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How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
Series: Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #5
Published by Tantor Audio on April 9, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 51 minutes
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When a fledgling vampire arrives at Woolworth House searching for his maker, Grier is forced to relive her time in Atramentous. Most of those years are as dark and empty in her memory as she was in her cell. She can't remember her progeny, or the night she resuscitated him, but she can protect him from the Society. As long as she's willing to barter with her grandfather to do it.
But Lacroix has plans of his own. He envisions the city--her city--under his rule, and Grier under his thumb. Now all he needs is the right leverage to force her cooperation, and he has just the person in mind. Grier is ready to trade her freedom until a grim truth is revealed that splits her heart in two. Yet another person she loves has betrayed her, and Grier is left agonizing over how much of their relationship is real and how much was a lie.
I have really enjoyed listening to every book in the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series on audio. They are all on Kindle Unlimited as well. So I am trying to do a review without too many spoilers, and not just repeat the blurb.
Wow, nothing ever goes exactly like I think it will! I was happy to see her continue to learn about her world, to make her own choices and develop her relationships (of all types). I continue to be a big fan of Linus. He is just the most steadfast, swoon-worthy guy. He’s always there for her without ego or expectation.
Grier has really grown her skills in dealing with betrayal, and the immature. She keeps her head in some rotten situations. I was terrified in a few instances. Why can’t Grier ever have a total win? Well at least she sticks it to the Grand Dame, who tries to control Linus. So even though they are new to relationships, Linus and Grier are winning at it. I LOVE how she has recognized how awesome he is and does what she can to protect and help him, but also show him she cares.
And Grier totally cares about others. That is how she gets snared in, since of course, the villains don’t care about others. She even gives to those who are total assholes, and even those who have betrayed her. I’m totally excited to see what happens next when she delves more into her past, in How to Wake an Undead City in June, which sounds ominous.
“You have a notepad on the nightstand,” Hood countered. “You’re making a list of names.”
Lethe rounded her pretty green eyes. “Those could be baby names for all you know.”
“We’re not naming our daughter ‘Fucking Rat Face Marsha Dover’ or ‘Flaming Asshat Rhonda Bent.’”
Rebecca Mitchell is Grier for me and also Linus. I noticed more the distinct voices of the other characters this time, such as Oscar, Odette, Neely, Lethe and Hood. I listened at my newer 1.5x speed. It was such a pleasure listening.
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