Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday Book Review


There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people. Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo. As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.


Dead Girls Are Easy is the first of the Nicki Styx books. A girl, who after a NDE (near death experience), begins to have visits from the afterlife. It's a very intriguing storyline and theme for the books--black magic and voodoo. I'm torn between gushing over the really awesome parts--the details involved in creating the voodoo tangents, the friendship between Nicki and Evan, and her own personality, to the lackluster romance between her and Joe, and the overall creepiness of the voodoo. I wish I felt that the romance had been integral to the story, but it wasn't. This is a great paranormal but don't expect to be blown away by sparks, or fireworks. The relationship aspect seemed too laid back, too back seat. I understand with series books with the same character, it requires pacing, so maybe it was my interpretation. However, if you have an interest in the black arts, are familiar with Atlanta (I'm not), or enjoy a spunky young girl with a new talent (I did) then I'd recommend checking out Dead Girls Are Easy.

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