Date with the Dead: Review and Giveaway

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the AToMR sponsored tour for Chris Myer’s fantastic YA novel, Date with the Dead.  Below you will find my review, author info, and a couple of giveaway opportunities.  If you would like to follow the rest of the tour (and I certainly hope you do) just click here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday to you 🙂

Title: Date with the Dead Series: Ripsters #1  Author: Chris Myers Published: March 19, 2013 by Books on the Edge  (first published June 16, 2012)   Literary awards: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Nominee (2009), Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Contest Finalist for Ripsters (2008)
Title: Date with the Dead
Series: Ripsters #1
Author: Chris Myers
Published: March 19, 2013 by Books on the Edge (first published June 16, 2012)
Literary awards: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Nominee (2009), Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Contest Finalist for Ripsters (2008)

Synopsis from Goodreads: Let me introduce sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston, ghost hunter.

“Let’s face it. Some of us can’t be too picky. My closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, but it bites that the self-absorbed princesses (SAPs) at school cannot even see him. That’s right, I can communicate with the dead.  It’s the living I have trouble with. Mom and I 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. We can’t afford the past due mortgage, so I’m working on that.

“I started a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow I’ve managed to recruit Brittany, a glamor SAP smothered in pink, and a techie who’s 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 I’m hoping will be useful to our venture. Right now, we’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head. If we solve this case, the Paranormal Guild may invite us to join their underground society for the psychically gifted, though I’m not counting on my golden ticket anytime soon.

“Hayden, a really cute guy, who lost his Wiccan mother, wants to join us, but my grandmother warned me about his kind. I often find myself torn between my loyalty to Drew and my secret attraction to Hayden, even though it’s highly unlikely a living guy as hot as Hayden would be interested in a girl cozy with the dead.”

Source: Author for a fair and honest review

My Rating: 4½/ 5 stars

My Review: Jolie Livingston has some pretty cool super powers. She can see the dead, talk to the dead, and help the dead cross over into the afterlife. The down side? Currently, her best and only friend is a ghost named Drew, she and her mom are so poor they are on the verge of being homeless yet again, and, last but not least, Jolie has caught the not-so-wanted attention of the Self-Absorbed Princesses or the SAPs. It’s tough being in high school!

What I liked:

*The plot. Not only does Jolie need to get rid of a ghost, but she also has a murder to solve and a little girl’s life to save. Myers manages to weave all of these elements into one cohesive and massive plot that has a great tempo with lots of action and very little angst.  Angst sucks. 😦

*The major characters. Jolie is a pretty tough cookie who, because of circumstances beyond her control, has had to mature quickly. She carries a lot of weight and worry on her shoulders, but only occasionally allows herself a smallish pity party. For the most part, Jolie is smart and determined and often jumps into action rather than allowing herself to wallow in worry and self-doubt. Drew is a tortured hotty with a penchant for causing trouble. However, when the chips are down, and Jolie is in trouble, Drew is there and ready to help.

*The minor characters. The cast of minor characters is one of the novels’ absolute highlights. Here’s the rundown: Reese: the ultra-smart, ultra-rich newest member of Ripsters. Although Reese has no supernatural abilities (or does he?), he has a desire to help Jolie and hunt ghosts. Although he is surly and often a bit timid, Reese’s heart is in the right place.  Hayden: hello, not-dead hotty! This football player is so sad and so perfect all at once. Hayden has recently lost his mother, has a huge secret he thinks only Jolie will understand, and is one of the most dependable guys in Jolie’s newly-populated life. I love that Hayden doesn’t let his sadness define him. When he’s needed and/or called on, Hayden is there and ready to roll.  Brittany: I LOVE HER! By far, Brittany is my favorite character in this book. She is a SAP who wears way too much pink, is ridiculously wealthy, and willing to risk her social status by crossing the line into enemy territory when she begins to work with Jolie and Reese. For Brittany, it’s personal; she has a Revolutionary War soldier’s ghost who won’t leave her side and she is beyond desperate to get rid of him. Seriously, the guy follows her to the bathroom ☺ While Brittany is often the butt of the group’s jokes (Pink, Day-Glo Pink, Pink Barbie . . .), she is resilient, funny, smart, and tenacious. I adore Brittany and really hope to see her appear in later installments of this series.

What I didn’t like:

*Reese’s attitude: Overall, I like Reese and know he will be a major factor in later books, but he has got to get the multiple chips off of his shoulder.   Seriously, he has a bag of Lay’s on his shoulders right now.

* Jolie’s dad: I know, I know, Dad is one of the major hooks to keep the reader coming back for more, but this book had just too little of him to make much of a difference.

The bottom line: This book is an award-winner and doesn’t have much I don’t like.  Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to the second installment of the Ripsters series. I like the humor, the detailed and intriguing plot, and the characters, who are quite fun and just quirky enough to keep me wanting more. Without reservation, I would absolutely recommend this book to young adult and adult readers alike.  I told you, it’s an award winner!!  Go buy it, now 🙂

Where to find Chris Myers:

Twitter           Facebook          Website          Blog          Goodreads

Wanna buy Date with the Dead?  Amazon

Wanna try and win a copy of Date with the Dead?  Click on the appropriate  ‘copter links below:

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5 Comments on “Date with the Dead: Review and Giveaway

  1. Pingback: Review and Giveaway: Dead and Missing (Book #2: Ripsters Series) by Chris Myers | rolopolobookblog

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