How to Date Dead Guys (The Witch's Handbook #1) by Ann M. Noser
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.
Why I Chose This Book / What I Think So Far:
I was asked if I would be interested in reading this book and writing a review by a writer friend of mine, Jordan Elizabeth. This author is, I believe, a writer friend of hers. The title of this book initially intrigued me so I said hell yeah I'll read this book.
I'm about four or five chapters in so far and this book is so easy to get into. It grabs you right away which is great. HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS is set at UW-Eau Claire here in my home state of Wisconsin. Emma has a crush on fellow student Mike, who has just done what sadly is fairly common here in the drinking state... *cough cough* I mean dairy state... gotten extremely drunk on his twenty-first birthday and decided to go for a moonlit swim in a nearby river. It actually reminds me of something that happened at UW-Stevens Point a few years back. Anyway, I'm anxious to see where this story goes. I'm really enjoying it so far.
While I read and form my review here's a look at what else I read since last week...
Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover
Sometimes a real hero lets you save yourself . . .
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation while Zeb spends his working with his hands. But none of that has stopped Zeb from wanting the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her—even if the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest.
Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior. When he shows up at Sayer’s door needing her professional help, she’s both disappointed and relieved that she won’t get the chance to find out just how good he could be.
But as they team up to right a wrong and save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide cannot be ignored.
What I Thought of This Book:
I loved the beginning of Jay Crownover's spinoff series from the Marked Men, "The Saints of Denver" Series. Zeb is a love-able character even if Sayer is a bit slow to warm up to. The story line is really good and my favorite scene overall is when Hyde meets Remy. So adorable! I can so see something between them when they get older. Plus I liked getting to see a different side of Salem's sister Poppy. I didn't like her before.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars!