Silence (Queen of the Dead #1)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
It began in the graveyard. Ever since her boyfriend Nathan died in a tragic accident Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….
Silence by Michelle Sagara was such a cool read. Cool and very unique. It definitely had a Buffy-esque vibe going for it throughout the entire thing, which was certainly nice.
This was one of the most unique paranormals I’ve read in a very long time. It was just so neat. There was a lot of mystery mixed in, as you are figuring things out the same time as Emma, and Emma is pretty much clueless as the book begins. Michelle Sagara‘s ghosts were totally different from any others I’ve read about. The elements of how they were were cool.
My one complaint would be that a lot was left unanswered about who Emma is and what she can do. It was hinted at, but a lot was never directly said. So I am really hoping that book 2 sheds a little more light on that. There was also a bit of confusion in regards to the dead – I really would love to know more about them, as very little light was shed on that as well.
The characters are what really sold this book for me. They all rocked! Emma was a really great main character, and I loved Chase and Eric. Basically Emma’s whole network for friends were super cool and nice. You can’t ask for a better best friend than Allison. Silence was a book of awesome friendships. There wasn’t any romance, just great friendships, which was a breath of fresh air.
The ending was perfect for the start to a series. Michelle Sagara nicely ties up this plot thread, and leaves a few more open. It was a complete story, which was a relief to read. I’m very excited for book 2, to see where Emma and her friends’s story goes next.
Silence by Michelle Sagara was a super fun read! It had a slower beginning, but once it picked up I didn’t want to put it down for a minute. Michelle Sagara has woven a story so intricate and unique that readers will love.