Review: (spoiler free!)
first of all, thank you SO much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book to read and review!
This book was SO MUCH FUN
I need more books like this one. the comedy in it is spot on and the dark humor is exactly what I wanted to see in a book about a witch who brings back her best friend and 2 other girls from the dead. The sarcasm, snarky jokes and inner thoughts of the main character Mila were hilarious.
Mila is left in a tough position when nobody believes her that her best friend Riley was murdered, and not part of a suicide pact that the city believes also was the cause of death of two other girls, Dayton and June. Mila’s solution? Use her abilities as a witch to bring back her best friend in order to figure out who murdered her. The first issue with this plan comes quick as Mila accidentally also brings back Dayton and June. All 4 of them have one week to figure out the murderer before the three undead are sent back to their graves.
I love a good YA murder mystery and I feel like there really aren’t that many popular or hyped mysteries currently.Undead Girl Gang hits all the points that I love to see in a murder mystery: dark humour? Check. Sarcastic group of teens? Check. Amazing friendship? Check.
Mila and Riley’s relationship was one built on so much love for each other. They really did have one of the best friendships I’ve seen in a book as of late. They understand each other so well and it is so clear how deeply they care about one another. The grief Mila feels upon hearing of the death of her best, and really only, friend was so well written. You can feel her every emotion in how she reacts to it, and it feels incredibly real.
The reasons I didn’t give this 5 stars? I was really disappointed that the plot twist/murderer reveal was quite predictable. There were a lot of hints throughout the middle to end of the book about who it actually was, and I found these hints gave it away quite a bit.
As well, Mila and Riley’s personalities were really well distinguished, but I found it difficult to differentiate between June and Dayton often. Thinking about them now, I wouldn’t be able to tell you who was who in terms of their characteristics and personalities.
The end wrapped up the story with a lot of really emotional yet heartwarming moments, and I fell even more in love with Riley and Mila.
I cannot speak on the representation in the book myself (fat black Mexican MC) but the intersectionality portrayed in the book is fantastic. There is a moment in the end where two characters come together to form what I can only imagine will be a great friendship, and I would love to gush about it but I don’t want to give too much away, but I promise you it is an AMAZING moment.
I really look forward to seeing the response to this book after its release on May 8th! I definitely recommend everyone check this one out
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