Friday, May 23, 2014

The A-Word: A Sweet Dead Life Novel by Joy Preble

The A-Word
A Sweet Dead Life Novel

by Joy Preble

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Just released: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Hardback: 272 pages
Rating: 4

Sweet Dead Life series:
The Sweet Dead Life
The A-Word

Jenna Samuels and her guardian angel brother battle heavenly head-honchos and earthbound bullies in this Texas-set hilarious follow up to The Sweet Dead Life.

It's been almost a year since Jenna Samuel’s stoner brother, Casey, bit the dust and returned as her guardian angel. A year since Casey and his “angel boss,” Amber Velasco, saved Jenna’s life and helped her foil the bad guys—more or less. A year in which Jenna has solved the true mystery of the universe: how to get one Ryan Sloboda to ask her out.

Jenna’s feeling mighty cheery about life and love. But Casey, whose doomed relationship with Lanie Phelps (who has no idea her boyfriend is, well, dead) isn’t doing much to distract him, has his own big question: Why is he still hanging around?

Bo Shivers, a heavenly head honcho Jenna and Casey didn't even know existed, might have the answer. Bo knows something big is coming. Something that might just change everything for Jenna Samuels, who once again finds herself up to her non-winged shoulders in heavenly secrets of global proportions—just as she’s finally found the perfect Homecoming Dance dress.

My two-bits:

Being that I did not previously read book one of this series, it was a bit unclear as to why the main character, Jenna, who was not an angel, was able to interact with and was aware of the angels in her presence.

In any case, this story is a sweet one indeed that involves a trio of angels who revolve around Jenna. Together they uncover a mystery and discover some history about each other which creates some friendship bonding moments.

There is also some angel action and budding romances and heartbreaks sprinkled in.

Also, got introduced to some Texas culture. Sooo curious about and want to taste a kolache.


About the author:

Joy Preble is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed Dreaming Anastasia series as well as The Sweet Dead Life, the prequel to The A-Word.

A former English teacher, Joy grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

She is now a full-time writer and lives with her family in Texas, where she has learned to say "y'all" without any hint of irony.

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