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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, 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.
Folks, I had so much fun with this one! Mina and the Undead is set in New Orleans, a place that I’ve never been to but am dying to visit (my best friend lives a couple of hours away so how could I not?), and it follows a girl called Mina whose mother is missing. Mina goes to work with her sister in a haunted house and then the murders happen.
That is everything I enjoy all rolled into one, so of course I really enjoyed this book! The references to 80’s and 90’s horror (this book is set in the 90’s too) were so much fun; as a 90’s child myself I was loving all the throwbacks in this book.
Also, I’ve never realised this but a haunted house is the perfect place for a murder??
I’m not sure if Mina is getting a sequel but I would really like one. The ending to this one was so thrilling, and also a lot of fun. I am a bit sad about what happened to who I thought was my favourite character until there was a COMPLETE AND UTTER BETRAYAL, and while I don’t think they’d do much in the sequel, I do hope to find another favourite.
I think you’ll speed through this book with all its twists and turns and just plain entertainment. New Orleans in the 90’s was the perfect setting for this book, and I’m so glad I picked it up.