Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: How to Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards

How to Save an Undead Life
Release Date: August 19, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Purchased

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 picked up HOW TO SAVE AN UNDEAD LIFE because I was in a rut of not wanting to read anything I had and not sure what I wanted to read next and I am beyond glad that I did. I LOVED it. It was nothing like I expected and everything I didn't know I wanted.

Grier has not had it easy and it looks like easy is not a word that is in her future. I don't know how she kept it together and at times she has a hard time doing it, but she was SO strong when most would have given up and it endeared me to her from the start.

The necromancer part of the book is different and surprisingly enjoyable. Instead of dealing with zombies, necromancers turn those with enough money into vampires. It was a nice surprise. The world was also really enjoyable. There is different hierarchies of both necromancers and vampires and although we don't get as much information about this as I would have liked, we do get enough information so that we understand what the differences between the different groups are.

I really can't explain how much I enjoyed this book enough. The characters were fantastic, the mystery was mysterious, there's a bit of romance, I loved the twists and turns and didn't expect a lot of them. I enjoyed learning about Grier's past and I'm rooting for her future. I seriously just loved everything about HOW TO SAVE AN UNDEAD LIFE and I'm beyond excited to read more. 

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.