen next, I really can't wait for the next book! This story gets five glittery stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book!!
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PattiPM More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down once you start. Has the overall captivating story combined with many different characters coming in and out of the main person's life. Highly recommend as a "must read".
Berls More than 1 year ago
Unexpectedly Tugs on the Heart Strings! Actual rating is 4.5 Stars.  My Initial Reaction...  How to Date Dead Guys turned out to be really different than I expected, in a great way. I expected something light and funny (like the title), but How to Date Dead Guys pulled on my heart strings more than once.  The Characters...  Emma was very easy for me to relate too. She's someone who really likes to keep to herself - hasn't been too successful at the friends thing and is awkward with boys. It's because she just likes to keep to herself and read a good book. I can get that. But as How to Date Dead Guys progressed, Emma really learned to come out of her shell, at least with dead guys. But they became the bridge to living people - each one really connected her to a different living person in a solid relationship. She's an incredibly giving and caring person, not to mention a gifted witch. It was sort of on the less-than-believable side of things that she would pick up witch craft so quickly (because this is totally about believability), but I took it in stride.  I think the other character I can really tell you about is Emma's roommate Chrissy. This girl is the epitome of self-involved. Obviously I found her seriously annoying - and yet, at the start of How to Date Dead Guys Chrissy is really the only "friend" Emma has. I wouldn't go so far as to say that she's unkind, she just isn't nice and doesn't care about others.  Then there's Mike - not a whole lot to tell here because we don't get to know him too well before he dies. But he's gorgeous and Emma has a thing for him. And though it's totally apparent to us that Mike has a thing for Emma too, she's clueless to it. But that doesn't matter because before anything can happen, Mike dies in a terrible accident for which Emma gets blamed by the court of public opinion, even though not at all legally. Feeling guilty and desperate she works a spell - her first ever spell BTW (hence the unbelievable natural talent) - to bring Mike back. What she gets is an assortment of dead guys.  The Story...  I loved everything about How to Date Dead Guys's story. Watching Emma get to know each in a line of several dead guys and seeing how her experiences with them changes her was really enjoyable. And the stories of each guy's life before his death pretty much broke my heart over and over. Each guy died in different ways and their stories all unfold slowly. I can't tell you how many times that moment of the big reveal brought tears to my eyes.  These really heartwarming moments are balanced nicely with light humor, clever magic/action points, and some really great character development. There was even a couple mysterious twists that I hadn't anticipated until they were pretty much right upon me. I also really enjoyed seeing her relationship with her parents - often a point of humor. The funny moments aside, I feel like their relationship changed for the better over the course of How To Date Dead Guys and it was enjoyable.  Concluding Sentiments...  What I really hadn't expected was for How To Date Dead Guys to wrap up the way it did. The story came to a surprising conclusion and I'm excited to see that this isn't a stand alone (as I initially thought), but the start of a series. I can't wait to see where Emma and her new-found witchy powers takes us next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun read, with interesting story line and unusual characters. Just loved it!
ErikaLK More than 1 year ago
How To Date Dead Guys by Ann Noser is a hysterical new adult urban-fantasy novel. Emma Roberts is a college sophomore who seriously lacks any amount of self-esteem She thinks of herself as a complete wall flower. Her dorm-mate Chrissy is the complete opposite. She’s perky, pink and pretty. When Chrissy’s sister comes to visit with her Book of Shadows, casts a couple harmless spells and leaves the book behind, Emma then finds it. When the guy Emma is crushing on Mike dies in front of her while swimming across a dangerous river during the night she decides to try the Book of Shadows and casts a spell to bring him back. Only she doesn’t get Mike but someone else. Everything starts to go haywire from there and dead people become her closest friends.The first person narrative in How To Date Dead guys brings Emma’s thoughts and insecurities to the front in this novel. She captures vividly how this young woman thinks and makes her a relatable and lovable character. Throughout the story the reader will see her transform from mousy and scared to a brave young woman who has far more strength and adventure in her soul than she gives herself credit for. She makes new friends, both living and dead, helps everyone with absolutely nothing to gain for herself, and meets her first “real” boyfriend.  A true page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great NA!  I highly recommend it.  The adventure keeps you pulled into the story.  Jake was my favorite character.