I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Undead Girl Gang
Veronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing them back to life to form a hilariously unlikely--and unwilling--vigilante girl gang.
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side.
So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth 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.
Not only was I drawn to the cover of this book, but I was also drawn to the title and blurb. Undead Girl Gang had it’s funny moments and a lead character that was true to herself.
“The problem with your best friend dying is that there’s no one to sit with you at funerals.”~Mila
This book hit all the aspects of teenage angst. With the sole exception of the paranormal, The Undead Girl Gang was totally relateable. It took me way back to teenage life and the f*** you attitude that is pretty much common and what is definitely part of growing up.
Mila’s character may not be the most endearing, but she sticks to her guns and she doesn’t change her character just because. An amateur witch, Mila pretty much shocks herself when one of her spells actually works. From there, it’s an amusing foray into “zombie” mean girls and Mila getting her best friend back. Even if it’s just for a little while. Counting on them to tell her what happened and why they died, proves to be impossible and Mila has to figure it out herself.
I loved the fact that even if Mila’s character didn’t change, the girls that she brings back go through a personality change. Who knew that the undead could grow?
While I had my suspicions from the very beginning of who the suspect was, I did find it amusing as to how the identity came to light.
All in all, I was sad when the story ended. I’m kind of hoping for a series out of this. I could use more of Mila and her attitude.
Young Adults and witchcraft? Overdone? Or just your cuppa tea?