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Mina and the Undead

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I found myself having to make myself stop reading so I could get on with my day and then I was looking forward to sitting down so I could read more! Your words, like your reviews, bring books to life and give them a voice before the front cover is even turned.

YA as a genre has evolved so much in the last ten years but this book sadly doesn't reflect all that change.

The story takes a little time to get going, spending some time introducing and fleshing out its characters, but once it does serve up its first victim, there are plenty more where they came from, and McCaw certainly doesn’t shy away from the violence. It’s on my bucket list to visit New Orleans one day and experience a slice of its rich history and culture. There's absolutely nothing I can fault about Amy's writing, although maybe she could feed her characters less as I had to take a quick break to make scrambled eggs thanks to Jared and Mina. There was just the right amount of choice to suit everyone without being overwhelming and I received comments from parents and staff about the quality of books offered compared to previous sales which have always been based around current crazes and well known celebrity authors. New Orleans also happens to be a great place for horror addicts with many legends, historical buildings and of course, many dark secrets.

Very nicely written and the chapters kept the plot moving forward to come to some exciting moments in the third act. You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods. If Amy's not at a book event or reading, she can usually be found scribbling away in her writing room, surrounded by movie memorabilia and an out-of-control signed books collection.And what a lovely treat it was that this was set in the 90's and filled with nostalgia (bath pearls.

Being a fan of vampire stories and the macabre, she is keen to explore the spooky parts of the city. I’m so glad vampires are making a comeback as I love vampiric myths and seeing how authors put their own twist on them. The books get a lot of mentions (as does the 1994 Interview With A Vampire movie, which would have been around one year old when this book was set).I did appreciate the well done diversity in the book though, that's the one thing you might have not found in a book from 2012.

I was equally invested in the characters, with Mina being a new favourite MC for me (probably because she seems to love ALL the same things as me and kept referencing some of my favourite films and books).Like for instance when Mina learns about Lucas's death, she dwells on her sadness for a sentence max before moving on like nothing had even happened. I had no idea where the story was going to take us but it is a journey that is memorable and fun to read. Her feelings of being far away from home really added to the atmosphere, as at times when she felt lost, I felt lost, when she felt afraid, I felt afraid. Unsurprisingly, she's a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and has gone to conventions to meet James Marsters more times than she cares to admit. Mina and the Undead takes its time in introducing the reader to a memorable cast of characters before throwing them headfirst into a chaotic and unpredictable story with a big heart and an even bigger body count.

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