How to Break an Undead Heart: The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Grier finally has the one thing she's always wanted: Boaz Pritchard. Too bad her dream boyfriend is keeping her up nights, just not in a sweaty or fun way.
Boaz has dialed down the Southern charm and stopped returning her calls. His job forces him to keep secrets, but his radio silence is cranking up her suspicions. He's a shameless flirt, but he's her shameless flirt...right?
Soon, an attack on Woolworth House leaves her with bigger problems than "he loves me, he loves me not". Vampires are on the prowl, and they aren't the only predators circling. A new threat has emerged, one with blood rights to Grier.
With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose her allies, and the decision could make or break her...and her heart.
Contains mature themes.
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 11, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,433 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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'How to Break an Undead Heart' is the 3rd book in the BGTN Series. Grier Woolworth finally has the chance she always wanted with Boaz Pritchard. But it's not going the way she thought it would-he's gone MIA since his sister Amelie came to be under her care. Will Boaz chose the path to Grier or be led astray? But with estranged family showing up unexpected, zombie parakeet poop, Wooly being under attack, and vampires circling Grier has other priorities to manage instead of focusing on her love life woahs.
I am really, REally, REALLY enjoying this series. Hailey's writing style is my jam. Her twists and turns are amazing and she keeps you invested in the storyline along with the characters. She adds the perfect amount of humor but it's her emotional tie into the characters that gets me hooked every. single. time. Hailey has an amazing way of making you connect on an emotional level and you become invested in her characters and their books. So fair warning, if you are going to read this book make sure you are ready to pull an all nighter until it is over. Spoilers will start here so beware!!!!
Sooooo-WoW. I was not expecting this book to turn out as it did. I am going to put it out there-I have been #teamlinus since book #2 and that has definitely not changed in book #3. I am not at all disappointed by the ending of this book-actually quite the opposite. I love Grier and I am really enjoying her growth through this series. I feel like she is starting to decide who she wants to be in this book-outgrowing her shell if you will. This is also the reason why I love this series. Hailey has made Grier feel real to me-she has experienced some sh%tty lows in her life and things are not always good, they can be really bad and you feel that through Grier. I am not reading someone who always makes the right decisions, choices, and plans but she tries to. I really liked this line from the book: "I wanted to make my own choices, my own mistakes, even if that meant getting my heart broken." After having so many things not within her control, she seems to be starting to step up and putting effort into the things occurring in her life.
Okay-Let's talk the Boaz-Grier-Linus triangle. With the sparks flying between Grier and Boaz did not expect such a drastic turn in events (well.... I was hoping it would being Team Linus and all but didn't think I would get it-Thank you Hailey!). But, I guess looking back on my notes from the previous books, I can see how Hailey started hinting at their love not working out. AND of course Odette's premonition about Boaz being at a crossroads should have been a big flashing neon sign, but nope didn't expect him to drop her so hard for an engagement to secure a space for his sister Amelie when he barely spared his beloved sister 2 seconds of his time when Grier was in Atramentous. Despite how upset I am that Grier has experienced another heart break (she cannot catch a break!) I MIGHT have done a bit of a happy dance about a future with Grier and Linus (Do we gave a couple name for them yet, they need one- Grinus? Linier? oh boy.... hmm...).
I totally cried by the way, that phone call with Odette at the end-GAH it got me! "'I warned him he stood at a crossroads,' she said sadly. 'Had he chosen well, he would have had his heart's desire: freedom to live as his own man, power to enact change, love that transcends centuries. But he chose poorly, and he has lost that which matters most to him: himself.'
'It hurts,' I said thickly, voice catching. 'It's never... Him choosing someone over me never hurt this much before.'"
Friendships? I see some potential with Taz and Grier having a friendship out of their connection (we do have Boaz to thank for that introduction). I am SOOOOO angry with Amelie-so much for being the bestie-bah! I am glad Wooly kicked her out of the house! I love that house. Wooly gives me all the good feels. One thing I have to say, I miss Neely. He is one of my very favorite characters. I fell in love with him since book one and I want more. I am sad we only got a few precious moments with him in this book and I am SO, SO, SOO hoping that the car accident and Cruz's reaction to Grier is not the end of Neely. I want him back (please Hailey!)
