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Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx, Book 1) (edition 2007)

by Terri Garey

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Title:Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx, Book 1)
Authors:Terri Garey
Info:Avon (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:paranormal, romance, funny

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Un romanzo veramente squisito questo “Le ragazze morte sono facili”, opera di esordio di Terri Garey. Fresco, irriverente e innovativo sotto alcuni punti di vista, pur rimanendo sul classico sotto altri aspetti che rappresentano, tutto sommato, la colonna portante del romanzo. In molti riscontreranno qualche similitudine con il telefilm Ghost Whispers, ma a parte l’introduzione – comune a moltissimi altri romanzi del genere – i collegamenti terminano in fretta.

Nicki è una ragazza normalissima – per quanto possa esserlo una sagace dark vintage – ma l’aver sfiorato – letteralmente – la morte la riporterà indietro con uno spiacevole souvenir dalla sua esperienza premorte.

E se, da una parte, l’esperienza in ospedale porterà nella sua vita il sexy dottor Bascombe, dall’altra, l’idea di vedere le anime dei morti non entusiasma per niente la nostra Nicki, che si ritroverà a dubitare seriamente della sua sanità mentale. E con lei anche la maggior parte delle persone con le quali troverà il coraggio di svelarsi.

Se a tutto questo aggiungiamo che una delle sue più care amiche provvederà a farsi uccidere, nonché a vendere la sua anima al Male – per gelosia – e decidere che sia proprio Nicki (ancora alle prime armi per quanto riguarda spiriti e affini) a doverla aiutare… possiamo dire che non c’è limite al peggio. Povera Nicki!

Questo romanzo è una lettura fresca, leggera e perfetta per una serata d’estate, in grado di farti fare quattro risate (Nicki è veramente una forza della natura!) e abbastanza intrigante e ben scritto da catturare l’attenzione del lettore in poche, rapide, pagine.

La narrazione presenta un ritmo crescente che scivola, con facilità, dalla spassosa introduzione a una parte centrale e finale man a mano più interessante, cupa e perfino misteriosa. Il romanticismo c’è, senza dubbio, ma non rappresenta il centro assoluto del libro e permette al lettore di non fossilizzarsi troppo sulle smancerie dei due protagonisti che, per fortuna, di zuccherino hanno ben poco. Sono una coppia apparentemente opposta ma in realtà ben assortita, giovane, dinamica e divertente.

I personaggi, benché abbastanza stereotipati (il miglior amico gay, il dottore scettico ma innamorato e tanto sensibile…), appaiono tutti perfettamente in grado di andarsene in giro sulle loro gambe grazie a tanti piccoli particolari, introdotti dall’autrice, che riescono comunque a renderli unici, a loro modo.

Evan è strepitoso, in tutto quello che fa e dice… Soprattutto quando non si preoccupa di far incavolare l’amica se ritiene che questa abbia bisogno di aiuto.

Joe è ben lontano dal classico bello e dannato ma, piuttosto, alla bellezza aggiunge un tocco di charme, savoir faire, intelligenza e sagacia che lo aiutano a far breccia nel cuore, ben protetto da uno spesso strato di sarcasmo, di Nicki.

Lo stile della Garey è divertente, irriverente, fresco, giovane ed esplosivo. È diretto e piuttosto semplice nel descrivere in prima persona le esperienze di Nicki Styx, dandoci, inoltre, una bella panoramica dell’assurda mente della nostra protagonista. L’autrice dimostra anche di sapersi muovere in un ambiente più cupo e meno leggero, come quello degli incantesimi Vodoo, e di saper costruire una trama intrigante, misteriosa e priva di buchi logici nonché nonsense.

A differenza di molte sue colleghe, Terri Garey non ci fornisce un semplice romanzo introduttivo alla saga ma, ringraziando iddio, un romanzo strutturalmente completo dal finale aperto, ma che vede concludersi i tre casi seguiti dalla nostra Nicki alle prese con amori, sorelle gemelle, anime, fantasmi vendicatori e vodoo.

