Dead Girls, witchcraft and nail polish

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Format: 
Hardback
Pages: 305
Published 
by Penguin Random House
Top 3 Genres: 
Magic Realism, Young Adult, Contemporary
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
Finished copy provided by Penguin Random House Canada
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Hello bookdragons!! Ready for some zombie book? Ok, I’m hearing you: WHAT?? YOU??? ELISE??? READING A ZOMBIE BOOK??? Well… yes. Because in this book, zombies are not too bad :p Let me tell you more ok?

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.

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Witchcraft and raising the dead

What would you do if you were a teen, your best friend just died, and you do magic? You would try to bring her back, of course! As a witch, Mila decides that the best way to solve her BFF’s murder is to bring her back and have her say who killed her. Some weird ingredients later, on a Full Moon night, Mila’s best friend, Riley, is back! But with her are back the two popular girls at school who committed suicide the week before. What if they were all killed by the same person? This is how the Undead Girl Gang is…born. And ready for revenge! The only problem, being 16-17 and accepting to be dead, that you won’t have a life to live. So not all the girls agree on what to do or how to do it.

The characters are typical teens, with teen issues. Death is the bonus!

Through all the book, the relationship between the girls, with Mila as the main character was my favorite part. Dead or not, there was a lot of humor and definitely a Meg Cabot vibe. I’m a HUGE Meg Cabot fan, so the writing was a great plus for me. The author was really good at finding fun even in a cemetery.
Public image, romance, grief, friendship, everything is here! You will experience all the feelings while trying to find the murderer. Even if I had guessed who it was ( as I often do), it was fun to see why and how Mila would find them!

Wicca is not witchcraft, witchcraft is not Wicca

This is the only issue I had with this book (plus, the only gay couple being Wiccan, kind of cliche no?): the author mixed repeatedly Wicca and Witchcraft/the practice of magic. Like if they were the same thing. They are NOT. Wicca is a religion, a system of belief. Witchcraft is a practice. Some Wiccan do witcraft/practice magic. Other Wiccans don’t. People considering themselves witches are not all Wiccan (at all). I kinda got irritated each time the author had her characters use both as if they were the same. It happened a few times… hence de 4/5!

In a few words

Witchcraft, undead girls looking for revenge and a lot of humor… the making of a very good summer read!

See you for a cup!

Elise

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