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New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for. 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can't wait to explore the city's darkest secrets - vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturb New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for. 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can't wait to explore the city's darkest secrets - vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturbing local myths... And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby's gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast. But the perfect summer bliss is broken when, while exploring the mansion, Mina stumbles upon the body of a girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby's... Someone is replicating New Orleans' most brutal supernatural killings. Mina must discover the truth and prove her sister's innocence before she becomes the victim of another myth.


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New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for. 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can't wait to explore the city's darkest secrets - vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturb New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for. 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can't wait to explore the city's darkest secrets - vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturbing local myths... And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby's gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast. But the perfect summer bliss is broken when, while exploring the mansion, Mina stumbles upon the body of a girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby's... Someone is replicating New Orleans' most brutal supernatural killings. Mina must discover the truth and prove her sister's innocence before she becomes the victim of another myth.

30 review for Mina and the Undead

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    This book sounds sooooo fun. I can't wait to pick it up. When is the US release date?! Of course, there's always Book Depository. Free International Shipping, am I right!? This book sounds sooooo fun. I can't wait to pick it up. When is the US release date?! Of course, there's always Book Depository. Free International Shipping, am I right!?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    Mina And The Undead by Amy McCaw 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 🦇 A perfectly executed eerie YA Gothic Horror with twists and turns aplenty and bursting with 90s references to fully lure you into New Orleans Fang Fest 1995! 🦇 Who doesn’t love a good vampire story and with the right mix of darkness and gore, exploring sisterly relationships, family secrets and with a dash of romance Mina and the Undead sinks it’s teeth in with its own twist on the vampire stories that we all know and love 🦇 Mina And The Undead tells the st Mina And The Undead by Amy McCaw 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 🦇 A perfectly executed eerie YA Gothic Horror with twists and turns aplenty and bursting with 90s references to fully lure you into New Orleans Fang Fest 1995! 🦇 Who doesn’t love a good vampire story and with the right mix of darkness and gore, exploring sisterly relationships, family secrets and with a dash of romance Mina and the Undead sinks it’s teeth in with its own twist on the vampire stories that we all know and love 🦇 Mina And The Undead tells the story of 17 year old horror movie loving Mina who visits New Orleans to see her estranged sister Libby and to explore the spooky and dark depths of the city renown for its Vampires! But when a body is discovered in the Mansion of the Macabre where Libby is working holding a lock of hair suspiciously like Libby’s and marks on her neck the question is who or what has made those marks? 🦇 Perfect for fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dracula, Interview With A Vampire and Charmed. Being a huge Point Horror fan in my teens and beyond this is the next generation of the classic Point Horror! 🦇 With so many twists and turns I kept trying to guess who the killer was and my guesses were always wrong 🤣 I also loved the New Orleans mythology throughout the book and I’m now wanting to visit and explore the city with its seedy bars and spooky cemeteries! 🦇 You will be screaming out for a sequel once this book sinks its teeth into you (*cough* more Jared please 😍 *cough*) I can’t wait to see what Amy McCaw writes next! 🦇 Thank you to @uclan_publishing for my #gifted proof copy for review consideration 🦇 #MinaandtheUndead will be released on the 1st April 2021 ... you can pre order now!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren James

    [Disclaimer - I edited this!] A dark and thrilling tale of the paranormal set in the nineties in New Orleans. With haunted houses, family secrets and murder galore, this delicious and gruesome tale of the macabre will ignite a whole new generation of vampire fans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Mills

