How to Date Dead Guys by Ann Noser
Series: Under The Blood Moon
Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: July 15th, 2014
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 charming 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. And he isn’t the only one.
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim 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.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
Whew ok first off I have mixed feelings about this book. I LOVED the first part and didn’t love the second. I rated it a solid 3 stars.
Emma is a sophomore in college with her roommate Chrissy. Chrissy starts has the hots for a guy named Kevin so she drags Emma to a party. Emma hates parties. She would much rather be in her comfy clothes reading. She reluctingly tags along. Kevin’s brother Mike has Emma’s attention from the beginning. She totally crushes on him and when he wants to go for a walk on his 21st birthday she agrees without hesitation…even if he is wasted.
Mike talks her into swimming in the river. She has a really bad feeling about it but goes in because she doesn’t want to say no to him. Then the horrible got worse. Mike disappears. Emma wakes up in the hospital with the police asking her questions. Mike is dead. Kevin blames her and Chrissy moves out. Could her life get any worse? She decides to use the Book of Shadows to cast a spell in hopes to bring Mike back. She found the book in her room after Chrissy’s sister used to to make a love spell between Kevin and Chrissy. It seemed to work for Chrissy so she is hoping it will do the same for her.
Once the spell is cast things start getting weirder. Dead guys start popping up and only appear as their true selves on a full moon, in pictures and in their reflections. Emma has a soft spot for everyone of them and helps them come to terms with their deaths. Just when she gets attached to them they disappear. When the last one is Mike she is desperate to hold on to him but the Book of Shadows has other plans.