This is amazing and funny and full of girl friendships and fantasmaGORYcal and AHHHHHH!! My Halloween witch aesthetic comes along so nicely in this book I am over the moon tap dancing to the Monster Mash.
Have you ever thought to yourself “hmmm I wonder if there are any YA paranormal books you know the Halloween type books not horror but like without cheesy and hot and heavy romances”? And then proceeded to search expensively for “YA Halloween Books” or “Top Halloween Releases” lists on Goodreads and google until you reached the conclusion that SOMEBODY SHOULD WRITE MORE PARANORMAL WITHOUT GODDAMN SEX SCENES OF LUST?
No? Just me?
…I admit to being here for Halloween because of my love of candy and spooks and not sexy vampires. Sexy times have no place in my silly string trick of treat salad.
IF YOU DO REGULARLY GOOGLE GOODREADS HALLOWEEN-Y LISTS THOUGH THEN a. Are you me? b. I like you (probably because you are me) and c. THIS BOOK MIGHT BE FOR YOU.
Obviously since we are twins of genius.
And might I add that writing this review makes me feel like a Disney Channel advert for the spooky movies in October?! But that’s accurate so I must be doing my job correctly. Still unpaid and grumpy tho DISNEY SHARE THE RICHES FOR PROMOTING QUALITY HALLOWEEN CONTENT PLEASE.
Back to BOOK.
–I loved Mila?
Mila Flores is ME. And very probably subsequently you if you’re the Google lover type of human.
But look I can PROVE IT with a List of Things Mila and I Have In Common :
2.We’re definitely powerful witches
3.We engage in midnight rituals of necromancy
and 4.We are basically thorny and spiky with the outside world.
So you see why I’m DELIGHTED and EXCITED and SO MANY MORE THINGS. Basically I loved Mila with all my shriveled raisin heart ok she’s amazing and I RELATE MATE.
– The magic of it!
It’s so practical and silly and it’s great. I love real world magic where the ingredients are improvised, there are normal crystals and herbs involved and I love the magic that you can feel like you can do at home. Humor me and tell me the world isn’t all sucky and one can still do magic if they believe enough.
– The MC is plus sized!!! And latina!! Which is so amazing and important and great!! Just throw in diversity because the world is diverse and plus sized latina girls deserve to see themselves as necromancy witches TOO!
– TEEN GIRLS ACTING LIKE TEEN GIRLS!
All the zodiac references? That’s every-teenage-girl-I’ve-ever-known-ever language. And you should believe me since I interact with their species daily. In fact I’m one of them. Dying without doing your roots? Legit concerns. I can attest this is how real teens act.
We are known to be scary zombies in desperate need of baked goods too. SEE ACCURACY.
– Autumn vibes and feelings EVERYWHERE!
I think I sneezed pumpkin spice latte after reading this book. Which is great I LOVE IT I want MORE. This book’s got a funeral, not 1 but 3 zombies, an abandoned house, and an Autumn festival. ALL IN ONE. I am monstrously HAPPY (muahauaha)
– The humour is pretty much my humour. It’s called Tumblr dot com and it’s very dear to me. So I LAUGHED. A LOT. INDEFINITELY. Good we-laugh-as-it-is-intended laughter and not the we-laugh-at-the-author-for-this-writing-is-so-bad kind of laughter. Did none of the last one.
Maybe adults would not get the humour – some people prefer crocheting to teenagedom thoughts and drama BUT IT’S YA and it’s FUN so embrace the silly immaturity peoples.
– The ending is just PERFECT.
And I’m starting to think that this kind of plot is quickly becoming a favourite of mine, the cold heartless lizard that I am.
When she killed Xan I was SO HAPPY. I swear I didn’t see the twist coming AND I GASPED. MCs not ending up with the love interest is basically my fave trope now. The Hazel Wood did it too I loved it then I love it now!! JUST GIVE ME ALL DEATH AND NO ROMANCE BASICALLY!!
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OVERALL: If you’re looking for something short and funny and Halloween-y try this BRAIN CANDY! you see that’s a pun both because zombies and because candy => Halloween?
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.