    Combine vampires, New Orleans, and nineties culture and you get a fantastically fun YA mystery horror. I’m so glad vampires are making a comeback as I love vampiric myths and seeing how authors put their own twist on them. Amy does such a great job combining classic tropes with fresh ideas and produces a gripping thriller that engages the reader from the very first page. The descriptive language evoked a cinematic feel, making it easy to visualise the action. New Orleans is definitely another cha Combine vampires, New Orleans, and nineties culture and you get a fantastically fun YA mystery horror. I’m so glad vampires are making a comeback as I love vampiric myths and seeing how authors put their own twist on them. Amy does such a great job combining classic tropes with fresh ideas and produces a gripping thriller that engages the reader from the very first page. The descriptive language evoked a cinematic feel, making it easy to visualise the action. New Orleans is definitely another character in this story and it’s obvious that the author knows the city well and shares this knowledge through the places she describes and the tale she weaves. It’s on my bucket list to visit New Orleans one day and experience a slice of its rich history and culture. As a fan of crime thrillers, I appreciated the idea of replicating famous murders from New Orlean’s history and found all of it absolutely fascinating, and can’t wait to research them further. Seventeen-year-old Mina was a great main character and I especially enjoyed her complicated relationship with her older sister. There’s a frustration underscored by love that’s exclusive to sibling dynamics and it was authentically portrayed. I found it hilarious how Mina was thirsty for Jared on almost every page and really liked their developing romance. I hope we eventually get a sequel as I think there’s definitely room for the story to grow after the events of this book. If you’re a fan of vampire tales, sink your teeth into Mina and the Undead and enjoy a thrilling tale of murder, obsession, and romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Harriet Muncaster

    Absolutely raced through this book! I think it must be the fastest I've read a book in the whole of 2020 actually. I was sent a proof copy and I'll be honest, at first I was unsure how I was going to get on with it as it's not my usual genre but oh my goodness, as soon as I started it, I was hooked! I felt so invested in the characters and the main character was very likeable. There were twists and turns aplenty, pretty much all of which I didn't see coming. I have not read a lot of YA but from Absolutely raced through this book! I think it must be the fastest I've read a book in the whole of 2020 actually. I was sent a proof copy and I'll be honest, at first I was unsure how I was going to get on with it as it's not my usual genre but oh my goodness, as soon as I started it, I was hooked! I felt so invested in the characters and the main character was very likeable. There were twists and turns aplenty, pretty much all of which I didn't see coming. I have not read a lot of YA but from what I have read I think this book is a little bit different from the generic sort of YA that is around. It has a very distinct flavour. Lots of horror, 90's references and relationship drama. It was so addictive. I found myself having to make myself stop reading so I could get on with my day and then I was looking forward to sitting down so I could read more! I LOVED it and I HOPE there will be a sequel! Amy McCaw needs to write more books because I want to read them!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Murphy

    UCLAN very kindly sent me an ARC go review. I could not put this down! As a 90s kid, the nostalgia was extra special, but it was more than that. At its heart, this is a story of sisters and friends who are family too. I loved the New Orleans setting (I am now desperate to visit) and Mina’s voice was fabulous. And don’t even get me started on the vampires!!! Buffy meets Charmed at its finest. Get this for the teens and 30somethings in your life!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joseph G.

    What a great read! I love how the author weaves all the New Orleans folk stories and grisly, true stories into the fabric of the story. So clever and well-pulled off.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book took me fully by surprise. I don’t read a lot of YA mysteries but when I saw the cover for this book and read the synopsis I wanted to give it a try and… I’m obsessed. I couldn’t put this book down once I started it stayed up far too late a couple of nights just so I could read one more chapter. There isn’t 1 thing I didn’t like in this book with the backdrop of New Orleans and the 90’s and horror references I knew from the first chapter this was a winner. The story kept me on my toes This book took me fully by surprise. I don’t read a lot of YA mysteries but when I saw the cover for this book and read the synopsis I wanted to give it a try and… I’m obsessed. I couldn’t put this book down once I started it stayed up far too late a couple of nights just so I could read one more chapter. There isn’t 1 thing I didn’t like in this book with the backdrop of New Orleans and the 90’s and horror references I knew from the first chapter this was a winner. The story kept me on my toes with constant twist and forever changing my mind on who was the series killer (I was wrong 100% of the time). If you love Buffy The Vampire Slayer this is a book you have to pick up. As soon as I finished reading the ARC I went to pre-order myself a copy of the book and then to check if there is a sequel listed yet. Safe to say this is one of my favourite reads of 2020. Thank you to NetGalley and UCLan for this E-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kat Ellis