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Slow Starter But Strong Potential I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. I actually give this book 3.5 stars, but as most sites don't allow for anything but whole numbers, it officially gets a 3 star rating. Goodreads Blurb: Quiet 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 cute 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.  Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young father 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. This is a story full of potential, but seemed to offer up too many smaller stories along the way that got distracting. It was entertaining, sweet, sad, funny, and even scary, yet it seemed to have a bit too much taking place. I felt there were too many characters trying to do too many things in not enough time. If you were to lookup the term 'wallflower' in a dictionary you would find a picture of Emma Roberts. Painfully shy, Emma was far more likely to be found sitting in her dorm room rereading a favorite book on a weekend night than standing awkwardly alone at a party. Yet somehow her roommate Chrissy had managed to drag her to a party, where Chrissy's latest crush was expected to be. That night Emma met Mike. Mike of the stunning eyes, who actually talks to her. Who'd have thought such an innocent meeting would be the cause of so much chaos?  Emma stumbles across a Book of Shadows and in a fit of despair she grabs the book, goes to the river and does a spell to bring Mike back. But the spell doesn't work, or at least not the way Emma planned. Instead she gets three different people who'd drowned in the same river. So she tries to help them fix whatever it is that's keeping them from moving on. One of the ghosts is a frat boy who gets on her last nerve, but the longer he stays the deeper under her skin he gets. She did the spell to bring Mike back and yet she starts falling for someone else. Can you say fickle much?  However Emma is having more and more trouble keeping track of the web of lies she's been spinning. And she's been relying more and more on the Book of Shadows for help with all the mounting problems she's getting involved in. It's almost as if she's becoming addicted to the book, but is that because she's scared or simply likes the power it's giving her? For someone who spent her entire life being a wallflower it's pretty surprising how glib Emma can be, how smooth her lies are becoming. She starts to grow a spine, but still lets everyone, living or dead, walk all over her. For example, during the worst of the problems surrounding Mike's death, his brother Kevin publicly blames Emma, her roommate Chrissy moves out of their dorm room, and a campus cop is getting far too nosey.  The majority of the book read like a game of 'six degrees of separation'. It may have helped me enjoy the book more had I known that this was the first of a series, as hopefully I'd have been more patient knowing that Ms. Noser was setting the scene for the series to follow. Somehow I missed the smaller print on the cover of the book (a hazard of reading e-books I suppose). Even so, it still felt as if there were too many stories going on inside the larger story, and the way they were all interrelated was a bit too much for me. Other than that it was an entertaining read. Jake was a blast, giving more depth to a frat boy than you'd expect. Steve was kind of creepy, and I get the feeling Emma hasn't seen the last of him yet. And the others had a fair amount of dimension for the amount of time they were actually part of the story. The second book sounds as if it could really grow legs and take off, so I suspect I'll stick around to see what happens.  
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book, from Curiosity Quills Press, in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). I was really taken by the blurb of this book. Although young adult paranormal books can often be a bit hit and miss with me, I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that Emma was a really intriguing character and I could really empathise with her - especially with her trust issues. Although I don't agree with love at first sight, I liked the way it was handled here, since it didn't actually come across as 'true love'. I really liked a lot of the characters in the book. It was an interesting twist how Emma brought back the wrong people, but I really liked the relationships she formed with them. Even Jake, who was kind of a jerk at first, came across as a much better, well-rounded character. And a lot of the stories did have a satisfactory ending, even though they didn't really end as 'happily ever after'. I liked Emma's relationship with her parents, even though they were a bit strange at times. I could tell they were trying to do the right thing for their daughter. It was really good that even the characters who didn't seem like very nice people came across as really well-rounded and not completely mean. I definitely want to read the next book in this series. The blurb at the end makes me think I'll probably like it just as much as this one, if not more. If you like young adult paranormal books, this is definitely one that's a good read. And it doesn't have vampires.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
A.A delightful engrossing tale which kept me glued to the pages with the constant query, "oh, my, what will happen next?" At the forefront of my mind, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS immediately became one of my favorite YA stories. For one thing, I didn't have to through the all-too-common high school angst. For another, these characters are REAL, not one dimensional shallow paper cut outs. I related to the protagonist, very much, and to several of the other characters as well. In short, this is a book I can easily see myself rereading, soon.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
