Three years after becoming a Cupid, the normally cheeky and cheerful Leigh has to question her work ethics when her next assignment happens to be the woman who killed her.
Meet Natalie McIntyre, actually, no, you wouldn’t want to meet Natalie McIntyre, the foul mouthed, anti social Senior Manager at her father’s cardboard box factory who really isn’t in the mood to spend the next 7 days with a weird blonde haired girl who just will not go away.
Over the course of a week Leigh has her work cut out when she learns that not only is Natalie hell bent on being stubborn, cranky and incredibly hard to pair but the appearance of the blue spark puts everything she’s ever learnt as a Cupid in jeopardy.
I read glowing reviews of this book on Goodreads and I was really excited about reading this book. I’ve found that when a book is too hyped up by other readers, then the book will most probably let me down. That is what happened with this book. I tried to like this book. Every time I lost interest in the story, I told myself that it will get better and forced myself to read it. Even though I did get to the end of this book, it was a definite struggle.
The book started out fine. There was a likeable lead heroine who is a Cupid of all things. Unique premise, right? There were a lot of unique things about this book. I could tell that the author had put a lot of thought into each scene, but the problem was it didn’t work out too well. Often, I found myself questioning what kind of person would react that way in a particular situation. The interactions between the characters seemed a bit forced and unrealistic to me.
But that doesn’t mean this book is bad. It really isn’t. There are a lot of funny parts in the book. The growth in the relationship between Natalie and Leigh is oh so adorable. Sure, they cuss like sailors at times, but it only adds to the charm of the story.
Overall, I found the book to be moderately good if not amazing. Worth a read.
Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead. With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Her newest job? Apparently zombies have been spotted in a small town nearby. Ava wades in thinking that this job will be a piece of cake…or at least as tasty. Navigating meddling vampires, bothersome witches, and a peculiar case of memory loss…and now her best friend and human companion has up and walked out. Things go from bad to worse when Ava discovers that there is a force behind these recent zombie sightings that may date back to the time of the Black Plague. Sometimes a ghoul would just rather stay in bed…or at least her sound proof basement where nobody can hear you scream.
Now, I’ve never read a ghoul book before. I’ll admit I didn’t even know what a ghoul did (or ate) before this book. So, in many ways, this book was refreshing to read. But that said, it took me some time to get into its whole vibe. There was just something about That Ghoul Ava and the Queen of Zombies that left me wishing that there had been a bit more. Maybe it was the fact that Ava was a bit too smart-alecky for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, I love snarkiness in a girl, but Ava was just… I don’t know, immature maybe? But that doesn’t mean that the book wasn’t enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of parts. The author has a very lively way of writing that grabs your attention instantly. The thing I loved about the book was the description of the creatures, even the way Ava talked about her preferred food. Also, there is a tiny bit of romance in the book, and might I add that it is not the corny type of romance either, so that was good. On the cons side, the characters were a little two-dimensional, but I guess, this is the kind of book where you look for plot rather than characterization. I found the ending to be a bit abrupt, but then again, as Ava would say, not everything has to end in violence, right? All in all, this was a short but enjoyable read, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not my type of book. This book didn’t make me want to pick up more books dealing with ghouls. Maybe ghouls and I are just not meant to be. But if you’re into zombies or ghouls, you should definitely give this book a try. It is laugh-out-loud funny without being cheesy.