“I know wherever Riley is, she sent this book to me. She gave me something more valuable than her killer’s name. She sent me the key to bringing her back. If magic is about being grateful, I’m more grateful than I’ve ever been before.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
As October sadly comes to an end, I wanted to share my favorite read of the spooky season. First things first, I listened to the audiobook and would highly recommend it, the narrator was awesome and the dialogue of this book was hilarious which just made it even better. The audiobook is short, coming in at around 8 hours and I was able to listen to it in one sitting at work (mainly because I had no screaming babies to tend to and also because I’m a bit psychotic and usually listen to my audiobooks at a 1.75 pace). The second, and probably most important, I DID NOT GUESS WHO THE KILLER WAS! I wish y’all could have seen my face when the killer was revealed because it was priceless. Not only did I get the killer wrong but I never in a million years would have guessed the killer or the plot twists, so double points to the author for leaving me stumped.
Mila, our MC, is a plus-sized Latinx teenage girl who also practices Wicca with her best friend Riley. But when Riley dies less than a week after mean girls June and Dayton also die, Mila is convinced someone murdered the girls and that they didn’t commit suicide like everyone else believes. With the help of a grimoire filled with dark magic, Mila is able to bring back Riley from the dead, but it comes with a catch or two. The first, June and Dayton tag along and become as undead as the dead possibly can be. The second, all three girls have no idea who murdered them. The third, they must stay close to Mila in order to maintain their “undead” forms otherwise they appear totally dead and rotting, which is so not cute. And fourth, they have one week to figure out who killed the girls. No pressure or anything.
Besides being blown away because I didn’t guess the killer, I also loved all the different rep this book included. The fat rep is some of the best I’ve read (my last few reads have been very spotty). I’ve read so few books with Latinx rep so this was a nice addition. Plus, this book includes Wicca and for as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by Wicca. I’ve done a lot of research about the Wicca religion for school projects and just my own curiosity, so I was really happy to see this book portray Wicca so positively.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to love this but I’m so glad I gave it a shot. Had I not I would have missed out an such a well written murder mystery. Plus, any book that includes girls calling each other dicks and calling out one another for their toxic behavior is a win in my book. The only reason I bumped off a star is because I had a love/hate relationship with the end of the book. Mainly because I knew how it needed to end but I didn’t want it to end the way it did.
All in all, if you’re looking for a hilarious yet serious and sometimes creepy read with a whole lot of paranormal activity than this one is definitely for you!
Until next time,