Book Review, Other

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Summary:

Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“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.”

Review:

Before I start this review I want to thank Sarah at Sarah Ames-Foley for sending me this book. I was the lucky winner of her 200 follower giveaway. Thank you so much Sarah, this book was awesome and I had so much fun reading it.

The premise of the book sounded brilliant when I first heard about it. It read like a morbid teen horror comedy that was knee deep in girl power. Is that what I got when I finally read it? Well…yes and no. It had its fun moments and the focus on female friendship was great but I got something deeper. I got a narration on death and mourning. This book focused a lot on the fact that the witch had brought back her best friend and the two mean girls from her class and she had one final week to spend with them. I wasn’t expecting such depth from a book with a slightly silly premise.

I think the best thing in this book was the focus on girl friendships. The characters might seem like your typical high school stereotype but they are all a lot deeper. Yes the main character and her friend are the class weirdos and unpopular but they can also be mean and very flawed so they are not entirely victims.  The same goes for the mean girls. They might be bitchy and popular but they also miss their families and have their own hopes and dreams. They just have a slightly different viewpoint on the world, it might be wrong because they are teenagers but that is just what it is.

I think the only issue I had with this book was the villain. I wont say who it is because I like to keep my reviews spoiler free. This is probably the first time I didn’t guess who the killer was five chapters in. It was a complete surprise, which was great, but my main issue with them was their motivation. It felt very lacking and a kinda dumb reason to kill people. I guess you could just say they are evil, and evil people usually don’t need a lot of motivation to be evil, but personally I thought it was kinda silly. I think this book focused more on the messages about grief and female relationships so the whole murder mystery subplot sort of fell to the side. I am not sure if that it is a good thing or not, it is certainly refreshing. Also this book is pretty short so maybe there just wasn’t time to explore the bad guy’s motivation too deeply.

TLDR:

Overall this is a brilliant book that I will be recommending people in the future. It is certainly not a horror. It is just a YA murder mystery about dealing with grief and girl friendships that just happens to have zombies and witches in it.  If you like American Horror Story Coven you will love this.

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Warnings:

Strong language, YA levels of violence, sexual references, murder.

Rating:

4 star copy

4 Out of 5 Skulls 

 

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