INITIAL THOUGHTS My first thoughts approaching this book are that it will be a light, "chick lit" read. I'm looking forward to the "magical" elements of the book too. MY REVIEW I received this e-copy from the publisher's Curiosity Quills Press in return for my honest review and participation in the Blog Tour. The main character is called Emma Roberts, she has led a quite sheltered life until going away to live on a college campus. She gets put with one of the "popular girls" as her roommate. She has been dragged out to a party with that very room-mate when she first sets eyes on Mike Carlson, Her roommate immediately falls in love with Kevin Carlson. So when Emma is being pulled around social events with her room mate she tends to bump into the brothers a lot. Her roommate soon starts dating Kevin, with a little help from her sister and the Book Of Shadows that was handed down to her by their grandmother. So when Mike is celebrating his 21st birthday Emma goes along with her popular roommate to the "party". Whilst partying Mike becomes quite drunk and on the walk home with Emma decides he want to swim the notorious river that's near the campus. Emma cannot stop Mike from getting in the river and attempting to swim across so she decides to join him. Emma makes the swim to the other side, tragically Mike doesn't.  Emma's roommate and Kevin (Mike's brother) blame Emma for not preventing Mike from going into the river. In fact everyone on campus seems to blame Emma. It's around that time that Emma stumbles upon the Book Of Shadows. She decides to go to the river and try to exchange her life for that of Mike. Only things go awry and she ends up bringing other males that have perished in the river. The story in about all the scrapes she gets into trying to get Mike back and how she has to help the other "spirits" with their unfinished business too.  There are some really funny situations in the book. Emma even ends up being attracted to one of the spirits and she takes him home for Christmas with her. The book isn't just humour though as we the reader get to see the spirits families and how they are or are not coping with the loss of their loved one.  I did like the main character of Emma, kind of shy and introverted, then through helping the spirits she ends up being more confident and outspoken. I also liked the older male cop character too, who always seems to turn up and catch Emma just after all the drama. He definitely realises that there's something "otherworldly" happening around Emma. At first Emma feels the cop is irritating and suspicious but he soon ends up being a valuable asset when Emma stumbles on a murder case. . . . Though the book wasn't exactly what I had expected, I did find it an enjoyable, and quite interesting read. So did I enjoy the book? Yes, it was funny, poignant, sad and actually uplifting at times too. Would I recommend the book? I guess so to those who like a lighter read. Would I read a Book Two? Mmm I'd definitely want to read the blurb for the next book with a view to possibly reading and reviewing it. Would I read other titles by Ann Noser? I think I would, I'd certainly check out the blurbs etc.
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
The author’s publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review. Emma starts out as a fairly stereotypical loner. She’s been bullied by classmates, made to feel inferior and inadequate by her mother (her father’s much younger trophy wife) and generally is afraid to make friends because they will eventually find her strange and unworthy and reject her. She is petulant and somewhat intellectually elitist even before Mike’s death but she has a wistful nature that inspires empathy. Emma, in the aftermath of Mike’s death, doesn’t handle herself in the best way making things worse and her more sensitive to the critical stares of others and she’s conscious of that to an extent. A funny thing happened on the way to the dead guy, Emma became someone you wanted to win. She brings her first dead guy, Sam, back. He’s an aspiring medical student who threw himself into the river. When Emma and Sam involve themselves in the troubles of a fellow student and Emma seems to become less obsessed with the wholly unattractive loser she feels herself to be, she stops being a Disney movie cookie-cutter and becomes more a real person. Emma has a focus beyond herself and that focus acts as a bit of a photo developer for the other issues in her life. Ann Noser’s “How to Date Dead Guys” is something of a diamond in the rough. Noser’s story-line is fresh and unique. The way she wraps the story is nothing sort of amazing. She makes clear to the audience when Emma embarks on her witchcraft experiment that the desire to act is born from the depths of despair and that Emma doesn’t know what will happen so we’ll just find out along with her. Each back from the water character grows her knowledge and her confidence in her powers. “How to Date Dead Guys” has a clear direction in it’s plotting and the author seems to pace what she reveals to both Emma and the audience. It’s a story of a girl becoming that she’s meant to be and embracing her unique talents. Or, for this reader, a story that started with rolling eyes and ended with a true interest in the character and her abilities.