    Fantastic YA Gothic Horror! Filled with 90s pop culture and wickedly dark vampire lore, and set in a New Orleans vampire festival, this was an absolute blast! Look out for it when it comes out 1 April 2021 🧛‍♀️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This was a wonderful book. Vampires are my thing and this had it all. I loved that it was set in the 90s and I loved all the 90s references as well. I am hoping that there will be a sequel, as that's the impression this book gave. The relationships and characters were all so well thought out and fully realised. I had a hard time reading this slowly as I was desperate to find out what happened next, het desperate for it to never end. Just amazing. More books please. This was a wonderful book. Vampires are my thing and this had it all. I loved that it was set in the 90s and I loved all the 90s references as well. I am hoping that there will be a sequel, as that's the impression this book gave. The relationships and characters were all so well thought out and fully realised. I had a hard time reading this slowly as I was desperate to find out what happened next, het desperate for it to never end. Just amazing. More books please.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Fangtastic!!! I didn't know much going into this book, other than it was a YA Horror and vampy vibes. It was so good. The storyline just keeps you hooked, twist after twist. Set in the 90's in New Orleans, Mina and the Undead is just the YA Horror I've been waiting for. Mina goes to stay with her Sister in New Orleans for the summer, and tries to get a job at the famous haunted mansion. We are soon introduced to Libby's Girlfriend and roommates, and lots of spooky legends. This book has everything Fangtastic!!! I didn't know much going into this book, other than it was a YA Horror and vampy vibes. It was so good. The storyline just keeps you hooked, twist after twist. Set in the 90's in New Orleans, Mina and the Undead is just the YA Horror I've been waiting for. Mina goes to stay with her Sister in New Orleans for the summer, and tries to get a job at the famous haunted mansion. We are soon introduced to Libby's Girlfriend and roommates, and lots of spooky legends. This book has everything. Thrills, romance, mystery, gore, legends, and most importantly Vampires!!! I'm a sucker for a good vampire book. The writing was so addictive, I took my time with this book as I just didn't want it to end. You can really tell the Author is a horror fan and this book has been well researched. I loved the many references to horror classics. With twists and turns and everything at stake. Do yourself a favour and sink your teeth into this book as soon as possible!! I desperately need a sequel. *Please ignore all my sucky Vampire puns and preorder this wonderful book* *Thank you to Uclan and Amy for the early review copy in exchange for an honest review.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    This book got me out of my reading slump! Set in New Orleans, Mina and the Undead feels atmospheric and dangerous. I sped through it, loving the 90s setting and all the horror and slasher movie references and didn’t see any of the twists coming. I was so sad when it all came to an end and keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. Loved it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen Tamblyn-Saville

    Pacy, exciting, full of twists and turns! This is a vampire novel, set in New Orleans in 1995, leaving me utterly nostalgic for days of a young teen reading Point Horror. Dark, delicious and grusome, this is the perfect YA horror, not just for teens, but also 30 somethings who enjoyed 90s culture the first time around! Amy's writing is vivid and Mina's voice is strong - I can't wait to see what Amy does next. Pacy, exciting, full of twists and turns! This is a vampire novel, set in New Orleans in 1995, leaving me utterly nostalgic for days of a young teen reading Point Horror. Dark, delicious and grusome, this is the perfect YA horror, not just for teens, but also 30 somethings who enjoyed 90s culture the first time around! Amy's writing is vivid and Mina's voice is strong - I can't wait to see what Amy does next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo Gibbons

