Read: June 8-10th, 2018
Format: ARC, 320 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review.
Description from GoodReads:
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.
That which rots you marks you.
No matter what I pick up, I end up basically adoring every paranormal book I read, Undead Girl Gang included. I had requested Undead Girl Gang after my coworker thought it was the grossest and funniest book she’s read in a while. Obviously it was a perfect rec for me.
The first thing I noticed and loved about the book was it’s protagonist. Mila is an actual realistic YA character, even if she was a witch. She had personality and flare but most of all she wasn’t the perfect, not flawed, character that most paranormal or fantasy books have. Mila is a fat, confident Mexican girl that felt very real. I personally don’t think I’ve read YA book with a fat character that didn’t make the book all about them being fat. It was a refreshing change to just have it be a thing, without it being a huge part of the plot line. The same went with her heritage.
Another thing that really stood out for me was the “fooling around” scene that occurs later on in the book. Without saying anything to spoil the book too much, the protagonist ends up kissing someone and the other person pulls away. Mila’s first thought after they pulled away was “Consent revoked. Permission denied.”, and I couldn’t help but be overjoyed at the little addition. Lily Anderson didn’t have to include that, but I’m sure glad she did.
Finally, I could not get over the humor in the book. Where situations should have been super awkward and gross, Lily made them super funny and well, still gross, but in a funny way. Along with everything else I mentioned, it made for a terrific read.
Undead Girl Gang had everything I wanted humor and gross factor wise, and I could not have been happier. I look forward to seeing what other gross but funny book Lily Anderson has in store for us next!
"Sometimes, magic looks a lot like how my mom prepares chicken."
Recommend to People Who Enjoy:
Young Adult, Paranormal, Zombies, Witches, Witch Craft, Murder Mystery