My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Published: May 8th, 2018
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again. – Synopsis from Goodreads
“Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.”
This book was so much freaking fun! Witches? Check! Spells gone awry? Check. Murder? Check, check, check! This is a great little gem that everyone should give a try.
I knew when I read the synopsis for this book that I had to have it in my grabby little hands on it as soon as possible. Of course, it then took me a couple of months to get to reading it because I never have my shit together – WHY AM I LIKE THIS?!?!! I’m sure some of you can relate, PLEASE relate! This book starts off strong. We meet our protagonist, Mila attending her best friend, Riley’s, funeral. The tone of the book is set almost immediately – lots of sarcastic quips and inner dialogue and Mila walking out because she can’t stand the lame school choir that is playing. I was digging it right away.
Mila is the town’s “fat witch.” I was a little worried that we were about to dive into some negative territory with the rep represent but thank god – it was a positive experience. Yes, her weight it talked about a bit but Mila doesn’t tear herself down about it non-stop and she knows she is badass. The fat rep is also not the focus on the story – it’s just something the character happens to be – praise the book gods for that!
Mila is struggling with the sudden death of her best friend and pretty much soulmate and when the death is ruled a suicide, Mila know something is not right. She sets off on an investigation and journey to find out what really happened to her bestie and possibly discover a killer in the meantime.
Obviously with a title like Undead Girl Gang there must be some zombies right? Ummm kind of? We have a spell that goes right(ish) and some dead girls show up and do some zombie shenanigans but they aren’t your typical brain-eating, moronic kind of undead. They are more into Gatorade and cookies – I could totally hang with these girls! These are 100% my people. The sarcasm in this book is on the level or something like Clueless or Mean Girls – you can’t help but be sucked into all these characters almost instantly. I loved watching the girls banter back and forth, get into some strange situations and just the overall girl bond these girl form – for better or worse.
I highly recommend this one – it’s a really good time and so many of my other bookish friends in the community have all loved it as well. This is one of those books that will have you crying and laughing at the same time – it’s that kind of book! There is a little bit of romance but the book is heavily focused on girl power and it’s about damn time.
I will say though… I hate mushrooms even more now! *wink*