    This isn’t just another teen vampire story. With lots of 80s film references and nods to other vampire stories, this is a YA thriller/mystery set in New Orleans. While Mina is visiting her older sister Libby, the death toll around them starts mounting up. Who is the killer that appears to be recreating well known Murder scenes? Is it one of the girls flatmates, Libby’s creepy boss Thandie, or even one of the girls themselves? Or is the answer far more sinister? I loved the pop culture references This isn’t just another teen vampire story. With lots of 80s film references and nods to other vampire stories, this is a YA thriller/mystery set in New Orleans. While Mina is visiting her older sister Libby, the death toll around them starts mounting up. Who is the killer that appears to be recreating well known Murder scenes? Is it one of the girls flatmates, Libby’s creepy boss Thandie, or even one of the girls themselves? Or is the answer far more sinister? I loved the pop culture references in this story, and found it hard to put the story down until I found out answers to all the questions. An enjoyable read. I wouldn’t call it a horror, although there is blood and gore, it isn’t scary.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I really enjoyed this YA horror which took me back to my 90's teen days when I devoured every teen horror book that came out. And what a lovely treat it was that this was set in the 90's and filled with nostalgia (bath pearls...remember them? Why are they no longer a thing?) It wasn't just the nostalgia making me carry on turning the pages though, the plot and writing are strong and I look forward to reading more from Amy McCaw in the future. I really enjoyed this YA horror which took me back to my 90's teen days when I devoured every teen horror book that came out. And what a lovely treat it was that this was set in the 90's and filled with nostalgia (bath pearls...remember them? Why are they no longer a thing?) It wasn't just the nostalgia making me carry on turning the pages though, the plot and writing are strong and I look forward to reading more from Amy McCaw in the future.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

    Amy McCaw has created an eerie gothic atmospheric tale, putting her own stamp on vampire lore. The New Orleans setting felt both dangerous and inviting, transporting you there, almost feeling like a character itself, at times. Gory and dark but threaded with lighter moments of friendship and romance. A fast-paced YA horror with a mystery that will keep you guessing and surprise twists that make you gasp. A great debut.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Mina and the Undead A review from a non-reader.... I am the author’s husband so I’ve read it around 20 times with each edit. I’ve honestly enjoyed it every time and even having learnt the twists after the first read, the plot is strong and you realise the easter egg clues you previously missed. I personally don’t tend to read fiction. I struggle to visualise scenes in books and I always fall asleep if there’s heavy descriptions in them. Weirdly, I could watch movies on a loop indefinitely. If you k Mina and the Undead A review from a non-reader.... I am the author’s husband so I’ve read it around 20 times with each edit. I’ve honestly enjoyed it every time and even having learnt the twists after the first read, the plot is strong and you realise the easter egg clues you previously missed. I personally don’t tend to read fiction. I struggle to visualise scenes in books and I always fall asleep if there’s heavy descriptions in them. Weirdly, I could watch movies on a loop indefinitely. If you know someone like me who you would like to get into reading but have never found the right book, Mina and the Undead is one to consider. Here’s my reasoning... *It reads very cinematically and isn’t over descriptive. *It revolves around a Horror Movie Tour Mansion. *It has many pop culture references to the 1980s/1990s – movies, actors, music, lifestyles etc. *Its chapter lengths are relatively short to allow for reading breaks (but the chapter cliffhangers make it hard to put down). Hope this review helps!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    Razor sharp YA horror, full review here: https://bit.ly/38jwDlw Razor sharp YA horror, full review here: https://bit.ly/38jwDlw

