Title: How to Date Dead Guys
Author: Ann M. Noser
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
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 cute 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 young man 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 appeal to the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
Favorite Character: Emma. From the first moment I started reading, I instantly connected with Emma. The more I read, the more I wondered if the author knew me when I was 19. There were so many similarities between Emma’s shy awkward personality and myself at that age. I soon forgot that I was reading a novel and was so engrossed in what she was going through that I even dreamed about her.
Favorite Line: “If you leave, I’ll go back to bein’ who I was before, and I’m so tired of bein’ me.” ~Emma to Jake
Have you ever read a book that hooked you from the moment you read the first word? Have you ever connected so strongly with a character that you imagined you were experiencing the same emotions as her?
It’s been a long time but How to Date Dead Guys is such a book for me. Emma is a typical college student with the exception of being extremely shy around a guy she likes. In fact, she avoids them altogether. But her bubbly roommate, Chrissy, drags her to a party on campus. Sitting in the corner, trying not to be noticed, she meets Mike. She stumbles her way through a conversation and miraculously he doesn’t find her gross. He likes her, though Emma hasn’t a clue why.
One night, it’s Mike’s birthday and he’s beyond drunk. He sneaks away and Emma follows him. They eat food and wind up at the creek on campus. He wants to go swimming and she figures it is easier to go swimming with him than try to fight him. They swim in the darkness for a bit and then he is gone. Dead. Drowned.
Filled with guilt and grief, Emma grabs the Book of Shadows and casts a spell to bring him back. Thinking she failed, she walks back to her dorm soaking wet. Only she didn’t come back alone. Her spell worked but not the way she intended it to.
Suddenly, Emma is the mystical version of Touched by an Angel and she helps guys who have drowned in the water. With each guy she helps, she develops an attachment and slowly breaks out of her own shell. My favorite guy for her is Jake. He reaches her in a way no one can and I really wanted them to get together at the end.
One by one, she helps these ghosts find closure. If only Mike would come, she herself could find closure.
The author weaves a story so intoxicating I didn’t want it to end. The characters were complex yet so real I could touch them. I cried when I read the last word and I can’t wait for the sequel (due out October 2015)! If you love magic/paranormal, you have to read this book!
My Rating: 5+ stars
Author Ann M. Noser wanted to share some fun pictures with you:
Wow, it’s just like how I pictured it from the book! 🙂
A strong warning and please stay safe out there!
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.
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