WooooooHooooo!! Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Dead and Missing tour hosted by AToMR Tours. I LOVE this series and am so excited to share my review with you today as well as a link for the event-wide sweepstakes. There are lots of awesome blogs participating in this tour so if you would like to check out the other stops on the tour, just click here. Thanks for stopping by and happy Tuesday to you 🙂
Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie’s haunt fishing to get him out of Jolie’s hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn’t sure how she’ll tell Jolie she lost her stupid ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn’t hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she’d take to the grave.
Every once in a great while I am well and truly surprised by a book and am glad to know that I can still be so. I knew, without doubt, I would like Dead and Missing but I was in no way prepared for its pure awesomeness!! Dead and Missing is the sophomore of Chris Myer’s Ripsters series and Myers has not only come out swinging but has managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump!
Dead and Missing opens with Brittany Howland out of bed early (whaaat?) to take Drew the Ghost fishing. Yep, you read that correctly J Though Brittany is generally loathe to do anything that gets her out of bed early on a weekend, some friends and some favors are just worth it. Jolie, Brittany’s best friend and leader of the Ripsters crew, is meeting with her father. Yep, you read that correctly J Jolie’s father hasn’t been a part of her life, ever, and her mother has never offered any real information or kind words about him. For Jolie, the chance to meet with and get some answers from her father is an opportunity she simply cannot pass up. However, daddy fails to show and Brittany not only gets pushed into a well but she loses Drew as well. Bugger!
For Jolie, the loss of Drew is devastating but she understands that he has finally crossed over into the light and she must learn to accept the reality of his crossing and move on. Brittany however is absolutely certain Drew has not crossed over and his disappearance is somehow connected to her little tumble down the well. However, Brittany must convince Jolie of this theory and in order to do that, Brittany needs proof. Enter Reese, Brittany’s crush and fellow Ripster’s teammate. It doesn’t take long for Britt and Reese to gather the proof that they need and everyone, including Jolie begins to understand that something well (HA!) and truly evil is at work in Plymouth. Mixed into all of the mess is the fact that all of the Ripsters – Hayden, Reese, Jolie, Brittany and Reese (eventually!) have been invited to join the Guild and must pass their first level tests in order to begin their training. And man, oh man is their testing and training wretched. In fact, the level of wretchedness is something that the adults among the Guild – Jolie’s dad and Reese’s grandmother Noni in particular – have begun to notice how targeted the kids seem to be. See? Something evil is well (HA!) and truly afoot.
Everything about Dead and Missing sucked me in and kept me turning pages as fast and as furiously as my little fingers could fly! Not only does Dead and Missing continue the original plot line established in book one but it rocks right on through with the ever expanding, long-term plot line as well as starting and completing a kickin’ short-term, novel specific plot. Myers takes the series to a whole new level with some intense magical action, loads of witch and Salem history (a personal favorite!) and a boatload of interpersonal stuff. There is evolution where Hayden and Jolie are concerned, where Brittany and her mom (there is some serious bad assery here!) and Reese are concerned, where Jolie, her mom, dad and, grandmother (bad assery to the tenth degree here!) are concerned and where pretty much everyone is concerned. Character development is at an extremely high level in this read which ticks off yet another personal favorite!
I have only one tiny complaint about this read and in the grand scheme of things, it is truly teeny and tiny. My complaint: Jolie has got to get over herself where Drew is concerned. I understand her history with him is significant and that Myers clearly has some big plans for him in future installations of the series (no spoilers!) but seriously, he’s dead and it’s just creepy. While this complaint is something that crops up throughout Dead and Missing it in no way changes my overall feelings about Jolie or the series. I know, and once you read this book you will too, that this situation is going to resolve itself sooner rather than later.
The Bottom Line: I can’t get enough of this series and we are only on book two!! This is a smooth and polished read with an incredible plot and ridiculously incredible characters. Other than my one teeny, tiny complaint I can’t find anything about this read to complain about. There’s nothing but pure awesome here and I have absolutely no reservations about recommending this read to any and all YA+ readers. Don’t wait people, get book one, plow through it and immediately begin book two. You. Won’t. Be. Sorry.
Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him.
That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom 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. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that.
She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie 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 Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.
I reviewed Date with the Dead (Book #1: Ripsters Series) ages ago and LOVED it. If you would like to check out my review, just click here 🙂
Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.
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