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jazz Nightingale

    Thank you to @AmyMcCaw & Netgalley for this wonderful ARC. I wish I could give more than five stars for this epic read! It had me at 'Yorkshire' and 'New Orleans' and never let me go. Mina and Libby were born and bred in Whitby, North Yorkshire - I'm a South Yorkshire girl but I won't hold it against them - the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. When their mother abandoned them, Mina moved in with her auntie while Libby moved to New Orleans on a student visa. During the summer, Mina visits Lib Thank you to @AmyMcCaw & Netgalley for this wonderful ARC. I wish I could give more than five stars for this epic read! It had me at 'Yorkshire' and 'New Orleans' and never let me go. Mina and Libby were born and bred in Whitby, North Yorkshire - I'm a South Yorkshire girl but I won't hold it against them - the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. When their mother abandoned them, Mina moved in with her auntie while Libby moved to New Orleans on a student visa. During the summer, Mina visits Libby, her new roommates, Jared and Lucas and Libby's girlfriend Della, in dazzling "Crescent City". On her first night in Louisiana, Libby takes Mina to work with her at The Mansion Of The Macabre, a house which puts on an interactive horror movie style show for guests. Libby is a host, and arranges for Mina to try out for a job at The Mansion, which she gets. After her first performance as a meatlocker victim, Mina goes upstairs to change and find the next actor to pass her costume to, but finds something much more sinister... The. sisters and their friends must do what they can to survive and get to the bottom of who the psychotic serial killer is, before it's too late. With twists and turns at every paragraph, this book will grab you by the fangs and keep hold of you until the very end. The characters are all unique in their own ways but all are relatable too. As soon as I was introduced to them, I felt like I'd known them for years and fit right in. Amy tells the story so very well that you seem to slip into the book and become part of it, rather than just a mere reader. Her quick wit adds a level to the characters that brings them to life and gives them their bewitching personalities. There's absolutely nothing I can fault about Amy's writing, although maybe she could feed her characters less as I had to take a quick break to make scrambled eggs thanks to Jared and Mina. 😂 The way she writes is so enthralling that I could happily spend days reading her books, rather than just the five hours it took me to devour this one. Her descriptions are so exact that you are right there in New Orleans. From the eery silence and smell of ancient dirt of the St Louis Cemetery, to the gentle Jazz music and acrid tang of alcohol on Bourbon Street, you are so completely immersed in this story that it all comes to life right before your eyes. I'm so grateful to have been given an ARC ebook of Mina and The Undead because its completely brilliant and has soared straight into my top ten favourite books! If you're a fan of books in general, please read this one. Especially if you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries & The Originals, Buffy, AHS - they peaked at Coven, fight me! - or are just a spooky little 90s baby with an ubhealthy obsession with 80s horror like me. My favourite line from the book: "Nothing killed the mood like a string of saliva." Because how relatable, right? Just me? OK.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fern

    The unmissable YA gothic horror of 2021, Mina and the Undead is an electrifying debut that will hypnotise you from the very first page. Twilight has nothing on this. No, this is dark, dramatic and disturbingly addictive - True Blood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer style. Its delicious nineties nostalgia, paired with the atmospheric New Orleans setting makes for an exciting twist on the adored Vampire tales. Sure there’s the odd splash of romance but boldly overpowering that is the mysterious, gory The unmissable YA gothic horror of 2021, Mina and the Undead is an electrifying debut that will hypnotise you from the very first page. Twilight has nothing on this. No, this is dark, dramatic and disturbingly addictive - True Blood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer style. Its delicious nineties nostalgia, paired with the atmospheric New Orleans setting makes for an exciting twist on the adored Vampire tales. Sure there’s the odd splash of romance but boldly overpowering that is the mysterious, gory killings inspired by legendary (and deadly) New Orleans myths, and a heartwarming sisterhood that fiercely drove the narrative. It’s thrillingly gruesome and bravely distinct and I bloody hope there will be a sequel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    If only BC this title is *lovely*.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Serena Coleman

