Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm Queen of the Dead
by Richard Roberts
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Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Crossroad Press, Otherside Press
Avery Special is the world's only living necromancer, and she's pretty bad at it. She also just moved to L.A., where trouble has been waiting for a necromancer. Trouble that doesn't care how strong she is, or that she's only fifteen. Monsters, magical artifacts, occultists and television producers only care that a real necromancer is back.
There are definitely upsides. Chris, Annie, Sue, and Peggy have their own creepy super powers and are the best friends a girl could hope to make on her first day in a new city. Her Pudgy Bunny coloring book can teach her more than a stack of grimoires. Her ghostly ancestors are so eager to help it's annoying.
Not that she has time for any of that, because Chris and Sue are both in love with her.
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Average rating from 9 members
I enjoyed this book. It's about a group of teens with special powers and especially about one who leads them, a necromancer. It's has a villian or several who is defeated in the end. The characters are interesting. #PleaseDontTellMyParentsImQueenoftheDead #NetGalley
"Did you all know that the Los Angeles Main Branch Public Library has a necromancy?"
"It's not nice to meet you, but it's not your fault that it's not nice to meet you."
"A girl can get mighty fond of stories about a powerful enchantress when she can just barely taste the edge of spell casting herself"
This book wasn't what I was expecting.
A fun and sometimes even hilarious adventures involving magic, ghosts, necromancers and shadows, seen through the eyes of an uncommon grip of teenagers who are experiencing love and different feelings.
The bi-representation was good and each character had its own way to make me laugh with a simple gesture or word.
"You don't need to see our identification ... these aren't the droids you're looking for"
I also found very original the fact that the author decided to include the main character's dialect throughout the dialogues just to make it all more interesting.
"Ah think y'all're doin' pretty well reformin'yer evil already"
Plus the magic items, the grimoires and the spells made the entire plot more "Special".
I really enjoyed it and overall I think it's a good ya fantasy book to get into ... even for starters if the genre.
"School study , not fun necromancer study"
"The bone museum in the historic district downtown"
"Only black magic kids really get it"
"I hate being someone else's subplot"
I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley
Perfect Halloween read.
I must admit it was the title that drew me to this book. Seriously, tell me Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m Queen of the Dead doesn’t get your attention and sound like a blast. Now this is the 7th book a series, but I don’t think you need to have read the previous books to ‘get’ and enjoy this one. At least I hadn’t read any of the previous books and I had no problem following the story, which follows a group of young teens who have superpowers, with our main character being a necromancer. Their powers tend to be on the ‘darker’ side of the spectrum and as such some of the people in the book want to label them as super villains, but that isn’t a moniker they have any desire to embrace. Now while the book is targeted toward teen/young adults there are some serious themes addressed. I will say that Mr Roberts’ has a unique writing style and it took me a bit of time to get used to it. Also Avery, the main character, has quite the country dialect, which Roberts doesn’t shy away from. And while I can see how this might turn off some people, it honestly put a smile on my face and made me laugh because it reminded me of people I’d known in the past. Overall I thought it was a fun story and I’m actually planning to go back and start the series from the beginning.
I’d like to thank Crossroad Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m Queen of the Dead.
This was a nice wee romp through the underworld.
Our main character is Avery and she is a necromancer in an alternate world which is very similar to ours with subtle changes:
Psychotic TV producers
Our intrepid group navigate all of the above as well as the perils of high school.
A really enjoyable and funny read!
I mean the title of this book alone, suggests to me that it's going to be a fun read and that's exactly what it was. Fun.
Let's start with the writing style. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but honestly it grew on me enough that I flew through the book in less than 2 days. I liked the world in which the book is set. The subtle changes to the world I am familiar with, which made it easy to picture. The characters were well thought out and I enjoyed the development throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the way the characters interacted a navigated through the issues they were having. Avery (our protagonist) is a necromancer which is always something I am interested in and bring that in to the high school setting was so much fun! It was like a group of misfits on steroids.
I think the thing I enjoyed most about this book was the humour. It was so funny and I found myself laughing out loud at times.
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