by First Mate Keira

Title: Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2)
Author: Stacey Kade
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 272 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 6-10

Summary: Alona Dare returns from the light, something Will Killian has never seen before, and he should know because he’s a ghost-talker, someone who can see and hear ghosts waiting to move on. Alona rejoins him as his spirit guide and helps Will with his ghostly interactions.

The two developed a bit of a relationship in the last novel, The Ghost and the Goth, sharing one steamy kiss, and both are a bit shy about it. Will has fantasized about Alona since 6th grade, and the reality of it is, he likes her better now. Alona, who’d never have talked to such a social outcast while alive, is drawn more and more into the warmth and comfort of Will. She likes him but it’s something she’s not quite ready to admit, even if he kisses like a dream.

Then she finds out, barely two months since her passing, that her mother is throwing away all her most sentimental possessions and her father is expecting a new baby girl with his awful home-wrecking wife who she can’t stand. Everyone is moving on and she doesn’t like it! She turns to Will and is surprised when he rebuffs her and her request to set her parents straight. What is going on? Is he throwing her over for the living too?

Why I started this book:

I requested a copy from the publisher which I got.


  • Will’s college situation. Last book he barely managed to graduate, but because he told his mom about his gift, he could stick around town instead of leaving. His mom wants him to get higher education, but you’ll see how well that works out.
  • The yummy makeout sessions between Will and Alona. Love them.
  • There are more ghost talkers and the one Will meets is pretty, which immediately sets Alona on edge. Their new fledgling romance takes a big hit and he’s completely clueless as to why until some ghosts tell him. Hehe.
  • Alona’s attempts to control her sass because it makes her fade from existence are funny as they’re done very very grudgingly. 😀
  • The dual POV approach works very well in this book because Will and Alona spend a lot of the book on separate adventures with overlapping parts.


  • The very bad thing Alona does by accident. I’m not a big fan of it myself. It’s a little scary (as far as an idea goes) and as she can interact already with Will (the only living character who counts as far as I’m concerned *g*) it’s not really needed. It does provide major drama and plot movement, but I’m not sure what it spells out for the next book in the series. Let’s just say I hope things return to how they were and don’t remain the same. (Is that allusive enough to whet your appetite? lol) Oh and I feel bad for the mother.

Last Minute Thoughts: When’s book #3 come out?

Buy: Queen of the Dead (A Ghost and the Goth Novel)

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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