Book: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Rating: ★★★ / 5
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth 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.
Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.
Okay, so. It was good. But that’s all. I’m disappointed. I thought it would be more than was it was. More witchy, more explosive… more serious. But no. If you want to read a quick, fresh book, this is the one.
The best lie is always the truth.
= The amount of body positivity and feminism in this book is absolutely amazing, it filled me with happiness. All the females in this book were different (size, age, colour, sexuality…), each of them being a different type of strong and independent. They each bring something important, different and refreshing to the story. If one of them wasn’t there, it definitely wouldn’t be the same. Also, we got to see them changing their behaviour, for example, not bullying others anymore.
= Riley was the best character in this whole book. She was down-to-earth, sweet, caring, and such a great friend. She tried to understand everything without getting mad and weighed each of her words before saying them (unlike Mila…). I just wished we’d seen more of her and her backstory.
= What made me want to read this book is the witchy side of it. And let me tell you, I’m not disappointed at all! I loved seeing them performing magic, it was very interesting and entertaining, and it all felt very real, using herbs and candles and being one with the earth.
= The writing style was quite nice: fresh and light. Very good for a sweet summer read. It was funny and not boring.
= I really liked the whole murder investigation side of the story. And when everything revealed itself… I was shocked by it and I really couldn’t believe it. What an end!! It was amazing and I didn’t expect it at all, because, you know. It was way too big for it to be real.
= I don’t feel like I’ve learned anything about those girls. We never really got to take a look at their pasts, at their families, at anything, really. In the end, I didn’t know much more than when I started the book. And it was disappointing.
= I don’t believe people can radically change in less than a week. So this whole book didn’t really seem realistic to me (other than all the witchy things, obviously). Let me take June as an example. She bullied people and never stopped insulting them. Yes, she changed. But how could she have changed that quickly? If she insulted everyone, and that since middle school, three girls wouldn’t possibly be able to change her way of thinking.
= The police in this town is the worst ever, no kidding. How could they just think they killed themselves? Everything was pointing towards murder, but no, they chose the easy way. UGH. And in the end, there wasn’t any justice? That made me so angry omg.
= I wish it had been more serious from time to time, instead of having bad jokes each time something important was happening. It didn’t make it credible at all.
Everything is unfinished – our whole lives.