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest review. This YA novel is a nostalgic treat for anyone who is a fan of the horror genre, with lots of references to well known films and books. This novel is set in the 1990s, and follows our protagonist, Mina, originally from Whitby in England, where the ship transporting Dracula came to land, on her adventures in New Orleans. Mina is visiting her older sister, Libby, who is living & working in New Orleans while study Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest review. This YA novel is a nostalgic treat for anyone who is a fan of the horror genre, with lots of references to well known films and books. This novel is set in the 1990s, and follows our protagonist, Mina, originally from Whitby in England, where the ship transporting Dracula came to land, on her adventures in New Orleans. Mina is visiting her older sister, Libby, who is living & working in New Orleans while studying. There’s a tension in the sisters’ relationship, relating to their absent mother, and Mina is desperate to try and regain their previous closeness. Libby has a part time job working in a haunted house style attraction, a horror movie mansion where each room is recognisably themed. Mina is ready to fall in love with New Orleans and is thrilled to meet Libby’s friends and colleagues. Everything is wonderful...until she finds the dead girl. There are mysteries to solve, potential peril around every shadowed corner, and a very beautiful boy to lust after. Overall I thought this book worked well, there were a couple of weak points towards the end but perhaps the author is considering making this into a series. Not all loose ends need to be tidied away. #LGBTQRepresentation #horror #YA

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    *I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to ULCAN Publishing and NetGalley* 2.5 stars British teenager Mina is visiting her sister, Libby, in New Orleans for the summer, just in time for the 1995 Fang Fest. A big horror fan, Mina can't wait to soak up the atmosphere and explore the darker side of New Orleans. She can't believe her luck when she gets a job at the horror movie mansion tour with Libby and her handsome housemate, Jared. But things take a dark turn when M *I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to ULCAN Publishing and NetGalley* 2.5 stars British teenager Mina is visiting her sister, Libby, in New Orleans for the summer, just in time for the 1995 Fang Fest. A big horror fan, Mina can't wait to soak up the atmosphere and explore the darker side of New Orleans. She can't believe her luck when she gets a job at the horror movie mansion tour with Libby and her handsome housemate, Jared. But things take a dark turn when Mina finds the body of a young woman in the mansion. Suspicion is thrown on Libby and things become even worse when more bodies turn up, the killings identical to famous New Orleans past murders. Who is behind the killings? Is Mina next? Mina and the Undead was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was very much looking forward to reading it. However, I ended up with very mixed feelings about it. Mina was a likeable and relatable protagonist. She'd had a tough time and had a strained relationship with her sister, which was interesting to read about. However, after reading the book I don't feel that I actually know that much about Mina. Especially about her life back in England - I don't remember reading anything about her friends or whether she even liked school. None of the characters apart from Della particularly stood out for me - she's the only character that I would like to find out more about. I wasn't a huge fan of the romance, but I could feel the spark between the two characters. Personally, I prefer a slow burn and the romance felt a bit rushed to me. The setting of mid-90s New Orleans was interesting, but I would have liked a bit more description to really flesh it out. The plot was enjoyable to begin with, but after a while I found myself losing interest and I struggled to stay interested. There were some things that happened that I didn't see coming, but there were also some that I did. I wasn't overly invested in what was going on, so anything that was meant to shock me didn't. My main issue with this book was the writing style - there were many times when I found a character's dialogue or actions odd. There were also several occasions when I felt a scene could have done with more description to help the reader visualise it, and some parts felt a little rushed. I think this was one of those occasions where the novel wasn't for me and I just couldn't get on with the writing style. Unfortunately, I ended up not enjoying this as much as I thought I would, but I can definitely see other people liking it more. Overall, this was a mixed read for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle Hazelden

