“Anger is easy and primal, and we all have the capacity for it” – Allison Mack, in Barbara Rose’s My Dead Boyfriend
“When Allison Mack’s boyfriend and his family are killed in a car wreck, she suspects that her life will never be the same. She knows it for sure when her dead boyfriend comes to visit her on her sixteenth birthday. He warns her to beware of Under Places and then disappears again, only to reappear later. Is she losing her mind, or is something supernatural going on?
Ally finds out something startling about her own family. They are all in terrible danger, and she might be the only one who can save them …
My Dead Boyfriend is the first book in the exciting Daughter of the Sidhe series.”
#3words2describe – fun, promising, snarky
I was unsure of what to expect when I saw the cover of this book. With a title like My Dead Boyfriend, it really could have gone in many directions. As I started the story, I began to get worried that it was going to follow the currently running equation: paranormal beings + an annoying loved-crazed girl. Wrong. Allison (“Ally”) Mack is understandably grieving three months after her boyfriend, Mark, died in a car wreck. On her 16th birthday, he returns from the dead with a cryptic warning that she doesn’t understand. Mark’s reappearance is the first in a series of events that leads Ally to discover a “new” past and a very different future. As she starts to wrap her head around these events, Ally discovers that her family is the target of some very bad fairies. Yes, fairies.
Cool characters + action + Irish legends – graphic violence – foul language – lusty sexual overtones = 3 stars. No, it’s not new math. It’s the writing. It seemed… what’s the right word? Uneven? It was like taking the freeway to Disneyland in rush hour traffic. Some parts went really slow and other went really fast. The destination is definitely worth it, but the ride could have been better. Know what I mean? Perhaps, the choppiness is due to its length.* I think that with some better traffic management (i.e. editing and development) this story could be 4 or 5 stars.
Strong, witty, and more than a little hardheaded, Ally stands out from some of the other boring YA protagonists that I have been reading about lately. The Daughter of the Sidhe series seems exciting and full of promise. I am ready for the ride. I just hope the next trip will be longer and smoother. Check out the book trailer here.
- Fantasy and paranormal readers
- YA readers, maybe down to middle school (it’s pretty clean)
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* The story is more of a novella than a novel.
UPDATE May 14, 2013: I entered this book in the Bout of Books 7.0 read-a-thon challenge, Alternate Titles (hosted by The Book Barbies). I don’t think that the title or book cover do this book justice. A better alternate title would be Beware of Under Places.