How To Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

July 8th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 79 Comments

8th Jul
How To Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
How To Date Dead Guys
by Ann M. Noser
Series: Under The Blood Moon #1
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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Quiet college sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when cute Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters. Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young father determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims

How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser intrigued me from the title to the synopsis. A tragic accident, a book of shadows and a young, awkward woman who tries to right a wrong made for a captivating tale. I expected a book filled with paranormal woo-woo and humor, but this tale also offered character growth, and an interesting mystery. Noser weaved in fleshed-out characters and life lessons.

The tale begins when we meet Emma Roberts, a shy sometimes-awkward college sophomore who dresses like a tomboy and blushes when speaking to the opposite sex. She is studious and her roommate is outgoing, a girlie girl who is more interested in boys than textbooks. When she drags Emma along to a frat-party, she meets Mike a fellow sophomore. When a tragic accident occurs, and Mike ends up dead, Emma is blamed. When her roommates’ friend leaves a Book of Shadows behind in their room, Emma decides to bring back the dead. The tale that unfolds is filled with romance, mystery, and life lessons. I found myself lost within the pages of How to Date Dead Guys and quickly consumed this.

The characters are all unique, and the departed we soon learn have unfinished business. Noser’s spin on their return was clever. Emily loves literature and math in fact, books and math make more sense to her then people. It was fun witnessing her personal growth as she befriended these dead guys. She is a natural with the Book of Shadows, yet the reader cannot help feeling uneasy about its power. All of the dead guys’ stories were interesting, and their personalities very different. I ended up caring about each of them. Secondary “living” characters weaved into the tale adding to the mystery and suspense. A local police officer suspects Emma knows more then she is letting on. Her appearance at past victims homes only reinforces his suspicion.

How to Date Dead Guys has a strong storyline from the witchcraft under the Blood Moon, to the overall mystery involving drowning victims. While romantic feelings develop on Emma’s part, this tale focuses on helping the dead guys and the mystery surrounding their deaths. Through it all we see Emma grow, mend fences and find herself. An overall arc develops and the ending hints of things to come. The case regarding our dead guys wraps up in this tale and will satisfy readers. I am anxious to see where Noser takes Emma next.

If you are looking for a paranormal tale that offers a mystery and character growth, you will be delighted with How to Date Dead Guys. Fleshed out characters, suspense, humor and connections made this a blast read.

About Ann M. Noser

Ann Noser

Writer, reader, veterinarian, trail runner, mom, wife and yoga fanatic (not necessarily in that order). She and her family shiver in chilly MN, USA. Her first book, How to Date Dead Guys, was published July 2014.
Book Two in the Under the Blood Moon series, How to Ditch Dead Guys, is due spring 2016.

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79 Responses to “How To Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser”

  1. kim { Book Swoon }

    How to Date Dead Guys sounds like a nice mix of coming of age, spooky witchcraft, and great secondary characters! I like the fact that the departed characters were all unique, and each had unfinished business that needed to be taken care of. Eeek, imagine all those guys/departed following you around. Glad you enjoyed this one, Kimba 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Kim, it was refreshing to read a paranormal tale with a mystery in the NA genre

  2. Livia

    Sounds so, so good, and like the very promising start to what might be a fabulous series! I’m feeling with witchy vibe this summer, lol, so it’s definitely going on my wishlist 😀
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  3. Rashika

    This sounds so good, Kimba! 😀 I love that if there is a romance it doesn’t seem to be the focus of the book and it focuses more on character development and the plot than it does on anything else! 🙂

    Lovely review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It has some humor, and I certainly laughed aloud but it has a good mystery thread and coming of age thing going on.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you get to read it Stephanie, and yes the title is awesome

  4. Siiri

    This cover gives me all sorts of Witches of East End and Charmed vibes 😀 Emma Roberts. LOL. Like that actress? Heh. I’m glad you enjoyed the mystery and everything else. Seems like it was filled with awesome characters and I’m glad the secondaries added to the already awesome read 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know exactly who you mean Siiri. This was a good one, and I am looking forward to the next one

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nothing wrong with adding a little paranormal woo-woo to the mix 🙂

  5. Amber

    This book looks interesting, and your review has sold me on it. I’ll definitely give it a try! There isn’t enough mystery in most paranormal novels, so the change should be refreshing.
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  6. Katherine

    This definitely sounds like it has potential. I like books where characters find their footing in life and this sounds like one of those but with a very interesting way of getting there. I’ll definitely have to try this one.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too Katherine, and really all of the characters learn something about themselves.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was good Lori, and while the characters are NA, it wasn’t anything like the slew of books on the market.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Not in love with it myself..but the title makes me laugh every time!

  7. Cyn

    I feel like I’d read this book for the title alone, haha. Glad to hear there’s some humour to go with the paranormal woo-woo! Thanks for the review, Kim (:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah but we see lot of growth from there and it made sense as you learned about her.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No real romance in this one Jessica..so it’s Go for you 🙂

  8. Jessy Jones

    Hello! I’ve a question which has nothing to do with your post, I’m afraid. (sorry)

    How do you get that blurb box in your post? I can use HTML, if that’s how you do it. (I use blogger, if happens to matter.)

  9. Lupdilup

    Another addition to my TBR 🙂 I would have expected just a humorous tale, a light read (soon be a listen, I hope) buy the title, although the cover is more serious for just that, I’m glad that it has a mystery and unique characters, and sounds like something I could enjoy.
    Thank you Kimba!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      While romance isn’t really strong, there are feelings and I don’t think the tale suffered from the lack of it.

  10. Kacii

    This most definitely sounds like a book worth reading. I’m a little skeptical about the witch-and-spells bit though. I’ve never been a huge fan of books like that. I may just take a chance on this one though. I’ll definitely add it to my TBR.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kacii
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