In definitiva, un romanzo da leggere, apprezzare e con il quale passare qualche ora (visto oltretutto che non presenta una lunghezza eccessiva) nelle calde sere estive. Consigliato. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Fun start to a new series. Nicki, Evan and Joe are the main three characters. Nicki is the focus of the book but she interacts with her best gay friend Evan and the new man in her life Joe. Joe is the ER doc that Nicki back to life after her heart stopped and she was sent back from the light because 'it wasn't' her time.' ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Well written, interesting & easy to read.....

Nikki Styx has just had a NDE and now dead people who are wanting help in various manners are appearing to her asking (insisting) on her help so that they may cross over into the "Light".

Her friend has been murdered by a voodoo practitioner and is in need of dire help, lest the v.p. takes over her soul....with the help of her friend's grandmother Nikki gets more of a lesson in voodoo than she ever wanted.

The doctor who saved Nikki is falling madly in love with her.....but as it turns out he is married to an AWOL Peace Corps worker who just happens to look exactly like Nikki. He also enlists Nikki's help in his research project on NDE.

I really liked the book, except the doctor...was really bossy and didn't seem to respect the fact that Nikki was working to help souls let go & move on.
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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Bought for Myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.00
Future Member of the Snort Club (I think)

NOTE: I was hesitant about picking up Dead Girls are Easy because I read Devil Without a Cause. I loved Sammy, so I wasn't sure how I would react to Nicki. My friend Christi said I had to read them because Nicki was my kind of leading lady. As always, Christi was right!

What I Loved: Nicki Styx! Terri Garey has written a smart nontraditional beauty. Nicki isn't afraid to speak her mind even though she has insecurities and a whole heaping mess full of problems. I love those kind of characters that can keep a sense of humor while tackling things that just pop up in their lives. From Dead People to long lost relatives, Nicki manages to handle everything with her own unique brand of humor and hutzpa. Also love Evan, Nicki's BFF! He is so full of awesome! The following quotes are from him....

He tore his gaze from Christian Lacroix’s spring collection to take a good look at my face. “Oh, dear Lord. It’s Kelly Osbourne the morning after. What happened to your mascara? Your lipstick is all smeared.”

“He should’ve told you.” “Then why didn’t he?” Evan threw up his hands. “Honey, if I knew the answer to that I’d either be a straight man or a shrink. And I’d much rather have the two hundred bucks an hour.” “Two fifty,” I said glumly.

What I Liked: Not in love with Joe the boyfriend/doctor. It really isn't his fault I am not in love with him. I am still really trying to wrap my head around all the circumstances surrounding him. However, I have a feeling I will come to love him very much!

Complaints: None!

Why I gave it a 4.25: This was such a fun beginning to a new series for me. The story, plotting, pacing, and characters were all fantastically done! ( )
  thehistorychic | Apr 3, 2013 |
Dead Girls are Easy is DOA. The characters are flat and unsympathetic, the protagonist is obnoxiously inconsistent, and the plot is poorly paced. ( )
1 vote Luxx | Jul 25, 2011 |
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Whoever said, "Dead men tell no tales," obviously wasn't listening very hard.
Unfortunately fo me, I've always had a very good ear.
And dead men *love* to talk. A lot.
But dead women are the worst.
My name is Nicki Styx, and I'm a dead chick magnet. A psychic magnet, if you will. One near death expeience, and my life was changed forever. Now restless spirits seem to sense a kindred one in me, and they all want to tell me their stories.
Believe me, those stories aren't always as fascinating as you might think. When a girl who's been murdered by her boyfriend wants to whine about how misunderstood the jerk is, I'll take my coffee to go, please.
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For Bob, who believed from the beginning,
for Sheila-Rae, who believed when I didn't,
and for my mother, Louise,
who believed in ghosts,
and believed in me.
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"She's coding. Give me another round of epi, stat."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061136158, Mass Market Paperback)

There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:58 -0400)

Nicki Styx a young Goth girl whose near brush with the hereafter has left her with a talent to see and communicate with the dead, suddenly finds herself in the position of cleaning up the messes left behind by the departed.

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