How to Claim an Undead Soul by Hailey Edwards
Series: Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #2
Also in this series: How to Save an Undead Life , How to Break an Undead Heart , How to Dance an Undead Waltz , How to Live an Undead Lie , How to Wake an Undead City
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Life was simpler for Grier when she was flat broke and a social pariah. Now she’s carrying the baggage that goes along with the title of Dame Woolworth, and shouldering that weight is giving her a serious crick in the neck. Her work as a Haint is the one thing that makes her feel normal, but even that’s more paranormal than usual.
Spirits are vanishing from well-known hot spots on the ghost tour circuit, and vampires are turning up as shriveled husks. Grier takes it upon herself to uncover what’s preying on Savannah’s supernatural community, and what she uncovers is bigger than a few flickering lampposts gone dark. It’s a deadly threat unleashed by one of their own, and saving her city just might kill her.
Book 2 in The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards is very much a continuation of the first, How to Save an Undead Life. Grier is picking up the pieces of her life and trying to move forward, but she’s missing key pieces of her memory and education. She’s trying to slot back into her old life, and it isn’t working, because she’s no longer the wide-eyed, innocent girl she used to be. She’s darker now, and broken in ways that can’t really be fixed, no matter how much she – and the friends she grew up with – may wish otherwise.
When spirits start disappearing, Grier realizes there’s more going on that meets the eye. She’s determined to figure out what’s going on in her city..but the cost may be higher than she ever could have imagined.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first. It felt a bit slower, which worked against it in some ways. Not to mention I wasn’t surprised by the big reveal at the end. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good read, because it was. I like that Grier is finding her feet and working on becoming independent. I really appreciate her candor and honesty with herself, and how willing she is to face the broken parts of herself. While this definitely felt like a continuation of book one, there were some key elements that made me immediately pick up book three.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5