Series: The Veil Diaries #2
Genres: Young Adult
Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer, Kris Koscheski
Also in this series: Trying To Live With The Dead, When to Fear the Living, Whispers from the Dead, When Evil Comes To Play, When the Dead Come Home
Also by this author: Trying To Live With The Dead, When to Fear the Living, Whispers from the Dead, Found, When Evil Comes To Play, When the Dead Come Home
My name is Alexis Delaney, and I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I’m a Necromancer. Which means I can see the dead, talk to them and help them move on. Well, I used to be able to. Someone has sealed the Veil. Now the dead are stuck here. And with the extra energy floating around town, the ghosts are getting stronger.
It’s been two months since I came to Spring Mountain to live with Uncle Rory. And the guys, my five best friends, have done everything they can to help since. Things for once were almost normal, my issues with the dead had become routine. Until they all found girlfriends. Now I’m back to hiding everything again. With ghosts leaving their haunting grounds at will, new people asking questions and trying to build my link to the Veil, I don’t know how the hell I’m going to pull this one off. But it can’t get that bad, right?
Book 2 in the Veil Diaries, When the Dead Come a Knockin’ continues the story of Lexi the necromancer and her 5 guys. This time though, the guys have girlfriends! It was strange to have a reverse harem where there was no harem, but I went with it.
Lexi, after finding out about the guys’ girlfriends, starts up a relationship with Dylan. She really falls for him. She meets his friends, she gives him the most thoughtful Christmas gift, and things are going well. However, things do NOT go well with the guys’ girlfriends and drama-llama ensues. Then, because Lexi isn’t perfect enough at everything (sarcasm), she turns out to be an amazing singer too! Ugh. I really just don’t like Lexi at all. I think she is immature, whiny, and self centered!
In addition to not liking Lexi, this book made me not really like Asher much either. He lost a lot of respect from me with his actions. How could he continue to defend someone so horrible? Trisha is just a bad person and it was painfully obvious! Issac and Ethan felt like background characters. They do a few funny things, a few not funny things, and thats it. Then Miles is out of town for the end of the book when all the stuff finally starts happening! Zeke’s girlfriend is the only one still around by the end of story. Riley is a pretty nice girl; Either Zeke is going to break up with her, or he isn’t going to be a part of the harem. Either way, I don’t think I will be happy. I really do like Riley!
I can’t hate Dylan. He dumps Lexi because she has too much going on in her life. He is a teenage boy who just saw his girlfriend in a pool of blood on a bathroom floor moments from death. Lexi even tries to push the guys away because she is so much trouble, but she is mad at Dylan for making that decision.
All of that and I still give it 4 stars? Yep! I am fascinated. I hate many of the characters and wanted to kick Lexi’s ass for 95% of the book, but it was still a totally gripping read! Teenage angst, angry dead people, and lack of parental supervision galore!
98% of the story is read by the female narrator and she does a great job! Her voice doesn’t detract from the story and she doesn’t try to ‘over do’ the guy voices. The male narrator only has 2 small chapters at the end, but his narration was fine as well.
- POV: 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: reverse harem
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes; she makes progress on the veil, but can’t cross souls yet « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »the book ends on a tame note; everyone single except Zeke; progress made on the veil; still lots of resolve though « Hide Spoiler