    I cannot say enough positive things about this novel. It contains fabulous, fangtastic festivities. * Vampires * Love interests * Family drama * Gothic gore If you are a fan of all things horror, I do believe this is the book for you. Set in New Orleans, we meet Mina as she arrives in New Orleans to see her sister Libby. This should be a summer of fun but what starts out as blissful time away (many thanks to Libby's housemate Jared) all turns rather horrific as dead bodies seem to be turning up all ove I cannot say enough positive things about this novel. It contains fabulous, fangtastic festivities. * Vampires * Love interests * Family drama * Gothic gore If you are a fan of all things horror, I do believe this is the book for you. Set in New Orleans, we meet Mina as she arrives in New Orleans to see her sister Libby. This should be a summer of fun but what starts out as blissful time away (many thanks to Libby's housemate Jared) all turns rather horrific as dead bodies seem to be turning up all over the place. A killer appears to be on the lose, recreating well known murder scenes and unfortunately for Mina, her sister is a suspect. Mina and the Undead is a fast-paced read. Being set in the 90s, I felt a sense of nostalgia. It had Scream vibes about it and with all everything that was happening I couldn't for the life of me work out who the killer was. Unexpected would be what I thought when they were finally revealed. For me what was refreshing was that although I'd say this is a YA book, it isn't your typical one for the genre. The horror element, along with the case of characters make this a really unique narrative. Addictive reading. Like other reviews I've read, I'm really hoping that there is a sequel in the pipe line. I'll say it, I'm a SUCKER for Mina and the Undead.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    An atmospheric YA paranormal book to get your teeth into. Mina and the Undead is the story of summer 1995 in New Orleans. There's a supernatural serial killer on the loose and a haunted house to tour. The pop culture references were great. And setting the story in a place which has historical spooky connections was a sublime idea. But, I genuinely thought I was missing something at the beginning because the characters were introduced as though I already knew them. This is definitely supposed to b An atmospheric YA paranormal book to get your teeth into. Mina and the Undead is the story of summer 1995 in New Orleans. There's a supernatural serial killer on the loose and a haunted house to tour. The pop culture references were great. And setting the story in a place which has historical spooky connections was a sublime idea. But, I genuinely thought I was missing something at the beginning because the characters were introduced as though I already knew them. This is definitely supposed to be a standalone or first in a series right? Oh, and I did not like the instalove between two characters. I had only read two chapters and could already see that romance was probably inevitable. It was a bit of an info dump at times too. I'm not fully satisfied with the ending either. But, overall, this is a chilling and thrilling adventure that is a good introduction to gothic horror for teens and young adults. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this title. This was my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Stanley

    4.5 stars All I had to hear was vampires and the 90s and I was so here for this book. One of the books I remember loving from my teens was The Secret Vampire by LJ Ross so I definitely channelled my past teenager when settling down to read this. As someone who has always been fascinated by the idea of, but never actually made it to New Orleans, I loved the fact that this is where it was set. We get to see it through Mina’s tourist eyes as well as via the people she is visiting who have been ther 4.5 stars All I had to hear was vampires and the 90s and I was so here for this book. One of the books I remember loving from my teens was The Secret Vampire by LJ Ross so I definitely channelled my past teenager when settling down to read this. As someone who has always been fascinated by the idea of, but never actually made it to New Orleans, I loved the fact that this is where it was set. We get to see it through Mina’s tourist eyes as well as via the people she is visiting who have been there a while. I love the fact that at its core this is a story about two sisters who have been estranged and I enjoyed the dynamic between Mina and Libby. It has a strong cast of supporting characters with Della, Jared, Lucas and Mansion of the Macabre boss Thandie each providing a valuable contribution to the story. There was a good game of spot the influence to play but the fact that it was set in the 90s made it feel relevant rather than gimmicky. Some of my favourites, Buffy, Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire make an appearance and I’m sure there is lots I’ll have missed that demand a second read through. During the first read you will be busy trying to find the clues to the unfolding mystery. Who, or what, is killing people in the style of New Orleans myths and will Mina or one of her new friends be next? This is a gentle introduction to horror with enough pace and tension to keep you racing through but not too much blood and gore to make you need to put the book in the fridge. At the launch event where author Amy was interviewed by YA horror author Dawn Kurtagich, Amy did say she has more of Mina’s story to tell. So do me a favour and now it’s out go get yourself a copy. A huge thanks to uclan publishing and Amy for the e copy for the purposes of an honest review. I picked my print copy up from my local bookshop yesterday and I love the VHS look of it. Cover design by Becky Chilcott, and yes I did try to remove the ‘label’ on the back 🤦‍♀️😂.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steffi (WynnieReadsAndPlans)

