Review: How to Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards
Publication Date: 8/19/2017
Series: The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.
Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.
It has been a VERY long time since I have binge read a series like I have with The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy books, but the minute I picked up Undead Life, I couldn’t put them down. Thank the stars they were in KU or I’d have some explaining to do with my husband about breaking the book budget.
Grier’s story is unorthodox. Typically, necromancers aren’t this multi-faceted developmentally, but the richness of her story and their world she lives is in fascinating. This book begins with tremendous world and character building, but once the ground work is laid down, Grier’s personal struggles and her life take hold of you. Edwards’s story-telling is unpredictable and leaves you reeling with each twist and turn. From the boy next door who suddenly recognizes she exists to her new place in the necromancer hierarchy, Undead Life is a riveting read of epic proportions. Grier’s haunted house named Woolly only increases the uniqueness to this story and to this series.
Grier and company are characters you can’t help, but fall in love with as the book progresses. Grier’s in over her head with her new role and recovery from a life of imprisonment, but her friends keep her strong as she fights to find her new normal in life. Even Boaz. Though this reader’s jury is still out on him. The hints about his families dependency on a good marriage makes me wonder just how serious he can be about perusing Grier with his family obligations. What happens is yet to be seen.
This book is the perfect beginning to a series that is fast going to be moving to the top of my TBR pile for sure.