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Mina and the Undead

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Mina is hoping that this summer with give the two of them a chance to talk about everything that's happened and repair their relationship. I live for that kind of story, as it takes me back to a time when life was simple, hair was big and vampires were real. When Libby becomes a suspect for that murder and others, Mina teams up with her new crush, Jared, to try to clear her sister's name. When the first of series of gruesome murders takes place, the police investigation comes uncomfortably near to Mina and her new friends. The pair share a tragic past, with an absent father and a mother who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Like for instance when Mina learns about Lucas's death, she dwells on her sadness for a sentence max before moving on like nothing had even happened. If you know someone like me who you would like to get into reading but have never found the right book, Mina and the Undead is one to consider. This book doesn’t waste time on introducing the mysteries walking through the streets of New Orleans.I loved the pop culture references in this story, and found it hard to put the story down until I found out answers to all the questions. She'll be staying in the city for a few months to visit her estranged sister, Libby, who moved from their hometown, Whitby, in England, to New Orleans the prior year. What promises to be a fun visit and a chance for the two to reconnect soon devolves into a murder mystery with a decidedly supernatural bent. Her main interests are books, movies and the macabre, and her debut novel has elements of all of these.

When their mother abandoned them, Mina moved in with her auntie while Libby moved to New Orleans on a student visa. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. Its chapter lengths are relatively short to allow for reading breaks (but the chapter cliffhangers make it hard to put down). And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby's gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast. This is a vampire novel, set in New Orleans in 1995, leaving me utterly nostalgic for days of a young teen reading Point Horror.This transported me right back to my high school days, when I obsessed (and I mean 'OBSESSED') over YA vampire book series like there was no tomorrow. It wasn't just the nostalgia making me carry on turning the pages though, the plot and writing are strong and I look forward to reading more from Amy McCaw in the future. The characters were interesting, although I did think that Della and Lucas were a little less fleshed out than Jared, Libby and Mina.

In this story we follow seventeen year old Mina who visits her estranged sister Libby in New Orleans where she is attending university after their mother suddenly disappeared, leaving them behind.

I was at my last school for 4 years and we had ********* book fairs every term – and every term, I was disappointed by the narrow range of books. In the end, this might have been popular in 2012 during the vampire YA craze but in 2021 I expected it to bring something new to the vampire genre and it just didn't. Mina must discover the truth and prove her sister's innocence before she becomes the victim of another myth.

Ultimately, it didn’t really distract from my enjoyment of the book because I was very much invested in the characters and found I was more concerned about their fates than I was about being surprised by the big reveal of the murderer. I was equally invested in the characters, with Mina being a new favourite MC for me (probably because she seems to love ALL the same things as me and kept referencing some of my favourite films and books).The story is set in the early 90s and Mina’s older sister works in a movie inspired haunted house attraction, with rooms dedicated to Pennywise, Freddy Kruger and Leatherface. If Amy's not at a book event or reading, she can usually be found scribbling away in her writing room, surrounded by movie memorabilia and an out-of-control signed books collection. People are dying in the same way that victims died in the past from famous New Orleans serial killers, and our protagonist is brand new to the country as she is visiting her sister. At the conclusion of her audition for a position in the interactive walking tour of the Horror Mansion, Mina tries to find the girl she is supposed to hand her costume off to. YA as a genre has evolved so much in the last ten years but this book sadly doesn't reflect all that change.

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