Title: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Random House)
Published: May 8, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
– My Review –
I knew that I would like Undead Girl Gang from the very first page! It’s narrated in the first person by Mila Flores, our main character, and I really like her tone. I had read the synopsis for this book some time ago, and by the time I picked it up had forgotten that Mila’s best friend dies, and that this is how the story starts (duh Flavia, the title has the word “undead” in it)! So, I definitely shed some tears throughout this book (mostly at the beginning and at the end). There were definitely some laughs as well though, especially because of Mila’s narrating and the interactions between her, Riley, June, and Dayton. I also enjoyed the pacing and story, and devoured this book in just two sittings! The descriptions in this book were also so well-done that I could definitely see this book being turned into a movie or into a Netflix show (hint hint Netflix)!
I obviously enjoyed the witchy elements in this book as well, since I’ve always been into that sort of things (and have been a lot more into it lately). It made me want to get some ingredients together and make some magic of my own! There were certainly some dark elements tackled in this book as well, such as death (of course), the undead (duh), and the consequences of dark magic and one’s actions. I think that this book teaches us about understanding, and not jumping to conclusions about people. This book was also very fun to read for the most part, and I liked the characters enough to possibly create a fan casting section! There was one thing that bothered me (which is the only reason that this book was not quite a 5 star read for me), but I can’t discuss it here because spoilers! This was a very small part of the book, though, and I still highly recommed Undead Girl Gang to those who enjoy paranormal YA, and a strong and likeable heroine!
– About the Author –
Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow.
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