Title: Buried in New Orleans
Author: Chris Myers
Series: Ripsters #3
Release Date: January 13th 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Jolie’s best friend Drew has always been special, despite the fact he’s dead, but what Jolie uncovers in New Orleans may mean the end of him.
Almost a year ago in New Orleans, Drew made a suicide pact with his girlfriend April. Jolie and her ghost hunting partner Brit drag him back to where it happened to find out why he cannot cross over. While they make their way to the French Quarter, April’s younger sister Addy steals a death speaker stone from the voodoo queen. The queen’s rage over the theft draws April’s spirit from her deathly slumber. Though Jolie’s heart belongs to Drew, she must now face his dead ex-girlfriend. Jolie must also track down her old babysitter, the voodoo queen, before she exacts her revenge on Addy, and most of all, Jolie must return Drew to his rightful place before it’s too late.
This installment of the Ripsters series sees Jolie and Brit travel to one of the most haunted cities in the world, New Orleans. Their aim is to help Drew cross-over by finding the ghost of his ex-girlfriend, whom he made a suicide pact with. As usual, nothing is this simple though, for the protagonists, as they become involved in the battle over who will become the next voodoo queen and restraining the ghost of a psychotic and infamous slave-owner.
As in Dead and Missing, Jolie and Brit share the narration and whilst Jolie is pre-occupied with her thoughts of saying goodbye to Drew, the best moments in the story involve Brit, her pink platform heels, Burberry bag and Grandma’s stain remover! Chris Myers allows us to appreciate that no-matter how different the two young women are, they share a loyal and caring heart. In fact, the most moving episode in the story involves Brit and the ghost of a mutilated slave.
Outside of the St Louis cemetery, Chris Myers captures the spirit of New Orleans in her writing. She incorporates the destruction of the city when it was hit by Hurricane Katrina and when our characters enter one of the poorer areas we sense the loss of its citizens,
“The farther we walk down the street, the rattier the houses appear. Rusted cars have been dumped in the front lawns along with a washing machine, a toilet and other odds and ends. For me, it gives a whole new meaning to trailer trash.”
This depressing reality contrasts with the voodoo world of Rosella, which Brit and Jolie are inadvertently dragged into.
Amidst the danger, magic and talking with spirits, Chris Myers focuses more upon the feelings which have always existed between Drew and Jolie. Being faced with the thought of losing each other forever, forces them to admit their love, but not aloud. Apart from the occasional touch or chaste kiss, neither Drew or Jolie act upon their feelings and I think because of this, we have more belief in their relationship.
Buried in New Orleans is packed with humour, mystery, tension and shocking events! This would be ideal for fans of Young Adult books, who like a change from the regular paranormal series’! I hope Chris Myers releases the next book soon.