Date with the Dead (Ripsters #1)
Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him. That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It’s quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there’s a catch. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that.
She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.
What can I say? I love Young Adult books and I’ve somehow neglected them lately. I’ve been on such a New Adult kick that I almost forgot how much I love Paranormal YA books. This book had it all mystery, suspense, romance, action, it is a YA book that both boys and girls/men and women can equally enjoy. Though it is told entirely in Jolie Livingston’s perspective I felt the characters were engaging enough to cater to all readers. This book also has a lot of historical references which I thought was a good add in.
I love Drew. I think he was by far my favorite character. I love him so much I want him with Jolie but…he’s dead so there’s always that problem lol.
Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie’s haunt fishing to get him out of Jolie’s hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn’t sure how she’ll tell Jolie she lost her stupid ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn’t hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she’d take to the grave.
Where do I begin? This is the second installment of the Ripsters series. I loved Drew in Date with the Dead so this was a bit of a bonus read for me. I’ll be completely honest. I really liked this book but it took me a few chapters to fully get into the story. It starts in Brittany’s POV initially but eventually alternates between Jolie and Brittany’s POV. While I like Brittany, she isn’t my favorite character. As I said before Drew and Jolie are. This was a great follow up to Date With The Dead. Although I took a bit longer to get into this book I will say once I continued reading I was hooked. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end! I’m already dying to read the next installment!
I have a feeling book 3 will be amazing! I have my suspicions about Drew, and if I’m right things are only going to get more interesting! Keeping my fingers crossed for that one. I strongly recommend this book for YA Paranormal fans.
Brittany takes Drew fishing one morning to give Jolie a break. After revealing a secret to Brittany, Drew mysteriously disappears but not before he’s sworn her to secrecy. Brittany suspects someone has taken Drew but Jolie believes he may have gone into the light. Brittany struggles with keeping his secret after his disappearance knowing it could prove Drew was taken. She knows it will alter things in a dramatic way if she does in fact tell Jolie. The story primarily shadows the efforts to find Drew while also dealing with The Ripsters developing powers, demons, The Infamous Guild and a father who’s resurfaced from out of nowhere…
What I loved
Yet again, the historical references are really great, especially for younger readers.
I enjoyed this story, it is reminiscent of the Sookie Stackhouse novels but let’s just call it a tween version lol. It also reminds me of a modern day Scooby Doo and friends minus the dog lol. There is definitely romance and drama but less adult situations given the target audience. It’s an enjoyable book that I feel has enough action packed moments to appeal to young men and young women. I highly recommend following this series. I have a good feeling about this one!
What I hated
Chris, please release the next Ripsters book soon. I’m dying to know what happens!
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Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.