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and UCLan for providing me with an advanced edition of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I picked this book up, I knew it was going to take me back to some of the vampire stories of my younger days; figuratively as well as literally. Set in New Orleans, home of Anne Rice's famous vampires, with two sisters who hail from Whitby, the unofficial home of Dracula, I'd be lying if I said this didn't make me want to keep reading. Mina a First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and UCLan for providing me with an advanced edition of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I picked this book up, I knew it was going to take me back to some of the vampire stories of my younger days; figuratively as well as literally. Set in New Orleans, home of Anne Rice's famous vampires, with two sisters who hail from Whitby, the unofficial home of Dracula, I'd be lying if I said this didn't make me want to keep reading. Mina and her sister Libby have had their ups and downs, but Mina goes to stay with her older sister for a summer she'll never forget. Meeting her sister's roommate Jared, it seems like it's going to be your stereotypical boy meets girl tale until you throw in Fang Fest. Jared has a love of the macrabre like Mina, and they quickly bond over it. Mina even gets a job working at a horror house. Meanwhile, the city is plagued with murders of young women, and when one of those women is discovered by Mina, things start to get complicated. I absolutely loved this book. Like I said before, it made me super nostalgic, and I ended up reading this with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack on in the background. The characters were interesting, although I did think that Della and Lucas were a little less fleshed out than Jared, Libby and Mina. I think that was more of a plot device than a writing issue, though. Another thing I really enjoyed was that I couldn't see the plot twists coming. I love it when a book surprises me like that. I would love a sequel to this, and have pre-ordered my copy ready for release day!

  28. 4 out of 5

    max

    Thank you Netgally & UCLan Publishing for providing me with an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review! As a longtime fan of vampires, I knew once I started this book I was going to really enjoy it and I wasn’t let down! Set in 1995, with references that really set the tone and sold the setting, we’re transported to New Orleans as Mina visits her sister, and soon after everything starts to unfold onto them. It had fun movie references, suspense that had me refusing to put the book down and charac Thank you Netgally & UCLan Publishing for providing me with an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review! As a longtime fan of vampires, I knew once I started this book I was going to really enjoy it and I wasn’t let down! Set in 1995, with references that really set the tone and sold the setting, we’re transported to New Orleans as Mina visits her sister, and soon after everything starts to unfold onto them. It had fun movie references, suspense that had me refusing to put the book down and characters I got attached to so fast and wanted to watch succeed! What I didn’t expect was how much the twists got to me, how shocked I was at some reveals and the emotions I felt as the story progressed and we learned hard truths about characters I had come to love. I genuinely came so close to real tears over this book, but they stopped and all I had was my heart clenching as I read on. I loved this book in its entirety, being pulled in from the first page. I’m a character driven reader most of all, and the characters had me hooked so fast with how developed they were within a fast story, and how natural they felt. Just *chefs kiss* to this whole book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This was a quick okay read for me. I liked the mystery element and the setting of New Orleans was so good. I wasn’t sure about the supernatural element and it didn’t work for me personally. The whole vampires thing was a little strange and I would have preferred it if the supernatural element wasn’t involved. The characters were okay, I didn’t really connect to them and I found the romance really annoying. The writing was okay, I found it a quick read and there were parts that had me on edge. Ov This was a quick okay read for me. I liked the mystery element and the setting of New Orleans was so good. I wasn’t sure about the supernatural element and it didn’t work for me personally. The whole vampires thing was a little strange and I would have preferred it if the supernatural element wasn’t involved. The characters were okay, I didn’t really connect to them and I found the romance really annoying. The writing was okay, I found it a quick read and there were parts that had me on edge. Overall this was just okay for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Lynch

    CW: violence, blood/gore, murder This was a super fun book for sure. Definitely had the good old fashioned cheesy horror movie vibes. Nothing too scary, but still thrilling and fun in the moment. The romance was pretty insta-lovey and a bit cringe at times. I mean like...she knew the guy for a week. And at times I felt the pacing was a bit off and I felt a bit disconnected from the characters and the story.

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