Okay soooo, I could keep going but I think I have rambled enough for you, I know I have left out the Marchand family drama and all the vampire antics, and of course Meiko... oh Meiko. I cannot give away all the fun stuff-read this series! All in all I thought this was an awesome book and this is shaping up to be a fantastic series. I read it all in about a 24 hour time period, that whole 'can't put it down' is totally a thing. Thanks for reading my review! I hope you enjoy or enjoyed this book and series as much as I do.
The title seems to have two meanings. Not wanting to give any spoilers away, I’ll just say it references both Grier’s ancestry & her romantic interest.
I couldn’t help myself. I thought, “Ok, the first chapter then get to bed.” Obviously, I was totally overestimating both my self-control and how much How to Break an Undead Heart would just suck me back into Grier’s world.
Undead Heart brings up back into action not too long after the second book wraps up; Boaz has gone back out on a confidential assignment, Amelie is working through her house arrest under Woolly’s watchful...lightbulbs? Windows? You get what I mean, and Linus (my favorite) is still living in the carriage house and trying his best to get Grier’s necromancy knowledge caught up.
Edwards gives us a few different conflicts for Undead Heart- the Master is still trying to find a way to take possession of Grier (and her power), Linus and Grier are trying to find ways to understand what Grier can do and if she’s really as special as his mother thinks, and, to top it off, Boaz is being sketchy as heck.
Even though it seemed like they would finally be TOGETHER, she knows he’s making plenty of calls to check on Amelie, but he doesn’t show up for Grier unless he finds out she’s been hurt. In the midst of everything else that’s going on, I was pretty annoyed with Boaz. I found him charming in the first two books, but Undead Heart has just pushed me even more firmly to #TeamLinus
Speaking of beautiful book crushes, we get to see a lot more of Linus both in terms of his total “page time” and also more of the masks that he wears. I think he’s pretty interesting, a social chameleon, and it’s pretty clear that there’s real chemistry between him and Grier. Not to mention, I love intelligent men (and he can cook!!!!!!!).
Edwards gives us a lot of moments that are endearingly awkward as they continue to figure out what their real dynamic and relationship is going to be. I mean, they’re adorable! I’m going to just keep crossing my fingers on this because I think they’re growing to complement each other extremely well.
My only real criticism of Undead Heart is that the subplot about Grier’s maternal family felt rushed to me. The other conflicts felt well-developed and well-anchored to previous books, but the Marchand storyline seems too important for short focus that it’s given. In any case, what happens with the Marchands is going to have a huge ripple effect, so there’s plenty of time to really dig into this conflict and flesh it out.
Overall, the book was great! Undead Heart sets A LOT of wheels set in motion, and it’s going to be a “can’t miss” installment in the series. Big moves and discoveries are being made in Grier’s love life, family history, and her unpredictable yet undeniably awesome powers.
I cheered at the end of the book; those last two paragraphs...what is life?????? And by cheer, I mean I had a silent dance party on my bed since it was 6:15 AM and all normal people were asleep.
I don’t know how I’m going to be patient until the next book to find out what happens. It’s going to be a heck of a wait!
For anyone who’s in need of other reading material, I’d strongly recommend Edwards’ other series- especially The Foundling (starts with Bayou Born).
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Without giving too much away, good riddance to one character definitely and I so want another to be gone for good too, both after the betrayals they have led against Grier. Grier's "adventure" with Linus definitely opened my eyes to more than one different side of him. There's definitely more to him that he ever shows and I honestly don't think he's in this just because his mother has sent him to watch Grier and I certainly don't think he's reporting back on everything he sees either!
I loved the introduction of some new characters, some new possible plot lines moving forward and some new supernatural species as well, which I hope we definitely get to see more of.
And as always Wooly is a fabulous character - the ending between her and Grier was such a sad, yet loving moment. So looking forward to finishing this series soon!
Books don't get better than this, I loved every second of this and my only disappointment is that it didn't take me longer to read. Can't recommend enough.
I just love the writing style, the ease in which Hailey drags you into the mystery. Grier is a fabulous character - I love how we are getting to know more about her little by little as the books go along.
Right - now onto book 4!!
I have to say, if I was going to pick on things, that Wraith doesn't seem to be much good at all, lol
Also, I find the beginnings a bit slow. I know it's hard to recap effectively while Progressing the storyline. But honestly, it's a moot point. This series is FANTASTIC