Friday, January 18, 2013

~Book Review and Giveaway: Date With the Dead~

Date with the Dead (Ripsters, #1)
Date With The Dead
Chris Myers
Published:  June 16, 2012

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.Jolie 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. Hayden, a really cute guy, who lost his Wiccan mother, wants to join them, but Jolie’s grandmother warned her about his kind. Not that it matters. Jolie seriously doubts a living guy as hot as Hayden will be interested in a girl cozy with the dead. 


Jolie and her mother have just moved from New Orleans to Plymouth, Massachutes.  After loosing their home to hurricane Katrina and living out of shelters, they inhereit her aunt's house after her aunt goes missing and is presumed dead.  Jolie is excited about the fresh start.  Her only friend is Drew, her handsome spirit that only she can see. She has always been the outcast and the fact that people see her talking to herself doesn't up her social status.   Never having enough money, Jolie and her mother discover they have two weeks to pay back taxes on their house or they will be evicted.  Jolie actually likes it here and she doesn't want to move again, especailly back to New Orleans.  What to do?

Jolie is hired by a terrified local family to remove a ghost from their house.  The ghost is scaring  them and making thier oldest daughter physically ill.  Upon arriving at the home, we meet Reese.  He is somewhat annoying but has all the right equipment.  At school, Jolie meets the beautiful, popular, pink-loving Brittany, who has a ghost of her own.  The only problem is she doesn't like hers and wants to get rid of him.  Drew is the gorgeous football player who Jolie is secretly attracted to, much to her dismay.  With this fine cast to characters, they set out to solve the mystery of the haunting and solving a murder mystery in the process.  The only problem is that someone doesn't want them to solve the case and will go to desperate measures to make sure they don't.  

What a wonderful and fresh story.  I have always been fascinated with this topic.  I know that their are people who can see the dead.  I have never met one, that I know of.  To actually have a best friend as a spirit and be able to see spirits would be amazing.  I loved everything about this book.  The characters are so different from each other but fit together nicely.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

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  1. Thank you for the review and the kind words!

  2. Loved your review. The book looks really intriguing. Definitely adding it to my TBR list. (:

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! This is great!