Title: The Undead: Playing for Keeps
Author: Elsie Elmore
Genre: Paranormal, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: September 3, 2014
When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.
Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.
The overview pretty much said it all. Lyla Grimm is a socially awkward and only has one friend. Crazy stuff starts to happen that makes her freaked out. As it seems to happen only now that Eric came to town. We do not know much about Eric at the start of the book but we will learn more about him. Mostly there is teenage drama with a side of paranormal to add to it.
When you read this you will get sucked in because you want to find out who Eric really is and what will happen to Lyla. Eric has powers that he used in ways that were uncalled for. He thought that it was needed because he was trying to get close to Lyla. Lyla thought that Eric was playing some awful trick on her but learned that it was all her doing. The ending was what you would hope for. However, it did leave some questions for me still unanswered. All in all it was ok and I would recommend it you enjoy teenage drama plus paranormal.