Dead Girls Are Easy

Kobo ebook | October 13, 2009

byTerri Garey

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There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.

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There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes l...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061741981

ISBN - 13:9780061741982

Customer Reviews of Dead Girls Are Easy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fluffy fun... (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) All in all I enjoyed this one. It was a fun, light read. Good points. The world building was fun. The main character was likeable and the characterization of the side characters was also well done. The world building, while not wildly original by any means, was adequate. I personally enjoyed the Voodoo angle of the story and I found myself liking the ‘Granny Julep’ character and her mentoring-type relationship with the main character quite a bit. The plot moved along relatively well –this was not an extremely fast-paced adventure, but I feel quite strongly that ‘pacing’ does not mean that things have to happen every second. (I personally feel that there is definitely something to be said for slower, more introspective novels, for instance.) Criticism. While I enjoyed the Voodoo aspects of the story, I have no idea how accurate it is and it may well not be so. I also have no idea whether it is similar to Haitian, African, or Louisiana Voodoo. (I did a little bit of reading online as this made me want to learn a bit more about it, but I really know very little about the religion.) Some descriptions and certain aspects at the beginning of the story were just a tad jarring. In particular, I found the way in which the main character’s casual attitude towards romantic relationships was described to be a little off-putting: she is described as liking things to be casual and mentions, “I’d had my own smaller string of blossoming relationships, each plucked and dropped without any care for what happened when they fell. I’d even taken pleasure in grinding a few under the stiletto heels of my favorite boots”. I found this a little jarring because it seemed to also imply a lack of concern with the fate and feelings of her partners in these relationships –which doesn’t really jive with the way she acts and is described throughout the rest of the novel (i.e. as a genuinely caring person). I also couldn’t help but hope that the main character’s (male and gay) best friend Evan would turn into more than the usual gay male cheering section for the straight female character (à la Will & Grace). Don’t get me wrong –I liked the character. He was a fleshed out character. OTOH, the situation is something of a trope. I was glad to see that there is a sequel, as certain aspects of the story were left unresolved (the main plot points of this novel were tied up however). These are (except for the Voodoo aspect) relatively minor points however and all in all, this was an enjoyable light read. Other books/novels I recommend: -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Angels' Blood, by Nalini Singh -Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost -Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, by JA Saare -Firelight, by Kristine Callihan
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, light, romantic read This novel was laugh out loud funny, with characters that you could really sink into. Nicki Styx is a great leading woman. She may not have wanted what was thrust upon her, but after seeing what she could do, she manned up to the challenge. The romance and caring between Joe and Nicki was a welcome relief to a lot of couples in novels that are constantly at each others throats. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a light hearted read. I actually found myself quite surprised and sitting on the edge of my seat for certain, edgy parts of this novel. Just when you thought it was going to die down, it pulled you right back in.
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Clever and Witty yet Uncaptivating The characters and their personalities were both witty and clever as was the overall setting but I found the book unable to hold my interest. The whole voodoo thing seemed unpleasant and pointless. I found the romance dry and rather hollow and I felt that more spirits should have been involved. The book and the plot were very interesting but it simply didn't apeal to me.
Date published: 2008-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings the idea of "happily-ever-after" to a whole DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY by Terri Garey is laugh-out-loud funny! Without straying from a strong romantic plot, this author brings the idea of "happily-ever-after" to a whole new level. Nicki Styx has had a near-death experience, one that leaves her with a startling new ability: she can communicate with the dead. In most cases, this is more touching, and sometimes hysterical, than creepy. But when a friend is murdered, things take a decidedly scary turn. Fortunately the doctor who pulled Nicki back from the dead isn't an apparition, and together they attempt to put Nicki's "friend" to rest. I loved this book. Well written and witty, it brings humor to the macabre and gives life to the recently deceased. The characters in this book are full and rich, and although I wouldn't want to meet some of them on a dark street corner, I cared about what happened to them. Terri Garey has written a delightful book, and I look forward to reading more from her. Kay James
Date published: 2007-08-19