Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday! This week Angela recommends:
How to Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards
I was in a bit of a book slump at the end of July/beginning of August and nothing looked good to me. I was craving a book not attached to a series I had read before and not something too angsty or rip your heart out of your chest and stomp on it dramatic. Someone on twitter tweeted out a link to this book (I don’t even remember who) and when I went to Amazon there was this blurb:
Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it’s not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.
Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.
Warning: This book contains one ex-con/ex-heiress with a pet zombie parakeet who lives next door to her ex-army/ex-crush. Brace yourselves, we’re talking more exes than a pirate treasure map here.
I will confess, it was the warning label attached that got me. Ex-con, ex-heiress, necromancer heroine? I’m here for it.
And once I opened this book and settled in to read I could not put it down. Loved. Book funk officially ended. The world-building is so well done, and I enjoyed the different take on vampires and how they are created and part of the necromancer world. Grier, the heroine, has an intense and kind of fucked up history. Taken in by her aunt at a young age, she has always believed she didn’t have the magic skills necessary to become a full-fledged necromancer, and instead acted as her aunt’s apprentice. Then something horrible happens, and she is accused of a terrible crime and incarcerated in a supernatural prison of sorts. Her teenage years aren’t pretty y’all.
How to Save an Undead Life opens after she is unexpectedly pardoned and is trying to put her life back together. Working as a guide spinning bloody stories about Savannah’s history to tourists, she lives in a haunted house that is quite literally part of her family and is working hard to make ends meet. She also suffers from PTSD and hasn’t really dealt with all that occurred during her incarceration. You kind of get the feeling that she just wants to lie low and stay as far away from vampires and other necromancers as she can get. Except for her best friends Amelie and Boaz that is. (Boaz isn’t just one of her best friends, but her childhood crush and who I believe is being set up as a future love interest. Which makes me so happy since friends to lovers is one of my most favorite tropes.) When she gets thrust back into necromancer society shit hits the fan and she realizes that she really doesn’t know much at all about her family history.
This being the first book in a series there is a lot of set up, but I loved the twists and turns and can not wait until the release of book two. I originally borrowed through KU, but after loving it so much I went ahead and bought so I can reread to my heart’s content.