How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards

March 7th, 2019 Kimberly Review 23 Comments

7th Mar
How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards
How to Live an Undead Lie
by Hailey Edwards
Series: Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
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When a fledgling vampire arrives at Woolworth House searching for his maker, Grier is forced to relive her time in Atramentous. Most of those years are as dark and empty in her memory as she was in her cell. She can't remember her progeny, or the night she resuscitated him, but she can protect him from the Society. As long as she's willing to barter with her grandfather to do it.

But Lacroix has plans of his own. He envisions the city--her city--under his rule, and Grier under his thumb. Now all he needs is the right leverage to force her cooperation, and he has just the person in mind. Grier is ready to trade her freedom until a grim truth is revealed that splits her heart in two. Yet another person she loves has betrayed her, and Grier is left agonizing over how much of their relationship is real and how much was a lie.

magical ROMANCE snarky urban

How to Live an Undead Lie is the fifth book in the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards. This series delivers addictive tales with its magical house, kickass heroine and alluring romance.

I stumbled on to this series through a Facebook ad that mentioned necromancy and an undead parakeet. From the first book I was hooked. Now the series is also available on audio, my preferred reading experience for this genre, but alas once I have created the voices in my head I stick with the same format. I recommend the series to fans of romantic urban fantasy.

Set outside Charleston you’ll love the characters, supernatural elements and our heroine’s homestead. Don’t take my word for it, check out the ratings and reviews giving this book a 4.87 Star rating.

In this installment things are hopping at the Woolworth House. Grier’s nightmares continue and with each dream she remembers more about the night Maud died. When an unexpected visitor arrives, she will have to make plans to protect him. To do so, she will have to barter with her grandfather. Meanwhile, Odette is missing, a wolf is challenging her friend for dominance and Amelia is in trouble. Did I mention her grandfather is up to now good? What unfolds was a page-turner with plenty of twists and danger.

I love Grier. She is strong, compassionate and level-headed. Sure she will kick your ass to protect those in her circle but she isn’t afraid of sharing her plans and asking for backup. I find it all rather refreshing given the norm for this genre is the complete opposite. Yes, Kate and Mercy I am looking at you! I love the dynamics of Greir’s friendships and the growing relationship with Linus. Before this story ends, she will be betrayed and will need this circle of friends.

Edwards does a wonderful job of building the world and peeling back the layers of her characters. The magical and supernatural world has a familiarity but Edwards brings some refreshing elements. I love books featuring necromancers and Grier has unique abilities we haven’t even scratched the surface of. It is those elements that making her a desirable target.

All the new threads wrapped up nicely and I loved the romantic development. Overall arc threads saw twists leaving us with a cliffhanger. I am eager to see where Edwards takes us next.

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About Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

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23 Responses to “How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards”

  1. Jen

    I’m so glad you are loving this series. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t like Grier. Oh well!

  2. Melliane

    I have it but I haven’t read it yet bit I so can’t wait!!!! Love this series! One last book as she told that’s it’s a 6 books series.

  3. Ethan

    I feel the same way about creating character’s voices in my head. Once I know how they sound, I can’t switch over to the audiobook. On the other hand, if I start on audio I hear the narrator’s voice as I read the page.

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  4. Lover of Romance

    I am so glad you had so much fun with this one here. I love it when authors have depths of layers in their characters so I am very intrigued by this one. Lovely review darling!!

  5. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I’m totally loving this series as well. I started with it when they first came out on audio and I’ve listened to all but this one, but I have the audio coming soon. Fantastic review. I feel for Grier. Nobody ever stands with her totally but Linus.

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  6. Sophia Rose

    I just canceled my KU trial, but I’ve started keeping a list of books/series that I want to read when I activate the account for a month now and then. This series is one of them. I love seeing each of your reviews and the steady high appreciation. That magical house has me really excited right away. 🙂

  7. Heidi

    You are trucking right through this series. Must be good. I really need to find some new Romantic UF as I am running out of favorites, they keep ending. I am going to see if I can track this down at my library.

  8. Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

    Wonderful review. Glad to see you are enjoying this series. I really love it. I was so frustrated that we got a cliffhanger. I wanted more, but sometimes authors like to keep us hanging. I can’t wait for the next novel.

  9. kindlemom1

    I almost bought the first book in this series the other day and then I decided I already had way too many books I will probably never get to. Hmmm, I might just go back and grab it anyways. 😛