Book Review: How to Ditch Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 2) by Ann M. Noser

 
 
Emma isn't sure what to do with herself after everything that's happened, so, when Officer Walker asks her to use her witchcraft to help him with some more murder cases, she jumps at the chance. But the spell doesn't turn out quite right this time, and, instead of just seeing the murders, she experiences them firsthand, gets possessed by the victims, and becomes tangled up in supernatural problems that not even her Book of Shadows has the answers for.
 

 
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Title: How to Ditch Dead Guys
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Book Number: Book 2 of 3
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My Book Rating: 4 Stars
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*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I started reading this book almost immediately after finishing the first one, and then suddenly I was 70% in before I even knew what happened because I got so sucked into the story I just couldn’t put it down!

This was not as emotional and heart-wrenching as the first book because it was more focused on mystery, however, it was still completely gripping. The plot was more complex and action-packed, the mystery aspect kept me on the edge of my seat, and reading from the POV of a character who was possessed and felt like she was losing her mind was interesting.

And even though the focus wasn’t on the character growth this time, it was still there in smaller quantities, the characters were all still unique and well-developed, like real people, and there was still great, realistic relationships between them. I especially loved the unique friendship between Emma and Officer Walker. He may have made a mistake in pressuring her to do the spells, but he still tried to help her and didn’t blame her for the things that happened. And the way everyone came together to help each other when times got tough was touching (I won’t say who everyone was, but it was an interesting mix of characters I wouldn’t have expected).

Also, as much I do love heart-wrenching books, it was actually nice to have a bit of a reprieve. There were still a couple scenes that brought tears to my eyes, I felt for Emma when she felt like she was completely alone and didn’t know what to do about the supernatural mess she found herself in, but there were also some scenes with happiness and hope that kind of patched up some of the holes that Book 1 left in my heart. *SPOILER ALERT (major for Book 1, minor for Book 2)* I didn’t want to ruin the emotional impact of all the dead guys disappearing back into the river in Book 1 for anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you have already read it, you’ll be happy to know the guys all make reappearances in this book! *END SPOILER ALERT* And there was still some of that quirky humor thrown in to crack me up every now and then.

Overall, this was a book I couldn’t put down once I picked it up. If you liked the first book, I definitely recommend you continue with this one because I think you’ll be really happy with it!

 
 
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After everyone Emma Roberts raises from the dead sinks back into the river, she longs for a purpose. A schedule. Something to accomplish. Then Officer Walker leaves a message on her voice mail: “There’s been another murder, and I need your help.”

With a bag of witchcraft supplies slung over her shoulder, Emma performs a séance for Walker at the site of the murder. But nothing happens until Emma gets back home. Black smoke swirls inside the bathroom. An invisible force slams her head onto the tiled floor. A golden snake slithers across her legs, then impales her wrist with its icy teeth.

As the smoke clears and the images fade, the truth becomes clear. This time around, Emma won’t just watch what happened. She’ll live it.

As Emma helps Officer Walker solve murder cases, she relives the horror of each victim’s last moments of life. From the edge of the river to the underground lair of the gang who murdered Steve, she endures it all.

As Emma weakens, both the victims and the murderers who killed them fight for control of her body and mind. She’s possessed, and the voices inside her head won’t let her ask for help.

Even the Book of Shadows can’t save her now…

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  1. Annika @ Hiding Books

    I’m on an urban fantasy kick (kind of) and I just want to read these so badly based on your reviews! You make them sound so good and now that I’ve had a glass (and some) of wine my self control and ability to keep to my book buying ban are just wavering. Waahhh
    Great review! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these :)

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Well, I’ll just say that if you *are* going to break a book buying ban, this is probably a good series to do it for ;-) Your comment is cracking me up though, haha.

      Thank you! I just hate that I have to wait for the last one now!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Well, since you read the spoiler lol, the first book might not be so heart-wrenching for you. But it’ll still be meaningful with the character growth and all that :-)

      Thanks!

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    When I began reading your review, I could tell the tone of this second book was a little different from the first. I’m glad it worked for you – helped put some of the pieces of your heart back together. :) It just seems like Emma can’t catch a break! And I’m very curious about the situations she gets herself into this time – I can’t imagine being possessed by a murder victim and reliving their experience. Gah! Poor Emma…and poor Officer Walker. What must he have felt for putting her in that situation. I have books 1 and 2 of this series in my Amazon cart, Kristen. I’m chomping at the bit to read them. My problem is, of course, finding time to read all the many books I own. ;)

    1. Kristen Burns

      It was definitely a different tone, but still great :-) The poor character really can’t seem to catch a break though lol. Seriously, reliving people’s murders sounds awful! And Officer Walker is pretty great, I like him. He’s also kind of awkward though lol which makes him realistic.

      Damn time, causing all these problems ;-) But this is a series you should definitely try! I do think you’ll like them :-)

  3. Daniela Ark

    I just got approved for these two books!!! I requested them after reading your review of book 1. You always use the right words to get me excited! emotional [aha!], heart-wrenching [uhumm], completely gripping [yay], action-packed [of course!], POV of a character who was possessed??? [HELL YEAHHH], supernatural mess [hehe], complex characters and edge-of-your-seat mystery [me! me! and THANK YOU BFF for approving]
    Great review :)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yay! I can’t wait to see your reviews! But muahahahaha, that’s my evil plan, using all the perfect words just to manipulate you into reading the books ;-) They really are great books though, so I’m glad you got them too! And thanks :-)

  4. Lola

    It’s great when you got so sucked into a book! The focus on the mystery sounds well done and even though it wasn’t as emotional as the first book it does sound like a great sequel. I really like how you describe the characters in this one, I love it when the characters feel real and act realistic. I hope you’ll also enjoy(ed) the third book!

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s always great when a book sucks you in! That’s usually how you know it’s a good one :-P The characters are really the shining feature of these books. So complex and developed. The third book isn’t out yet since this one was just released lol, but thanks, I’m looking forward to it!