Saturday, April 30, 2016

How To Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser (The Witch`s Handbook #1)

How To Date Dead Guys
by Ann M. Noser

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Under the Blood Moon - Book 1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (July 14, 2014)
Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Genre: NA Fantasy
Print Length: 304 pages
Available from: Amazon
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts.” But when cute Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one…

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young man determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will appeal to the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

***Note: classified as New Adult due to the college-aged main character, but material is appropriate for those in 10th grade and up.***

How To Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
(The Witch`s Handbook #1)

How To Date Dead Guys (Under the Blood Moon, #1)Serious and studious, Emma knew very little about the more free-spirited side of life. And Dating? She could barely talk to a guy without proving how socially inept she was, so when her extrovert roommate takes her to a campus party, Emma was left holding up the wall by the beer keg while a party whirled around her. Like a vision, he came into view and for Emma, Mike was all she could see. When Mike’s birthday came around, his drunken state made going for a nighttime swim in the river that has taken so many lives sound like a good idea! Emma wanted to feel alive, to do something crazy, but that isn’t how it turned out, two went into the river and only one came out. Mike was gone and Emma feels it’s her fault.

A book of spells mysteriously showing up gives a desperate Emma an idea. Could a spell bring Mike back? Could Emma take back what the river stole away? What Emma discovers is what legends and myths are made of. But what she achieves is nothing short of miraculous as she touches the hearts of people in pain. Through it all, will Emma find she can deal better with someone who has died or will she finally learn to live life as it was meant to be?

How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser is part paranormal romance, part mystery and completely entertaining as the nightmare of one night pushes a young woman out of her comfort zone and into the hearts and souls of strangers. With light-hearted moments, intensely sad moments and moments that will bring tears of joy, Ms. Noser has created a different kind of paranormal tale to escape into and cast her own spell for wonderful reading!

I received this copy from Ann M. Noser in exchange for my honest review.

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